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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?

Las Vegas Wedding Reception Party Photos – I LOVE the party! Brittany and Drew

January 22, 2016 | By | No Comments

Las Vegas Wedding Reception Party Photos – I LOVE the party! Brittany and Drew came to Las Vegas with lots of friends to get married and to have a great time. From the moment my assistant and I met them in front of the Aria where they got married, we boarded the party bus and the pace just kept getting faster. Welcome to Las Vegas Sign. Neon on The Strip. Reception at Mastro’s Ocean Club inside of Crystal City. These guys are high energy go go go. They’re probably still partying. What a blast to be there to witness and record all of the fun! Congratulations Brittany and Drew.

CES Event Photography – Ka by Cirque du Soleil – Las Vegas Party Photography

January 14, 2016 | By | No Comments

Private performance of KÀ by Cirque du Soleil during #CES2016 at MGM Grand Las Vegas for invitation-only association of elite cultural influencers. Did you know that we love Las Vegas Event Photography? Yea! Las Vegas Tradeshow Floor Photography! Las Vegas Corporate Event Photography! Las Vegas Red Carpet Photography! Las Vegas Photo Booth Photography! Do you need first rate coverage of your VIP speakers and guests by skilled experienced photographers? Do you need printing on site to give your guests mementos of the amazing party you threw for them? Do you need a photo booth to keep your guests entertained and happy? Let’s talk! #CES #CES2016 #LasVegasEventPhotography #EventPhotography #PartyPhotography

Las Vegas Playa Desert Dry Lake Bed Wedding – Juliet and Andrew

January 2, 2016 | By | No Comments

Yea, these guys Juliet and Andrew made the desert sizzle with their Las Vegas Playa Desert Dry Lake Bed Wedding, followed by their Las Vegas Neon shoot at the world famous Neon Museum. After talking over skype and some email back and forth between Australia and the US, these guys knew exactly what they wanted. We met them out at the desert playa dry lake bed on the way down to Nelson. They pulled up in their air conditioned limo – nice! We were already set up with our lights, ready to make beautiful studio-lit portraits. But before making gorgeous in the desert we went au natural during their wedding ceremony, officiated by the effervescent and highly recommended Angie Kelly of Peachy Keen Unions. And no, we did not shoot them naked, we just went simple natural light :-) during the ceremony.

Afterwards we spent just enough time to make some beautiful magazine-quality portraits of Juliet and Andrew in the stark and striking American desert.

We then made our way to the world famous Neon Museum, aka Neon Boneyard, where we walked the big lot amid some of the most famous neon signs from Las Vegas’ past. We pointed Juliet to the website where she could reserve the Neon Museum for either a 1/2 hour or one hour walking photo tour.

Did you know that you can also get married right in the Neon Museum among the towering classic neon signs? To arrange that, go right here.

We loved working with Juliet and Andrew, documenting their amazing Las Vegas Elopement. Once she saw her photos, Juliet emailed “we absolutely love them!! And please pass on our massive thank yous to Stephen for making us feel so comfortable and relaxed on the day!”

It’s what we do!

Las Vegas Wedding Photography – DTLV East Fremont

November 18, 2015 | By | No Comments

I am so in love with this session of Las Vegas Wedding Photography at DTLV East Fremont with Regina and Philipp. They came all the way from Germany, with Regina’s sister and brother, to get married in beautiful, fun Las Vegas, Nevada. My team of two lighting assistants and I met these guys in the downtown Las Vegas East Fremont area, right in front of the giant fire-breathing insect in front of the Downtown Container Park. Even though it was a little chilly for Las Vegas (mid 50’s F, about 13° C) Regina peeled off her blue-jean jacket and toughed it out for our two hour shoot in her beautiful graceful wedding gown. I think she looks a lot like Meryl Streep. And Philipp looked very modern in his skinny tie and skinny slacks. With his barely salt & pepper sideburns I think he looks a lot like George Clooney. Yea, these guys are pretty gorgeous. And they are so FUN, too. We broke out the little bluetooth speaker and fired up some of their favorite music. George’s, I mean Philipp’s first pick was “A Little Less Conversation” by Elvis. YES! So VERY VEGAS! And Regina’s first pick was a Spotify station of The Get Up Kids. They got into their music, got loose and romantic, and the beautiful dreamy colorful moments just kept rolling on and on and on. I was bummed to have to leave these guys. At tone point I showed them a gorgeous photo, said “this looks like a photo from a magazine ad for deeply romantic perfume or for a million dollar diamond ring, and whatever, I just want to be there.” I didn’t want to leave. I know they are smiling and having so much fun today and always. Congratulations to Regina and Philipp! All of your images will be finished very soon!!! :-)

Las Vegas Event Photography of Opportunity Village Camelot Black Tie Event

November 16, 2015 | By | No Comments

I love helping out my favorite charity with Las Vegas Event photography at Opportunity Village. Camelot is the annual Black Tie fundraiser where very generous friends of OV come together to support what is perhaps the finest facility in America for intellectually and physically disabled adults.