Oak Alley Plantation Louisiana Pictures: Shalaya & Kyle's Engagement Photo Shoot

Oak Alley Plantation Louisiana Pictures: Shalaya & Kyle's Engagement Photo Shoot The day before their wedding, my assistant and I met Shalaya & Kyle (and their family) at a sugar cane plantation about a 90 minute drive from the French Quarter (in New Orleans).Sugar Cane Plantation Oak Alley

The goal was to have a relaxing engagement photo session on the gorgeous grounds, as well as get to know them AND discover the historical site of the Oak Alley Plantation.  As  wedding photographers-whether one is a destination photographer or just shoots locally-it's important to get to know the nuances of who you are photographing,and  that is one reason I really enjoy engagement portrait sessions.  No time pressure and we can just have fun.In the Live Virginia Oak trees

The plantation is over 1,000 acres and included slave cabin replica's, the overseers house, a guest shop and restaurant, a blacksmith shop, a confederate Civil War tent and guides and of course, various flora, most notably the Virginia Live Oaks. While the huge oak trees were planted 300 years ago, (about 100 years before the Oak Alley mansion itself was built in 1837-39), the trees live to be 600 years old.  infra red pictures of trees

It was a wonderful venue for an engagement session, there were so many options.  I used a fish eye lens for this effect below.Oak Alley Plantation photographs

Shalaya & Kyle amidst the live Oaks.oak alley engagement photos rules

After we left Oak Alley, we then got lunch at a local cajun hangout, then, with the light fading, we found a grave yard (in Louisiana, most graves are above ground due to the water table), spooky cemetery in Louisiana .cemetery New Orleans

The smoke effect was created by Kyle's e-cigarette.  Nice to have special effects especially with a Mardi Gras mask. scary mardi gras mask Louisiana

After that, we went to the New Orleans City Park, where we found more super cool background and location options.  This was at the 2 Sisters Pavillion. 2 sisters pavillion City Park New Orleans photos

And this was some random run down building we discovered.  It was pretty much dark by the time we got here.....New Orleans City Park Engagement Photo shoot

Full day for an engagement photography session, but so worth it!

My next blog will feature "non-portrait" images from my time in the wonderful state of Louisiana.  Stay Tuned!

Here is a short video trailer of some of my faves from the day:  Hope you enjoy it!

Oak Alley Plantation Louisiana Pictures