Louisiana Photographs from an Oregon Photographer.

Louisiana Photographs from an Oregon Photographer. I was blessed last month to be able to travel to New Orleans to photograph Shalaya and Kyle's wedding in the French Quarter.  We got lucky with this sunset over the Mississippi River.Mississippi River Weddings in Louisiiana The day prior, we went to Oak Alley Plantation,

Sugar Cane Plantation Oak Alleywhich was highly educational to see a 1200 acre sugar cane plantation that had over 100 slaves in the 1830's-1860's.

We all know slavery is horrible (and its still taking place all over the world today from the Middle East to Indonesia to sex slavery here in the United States.), but seeing it more first hand imbeds the inhumanity of it even more into one's mind.

Oak Alley Plantation was established in 1836 by Jacques Roman, a first generation Creole (parents were from France) who married an upper class Creole  as well.  Many documents were in French and I'm guessing the slaves spoke French as well.  The property is about a 90 minute drive north from New Orleans, just adjacent to the mighty Mississippi.  This was taken on the drive there.Mississippi river tugboat Louisiana

The existing Virginia Live Oaks were 100 years old in the 1830's, planted so the air from the river would be pulled towards the home that no doubt was built prior to the existing manor.

This was taken from the manor balcony looking to the Mississippi.  You can see a person far away to gain perspective. IMG_0617Here are some of my favorite images of these majestic trees:IMG_0282Color infra-red.old oak LA

Their projected life span is 300 years old.    oak alley engagement photos LA

These were taken with my color infra red camera.  So a little informal poll.  Do you like Photograph 1, 2 or 3 best in terms of color or style?

1.Virginia Live Oaks Infrared

2.infra red pictures of trees

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This is the formal dining room where the size of the silver spoons communicated how rich the host family was.  The item in the middle is a fly sweeper, where a house servant would gently pull it back and forth (not too fast as to blow out candles), but it kept not only the flies away, but the guests more cool.  At times, a bucket of ice (ice was brought by freighter from the North Pole only for the ultra rich) was placed beneath it on especially humid evenings.Plantation house Bruce Berg

These are the listing of the slaves on the plantation in 1848 (when Jacques died), their names, origin, role and value.  $1 then =$27 today.  So sad.IMG_0296

Example of a slave cabin (shared by two families, from 5-10 people per side).Slave Quarters Deep South

The Garden District is known for stately homes, wonderful food and haunted houses.jazz house

Spending time in the French Quarter in downtown New Orleans was awesome.  Right on the Mississippi River.IMG_0778Talk about great food, NOLA did not disappoint.  2 of my favorite 3 restaurants are now in New Orleans.  (The other is the Veritable Quandary in Portland). The wonderful hotel where the wedding was held was the Cornstalk Hotel. spanish architecture in America

Ironically, all the architecture is Spanish, (because they first owned this land and built many of the buildings before ceding it to France.).  Shouldn't it be called the Spanish Quarter then???French Quarter, New Orleans Louisiana pictureI saw a tee shirt in one of the shops.  It said, "There are 4 cities in America.  New York, San Francisco, New Orleans and all the rest are Cleveland."  A bit narrow I suppose, but that statement does have merit when you think of original architecture.

Jackson Square, the gem of the French Quarter. is named for Andrew Jackson, our 7th President who helped found Tennessee and won the Battle of New Orleans. Jackson Square New Orleans and St. Louis CathedralThe square hosts the gorgeous St. Louis Cathedral-a Catholic Church (exterior above and interior below): IMG_0746

Walking the streets is quite interesting.  Bourbon Street can be a bit of debauchery situation where drinks are flowing and music blasting, OK, we got beer, daiquiris bourbon and pizza.IMG_0759 One block over is Royal Street where high end Antique and Art Galleries exist.  IMG_0766My son called it like a coin with its 2 opposites.  Street scene of the French Quarter at dusk.IMG_1971_1

You can look at my other blogs to see engagement pictures from Oak Alley and Wedding photographs from the French Quarter.

Here is a short video trailer of my favorite personal images from my trip-hope you enjoy it!


Louisiana Photographs from an Oregon Photographer.