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Kylie & Alex are on fire, yet fireproof

September 20, 2011 | By | No Comments

I loved shooting with these guys. We started out with a little fantasy stuff I’ll post shortly, and we ended up at the Nelson Ghost Town, where stuff heated up just after it started to rain.

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Kylie & Alex at the Nelson Ghost Town, Las Vegas, Ring of Fire

Corrupt Lightroom Catalog? Fix It Here.

September 20, 2011 | By | No Comments

Have you ever gotten the dreaded “corrupt” error message when trying to load your LR catalog? Have you run the built-in “fix” option that Lightroom suggests before it drops you out of LR? Has it worked? It’s never worked for me.

Well, here is the missing recovery method, the one that Adobe should, but doesn’t, share, at least not in any way that I could find on the Adobe support page.

Huge thanks to Simply Ness, who has provided this simple step-by-step process to recover your corrupt Lightroom catalog.  It’s slightly geeky. But if I could figure it out, so can you.

Table Shots: Brides Love ‘Em. Photographers Avoid ‘Em.

July 29, 2011 | By | One Comment

In my experience, most photographers eschew them, while most Brides & Grooms love ‘em. I’m referring to table shots- posed shots of family & guests usually with the B&G as they walk from table to table.

And why wouldn’t a B&G love table shots? The bride & groom are hosting probably the biggest party they’ve ever thrown. People from all places and moments in the b&g’s lives have come from far and wide to celebrate and support them on one of their most important days ever. Of course they want photos of themselves with everyone!

Las Vegas Wedding Photographers Flamingo Guardian Angel Catholic Steven Fogarty FogartyFOTO 9243 Table Shots: Brides Love Em. Photographers Avoid Em.

So why do so few photographers show table shots on their blog & in their portfolio? I think there are a few reasons. If you can think of others, please speak up in the comments icon wink Table Shots: Brides Love Em. Photographers Avoid Em.

Some elite photographers and photojournalistic purists eschew table shots because they say they are too “cheesy”, posed and un-real.

I LOVE photojournalism, and give my b&g’s lots of it.

But I disagree with the purists who eschew table shots for reasons of authenticity, because I actually find the emotions and group interactions in table shots to be some of the most genuine and fun there are. People let their guard down when joking around among friends.

Las Vegas Wedding Photographers Flamingo Guardian Angel Catholic Steven Fogarty FogartyFOTO 9219 Table Shots: Brides Love Em. Photographers Avoid Em.Table shots can be difficult to shoot well. At root they are portraits. But, unlike in-studio portraits, they draw the b&g (& photographer) through a wide variety of lighting & background conditions. Sometimes the light overhead is too bright. Sometimes it’s too dark. Some shots are tight – just the b&g and two other people. Other shots are very wide, with dozens of people piling in. The backgrounds are also almost completely random and difficult to control.Las Vegas Wedding Photographers Flamingo Guardian Angel Catholic Steven Fogarty FogartyFOTO 9229 Table Shots: Brides Love Em. Photographers Avoid Em.I suspect that some other photographers avoid taking or showing table shots because they neither possess nor know how to use the off-camera lighting necessary to create good photos in such difficult conditions.Las Vegas Wedding Photographers Flamingo Guardian Angel Catholic Steven Fogarty FogartyFOTO 9686 Table Shots: Brides Love Em. Photographers Avoid Em.Las Vegas Wedding Photographers Flamingo Guardian Angel Catholic Steven Fogarty FogartyFOTO 9691 Table Shots: Brides Love Em. Photographers Avoid Em.Las Vegas Wedding Photographers Flamingo Guardian Angel Catholic Steven Fogarty FogartyFOTO 9693 Table Shots: Brides Love Em. Photographers Avoid Em. Because most b&g couples are going to want table shots at some point during the reception, I always bring multiple kinds and sets of off-camera lighting, and a trained lighting assistant. That way I’m prepared for anything. And I can deliver very clear, well-lit, fun table shots to the people who want them – brides & grooms!

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Layers of Lovely – An Inspired Floral Art Studio @ Smith & Wollensky

July 5, 2011 | By | No Comments

Las Vegas Photographers FogartyFOTO Green Orchid Wedding Katie+John Springs Preserve IMG 9924 Layers of Lovely   An Inspired Floral Art Studio @ Smith & Wollensky

Check out these gorgeous, succulent, rich, hearty, floral arrangements by the artists of Layers of Lovely – An Inspired Floral Art Studio in Las Vegas. These exquisite bouquets and containers (made from flowers) were custom made for Katie & John’s April wedding. Their wedding was at the incomparable Springs Preserve in Las Vegas, and their reception was at the world famous Smith & Wollensky Restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip. This wonderful wedding was coordinated by Angelica McDonnel of Green Orchid Events.

 

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Rose & Tom @ The Springs Preserve

July 4, 2011 | By | No Comments

IMG 0456 Rose & Tom @ The Springs Preserve

Rose & Tom are one of the best couples I’ve ever had the pleasure to photograph. Rose’s red hair matched perfectly the golden hues of October, and Rose did nothing to let down the reputation of redheads for being firey and fun! Yet Rose & Tom are so easy going. They know who they are. They know exactly what they want. And they worked super hard, giving me all the time needed to make great photos, and just letting us capture all the moments and feelings buzzing around their full-on party. The Springs Preserve is so gorgeous, especially at sundown, especially in the Fall. The Crazy Booth was a huge hit.

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Yer + Jeff @ TPC Las Vegas

July 2, 2011 | By | One Comment

TPC Las Vegas Steven Fogarty FogartyFOTO Yer Vang5590 Yer + Jeff @ TPC Las Vegas

Details from the gorgeous wedding of Yer & Jeff up at TPC Las Vegas in Summerlin, Las Vegas, overseen by the energetic, effervescent, lovely and creative Food & Beverage Director, Keri Macanas at 1-888-321-5725.

Uplighting & lighted lounge furniture by Kevin Cordova and LED Unplugged 702-769-2500. DJ’ing by the rockin’ stylin’ Steffan of Sound Fusion Entertainment 702-400-6439.

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