Here at Belladeux, we wouldn’t be able to do our job without the help of our amazing vendors. Each month we will have a vendor showcase highlighting these talented people and all that they do. This month, we reached out to George Kuchler of GK Photography to learn more about the inspiration behind his phenomenal photos.
Tell us about yourself: What are your hobbies, interests, and passions?
Besides being a pro photographer of 22 years I am also a musician. I have been playing drums since high school, and I love creating all original music with my band, Ambush. All things creative inspire me and watching my two kids be as creative as they are is motivating.
What made you want to be a photographer?
I learned photography during the film days, so the best of the best photographers taught me my craft. I was inspired to see something so difficult be tamed after years of learning how to. I guess you can say I am always learning how to evolve as a photographer. Learning to separate the camera as a tool to using it as your paintbrush is what made me want to be a pro photographer. My grandmother was a model all of her life and seeing her images motivated me to create the same.
How did you get your start in photography?
It was a total accident in college. I was in between majors when the film camera fell into my lap. After seeing the results of looking through the lens and producing something unique…I knew I had to do this forever!
Where do you draw inspiration from when taking photos?
Do you travel for work? If so, what differences or challenges do you see between New Orleans and where you visit when it comes to taking photos?
I have photographed from Canada and back. No place in the world is like New Orleans. I have always been attracted to the human aspect of my job. Other cities are pretty and unique but no other place has the coolness of New Orleans natives. It’s why people who visit buy homes here. Superstars have homes here, and when they want a break from their Hollywood stardom they come here where we all see them as people.
In your opinion, what are the biggest trends you’re seeing in photography right now?
I’m seeing two spectrums of photography happening this year. To me it seems you are either all natural or all digital. Neither are right nor wrong but personal taste is the deciding factor in my opinion. Film has made a comeback because it validates those who know their craft well enough to NOT need Photoshop actions to make their work look good. Many digital photographers are relying on an effect to make their work look cool. I focus on making my clients look cool by showing them how to relax and believe in themselves. All the lighting knowledge I have goes into how I work, but if the client is relaxed and having fun with me it shows in my imagery.
This image is from a recent engagement session. This cute couple are not models and they have never been in front of a pro photographer before. I guess my grandmother’s modeling career is embedded in me and my photography style. I see everyone as a model…you just need me to show you how to be one.