a blog by Max Trombly


We crave human connection, not just pretty pictures. – Sue Bryce, photographer

I can look at a million photos taken by amateur and professional photographers alike, and when they lack connection, they simply don’t have what I wish they did.

All I ever want to see is real and honest people in the photos that I take. It’s truly that simple.

The man with a friendly smile

Maybe once a year I fly out of the New Orleans airport and have been doing so for around 5 years.  The screener that checks IDs has a wonderful smile and I had remembered him from previous flights. Anyway I mentioned to Jen that I recognized him and she replied with something along the lines of “Really? How often do you fly?” I proceeded forward and handed the man my ticket and ID. He looked at me, then my ID, then back me and and the following exchange occurred:

Him: “You must travel a lot.”
Me: “Why do you say that?”
Him: “You look familiar.”
Me: “About once a year and it’s nice to see you again.”

To this he replied with that wonderful smile and I was on my way. The whole thing made me laugh for some reason and it really makes me appreciate small airports and friendly people.

Photo by: Max Trombly

When I first met Annie and learned what she did for a living, I was humbled. She teaches a classroom full of exceptional children with very specific needs. They span every level of cognitive understanding and yet she keeps them together in one classroom. Annie is also a mother, an artist (constantly creating the most […]

an honest portrait.

Creating a successful portrait, to me, is to create a portrait of someone during a moment of which they are most honestly portraying a part of themselves. Maybe with confidence, maybe showing vulnerability, sometimes a portrait shows a deeper, more long standing version of a person, but other times it can show a person in a moment of stark contrast to their typical character. Moments such as these, are by no means, incorrect, or dishonest, we are truly diverse people having different sides to our personalities.

If there’s one side to a personality I like to capture more than any other, it’s a passive and content happiness in which a person is visibly relaxed and comfortable. Not with an overly ripe smile, but instead a peaceful state most evident by a release of tension often held in eyes and a persons face.

It’s such a soft place to be, so easily affected by shifts in emotion brought on by any influence.

I’d like to become a master at giving people a place to exist, even for a moment, in this state. At this point, I’d imagine it may take an entire lifetime to get there, but I truly don’t know. I’m only just beginning to understand what it takes to allow people to exist within this place.

It’s amazing. Truly.

Photo by: Max Trombly

The South is well known for it’s plantation homes. This is likely one of the most photographed views in all of Louisiana. Oak Alley Plantations row of live oak trees. They are truly beautiful and I was lucky to catch them on an overcast and humid day. Perfect!


A good friend stopped by my studio recently.  I first met Bella right after I moved to New Orleans, in 2007, at a club the night her burlesque troupe performed a show. I handed her a card and mentioned that I was interested in photographing her. I’m fairly certain she was skeptical but took the […]

Music that makes my heart sing, vol. 2

Peter Bradley Adams.

A fantastic find, thanks to Pandora Radio! How I’ve never heard this guy before is beyond me, he’s got 4 albums!
I came across Peter yesterday and his voice is simply beautiful. Such soulful songs.

Here’s a live performance of The Longer I run, from a radio show, I hope you enjoy it!

Peter Bradley Adams with “The Longer I run”

Photo by: Max Trombly

  Lex is awesome. Here is a selection of photographs from a recent portrait and fine art session that we shot at the studio.

simple tributes

My camera is the vessel that allows me to explore a world full of wonder.

My photographs are simply tributes to those most wonderful sights that I’ve ever seen, whether they be beautiful people, astounding places, or simple things.

Photo by: Max Trombly

Danielle is a very close friend of mine. I adore sharing her kitchen with her as we are both passionate about the food that we create.  A woman of many talents, she is also a nutrition specialist, a fantastic drummer, a fire performer and as of lately, a wonderful muse to work with while I […]