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Mandeville Day 6…

Lolo and Lola get to watch Josol Boy at home. The series of B&W photos are from earlier this week. This set really shows Josol Boy personality and how he lives having fun.

Its been a great week here at our kids new home at Mandeville. These guys both work so hard for their family and it shows. 

Mandeville Day 5…

Wifey and I went over to the French Quarters, beignets and nose piercings!

We stopped by Cafe Du Monde after parking at our normal public parking area. The thunder and lightning storm rolled in right as we sat down at our table and it was raining cats and dogs. We had good seats away from the restaurant edges, this prevented us from getting splashed from all the downpour but still a good view of the tourist running for cover, slipping and sliding all over the place. Cheap entertainment.

After walking around taking some random photos I remembered wifey wanted to get her nose pierced so I started asking the local stores if they knew of any services in the surrounding area. We got super lucky in finding a place in the French Quarters that had an opening and was very clean and professional. The employee “Dillon” must have changed his freakin’ rubber gloves at least 10 times during the process in which he explained explicitly before performing the piercing. This place was damn good.

Wifey all smiles after getting her nose piercing. She’s been wanting to get this done ever since she turned 50. It’s close to 8 years overdue.

Mandeville Day 4…

Fathers Day! I can’t remember the last I spent Father’s Day with my daughter. It had to be when she was still living at stockton. That many years ago!!

One of Mallory’s dishes I really like is her jambalaya, guess what we had for dinner?

Mandeville Day 3…

We all woke up extra early for a morning Fontainebleau State Park family photo session. A couple things to consider while shooting here is the weather and humidity. Having perfectly groomed hair is not going to last very long.

We planned a few spots for our location but ended up using only one of them. The shade provided by the giant oak trees covered in Spanish vine was a perfect light diffuser. Even though I brought speed lights for off camera flash I didn’t have to use them. There were a few shots where the angled rising son created a cool rim light.

Had breakfast at a local joint called Liz Where Y’at? I read about this restaurant in on of the Yelp reviews. It had favorable words about the fried chicken so I had waffles and fried chicken. Everyone has some type of traditional breakfast selection.

The 9th Ward District…

During our stay I wanted to go by the 9th Ward District to see if there were any changes since the last time we had gone. That was in 2007 over nine years ago. The landscape has improved but there are homes that never got rebuilt and 9 years of foliage growth has taken over the lot.

I originally planned on taking a photos of the abandoned homes but the GPS coordinates took us to the “Living Museum” a home that was converted to a museum with the support of the local community leaders and the city of New Orleans. 

The home was a typical “shotgun” style house layout so it worked out being to display and educate the public. While going through the photos and captions I ran across Ted Ellis. He’s an original resident of the 9th Ward that left to pursue a career as an artist. At the time of our visit he was working on one of the five large collage pieces that will be used for a “traveling” gallery as well as being displayed outside of the museum.

This was one of those chance acquaintances that turned out to be a learning opportunity and a better understanding of the 9th Ward and the folks that lived there in the past and present. I’ve always said the “creatives” of this world are the ones with a vision for change and to help make a better way of life for those around them. They give so much of their time and energy to pass down their heritage and culture to the younger folks. Creatives also have a very important attribute and that’s their natural skill set to take action and make visions a reality. I give a lot of props to these folks.