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Bride & Groom

Bride & Groom. Shots focusing on the bride & groom. Overlaps with “Day After” Bridals.

Check out this DIY beautiful wedding – April & Eli

November 12, 2011 | By | One Comment

April and Eli are such a great couple.  April hand made most of the decor.

Engagements at Nelson’s Ghost Town

November 11, 2011 | By | No Comments

One of the funnest, cutest, most energetic engagement sessions I’ve ever had the privilege to shoot. And these guys are getting married TODAY – 11.11.11!!!

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!

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 😉

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.

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.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. 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!

Viva Las Vegas – A Calendar Tribute

January 12, 2011 | By | 2 Comments

Elvis-Pink-Cadillac-Las-Vegas-Chapel-Tribute-Calendar

Constance and Brandon are two of the most gracious and likeable – not to mention two of the hottest – people I have ever had the pleasure to photograph. The work here was done recently for an appreciation calendar put together by my good friend Diane Schiller, owner of Renta Dress & Tux Shop, one of the best places in Vegas to get couture gowns or tuxes in a hurry.

Above is a scan of the back page of  the calendar. Below is a gallery of some of my favorite photos with this totally hot couple. My favoritest of all (favoritest? 😉 ) is the series of Constance and Brandon luxuriating in and hottifying this fabulous pink Elvis cadillac. Pure Vegas. Pure fun.

Latest Raves

October 19, 2010 | By | No Comments

“You were so incredibly fun, charismatic and are so talented!… All of our guests…commented to me about how cool and fun you were that night…We are so glad we spent the money on you and just scrimped elsewhere…My married friends were right, nothing else really matters after it all happens.” – Heather + Cale

“I am LOVING so many of these that it’s unbelievable to me. I knew some would be amazing but this is beyond any and all expectations.” – Heather + Cale

“you are absolutely amazing. you don’t know how many times I cried this week just looking at them”. – Debbie + Curtis

“I am … amazed at how hard you work … you really are the most talented photographer I have worked with … you are also my favorite photographer [with] a perfect balance of professionalism and fun”.  – Constance + Brandon

“you went way way above & beyond yesterday, you did some amazing stuff & were a joy to spend some time … with. We both really appreciate the heart you put into these photos”. – Shawn + Maythe

“The pictures all look great…Everyone loves the photos you took!” – Yer + Jeff

Can you get your engagement photos taken in a casino or on the floor?

September 27, 2010 | By | No Comments

Here’s a great essay from my friend Juliet Douglas, wedding planner extraordinaire, on the ins & outs of getting your photo taken inside & on the floor of a Las Vegas casino. In short, easier said than done! 😉

In my experience, we’re generally tossed out of most casinos within a few minutes of breaking out professional gear (e.g., tripod, off-camera lights). Juliet’s essay gives some good tips on how you and your photographer may be able to get these photos.

Another thing that has helped my brides get photos in the casino (not necessarily on the gaming floor) is for the bride & groom to have a room in the hotel.

During this shoot, we were approached by security w/in a few minutes after we started shooting. As soon as they learned that my couple had a room and had just gotten married there, the Wynn security left us alone.

Judith & Kenneth @ The Wynn

Judith & Kenneth @ The Wynn

Whereas, without a room reservation, this couple and I were escorted out of The Bellagio within about 5 minutes of the beginning of our shoot. Different hotel. Same photographer. Different relationship of the b&g to the hotel.

Maythe & Shawn @ the Bellagio

Maythe & Shawn @ the Bellagio moments before being escorted out.