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This month in Zack Smith Photography – collectors corner, Ponderosa Stomp, CIVIC Theater Shows,

October has been rolling along. With the onset of some crisp autumn (do we get that here?) weather has brought new clients, new ideas, and some interesting opportunities. First i want to show you a photo that was just sent to me (upon my request) by Stephanie Loman of herself sitting w/ her two Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown framed prints. The images were shot on assignment for RELIX Magazine, i’ll tell you the story again one day…

Stephanie purchased these two at my 2007 show – “None A Stranger” at the Big Top. I can’t believe it’s been 6 years since “None a Stranger” – that was the year my camera and i finally emerged from the Katrina funk of cutting trees and trying to get my old life back and make new clients in an ever changing New Orleans. I had felt it was time to showcase my portrait work, which not many people had seen – most of it was personal work or editorial work. I had not done much work w/ music labels and musicians yet and was wanting needing the public to know that “this guy’s for hire”.

The show was a great success not only in selling prints (this was pre-economy crash mind you) but getting the word out there. After that show i soon teamed up with Blake Haney and curated and ran the CANARY Gallery on Julia for two years, showing new portraits every 6 months and working with established and up and coming artists.


I had known about the Ponderosa Stomp for a few years, possibly going to it when it was at the House of Blues one year, and i wanted to be a part of it this year. I messaged the Stomp’s director/founder Dr. Ira Padnos and asked if i could have an opportunity to shoot portraits of the musicians – and luck had it that their usual portrait person – my friend Aubrey Edwards, was out of town shooting. With the good graces of Aubrey and Ike w/ me – i set up a simple background and rented a nice Wall Light from Jose at Available Lighting – i had never rented this before but i was going to shoot 4×5 and medium format – i wanted a powerful, yet cool, consistent light. Here are some – (names at the bottom)

Baby Washington, Chris Clark, David Batiste, Eddie Daniels, SWAMP DOGG, Spencer Wiggins, Ty Segal.

This month i also continued my documentation of the Shows at the Civic w/ The Black Crowes, JJ Grey and Mofro, and Robert Cray

I also finished a great photo shoot w/ local musician Andrew Block, for his upcoming promotion and album artwork. We did alot of new and interesting looks using gels and “seasonal” locations…images coming soon.

Stay tuned, and keep visiting the blog!

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