You're probably overwhelmed with all of the wedding information out there. Between all of the wedding subreddits, blogs, and instagram accounts there is enough information to make anyone dizzy!

I'm here to help make sense of it all and to keep wedding photography SIMPLE for you. 
The information in this guide is meant to help you through all of your wedding photography related questions. Allowing you to be relaxed and excited on your big day!

If you still have questions afterwards, don't hesitate to get in touch! 
I'd love to meet with you or use Duo to discuss your wedding day plans. 




Hi, I'm Mike, owner & photographer of Mike Lirette Photography!

Based out of New Orleans, La, I've been photographing weddings for over 11 years. In this 11 years, I've been a part of over 300 weddings and elopements in the New Orleans area. 

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Whether this is the beginning of your research for your wedding photographer, or the end, you've likely seen many pricing guides and pages listing 6+ hours of coverage provided. Well, what does that mean? Your ceremony is 30 minutes long and your reception venue says you have to leave after 3 hours, so why do photographers think you need 7+ hours of coverage?
Let me help break down your wedding day show you how we come to 6, 7, and 8 hours of coverage. 

Ask yourself the following 3 questions:

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If you answered yes to 2 out of 3 of those questions, I suggest starting with 7 hours of coverage.


Let's work backwards from your reception's end.
Wedding receptions in New Orleans are typically 3 hours from cocktail hour to end.
Ceremony, typically 30 minutes to an hour, but factor in travel time and time for photos after ceremony, even if you are
doing a first look. 
First look with portraits and family photos typically take an hour, but factor in time for aunt Betty to be at the bar, because you know she will be.
I prefer to arrive to the your suite approximately 1 hour prior to your makeup being completed. This allows me to focus on your dress, rings, gifts, invitation suite etc upon my arrival.


2019 & 2020 PRICING Information


A La Carte Options


Engagement Session in New Orleans area, $485

Hour of coverage, 4 hour minimum, $515

Second photographer on your wedding day, $480 for 4 hours


Wedding Packages


All of my wedding packages include a
New Orleans area Engagement Session for free

To reserve my services a 40% retainer is required


8 Hours of Wedding Day Coverage
Engagement Session Included at No Cost
Hand-Edited, High-Resolution Digital Files
Password Protected Online Image Proofing

7 Hours of Wedding Day Coverage
Engagement Session Included at No Cost
Hand-Edited, High-Resolution Digital Files
Password Protected Online Image Proofing

6 Hours of Wedding Day Coverage
Engagement Session Included at No Cost
Hand-Edited, High-Resolution Digital Files
Password Protected Online Image Proofing

 Mike Lirette Photography, New Orleans La


 Mike Lirette Photography, New Orleans La

The Wedding Album is your first family heirloom. A wedding album created with quality leathers and archival inks and papers that is made to last many life times.

sales tax will be applied to album purchases

 Mike Lirette Photography, New Orleans La



From what to wear to where to go, keep these seven things in mind before your upcoming photo shoot!
- From an article posted on JuneBug Weddings

1. Wear something you're comfortable in.
You’ve probably read some form of this tip before, but it really is the most important thing. If you choose clothes that are too tight or clingy, you’ll spend your whole session picking at them or covering up. If you choose something you’ve never worn before, you’ll be worried about how you look in it or may discover it’s actually terribly uncomfortable, which can come across in your photos.

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Choose outfits that make you feel like a million bucks. If you do purchase something new, take it out for a test run (hello, date night excuse!) with plenty of time to launder it before your session in case of a spill or other mishap. As much as you consider how your engagement outfits make you feel, think also about how they’ll photograph during your session. For the ladies, we recommend choosing pieces that flow nicely as you move, especially if you’re doing your photos outdoors.

2. Steam or iron your outfits ahead of time!
Speaking of what you wear, be sure to iron or steam your clothes before your session. A photographer’s least favorite question is “can you just Photoshop that out later?” and oftentimes having things like wrinkles retouched in your photos comes at an additional cost per image. Save yourself the stress and get wrinkle free ahead of time!
Pro-tip, this also goes for the linens at your reception! Have someone steam them ahead of time to insure a nice, polished look.

3. Consider professional hair and makeup for your shoot.
If you feel confident in your hair and makeup skills, you can skip on down to the next tip! However, if you’ve never done makeup for photos or you aren’t really sure what to do with your hair, you may want to hit up the salon before your engagement shoot. Photos require slightly more saturated makeup than your every day look so that you don’t become washed out. Haven’t done your hair and makeup consultation with your wedding day stylist yet? It can be a smart move to schedule that consult the morning before your session to knock out two birds with one makeup brush! 

4. Make a day out of it.
Make your engagement session part of a day-long date. Not only does this give you plenty of time for photos without feeling rushed, but starting your day in this mindset helps you feel connected and romantic as you head into the photo shoot.

5. Set the scene.
Location is everything, so before heading to your neighborhood park for engagement photos, think about what you really love as a couple and what places reflect that. If you relish over making coffee together and snuggling on the couch with some good ole Netflix, maybe an in-home session is right for you. Are you an adventurous couple who spends your weekends hiking? Take your photos in the forest or mountains, hiking gear in tow. Don’t be afraid to incorporate your favorite activities like riding bikes or taking a canoe down to the lake.

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6. Schedule your session around the sun.
You may have heard that there are certain times of the day that are better for photos and that’s all because of the light! Golden hour, which is that beautiful time of day just before the sun sets is when you want to shoot if you’re looking for that glorious, golden light in your photos. It’s important to be aware of when the sun is going to set (you can check your weather app to find this out!) so that you have plenty of time to shoot before the light is gone. The early afternoon may sound like a good time for photos schedule-wise, but keep in mind that the light is much harsher at this time because the sun is directly overhead.

7. When in doubt, kiss!
If you haven’t spent a lot of time in front of a camera (and let’s face it – who has?), you may be pretty nervous or become stiff during your shoot. A quick way to loosen up while still getting great photos is to go in for a kiss! This can help you connect with your partner and forget the camera is even around, which makes for more natural photos anyway.




What is your photographic style?
My wedding photography style is a bit photojournalistic and a bit lifestyle. Lifestyle is unposed. I'll direct rather than the typical rigid posing. In my 11 years of photographing weddings, I've found this to be the most consistent way of capturing those natural smiles and in-between moments.

Would you describe your working style?
Chill and efficient. Weddings are stressful enough for many couples. I'll work and communicate with you before your wedding day to make sure I'm aware of what and who is important to you so that you can feel that much more at ease on your day.
I'll get the shot, you relax and enjoy the day. It's going to fly by, trust me.

How many photographers will there be at our wedding?
My wedding packages include myself as your photographer. You may always add on a second photographer.

Can I give you a list of shots I want for my wedding?
Totally! I always send out a questionnaire prior to your wedding day for you to go over and think through your formal photo shot list. Some couples prefer an extensive list, some don't. I'm down with whatever, it's your wedding day!

How many photos should we expect?
Every wedding consisting of 6 hours of coverage and up will receive a minimum of 600 high resolution images from the wedding day. 

How many hours of coverage do we need?
Most brides book 7 hours of photo coverage. This usually enough gives time for prep, details, first look, portraits, ceremony, reception and an exit and not feel rushed in the process. If you have a large wedding party of 14 or more, you may want to add an hour just in case makeup or portraits run long. It's all about finding a balance and not feeling rushed because of photos. 

How long before we can view our photos?
Within 3 weeks (21 days). You'll receive an email link to view your images online on your very own, password protected gallery. Images can be downloaded for social media and shared with your friends and family.

What does Hand-Edited files mean?
It’s a fancy way of saying I’m not just applying a filter to your images and moving on. I spend time tweaking for color consistency making sure the images you receive are consistent with my portfolio and what you expect.

Will we get the PRINT RELEASE allowing us to print our wedding images anywhere we like?
Yes! upon receiving your images, you will also get a full print release.

How far in advance should we book you for our wedding?:
I Recommend booking between 8 and 14 months before your wedding day. New Orleans is a top destination wedding location so the longer you wait, the bigger the chance your date will already be booked.

How do we book your services?
A retainer of 40% and an e-signed contract is required to reserve your wedding date with me. 

Do you photograph elopements?
I do! depending on availability and the number of hours you have set aside for photography, I have special rates elopements.




You have unlimited options when it comes to choosing your wedding photographer. It means the world to me that you have considered me to document one of the most important days in your lives.

I would love to meet with you soon to discuss the details of your wedding day.
Let's get coffee!