BATON ROUGE AREA
Louisiana State University Campus
The campus’ stately oaks provides a beautiful background for portraits. It also features a great architectural variety from the columns in the Quad to a rustic feel near the art buildings and an openness within the amphitheater.
Directions to LSU:
Take I-10 west toward Baton Rouge. Exit at Dalrymple and go right. Continue for awhile, passing the LSU Lakes on your left. Continue straight after you cross Highland Road. At the first left, take a left. The Memorial Tower will be on your right. Please park in one of the spots in front of the Tower.
The Arsenal Park is a fairly quiet park with lots of places for pictures. The beautiful oak trees are some of our favorite spots. And, in the Spring, the blooming azaleas are breathtaking. To contrast the softness of some of the landscape, the walls surrounding the historic arsenal is a great place for pictures.
Directions to the Arsenal Park:
Take I-10 west toward Baton Rouge to I-110 north and exit at Capitol Access Road (1E). Go toward right. Follow it around, go through light. You’ll pass Governors Mansion on right. The road splits and you’ll go right into the Arsenal Park. There will be pull offs to the right where you can park.
Baton Rouge City Park
The walkway under the majestic oaks makes for an excellent location for your portraits. If it’s a cloudy day, we can incorporate the fountain found on the grounds.
Directions to Baton Rouge City Park:
Take I-10 west to the Dalrymple exit. Once you exit, take a left on Dalrymple. You’ll pass the golf course on the right. Not far ahead, you’ll see a sign on the right that says “City Park.” Turn right into the parking lot. There will be a tennis court on your left. Please park between the courts and the open area by the oak trees.
Situated next to the state capital, the historical Pentagon Barracks provides a more architectural appeal. The big, open porches are nice to use, as we incorporate the mossy oaks as the background on many of those shots. Please keep in mind that this location is not available when the legislature is in session.
Directions to the Pentagon Barracks:
Please e-mail me for directions.
RIVER PARISHES AREA
St. James Welcome Center, Gramercy
The Welcome Center is a great location in that it provides a multitude of backgrounds for portraits. There’s the rustic bridge that takes you through a swampy atmosphere. And then there’s the white gazebo with room for family portraits or the setting for a smash cake. Of course my personal favorite is the front porch on the main building.
Directions to the St. James Welcome Center:
From the Ascension Parish area, head south on Highway 61/Airline to 1094 U.S. 61 in Gramercy. There’s a bonfire at the corner.
San Francisco Plantation, Garyville
The extravagant colors and sweet Southern ambiance of San Francisco Plantation is one of the most beautiful landmarks for your portraits. The grand veranda on the second story is just gorgeous, as is the entire property. The majestic oak trees complete the picture. There is a $50 grounds charge (to be paid by the client at the beginning of the session in the gift shop).
Address to San Francisco Plantation:
2646, Louisiana 44, Garyville, LA 70051
NEW ORLEANS AREA
Rivertown Heritage Park, Kenner
Tucked amidst the Rivertown area is a park featuring a picture-worthy bridge, barn, church and unique buildings. The park is open from 11 am – 3 pm.
Address to Rivertown Heritage Park:
2020 Fourth Street, Rivertown, Kenner, Louisiana 70062
New Orleans City Park
It honestly doesn’t get much prettier than what New Orleans City Park has to offer. It’s rich in heritage with its stone bridge, peristyle and old oak trees.
Directions to New Orleans City Park:
Take I-10 east to exit 231A (City Park Avenue/Metairie Road). After you exit, take a left at the light onto City Park Avenue. Cross Canal Street, Bienville Street and Delgado College will be on the left. At the light after Delgado, take a left onto Orleans/Marconi. Take the very first right into the park. Continue on to where the big pavilion is on your right. There’s parking along the side of the road right there, or there is a lot across from it.