The Toyota Effect & St. Bernard Project

<p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.stbernardproject.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer">The St. Bernard Project</a> is one of the most successful non-profit organizations in New Orleans. Folks from down the street and from around the world gather to give their time to make the lives of folks who are need of help to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina.</p>

Marianna Massey

<p>Photographer <a target="_blank" href="http://www.mariannamassey.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Marianna Massey</a> is one of my favorite photographers/creatives in New Orleans. Specializing in lifestyle, fashion, sports and entertainment photography, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.instagram.com/mmimages" rel="noopener noreferrer">Marianna's Instagram feed</a> beams with excitement from locations all over the world.</p>

Hayley Gaberlavage — Southern Vice

<p>One of my favorite artists and pal <a target="_blank" href="http://www.hayleygaberlavage.com" rel="noopener noreferrer">Hayley Gaberlavage</a> is having an exhibition showcasing her latest work this coming Saturday evening. I have been a huge fan of her work for years and I truly believe her latest pieces are her best yet.</p>

Sammy Bosalavage

<p>Just this past year I was fortunate enough to spend some time learning a little bit about the Jewish faith and life here in New Orleans. A friend of mine whom I met through another mutual friend invited me to shabbat earlier this year and I was thrilled to attend. It was a great experience for me and I was totally enamored by the conversations and the passion each person showed for their faith.</p>

Wilco at the Orpheum Theater

<p>Nearly a decade ago, I stumbled upon the record "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" by Chicago based band <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wilcoworld.net" rel="noopener noreferrer">Wilco</a>.  Little did I know that this seminal record would change my life forever. From "I am only trying to break your heart" all the way through "Reservations", the CD literally stayed in my cd player for nearly 6 months. It is and will always be my "Abbey Road". From that point on I feverishly scrubbed back and forth through their discography as if I was one of those DEA dogs searching for loot. I wanted to inhale it all. </p>

Laura Steffan

<p>I remember the day I stumbled upon freelance photographer <a target="_blank" href="http://www.laurasteffan.com" rel="noopener noreferrer">Laura Steffan's</a> images on Instagram. I was led there in an email from VSCO, the makers of my favorite editing app VSCOCam, and from the jump I was blown away.</p>

10 Years Stronger

<p>For years I've wondered and fantasized about what it would be like to be on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome field on gameday. I contemplated reaching out to the powers that be so many times, but I pushed it aside and in the end as I got busier and busier over the years. Based on the image you see above, the fantasy became reality at this past weekend's Saints home opener. </p>

Revelator Coffee

<p>It's been a long time home-coming for the Nola bred coffee outpost <a target="_blank" href="http://www.revelatorcoffee.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Revelator Coffee</a>. A few months ago, Revelator Nola opened in a super cosy spot on Tchoupitoulas in the heart of the Warehouse District, to a ton of well deserved fanfare. Each neighborhood around the city has it's own distinct coffee shop and it was time for the Warehouse District to get its own.</p>

Zack Smith — My Louisiana Muse

<p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.zacksmith.photography" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zack Smith</a> is one of the hardest working, prolific, and talented photographers I know. The title "renaissance man" is thrown around and attached to lots of folks, but Zack is the the title in it's truest form.</p>

Time Is Money

<p>Earlier this year I posted a photo on Instagram of some fantastic street art that caught my eye around town. I remember that I also posted it to my Facebook iHeartnola.com page and within the amount time it took take to make pop-tarts, there was a negative comment. I dwelled on the comment for weeks, sort of in awe. It was surrounding the idea that street art was defiling the city of New Orleans with it's blight. I have to admit, and this is totally my opinion, that the street art found around our city is part of the fabric and culture of New Orleans. Of course as a photographer, the city is my backdrop and the street art is my own visual MDMA.</p>

Playing catch up, a Katrina Story.

<p>On June 15th, 2005, I registered the domain name iHeartnola.com. To be perfectly honest, up until several years ago, I had always remembered it being registered days after August 29th, 2005, and certainly remained firm on it’s original inception. It was surreal to look back and research it’s beginning and realize in a very David Fincher way that I had almost being lying to myself all those years.</p>

A gem re-emerges — The Orpheum Theater

<p>Ten years ago today, on August 27, 2005, the historic and storied <a target="_blank" href="http://orpheumnola.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Orpheum Theater</a> closed it's doors, until today. Re-opening and re-emerging as one of the absolute premier entertainment venues in New Orleans, The Orpheum Theater has been masterfully restored to it's original glory as well as updated to exceed my wildest dreams and expectations. Check out the details below...</p>

The Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too Tour

<p>In recent months, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.livenation.com" rel="noopener noreferrer">Live Nation</a> has converted the downtown football Mecca <a target="_blank" href="http://www.champions-square.com" rel="noopener noreferrer">Champions Square</a> into a Mecca for music in New Orleans with their #BoldByNight shows. Up until Live Nation began hosting and producing these shows, officially titled "Bold Sphere Music", Champions Square laid mostly dormant for stretches during the year.</p>

Nikki Carter

<p>Editor, writer, and blogger Nikki Carter is hustling. Nikki first caught my eye with her super engaging creative series "Workflow Wednesday" on her website Spirit Style and Scribe.</p>

Gwendolyn Knapp

<p>I haven't known the creative spirit in New Orleans to be any more vibrant than at this moment in time. There are so many folks around town doing the damn thing and hustling out there, and the community is growing and shaping the city. That brings us to our latest feature writer/editor <a target="_blank" href="http://www.gwendolynknapp.com" rel="noopener noreferrer">Gwendolyn Knapp</a>. </p>

Jenna Guidry

<p>Singer/songwriter <a target="_blank" href="https://soundcloud.com/iamjgmusic" rel="noopener noreferrer">Jenna Guidry</a> is an old soul paired with a modern voice and approach to her craft. As a student at NOCCA, Jenna has been given the freedom to explore and grow as an artist.</p>

Neon Heart

<p>Nestled in the heart of Uptown on Lowerline St., <a target="_blank" href="http://neonheartshop.us/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Neon Heart</a> is a curated cornucopia founded  by one of the coolest couples I know.</p>

AC Hotel

<p>We're at an interesting crossroads in New Orleans. Now more than ever, we're starting to see a serious influx of international boutique hotels popping up around town, and more importantly, giving folks a great alternatives to the grand and traditional Nola stalwarts. Brands like Le Meridien and Marriot are doing a fantastic job building out fantastic spaces and offering clean and modern amenities that are meant to full integrate within the culture and community. Located in the CBD, The AC is blocks away from some of the best food in the city as well as walking distance to the center of the French Quarter.</p>

Holly Hobbs

<p style="margin-right: 0px;">Holly Hobbs is one of the most fascinating creative folks I've met as of late. Frankly I had only been barely aware of her & her work though her Twitter account, <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/holl_x" rel="noopener noreferrer">@Holl_x</a>. Even though she's become well known for her ever evolving project <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/NOhiphoparchive" rel="noopener noreferrer">Nola Hiphop Archive</a>, Holly's talents couldn't be any more diverse and eclectic.</p>

Augusta Sagnelli

<p>Fashion + commercial photographer and Connecticut native, <a target="_blank" href="http://augustasagnelli.com" rel="noopener noreferrer">Augusta Sagnelli's</a> work caught my eye on Instagram earlier this year. Since then, I have become a huge fan of her dynamic perspective and approach to photography.</p>

Dustan Louque — Campo Santo

<p>With the advent of streaming music and the evolution of the modern music machine, it's hard not to get lost in it all. Authenticity is a dying art in the the music world especially with all the manufactured sounds and emotions in a majority of today's biggest hits. I have to admit that I can appreciate pop music, mostly in small doses. Today and in the world we live in, authenticity is hard to come by.</p>

Baby Bee premiere “The Daddy”

<p>Less than 2 years ago, <a target="_blank" href="http://officialbabybee.com" rel="noopener noreferrer">Baby Bee</a> dropped a raucous shockwave of a song titled "High Heel Leather Boots". I remember downloading the song instantly and to this day, it tends to inspire me to make bad decisions. It's two minutes and 13 seconds worth of ass-kicking rock n' roll.</p>

Tania Dall

<p>A few years ago, during whatever storm we were hunkering down for, I remember watching the 10 o'clock news on WWL Channel 4 as it began to roll in. That current storm was the news of the day and was on everyone's mind.</p>

Frankie & Donny

<p>As we inch closer and close to the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, it's hard not to always think about the things that have changed as well as the things that stay the same. New Orleans has and will always be a city full of entertainment options. Burlesque and it's sideshow counterpart has exploded in New Orleans and seems to have evolved into a huge draw for the city.</p>

Nolachick X Exhibit Be

<p>Way back in the day, right when New Orleans was coming around to Twitter, I signed up. Not really knowing what to make of it or even what to do with it, the Nola Twitter community was taking shape. One of it's mavens was and has always been <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nolachick.net" rel="noopener noreferrer">Nolachick</a>. Marielle, aka Nolachick, has become one of the most well known, versatile, and prolific models in and around town.</p>

Skylar Fein

<p style="margin-right: 0px;">It's been nearly 7 years since The New Orleans Museum of Art hosted a one man show featuring the work of artist <a target="_blank" href="http://www.jonathanferraragallery.com/artists/skylar-fein" rel="noopener noreferrer">Skylar Fein</a>. I can admit, even years later, that show was one of the best and most memorable events I'd ever been to in the city to date. </p>

Don’t Be Afraid of Rock & Roll

<p>Make no bones about, I'm incredibly proud of my pals The Breton Sound on their upcoming EP release, "Don't Be Afraid of Rock & Roll". The title of their 3rd release (dropping May 19th) couldn't be any more apt. It's bold, sophisticated, melodic, heartfelt, and it's a true rock & fucking roll release.</p>

NOLA / FADE

<p style="margin-right: 0px;">Over the years this website, my most treasured passion project, iHeartnola.com has seen a huge amount of change. Recently I re-launched the website with our friends at Squarespace, and that has proven to be the biggest change to date.</p><p>Through re-designs & several changes in content direction, the one constant over the years has been the photography. I very graciously joke at times that the folks who visit the site each and every day are here for the photos and certainly not for the writing. I do my best to craft the words, but the spotlight has always been on the images. </p><p style="margin-right: 0px;">For many years, I've dreamed of someday creating and publishing a book showcasing the beautiful and enigmatic city of New Orleans. Through the images I've been so happy to capture via my work here at iHeartnola.com, I'm so thrilled to announce the launch of our first photo book, NOLA / FADE...</p>

Alys Arden

<p>Native New Orleanian novelist and author of the wildly popular "The Casquette Girls", Alys Arden, recently took time out to walk around her favorite part of the city, chat about her work, and pose for a few photos along the way. </p>