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:
As a New Orleans wedding photographer, I've had the opportunity to document a wide variety of marriage celebrations. In addition to countless nondenominational civil marriages in courtyards, hotels, parks, private homes, country clubs, and event venues, I've photographed many traditional religious ceremonies, 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 some of my recent couples have recently given me:
"Michael Caswell is a wonderful photographer! He is so easy to work with and get in touch with. I'm so lucky he was available for my wedding date, I had been following his work for years!"
Shannon & Colton, Slavonian Lodge, Biloxi, 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 & Southern Oaks Plantation, 2015
"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
"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 & Roosevelt Hotel, 2014
"Michael was very responsive, friendly, personable and respectful of our culture we brought to our wedding."
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
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 to elope or have an intimate wedding with just a handful of guests also choose New Orleans, as it's the perfect location for this type of gathering. I enjoy shooting these smaller events, as often the portrait session with the couple ends up getting more time and attention than with a larger wedding with a fuller schedule.
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.