My name is Michael Caswell and I’m a New Orleans wedding and portrait photographer based in Slidell, LA. I’ve documented more than 600 weddings in the New Orleans area, Baton Rouge, the Mississippi Gulf Coast region, and other locations since 2005, and I’d love to photograph yours too!
I employ a photojournalistic, documentary-style approach to the craft of wedding photography. This means that I use my skills and many years of experience behind the camera to candidly and unobtrusively capture the events and emotions of your day naturally as they unfold. My goal is to create stunningly beautiful and authentic pictures that tell a complete story and let you relive those moments every time you look through your wedding photographs.
I've photographed many small weddings and elopements over the years, and these intimate ceremonies are becoming increasingly popular for couples who are seeking an alternative to completely postponing their planned nuptial celebration that is being affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Additional photographic specialties include engagement portraits, bridal sessions, vow renewals, and I have extensive experience in capturing marriage proposals. I am also available for documenting other special events, and portraits of families, children, and high school seniors as well.
I'm proud to be a full-time photographer, which enables me to devote the necessary time and attention to my clients before, during, and after the event in this heavily service-oriented business. I am among the most experienced and skilled professional wedding photographers in New Orleans and the surrounding area, having documented a large number and wide variety of marriage celebrations over the past 15 years.
New Orleans wedding photographers and videographers are fortunate in that we get to work with a diverse range of clients at a wide variety of fascinating ceremony and reception venues with a tremendous amount of visual character, and unique southern traditions that you don't find in other parts of the country. One of the most enjoyable aspects of this craft is that on any given weekend, I could be shooting in a quaint French Quarter courtyard that dates back hundreds of years, a stunningly beautiful old church, a historic old building, a spacious and elegant hotel ballroom, a scenic park full of graceful and ancient moss-covered oak trees, a rustic looking barn, or a modern and sophisticated event venue.
I believe a big part of why I've been so successful as a wedding photographer is that I genuinely enjoy I enjoy every aspect of the work, from discussing plans and logistics with my couples, working with them on engagement portraits and bridal portraits, preparing for and capturing the big day itself, and the image editing and album design work that takes place afterward. I even enjoy boxing up and shipping my couples' wedding albums to them! Weddings are, by choice, what I specialize in, and I greet each and every couple's event with enthusiasm and a personal desire to capture beautiful images that my clients will treasure and that I will be proud of. I get a deep sense of pride and personal fulfillment from creating pictures that I know my couples and their families, both present and future, will cherish forever.
You did a great job! I am so happy I chose you as my photographer. You truly made this a pleasant experience for us especially during this stressful year. We received our wedding book. It looks amazing! Thank you for the beautiful pictures and all your help. If we ever need a photographer in New Orleans you know I will contact you.
— Lori & Clayton, Le Musée de f.p.c. in New Orleans & a lakefront Airbnb in Slidell, October 2020
Dear Michael, it was such a pleasure to work with you and we are so thankful to have photos that beautifully capture our wedding day. They will be cherished forever! Many thanks!
— Killian & Chris, St. Mary's Catholic Church & The Roosevelt Hotel, New Orleans, December 2019
Michael, I cannot say thank you enough for the incredible job you did! Thank you so much for capturing our day, making sure you got all the shots I asked for. Thank you for doing it in a timely manner and easing all of my worries. Thank you for your professionalism and time from the beginning, for the meetings and countless questions, emails, and phone calls. The sneak peeks look incredible, and I'm giddy and excited to see the rest! Thanks again!
— Amy & Shawn, Trinity Banquets & Receptions in Slidell, August 2019
Dear Michael, we want to take the opportunity to thank you for your photography services on our wedding day. You made our entire wedding planning process run smooth by capturing the moments on the biggest day of our lives! We truly cannot thank you enough for all of your work in preparation of and during our wedding. We plan to recommend your services on social media and let the world know the outstanding job that you did!
— Chantae & Jack, Hotel Mazarin in the French Quarter, November 2018
Michael!! Oh my gosh you are amazing!! These are perfection! You captured every single detail and so many wonderful shots of us and our family/friends! We can't believe how you made your way around the space, especially during the ceremony – you are a photo ninja! We cannot thank you enough for capturing these moments – so excited!
— Taryn & Christopher, Compass Point Events in Algiers, April 2018
Dear Michael, we wanted to send a sincere THANK YOU for being such an amazing photographer! Your photos are stunning – you always know how to get every angle and how to make the slightest adjustments to make the shots perfect. Your are a pleasure to work with – always punctual, professional, and sweet! We absolutely loved working with you. I know there is no one who could have captured our best moments, faces and feelings like you did. I would recommend you to anyone, and approach you again with any of my photography wishes. We could not have had a better photographer, and we just wanted to let you know how much we appreciated you every step of the way!
— Christie & Brandon, Southern Oaks in New Orleans, March 2017
Thank you so much for being a very special part of our wedding! We appreciate you spending the day with us and capturing so many great moments! You were an absolute pleasure both before and throughout the whole wedding day. Thank you for being flexible with everything and really catering to all the crazy shots we requested! We're so glad we had you as our photographer! We can't wait to see the rest of the photos!
— Rita Ann & Lawrence, ceremony at Holy Name of Jesus in New Orleans, reception at Palmettos on the Bayou in Slidell, October 2016
Thank you SO much for your amazing photography and incredible professionalism! Your photos are such a blessing and are a beautiful way to ensure our memories are forever preserved. We can't thank you enough! Merry Christmas!
— Keisha & Steve, Maison Dupuy Hotel in the French Quarter, June 2016
Arthur Hardy here, completely blown away at your photos of our son's wedding... Count me in if you need an endorsement or testimonial. Your work is superb and I will be happy to shout it from the rooftops.
— Arthur Hardy (father of the groom, and famous New Orleans Mardi Gras historian!), Beauregard-Keyes House in the French Quarter, December 2015
What I love best about photographing weddings in this area is the incredible diversity of how we celebrate here, and, quite simply, how much fun people have doing so. When I look through wedding pictures from other parts of the country and the world, I'll admittedly sometimes have a slight bit of envy at some of the gorgeous environments these photographers have at their disposal. Beautiful mountain scenery, unimaginably opulent ballrooms, amazing looking desert landscapes, lush prairies, beaches with white sugar sand and crystal clear water.
But what I enjoy shooting most of all are people – specifically, people having fun. And as you look through my portfolio and those of my fellow wedding photographers in New Orleans, you'll see that it's abundantly clear that no place in America has weddings that are more uniquely fun than here. And on top of that, we still have plenty of beautiful churches, fabulous event venues, and gorgeous scenery!
I overhear it often while I'm shooting: "this is the best wedding I've ever been to!" While gracing a bride with a compliment like this may be the polite and expected thing to do, and thus should be taken with a grain of salt, it should be noted that I frequently hear those kinds of comments made just among guests themselves, and typically with a lot of colorful adjectives (and occasionally expletives!) thrown in, so there's not really a "I'm going to tell the bride that her wedding was great just to make her feel good" factor there.
Often when I hear these kinds of compliments, it's during destination weddings where most or all of the guests are from out of town. Not that locals don't also love New Orleans weddings and have a great time, it's just that they've perhaps previously attended events here, so they already know what to expect and perhaps aren't quite as easily blown away.
Another thing I sometimes hear from my couples is the story of how they ended up deciding to get married in New Orleans, how they were visiting the city, perhaps on a business trip, a convention, or a vacation, and they stumbled onto a second line parade marching through the streets of the French Quarter with a bride and groom and their guests clearly having the best time ever. Their response to witnessing this is always some variation of, "when that parade roared by, I turned to my fiancé, and I said, I want that, I want us to get married here, because I.want.that!"