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A Las Vegas Strip Wedding at Treasure Island and The Ritz Venue

April 3, 2017 | By | No Comments

This is my long-winded post about A Las Vegas Strip Wedding at Treasure Island and The Ritz Venue with the very special Elizabeth and Christopher.

OMG so much to say about this amazing wedding! But it’s 5:30am and I really should be gettin’ to bed, but I have to take care to back up my bride’s images first ….

….so as I was sayin’… this wedding was kind of off the hook, in part because our beautiful brilliant bride married a *DJ* who knows lots of other DJs, and who got every VIP favor one could ever hope for at the incredibly accommodating Treasure Island, where our DJ Groom Christoper spins discs and spreads good cheer and happiness. Our beautiful brilliant PhD bride, no doubt, also attended to the million lovely details this couple shared with their many guests.

Put aside the dresses and the shoes and the florals – all so elegant and tasteful – and jump right to the perfect reception at The Ritz. There were maps and travel cases representing their globe trotting. The travel theme was carried throughout the reception hall, in details like the greenscreen OS Photo booths background, and the travel-themed table tents at each table.

The energy and thumping dancing partying pulse of this ceremony never let up right up to the last second. Did I mention that the groom is a DJ and he invited a bunch of his DJ friends who kept things pumping all reception long? The music was truly great and the dance floor was usually packed.

So many details! So well thought out! These guys invited a caricature sketch artist, there was an open bar, at the beginning of the reception there was a live musician, there was a delicious buffet, an ice sculpture, an area with comfortably elegant lounges and sofas, a bone-white tree that was more art than plant, and on it went.

And I’ve barely mentioned how much TIME they gave me to make great portraits with them! A photographer’s dream!! Elizabeth was a photographer for many years before she got smart and decided that having a regular income as a pharmacist might be neat. So, as much as almost any client I’ve ever had, these guys really appreciated the importance of photography and they gave me at least 90 minutes between the ceremony and reception, a luxury I am so grateful for.

They also had MAD ACCESS to one of the major casinos on The Strip. Of about 400 weddings I’ve shot I’ve never had access that comes close to the VIP treatment Christopher arranged for us. Rather than the usual experience of getting chased out of a Strip casino within moments of breaking out professional lighting gear, we were escorted by very large security guys wherever we went. And we went wherever we wanted to went. Actually we had wented everywhere a week before in our walk-through, so our wenting was well planned. And escorted by very large men with wound cords connected to their ears. Like I said, a photographer’s dream.

Thank you Elizabeth and Chris – for entrusting me with such an important event in your lives, and for the VIP access.

Reception: The Ritz of Las Vegas

Ceremony & Location Photos: Treasure Island Hotel & Casino
DJs: @SoundBiteProductionsLV / https://www.facebook.com/SoundBiteProductionsLV/
Catering: The Ritz
Table Decorations: DIY

Las Vegas Wedding at Mandalay Bay and Foundation Room

October 12, 2015 | By | No Comments

These guys remind me of James Bond and his hottest secret agent honey. They got ready at Mandalay Bay, got married at St Francis Assisi, and their reception was at The Foundation Room. Somehow, the groom Jarrod got full walking around access on the grounds of Mandalay Bay for family formal portraits. Anyone who is familiar with how seriously the big hotels guard their exclusive in-house photography contracts realize how significant and surprising it is that Jarrod got full access for an outside photographer. Did I say he reminds me of James Bond?

These guys are gorj. They were overflowing with emotion, creating once-in-a-lifetime-moments a mile a minute. And we were extremely honored to be invited to document their day.

Las Vegas Smith Center Wedding of Devin and Lee

September 26, 2015 | By | One Comment

This wedding had it all, and the photos below are an excellent example of how wedding photography is so many kinds of photography all rolled into one: photojournalism, bridal portraits, family portraits, product, food, architectural, event, in every kind of lighting situation. The bride is stunningly gorgeous and dynamic, her groom is so handsome and suave. Two strong, loving, emotional families filled with camera friendly family and friends. One of the most iconic and elegant venues in Las Vegas – The Smith Center in downtown Las Vegas (DTLV), right next to the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Las Vegas, also known as the Frank Gehry building. Details galore in dress and decor. Really a perfect storm of awesome. Please enjoy these highlights from one of my all time favorite weddings. Thank you and giant congratulations to Devin, Lee and Devin’s mom Nita. You guys are fantastic.

Can you take professional photos inside the top hotels on The Las Vegas Strip? Yes. Maybe. Probably Not. How Badly Do You Want It?

July 13, 2015 | By | One Comment

Las Vegas hotels on The Strip (The Wynn, Encore, The Bellagio, The Venetian, Palazzo, Mandalay Bay, The Cosmopolitan, The Flamingo, Paris Las Vegas, New York New York, The Stratosphere, Planet Hollywood, The MGM, City Center, Aria, etc.) have a well-earned reputation for being very unfriendly to outside professional photography. Very.

Can you take professional photos inside of Las Vegas Strip hotels and casinos?Any professional photographer in Vegas who has tried to take their bride & groom or other clients into a Strip hotel while using off-camera professional lighting can tell you about the Vegas Shuffle, where security approaches within a minute to throw you out. While being tossed is a little embarrassing and inconvenient, it could be much worse.

I understand their position completely. They are private businesses each with extraordinary investment in interior design that they’d like to control, and they have in-house photography franchises that have first dibs on all professional photography within the hotel.

So how did I arrange for this gorgeous couple to get professionally lit professional photography inside The Wynn?

I didn’t.

The groom did.

Professional Photography in The  WynnJoseph – who bought out the back of one of The Wynn’s restaurants for their reception – made it happen. While I don’t know all the details, I do know that he made repeated attempts over a period of weeks, made many many calls, was told by people without authority that he had approval when in fact he did not have actual permission until about one hour before we took these photos. Read More

Couples In Cars – Riding Around in Cars in Las Vegas

May 9, 2015 | By | No Comments

Sometimes couples who come to Las Vegas to get married have great cars. They may own them, or they may rent them. We love riding along, lighting up the insides with small speedlites, and just cruisin’ all over. Check out these beautiful couples in their awesome cars in Las Vegas.

Candice and Jamal get married in Las Vegas – The Wynn, Mandalay Bay

April 14, 2015 | By | No Comments

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Candice and Jamal got married at the inside chapel at The Wynn – where outside photographers are not allowed. So we met them before their ceremony, inside their suite, for some informal and formal portraits. Even though we shot both families in the same room we managed to keep Jamal from seeing Candice before the ceremony. Both families were so beautiful and fun, and it didn’t take much for me to get them comfortable in front of the camera.

Wedding photography at The Wynn, in the suite, before the ceremony

Wedding photography at The Wynn, in the suite, before the ceremony

After their brief ceremony we met them again on the party bus and we stayed with them for the rest of the night. As is almost always the case, most of the photos we take are camera-unaware photojournalistic, where our clients don’t even notice we’re there.

In the review Jamal left us on WeddingWire he said “The only regret I have for that day is not using Steven Joseph for EVERYTHING! Unfortunately, we married at a hotel on the strip that required us to use the hotel photographer for our wedding. When we received the pictures from the wedding (hotel photographer), they were ok. However, when we looked at the post-wedding and reception photos (Steven Joseph), we were blown away!! They were AWESOME!…” [To see the rest of their review go here.]

I sometimes forget how much I love shooting weddings, until I look at these guys photos, from the starting family portraits in their suite at The Wynn, to the rockin’ rip roarin’ party they had at Border Grill at Mandalay Bay.

Sometimes I forget how much I love photographing weddings, especially the party, and then I see photos like this. Whooooot!

Sometimes I forget how much I love photographing weddings, especially the party, and then I see photos like this. Whooooot!