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Family Portraits Las Vegas

Not cookie cutter family portraits. We capture what’s great and special about your family. We take the time to professionally style and light your portraits, that will look like no other.

How a couple of normal middle class American families celebrate the 4th of July

July 5, 2017 | By | No Comments

This is how a couple of normal middle class American families celebrate the 4th of July.

We get together with our good friends the McLaughlins most 4th of Julys in their cul de sac. Drink some beerskis. Eat some delectables. Fire off some star spangled boom boom. Watch the kids play a little street basketball. Go splash splash in the pool. Enjoy our uncountable freedoms. And thank God we live in America. Happy Independence Day!

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Family Reunion in Sunny Las Vegas – the Jones Family at The Westin at Lake Las Vegas

April 3, 2017 | By | No Comments

Even though I really don’t advertise family reunion photography on my website at all (other than the occasional blog post) I get regular requests for it. I was so very happy to meet the casual and good looking Jones family out at Lake Las Vegas this morning for a quick studio-lit formal / casual family portrait session. I hope these photos fill up their walls and computer desktops for the rest of time, and gives them warm feelings every time they see ’em.

Real or Fake? Are Emotions in Photography Fake if the Photographer Drew Them Out? No.

February 6, 2016 | By | No Comments

All of these images have three things in common.

First, they’ve caught great emotion between family members in-the-moment.

Second, the emotions in these photos are 100% genuine.

Third, I elicited these emotions through my words and voice and personality.

Are these emotions fake because I drew them out?

Definitely not.

One of the biggest challenges professional photographers face when putting regular people in front of our cameras is getting them to relax. Most people (myself included) are not very comfortable in front of the camera. We become self-conscious. We make awkward artificial smiles. We become very *aware* of the camera.

When creating  portraits one of my big jobs is to get my subjects to forget that they’re in front of a camera – even for just one second, because all I need is one second to capture amazing moments overflowing with deep genuine emotion. Emotion that I’ve drawn out. Pure child-like unencumbered real emotion.

Real or Fake Emotions?

Brothers Wayne Huang and Matt Huang at Black Hat Def Con photo Tour Valley of Fire and Nelson

August 6, 2015 | By | No Comments

Two brilliant and successful brothers, Wayne Huang and Matt Huang, are visiting Vegas for the Black Hat / Def Con security conference. They wanted magazine-quality photography documenting their day walking around Valley of Fire and the Vegas desert.

We love doing that!!!

All that’s missing from these portraits is an album cover or book to put ’em on. LOL These guys are such high-octane performers that I won’t be surprised to see them produce one or both.

While walking around we discussed everything under the sun, including when Artificial Intelligence takes over, the Taiwan – China conflict, cyber hacking by national militaries, why so many guns in America, the early history of the publicly-available Internet and the emergence & evolution of Messaging Service Providers (MSPs) then Application Service Providers (ASPs) to what is now called “the Cloud”, how Sun Yat-sen is like China’s Martin Luther King or Ghandi, why it’s smart for a Chinese man to take very good care of his wife’s parents, how self-driving automobiles are going to transform cities (no parking garages, no parking spaces, most won’t need to own a car, ability to work while being driven increasing productivity, etc).

It was a long, hot, deeply interesting and engaging day with two great guys.

Big THANK YOUS to Shabazz and to my son Mason for outstanding assisting.

Vegas Engagement Session at Town Square and In-Studio

May 9, 2015 | By | No Comments

Can you tell that this Vegas Engagement photo session at Town Square (and in-studio) just ROCKED? Devin and Lee are getting married this summer at The Smith Center in Las Vegas, and they wanted to get some gorgeous engagement portraits for announcements, and to line the video display screens at The Smith Center. How cool is that gonna be as guests file from the outdoor atrium into the lobby of The Smith Center walking past this beautiful engagement photo session.

When a couple looks this good, is having this much fun, is this comfortable with one another, and loves the camera this much, photographers enter a golden zone, where every shot is web-worthy, every click is better than the one before, where awesome just can’t help itself from inhabiting every pixel.

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!