Before you make your final decision, Corine Tran of Studio Tran Photographers recommends that couples do their research ahead of time so they are prepared for the venue’s policies and costs. The venue may offer a discount or waive the photography fee if you are also having your wedding there. For comfort during the session, consider the time of year.
When considering how long of a session to book, consider the time required to go to another location, if desired. Usually one hour is sufficient for one location but not two.
Finally, be on time. “If the session is for 3 p.m., arrive and be ready to start at 3 p.m.,” Tran says.
If you’re looking for some ideas of where to have your photos taken in New Orleans, here are some popular spots and what you need to know:
1. City Park:
City Park requires a $50 permit for access to the park and the botanical gardens.
Photography inside the amusement park and Popp Fountain is prohibited.
The permit does not include use of the Sculpture Garden or the front of the New Orleans Museum of Art, but you can obtain access through a separate permit.
Call (504) 482-4888 or visit neworleanscitypark.com.
2. French Quarter:
The French Quarter is free with lots of fun and interesting backdrops.
3. Jackson Square:
This popular spot requires a $50 permit from the city’s Department of Parks and Parkways.
Brides should not expect to be able to sneak in.
Call (504) 658-3200 or visit nola.gov.
4. Armstrong Park:
Just like Jackson Square, Armstrong Park also requires a $50 permit from the city’s Department of Parks and Parkways.
Call (504) 658-3200 or go to nola.gov.
5. Race and Religious:
This location has become extremely popular for photo shoots.
There is a fee to photograph there, and appointments are required.
Preview photos and find contact information at raceandreligious.com.
Oak Alley Plantation, Houmas House Plantation and Gardens and Nottoway Plantation are all beautifully landscaped, and the locations provide gorgeous backdrops for bridal portraits or engagement photos. All three plantations require appointments, and all of them have a fee.
7. Longue Vue House and Gardens:
Longue Vue House and Gardens is beautifully landscaped. Appointments are required, and there is a fee.
Go to longuevue.com or call (504) 488-5488 for more details.