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July 20, 2012 | By | No Comments

You may have noticed, if you’ve looked at our blog or wedding portfolio or Facebook fan page, that our branding is changing. We’re mid-way through the change now. One of the many excellent suggestions coming out of the Jerry Ghionis workshop I attended last week in Los Angeles was an updating of our brand – a suggestion that Jerry made for most of the 20 attendees. will always get you here, but in time the new URL will be In the meanwhile, we’re sorry for any confusion during the transition.

The Golden State – a Personal Visit to California

July 18, 2012 | By | No Comments

After attending the outstanding Jerry Ghionis workshop in Los Angeles in July, my family joined me for a micro vacation in Los Angeles. We stayed with my wife’s brother & sister-in-law in Camarillo, and took in southern California all casual-like. Many photos to post soon.

For now, here’s a fun animation of my brood crossing the street near Hollywood and Vine.

A day at the beach, tourist-time down on Hollywood & Vine, celebrating Chris’ 29th birthday (again), spending more quality time together in 3 days than in the previous 2 years. To everyone who is waiting on product & photo delivery from me, thank you for the opportunity to become a better photographer @ the Jerry Ghionis workshop, and thank you for letting me become a better person by spending unfettered time with my family.

We Won’t Be Needing A Photographer … My Daughter Is Taking a Photography Class …

June 29, 2012 | By | No Comments

Amateur vs Professional Photography

Photo courtesy of Do It With Love Photography, Ohio

We just spoke with a woman this morning who politely told us that she didn’t need professional photography because her “daughter is taking a photography class”.

When we hear this, we kind of cringe, because we’re pretty sure we know what’s going to happen, as illustrated in this photo.

We could build an entire class around the differences between the amateur photo on top, and the professional photo on bottom, and why the latter is so much better than the former.

Suffice it to say, there are lots of things that a professional photographer knows and is in control of that your daughter who is taking a photography class is not, including:

  • Metering the exposure.
  • Manual f/stop.
  • Off camera lighting.
  • Lens choice.
  • Position of camera.
  • Composition.
  • White balance.
  • Gear.
  • Technical know how in using gear.

We realize that many folks probably don’t even see a difference between the amateur photo on top and the professional photo on bottom. And many who do notice a difference think the one on top is good enough. This post is not directed to these folks.

But I’m genuinely concerned about those folks who expect professional quality (like in the bottom photo) from their daughter who is taking a photography class, or from their Uncle Bob. You’re going to be disappointed.

It takes years to acquire and master all of the things that a professional photographer is quietly managing when s/he makes a great looking portrait for you. Your daughter isn’t there yet. Neither is your Uncle Bob.

For those people who want and expect professional results, my humble advice is that you hire a professional.

Honored and Nervous to shoot a famous Australian Photographer, Yikes!

June 26, 2012 | By | No Comments

I was honored recently when Natalie Howe, one of the most successful, awarded and famous wedding & portrait photographers in Australia chose FogartyFOTO to do some portraits of her and her beautiful family here in Las Vegas.

Her husband and she had an uber-fun renewal  ceremony @ Graceland Wedding Chapel (why Graceland? ‘cuz Bon Jovi got married there! of course! :-) )

Natalie and Chris have been married 81/2 years (very important not to forget the 1/2, right Chris?)

My wife Chris & I met Natalie and her husband Chris and their son Tom and Natalie’s fellow photographer Kate Lindsay at Graceland, and off we went!

Natalie is so use to posing her own clients, she automatically posed herself and her family!  Nice job Natalie!  Even Kate got in on the action by assisting Steve with some gear.  She is so use to being Natalie’s assistant, it was pure instinct.   We had so much fun with these guys.  We did a lot in a short time.

The only thing we didn’t do was ” throw another shrimp on the barbie!”  Maybe next time.  Have a fun rest of your vacation traveling all over the US.

As they had some Vegas things to do – shows to catch, parties to make – we didn’t have that much time. But that didn’t stop us from making some awesome magazine-style portraits.

This shot was taken by Kate from inside the air conditioned car on this 108º Vegas day.

You wouldn’t know it from the photos but one of these folks is suffering from heat stroke or the like – not enough snickers bars & water to fend off the intense Vegas sun. They were all good sports about it and we shot through it.

This was truly one of the most rewarding and fun photo shoots we’ve ever done!

Locations: Graceland Wedding Chapel, Boulder Dry Lake Bed, Nelson / Eldorado Canyon, NV

© Copyright 2012 Photo by Kate Lindsay Photography

Linda & David – Fun, Fabulous, Feel-ful

June 25, 2012 | By | No Comments

Girls just wanna have fun.

Exceptional Wedding Cinematography by my friend Terrence Lighten, Master Jedi of Lighten Films.

Almost ready.The beautiful sistahs ready to roll.Bride with the two most important men in her life growing up – about to join the now most important man in her life.Intimate, Cozy, Verdant, Lovely gazebo at The Grove.So many friends came to witness and share well wishes.Big beautiful family portraits were important to Linda and Dee – so that’s what we delivered :-) How do “available light” photographers do it?Professional lightingHow do “available light” photographers do it as the sun sets? I honestly don’t know.New brothers-in-law – like twins!David happy with his very proud parents.Sun is gone, portraits keep on rockin’ – this was our Reservoir Dogs take.Boom! Let’s start the party and get some dancing on!Toasts from the beautiful bad girls.

First dance – like nobody else is in the room.Dancing with his baby girl.Sometimes couples invite friends who really know how to dance – like these guys!
And these guys.Where’s my bride? I caught the garter!
Va-voom baby.Vamping for the camera.Winding down. I love their hands.This party rocked.Thank you Dee for honoring FogartyFOTO with photographing your daughter’s wedding!

Wedding & Ceremony Venue: The Grove

Priest: Father Arthur Yabes, Saint Cyprian Church, Sunnyvale, CA

Wedding Cinematography: Lighten Films

Wedding Gown & Veil: by Maggie Sottero – “Karina”, purchased at Brides of California, Sunnyvale, CA

Tiara: Rin’s Bridal, San Carlos, CA

Shoes: Liz Rene “Melissa”

Bridal Party Dresses: David’s Bridal

Junior Bridesmaid Dress: Alexia Designs from Rosie’s Bridal, Independence, MO

Groom’s Party Tuxes: Calvin Klein Collection, Men’s Wearhouse

Rings: Custom Designed by David & Linda – Kay’s Jewelers

DJ: Good Vibrations DJ, Las Vegas 702-438-8091

Cakes: Cake Couture, Las  Vegas, Amy 702-782–9806

Uplighting: Woolard Productions

Original Music for Bridal Processional – Lucian Piane