Choosing good spots in New Orleans for Engagement Photos is fairly easy when you consider all of the charm and culture that exudes from every corner of the city. Narrowing down the options is the difficult part since we only have a limited amount of time. I’ve put together a list of my favorite spots in the city for engagement sessions to point you in the right direction.
City Park is New Orleans’ largest park and has a ton of options for just about any session. There are lush, open fields and huge, sprawling oak trees covered in hanging moss. You can’t go wrong with just about anywhere in the park, and it’s always a good place to start.
When most people think of New Orleans, images from the French Quarter appear. The Quarter is iconic. The wrought iron balconies and multicolored homes and businesses are a perfect backdrop for your New Orleans engagement photos. One pro-tip for Quarter sessions is to plan for a sunrise session (I know, I know, lol) to beat the crowds and traffic. Although right now that isn’t as much of an issue with much of the quarter being empty due to COVID.
The Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods have some of my favorite spots New Orleans engagement photos. There are so many interesting backdrops to choose from – you’ll never find two that are the same. All the charm of the French Quarter but just a little quieter. Crescent Park is also a great option for a more industrial feel.
This is another great spot for New Orleans engagement photos if you’re looking for the classic New Orleans architecture. Located around Magazine Street, there are tons of great shops and cafes to explore as well as the many beautiful homes.
Now for a couple more specific spots for New Orleans engagement photos. The first is The Botanical Gardens at City Park. The greenhouse here will take you out of New Orleans and drop you into a desert. The tones and textures here are different from any other in the City. You will need to pay for a photo permit and a ticket to get into the gardens.
One of my favorite places to both photograph and shop, Peaches Records is a great little gem on my list of New Orleans engagement photo spots. Located on Magazine right next to a bar, it’s a great place to end a session and then go for a drink.
I only put this one in as an example of the couple choosing a place that was significant to them. Seema and Sanjin got engaged at Hansen’s and we were able to do a last-minute session there a few days before their wedding. Now you don’t have to do your session at a snowball shop (although I’m definitely not opposed to it). We only shot for about thirty minutes but we were able to make some incredible photos because of how much this place meant to Seema and Sanjin.