Hello! My name is Willow Haley, and I'm a thirty-four year old photographer who, despite being a relatively recent transplant, is completely and utterly in love with New Orleans. I share half of a double shotgun house with my husband, my massive stacks of camera gear, and the world's most neurotic cat. When I'm not shooting weddings and events you can usually find me reading, freelancing, wandering the streets and music venues of New Orleans with my camera, or enjoying just about anything covered in cheese.
I began my photographic career as a photojournalist. Stylistically speaking, I have remained very close to my roots, though I also really enjoy using creative lighting, angles, and composition to subtly enhance the natural drama of an image. In the end, there's almost nothing I love more than telling a true story by capturing a series of sincere emotional moments.
Thoughts about Wedding Photography:
When picturing a wedding, there are certain key elements that immediately spring to mind: the lovely bride...the loving groom...the dress...the veil...the cake...the flowers. Weddings involve countless grand traditions, but these time-honored rituals share space with some of the most quirky, silly, touching, and profoundly, uniquely personal experiences that a family will ever share. There's the heartwarming moment in which the mother of the bride adjusts her daughter's veil...and then there's the sugar-crazed flower girl who steals the Maid of Honor's fancy bra and uses it as a hat all morning. There's the ceremonial cutting of the cake...and then there's the young ring bearer gnawing the heads off of the little bride and groom cake topper. There's the touching grace of the father/daughter dance...and then there's the uncle who has a few too many cocktails and attempts the Gagnam Style dance to When a Man Loves a Woman.
Weddings are a truly unparalleled blend of the traditional and the personal and, as a photojournalist, there's nothing I enjoy more than making sure that the full story is captured. After all, weddings inevitably provide the kind of stories that will be told over Thanksgiving dinner for decades but, with so many demands on their time, the most unique moments are also the ones that the wedding couple are most likely to miss. Personally, my wedding was one of the happiest days of my life, but I experienced the whole thing as one big, colorful, loving blur. I didn't really get to savor all the details until I sat down to look at my photos.
Ultimately, my job is to capture all of the things that make your wedding your wedding. Some of these details are elegant. Some of them are dignified. Some might just be flat-out strange. But they're all a part of what makes you, your relationship, and your wedding truly special.
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Kelsey K · Married on 06/29/2019
Willow went above and beyond what is expected from a wedding photographer. She made my fiancé and I feel at ease with the picture taking process. She was professional yet personal. Willow perfectly blended into the crowd and caught many special moments without being overbearing or intrusive. I strongly recommend hiring Willow. She was truly delightful to have as part of our wedding day.Sent on 07/05/2019
Heather Chandler · Married on 06/22/2019
Willow is simply amazing, she was very responsive and answered any questions I had leading up to the day. I chose her because her pictures are awesome and I love how she captures the real moments. I was very stressed the day of with time etc and she was so calm and helpful. She’s very creative too, the place where I had my dress before getting ready didn’t really have any scenic background and she came up with the idea to hang it on the chandelier in the stairwell, and it’s so pretty. I wouldn’t have thought of it. I had many people from the wedding tell me how cool my photographer was and she was. I definitely made the right choice. So far all the pictures I’ve gotten back are amazing, I’m in love with them! Another plus is her prices, you can’t beat it. So stop looking right now and book with her, you won’t regret it!Sent on 07/04/2019
Meghan Tennyson · Married on 03/09/2019
We absolutely loved working with Willow! She has a great attitude, a spunky personality, and was in great communication with us leading up to our wedding. She has a great eye for candid shots which was very important to us. All of our wedding party and family had great things to say as well and how easy she was to work with during our pre-ceremony photos. We had a second line parade after our ceremony and she was weaving in and out of everyone and everything capturing the best moments. It was a pleasure to look at the photos and see all of the guests at our wedding in all stages of the day, ceremony, second line, reception. There honestly was a picture for pretty much everyone in attendance! She had a great eye where each picture told a story. She stayed till the very end and you can see she is really passionate about her work and cares about her clients. The pictures came out PHENOMENAL! We are so happy we decided to work with Willow and have so many great pictures to look back fondly on our special day!!Sent on 04/20/2019
Great photographer!!! Willow will capture every moment of your event as it happens ! Very professional with an attention to every detail. Highly reccomended !!