I prefer a photojournalistic, documentary-style approach to the craft of wedding photography. This means that I use my skills to candidly and unobtrusively capture the events and emotions of your day naturally as they unfold. My goal is to create stunningly beautiful images that tell a complete story and cause you to relive those moments every time you see them.
Additional photographic specialties include elopement photography, engagement portraits, bridal sessions, vow renewals, and I have extensive experience in capturing marriage proposals. I am also available for other special events, and portraits of families, children, and high school seniors as well.
Couples often remark that I was invisible most of the day as I photographed their ceremony and reception, and that I was fast and efficient, completing the formal group photographs and portraits of the couple in a timely and stress-free manner so that they could enjoy more of their reception with their family and friends. I am also universally praised as being a pleasant and enjoyable person to work with. It's no surprise that many of my bookings come from referrals from past brides and grooms. Very often I'll receive inquiries from newly-engaged brides who were bridesmaids at weddings I photographed, and on numerous occasions I've had families repeatedly hire me to photograph the weddings of all their children, which is the ultimate compliment.
I have been voted "Best of The Knot" for the past five years in a row by brides and grooms who have gotten married in south Louisiana and Mississippi, consistently receiving very positive reviews from my couples, and am a member of the Knot's Best of Weddings Hall of Fame. Here are just a few of the wonderful compliments my clients have given me in recent years:
Michael, we cannot thank you enough for being a part of our wedding day and for capturing so many beautiful memories. We will cherish these photos forever! We also wanted to express our sincere appreciation for your flexibility with all the last minute changes due to hurricane Nate. We could not have asked for a more memorable and special day. We know a lot of hard work goes into the edits and production after the event, and we certainly appreciate all you did to provide us with these beautiful pictures. Thank you again for everything!
— Morgan & Will, Latrobes on Royal, October 2017
Michael, thank you so, so much for the beautiful photographs you took at our wedding. We absolutely LOVE them! And we loved working with you! Thank you so much for all you did during our wedding day and for being such a professional – we appreciate it so much. Thank you again, Michael!
— Alexandra & Drew, ceremony at Hermann-Grima House, reception at Broussard's, September 2017
Dear Michael, we wanted to send a sincere THANK YOU for being such an amazing photographer! Your photos are stunning – you always know how to get every angle and how to make the slightest adjustments to make the shots perfect. Your are a pleasure to work with – always punctual, professional, and sweet! We absolutely loved working with you. I know there is no one who could have captured our best moments, faces and feelings like you did. I would recommend you to anyone, and approach you again with any of my photography wishes. We could not have had a better photographer, and we just wanted to let you know how much we appreciated you every step of the way!
— Christie & Brandon, Southern Oaks Plantation in New Orleans, March 2017
Thank you so much for being our photographer for our big day. From the engagement photos to the wedding day, all of your work was beautiful and flawless. We absolutely love our pictures and the photo albums you made for us and our parents. They are something we will always treasure.
— Todd & Ashley, ceremony at Our Lady of Good Counsel, reception at Audubon Tea Room in New Orleans, January 2017
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, ceremony at Holy Name of Jesus, reception at Palmettos on the Bayou in Slidell, October 2016
Thank you SO much for your amazing photography and incredible professionalism! Your photos are such a blessing and are a beautiful way to ensure our memories are forever preserved. We can't thank you enough! Merry Christmas!
— Keisha & Steve, Maison Dupuy Hotel in the French Quarter, June 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, and New Orleans Mardi Gras icon!), Beauregard-Keyes House, December 2015
Experienced, Full-Time Photographer
I'm proud to be a full-time wedding photographer, which enables me to devote the necessary time and attention to my clients before, during, and after the event in this heavily service-oriented business. I am among the most experienced and skilled professional wedding photographers in New Orleans and the surrounding area, having documented a wide variety of marriage celebrations over the past twelve years.
New Orleans wedding photographers and videographers get to work with a diverse range of clients at a wide variety of fascinating ceremony and reception venues with a tremendous amount of visual character, and unique southern traditions that you don't find in other parts of the country. One of my favorite aspects of this craft is that on any given weekend, I could be shooting in a quaint courtyard that dates back hundreds of years, a stunningly beautiful old church, a historic plantation, an elegant hotel, a park full of ancient moss-covered oak trees, or a modern and sophisticated event venue.
In addition to countless nondenominational civil marriage ceremonies in lushly landscaped French Quarter and Garden District courtyards, elegant hotels, beautiful parks, private homes, country clubs, and other 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 events.
I've worked with an equally diverse range of venues and guest counts, from a huge ceremony at a majestic and historic church followed by an opulent and extravagant ballroom reception with hundreds of guests, to an intimate and magical French Quarter courtyard gathering with only a few dozen close friends and family in attendance, and everything in between.
I believe a big part of why I've been so successful as a wedding photographer is that I genuinely enjoy I enjoy every aspect of the work, from discussing plans and logistics with brides and grooms, working with them on engagement portraits and bridal portraits, preparing for and capturing the big day itself, and the post-processing and album design work that takes place afterward. Weddings are, by choice, what I specialize in, and I greet each and every event with enthusiasm and a personal desire to capture beautiful images that my couples will treasure and that I will be proud of. I get a deep sense of fulfillment from creating pictures that I know my couples and their families, both present and future, will cherish forever.
Based in southeast Louisiana, I was born and raised in this area, and have lived here my entire life. For over twenty years, I have resided in the suburb of Slidell, where I live with my wife and four children. Having photographed at most of the popular venues for weddings in New Orleans and the surrounding area, I have extensive experience working in a wide variety of locations and conditions.
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:
- Abita Springs
- Baton Rouge