In the fast paced world of editorial and fashion photography, the working photographer needs to be skilled in both the studio and in the field. More times than none, they are working long days while trying to achieve different looks, as well as maintain a high level of control and sustained creativity. A popular method of achieving these goals is to work with lightweight, powerful, speed lights and remote units, that are easy to manage in the studio but also portable for lugging around in any environment, with or without an assistant.
Zack Smith’s “Studio on the Geaux” will highlight the many lighting setups you can do in the studio using speed lights and a myriad of light modifiers such as reflectors, umbrellas, and more. We will use live models in the studio, and then take this knowledge to the streets to work in the natural environment and available light. Zack will also highlight his philosophy for “Shooting for the Wall” as it entails creating the highest quality image for any scene. We will also highlight the methods of creating more depth in your images from manipulating aperture, focal length, rules of composition and creative lighting schemes.
Zack Smith is an editorial and fine art portrait photographer who lives and creates in New Orleans, LA. Since 2004, Zack has been working solidly in the lifestyle web and print realm with a concentration on local and national music acts producing artwork for album, promotion, and editorial work. Zack has a large client roster of musicians and actors, and has been principal photographer for campaigns for the Dirty Coast Press, Louisiana Public Health Institute, Krewe du Optic eyewear company, CMajor clothing line, Lia Molly clothing line, NOLA Couture, and many more.
Zack has worked with publications like Rolling Stone, Oxford American, Filter, SONIC, Alternative Press, Gambit Weekly, Offbeat, New Orleans Magazine, and many more. Zack is a staff photographer for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and principal photographer for French Quarter Fest. Zack is an instructor of photography at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art and teaches workshops at various institutions. Zack studied and worked for the world renowned portrait photographer Herman Leonard during his last years living in New Orleans.
In 2008 Zack Smith was awarded a "40 under 40" by Gambit Weekly, and in 2009, Best Music Photographer by Offbeat Magazine. He has self-published a photography book "Exit Stage Right: Behind the Tent 2008-2012", is principal photographer on "The New Orleans Underground Guide" (2014 LSU Press), and "Before, During, After, Photographers reactions to Hurricane Katrina".
When & Where
NOLA Fashion Council, L3C // NOLA Fashion Week
NOLA Fashion Council, L3C (NOLAFC) is the driving force behind the current growth of the Fashion Industry in New Orleans. We provide a forum for designers, models, hairdressers, makeup artists, and various industry professionals to grow and showcase their talents. NOLAFC works closely with designers, connecting them with resources needed to grow their businesses.
Biannually, NOLAFC hosts NOLA Fashion Week (NOLAFW) to provide Southern born or based designers a platform to gain exposure, increase sales and professional contacts.
Since the inaugural season of NOLAF in March 2011, we have produced over 80 fashion events in the greater New Orleans region with designers like: Sophomore NYC, by Smith, Cavortress, Jolie & Elizabeth, Amanda deLeon, Andrea Loest, Annie Griffin, blackout. by Ashley Ming, Matthew Arthur, Libellule, Loretta Jane, dope., Leah Milana, Varela + Brooks, Brennan Manuel, Rogersliu, Izavel, Ottilie Brodmann, Niré, Cocodri and Coco Bourgeouisie.
To provide continuing education for professionals in the region and to teach new skills to the fashion-focused community, NOLAFC has hosted over 28 educational workshops during NOLAFW as well as throughout the year. Workshops were led by industry experts from brands including Vera Wang, L'Oréal Professionnel, Anthropologie, J. Crew, Tommy Hilfiger, and Goorin Bros.
During each week long season of NOLAFW - Fall/Winter held in March and Spring/Summer held in October: 30+ events are held at various locations in and around the Greater New Orleans area. Along side designer-focused runway shows and presentations, events include a regional Retail Shopping Day as well as a Fashion Market. Open to buyers and the public, NOLAFW’s Fashion Market features emerging independent Southern based and born designer collections, as well as local artisan brands.
Attendees of our events include buyers, media, bloggers, influencers and supporters along with fashion-minded consumers purchasing one of our limited number of public access passes.
NOLAFC’s events have reached more than 80 million people with press placements in over 80 outlets spanning 3 continents and has reached over 1.4 million users through social media and has consistently been a trending topic in the region.