I wanted to bring in my 25th year somewhere unique. I initially thought it was time to explore Seattle or Portland. Though, given the time of year I didn't want to pack the big ol' parka. So I cruised around Frontier's website and decided on...drum roll...
New Orleans, Louisiana!
Nawlins. Nola. The Big Easy.
What is New Orleans like in the off season? When they're not slanging' beads and showing skin? I tell you what, it's beautiful. It's a sleepy city full of breathtaking color, texture, life, and incomparable cuisine. Indeed, there is life beyond Bourbon Street (P.S. All the cool kids go to Frenchman Street anyways).
This trip was extra special, as Woody rented a camera (Canon 70D) for me to take out on the streets! Sure the photos look better than an iPhone, but all those dials and modes quickly complicate. I'm so process driven that I wanted the rules to be cut and dry. Too bad, because my brain had to understand that the world isn't that simple. But you know what? By the end of the weekend, I was doing so much better! Now I know that I'm favorable to certain lenses (still scared of wide-angle at this point), and I yearn for shallow depth of field all day, err day.
I couldn't wait to share this weekend with y'all, but had to make sure my VSCO game was tight first ;) Enjoy these photos and I'll have a video for you soon!
Jacques-Imos. Best meal all weekend that we stumbled into our first night. Get the stuffed catfish ASAP.
Couldn't get enough of the balconies!
Texture. Color. Nola is beyond photogenic.
But seriously, isn't he so dreamy?
Beignets... part of a well-balanced birthday breakfast!
What you don't see: the piles of powdered sugar everywhere.
Willie Mae's Scotch House Fun Facts: Voted best fried chicken in America, the original owner won a James Beard award, and President Obama has dined here. Yeah, it was that good.
Our friends drove from Houston to hang out!
St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 (established 1823). Because of its elevation, and tendency to flood, cemeteries here are almost exclusively above ground.
That smirk. That smirk. THAT smirk. Heart eyes emoji.
Because when you see a pink wall, you have to pose with it.