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February 2016 - Steven Joseph Photography

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Sofia and Todd – Elegant Emotional Las Vegas Wedding at JW Marriott in Summerlin

February 9, 2016 | By | No Comments

A gorgeous wedding with a beautiful couple. I loved the intimate portraits I was able to create with Todd and Sofia and their families before their ceremony. I really value the time before the ceremony when we can find some quiet time to creat these timeless portraits before the starting bell rings and the insanity starts. The ceremony, too, was simply elegant and bright and gracefully conducted by Reverend Linda Venniro. Naakiti Floral Design did their usual stunning job with the flowers and decor. And DJ Mike Fox brought the elegance, tasteful humor and casual sophistication he is famous for among Vegas people in the know. Enjoy!
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choos
Bridesmaid Dresses: tbdress.com
Groom’s Tux: Hugo Boss
Cake Shop: Red Velvet Cafe
Floral Design: Naakiti Floral Design
Linen’s + Tablescape + Decor: Naakiti Floral Design
DJ Company: Mike Fox
Her Ring:  Jared
His Ring – Michael E Menden

What’s with Canadians? They’re so freaking NICE! We love these guys! Congratulations to Lisa and Darren!

February 9, 2016 | By | No Comments

These guys had been planning their wedding for many years, checking out venue after venue. Nothing really clicked. So they eloped to Vegas. I think that’s smart! And we are honored to have been chosen based on the quality of the photos they saw in our portfolio. We had no idea these guys would be so incredibly NICE and graceful and GREAT in front of the camera. Most of the time they were so busy giving each other google eyes and drinking in the gravity of the situation that they didn’t have time to be nervous. To make the occasion extra awesome Lisa’s Dad and stepmom flew in and surprised them when Lisa and Darren stepped into their limo. How cool!

We really could not have asked for a more perfect couple to work with. We can’t wait to finish editing all the photos from their wonderful day.

Real or Fake? Are Emotions in Photography Fake if the Photographer Drew Them Out? No.

February 6, 2016 | By | No Comments

All of these images have three things in common.

First, they’ve caught great emotion between family members in-the-moment.

Second, the emotions in these photos are 100% genuine.

Third, I elicited these emotions through my words and voice and personality.

Are these emotions fake because I drew them out?

Definitely not.

One of the biggest challenges professional photographers face when putting regular people in front of our cameras is getting them to relax. Most people (myself included) are not very comfortable in front of the camera. We become self-conscious. We make awkward artificial smiles. We become very *aware* of the camera.

When creating  portraits one of my big jobs is to get my subjects to forget that they’re in front of a camera – even for just one second, because all I need is one second to capture amazing moments overflowing with deep genuine emotion. Emotion that I’ve drawn out. Pure child-like unencumbered real emotion.

Real or Fake Emotions?