About Photographer Wayne Ferrara


Photographer ~ Wayne Ferrara - Taking a break from the camera to water my plants! 504-897-2333

Photographer ~ Wayne Ferrara - Taking a break from the camera to water my plants! 504-897-2333

I take my work very seriously. No matter what the assignment or job is, I usually get extremely focused on my work to the point of it dominating my thoughts. Sometimes, I forget to eat! It’s kind of funny, I’ve actually had people say I look angry about something….but I’m not; I guess my expression looks that way when I’m overly absorbed in concentration.

My first experience with photography began when I bought my first Kodak Brownie film camera. Oh man! That was special. I would take pictures of something, anything, anyone and couldn't wait for my prints to come back from the lab. I would look at them and think to myself, "This-is-so-cool".

I remember working weekends doing odd jobs at the grocery store to pay for it.....bagging potatoes and okra, sweeping the floor. As I recall, the cost was something like $12, brand new. It was a Kodak Brownie “Starflex”, 1964 model that used 127 roll film. I can still remember going inside the clothes closet to load the film into the camera. If I did that, I would always get an extra photo on the roll.

I was only ten or eleven years old but in retrospect, I knew there was something special about photography. It was an area of creativity I wanted to explore and learn more about. Of course, back then I didn't really think of it in those terms; to me,....photography was just a cool thing to do. I could take a picture of a big rock or a chain link fence, and it was cool.

I remember trying out an old film trick I had read about; I had one of my friends near the camera holding his hand out flat and to his side. Then, I had my other friend stand off in the distance until I lined up the palm of the guy up front with the other guy off in the distance. The results looked like a miniature version of one friend was standing on the hand of the other. Like I said, I thought all this was very cool.

I would often take pictures of unusual subjects too, sometimes from an almost abstract perspective and my parents would ask me, "Why did you take a picture of THAT? You're wasting film! WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH YOU?"

New Orleans Photographer - Wayne Ferrara

New Orleans Photographer - Wayne Ferrara

Well, needless to say, there was usually something unique about the subject, something that stood out to me. Something that was, well.....special, special to me anyway; a perspective other people just didn't see or even care about. What can I say, I think seeing things differently from time to time is part of the process.

Believe it or not, I still have that little camera. I like to hang on to some things. I suppose that's why I like photography so much....pictures give us a chance to hang on to a little piece of history that will often be gone in an instant. 

The cameras I use today would have been considered science-fiction back when I had my little Kodak, not to mention the professional computers and post-processing software I work with. To me though, it's allllllll still "very cool". Even though most of my work is a fairly straightforward business, I still like photographs of the unusual. Thank goodness I don't have to worry about getting yelled at for "wasting film" anymore.

However, as much as I enjoy the artistic, creative side of photography, I take every assignment very seriously. This is, after all, my business. So when we get a chance to talk........if I go into way more detail than you expected or thought you needed; you know why.

Throughout my time as a photographer in New Orleans and elsewhere, it has been an incredible pleasure to work with so many unique, interesting people and fascinating subjects. New Orleans is truly a photographer's candy store of goodies! Pick a subject, pick a background…it’s all there.

My most important objective in the photography business is to clearly understand the client's needs and to provide professional results to everyone I have the pleasure of working with.

I hope to work with you soon.

~ Wayne Ferrara ~

My first camera in 1966 - Kodak Brownie ‘64 model.

My first camera in 1966 - Kodak Brownie ‘64 model.


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