New Orleans Wedding Photographer Michael Caswell

Based in southeast Louisiana, I was born and raised in this area, and have lived here my entire life. I'm proud to be a full-time photographer, which enables me to devote the necessary time and attention to my clients both before and after the event in this heavily service-oriented business.  I am also among the most experienced professional wedding photographers in New Orleans and the surrounding area, having documented approximately 500 marriage celebrations over the past 12 years along with hundreds of portrait sessions and other event photography. Additional services I offer include:

I shoot primarily with a photojournalistic, documentary-style approach, candidly and unobtrusively capturing the events and emotions naturally as they unfold, striving for stunningly beautiful images that tell the story of your day. I frequently hear from my brides and grooms after they view their photographs that they hardly remember even seeing me and are amazed that I was able to capture all those wonderful moments so discretely.

New Orleans wedding photographers get to work with a diverse range of clients at a wide variety of fascinating ceremony and reception venues with a tremendous amount of character, and unique southern traditions that you don't find in other parts of the country. I thoroughly appreciate being given the privilege of documenting so many of these amazing celebrations.

Here are some of the wonderful compliments my clients in recent years have given me:

Thank you so much for being a very special part of our wedding! We appreciate you spending the day with us and capturing so many great moments! You were an absolute pleasure both before and throughout the whole wedding day. Thank you for being flexible with everything and really catering to all the crazy shots we requested! We're so glad we had you as our photographer!  We can't wait to see the rest of the photos!
— Rita Ann & Lawrence, Holy Name of Jesus & Palmettos, 2016

Thank you so much for your beautiful work. We couldn't be more pleased! We are so glad we chose you to capture our special day! Thank you again!
— Katy and Brantley, elopement in Algiers, 2016

Arthur Hardy here, completely blown away at your photos of our son's wedding... Count me in if you need an endorsement or testimonial. Your work is superb and I will be happy to shout it from the rooftops.
— Arthur Hardy (father of groom), Beauregard-Keyes House, 2015

I just want to thank you again for capturing our special day. We have shared your blog post and people are raving about the photos and can't wait to see more.
— Danni & Brandon, Maison Dupuy Hotel, 2015

When I got our pictures back I was blown away by how beautiful they are and how Michael truly captured the spirit of our special day. This was a challenge with our giant wedding party. He was able to capture the fun of the day while preserving the beautiful memories. I highly recommend this talented and professional photographer!
— Julianne & Michael, Holy Name of Jesus Church & Southern Oaks Plantation, 2015

Thank you for all your help and working with us to make this special day magnificent! We appreciate your patience and all the time you spent with us! I am very grateful for all you've done to make our marriage ceremony the most beautiful day of our lives!
— Dawn & Todd, Bourbon Orleans Saint Ann Cottage, 2014

I can't stop looking through all of the pictures! You did such an amazing job and I am so thankful for all of your work. The pictures are beautiful and I just cannot thank you enough.
— Emily & Ryan, St. Louis Cathedral & Riverview Room, 2014

Michael is a dream come true in a photographer. As anyone who would probably read this review would know, wedding planning is stressful. Many just don't make the process easy or comfortable. Not Michael. He made every step of the way pleasant, was always understanding, friendly, and responsive, and couldn't have been a better photographer.
— Sarah & Cayman, Immaculate Conception Church & Roosevelt Hotel, 2014

Yesterday we gifted photos you had sent. We had them enlarged, framed and some canvased. When my mother in law, father, father in law, grandpa and grandma (we gave a lot!) opened their presents they were quiet and just stared with eyes watered. Your ability to capture a photo and take people back to that moment it happened is nothing short of amazing and for that I thank you.
— Nikki & Josh, Southern Oaks Plantation, 2014

I guess the best thing to say about Michael is that you couldn't really tell he was there. He wasn't 'directing' anything--but when I got my pics back, I couldn't believe how beautiful he captured the moment and I didn't even realize we were being photographed. I couldn't be more pleased and have recommended him to everyone I know getting married in New Orleans. Book Michael!
— Renee & Garrett, St. Louis Cathedral & Pat O's on the River, 2014

Thank you so much for being so easy to work with and photographing our wedding. Your work is one of a kind, and I cannot wait to see how everything turns out.
— Kim & Brandon, Royal Sonesta Hotel, 2013

We cannot say enough about your talent and style as a photographer! You were so kind, flexible, and fun to work with. I cannot wait to see the rest of the photos you captured, because the ones on the blog are just stunning! We will rave about you.
— Meghan & Billy, St. Stephen's Church & Rosy's Jazz Hall, 2012

Thank you Michael for going above and beyond on our wedding day! Our pictures are amazing and we are so blessed that we will have such great documentation of one of the best days of our lives! Thank you again!
— Lauren & Justin, Palmettos on the Bayou, Slidell, 2012

What beautiful pictures!! You’ve done such a wonderful job capturing the love and pure joy that we felt that night. Can’t wait to see the rest of them! Thank you for your great work!
— Emily & Scott, Board of Trade, 2010

Destination Wedding Photography in New Orleans

The Crescent City is one of the top destination wedding cities in the country, and it's not hard to understand why: a fascinating city overflowing with rich history and unique culture, awesome music, great food, and a wide assortment of amazing event venues large and small. Because marriage celebrations here will often have many guests from out of town, this makes our unique cultural traditions even more enjoyable to document, as the only thing more fun than shooting a chaotically festive and raucous second line parade through the French Quarter is shooting one that consists mostly of guests who are not from this area and have never experienced anything like it! A very frequent phrase I overhear among guests at these events is, "this is the BEST wedding I've ever been to", spoken in a way that clearly indicates the comment is genuine and not merely a platitudinous remark.

It can be challenging and stressful to plan a large event from across the country. Hiring a good event planner can be very helpful and work wonders for alleviating this, and as one of the most experienced wedding photographers in New Orleans, I am also happy to assist you with vendor recommendations and with determining the ideal timing of your special day to achieve the best possible photographs and least amount of stress.

Many couples who decide have an intimate wedding with just a small number of guests also choose this city, as there are a number of French Quarter and Garden District venues ideal for this type of gathering.  Even if you are eloping to New Orleans and plan to have a brief ceremony with just the two of you in the French Quarter, a park, or the courthouse, an elopement portrait session is a wonderful way to document the beginning of your new life together as a married couple.

Other Areas Served

I am available to document events across a widespread area in the Gulf South region with no travel fees. I regularly shoot in Mississippi and the Gulf Coast, and throughout other areas of Louisiana such as: