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

December 19, 2012 | 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?

Available Light Photography After Sundown – Don’t Fear The Dark

December 10, 2012 | By | No Comments

[pullquote]I saw additional photos from this wedding that were done at night of the bride and groom and some of the outdoor areas of [******* ********].  I would absolutely love to be able to get a few of those shots to use as they were fantastic and so many brides are scared of doing photos in the dark. This would definitely show how it can be done when a professional photographer is hired!

I’m going to let you in on a little secret.

When a wedding photographer you’re interviewing proudly says that s/he’s an “available light” photographer, that’s usually code for “I don’t know how to use off-camera lights and I really don’t own any.”

Which is fine for day-time weddings.

However, the final 1/3 of most traditional weddings takes place after the sun goes down. And many reception halls are very dim even during the day.

A professional wedding photographer has to know how to elegantly light up the dark.

Just today the catering manager of a major Las Vegas wedding venue told me that many brides are “scared of doing photos in the dark”. Could it be because the “available light” photographer they’re considering is scared, too?

When interviewing photographers, it’s probably wise of you to ask them questions like:

  1. How do you handle formal portraits in the dark?
  2. How do you shoot a dark reception room?

We love available light. But when the sun goes down and there isn’t any, we make beautiful light for you with our discreet professional off-camera lighting gear.

Why “off-camera” lighting? Because on-camera direct flash looks flat and amateur, like it was taken with a disposable camera. Off-camera light gives depth and pop and magazine-quality to the most important photos in your life.

If your available light photographer shows few or no night-time photos on their website, you should be concerned.

We’re not afraid of the dark

and when you hire the right photographer, you shouldn’t be, either

The above photo shows how dark a typical wedding reception hall is. The photos above & below were taken seconds apart – one when my lights didn’t pop, the other with four Speedlites popping all over the reception hall to catch your beautiful moments.
The photo above and below were taken seconds apart – the above with the available light typical of many hotel reception rooms, the photo below with my pro lights throughout the room popping.


Awesome Images of Earth at night from NASA satellites

December 5, 2012 | By | No Comments

So cool. Earth at night from NASA satellite photographs. From this Wall Street Journal article.

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Springs Preserve is Perfect for Laura and Dave – Natural, Sunny, Soulful, Beautiful

November 30, 2012 | By | No Comments

This is one of the most emotional and soulful weddings I have ever had the privilege to record. These guys are so in love, and are so happy and fulfilled to be together! They have such interesting lives, having both traveled extensively, including while serving Christian missions in difficult and sketchy places around the world spreading the Good News.

They paid special attention to the details of family, showing respect and honor for their family members present and past. The wedding colors were subtle pastels. The flowers were an unusual drier variety, perfect for Las Vegas and the Springs Preserve gardens.

This union brought so many smiles and tears of happiness and hugs that it brought me out of the moment, out of my laser-focused job of recording it all. Some weddings you can’t help but feel a part of.

Big thanks to 2nd photographer Juliana Goldberg, who did a fine job as an associate 2nd. I think she’s ready for full weddings!

Venue: Springs Preserve

Wedding Planner: Tory L Cooper Events

Bringing Gorgeous to a New Level – Monica and Asa Rock the Vegas Desert at Nelson’s Landing – Eldorado Canyon

November 26, 2012 | By | No Comments

The day after their intimate yet glorious wedding out at Valley of Fire Park Monica and Asa got engaged! Or so it appears in these wonderfully light, love-filled happy photos down at Nelson’s Landing, aka Eldorado Canyon, one of the very best places in the Vegas area to photograph. Owners Bobbie and Tony are completely welcoming to folks wanting to be photographed in their desert beauty.