Whew – what a festival season…it’s not REALLY over yet, but when i finish up w/ Bayou Country Super Fest this weekend in Baton Rouge, it will be. April is always nuts for me – i have been a staff photographer for French Quarter Fest for the last 3 years, and The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival for the last 5 years. Both are demanding in their own way – early mornings, long hot/wet days, and long nights editing. Usually if i have a gig w/ one of my bands, it makes for a rough day, and sometimes a rougher next day if ya know what i mean.

I usually get one weekend to rest in between festivals, but this year was different – i got a call from the New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corporation to work on a new website – Follow Your NOLA – it’s almost up now. It was a very time consuming but rewarding task: i had 5 categories i had to photograph a total of 47 different locations featuring restaurants, venues, museums, galleries, portraits and more – in 5 days.

I love these kinds of things, challenging, time sensitive projects – just like studying in school – “oh, test tomorrow? gotta study!” i took the challenge on alone, i needed help, but when i get on a deadline and have to run around like a crazy person…i wouldn’t want to be around me. The project was a success and i say, bring it on lets do it again.

Now i am in the planning phases of working w/ many new and long time clients – new promotion/album photography for Sweet Crude, and Cindy Scott.

A Fall campaign for my friend Anne Cassidy’s clothing line C-Major, and a new client i am excited about – Krewe du Optic – a classy, very New Orleans sunglass company started by a local artist, Stirling Barrett.

I am also offering more classes at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art this summer! Digital 101, NOLA at Night, and Intermediate Digital.

Oh yeah, and i am also starting to compile my own stock photos for agencies and my own company AND a new line of Zack Smith Photography t-shirts are being printed up…Look Out…

See you on the Streets

Z