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25 Of The Best New Orleans-Based Photographer Accounts You Should Be Following

When we launched River Beats New Orleans in May of 2018 we knew we had to capture the essence of the city. While doing that in the form of thousands of written articles, we also managed to develop relationships with some of the BEST photographers New Orleans

You never know what the city has to offer; from amazing festivals to unusual sites, and some of the best houses and people of the United States. While some people welcome the setting of unique geographical landscapes and outdoor features, we settle for amazing city views, and once in a lifetime adventures here in the Big Easy. 

With that being said, we thought it was time to shine some light on some of the BEST photographers in and around New Orleans and South Louisiana. These are the people who we’ve featured time and time again on our Instagram. We owe it to them for the countless photos they provide. 

The best part is that all of these individuals share their very own style, and we love them for it. Check out 25+ of the best New Orleans-based photographer accounts you should be following below. 

PS…Be on the lookout for out FAVORITE foodie accounts here in New Orleans. Dropping soon 🙂 


1.) Drifter Shoots | @Driftershoots

If you are looking for views from the top of New Orleans, Drifter shoots is your guy. This daredevil often climbs to the top of buildings to capture some amazing views of NOLA.


2.) Ryan Miller Lane | @RyanMillerLane

There is no one capturing NOLA in the rain like Ryan Miller Lane. He provides the BEST views from the rainy city we live in. 


3.) Bryce Ell Photo | @bryceellphoto

Bryce does an amazing job capturing the people and events of NOLA. From festivals to parades and pop up parties. 


4.) David Nola | @DavidNOLA 

The one and only David NOLA. “New Orleans Ambassador & Future King ⚜️🤴🏻.” His work is everywhere, and its the ONE account you HAVE to follow.  

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Forever my favorite corner in the French Quarter. 💜💛💚

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Sky candy always puts a smile on my face. Happy Friday, y’all! 💙💜💖🧡💛

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5.) David L’Hoste | @davidlhoste

David captures some of the best architecture and landscape sights here in NOLA. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop — One of the oldest extant French Quarter buildings, this circa 1772 French colonial cottage is a fine example of briquette-entre-poteaux (brick between posts) construction. Both bricks and wooden timbers are revealed by the spalling of stucco. The building is apparently allowed to remain in this condition for effect, which is unfortunate as the stucco serves to protect the underlying materials from deterioration. Although legend has it that Jean Lafitte and his brother Pierre ran a fencing operation here, there is no hard evidence showing any connection to the famous pirates. Two devastating fires destroyed large portions of the French Quarter in the waning years of the 18th century. The first occurred on Easter weekend of 1788, and consumed most of 20 square blocks. Of the 1,100 buildings then in existence, 856 were destroyed. Just six years later, on December 8, 1794, a fire took 212 buildings. Swipe to see how close the conflagration of 1788 came to consuming this structure (represented by the red square). #neworleans #architecture #frenchquarter

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6.) Marco Rasi | @marcorasi1960

Marco constantly posts some of the best birds-eye views of New Orleans. His images show a new perspective to an old place. 


7.) @mixterdm

Mixterdm photos show the colorful styles of NOLA style houses. From the Marigny to the Bywater, Mixterdm captures some amazing views. 


8.) Valerie Esparza | @nola_val

Valerie adds “a little New Orleans to your day” and we love it. Her shots capture the gorgeous houses of uptown, the lower garden district, and beyond. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Every year I go back and look at last year’s Mardi Gras pictures because I do reach a burnout point towards the end and there’s so many that don’t get posted!

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Those moss covered vines…

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9.) Andrew Bui | @DruBui 

Andrew does a fantastic job of capturing New Orleans through new age media. His edits constantly show uniqueness and great editing techniques.  

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Home for the holidays. Swipe ⬅️ to see a little aerial clip. #neworleans #gonola #louisianatravel #itsyournola #nolanewsgram

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10.) Roaming NOLA | @RoamingNOLA

“When I started walking again it was only for exercise. What I discovered was that I enjoy taking pictures & sharing what I find. This is my collection.” Roaming NOLA captures the more rugged side of NOLA, one we can all appreciate. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I thought we could use a little blue sky and sunshine on this rainy Thursday.

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11.) Patrick Melon | @melontao

Patrick is also one of those amazing NOLA creatives capturing a new-age approach to our city. His videos and shots are simply stunning. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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he never promised that there would be no storm, he only said “i’ll be with you…”

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12.) Chris Olsen | @olsenventures

Chris Olsen is one of those NOLA photographers showing both the best of NOLA and the way people here are living their best lives. 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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you are marvelous the gods wait to delight in you //bukowski

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13.) Andrew Hays Villarreal | @haysvilla

Amazing colors, amazing edits, amazing views. Andrew provides some colorful shots to New Orleans. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Aerochrome Wonderland #2019 | #HAYS | #DJIMavic

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Palm Reader #2019 | #HAYS | #Superia400

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14.) Kevin Barraco | @barracokevin

Kevin is another photographer giving life to places and things in NOLA. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Sunset over the new LCM @neworleanscitypark @louisianakids

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15.) Kung Fu Lenny | @Lenorseal

Gritty and amazing. One way to describe Kung Fu Lenny. 

 


16.) Chris Granger | @cgranger

A NOLA.COM staff photographer who has captured our minds and hearts.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Fat Tuesday Salon, a group photography exhibit, opens Friday, Feb. 7 from 6-9 pm at Staple Goods gallery on St. Roch Ave. It features photos of downtown Mardi Gras from a great range of talented photographers such as @renee.allie.5 @shannonatkinsonphoto @adriennebattistella @thomnola @saraessexbradley @shannonbrinkman @dennyculbert @paulostevendiniz @kristinfouquet @jacksonhill49 @jmarquephoto @barrymuniz @rickolivier @tomasorihuelaphoto @rhrphotography @jonathantraviesa @eugeniasees. . . The show will remain up through March 1 on Saturdays and Sundays only. . . Photos by Chris Granger #mardigras #neworleans #carnival #photography #photographers #goodtimes @staplegoodscollective #artistsoninstagram

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17.) Yusuf Ronco | @lifehertz

Yusuf edits give NOLA landscapes a new look. Something exciting and different. 


18.) Sophia Germer |  @sophiagermer

Sophia Germer is another NOLA.COM staffer who’s work captures the true essence of NOLA.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The 10th annual Chewbacchus parade marches through the French Quarter for the first time. . #Chewbacca #chewbacchus #mardigraskrewe #frenchquarter #mardigras2020 #babyyoda #starwars #parade

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19.) Susan Whelan | @nolamave

Susan’s ability to capture landscapes, architecture and culture is second to none. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Overexposed orange sunset reminds me of a vintage Op t-shirt. (Overexposed Orange Sunset is also the name of my emo surf punk band.) Swipe for an alternate view of @jeremynovy’s giant koi.

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20.) Amour NOLA  @amournola

Amour NOLA showcases a new side of NOLA. The underbelly that makes this town go round and round. From crazy parties to all the sights of  NOLA. 


21.) Aerial Perspective | @Oldentimes_nola

This MAY be my favorite new account on Instagram. Drones just do amazing things, this Oldentimes_nola account captures a birds-eye view of New Orleans that really shows some amazing scenes 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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“It’s not what you look at what matters, it’s what you see.” -Henry David Thoreau . . . . #skyline #sunset #ashwednesday #tiltshift #nola #itsyournola #airvuz #showmeyournola #thebigeasy #aerialphotography #dji #djiglobal #topdown #part107 #bigeasy #gameofdronez #dronestagram #visitnola #thedroneu #ilovenola #mavic2pro #snapseed #polarpro #neworleans #visitneworleans #droneaddicts #dronephotography #dronegear #droneoftheday

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22.) Erika Goldring | @blondeambitiontour

Erika Goldring mostly operates in the blossoming New Orleans music scene, but when she does branch out, its something special. Her work on Mardi Gras 2020 was some of our favorite. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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One more Mardi Gras post. Getty Images bestpix for the first two. 1) Section 1 of Bacchagator rolling down Napolean Avenue on Sunday night. Tandem floats were banned Saturday night after two separate accidents. 2) Second Chief Joe Boudreaux of the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians passing the Dew Drop Inn on Simon Bolivar Boulevard yesterday. I just came across the third shot—sometimes you miss some gems in your first edit when you are rushing to meet a deadline. 3) Black Hawk Hunters meet the Golden Eagles at 2nd and Dryades Streets. The Chief of the Black Hawk Hunters is still in high school (Newman, for all my Greenies) and this little guy is in second grade. To see Spy Boy Floyd receive him, shake his hand, ask him what tribe he’s with…well, let’s just say it was precious. That makes 15 years for me documenting the Golden Eagles. Now it’s time to jump back to the music biz. #wontbowdown #mardigras #mardigrasindians #goldeneagles #baccagator #kreweofbacchus #erikagoldringphoto

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23.) Eileen Chauff | @iluvnola2

Eileen is a NOLA gal doing what most of us love to do, see the city of New Orleans. Thankfully Eileen brings her camera with her. 


24.) 𝗝𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗰𝗮 𝗔𝗹𝘆𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗣𝗵𝗼𝘁𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗽𝗵𝘆 | @jessicaalysiaphoto and Lazyeye Photography | @lazyeyeofficial

Two music lovers capturing NOLA’s music world. From jazz, funk, rap, dance, and everything in between. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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What a way to end @kreweoffreret’s roll‼️ @tromboneshorty and the @orleansaveband at @mardigrasworld with so many featured artists and such an amazing crowd 😝🥳🙏🏼 • • • • @kreweoffreret threw the best show filled with New Orleans local musicians and such a good vibe. So happy I got to be a part of it! CHECK OUT all images here, by me – shot for @offbeatmagazine‼️⚜️ I WILL BE POSTING MORE SOON! Stay tuned… • • • • #livemusicphotography #livemusicphoto #neworleansculture #neworleanslife #z6 #nikonz6 #mardigrasworld #freret #krewedukrawe #instagood #photooftheday #createcommune #artislife #gameoftones #mardigras2020 #neworleansphotographer #neworleansphotography #nolaphotographer #nolaphotography #photographerlife #femalephotographer #femalephotographers #concertphotography #concertphotographer #concertphoto #wanderlusts #sundayvibes ⚜️✨

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25.) Justen Williams | @justenwilliams

Justen is one of our favorite photographers in NOLA. His work for the city of New Orleans is well documented, capturing the essence of the people and the culture of New Orleans. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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S O C I A L D I S T A N C E Day 3 Faces places and people of New Orleans. A city filled with so many beautiful people going through so much right now. Stay at ya house

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Here are a few more photography based accounts you should keep on your radar for some amazing New Orleans content. See below ⬇️

26.) michelesgoldfarb

27.) thegoldfra.me 

28.) whitnessthis_nolascene

29.) rondomingue

30.) Tb_lenswork


Featured Images: Justen Williams | @justenwilliams

Featured Images: Aerial Perspective | @Oldentimes_nola

Featured Images: @mixterdm

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