seeing my photos illustrate stories is one of the most rewarding things!

New Orleans

Beignet Fest Foundation announced that this year they were able to distribute $75,900 in grants to support autism programs geared toward youth and their family in the New Orleans and surrounding areas.

Beignet Fest Foundation is made possible by the donors, supporters, and the Beignet Fest go-ers.

"With the proceeds from the 2023 Beignet Fest, grants are presented to Families Helping Families NOLA, Autism Society of Greater New Orleans, Prism Project (through FHF NOLA), Fish in a Tree, YMCA of Greater New Orleans, Community Sailing New Orleans, Upturn Arts, Excite All Stars, Moving Challenges, Raintree Children & Family Services, Easterseals Louisiana (Chartwell Center) and St. Therese Academy. The funds awarded will be used to support summer camps, adaptive swim lessons, resource coordination, art programs, computing programs for autistic youth, sensory story times and an online support group."

April 2024

Biz New Orleans

Beignet Fest has officially announced their move to cooler temperatures. This beloved festival is set for November 16, 2024 at New Orleans City Park’s Festival Grounds.

The sweltering New Orleans heat shows no mercy and Sherwood Collins, co-founder and executive director of Beignet Fest and the Beignet Fest Foundation, is determined to make the festival as enjoyable as possible.

Here's hoping the beignets are the hottest things there!

January 2024

Documentary: "Beacons of Light: Tackling Challenges in Louisiana"

Eman Boyd, award-winning journalist and filmmaker, and owner and operator of E. Boyd Productions, invited me to be part of her newest documentary, Beacons of Light: Tackling Challenges in Louisiana. As the documentary photographer, I was able to capture the essence of the film from the background. The goal was to photograph the whole of the operation - the people sharing their stories, the film crew setting up and tearing down, and Eman in her natural habitat of interviewing, directing, and leading.

This opportunity was unlike any other, as I got to follow the story into multiple locations and see the documentary come to life beginning to end.

Since releasing her film, Eman and Beacons of Light have won and been recognized as/in:

  • 3rd place in the Calcasieu Parish Short Film Festival:
  • Cinema on the Bayou, Documentary Shorts:

Watch Beacons of Light:

January 2024


cure reached out late 2023 to inquire about photo services for their upcoming article. The article included Judy Morgan, who was a long-time cancer warrior. Judy welcomed me into her home, and warned me that she was NOT going to smile. She expressed her timidness around the camera and I listened. Cancer is a personal and tough journey to go through, and I can only imagine the wear it has on a soul when it sticks around for decades.

As I began shooting, Judy loosened up. We moved around her home and even ventured outside to the natural light. She showed me the flowers that were growing and gave me a brief history of her time at her home. Within 10 minutes Judy was grinning ear to ear. She was a kind soul, and I appreciate her letting me capture her in such a vulnerable moment.

Since our time together, Judy has passed away. Her strength, and her smile, will live on.

december 2023