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Green Valley Ranch Wedding of Karen and Alex

March 24, 2015 | By | No Comments

How I love photographing the couples who get married at Green Valley Ranch in Henderson (just a 15 minute ride from the Las Vegas Strip): let me count the ways.
1. It’s human scale! No walking for thousands of yards inside of gigantic buildings, or thousands of feet between blocks. It’s intimate yet grand.
2. It’s really freaking gorgeous! GVR’s landscaping is among the more verdant and abundant in all of Las Vegas. The architecture is first rate, too.
3. It’s so visually varied. You can see and be photographed in a vineyard, within ornate hallways, inside plush suites, atop one of the grandest of grand staircases, enveloped in modern and sleek outdoor cabanas, on the sands of a beach (! for real), beside and against cascading waterfalling sheets of water, against deep blue tile caressing a cool blue pool, lounging upon a cool green lawn, draped over luxurious and elegant furnishings, and so much more. The place is a visual FEAST, a photographer’s playground.
4. It’s just so much more relaxed than the Strip, so easy-going, so much less hurried.
5. It’s big enough to accommodate the largest weddings and events, yet intimate enough to host a two-person elopement or a 40 person wedding ceremony and reception.
6. Their in-house chapel is understated, elegant, comfortable, lovely, and definitely not pushy like many of those in-house chapels on the Strip.
7. It is such a versatile and flexible place in which to get married. I have photographed ceremonies in so many locations on property, including: the in-house chapel on the second floor; inside presidential suites; up on the grand staircase; on the grand patio beneath the grand staircase; in the tall Italian cypress a little beyond the pool area; on the curving modern staircase just next to the pool; and in the exclusive “The Pond” private pool area.

Opportunity Village IT Girl Spring Garden Party

March 21, 2015 | By | No Comments

Opportunity Village is my very favorite charity in Las Vegas, and perhaps anywhere. I love how they empower intellectually and physically disabled young people and adults with real jobs, paychecks and skills, people who – in another time and place – might waste away in front of a TV set. I love how they involve the community to give and to donate time and money to this mission. I love how efficiently OV squeezes as much from every voluntarily donated penny as they can.

Any time OV asks me to lend a hand with my photography my answer is always “yes” when I am available.

Please enjoy these photos from today’s wonderful IT Girl Spring Garden Party and Fashion Show – and look how beautiful and happy the fashion show OVIP models are! Notice, too, how individuals and companies throughout the community donated their time today. From catering and cook and wait staff, to decor and event planning, to styling, to different groups of young people from UNLV. OV is the gold standard of voluntary civil society.

Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception for Margarita and Andrew

March 18, 2015 | By | No Comments

It’s photo booth sexy time at the wedding reception of Margarita and Andrew at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Las Vegas

Cut the Cake! at Margarita and Andrew's  wedding reception at Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas

Happy people toasting the Maggianos Little Italy Las VEgas wedding reception of Margarita and Andrew

What do you do when you *have* to use the unknown in-house photographers at your wedding ceremony at one of the Strip hotels, like The Wynn, but you want top-notch reception photography, maybe even at a reception venue away from where you got married? Why, you hire Steven Joseph Photography, that’s what!

You say you didn’t know that when you get married on The Strip you almost always have to use the anonymous in-house photographer? Yes. That is as close to an iron-clad rule in Vegas as there is. Outside photographers are *not* allowed into your wedding ceremony, nor to where your after-wedding formal photos are taken.

Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception - beautiful bride Margarita with great friends

Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception – beautiful bride Margarita with great friends

Las Vegas Photo Booth at the Maggianos Little Italy Wedding Reception of Margarita and Andrew

Las Vegas Photo Booth at the Maggianos Little Italy Wedding Reception of Margarita and Andrew

It's photo booth sexy time at the wedding reception of Margarita and Andrew at Maggiano's Little Italy in Las Vegas

Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception - Margarita and Andrew with great buddies

Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception – Margarita and Andrew with great buddies

Margarita and Andrew greeting great buddies at Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception

Margarita and Andrew greeting great buddies at Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception

Gorgeous bright floral wedding cake at the Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas wedding reception of Margarita and Andrew

Gorgeous bright floral wedding cake at the Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas wedding reception of Margarita and Andrew

Margarita and Andrew greeting great buddies at Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception

Margarita and Andrew greeting great buddies at Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception

Andrew greeting his brand new mother-in-law at Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception

Andrew greeting his brand new mother-in-law at Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception

Guest of Margarita and Andrew getting to know new friends at Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception

Guest of Margarita and Andrew getting to know new friends at Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception

Desert anyone? Delicious beautiful delicacies from Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas

Desert anyone? Delicious beautiful delicacies from Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas

Vogueing at the photo booth of Margarita and Andrew at Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception

Vogueing at the photo booth of Margarita and Andrew at Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception

Vogueing at the photo booth of Margarita and Andrew at Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception

Vogueing at the photo booth of Margarita and Andrew at Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception

Vogueing at the photo booth of Margarita and Andrew at Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception

Vogueing at the photo booth of Margarita and Andrew at Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception

Vogueing at the photo booth of Margarita and Andrew at Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception

Vogueing at the photo booth of Margarita and Andrew at Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception

Andrew and guests toasting at Margarita and Andrew's  wedding reception at Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas

Andrew and guests toasting at Margarita and Andrew’s wedding reception at Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas

Did dad sing at your wedding? Mine neither. This is one of the more memorable and awesome toasts I have witnessed in hundreds of weddings.

Did dad sing at your wedding? Mine neither. This is one of the more memorable and awesome toasts I have witnessed in hundreds of weddings.

Happy people toasting the Maggianos Little Italy  Las VEgas wedding reception of Margarita and Andrew

Cut the Cake! at Margarita and Andrew’s wedding reception at Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas

First Dance at Margarita and Andrew's  wedding reception at Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas

First Dance at Margarita and Andrew’s wedding reception at Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas

Relatives of Margarita's at the photo booth of Margarita and Andrew at Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception

Relatives of Margarita’s at the photo booth of Margarita and Andrew at Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception

Big hugs for Margarita's mom and dad from a dear friend at Margarita and Andrew's Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception

Big hugs for Margarita’s mom and dad from a dear friend at Margarita and Andrew’s Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception

Andrew making great memories with friends at Margarita and Andrew's  wedding reception at Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas

Andrew making great memories with friends at Margarita and Andrew’s wedding reception at Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas

Las Vegas Photo booth of Margarita and Andrew at Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception - throwing some attitude

Las Vegas Photo booth of Margarita and Andrew at Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception – throwing some attitude

Las Vegas Photo booth of Margarita and Andrew at Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception - group hugs

Las Vegas Photo booth of Margarita and Andrew at Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception – group hugs

Las Vegas Photo booth of Margarita and Andrew at Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception - groupier hugs

Las Vegas Photo booth of Margarita and Andrew at Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception – groupier hugs

Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception for Margarita and Andrew - Good Friends Good Times

Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception for Margarita and Andrew – Good Friends Good Times

Las Vegas Photo booth of Margarita and Andrew at Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception - Beautiful Bride and Beautiful mom and Auntie

Las Vegas Photo booth of Margarita and Andrew at Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception – Beautiful Bride and Beautiful mom and Auntie

Las Vegas Photo booth of Margarita and Andrew at Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception - Beautiful Bride and Beautiful mom

Las Vegas Photo booth of Margarita and Andrew at Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception – Beautiful Bride and Beautiful mom

Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception for Margarita and Andrew - Good Friends Good Times

Maggianos Little Italy Las Vegas Wedding Reception for Margarita and Andrew – Good Friends Good Times

More delicious desserts from Maggianos Little Italy at the Las Vegas Wedding reception of Margarita and Andrew

More delicious desserts from Maggianos Little Italy at the Las Vegas Wedding reception of Margarita and Andrew

We’re WeddingWire Rated! 38 5-Star Reviews. Thank You!!!

January 20, 2015 | By | No Comments

We’re big fans of WeddingWire as a resource for Brides & Grooms to figure out which photographers offer the best fit for their style, budget and personality. We’re ecstatic to have 38 glowing 5-star reviews. If you’ve left us a 5-star review on WeddingWire THANK YOU SO MUCH and if you haven’t but have been meaning to, why not go drop a little sugar on us right now? Here’s the link: http://www.eventwire.com/review/StevenJoseph

Here’s Why I Love Photographing Weddings

January 16, 2015 | By | No Comments

You’ve probably already seen this Maroon 5 music video.
I LOVE IT because it perfectly illustrates everything I love about photographing weddings:


1] everybody’s all dressed up and looking their best;

2] everybody’s letting their hair down and feeling peak emotions all over the place;

3] a wedding is one of the great milestone days in peoples’ lives.

I honestly feel privileged to document every single one.

A few observations from this video.

* Who would have guessed the Asian wedding rocked the hardest? Go pops!

* Who’s surprised that all the brides *instantly* recognized Adam Levine yet a few of the grooms were like “huh? whuz happenin?”

* It really pays to have good music (live or DJ) for a great experience.

* I’ve never wanted to be famous, but I’ll admit it must be an incredible rush to be able to get a giant crowd of strangers to scream in ecstasy at the mere sight of you. Billy Joel calls it being Mussolini for a couple of hours.