365 New Orleans: Traven Stout


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New Orleans born and raised photographer Traven Stout has been shooting professionally since he graduated from college. Traven has taken his own unique style and translated it into all of the images he captures, both his professional and personal work. With a more narrative style of photography, he enjoys taking candid pictures and images that give the viewer a little glimpse into the subject’s personality.

Traven Stout studied photography at The University of New Orleans and graduated in 2015. Since then he has been working as a professional photographer in the Crescent City.


Traven Stout studied photography at The University of New Orleans and graduated in 2015. Since then he has been working as a professional photographer in the Crescent City.

Wedding, Portraiture, and Event Photography from a trained fine art perspective.

Based in New Orleans, Louisiana.




1. What products and services do you offer? 

I shoot weddings, portraits, events and have a couple of documentary art projects in progress. My focus is usually on people and my documentary style definitely gets carried over into my professional work. While shooting events I’m always looking for who’s laughing or smiling, and I try to capture these moments. These kinds of shots are my favorite. They feel so much more genuine than a planned out photo.


2. How long have you been in business? 



3. How do people find you online? 

travenstoutphotography.com, Facebook, and Instagram @neworleansphotographer and @peopleofmardigras


4. What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew? 

Lately, I’ve been getting into pet portraits specifically dogs and it’s so much fun! I throw treats up in the air and get shots of them trying to catch the treats. Capturing their reactions is pretty amazing. Dogs make the most ridiculous faces when treats are involved. It’s pretty funny.

I also work in the darkroom with film and alternative process photography and can shoot any of my professional work with film for an additional cost. It’s an aesthetics thing when shooting with film and printing in the darkroom. With the film cameras, especially the medium format and large format cameras, you get a look that is impossible to recreate with digital photography. It’s a special nuance that makes the images stick out just a tad bit more.

I have an antique 8×10 large format view camera – you know the ones you see in the old movies where the photographer would go under the cloth? I use an alternative process with this camera. Where instead of using film, I use darkroom paper. It’s a special kind of paper though. It prints as a positive image instead of a negative image, so you can get an 8×10 print directly from the camera and do not need to convert a negative. With this process, I can shoot your portrait and make the print right there in front of you in my darkroom. You literally get to see the print appear before your eyes in a developing tray. It’s kind of an educational process combined with a portrait session. It’s cool because it’s a one-off print, one of a kind type of thing.


5. Lagniappe Info. 

I’m teaching photography with Upturn Arts. A summer camp geared towards all forms of art. We are just getting a photography program off the ground and this summer will be the first time we are offering photography classes for the kids.  We just got our hands on five brand new DSLR cameras and two laptops donated through the Mary Strasser Foundation. The photography camp will be starting on July 8th. I’m super excited about it and the possibilities that can come from Upturn owning their own equipment. The biggest issue with teaching photography is always the gear. It’s just too expensive for individuals to buy a brand new camera for just one class. So it’s kind of a big deal for the organization to have their own cameras. If you have kids peek out upturn arts. It’s a pretty rad camp.


Reach out to Traven directly at stouttraven@gmail.com



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