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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.

Las Vegas Family Portrait Photography with a little Zing

November 19, 2012 | By | No Comments

Las Vegas Family Portraits STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTO

This man is a pharmacist. But he’s also a sheep rancher. When I interviewed them about themselves, he didn’t say much at all about pharmacy, but he lit up about his ranch and his flock. He clearly loves his avocation. So the look and feel and topic of their family portrait was obvious to me.

These guys wanted a family photo that was a little different. So they got all dressed up. I busted out my big studio lights. We went to the gorgeous Aria hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. And we made gorgeous.

Smartly, they got permission from management to make our photo, so we were not even approached by security. This family were good sports, letting us pose them while we moved our lights from left to right. I don’t know about you, but I love it – don’t they look hot!?

Because it is much more challenging, and because it looks so different, I must say that this kind of styled, studio-lighted photography is among my favorite types of family photography.

But I also love the simpler family portrait in the park, like these below we did yesterday.

Family portraits? Yeah, we do that! :-)

Tory L Cooper Events – Details from CAMELOT – The Opportunity Village gala fundraiser

November 18, 2012 | By | No Comments

This is charity at its best.

Tory L Cooper Wedding and Event Planners donated their overabundance of talent to CAMELOT – the big fundraiser for Opportunity Village. With an army of volunteers from throughout the Las Vegas community, one of the Opportunity Village campuses was transformed into a winter wonderland.

Virtually every thing and everybody’s time was donated in the service of raising funds for this most excellent and efficient charity. I will attempt to list the many incredibly generous vendors as I get that information.

More than 80% of Opportunity Village’s funds are privately raised. Over 98% of the money raised at this year’s CAMELOT goes directly to funding Opportunity Village.

Fabulous Pastries from Jean Philippe Patisserie ARIA donated to Opportunity Village Camelot Fundraiser

November 17, 2012 | By | No Comments

Hat tip to the pastry artists at Jean Philippe Patisserie at ARIA, for donating this exquisite, elegant, indescribably delicious feast of sweets for Opportunity Village’s Camelot fundraiser. At the end of an evening of entertainment and generosity, all the guests were met with this kaleidoscopic exhibition of excellence. Having missed the dinner service, I snuck one or two. All I can say is “Vive la France!”

VIPs tour Opportunity Village – Billy Walters, Brad Garrett, David Copperfield, Frankie Moreno

November 14, 2012 | By | No Comments

In advance of their big gala fundraiser tomorrow evening (“Camelot”), Opportunity Village today hosted a VIP tour of some of Las Vegas’ most well known and generous people. I had the privilege and pleasure to document all the fun and excitement.

The clients of Opportunity Village, who learn job skills and do valuable work to earn a paycheck, were truly excited to meet some of the people they’ve known for years from TV and from the Las Vegas stage. Brad Garrett, of “Everybody Loves Raymond” fame, is as generous of spirit and laughter as he is tall. Talk about lighting up a room! So many clients were also ecstatic to meet in person perhaps the most famous and successful magician in the world, David Copperfield, who also gave so deeply of his time and emotion all day long. Frankie Moreno, “Best of Vegas” Best All-Around Performer of 2012 and headline act at  the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower, wowed everybody with his tremendous musical energy and generous spirit. And Billy and Susan Walters were also gracious enough to co-host the tour. Billy Walters is probably the most successful sports gamer in history, respected throughout the world of sports gambling. He and his lovely wife Susan are also among the most generous givers to Opportunity Village. In fact, tomorrow night’s Gala black tie fundraiser is in their honor.

I was truly honored to give back to this most impressive charity. This is the way charity ought to be done – nearly all private donations (80% of OV’s donations are private), a focus on giving people skills, and giving them the opportunity to earn a paycheck with dignity.

I happened to do my first tour of Opportunity Village on a pay day. I cannot overstate how excited and proud each of Opportunity’s clients (who are also its workers) were to be getting their hard-earned checks. If you love pay day, you’ve got nothing on these folks!

Stay tuned for more VIP photos, and for a whole lot of photos from the gala ball tomorrow night.