New Orleans Wedding Photographer Michael Caswell
I am a professional photographer 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 New Orleans photographer, which enables me to devote the necessary time and attention to my clients in this heavily service-oriented business. Photography services I offer include:
- Engagement Portraits
- Bridal Portraits
- Family Portraits
- Marriage Proposals
- Other Special Events
I've had the opportunity to document a wide variety of marriage celebrations. In addition to countless nondenominational civil ceremonies in courtyards, hotels, parks, private homes, country clubs, and event venues, I've photographed many traditional religious New Orleans weddings, including Catholic, Baptist, Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Jewish, as well as elaborate and intricate Indian/Hindu ceremonies. I am perfectly comfortable working with same-sex couples.
I've worked with an equally diverse range of venues and guest counts, from huge Catholic ceremonies at a majestic and historic church followed by opulent ballroom receptions with hundreds of guests, to intimate French Quarter courtyard gatherings with only a few dozen close friends and family in attendance. Though I've shot at most of the popular wedding venues in New Orleans and the surrounding area, with my extensive experience working at such a wide variety of locations, working at new locations is not a problem.
I shoot primarily with a photojournalistic, documentary-style approach, candidly capturing the events and emotions of the day naturally as they unfold, striving for stunningly beautiful images that tell the story of your day. I frequently hear from couples 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 loads 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 events.
Here are some of the wonderful compliments couples in recent years have given me:
"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
"Michael Caswell is the best! Not only were his photographs gorgeous, he was completely respectful of our guests and the event. Michael was brilliant at capturing the moments we wanted, while finding our guests in perfect happy spontaneity."
— Suzi & Shawn, Le Pavillon Hotel, 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, Saint 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, Saint 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 New Orleans 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, Saint 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 and I hope your new baby boy is doing awesome!"
— 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, New Orleans 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 countless 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 second line parade through the French Quarter is shooting one that has a lot of guests who are not from this area and have never experienced anything like it!
It can be challenging and stressful to plan a large event from across the country. Hiring a good planner can be very helpful and work wonders for alleviating this, and 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 handful of guests also choose this city, as it's perfect 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 in the French Quarter, City Park, or Audubon Park is a wonderful way to document the beginning of your new life together.
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 on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain in Slidell, Mandeville, Covington, Madisonville, Abita Springs, and Hammond. I also have had the pleasure of photographing weddings in Baton Rouge, as well as other parts of Louisiana such as Lafayette, Shreveport, Alexandria, and the numerous historic plantations that grace the banks of the Mississippi River. I enjoy documenting events in Mississippi and have worked along the Gulf Coast as well as the central areas of the state.