New Orleans is a very photogenic city.
It’s full of charm and unusual character that you don’t often see in other cities. From the bright and colorful to the aged and historic, you won’t leave New Orleans with an empty memory card. As a photographer and designer, I find I’m always interested in the details and the visually interesting.
New Orleans has been one of my favorite cities for a while now, and after visiting eight times I’ve photographed a lot of the city. Below are some suggestions of great details throughout The Big Easy you don’t want to miss. These details will help bring back the memory of your trip for years to come.
One of my favorite things to do is stroll the streets of the French Quarter and look at all the colorful homes. You’ll see old and new, bright and gritty, grand and simple. Each house is full of character and represent the spirit of the city – vibrant, fun, historic, unique. I love the use of color, the old details, and just the overall aesthetic of seeing this many colorful homes close to one another. They’re a real treat to see. I recommend photographing the doors and the windows for your up close shots.
Close-ups of wrought iron fences and charming details.
Love the decorative finials on top of the spires. You can get some great detail photographing these fences which are literally everywhere throughout the city. Also, if you’re into details look at the little nooks and crannies. You’ll be amazed at what you see. Lots of detailed hardware and accents.
All the gorgeous courtyards
You’ll see everything from elaborate to simple but just about every courtyard feels like magic.
Mardi Gras beads draping off of something
The trees, the fencing, on the street. Depends on the time of year with how many beads you’ll see but one thing is for sure is you will see them everywhere you go.
Your streetcar ride
Taking the trolley somewhere is a great way to experience New Orleans and give you plenty of photo-ops along the way.
There’s plenty of alleyways throughout NOLA that are photo worthy. Keep an eye out! Below is the famous Pirate Alley.
Street name tiles
A great opportunity for a foot selfie (is there a word for this yet?). At the intersections of the streets in the French Quarter, you’ll see beautiful tiled street names. Take a shot of all your favorite streets so you’ll remember.
Lots of fun and unique floor situations happening all over town. Loved the entryway tile at Napoleon House.
All the amazing food you’ll eat
That killer dish of jambalaya, that stack of beignets piled on top of a mound of powdered sugar. These are things you’ll want to remember! Do your best to get good lighting when you take your food shots, though, so they look good when you reminisce later on.
All those crazy drinks you had (if you do)
Bourbon Street has some weird drinks. If you want to remember but don’t want to carry home a suitcase of plastic novelty cups, take a picture!
Don’t forget to document the classier drinks you try
Like a Pimms Cup, Hurricane, Sazerac, or other NOLA specific cocktails.
Is it foggy, get thee to an alleyway! Is it raining, those puddles could make for some great reflection shots. Make the best of your not-so-perfect weather.
Did you visit one of the parks and see beautiful, moss-covered live oaks? Perhaps you went on a swamp tour, strolled the Mississippi, or just have a thing for palm trees. Take a picture!
The signs throughout town are all beautiful and informative. It’s the easiest way to freshen your memory of what you were looking at, plus some of the signs are just pretty to look at.
While I found all these things interesting, I encourage you to capture the things that are meaningful to you. While I imagine you already photographing major landmarks and people you are traveling with this list is intended to give you further ideas on what to capture. Hope this helps you visualize your trip and plan!