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The “Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde” Phenomenon

For the past 2+ years, Kleinpeter Photography has been photographing the “Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde…” monologue shows.  At the beginning, we were signed up to photograph two shows.  Those shows were such a hit that we ended up photographing 20+ shows in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Shreveport over the last two years.  And the demand for this feel-good, food-centric monologue show packed with local celebrities keeps growing!

at The Myrtles Plantation

We’ve been working closely with the creator of the show, Peggy Sweeney-McDonald, in the production of the “Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde…” coffee table book which was just published!  This book is a great addition to any collection and a must-have for foodies and enthusiasts of Louisiana culture.  It’s packed with stories from the monologues, original recipes, and tons of full-color photos by Kleinpeter Photography!  Look for “Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde… Life Stories About Food” on Amazon.com.

We’ve had so much fun photographing these shows over the years, and it’s not too late for you to join in the fun!  We have a number of book signings scheduled around Baton Rouge coming up over the next few months.  Our first one was October 9 at Mestizo in Baton Rouge, and there was a great turn out!  Many of the speakers were there as well as our very own Troy Kleinpeter.

Mark your calendar & come out and see us!

Tuesday October 16, 2012 – The Irish House, 1432 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sunday October 21, 2012 – Barnes & Noble, 7707 Bluebonnet Blvd. Baton Rouge – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
October 24, 25, 26, 27 – Hollydays – LD Linen Booth (Baton Rouge)
Saturday October 27, 2012 – Louisiana Book Festival (Monologues on stage – Time TBA)
Friday November 16, 2012 – White Light Night at Mid-City Market with Chef Don Bergeron – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday December 6, 2012 – The Royal Standard, 16016 Perkins Rd. Baton Rouge – 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Keep up with the latest information about “Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde…” by following them on Facebook!

Peggy Sweeney-McDonald

People are talking about “Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde…”!

“Tasty and amazing stories about out favorite subject, FOOD!” –Emeril & Alden Lagasse

“…Our experience with food – preparation, consumption and a focal point of our social interaction – are unique, memorable and, now, even the subject of monologues that are funny, poignant and quite revealing about the psyche of Louisianans.” — Jay Dardenne, Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana

“I’m laughing, I’m hungry, I’m happy – when is the next edition?” — Lally Brennan, co-proprietor of Commander’s Palace and co-author of In The Land of Cocktails

Peggy Sweeney-McDonald sums it up quite nicely in her title monologue, “No matter where I live and no matter what happens in my life, I always end up at Cafe Du Monde…taking life one beignet at a time.”

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Celebrating July 4th with Photos!

How do you celebrate the 4th of July?  Will there be backyard bar-b-ques and fireworks?  Will you proudly wear your red, white and blue?  Here at Kleinpeter Photography, we display our red, white and blue year-round.  We painted this flag wall in the fall of 2011, and we’re really excited about the way it turned out!

American Flag Photo Background

Shortly after we finished this wall, a family came to take pictures for custom Christmas cards.  The oldest son is an active Marine and couldn’t be here for the photo shoot, so his younger siblings honored him with this photo.

Patriotic family

Then, as luck would have it, the Marine got leave to visit his family before the holidays.  He stopped by the studio for his own photo session just for Mom.

This couple recently came in for their engagement session.  The groom-to-be is in the navy, so we thought it would be fun to take some patriotic photos on our new flag wall!

We’ve even had some high school seniors take pictures on our flag wall.  Some wanted the photo to honor family members in the military, and some just really liked the giant flag wall.

We’re really happy with our newest patriotic background.  Here’s wishing everyone a happy and safe Independence Day!

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Top 5 Reasons Kleinpeter Photography Should Be Your Wedding Photographer

Choosing a wedding photographer is one of the most important wedding decisions you’ll make.  Your wedding photographer is the one who captures your special day so you can remember it in all it’s glory for the rest of your life.  There are many things to consider when choosing your wedding photographer, and many photographers excel in some areas but are lacking in others.  Of course I’m a little biased, but I think Kleinpeter Photography excels in every area.  Here are the top 5 reasons Kleinpeter Photography should be your wedding photographer.

  1. Kleinpeter Photography is professional

    This day and age, it seems everyone with a digital camera claims to be a professional photographer.  Sure, you can save money by hiring one of these photographers, but you won’t receive the same quality of work that you would get from a professional.  Kleinpeter Photography’s trained professional photographers know how to capture your special day with the utmost skill.
    We know how to pose a large wedding party without making anyone look awkward.


    We can capture your ceremony in that poorly-lit church when flash photography is banned.

    Hiring a professional photographer not only ensures you get the best possible photos, but you will get the best possible prints as well.  Kleinpeter Photography uses a professional lab to print the highest quality professional photographs that will last a lifetime.  One more benefit to hiring a professional photographer is that you don’t have to worry that they will dress inappropriately for your wedding.  Our photographers enjoy being a part of your special day & always dress appropriately, even if that means showing up in costume for a special Halloween costume wedding!
  2. Kleinpeter Photography has been in business for over 30 years

    We’ve been family owned and operated for over 30 years, and we plan on being here for many more years to come!  We have heard horror stories about brides who have booked a photographer who turned out to be a scam artist that skipped town before the wedding.  That is something you never have to worry about if you book a professional photographer!  Another thing you never have to worry about is if you will be able to order new wedding prints years from now.  We keep all your digital photos forever, so if you want to order more prints in a year or ten years, we will still have your photos.

  3. Kleinpeter Photography has excellent customer service & will have your wedding photos ready in a timely manner

    Have you ever tried doing business with someone who won’t return your phone calls or answer your emails?  That is not a hassle you want when choosing a wedding vendor!  You will have more than enough to worry about the closer it gets to your wedding day.  We pride ourselves in making you happy.  We have a large staff of trained customer service specialists who are happy to answer any of your questions.  We also know that one important aspect of customer service is having your photos ready within the time frame you’re told they will be ready.  Some photographers take 6+ months to produce your wedding photos for you to view.  If you’re expecting to see your photos soon after you get home from your honeymoon, this could be a problem.  Kleinpeter Photography will have your wedding photos online for you to view 2-4 weeks after your wedding.

  4. Kleinpeter Photography offers a variety of choices

    Everyone’s wedding is different, and everyone has different needs and preferences when it comes to wedding photography.  We offer a variety of wedding packages from the bare minimum to the all-inclusive.  We also offer a variety of wedding album styles and sizes, custom-designed Save the Date cards, and so much more!  The choices don’t stop there.  All our photographers shoot both Traditional and Photojournalistic photos, so you will get a variety of classic and modern photos.  (Choose one of our two-photographer wedding packages for even more Photojournalistic and candid photos!)

  5. Book your wedding with Kleinpeter Photography, and your first child session is FREE!

    Children may be the LAST thing on your mind right now, but you know what they say.  “First comes love.  Then comes marriage.  Then comes the baby carriage!”  It doesn’t matter if we photographed your wedding last year or ten years ago.  Your first child session is free (a $50 value!).  Even if it isn’t in your plans right now, who doesn’t love a little something free?  Our photographers enjoy building relationships with the wedding couples we photograph, and we always love seeing their families grow.

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Senior Pictures: Top 10 Tips for Great Photos!

For some people, taking senior pictures is one of the most fun things about being a senior.  For others, it’s pretty close to an arcane form of torture.  If you fall in the latter group, don’t worry!  Just follow these tips for a fun and stress-free senior portrait session!

1.) Wear at least 1 classic, timeless outfit.
Yes, senior pictures are all about you, & you want to show off your own unique fashion sense.  On the other hand, you don’t want to look back in 10 years and wonder, “What in the world was I thinking?”.  So go ahead and choose a timeless outfit.  A white or black shirt with jeans is a good look for anybody.  Girls, simple solid-color dresses look great.  Guys, pair a solid color polo shirt with jeans or khakis, or wear slacks with a nice button-down shirt.  Remember, solid colors tend to photograph better than loud patterns.  You want the focus to be on you, after all!


2.) Feel free to dress up a classic outfit with trendy accessories or shoes, etc.
Maybe you feel solid colors are just too plain.  That’s just not your style.  Feel free to make a classic outfit “more you” with accessories.  Maybe you have a favorite pair of funky shoes or a trendy jacket or sunglasses.  Adding elements like these to a classic outfit can allow you to still get that classic photograph, then add in those elements that are more trendy.

3.) After you take your classic photos, feel free to choose a more trendy, “all you” outfit.
The good thing about our Level 1 and 2 senior sessions is you can choose multiple outfits!  Wear one or two classic outfits to please Mom, then choose something that’s really trendy right now and totally your style.  It’s the best of both worlds!  Here’s where you can throw all the rules out the window.  Is your favorite shirt a tri-color bold pattern?  Wear it anyways!  To be happiest with your pictures, make sure you wear at least one outfit you really love….no matter what anyone else thinks!
**BONUS TIP** No matter what kind of clothes you decide to wear, make sure they fit correctly!  If you’re buying new clothes for your session, move in them a bit.  Sit, stand, shrug your shoulders.  Make sure they fit, because ill-fitting clothes make for unflattering pictures.

4.) Girls: Wear your hair and makeup naturally.
Fix your hair and makeup the same way you would if you were getting dressed up.  Many girls think they should get salon hair and makeup before taking pictures, but they often end up disappointed with their pictures, because the fancy hair and makeup is just not them.  We recommend styling your hair and applying your makeup the same way you would if you were getting dressed up.  If you don’t normally wear a lot of (or any) makeup, this is not the time to try out bold colors.  You may want to consider a little nude or or sheer pink lip gloss or nude eyeshadow.  If you are considering changing how you wear your hair or makeup, do a trial before your photo session.  Take a snapshot and see how you look in pictures.  The same thing goes for salon hair and makeup.  If you do want professional hair and makeup, schedule a trial appointment a week or more before your photo session.  This way you can be sure you are happy with your look before it’s time to take pictures.

5.) Guys: Make sure you are clean-shaven (or with freshly-groomed facial hair)
This may go without saying, but we’ll say it anyways.  Even if you have to shave right before your photo session, do it!  Your mom does not want you to have 5 o’clock shadow in your pictures, and it is very expensive to digitally re-touch.  If you normally sport facial hair, make sure it is freshly trimmed and groomed.

6.) If you have a letterman’s jacket and/or senior ring, bring them!
Letterman’s jackets and senior rings are the trademarks of senior year!  Or course you’ll want at least a few photos with them.  Make a checklist of things to bring with you for your photo session, and don’t forget these!

7.) Bring personal “props” to make pictures all about you
Here’s where it gets fun.  Everyone always says senior pictures are all about you, well let’s make your photo session REALLY all about you!  Do you play a sport or an instrument?  Are you an artist or a hunter?  Do you have a car or a pet?  Bring the things that are special to you for photographs of what you love at this moment in your life.

8.) Don’t be afraid to tell us what you want.
Did you really like a friend’s picture & want to take a similar one?  Maybe you saw something in a magazine or online that you’d like to try.  Don’t be afraid to ask!  If your photo idea involves a particular prop, it’s a good idea to call us first to make sure it is something we can re-create.  Our photographers are trained to know which poses and settings make each person look best, but they are always open to what you want.  If you really don’t like a certain setting, say so!  We want you to be 100% satisfied with your photos, and we’ll do what we can to make sure you get what you want.  For example, this girl brought in pictures of a model in a waterfall, & we did our best to re-create the look in our pond.  It was a super-fun photo session, & she loved her pictures!

Baton Rouge Senior Portraits

9.) Be comfortable in your setting: Location shoots!
Sometimes a few props are not enough to really show off your individuality.  Don’t forget that we love to take on-location senior sessions!  We can go to your home, a plantation, downtown Baton Rouge or New Orleans, out in the woods, or wherever you can imagine!  Our on-location sessions can be just what you need to have truly unique senior pictures.

10.) Bring mom!
Of course every family is different, but most often Mom is the one most concerned with senior pictures.  In all the years of experience we’ve had, we have learned that if Mom is not happy with the pictures, you will come back for retakes.  So save yourself the trouble and bring Mom with you the first time.  This way she gets to see how and where we pose you, how your hair (and makeup) look, and she’s able to make any adjustments she wants.

BONUS TIP: Remember, these are all just suggestions.  Above all, be yourself & have fun!  Follow this advice, and your senior picture session will be an event to remember!

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A Unique Baton Rouge Proposal

It’s Valentine’s Day, and love is in the air!  I bet there are so many young men nervously preparing the perfect proposal right now.  We always love to hear our brides’ engagement stories, but a few weeks ago we got a chance to participate in an engagement!  That’s right.  This young couple came to the studio as boyfriend and girlfriend….

…and left as fiancees!

This young man had it all planned out.  He brought his girlfriend here to take pictures, and they took a whole session. During the session, one of our employees went to his truck, got the ring, and hid it in the studio.  He hid the ring in his back pocket….

Then got down on one knee….

She said “yes,” and we were able to take the first pictures of the newly engaged couple!

Thanks for sharing this love story with us & Happy Valentine’s Day to all you lovebirds out there!  Those of you looking for creative proposal ideas, keep in mind that we’re always up for some fun!

 

 

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