Last weekend I celebrated my 30th birthday in my hometown and favorite city of New Orleans. I was originally planning on shooting a wedding Friday night, but to my dismay the groom called it off. With my flight already booked & less then a month to go I decided to just make the most of it & add another day of fun to my birthday weekend. My birthday week didn’t start off well, I caught my nephew’s nasty cold and you know I must be feeling really bad when I even turn down a chance to see my fave New Orleans band, The Rebirth Brass Band, play their Tuesday night gig at the Maple Leaf. But the week of resting was worth it as thankfully I finally started feeling good enough by Friday night to make it out to see the classic jazz performers at Preservation Hall, have a mojito at Pat O’Brien’s, and then take in some random events around the French Quarter. It was the first time my associate photographer, Ashley, had been to New Orleans so I also had to take her by a few must-see spots such as Cafe du Monde, where instead of beignets we caught a glimpse of Mars (see slideshow). Saturday was my big night out on Frenchmen St. with friends, and I was very thankful Ashley was willing to document the night for me & let me leave my camera home. Sunday started with a Bloody Mary & a Saints win, relaxing in Lafayette Square with musician Jon Cleary at the Blues & BBQ festival, and finished off with a sunset view of the city from on top one of New Orleans many hidden rooftop patios, and a sloppy spicy dinner from Coops. It was definitely a great way to spend my 30th! Check out some of my fave fun shots of NOLA below. A few of these pictures will be available soon for sale, or check out some of my other fine art photography of New Orleans for sale online.