So many people work with photographers for engagement and wedding photos, but fewer treat their honeymoon as equally worthy of commemorating. Lauren and Eric’s French Quarter session shows just how powerful a honeymoon photoshoot can be. In this post, I share a peek into this session along with all the reasons it’s worth hiring a photographer to document your honeymoon.
Newlyweds Lauren and Eric chose New Orleans for their honeymoon because they were excited to experience the culture, including the amazing food. This city is so full of history, art, and decadent food that it’s a great place to travel after a wedding. New Orleans also has endless locations that are perfect for a honeymoon photoshoot.
I met up with Eric and Lauren at the Eliza Jane, a boutique hotel in the CBD. We talked about what they wanted out of their photo experience, and I designed a path through the French Quarter. We walked past colorful historic homes and fern-covered balconies as we made our way towards the river. The weather and light couldn’t have been better.
Lauren and Eric first found me through a blog post about an engagement session at Cafe Du Monde. They wanted this location to be the heart of their honeymoon photoshoot. Sometimes Cafe Du Monde can be crowded with long lines of people waiting to grab bags of fresh, sweet beignets. On the evening I was there with Lauren and Eric, we got lucky. The crowds were minimal, and a street performer played light jazz music on the sidewalk.
Cafe Du Monde is a fun place for couples photos because it’s fun and uniquely New Orleans. The green and white awning and fluffy white pastries are iconic. It’s also an easy place to relax and settle into an activity with your partner. Once the powdered sugar starts flying, it’s hard to take anything too seriously. From Cafe Du Monde, we walked over the riverfront. This spot along the Mississippi gives great views of the French Quarter and the river.
I took Polaroids throughout Lauren and Eric’s session. The warmth of the film has such a tangible quality. I love that they’re both immediate and have a vintage feel to them.
Working with Lauren and Eric showed me just how special a honeymoon photoshoot can be. There are so many reasons why professional images are a great way to commemorate this part of your wedding celebrations. Here are four of my favorites.
When you travel somewhere with as many iconic locations as New Orleans, it’s tempting to try to get “the photo” everywhere you go. A honeymoon photoshoot allows you to work with a photographer in the places that are most important to you. Throughout the rest of your honeymoon, you can relax and enjoy being present in those places without scrambling to find a stranger to take a phone photo.
Honeymoon destinations tend to have two worlds: one for tourists and one for locals. When you hire a local photographer, you get the local point of view. During their honeymoon photoshoot, Lauren and Eric kept saying how much they loved having a local to navigate the city and give inside tips. I loved recommending gems off the beaten path and showing them around some of my favorite places in the French Quarter!
Chances are that you’re bringing a favorite outfit on your honeymoon. Why not get dolled up and have a photo session before a nice dinner date? The French Quarter is full of candlelit restaurants that you can head to after your session. A photo session can be an easy lead into a romantic evening together.
Throughout the wedding process, people often spend money on engagement photos, bridals, and wedding photos. When you have a honeymoon photoshoot, you can round out your wedding album with memories from this lighthearted time. There’s something so intimate about the early days of being newlyweds, and it’s definitely photo-worthy.
Are you interested in doing a honeymoon photoshoot in New Orleans? I would love to document this unique part of your wedding celebrations. Reach out to me!