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Elope in New Orleans – Clesi’s at Bottinelli Place

We are always on the hunt for great places to hold small weddings and elopements, so when we were invited to check out the space that Clesi’s recently renovated at Bottinelli Place, our eyes lit up.  Nestled in between the cemeteries right at the foot of Canal Street is this spectacular little block that looks like it stepped right out of an Italian villa.  “I wonder what a bride would look like in that spot?” our collective minds start churning.  So we decided to stop wondering and make it happen with a styled shoot.  We put out a call to some of our favorite vendors, and the response was phenomenal.  Every single vendor was generous, and sent us their best, to help us put together a dream New Orleans elopement shoot.  Our beautiful models were generous with their time, and they were troopers to work with us in the brutal New Orleans late summer heat.  They invited us into their home for get ready, which gives us a great glimpse of who they are, and helps us show off a perfect example of how the get ready portion of elopement day is such a crucial part of the story.  Take a look at what we shot for inspiration for your New Orleans elopement! Contact us to help plan your elopement, and check out the links below to incorporate any of these beautiful looks into your special day.

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Vendor Love:

Venue:  Clesi’s at Bottinelli Place
Hair/Makeup:  Verde Beauty
Bride’s dresses:  Bliss Bridal
Groom’s suit:  Tuxedos to Geaux
Florals:  Iris
Officiant:  Spooky Girl
Videography:  Tone Weddings

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    Oh Hello “Fall!!”

    I know, I know it’s not technically fall, and the last few weeks have been a real sweat fest, with no end in sight, but we are getting to that part of year where it’s time to start thinking about fall. As much as I want to hold onto the last strands of summer, reality has called it a day and all of the “~ber” months are peeking around the pages of the calendar and that means the holidays are coming soon!  The kids are back in school, there’s pumpkin paraphernalia in every retail outlet, pumpkin spiced lattes are brewing at the coffee shop and I kid you not, I walked out my front door last night and saw the glow of orange lights adorning one of my neighbor’s doors.  I think they are planners, and even though I haven’t met them yet, I think I like them. I need to go introduce myself.  I mean, you put up those orange lights now, and eventually it is going to be Halloween, am I right?

    The Time to Book for Fall is Now

    Are you thinking to yourself, “I want to be a planner and be on top of the holiday game this year?”  You go ahead and start gathering your pumpkin spice everything and getting it out to the front porch!  I’ll be there to cheer you on and applaud your enthusiasm, just like I do my orange light neighbors.  If you want to stay in the holiday spirit and enthusiastically get your holiday cards out the door by the beginning of December, I can also help you out.  If you’ve got even a whisper of a thought about orchestrating a fall family photo session to facilitate holiday cards, now’s the time to hop aboard. Ideally, getting those family photos taken in October is the best way to insure that we have time to shoot, view, edit and order in time for those images to be in your hands by early December.  Since October is pretty much the first time the weather breaks and we can start moving around outside, October’s RSVP list is filling up fast! But fear not – a few openings remain for mid-October and early November.  So drop us a note so we can secure your spot.  Let’s turn moments into memories!

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      What Should We Wear for Our Family Photo Shoot?


      Taking family photos can be fun and oh, so worth the effort, but we’re not going to lie … we know that it can also be pretty stressful!  Between getting everyone together, to choosing a location, it takes a lot of coordination.  But we are here to guide you and to make this as pain-free as possible!  Hopefully by now you’ve decided where it is we are going to shoot your session. The next step is to figure out what everyone should wear.  Choosing the right outfits can turn your family photos from “meh” to “that’s a framer!” so, it’s important!  You’re going to be looking at that photo on the wall for years to come! So let’s dive into it.  We’ve got the ultimate style scoop to make your family photos pop!


      Begin by choosing a color palette.  (Here’s a color palette generator you can try.) You could start with your favorite color, what color looks best on you or what color is going to go well with the room where the photo will be hanging on the wall.  Then think coordination, not matching! Gone are the days of everyone wearing the exact same color.  The best group photos are where everyone’s outfits look cohesive. Once you’ve selected the color palette, ask everyone to choose their outfits within that palette. The color palette can be opposites (blue and yellow, red and blue), or monochrome (shades of blue). Don’t be afraid to mix patterns and textures within the same color palette.  The key is to balance bold patterns with more subdued ones. If dad’s rocking that plaid shirt, have the rest of the crew tone it down with solid colors, or have the ladies wear a floral in the same shade.

      Extended Family Photo Shoot


      Once you’ve got the colors down, make sure your group looks cohesive in style, as well. We usually say, make sure that everyone looks like they are going to the same party. It can be a casual party, or a dressy party …. Just make sure you are all going to the same party!

      Family Photos in the French Quarter

      Extended Family Photos


      It is best to avoid any kind of shirts that have large logos or lettering, like T-shirts with writing.  Really bright neon colors, like neon greens and yellows should also be avoided because they can cast colors on the faces.

      Gather everyone’s outfits up and see how they coordinate together.  If you want to shoot a photo of it and text it to us for advice, feel free!  That is what we are here for.  We want your family photos to be the best they can be for you and for us!!


      Be sure and check out our Pinterest Board to see some more examples of great family outfits.


      We can’t wait to see what amazing combinations you come up with to totally rock your photo sessions!


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        Ideas for Family Photo Locations in New Orleans

        Making the decision to have family photos taken is one of the best things you can do for your family. You are making the time to let your family know they are important, and taking a huge step toward preserving your family’s legacy.  Families sometimes get bogged down with the logistics, such as what to wear or which location should they choose to have their photos taken.  A good professional photographer will be able to work with your family and guide you as to the best outfit choices and the best time of day to be photographed.  When it comes to the location, we love to get our clients’ input.  The location should not just be in good light, with a nice colorful aspect, but we believe that the best locations are those that are part of the client’s history and personal story.

        What does your family do together for fun?

        Start by thinking, what is it that your family does together for fun?  Do you engage in a particular sport or hobby?  Where did the parents meet or get married?  What is your profession, and do you do that in a location that might be fun to preserve?  Get creative and put some thought into it ahead of time for lasting memories that will be handed down for generations!

        Family Photos

        Whether you’re looking for historic charm, natural beauty, or a lively urban scene, New Orleans has it all for capturing beautiful family moments.  These are some of our favorites, and we are always open to new and different ideas!

        City Park

        City Park is one of our most requested venues to shoot, and we love it!  There are several different areas in the park where we can shoot, making it easy to capture a number of different scenes. Note that there is a $75.00 permit required for us to shoot in the park.

        New Orleans Family Photo in City Park

        Considerations when looking for a location that accommodates large or multi-generational families:  look for a location that has steps or some kind of levels for staggering the subjects in the image. Butler Fountain, near City Park Avenue, is ideal for this and gives a nice area with steps that we can layer the family members on.  We’ve also used the front steps of the Ladder Library on St. Charles Avenue on a Sunday morning, when the library was closed.

        Family Photos at City Park

        The Sculpture Garden in City Park

        Located within City Park, the sculpture garden is a beautiful setting that is filled with tons of gorgeous plants, flowers and moss covered trees.  It also houses the “Love” sculpture, a true family favorite!  There is a separate fee of $75.00 required to shoot in the Sculpture Garden, so many of our clients choose either the Sculpture Garden, or City Park.

        Family Photos at the Sculpture Garden

        Audubon Park

        If a park setting is what you are looking for, and you do not want to pay the permit fees for City Park or Sculpture Garden, there are lots of places we love to shoot in Audubon Park.  Each of the parks have the beautiful oak trees, so if a green, natural setting is what your family is after, Audubon Park would be a good choice.

        Family Photos at Audubon Park

        Family Photos at Audubon Park

        The French Quarter

        This is the place New Orleans is most famous for and one of the most requested places by out of town guests, and locals alike.  The French Quarter is a colorful, historic backdrop that makes any photoshoot come to life.  There is a $50 fee required to shoot inside of Jackson Square, but there are plenty of places we shoot around the square that can capture the Cathedral in the background, and we know lots of places that capture the colorful shotgun houses and historic landmarks that make the city famous.

        Family Photos in the French Quarter

        Family Photos in the French Quarter

        Family Photos in the French Quarter

        The Bywater

        This eclectic neighborhood is a treasure trove of artistic expression. The vibrant street art, quirky storefronts, and unique architecture in Bywater make for a fun and distinctive backdrop that reflects the city’s vibrant creative spirit.

        Family Photos in the Bywater

        Algiers Point

        Just across the river, Algiers Point offers a slice of small-town charm within the city. The colorful Creole cottages, cobblestone streets, and local shops create a cozy and intimate atmosphere perfect for capturing heartwarming family moments.  Depending on the height of the river, there is also a small beach that can be accessed with views of the city in the background.

        Family Photos at Algiers

        Family Photos at Algiers

        Crescent Park

        Enjoy breathtaking views of the Mississippi River and the city skyline from this scenic park, creating a modern and dynamic backdrop for your family portraits.

        Family Photos at Crescent Park

        A local fair, festival or amusement area

        This photo was taken in the amusement area inside of Audubon Zoo.  The Zoo is a wonderful location for photography, and our clients generally bring us in with them on their family pass.  For the additional price of a carousel ride, we were able to capture this precious image.  Considerations for shooting in the zoo:   think about going in during a week day and close to closing time.  The zoo will be less crowded and the light will be softer and create a better shooting environment.


        The Family Home

        The family home is one of our favorite places to photograph a family and create a story that is uniquely yours!  What better place to show your family being who they are than in the place where they live and play.  We love to come in and find spots of beautiful light in your home, and this is a great way to include the family pets, too!

        Family Photos at the Family Home

        Family Photos at the Family Home

        A Local Business or Anywhere You Love to Have Fun

        Where does your family love to hang out?  A snowball stand, a fishing camp (yes, we’ve gone to one of those), a fun bar, a fun restaurant.  Think of what your family loves to do together, and often it just involves a call to the manager of a business to work out the logistics, or a quick ask on the day of shooting.  Don’t be afraid to ask us about your favorite place.  You never know what we might be up for!


        Longue Vue House and Garden, or Other Garden

        Longue Vue House and Garden is a private historic estate tucked away in the area right at the New Orleans/Metairie boundary.  Although there is a fee associated with shooting there, the gardens make for some of the most stunning scenery you can find and is well worth the price of admission.  Similar places with beautiful gardens might be many of the historic plantations that line the River Road just west of the New Orleans area, or cute little courtyard gardens that are part of some of the smaller boutique hotels in the French Quarter.


        Your Local Park

        We often say, “a park is a park is a park” … which means that as long as we can find greenery, we can photograph a beautiful outdoor look.  There are many little local parks that could provide just the scenery you are looking for, such as the Veteran’s Park in Kenner, which contains some of the remnants of Pontchartrain Beach, or the green areas in Lake Vista.

        Family Photos at Veterans Park

        Family Photos at Lake Vista

        A College or School Campus

        If a member of the family is attending school or college in the New Orleans area, this can be a wonderful place to shoot family photos that has a very special connection to the members of the group.  The photo below was taken on the campus of Dillard University.  However we have shot on many college campuses in and around the New Orleans area, as well as high school campuses.  Just make sure you have contacted the school office or security to make sure that permission is allowed before shooting.New_Orleans_Family_Photography


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        • carolgreat post here, love all the options you can have for family shoots, especially the local buisness you love idea 🙂ReplyCancel