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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! :-)

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.

Kylie & Alex are on fire, yet fireproof

September 20, 2011 | By | No Comments

I loved shooting with these guys. We started out with a little fantasy stuff I’ll post shortly, and we ended up at the Nelson Ghost Town, where stuff heated up just after it started to rain.

Las Vegas Engagements - Nelson Ghost Town, Ring of Fire

Kylie & Alex at the Nelson Ghost Town, Las Vegas, Ring of Fire

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

The ever increasing value of photography

September 10, 2010 | By | No Comments

I just received news from a bride whose wedding I recently photographed that her father just passed away. In sending my condolences, she shared with me that “… Steve, I must tell you, you captured some of the best moments I have with my father on film. I’m forever grateful to you for that.”

When I tell people that I really love what I do, because I am capturing moments that only become more meaningful and valuable over time, I really mean it.

May your dad rest in Peace Shannon.