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NEW ORLEANS

French Quarter, Garden District, Bywater, Marigny and more

Great Louisiana food, music, and French-Creole history.

New Orleans, the largest city in Louisiana and one of the oldest in the US, sits along the Mississippi River and is famous for its music (Jazz in particular), culinary scene, the ever-popular Mardi Gras festival, and overall eclectic atmosphere. The many elements that New Orleans has to offer make it unlike any other city in the nation. With influences coming from French, Creole, African-American, Irish, etc., it is no doubt that this famed city is significantly rich in culture and sophistication. You can find this influence is quite apparent and manifested in its architecture and historical establishments. You’ll especially appreciate the unique French Quarter with its French-Creole style buildings along the famous Bourbon Street. The extent of New Orleans’ rich history doesn’t just lie in its city center— we will explore the nearby swamplands for stunning topography and wildlife, as well as take a day trip through some of Louisiana’s pre-abolition plantations.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas, and great fun. We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity than the unique, historic city of New Orleans.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas, and great fun. We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity than the unique, historic city of New Orleans.

Group Size

4 – 8 Guests

Experience | Difficulty

  • Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers
  • DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras
  • Moderate schedule
  • Travel by car or minibus
  • No elevation changes and moderate walking
  • (non-photographers also welcome)

Weather | Sun

March – Temps 71/52 F  22/11 C  Sunrise 7:03 | Sunset 7:12 (19:12)

Includes

  • Travel, landscape cityscape, architecture, and people photography
  • Professional photographer | guide
  • Photo walks & discussions
  • Small group size (4 – 8 guests)
  • 4 or 5-star hotels
  • Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners
  • Local transportation

Travel Information

Arrival & Departure Airport: New Orleans, Louisiana (MSY) – Transfer time to hotel 30min
Our adventure begins at 11 AM on the first day and ends at noon on the last day.
Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality. Go to Visa Map to find out.

Accommodations

French Quarter: The Saint Hotel – Autograph Collection, Omni Royal Orleans, Hotel Monteleone or similar

Helpful Links

> The Unique Culture of New Orleans – by Ian Robert Knight



Photo AdventurePriceRegister
NEW ORLEANS | MARCH 15-20, 2020 From: $5,195 Register
NEW ORLEANS | MARCH 14-19, 2021 From: $5,595 Register
Photographer Leader

Photographer Leader

Alan Lawrence

March 15-20, 2020
March 14-19, 2021

*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience, we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.

ITINERARY

NEW ORLEANS 6 DAYS

Day 1 | New Orleans

We meet in the morning at our hotel, and we begin by discussing PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles of Photography” as well as our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique. During a group lunch we will have informal discussions on what our guests are trying to achieve in their photography, subject matters, styles, and techniques. After lunch, we begin our photo walk and explore some of New Orleans’ famed cemeteries. These beautiful, intricate, above-ground tombstones and sculptures make for some amazing photographs while taking in the city’s culture.

For our “Welcome Dinner”, we will make our way just north of the French Quarter to Frenchmen Street in the authentic music district. This area is filled with jazz restaurants and bars, which will allow for a fun dinner while enjoying this lively jazz culture. (D)

Day 2 | Plantations

Just an hour outside the city is Oak Alley Plantation, which is one of the two plantations we’ll visit on this day. And we’re sure you won’t want to put your camera down. New Orleans’ plantations are not only picturesque, but they offer such unique and fascinating experiences. You’ll be able to capture the history of Louisiana’s pre-abolition plantation culture while touring these incredible plantations.

Between the two plantation tours, we’ll find a quaint local restaurant to stop for lunch. After lunch, we’ll embark on our second plantation tour to see first-hand the history of pre-Civil War Louisiana. We will head back towards the hotel, where you are free to enjoy dinner on your own. (B)

Day 3 | French Quarter - Bourbon Street - Bywater - Marigny

This morning we depart the hotel to explore New Orleans’ most culturally rich neighborhoods— starting with the French Quarter and Bourbon Street. During our photo walk, we’ll head towards Jackson Square, where we’ll find the St. Louis Cathedral, one of New Orleans’ most beautiful cathedrals.

Before we start heading towards the Bywater neighborhood, we’ll have to stop at Café du Monde, a French bakery/coffee shop known for its traditional Louisiana beignets. During our stroll through the picturesque Bywater, we’ll stop for lunch before walking through the pretty New Orleans-style houses and voodoo shops in the area of Marigny. These three areas are the quintessential New Orleans neighborhoods that leave you in awe of its distinctive beauty. The day concludes with dinner at one of New Orleans’ old established restaurants. (B)

Day 4 | Jean Lafitte Nature Preserve - Riverboat

In the morning we’ll set out on an airboat tour of one of New Orleans’ swamps, filled with wildlife (such as alligators!). No doubt, an exceptional trip you won’t often get the opportunity to experience. The day doesn’t end there. We enjoy lunch at a backcountry New Orleans restaurant. In the evening we’ll get the chance to see New Orleans from the vantage point of the Mississippi River by taking a jazz band riverboat cruise— quite a unique way to see the city. (B)

Day 5 | Audubon Park - Magazine Street - Garden District

Today we will set out to explore the beautiful, expansive Audubon Park (Uptown). To get there, we’ll take a 20-minute open-air, scenic St. Charles Ave Street Car ride from our hotel, with great photo ops along the way. The park itself offers a variety of flora and fauna, waterfalls, and even a zoo.

For lunch, Magazine Street is a funky area teeming with fun restaurants, antique stores, art galleries, and other quirky shops. Our afternoon will continue with a walking tour of the Garden District, where we’ll wander the streets of this culturally rich area. In the heart of the Garden District is the Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 and Lafayette Cemetery No. 2, two of New Orleans’ many historical cemeteries.

In the evening we’ll enjoy our “Farewell Dinner” at one of New Orleans’ famous restaurants. (B) (D)

Day 6 | French Quarter

On our last morning, we take a sunrise stroll back through the French Quarter as the city is awakening. We will focus on low light photography, harsh shadows and the beauty of an empty city. After we will enjoy breakfast while reviewing our past week’s photos, trade contact information and bid you farewell before parting ways.

We encourage you to extend your stay in Louisiana and make good use of everything you will learn on our photo adventure. (B)

(B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner, (E) Excursion

May all who come as guests... leave as friends®

OPTIONS AND BENEFITS

Pricing

 

All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience, we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.

Private Guided Adventures

 

We offer amazing private guided photo adventures, cultural tours and vacations for individuals, couples, families and groups. We can customize any of our published adventures, as well as others, to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. This may include the finest 5-star accommodations, business-class travel, and private guides and fixers who are able to make the impossible possible. If you are not interested in a photo-centric vacation, but you love our approach to private travel, we will be happy to design and deliver an amazing adventure focused on travel, culture and cuisine. Click here to request a quote. Feel free to call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.

 

Travel Insurance

We offer travel insurance through the internationally recognized Travelex Travel Insurance Company, as well as evacuation and medical transportation insurance through MedJet, one of the best in the industry.

The cost for travel insurance can be as low as 4% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other factors. Knowing you have trip cancellation coverage can make a big difference should you have to cancel for some unforeseen reason. Travelex Insurance Services is a BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating. Click here to learn more about why you should consider travel insurance.

Rewards Program

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How The Program Works
For every adventure reservation you make with Photo Workshop Adventures, you earn valuable points which you can redeem on your next trip. This is a great way to save up to 8% off future trips. Our Rewards Program is designed with three tiers: Orange, Gold and VIP Members. Points may be applied towards balance payments on your next trip, or you may choose to accumulate points for a free trip in the future.

ORANGE REWARDS
All guests begin with our Orange Rewards Program (Level 1), which earns 4 points for every dollar you spend. You begin earning points immediately after your first trip. A $5,900 spend earns 23,600 points with a value of $236 USD.

GOLD REWARDS
With our Gold Rewards Program (Level 2), you earn 6 points for every dollar you spend. Orange Members who reach 120,000 accumulated lifetime* points (approx. 4-6 trips), automatically move up to Gold Rewards. A $5,900 spend earns 35,400 points with a value of $354 USD.

Additional Gold Benefits:

  • Earn up to double points during promotional events
  • Advance notifications for upcoming adventures and special offers

VIP REWARDS
With our VIP Rewards Program (Level 3), you earn 8 points for every dollar you spend. Gold Members who reach 350,000 accumulated lifetime* points (approx. 8-12 trips) move up to VIP Rewards. A $5,900 spend earns 47,200 points with a value of $472 USD, (8+/-% discount).

Additional VIP Benefits:

  • Earn up to double points during promotional events
  • Advance notifications for upcoming adventures and special offers
  • Ability to Gift or Transfer points to others
  • Receive complimentary airport transfers at the destination location*


Redeeming Your Points

Redeeming your points couldn’t be easier. You can always log in to your account to check your points balance. When you are ready to book your next trip, register and pay your deposit. When you go to pay your balance you will be given the option to apply your points and receive a discount.

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Subscribe to our Think Orange Magazine and eNews. THINK ORANGE is a wonderful mix of stories and tips related to travel, photography, adventure, culture, art, technology, cuisine, lifestyle, people and more. Our objective is to immerse you in a world you may only fantasize about. Raise your awareness and inspire your creativity. Perhaps even help make you a better photographer. We deliver similar experiential experiences that our guests enjoy on our photo adventures. Like all of our adventures, our blog is “photo-centric”, while also allowing you to experience all the nuances and cultural aspects of travel and adventure. Welcome to our world. We hope you enjoy. Our eNews is a great way to receive information about upcoming photo adventures, exciting new destinations, photography tips, special offers and more. Subscribe today!

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Give someone you know a Gift Card, good toward any of our Photo  Adventures, Photo Tours, Private Guided Tours, Online Courses, Prints or Merchandize. Our beautifully personalized eGift Cards and Certificates are delivered to you electronically. They are fully transferable and have a 2 year expiration date. They are available in any amount from $100 to $5000. It makes a great gift for anyone who loves photography, travel or adventure. Order now, or email for more information.

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You can SAVE up to $1200 by combining two or more back-to-back 6-Day or longer Photo Adventures. Call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.

Private Online Lightroom & Photoshop Tutorials

We offer private online Lightroom and Photoshop photo editing tutorials for individuals who would like to improve their post-processing skills. Each is customized to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. We provide you with one-on-one discussions using online connectivity. Many of our Photo Adventure guests select our online post-processing as an extension to their trip. Click here for more information.