5 hrs
All Ages
Minimum Age
New Orleans

Louisiana Swamp Photography Tour

Swamp Landscape Photo Workshop

Ideal for any nature lover, this swamp and wildlife tour doubles as a Louisiana swamp photography workshop. Your guide, an experienced nature photographer, helps you capture some of the most beautiful landscapes and enticing wildlife in the region.

Most photography workshops are multi-day experiences that are costly and locked into set dates years in advance. Our workshops are set up for private groups and can be booked on a daily basis. We have the flexibility to run sunrise and sunset trips all year long. If you are a nature photographer in New Orleans and want to get out into the swamps but don’t want to be locked into a set workshop schedule, this is the trip for you.

The cypress swamps of Louisiana are beautifully scenic but can be difficult to photograph by car or on foot. You need a boat to access most of the photogenic areas and an experienced guide to get you there. We use high-quality kayaks and canoes to get you into some of the most backwater areas of the swamp that most boats cannot access. We offer transportation to and from your hotel in the city if needed. We can run trips for either sunrise or sunset.

Our Louisiana swamp photography tours run for 3-4 hours in the field and another 1 hour of transportation and load-out before and after the session. Depending on the conditions, we also have full outboard swamp boats available. This allows us to shoot in rainy or windy conditions. If you have mobility issues or cannot paddle and you think a boat is better suited for you, talk with us before your trip and we can potentially schedule this for an additional captain fee.

Our guides can help with camera settings and composition if needed, but it is not a focal point of the trip. Our main goal is to get you into the most scenic areas and accommodate you as you set up the shots you are after. If you have concepts for different images, it is best to reach out to us before your trip to discuss your ideas. Different times of the year allow for accessing different areas and can determine how different shots can be taken.

What We Provide on Your New Orleans Photo Tour

  • Experienced photo guide
  • Kayak or boat
  • Transportation
  • Basic camera instruction if needed

What is Not Provided on Your Louisiana Swamp Photography Tour

  • Tripod
  • A bag for your gear
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellent
  • Long sleeves and long pants
  • Food or snacks

We cannot provide you with photo gear. you must bring your own. If you have any additional questions, feel free to email or call to discuss your trip. We also offer a 3-day photo excursion to the virgin cypress forests of the Atchafalaya Basin in the fall. If you would like to join us on this in-depth New Orleans photo tour experience, you can learn more about it here. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on a tour!

Ace Hardware
732 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70116Drive Out Location
118 Gary Rd
Laplace, LA 70068
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive promptly 15-30 minutes before your adventure.
Invoice must be paid in full for the tour date to be reserved. Wild Louisiana Tours LLC offers a 100% refund for tour cancellation due to inclement weather e.g. weather considered hazardous to tour member’s safety. This includes lighting storms, unsafe water conditions, wildfires, etc. Tours still operate in rain as long as the safety of clients is not jeopardized.
  • 80% refund is issued if cancellation is greater than 48 hours before tour time.
  • 50% refund is issued if cancellation is less than 48 hours before tour time.
  • No refund is issued for no calls/no shows/cancellations the morning of the tour
Louisiana Swamp Photography Tour
All Ages

This adventure is operated by Wild Louisiana Tours

Where do I leave my vehicle when I drive myself?
If you drive yourself to the tour location you can leave your car at our store at 118 Gary Road, Laplace, LA. You can also follow us to our launch location down the road if you prefer.

What should I wear/bring on the tour?
We recommend that everyone wear clothes that they don’t mind getting a little wet. Pants and shirts that are quick-drying help to make your experience more enjoyable. Hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen are recommended to protect you from the sun. We have drinks, snacks, dry bags, and other items available for purchase at our store on 118 Gary Road, Laplace, LA where we will be meeting for the tour.

What about bugs?
Generally, mosquitos, flies, and other biting bugs are not very bad while on the water. If you have your own bug spray or would like to buy some to bring with you that is perfectly fine.

How far away are your tours/where are directions?
If you will be driving yourself to the tour we provide you with turn-by-turn directions to our meeting locations. Once you book your tours you will receive an email receipt where detailed directions to tour locations will be included. All of our tours are a 30 – 40 min drive from downtown New Orleans. Our store and meeting location is at 118 Gary Road, Laplace, LA.

Can I drink alcoholic beverages on the tour?
For insurance purposes, we are not allowed to start a tour with someone who appears to be intoxicated.

What if it rains?
Our tours still operate in the rain as long as our guests’ safety is not compromised by inclement weather e.g. weather considered hazardous to tour member’s safety. This includes lighting storms, unsafe water conditions, wildfires, etc. A little rain in the swamp can actually be quite refreshing after a long paddle.

What time will I be picked up?
9:00 AM is the pickup time for our 10:15 AM tour.

11:45 AM is the pickup time for our 1:00 PM tour.

Both times pick up at 732 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA

Is kayaking with alligators safe?
The short answer is yes! Alligators are a much calmer version than their cousins the crocodile. Generally, alligators have a docile nature. Because they are cold-blooded they spend most of the day either cooling off in the water or sunbathing on the bank. Most of their feeding and activity is done at night. Many boat tours in New Orleans feed alligators to ensure guests will be able to see them every day. When alligators are not fed by humans they have a natural fear of humans, as we have hunted them for centuries. It is illegal to feed alligators in the nature preserve that we kayak in, so the alligators you see on our trips will not approach your kayak and have no interest in you at all. Many times we will take pictures of them from a safe distance and it adds to the wildlife experience of the tour!