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Commercial Photographers Las Vegas – Freeman Corporation are Recycling Superstars

February 21, 2013 | By | No Comments

When the Freeman Corp was looking for Commercial Photographers in Las Vegas to help tell their very impressive recycling story I was flattered and excited they chose STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTOGRAPHY.

Under the guidance of Mike Lash, the Freeman Corp recycles 95% of everything that moves through their brand new Las Vegas warehouse, and they turn a handsome profit doing it. I thought this was an important and very interesting story to tell.

Working closely with Freeman’s energetic and charming Creative Director, we were able to create some compelling visual examples of just how extensive Freeman’s recycling program is.

Not only does Freeman recycle the obvious things, like aluminum, but they even recycle discarded cigarettes, which are turned into sturdy plastic “bricks”, and plastic soda bottles which are recycled into a printable fabric they use again for exhibit displays.

Where they used to virtually give away scrap aluminum to a local buyer at $0.10 per pound, they now sell the same “scrap” at market rates, currently about $1.00 per pound. My math is probably wrong, but isn’t that a 900% increase in revenue?

Regardless, I’m told that Freeman’s Vegas warehouse now generates significant revenue from its recycling initiative, enough to pay for everyone’s time with plenty left over. What’s not to like about that? Hopefully these photos will help Freeman Corp get the word out about its profitable ultra efficient and highly sustainable use of resources and spread the word about profitable corporate recycling programs.

Mike Lash moved to Vegas following Hurricane Katrina – New Orlean’s loss has been Las Vegas’ gain. Mike is the driving force behind Freeman’s Recycling initiative.The discarded cigarette butts above are recycled into plasic “bricks”, pellets, and other useful things like those shown below.Recycled carpet and plastic soda bottles are recycled into printable fabric for trade show displays like the one below.The plastic soda bottles and carpeting material they recycle are turned into a printable fabric they use again for exhibit displays.One of Freeman’s “trash” compactors is reserved exclusively for compressing and recycling cardboard and other paper products.Where they used to virtually give away scrap aluminum to a local buyer at $0.10 per pound, they now sell the same “scrap” at market rates, currently about $1.00 per pound – a 900% increase in revenue.

You know all those printed signs you see at trade shows? Millions of pounds of those pass through Freeman’s warehouses each year. They’re now recycling virtually all of them, turning them into useful things like printable fabric, plastic “bricks” and other useful manufacturing materials.


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.

Available Light Photography Las Vegas Wedding PhotographersThis is what normal people see.This is what you and your venue look like with off-camera lighting.This is what you and your venue look like in available light.Normal.Lighted.

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!!!


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.

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