David Mora, better known as David NOLA, is a freelance photographer, social media consultant, and proud New Orleans ambassador.
Born and raised here in the New Orleans area, he attended Archbishop Shaw High School. After graduation, David then studied at the University of Southern Mississippi where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and Journalism (Film) and Master of Science in Instructional Technology.
He is passionate about the state of Louisiana and all things New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina, he began photographing the beauty of the city and featuring these works on his social media platforms. David’s photos have quickly become a favored, daily go-to for people around the world to catch a glimpse of New Orleans.
A huge fan of Carnival, David hopes to be crowned king of a Mardi Gras krewe. Until then, he remains a true ambassador and is dedicated to showing the best of New Orleans and Louisiana to the world.
If you’re looking for picturesque inspiration before planning your trip, give David a follow on Instagram @DavidNOLA.
What is your geaux-to stop for dinner and drinks in the city?
Commander's Palace! Everyone at Commander's makes you feel like royalty; it's my all-time favorite. Their service is impeccable.
The best month to visit New Orleans? Why?
I love New Orleans during Carnival time! Whether Mardi Gras falls during February or March, I think it's the best time to experience everything New Orleans has to offer. From parades, marching bands and dancing groups, Carnival is something everyone should experience.
What are your top 5 must-do's for a first-time visitor to New Orleans?
A ride on the streetcar. Get yourself an RTA Jazzy Pass and ride all day long! I love a love ride from the cemeteries in Mid City all the way up to St. Charles Avenue. The streetcar is truly the best way to see New Orleans.
Beignets baby! We have so many amazing options for beignets in and around the city. Loretta's praline filled beignets are my personal favorite.
A long Friday lunch at a historic New Orleans restaurant. Whether it's Galatoire's, Antoine's or Commander's Palace, it's fun to dress up and enjoy an afternoon of great food and drinks.
Visit one of New Orleans' amazing parks - City Park (home to the largest collection of mature oak trees in the world, yes read that again!), Audubon Park and Crescent Park are wonderful opportunities to enjoy the beauty of New Orleans.
Bar hopping - New Orleans is full of amazing bars. From the Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone to the neighborhood bars around the Irish Channel and Mid-City, one should definitely partake in some barhopping.
What is your favorite off-the-beaten-path place in New Orleans?
I love Popp Fountain at City Park; it's such a peaceful space to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Which uniquely NOLA neighborhood are you most likely hanging out in?
I love Mid-City. It's a great neighborhood to walk and appreciate the architecture. Lots of great neighborhood restaurants (Liuzza's and Katie's are my faves) as well.