Oh, how we love New Orleans! Between the contemporary look and feel of the Arts/Warehouse District to the French Quarter and its romantic tree-lined parks, dripping with Spanish moss, NOLA is endlessly photogenic. Add in a sultry atmosphere and one of the best live music scenes in the country, and you have all of the ingredients for creating inspiring art, as the following shutterbugs know. When you’re looking for immensely skilled New Orleans family photographers to capture the story of your life in the Big Easy, let this list be your guide. All of these creatives are all top-notch!
A fine art photographer and Photoshop wizard, Annie Whitaker has a dreamy style that we cannot get enough of. Her photos exude softness — from skin to textures, each frame is almost romantic in its glowing goodness. Focusing on the motherhood journey, she specializes in photographing maternity, newborns, and babies, creating art you will treasure forever. Boasting an awe-inspiring portfolio featuring works reminiscent of a storybook, Annie is the real deal.
2. Teena Whitmore of Time Worn Tales Photography
Teena Whitmore is more than a photographer, she is an artist who’s adept at crafting both fantastical sets and costumes for her clients’ portraits. Her style is best described as a mix between fairytale and playful, which suits the personality of her subjects very well. From the process of designing the concept to editing the end result, everything about Teena’s work is stunning. She’s among the most talented New Orleans family photographers for a reason.
There is an art to photographing newborns beyond the workings of the camera — it’s about posing fragile new bodies and keeping them comfortable, all while creating heirlooms. Dawn Roe is familiar with this art, and her years of experience show in her portraits. From her natural light studio, Dawn creates luminous portraits of your new bundle of joy with charming posing, packed with personality. Family portraits are a mix of polished and playful, making every family look like they are the feature in a magazine while also staying real. Dawn is an all-around amazing photographer — take a look at her work and you’ll agree!
A talented photographer who’s skilled at producing family photographs as well as weddings and portraits — Chelsea Rousey’s work is clean, bright, and beautiful. Her minimalist style is perfect for keeping the focus on her subjects. Luminous white is gorgeous for newborn portraits, accentuating the softness of hair and skin. If you are a lover of clean simplicity, Chelsea is the perfect photographer for you!
A fashion publicist, lifestyle photographer, and traveler, Jillian Greenberg has harnessed her experiences to develop her own distinct style. She has an eye for both stylish settings and beautiful moments. Her family portraits have a documentary flair, as the images are simple and authentic, telling the story of a family in each frame. Jillian’s work radiates a polished editorial vibe, perfect for when you want the messy moments of your life to somehow appear magazine-worthy.
6. Rachel Mayo
Technically based out of Baton Rouge but serving all of southern Louisiana, Rachel Mayo had to make this list — her in-home portraits are too stunning to pass up. Her style is raw and documentary-inspired, the definition of authentic. All of her editing is gorgeous, too, contributing to her unique style — high-contrast, slightly desaturated hues, and an instinct for when to click the shutter. Rachel’s work is virtually flawless, just scroll through her Insta and be blown away by the combination of emotion and technique on display.
With a heartfelt touch in each of her photos, Olivia Grey is a photographer of emotion — joy, love, freedom, the hesitant expectation of a new family — it’s all on display in her work. She combines two talents: an eye for styling the perfect photograph and capturing genuine feeling. Her work is expressive; whether in black and white or color, each portrait evokes emotion in the viewer. We love Olivia’s poignant style and think you will, too.
Brooke Nguyen does it all — maternity, newborn, and family portraits — and she does them all with her polished style. Favoring natural light, she produces timeless classic photos with a modern twist. Her breathtaking style is accented with playful touches, such as local style props (beads and masks, of course!) and fun angles. She is sure to delight you with her refreshing perspective.
Whatever your vision for your family photos, whether it is fanciful or leans more toward a documentary style, airy or fitting with the atmosphere of the city, one of these New Orleans family photographers is sure to outperform your expectations. Check them out!