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Jolene and Darcy at the verdant JWMarriott

April 6, 2012 | By | No Comments

How fortunate am I to be the guy entrusted with recording the countless magic moments that take place on your wedding day?! The excitement of getting ready, the anticipation of first sight, the emotions of the public ceremony – committing for life in front of family and friends forever, the relief of post-ceremony portraits, and the joy and happiness of the toasts and dances and party. What a way to make a living, right?

I love this final portrait of Jolene and Darcy, clearly exhausted yet looking great after their giant day. They had hired me to stay an extra hour and a half because things were running a little late. I’m SO glad they asked me to stay a little as we got some of the best shots, and best emotions of the day, in that final hour.

The beginning of the day started out pretty awesome, too! Check out the beautiful bride coming down the aisle with mom and dad. Radiant!

Elvis just happened to be out at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign, and Darcy’s best men kept slipping him cash to let us do some fun shots on his awesome pink 56 Cadillac. Very Vegas baby!We’re lucky enough to have one of Frank Gehry’s extraordinary architectural objects right here in Las Vegas – the Cleveland Clinic, Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. We played all around this spectacular space. Fittingly, both Frank Gehry and my beautiful bridal party are examples of Canada’s finest.
Fixing to get back to the reception for some spirits and dancing and laughter.A quick intimate quiet shot of the lovely Jolene.Just married. Looking very fly in the lush gardens of JW Marriott in Las Vegas.I love the beautiful effects one can get using off-camera lights. And these guys are troopers for standing behind a waterfall for me! I make my couples work! ūüôāScrumptious food all over.Jolene’s mom and the little angel flower girl. Two of the three stars of the day.The three stars.This one knows she’s something special ūüôāA quiet moment during the heartfelt & eloquent toast from Jolene’s dad.Jolene’s studly dad.The groom, looking kinda fly. Just married the woman of his dreams. He’s feeling good.One of the final shots of the evening.

Cake to you, gently.

WEDDING PROFESSIONALS:

Venue: JW Marriott

Portraits: The Cleveland Clinic

Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero

Veil & Tiara: The Bridal Debut in Alberta, Canada

Bridal Party Dresses: Impressions Bridesmaids

Rings: Spence Diamonds & Paris Jewellers

Flowers: Julie Reed Events

Catering: JW Marriott

Hair & Makeup: Stevee Danielle

Limo: Rent the Party Bus

Off-the-Strip Wedding @ The Lake Club Lake Las Vegas

March 5, 2012 | By | No Comments

Yay! Venue Safari blog just published the gorgeous wedding of Denise & Scott at the uniquely private and comfortable The Lake Club at Lake Las Vegas. Cool blog Рcheck it out! Hat tip to Adam Trujillo for excellent 2nd photography!
Wedding Blog: Venue Safari
Flowers: Blossoms by Gayle
Makeup: Makeup in the 702 – Megan Payne
Dress: Dress by Alfred Angelo
Tuxedos: Bowties Bridal
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Pastor: Officiant – Pastor Pete

Denise & Scott at The (Verdant) Lake Club at Lake Las Vegas

January 11, 2012 | By | No Comments

Denise and Scott are one of my favorite couples ever. They celebrated their gorgeous wedding with lots of family and friends at the incomparably beautiful The Lake Club @ Lake Las Vegas.

The Lake Club is truly one of my favorite places to photograph a wedding, for so many reasons:

  • Lush, Green, Beautiful
  • Water water everywhere
  • Intimate, human-scale layout, easy to walk everywhere you need to go
  • First rate staff with tremendous experience and el√°n
  • Private, absolutely no tourists traipsing through your gorgeous wedding
  • Only 30 minutes from The Strip – yet secluded, exclusive, comfortable, quiet

Denise and Scott did a 2 hour pre-wedding shoot where all of the formals, bridals and bride and groom shoots were done. ¬†When couples choose this route, it eliminates ¬†the stress associated with wanting to hurry to get back to your guests. This is the new trend with couples. ¬†One might wonder if the thrill and excitement of “first sight” is gone but, not at all. ¬†Denise and Scott were still filled with emotion ¬†and excitement as she walked down the aisle. I highly recommend doing pre-wedding formals, for the very best portraits, and for dramatically less stress for everyone.

Venue: The Lake Club at Las Vegas with Sophia Bettelhein and Shawna Michelle Kellis

Ceremony: Pastor Pete with Elegant vegas weddings

DJ: Manny Ramos with Thirty Three Group

Hair: Tonia with Bombshell Beauty

Dress: Alfred Angelo

Makeup: Megan Payne with Make up in the 702

Tuxedos: Bow Ties Tuxedo

Invitations by Wedding Paper Divas

Flowers: Blossoms by Gayle

Centerpieces: Kelly Larsen (step mom)

Cake: Chef Flemming with The Lake Club

Second Photography: Adam Trujillo

Linens: The Lake Club

 

 

Judith & Kenneth at the elegant and colorful Wynn

January 4, 2012 | By | No Comments


This fusion wedding blended the western elegance of this stylish couple with colorful and distant Nigerian dress and customs. I do not know whether Judith and Kenneth descend from Nigerian royalty but they certainly carried themselves as if, with the grace, confidence and stature of princess and prince. The Wynn offers such an explosion of color and detail, it is a photographer’s dream. And, even though the bride was not allowed to let me photograph their brief ceremony (a privilege reserved by the ubiquitous and high-volume Cashman Brothers), I was with Judith and Kenneth from early in the morning ’til late at night. We even snuck in an “engagement” session the day after. How they dragged themselves from bed after such a great party I’ll never know. Thanks to Chris Purdum for his usual outstanding 2nd photography – it is always an honor and I feel tremendously fortunate to shoot with Chris.




Merry Christmas Everyone

December 24, 2011 | By | One Comment

Santa Chris is wrapping presents. Thanks to her we’re ready for the big guy. Thank you God for the ability to provide for our children.

Does the Quality of 2nd Photography Matter? Hell Yea!

December 23, 2011 | By | No Comments

Does the Quality of 2nd Photography Matter? The short answer is: Hell Yeah! but not for everyone.

Currently I offer my clients two levels of 2nd photography:

  • Artisan, and Associate. Artisan 2nd Photography costs my clients $200 an hour.
  • Associate 2nd Photography is free.

Why the big difference in price?

Artisan 2nd Photographers are full-time wedding photographers who happen to be available on the day of your wedding. They are my peers, my competitors, my friends. They are skilled craftsmen and artists whose work I admire greatly. They possess many hundreds or even thousands of hours of experience. They know exactly what needs doing at your wedding, and how to use their gear to get it done. They’re not figuring out f/stops and ISO and lighting. They’re not wondering how to pose the groomsmen or how to make your cake & reception hall look stellar. They mastered all that long ago. And their work is outstanding. Here are just a few examples of the gorgeous work from some of the 2nd photographers my couples & I have been fortunate enough to get on their wedding day.

Wedding Photography Las Vegas Springs Preserve Steven Fogarty FOGARTYFOTOWedding Photographers Las Vegas Loews Las Vegas Lake Las VegasWedding Photographers Las Vegas Wynn Steve Fogarty NigerianWedding Photographers Las Vegas Steve Fogarty FOGARTYFOTO

Associate 2nd Photographers work for free. They are willing to work for free for many reasons. They want the practice. They may already be accomplished in family portrait or another type of photography, or they may be just breaking in. They may need to master their gear and learn the ropes in one of the most demanding photography environments there is – weddings. They may need to develop a wedding portfolio for their own websites.

Regardless, while they may produce outstanding work as 2nd photographer for your wedding, I do not expect that, nor should my clients. Which is why they are free.

Associate 2nd photography coverage is a good option for couples who weren’t planning on having a 2nd but welcome the possibility of extra coverage with uncertain results.

And for those couples who expect the kind of outstanding wedding photography that only comes from years of experience, Artisan 2nd photography is worth the extra dollars.