In Louisiana, street photography is legal, but there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Surveillance law: Louisiana law prohibits “unlawful surveillance.” This means that it is illegal to secretly observe the activities of another person for the purpose of spying upon and invading the privacy of the person observed. However, street photography is not considered to be unlawful surveillance, as long as the photographer is not trespassing or trying to hide their presence.
  • Expectation of privacy: The law also recognizes the concept of “expectation of privacy.” This means that people have a right to privacy in certain areas, such as their homes or businesses. If a person has a reasonable expectation of privacy, then it may be illegal to photograph them without their consent. However, there is no expectation of privacy in public places, such as streets, sidewalks, and parks.
  • Photography of minors: Louisiana law prohibits the intentional viewing or production of a photograph of a minor in a state of nudity or engaged in sexual conduct. This law applies even if the photograph is taken in a public place.

Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer, and this blog post is not legal advice. If you have any questions about Louisiana street photography laws, you should consult with an attorney.

Tips for Street Photography in Louisiana

  • Be respectful of others. If you are photographing people, be sure to ask their permission first.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t trespass or try to hide your presence.
  • Be mindful of the law. Don’t photograph people in areas where they have a reasonable expectation of privacy.
  • Have fun! Street photography is a great way to capture the beauty of everyday life in Louisiana.

In addition to these general laws, there are a few specific laws that photographers should be aware of in Louisiana. For example, the Louisiana Revised Statutes § 14:283 prohibits the use of a hidden camera to record someone in a private place without their consent. This law applies even if the person is in a public place, as long as they have a reasonable expectation of privacy.

Another law to be aware of is the Louisiana Revised Statutes § 14:284, which prohibits the intentional taking of a photograph of another person’s intimate parts without that person’s consent. This law applies even if the photograph is taken in a public place.

As you can see, there are a few things to keep in mind when doing street photography in Louisiana. However, as long as you are respectful of others and aware of the law, you should be able to enjoy this unique and creative form of photography.

Additional Information

  • In 2018, the Louisiana Supreme Court decided a case that clarified the law on street photography. In In re: Application of State v. Nakamoto, the court ruled that it is not illegal to photograph someone in a public place without their consent, even if the photograph is taken in a way that is surreptitious or embarrassing.
  • However, the court also ruled that there are some exceptions to this rule. For example, it is illegal to photograph someone if they have a reasonable expectation of privacy, such as if they are in a bathroom or changing room.
  • It is also illegal to photograph someone if you are doing so for the purpose of harassing or stalking them.

Conclusion

Street photography is a great way to capture the beauty of everyday life. However, it is important to be aware of the law before you start taking pictures. By following the tips in this blog post, you can help to ensure that you are not breaking any laws and that you are respecting the privacy of others.