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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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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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December 4, 2012 | By | No Comments

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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.