Apr
06
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NOLA for some R&R

Pam and I got to take a bit of a break last week.  It was spring break and we decided to take the kids to the grandparents in Chicago and take a break for ourselves.  Sneaky I know.  The sad part is that Pam and I could not even remember the last time we were on a vacation by ourselves that was not work related.  So we were beyond excited for our first trip to New Orleans!  It was even sweeter that our friends Brooks and Leigh Whittington from Dallas joined us.  Although it was too short in our opinion it was so great to take in what New Orleans has to offer.  I highly suggest making it down there if you have never been.

Enjoy some images of our wonderful few days in the French Quarter.

I wanted to start with these images as it was my favorite moment of the trip.  Bourbon street is of course famous for all of its debouchery, but we found ourselves drawn to one street south, Royal street.  It was so great and quaint with all the shops and cafe’s.  The best part is it is closed during the day to traffic thus enabling many street performers to do their thing.  We just happened upon a group of musicians called Tuba Skinny.  They were incredible to sit and listen to.  So much so that I bought their CD.  It totally embodied what New Orleans is all about to me.

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The St.Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square.

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Love this image of Pam at Lunch.

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Brooks enjoying his Hurricane at the famous Pat O’Briens.

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Brooks on the river bank making a picture.

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I did say we ate some great food right?  It all started with breakfast at the famous Cafe Du Monde for an order of some delicious Beignet’s.

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If you have never had a Beignet you are seriously missing out.  They are french donuts basically drowned in powdered sugar.  Pure bliss.

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Another breakfast institution.  Mother’s.  Great biscuits.

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I fell in love with the history of the area.  The doors to Preservation Hall.  A famous local jazz club.

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We visited one of the cemeteries and were amazed by the detail and history of each of the above ground graves.img_0737

My favorite one.  Rumored to be the real grave site of Marie Laveau the voodoo queen of New Orleans.  It was decorated with gifts from visitors.

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Finally I will leave you with some portraits Pam took of me and I of her.  It was nice to be able to be on the other side of the camera for once.  Well not nice to actually have my photo taken but it is nice to have some great images of me.  Nice job Pam!

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Megan and I took a trip to New Orleans just a couple months ago. It was awesome. I blogged some images from our trip as well on my blog here: http://nickallenphoto.wordpress.com/2010/02/06/life-is-pretty-good/

My photos aren’t nearly as good as yours. Glad you guys got some time away!

Nick

Oh my goodness! That first image!!!! Out of the park.
I love what I see in this post. That you were freed from photography as a vocation and really just enjoyed it as an integrated part of your life. I just love the picture you took of Pam at lunch and I am so proud of you that you guys did portraits of each other!!!

Amazing photos! It’s refreshing to see pictures of a musical, beautiful, busy New Orleans.
Thanks for sharing!

Good shots, you should seriously think about doing this photography thing for a living 🙂 It was great hanging with yall as always, I am just sorry it had to end…You can expect to see my photos online sometime late in 2011…

Mitchell

Great images and glad you had a great time. I love the architectural images that we don’t usually see from you. Mel really enjoyed since that is her favorite subject.

Mackenzie

I was in New Orleans for spring break too!

My favorite photo from my trip was of me in front of Sandra Bullocks house! 🙂
Its a GORGEOUS city, I’m going back this summer!

Jewel

Wow. Tyler, these are beautiful. And dang, that first shot is awesome. I love all the portraits. Pam is so cute & your portrait with the yellow wall is so cool with all those shadows.

awesome!! makes me want to go back and see it from a new perspective. love those shots of you and pam and brooks too, fun!!

Tuba Skinny finally has a website:

http://www.Tubaskinny.tk

enjoy! & spread the word

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