Hot Rods on Beale

Some of my favorite events to photograph are the Hot Rod and Bike Nights on Beale Street. Especially the first events once the weather gets warmer. Since this takes place on Beale Street not only are there tons of cars to look at but people watching is also at a premium. Here are a few photos from last night’s event.

New Orleans

Time once again for a trip to New Orleans in September. Soon after I book the hotel and it hits me I am going I have a hard time concentrating on anything in the months that follow because my mind is already in New Orleans. Definitely my favorite city to visit and on my short list of places to move. Although I’m not sure you should live in one of your favorite places. Might be taken for granted eventually.

Anyway on to the photos. These are going to be Second Line heavy but its my absolute favorite thing about the city. Also be sure to check in after the photos as I list and talk a little bit about some of our favorite places we went to during the trip.

BTW we saw Beyonce and Jay-Z on the OTR II tour. Was as amazing as you would think it would be. 

Here is a list of some of my favorite go-to places in New Orleans.

  • Spitfire Coffee - best coffee shop in the city IMO. One of my favorite things to do was get up and walk through the FQ early in the morning and get a Flat White here

  • Ace Hotel - everything in here is amazing. Go to the rooftop after being out all day in the hot humid New Orleans air. Go to Josephine & Estelle’s for good food and drinks. Stumptown is in here for coffee

  • Cochon Butcher - had the best BBQ Pulled-Pork Sandwich I have ever had here. Sorry Memphis!

  • Three Muses - Frenchmen street is a much better alternative to the French Quarter. Places are pretty packed but we were lucky and got a spot at the back of the bar and drank and listened to music all night. Was happy to go here after hearing about them on WWOZ all the time

  • Dat Dog - before or after Frenchmen stop in here for an awesome hot dog

  • Who Dat Coffee - in the Bywater, boozy coffee

  • LOA Bar - perfect spot for a last drink before bed. I have been here every time I’m in town and will go for as long as its open

  • Avenue Pub - favorite bar in the Garden District. We were here during a Saints game and while I don’t like football that much it was fun to watch the game and root for the Saints with the locals

  • Hot Tin Roof Bar - place was kinda fratty/amateur hour (drunks) but its got a great view of the city and good cocktails

  • District Donuts Sliders Brew - always our last stop before leaving town. Decent coffee and awesome donuts

East Tennessee

Spent the weekend in Chattanooga but most of the photos I took were of the beautiful surroundings outside the city. Be sure to stick around after the photos where I talk about some of our favorite places we went to this past weekend.

Some of my favorite places in Chattanooga

  • Alleia - italian dining in a cool art gallery type space

  • Matilda Midnight - diner style bar, cool ambiance in The Dwell hotel

  • Beast + Barrel - good beer, breakfast food was crazy good, make your own mimosa bar

  • Boathouse - ok food but sitting on the outside deck next to the river enjoying the view and breeze made this one of my favorites

  • OddStory Brewing - my favorite brewery of the trip. Reminded me of Wiseacre back here in Memphis

  • Velo Coffee Roasters - ‘hipster’ coffee spot that made an excellent Flat White. Believe me finding good coffee is important and places like these always have the best.

Finding the Light

Light quality is perhaps the most underrated aspect of photography. Here I definitely found it. Also underrated is our own Beale Street. I know a lot of locals like me write off Beale as an annoying tourist destination. It might be that sure but you can't beat the people watching. Good people watching = great photos.