For the May issue, we’re featuring the 2009 New Orleans Heart and Soul Gala, presented by People’s Health. This annual gala benefits the American Heart Association of New Orleans.

The shoot was held at the Omni Royal Orleans and features Roland (seated) and Mary Von Kurnatowski of Tipitina’s (where the gala will be held this year – upstairs for patrons, but everyone downstairs for a “New Orleans Music Review” including Marva Wright, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, One Accord and more, all thanks to the Tipitina’s Foundation!), chair Roger Ogden and Carol Solomon, CEO of presenting sponsor People’s Health.

Make sure to look at the draperies in the back and try to imagine Executive Editor Bev Church standing on the chair to fix their draping to her liking, and Editor Morgan Packard on the chair, sans shoes, using photographer Greg Miles’ clamps to hold the curtain exactly right.

In picture 2, Bev is demonstrating the perfectly honed “Movie Star” photography technique.

Be sure to check out the final product on St. Charles Avenue’s May cover and the Heart and Soul Gala, May 28!