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Family & Wedding photographer in New orleans, la

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My style of family photography would be considered Lifestyle. The term lifestyle in reference to photography speaks to the casual environment in which the photos are taken and what they hope to depict. Lifestyle photography seeks to tell a story about you; to capture you and your loved ones enjoying each other and being yourselves. Lifestyle uses minimal posing and just a bit of instruction from the photographer so that your family can get comfortable, have fun and let your personalities take center stage.

When photographing your family, I focus a lot on your interactions; trying to capture the natural moments between you as they unfold. I will use some direction and posing to help facilitate the moments, but I still hope to encourage fun and genuine interactions and to shine light on the beauty and uniqueness of your family. Expect games, movement and lots of snuggling!





I cry at every speech, every first look. I truly believe in love and at heart I’m nothing but a hope(ful) romantic. More of a keen observer than the life of the party, I may not be the photographer who will be dancing at your wedding, but I will be behind the camera, collecting all of those beautiful moments that you poured yourself into. Those details that make up not just your wedding, but the beginning of your life together. 

My Wedding Collections are designed to ensure that your story is told exactly how you want it to be. I celebrate all genuine expressions of love and openly, proudly support the commitment that you and your partner have decided to make to each other. 


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Motherhood and family lifestyle sessions begin at an investment of $490 

Ask about my First Year Collections! These collections offer the opportunity to combine multiple sessions in one neat bundle to alleviate the stress of planning!

Wedding Collections begin at $2,900 for intimate weddings and elopements.

My sweet but wild pup Monte, my obsession with thrifting, treasure hunting and DIY, my ever growing family of houseplants, the passion I have for "my people", the passion I have for sweets (lavender ice cream and satsuma sno balls!), and my secret admission - any sappy TV show written for teens!

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I tend to most enjoy the simplest things in life. My home after a long day. The smell of asphalt after a summer storm. My husband’s Saturday morning coffee ritual. I strongly value history and tradition and I honor that where I can in my life. From trying to recreate classic French-Creole recipes from our hometown of New Orleans to collecting vintage toys and books to tuck away for our future kiddos, I find daily ways to dive into the past and pay homage to memory. I think that's what drew me to wedding and family photography. The importance of creating memories and of cementing them in time.

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We had a small, intimate wedding in Philadelphia that we planned from our home in Colorado - we didn't even get to meet Chelsea until the wedding day, and we hashed out all of the details over email. Chelsea was absolutely WONDERFUL! She was able to accommodate our smaller event, and was a total professional at every step. I don't love having photos taken of myself, but Chelsea made it fun and comfortable - a pretty amazing feat! We were thrilled with the photos, and loved having Chelsea there with us on our wedding day.

"I don't love having photos taken of myself, but Chelsea made it fun and comfortable - a pretty amazing feat!"

Ann & Clay

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We found Chelsea on the Knot and reviewed her work on her website and decided she was the best choice out there for what we wanted. We reached out to her last minute for a session at City Park and Chelsea showed up on time and ready to give us the best experience possible! It didn't felt like we were posing, she engaged with us and even got my husband to look natural in pictures. We have received tons of likes and comments on our pictures and they turned out beautiful. I can't say enough good things about Chelsea. I hope she stays in business for a long time and we will be reaching out to her for future photo shoots as our family grows.

"Chelsea made us feel so incredibly at ease and the photos turned out absolutely beautiful."

Amanda & Conner

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We hired Chelsea for a lifestyle photo session and it was a wonderful experience from start to finish! She was so friendly and easy to communicate with on the front end, and she was simply incredible with our one year-old during the shoot. We instantly felt comfortable with her, and she made it such a relaxed and fun experience. When she sent us our photo gallery, we were blown away. Her work is so heartfelt and timelessly beautiful. Five stars, no question!

"Chelsea's work is so heartfelt and timelessly beautiful. Five stars, no question!"

Yademec Family

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Chelsea is not only an incredibly talented photographer, (seriously her images are gorgeous!) but she is an amazing person! She makes us feel SO comfortable and makes the entire experience a ton of fun. I am eternally grateful I found her to capture some of our family's most precious moments, from our maternity session to newborn and more. You must hire her to capture your family - you will cherish your images forever!

"You must hire her to capture your family - you will cherish your images forever!"

Doerries Family

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As soon as we met, Chelsea made us feel at ease, conversation throughout the session was effortless and she was able to cajole oodles of smiles out of my sometimes shy little guy. Chelsea took charge of directing the shoot without being bossy but rather let poses flow naturally. She took the time to arrange a myriad of shots, allowing for diversity within our finished gallery. Chelsea also worked quickly to deliver our photo gallery even before our new addition joined the family. The photographs Chelsea captured will forever be cherished and something my family and I will fondly look back on for years to come!

"As soon as we met, Chelsea made us feel at ease."

Hiller Family

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Chelsea is very talented, but perhaps most importantly she's relaxed making all of her clients instantly feel at ease and like themselves in photos. Plus, if she can make this 9 month pregnant woman look beautiful, she can photograph anyone.

"If she can make this nine month pregnant woman look beautiful, she can photograph anyone."

Ashlee & Cory

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chelsea@chelsearousey.com

CHELSEA ROUSEY
New Orleans, Louisiana

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