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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.

4th of July Family Portraits – StreetStyle

July 8, 2013 | By | No Comments

I love these casual yet professionally lighted portraits of my family & friends enjoying this past 4th of July. I love how they’re informal, yet gorgeous. I wish some creative family would hire me to take photos like these of their next gathering. I promise they’ll become more precious with every passing day, to the point of becoming priceless. 🙂

For the tech geeks, it’s kinda cool that all of these shots are hand-held at between 0.6 seconds and 1.2 seconds, which is an eternity in camera terms. The Speedlite IS the shutter.


Las Vegas Family Portrait Photography with a little Zing

November 19, 2012 | By | No Comments

Las Vegas Family Portraits STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTO

This man is a pharmacist. But he’s also a sheep rancher. When I interviewed them about themselves, he didn’t say much at all about pharmacy, but he lit up about his ranch and his flock. He clearly loves his avocation. So the look and feel and topic of their family portrait was obvious to me.

These guys wanted a family photo that was a little different. So they got all dressed up. I busted out my big studio lights. We went to the gorgeous Aria hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. And we made gorgeous.

Smartly, they got permission from management to make our photo, so we were not even approached by security. This family were good sports, letting us pose them while we moved our lights from left to right. I don’t know about you, but I love it – don’t they look hot!?

Because it is much more challenging, and because it looks so different, I must say that this kind of styled, studio-lighted photography is among my favorite types of family photography.

But I also love the simpler family portrait in the park, like these below we did yesterday.

Family portraits? Yeah, we do that! 🙂

Honored and Nervous to shoot a famous Australian Photographer, Yikes!

June 26, 2012 | By | No Comments

I was honored recently when Natalie Howe, one of the most successful, awarded and famous wedding & portrait photographers in Australia chose FogartyFOTO to do some portraits of her and her beautiful family here in Las Vegas.

Her husband and she had an uber-fun renewal  ceremony @ Graceland Wedding Chapel (why Graceland? ‘cuz Bon Jovi got married there! of course! 🙂 )

Natalie and Chris have been married 81/2 years (very important not to forget the 1/2, right Chris?)

My wife Chris & I met Natalie and her husband Chris and their son Tom and Natalie’s fellow photographer Kate Lindsay at Graceland, and off we went!

Natalie is so use to posing her own clients, she automatically posed herself and her family!  Nice job Natalie!  Even Kate got in on the action by assisting Steve with some gear.  She is so use to being Natalie’s assistant, it was pure instinct.   We had so much fun with these guys.  We did a lot in a short time.

The only thing we didn’t do was ” throw another shrimp on the barbie!”  Maybe next time.  Have a fun rest of your vacation traveling all over the US.

As they had some Vegas things to do – shows to catch, parties to make – we didn’t have that much time. But that didn’t stop us from making some awesome magazine-style portraits.

This shot was taken by Kate from inside the air conditioned car on this 108º Vegas day.

You wouldn’t know it from the photos but one of these folks is suffering from heat stroke or the like – not enough snickers bars & water to fend off the intense Vegas sun. They were all good sports about it and we shot through it.

This was truly one of the most rewarding and fun photo shoots we’ve ever done!

Locations: Graceland Wedding Chapel, Boulder Dry Lake Bed, Nelson / Eldorado Canyon, NV

© Copyright 2012 Photo by Kate Lindsay Photography

Jennie & Jonas – Family Portraits

April 10, 2012 | By | No Comments

These beautiful guys were visiting Vegas from northern Europe, via California, where they now live. I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful, fun, relaxed family. We spent an hour or so over at Sunset Park in Henderson. I love how we created formal, lit portraits and in-the-moment photojournalistic photos alike.
Jennie’s sister was kind and generous enough to arrange this photo shoot for her sister and her family.

Keri & Roger & Ethan in a desert oasis

November 27, 2011 | By | No Comments

Check out this sneak peek of the gorgeous Macanas clan. Keri, Roger & Ethan were incredibly easy going and adventurous. I could not have asked for a better family to work with.


The tattoos on Roger’s arm tell some great stories. Check out the tat of his little guy’s tiny hand on his arm – HOW COOL IS THAT?!