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    Hello! Thank you for visiting the site. I am Babs Evangelista, a wedding photographer and portrait photographer based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Specifically the romantic and picturesque French Quarter, which you'll see as the background in much of the wedding photography and portrait photography on my blog. I am currently booking clients for 2014 and 2015. Please get in touch to arrange your photo shoot or to learn more about having me as your wedding photographer.

Jackson Square Wedding Preview

This weekend I had the pleasure of photographing Greg and Stefanie’s wedding in Jackson Square, mere steps from where I photographed Greg’s surprise proposal to Stefanie last year.  It was a beautiful day for a wedding in the French Quarter, and I can’t wait to edit all the pictures and get them on the blog.  In the meantime, here are a couple of gems that jumped out at me while uploading their wedding:

A bride and groom pose for portraits in Jackson Square of New Orleans.

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Paint Party!- A Colorful Trashing of the Dress and the Tux

As a wedding photographer, I often get to photograph the bride and groom after the wedding for additional portraits.  As a wedding photographer in New Orleans, I sometimes get requests for portraits that are somewhat outside of the traditional formal portrait box.  This Trash the Dress/ Trash the Tux session is as far outside of that box as we can get.

Shreya and Colin are lawyers.  Grown folks who go to the office, presumably with briefcases, take meetings, etc..   I just want to put that out there. When these two enigmatic esquires told me their idea for a day-after session, I was intrigued. They said they wanted to paint each other in their wedding outfits, and I pictured them each creating lovely designs on each other and having a creative and pleasant time.  Little did I know that their idea of what we would be doing fell more along the lines of an all-out paintwar.  Here’s what happens when a bride and groom, perfectly made for one another in their levels of go-for-it-ness, go bananas with finger paints in their Trash the Dress/ Trash the Tux portrait session:

 

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Friendship, True Love, and Jazz- Wedding Photography From Preservation Hall

As a wedding photographer in New Orleans, I see weddings of all sizes and styles.  Tatiana and Jason’s day was the kind every wedding photographer dreams of.  These two opposites attract one another so completely, and a deep admiration and friendship is the foundation for their beautiful love story.  Full of simplicity and significance, wrapped up in joy and spirit, this wedding is one I will never forget.

The bride and groom got ready together at their home just a short walk from the wedding location.  The intimate afternoon ceremony and reception were both at Preservation Hall, a venue of special significance to Tatiana and Jason. Portraits of Tatiana’s grandparents presided over the vows, and friends provided music for the ceremony.    At the reception, for a few rare hours, there was swing dancing in Preservation Hall as guests enjoyed the sounds of the Palmetto Bug Stompers and Meschiya Lake.  The day ended with a romantic evening walk down Royal street as the newlyweds made their way home.  I am completely in love with these wedding photos.  Here are some of my favorites from the day:

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A Surprise Proposal in Jackson Square

The French Quarter is home to a lot of surprise proposals, and as a wedding photographer who lives only a few blocks from Jackson Square, I get my fair share of calls to photograph these magical moments.

In the days leading up to the proposal to his girlfriend Caroline, Jason and I were in constant communication. Stalking the weather app, marking out his position, confirming the permit with the City of New Orleans parks department. My heart pounded as he texted me updates from their romantic morning carriage ride, keeping me apprised of their arrival time. Wearing the outfits he described to me, they walked into view and it was easy to see what all the fuss was about. Caroline is a radiant beauty and so completely in love with Jason. Totally confused as he dropped to one knee with the gorgeous St. Louis Cathedral towering up behind him, she eventually caught on when he took the ring from his pocket.

Jason had apprised her parents of his plans, and they were nearby and ready to come help celebrate when Caroline called to tell her folks the good news. The family headed off to a celebratory lunch at Galatoire’s and I was able to spend a few minutes taking some posed engagement portraits of the newly engaged couple.  Here are my favorites from my surprise proposal and engagement portrait session in Jackson Square park last Friday:

UPDATE 2/25/14- Jason wrote me the most fabulous google review and I just have to share it with you.  I am a low in quantity, high in quality kind of wedding photographer.  I am humbled and honored whenever anyone chooses to spend their hard-earned money on my services, and it is very important to me to always do everything I can to serve my client and provide them the best photography I can.  It is wonderful to know that I have succeeded.  Here is Jason’s google review:

“Babs made our proposal a dream come true. She caught the perfect shot at the perfect moment in the perfect location. Not only did she do all of that, but days beforehand she took the time to find the exact spot where I would propose and sent me pictures, so I would be 100% certain. In every aspect she went above and beyond what I was expecting…not to mention the beautiful photos that we will cherish forever.”

Happy customers make me happy.  Please get in touch if you are looking for a wedding photographer or a photographer for your surprise proposal.  I am currently accepting clients for 2014 and 2015.

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Winter Wedding Photography Slideshow

With great wedding photography powers, come great responsibility.  This is what I tell myself when I am looking at hundreds of images to deliver to clients, and trying to gather a reasonable amount together as highlights so as not to completely overwhelm them.  I am still further narrowing down the wedding photos for Taylor and Ryan’s blog post.  In the meantime, I will share this slideshow of 100 of my favorite photographs from their wedding day.  The ceremony was at the jaw-droppingly gorgeous St. Mary’s Assumption Church in the Irish Channel.  The reception was at The Federal Ballroom.  The entire day was amazing.

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