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If James Bond got Married Again ….

February 4, 2013 | By | 6 Comments

If James Bond got married again, I think it’d look pretty much like this. His stunningly beautiful bride draped in her elegant wedding gown. He – the dashing groom in his classically cut tuxedo – would probably get prepped at the elegant and luxurious Mandalay Bay, then segue to a dignified ceremony at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. With his charm and confidence he’d get us into places not often opened up to wedding couples with photographers in tow – like the officially closed private beach bungalow area at Mandalay Bay. And at the end of the night we’d all end up on top of the world – 60 floors up – in the richly sophisticated Foundation Room inside of Mandalay Bay, with the best views of the Las Vegas Strip in the whole world.

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Cake by Gimme Some Sugar

Hair & Makeup: The Glam Squad

Preparation Venue: Mandalay Bay Hotel, Las Vegas

Ceremony: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Henderson, Nevada

Reception Venue: The Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

Reception String Quartet: Siren Strings

Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Answer: Yes. Question: Does skillful off-camera lighting make a difference?

January 26, 2013 | By | No Comments

Does skillful use of off-camera lighting matter in photography? Sometimes, when the available light is great, it’s not much of a factor at all. But other times, off-camera lighting makes the shot.

When looking at my bridal party, this is what I see.

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We love available light photography and use it all the time, when the available light is good. But often the light professional photographers can make is better.

Las Vegas Engagement Photography down at Nelson’s Landing / Eldorado Canyon

January 14, 2013 | By | No Comments

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Are these guys gorgeous or what? We had a lot of fun driving around Vegas in their classic ’56 Bel Air, from the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign down to the rustic desert cactus Nelson’s Landing / Eldorado Canyon. One of my favorite engagement photo sessions EVAH.

 

 

 

Why Feeding the Photographer First Is Better for Bride and Groom

January 11, 2013 | By | No Comments

Las Vegas Wedding Photographers Steven Joseph Photo - Feeding the Photographer FirstAt weddings there is a long tradition of feeding the vendors last. There are probably lots of good reasons for this wedding protocol and tradition, but I want to make the case for why it’s best for the bride & groom if the photographer is fed at the very beginning of dinner service, immediately after the b&g themselves begin to eat.

1. How many photos do you want of yourself & your guests chewing your food?

If the photographer is shooting throughout dinner service, there’s not much to shoot other than people eating. How many photos do you want of yourself & your guests chewing your food? Not a great look!

2. You want your photographer focused on what you are doing (except for when you’re chewing food) when you’re doing it.

This is the most important reason to feed the photographer early. As soon as dinner service is over, everything picks up very quickly. It’s better for you – the bride & groom – if your photographer is locked & loaded, ready to capture the flurry of activity that follows dinner service. It’s not so good for you if the photographer has just begun eating as your wedding moves back into high gear.

Instead of inhaling a cold plate as fast as humanly possible after you & all your guests are finished eating, your photographer should be fed, locked loaded & ready to photograph you:

  • walking table-to-table visiting with friends & family
  • listening to the beginning of toasts
  • feeling radiant in the first moments of your first dance

Top 5% – Winner of Bride’s Choice 2012 – Wedding Wire

December 26, 2012 | By | No Comments

Thank you to all of my wonderful brides & grooms for voting STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTOGRAPHY as one of the Top 5% of Wedding Photographers in America. Two year’s running (2011 & 2012) I’ve been awarded the Bride’s Choice Award. I am SO GRATEFUL to be able to provide for my wife and four children by creating great wedding photography for great brides and grooms. It is a dream come true. Thank you!!!

PRESS RELEASE

Las Vegas, NV – January 25, 2012 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, is thrilled to announce STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTO has been selected to receive the prestigious annual WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2012 for the Las Vegas Wedding market!

Recognition for the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2012 is determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds. Our past clients are among those that shared their experiences on WeddingWire, the largest wedding review site in the nation.

STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTO stands among the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire community, representing quality and service excellence within the wedding industry. Awards were given to the top wedding professionals across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, and were based on the overall professional achievements throughout the past year.

“WeddingWire is honored to celebrate the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire community,” said Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “With the annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ program, WeddingWire has the unique opportunity to recognize the best wedding professionals across the US and Canada. We applaud STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTO for their professionalism and dedication to enhancing the wedding planning experience last year.”

We are happy to announce that STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTO is among the very best Wedding Photographers within the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding planning sites WeddingWire, Martha Stewart Weddings, Project Wedding and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for nominating us to receive the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011.

For more information, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today at http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/steven-joseph-photography-formerly-fogartyfoto-las-vegas-wedding-photographer-henderson/25e7446758362d50.html.

For more information on the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2012, please visit www.WeddingWire.com.

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!
CATERING MANAGER, WEDDING VENUE[/pullquote]

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.