Michael Caswell Photography

About Me

I am a New Orleans photographer who specializes in weddings, portraits, and other events throughout Louisiana and Mississippi.

I began my business as a professional wedding photographer in 2005, and have photographed almost 800 weddings, numerous other events, and many engagement and bridal portrait sessions. Photography is my full-time occupation, not a side-job, and weddings and other events represent the vast majority of my work. I also enjoy shooting family portraits and seniors. Before starting my photography business, I worked for over 12 years in the advertising graphics field, primarily performing imaging-related work such as graphic design, photo scanning, and photo color correction.

At the time I started photographing weddings, digital had just about fully taken over from film as the preferred medium for photographing weddings and other events, and my years of experience and familiarity with digital imaging carried over into my photography work and enabled me to immediately be comfortable with the technical aspects of digital photography, making it easier to concentrate my efforts on creating beautiful pictures and wedding albums for my couples.

I shoot primarily in a documentary style. Although I of course do the standard group formals and portraits of the bride and groom or couple, the bulk of my wedding day coverage consists of unobtrusively capturing the beauty, splendor, and emotion of your day. My style is not traditional, but also not excessively artsy or eccentric. My couples and their guests frequently tell me that they found me to be very easy and pleasant to work with, flexible, and dependable.

I'm located in Slidell, Louisiana, and though I've photographed events in Memphis, Minnesota, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington DC, I primarily work in southeast Louisiana (New Orleans, Northshore, Baton Rouge, Lafayette) and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

I've been a The Knot Best of Weddings award winner for the past nine years in a row, and am a member of the Best of Weddings Hall of Fame.

I currently shoot primarily with Sony cameras, though until 2009 I was a Canon shooter, and then shot with Nikon gear until 2018. The photograph of me at the top of this page was taken several years after switching to Nikon, but at the time I was still using the Canon Professional Services shoulder straps that I loved so much, until they wore out (shooting with Nikon cameras hanging from Canon straps confused a lot of observant and photography savvy guests at weddings!).

I'm a New Orleans area native, and have a fairly quiet, uncomplicated life. My wife and I have been married for over 27 years, and we have four wonderful kids, ranging in age from middle school to young adults. I enjoy cycling (mostly road, and occasional mountain biking as well, though "mountain biking" in this part of the country typically means mostly flat trails through the woods!), but my favorite pastime is playing music... I love playing clarinet in a local community orchestra (which some of my kids participate in with me as well), and I currently serve on the organization's board of directors, plus I dabble a bit in playing the violin (which I mainly started to learn so I could help my kids in their playing, but they have long since surpassed me!).

I enjoy listening to orchestral music, particularly symphonies and concertos by classical and romantic era composers such as Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Dvorak, Sibelius, and Mozart. While I'm certainly not an expert in this music, I find it to be a perfect companion and accompaniment for the extended amount of time I typically spend in front of the computer editing my couples' wedding and portrait photographs during the week, as it is entertaining, inspiring, and mentally stimulating, while also not as distracting from the tasks at hand as watching TV shows or a movie would be. One of my greatest thrills as a wedding photographer was documenting the destination elopement of a couple who were both former members of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, including some portraits inside the LPO's new home, the Orpheum Theater.

Lastly, I also have an affinity for lighthouses.

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