I am a wedding photographer based in southeast Louisiana. I was born and raised in in this area, and have lived here my entire life. I currently reside in Slidell, LA with my wife of almost 20 years and our four wonderful children. I regularly document events throughout the greater New Orleans area, Baton Rouge, the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and beyond. I primarily photograph weddings as well as bridal portraits and engagement portraits, and also enjoy family and senior portraits.
I'm proud to be a full-time photographer, which enables me to focus all of my attention on my valued clients and not be distracted while trying to run such a heavily service-oriented business in my spare time. My "weekends" are typically Thursdays and Fridays, so when I show up on Friday evening, Saturday, or Sunday to photograph your wedding, I am not exhausted, mentally drained, and dreading the long day on my feet after having worked a grueling 40 hour week, but rather am fresh, rested, and eager to go.
I've had the opportunity to document a wide variety of marriage celebrations. I've photographed many traditional Catholic, Baptist, Episcopal, Lutheran, and Presbyterian weddings, as well as countless nondenominational civil ceremonies. Additionally, I have shot Jewish weddings, and have experience with elaborate Indian/Hindu ceremonies as well. I am perfectly comfortable with same-sex weddings, having photographed several of these. I've worked in an equally diverse range of venues and guest counts, from huge Catholic ceremonies at the historic St. Louis Cathedral with hundreds of guests, to intimate French Quarter courtyard weddings. I even once photographed a marriage that took place in a hot air balloon! Though I've shot at most of the popular venues in this area, with my extensive experience, shooting at unfamiliar locations is not a problem.
There is no better place to get married than this city, and I thoroughly appreciate being given the privilege of documenting so many of these wonderful events. Wedding photographers in New Orleans get to work with a diverse range of clients at a seemingly uncountable number of fascinating and character-laden ceremony and reception venues, with many unique southern traditions that you don't find in other parts of the country. I've been told that New Orleans weddings typically receive a much higher than average percentage of positive RSVPs, and it's not hard to understand why... people are much more likely to be willing to carve some time out of their busy schedule to attend a wedding if they also get the benefit of being able to visit this amazing city. Combined with the fact that New Orleans is among the top destination wedding cities in the country, marriage celebrations here will often have many guests from out of town, which makes our unique traditions even more enjoyable to photograph... the only thing more fun than shooting a second line parade through the French Quarter is shooting one that consists mostly of guests who are not from the New Orleans area and have never experienced anything like it!
Other benefits to getting married in New Orleans include the fantastic food, and the incredible musicians who live here who are available to perform for your ceremony, reception, or second line parade.
We have some amazing venues here, some polished and refined, others quirky and unusual. Some of my favorites include The Chicory, Southern Oaks Plantation, The Musée Conti Wax Museum, The Elms Mansion, and Latrobes. The famous House of Blues and Rosy's Jazz Hall are great choices as well (both feature large stages), and there are also numerous beautiful courtyards in the French Quarter ideally suited for weddings, such as Hotel Mazarin, the Pharmacy Museum, the Hermann-Grima House, and the Maison Dupuy. And if a spacious and elegant ballroom is what you have in mind, the Omni Royal Orleans, Royal Sonesta, and Roosevelt Hotel, are just a few of the options.
This area also offers numerous outdoor locations for couples seeking a more open setting for their wedding in New Orleans. Jackson Square is a very popular option. City Park has the Peristyle, the Botanical Garden, and Popp Fountain, which are located near popular reception venues such as the Pavilion of the Two Sisters and the Arbor Room. Audubon Park also has several ideal locations for outdoor ceremonies, and features close proximity to the Audubon Tea Room and Golf Clubhouse for receptions.
In addition to photographing weddings in New Orleans, I also service a widespread area in the Gulf South region with no travel fees. I regularly shoot events on the Northshore in Mandeville, Covington, Madisonville, Abita Springs, and Hammond. I love photographing weddings in the great state of Mississippi, and have worked in Gulfport, Biloxi, Bay St. Louis, Diamondhead, Gautier, Ocean Springs, Pass Christian, Picayune, Hattiesburg, and the Jackson area. I also have the pleasure of photographing weddings in Baton Rouge, as well as other parts of Louisiana such as Lafayette, Shreveport, and the various historic plantations that grace the banks of the Mississippi River.