Oak Alley Plantation


      Things to do while in New Orleans:

      1. Eat beignets at Café du Monde
      2. Have dinner at Cochon
      3. Order chargrilled oysters at Felix’s
      4. Sit at the Hotel Monteleone‘s Carousel Bar and enjoy a Vieux Carré
      5. Buy perfume at Hové
      6. Sit in the courtyard of Pat O’Brien’s with a hurricane
      7. Meander around St. Louis Cemetery #1
      8. Take the free ferry across the Mississippi River to Algiers
      9. Take a streetcar to the Garden District
      10. Find a sweet olive tree and inhale deeply
      11. Drive an hour west to Oak Alley Plantation – the live oaks are massive with beautiful octopus arms! Be sure to grab yourself a mint julep to enjoy while walking the grounds.
      12. Crash a wedding parade in the French Quarter (we crashed 3!)

      We spent some of the holidays in New Orleans with my mom. It’s one of my favorite places on earth. The colors, the smell, the fauna, the food. All a little strange and very very secksy. I only spent grades 3 to 5 in Baton Rouge but every time I go back it feels a little like home. I thought of having my wedding at Oak Alley Plantation, but maybe I can photograph one there instead…?! Or any of the ones held around the French Quarter so I can a legitimately be a part of the awesome brass-band wedding parade without their photographers shooting me dirty looks? Would work out nicely since their high season is the Northeast’s low season…Anyway I hope to be back again soon, if not for wedding then for all the crawfish I can eat! With the camellias in bloom! Spanish moss swaying in the warm spring wind! Jazz!

      All taken on film except for the night shots.
      Film developed & scanned by the fine southern folks at Indie Film Lab!


      So in love with this post! I’ve bookmarked it in my travel folder- we’ve never been to NOLA! Do you have an opinion on the very best time of year to visit?

      Spring is the best time, around March. All the flowers will be in bloom and it will be crawfish season. The smells will be heady and stinky and wonderful.

      Love!! I went to NOLA once in college, in March actually! But Rich and I want to go back. The plantation photos are AH-mazing. Wow.

      Those oaks seriously are sooooooooooo gorgeous. It’s a photographer’s backdrop come true!

      Came across your site, been creeping around for a bit, love your work, and thought it was finally time to say hi from Ann Arbor, MI! (I’m also a starting out, fellow pet photographer)