Couple in Crescent Park
Michael Caswell Photography

Couple in Crescent Park

This couple chose Crescent Park in New Orleans for their engagement portrait on this beautiful October afternoon. Crescent Park, which opened in 2014, is located right along the Mississippi River, just to the east of the French Quarter.

After her wedding, the bride had some nice things to say about me:

Michael is fantastic!! If you want a natural capturing of your big day, Michael is definitely your guy. I was amazed at how he was so easily able to move from close-ups to distance shots on his own, while staying completely out of the way. I never even realized he was around during the ceremony or reception. He is really easy to be and work with, and makes you feel comfortable from the beginning. He is willing to work with you on whatever ideas you come up with, and even has some helpful suggestions for great shots, without being overly directive. My husband and I are thrilled with how our engagement photos and wedding photos turned out. I am having the hardest time trying to decide which ones to print and display around our house!

An interesting aspect of this park, which was converted to public space from its previous use as wharfs, is that the designers didn't simply bulldoze the entire space to wipe it clean and start fresh, but rather incorporated some of these industrial elements into the park, giving parts of a it a very cool gritty feel. I'm not sure if this concrete structure the couple was sitting on was one of these repurposed elements, but the rusty metal wall with a grid of large rivets seen further behind them did appear to be, and we captured some great photographs there as well.

There are also some nicely landscaped garden areas, as well as an interesting iron bridge (often called the Rusty Rainbow) that goes over the railroad tracks that run adjacent to the park.

Location: 1008 N Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70117.