I started taking pictures on the streets of New Orleans, my hometown, when I was a teenager. I was a sentimental girl with a deep sense of nostalgia, so the camera was a natural means of expression for me. The city became my muse. The lively street scenes, distressed architecture, and effortless blend of elegance and decadence have always inspired me. My innate curiosity and love of connecting with people led me to a career in photojournalism.
My journey as a professional photographer began in 1997 when I graduated from Boston University with a degree in photojournalism. One year later, a staff newspaper job lead me to Newport, Rhode Island, where I worked for The Newport Daily News, the arts and entertainment weekly Mercury, and the bimonthly lifestyle magazine Newport Life for over 16 years. The diverse content of the three publications – all owned by the same parent publishing company – allowed me to shoot news, sports, features, fashion, entertainment, and stylized covers, sometimes all in a day’s work.
One of the things I loved most about working full-time in print journalism was being welcomed to take photographs in people’s homes and workplaces every day. I loved hearing people’s stories and being trusted enough to be given an intimate look into their lives. Private spaces reveal so much about a person – who they are, and what matters to them. This idea is something I continue to explore as a house tour contributor for the lifestyle blog Apartment Therapy.
I made my way back to New Orleans in 2015 through a twist of fate. When my husband Eamon was presented with an unexpected opportunity to work in Louisiana, we packed up our family and headed South to begin a new chapter in our lives.
After living in the Northeast for over 20 years, I’m excited to rediscover New Orleans with fresh eyes as she approaches her 300th anniversary. I’m ready to tell the story of my home and her people.
PUBLICATIONS & CLIENTS
Art + Design
New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation
Travel & Leisure (online)
Food & Wine (online)
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Newport Jazz Festival
New Orleans Airlift/Music Box Village
Newport Daily News
Newport Life Magazine
Kristen Coates Art & Home
Catherine Curtis Fine Gardening
Shotgun Design Group
Waldorf School of New Orleans
The Surfer’s Journal
My name is Jacqueline. I’m an editorial and commercial photographer based in New Orleans. My specialty is capturing people, private spaces, and live music.