I called the number I was given and asked for the president of Zulu, quickly realizing that I made a verbal slip and confused my forms of leadership. A person is president of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, while another is King of the Krewe of Zulu. The latter is the one that has ceremonial duties and wear's elaborate costumes while riding in the parade on Mardi Gras, and that's the guy I wanted. After we got that straightened out, I met Elroy (King, not president) at the Zulu headquarters for a quick shoot before their meeting. It was cool getting to see the hangout of the krewe responsible for the black and gold coconuts that everybody loses their sanity over on Mardi Gras.
Shooting for different clients in different industries means that I always have to be ready for those calls or emails that say "we need you to show up at (insert place) to photograph (insert person) by (insert some time period in the past)." This day I showed up at a coffee shop where the writer was doing the interview, but nobody had mentioned to the interviewee that she was going to get photographed at the same time. Luckily the interviewee was Anne and she was incredibly nice and accommodating despite being sick. I showed up at her gate a handful of hours later and we knocked out the shot.
I recently photographed an event for an entrepreneurship organization, at which Mike DeLazzer, founder of Redbox, gave a talk. Being a small business owner myself, it's always fantastic to hear stories from people that were able to turn ideas into successful businesses. Inspiration can come from anywhere. Grab it and run with it when you see it.
I happened to be in Lafayette and got a call from a magazine asking for a shot of local gym owner (as they put it), Red Lerille. Not being from Lafayette, I assumed it would be a relatively small deal. Oh how wrong one can be. Red's is a massive 20 acre fitness complex. We chose to shoot in the newest expansion to the gym, a large open training room with some devices that looked more like they belonged on a military obstacle course. Aside from his fitness empire, he owns eight airplanes, the original Borden's ice cream shop, and was Mr. America in 1960. On the way out after the shoot he made a comment saying I had nice calves. That's right, Mr. America told me I have nice calves.
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