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Las Vegas Elopements

We totally get eloping to Las Vegas! You want to marry your love without planning and paying for a royal coronation! And you want excellent photography, too. You’ve come to the right place! :-)

Before and After – How We Love Your Images – Let Me Count The Ways

December 29, 2016 | By | No Comments

To see many Before & After images, keep scrolling.

LIGHT EDITING: Neon Museum - Las Vegas Gay Wedding - toning, bump exposure
LIGHT EDITING: Commercial Portrait: The Big Gun II Reality TV Show: Brightened exposure, opened shadows, vignette
DEEP EDITING: Commercial Portrait: The Big Gun II Reality TV Show: remove lighting structures, toning, exposure, vignette.
DEEP EDITING RETOUCHING: Headshot: fixed suit coat, brightened eyes and teeth, softened wisdom lines, softened hot spots, removed blemishes
DEEP EDITING RETOUCHING: Headshot: brightened eyes + teeth, tooth gap, hair flyaways, softened wisdom lines, removed blemishes, removed lighting reflectors
DEEP EDITING RETOUCHING: Headshot of Bob Nardelli: brightened eyes + teeth, softened wisdom lines, removed blemishes, removed lighting reflectors
DEEP EDITING: Aussie Elopement on Dry Lake Bed / Playa - nailed exposure, remove assistant and distracting rocks and dirt smudges, toning
LIGHT EDITING: Groomsmen at Rhodes Ranch Wedding - toning, bring up exposure, bring down highlights, bring up blacks, bump vibrance, vignette
DEEP EDITING: Commercial Portrait - The Big Gun II Reality TV Show at Pro Gun Club Las Vegas. removed lighting structures, toning, vignette
LIGHT EDITING: Floyd Lamb Park Elopement - dampen highlights, bring back sky, toning

I have a confession to make.

I love your images. Possibly too much.

Even though I’m known for professionally lit, clean, poppy, magazine style images with no Photoshop Sauce™ I still spend a lot of time making them perfect. Probably too much time. Which means sometimes my clients don’t get their images as fast as they’d like. Here’s how much I love your images.

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THE MANY WAYS I SHOW LOVE TO YOUR IMAGES

I deliver your photos to you only after each one has been carefully, lovingly hand-tweaked by the photographer or by a skilled digital artist to look their very best. Like a mom who won’t let the little ones leave the house with shirt un-tucked and a dirty face, I do not release my (your) photos until I’ve given them LIGHT EDITING in Adobe Lightroom. Each photo is hand adjusted in some or all of the following settings before I gently hand my babies over to you:

  • Color Temperature
  • Exposure
  • Contrast
  • Highlights
  • Shadows
  • Whites
  • Blacks
  • Clarity
  • Vibrance
  • Tone Curve
  • Luminance
  • Noise Reduction
  • Vignetting
  • Spot Removal

Sometimes, I even take your images into Photoshop for DEEP EDITING, like removing lighting structures and distractions.

Another confession: I don’t always make perfect images right in camera. Usually I get very close. Sometimes complexions etc require intervention. Sometimes I intentionally shoot with stuff in the frame that I plan to remove later. And sometimes, I kind of blow it and a great image is over- or under-exposed, hidden in my mediocrity and needs to be resurrected in post. But that’s seriously uncommon.

In the examples below I show editing differences that are quite small (the ones I pretty much nailed in-camera), all the way to ones intentionally cluttered or even oddly exposed with the vision of the end-photo in mind. I’m even including images from some of the outstanding Associate Photographers who shoot for STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTOGRAPHY, who also shoot deliberately and with intention, and give each of your babies the TLC they deserve (Toning, Lightroom, and Cropping).  🙂

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EXAMPLES OF IMAGES BEFORE AND AFTER

LIGHT EDITING: Bride & Groom at Rhodes Ranch Wedding - remove distractions in the grass, bump exposure, toning, bring down highlights, bring up blacks, bump vibrance
LIGHT EDITING: Bride at Rhodes Ranch Wedding - remove distractions in the grass, toning, bump exposure, bring down highlights, bring up blacks, bump vibrance
LIGHT EDITING: Bride at Rhodes Ranch Wedding - underexposed, toning, bring up shadows
DEEP EDITING: Commercial Portraits Big Guns Reality Show at Pro Gun Club Las Vegas: remove objects (sign, light & light stand), toning
LIGHT EDITING: Neon Museum - Las Vegas Gay Wedding - graduated filter, toning
DEEP EDITING: DTLV Graffiti Las Vegas Elopement - bump exposure, paint out sky
LIGHT EDITING: DTLV Neon Las Vegas Elopement - bump exposure, bring up shadows
LIGHT EDITING: Bride at Neon Museum Smokin' a Cig - straigthen, crop, bump exposure, vignette
LIGHT EDITING: Headshot on-location - Simple Editing, Blemishes, Hair
LIGHT EDITING: Green Valley Ranch GVR Wedding - level, toning, vignette
DEEP EDITING: Elopement DTLV Graffiti - paint over sky with building artwork graffiti, toning
LIGHT EDITING: Elopement DTLV - nailed it - simple vignette
LIGHT EDITING: Bride at Rhodes Ranch - black & white, exposure, highlights
LIGHT EDITING: Associate Photographer Wedding at Rhodes Ranch - notice how Associate exposed for the sky, and by bringing up exposure and cropping he transformed this epic shot, all with intention
LIGHT EDITING: Aussies Nelson Ghost Town - bumped up exposure, vignette
LIGHT EDITING: DTLV Elopement East Fremont Neon - nailed it - exposure tweak and vignette
LIGHT EDITING: Elopement DTLV - nailed it - bumped exposure,
LIGHT EDITING: GVR Green Valley Ranch Wedding - color corrected, too warm, lens distortion correction, vignette
DEEP EDITING: Elopement Welcome to Las Vegas Sign - removed background distractions

Coby and Aaron – their Las Vegas Wedding at Rhodes Ranch is perfect

December 23, 2016 | By | No Comments

Two beautiful people got married at one of the more beautiful locations in Las Vegas – Rhodes Ranch. If you like green, and big palm trees, and water, and a first rate catering staff, then you should check out Rhodes Ranch.

This wedding had everything I love about weddings. Great strong families overflowing with love for one another on the wedding day. Lots of good friends who came from all over in support. Perfect weather at one of the most gorgeous, verdant venues one could ever hope for. And did I mention, Coby and Aaron happen to be as nice as they are gorgeous, too. Bonus.

Let’s Get Married in Las Vegas – Save a ton of money – Have a blast!

December 12, 2016 | By | No Comments

1Does it look like we had fun?! Hell Yeah! Check out this smokin’ hot and super fun couple who brought their crew from California, drove around Vegas in a party bus, had a BLAST, hired a great photographer to document it all, and probably saved a ton of money over hosting a full-blown wedding back home. I LOVE folks who do it this way, and I totally understand why someone might want to go this route. What a GREAT PLEASURE it was to spend time with and photograph this Vogue-Hot couple and their friends in and around downtown Las Vegas (DTLV), the Fabulous Welcome to Las Vegas Sign, on their Party Bus, and in and around East Fremont Street.

An Oasis in the Desert – Green Valley Ranch – Let’s Get Married

December 5, 2016 | By | No Comments

Kristin and Andrew had a beautiful outdoor wedding at one of my very favorite Las Vegas wedding locations – The Green Valley Ranch Spa & Casino in Henderson.

They could not have timed it more perfectly, as their ceremony began just as the harsh setting sun turned golden soft. Hats off to their excellent in-house coordinator Jennifer Mangahas for advising them on the perfect start time.

The fact that everyone looks like a model from a Vanity Fair photo shoot didn’t hurt matters, either.

They had so much fun at this grand, intimate, verdant oasis in the desert.

Another Las Vegas Wedding at the Neon Museum with Reception at Gold Spike

October 8, 2016 | By | No Comments

While their houses were being blown around by a hurricane these guys and their families came to Vegas to say forever “I Do”. They were just SO FUN and easy to be with.

Even though their party bus flaked on them, and I kept calling Ryan “Andrew” (I was thinking about the last Cat5 hurricane to rip through Florida – Hurricane Andrew) and their catered hot dogs & hamburgers turned out to be tacos (yum!) they rolled with every punch like the only thing that mattered was how much they love each other and how they couldn’t wait to support each for the rest of their lives.

Great couple! Great day!

Sofia and Todd – Elegant Emotional Las Vegas Wedding at JW Marriott in Summerlin

February 9, 2016 | By | No Comments

A gorgeous wedding with a beautiful couple. I loved the intimate portraits I was able to create with Todd and Sofia and their families before their ceremony. I really value the time before the ceremony when we can find some quiet time to creat these timeless portraits before the starting bell rings and the insanity starts. The ceremony, too, was simply elegant and bright and gracefully conducted by Reverend Linda Venniro. Naakiti Floral Design did their usual stunning job with the flowers and decor. And DJ Mike Fox brought the elegance, tasteful humor and casual sophistication he is famous for among Vegas people in the know. Enjoy!
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choos
Bridesmaid Dresses: tbdress.com
Groom’s Tux: Hugo Boss
Cake Shop: Red Velvet Cafe
Floral Design: Naakiti Floral Design
Linen’s + Tablescape + Decor: Naakiti Floral Design
DJ Company: Mike Fox
Her Ring:  Jared
His Ring – Michael E Menden