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Las Vegas Reflection Bay Golf Club Wedding of Chrissy and Mark

June 10, 2017 | By | No Comments

Why do I show so many photos? I show a lot of photos so that my next bride & groom see the quality & experience they can expect throughout their whole day, and not just a few hero shots.

Chrissy and Mark are such a cool couple, bringing together two excellent families out at the spectacular Reflection Bay Golf Club at Lake Las Vegas.

This is the first time I’ve done the boat tour of the lake – it’s a party!

This venue is highly recommended as it has everything a successful wedding needs. It is large enough for a typical wedding gathering, yet still intimate. It is green, and has a beach! and a beautiful lake! The staff is first rate, attentive, professional, and great communicators.

And the reception area is just right, too, with high white ceilings and white walls and large glass panels and doors opening up to one of the most spectacular vistas in Las Vegas, palm trees and green lawns and blue water.

And of course it has Las Vegas’ beautiful weather.

JCK Las Vegas 2017 Event and Convention Photography inside Mandalay Bay and Brooklyn Bowl

June 9, 2017 | By | No Comments

Looking for high quality, very experienced, very flexible photography at your next Las Vegas Convention or Las Vegas Event?

Event photography is many kinds of photography rolled into one, the requirements changing many times throughout the day: portrait photography, party photography, product photography, keynote speaker and breakout meeting photography, food photography, editorial photography, branding photography, fashion photography, concert photography, red carpet photography, concept photography, step ‘n repeat photography.

For the last several years I have been fortunate enough to be invited by my friend Jamey Kirkland to shoot event photography for one of the largest jewelry shows in the world, #JCKLasVegas. I believe this was the 25th year of the show.

Event photography is a lot like a wedding with a wide variety of subjects and radically different lighting conditions throughout the day, but with more walking.

Lots more walking.

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino has 2.1 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space, and I’m pretty sure that the #JCKLasVegas Jewelry Convention at Mandalay Bay uses every square inch.

Did I mention it involves a lot of walking? According to his fitbit, Jamey walked 11 miles per day every day for one week at #JCKLasVegas2016. I only walked 5 or 6 miles per day at #JCKLasVegas2017, or about 30 miles this past week.

If you’re looking for high quality, creative, energetic, beautifully lit and detail focused Convention and Event photography, give me a call or drop me a line. STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTOGRAPHERS can accommodate any size convention, including near-real-time delivery of images. We also offer high quality video service.

Need a better way to generate traffic to your Trade Show booth? Offer headshots.

May 11, 2017 | By | One Comment

Do you need a better way to generate traffic to your Trade Show booth? Do you need a way to keep them around for a while?

Are you giving out mousepads? Branded USB sticks?

How about giving out something everybody wants and everybody needs?

Gorgeous Las Vegas Headshots On-Location, Hi Speed, Hi Quality, Indoor Environmental.

People will line up deeply, especially once word gets out of the high quality, gorgeous, and fun headshots being given away at your booth.

Dell-EMC World was in Vegas this week at the Sands Expo.

Linkedin reviews the Linkedin profile pages of attendees, to help optimize them. As a sweetener, rather than give away the usual bag-stuffer mouse pads or USB sticks, Linked in decided to give away high quality, high volume indoor environmental headshots to anyone who came up for the review.

Over 3 days we photographed headshots for 200-300 folks.

All of the photos below are straight out of camera with minimal adjustment.

What are indoor environmental headshots?

Well, the popular environmental look is where headshots are made outdoors in a park or against trees or through a window looking out on a pretty scene.

Finding pretty scenes like that is probably easy in temperate climates like Seattle or DC where green is everywhere.

In a relatively small building like a law firm it’s pretty easy for everyone just to step outside.

But in Vegas, where our environment is dirt occasionally interrupted by drip landscaping, and where the convention centers are some of the largest buildings in the world, where it can take 30 minutes just to walk to a window, outdoor environmental photos are not practical.

Even if you can get outside and find some green, the heat can be 105°, or 40°, the dust, the wind, the dramatically shifting sun and light intensity and color temperature, and the suffocating pollen all can make it unpleasant to be outside. And did I mention that it can take an hour to walk any where inside the convention centers?

Yea. Seriously.

So, the solution I offer my corporate clients is that we create a beautiful environment indoors! My client gets to choose the “environment”, be it a brightly lit modern office conference room, or looking out a “window” to bright green vegetation, or a low-key familiar skyline at night.

NO GREENSCREEN.

And we do this without green screen. Greenscreen murders hair, it just doesn’t look right, and it requires lots of post production with a computer. And God forbid somebody is wearing green!

We use a different method, an elegant method, that results in a gorgeous look right in camera. The client can walk up to the camera or tethered computer right after their photo is taken and say things like “OMG that’s the best headshot I’ve ever gotten” or “Wow that looks so realistic and the lighting on me is fantastic” or “You’re a magician”. [Actual quotes.]

We can get through 100-150 people per day, per photo bay. My team can scale up to as many photo bays as needed to serve any size audience. Each person sits for an average of 2.5 minutes. It’s really easy for your people. It’s usually a lot of fun. Almost everyone walks away loving their new headshot. And the sponsoring company looks like heroes.

BEST. SWAG. EVER.

Need a better way to draw crowds to your trade show convention booth?

You may need high volume, high quality, high speed, studio-lit on-location indoor environmental headshots.

Let’s talk.

Another beautiful wedding at Dragonridge Country Club – Tara and BJ

May 3, 2017 | By | No Comments

Another beautiful wedding at the DragonRidge Country Club in Henderson. Tara saw it and knew immediately that this was the place she was going to marry her love. Working with Catering Sales Manager Beth and Allie was effortless as they are so easy going and nice. Tara couldn’t have been happier nor looked more beautiful. What a great day!

A Las Vegas Strip Wedding at Treasure Island and The Ritz Venue

April 3, 2017 | By | No Comments

This is my long-winded post about A Las Vegas Strip Wedding at Treasure Island and The Ritz Venue with the very special Elizabeth and Christopher.

OMG so much to say about this amazing wedding! But it’s 5:30am and I really should be gettin’ to bed, but I have to take care to back up my bride’s images first ….

….so as I was sayin’… this wedding was kind of off the hook, in part because our beautiful brilliant bride married a *DJ* who knows lots of other DJs, and who got every VIP favor one could ever hope for at the incredibly accommodating Treasure Island, where our DJ Groom Christoper spins discs and spreads good cheer and happiness. Our beautiful brilliant PhD bride, no doubt, also attended to the million lovely details this couple shared with their many guests.

Put aside the dresses and the shoes and the florals – all so elegant and tasteful – and jump right to the perfect reception at The Ritz. There were maps and travel cases representing their globe trotting. The travel theme was carried throughout the reception hall, in details like the greenscreen OS Photo booths background, and the travel-themed table tents at each table.

The energy and thumping dancing partying pulse of this ceremony never let up right up to the last second. Did I mention that the groom is a DJ and he invited a bunch of his DJ friends who kept things pumping all reception long? The music was truly great and the dance floor was usually packed.

So many details! So well thought out! These guys invited a caricature sketch artist, there was an open bar, at the beginning of the reception there was a live musician, there was a delicious buffet, an ice sculpture, an area with comfortably elegant lounges and sofas, a bone-white tree that was more art than plant, and on it went.

And I’ve barely mentioned how much TIME they gave me to make great portraits with them! A photographer’s dream!! Elizabeth was a photographer for many years before she got smart and decided that having a regular income as a pharmacist might be neat. So, as much as almost any client I’ve ever had, these guys really appreciated the importance of photography and they gave me at least 90 minutes between the ceremony and reception, a luxury I am so grateful for.

They also had MAD ACCESS to one of the major casinos on The Strip. Of about 400 weddings I’ve shot I’ve never had access that comes close to the VIP treatment Christopher arranged for us. Rather than the usual experience of getting chased out of a Strip casino within moments of breaking out professional lighting gear, we were escorted by very large security guys wherever we went. And we went wherever we wanted to went. Actually we had wented everywhere a week before in our walk-through, so our wenting was well planned. And escorted by very large men with wound cords connected to their ears. Like I said, a photographer’s dream.

Thank you Elizabeth and Chris – for entrusting me with such an important event in your lives, and for the VIP access.

Reception: The Ritz of Las Vegas

Ceremony & Location Photos: Treasure Island Hotel & Casino
DJs: @SoundBiteProductionsLV / https://www.facebook.com/SoundBiteProductionsLV/
Catering: The Ritz
Table Decorations: DIY

Family Reunion in Sunny Las Vegas – the Jones Family at The Westin at Lake Las Vegas

April 3, 2017 | By | No Comments

Even though I really don’t advertise family reunion photography on my website at all (other than the occasional blog post) I get regular requests for it. I was so very happy to meet the casual and good looking Jones family out at Lake Las Vegas this morning for a quick studio-lit formal / casual family portrait session. I hope these photos fill up their walls and computer desktops for the rest of time, and gives them warm feelings every time they see ’em.