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Las Vegas Elopement Photography – Elise & Jeremy Climb to a Higher Level. The Dry Lake Bed & Nelson Ghost Town

March 24, 2013 | By | No Comments

These guys are so freaking CUTE and meant-for-each-other. Elise and Jeremy – true-to-the-core Old Skool rock climbers (we’re talking 15 pitch-type climbers 0_o) – climbed to new heights last week in their Las Vegas elopement. After tying the knot (ahem) in a simple civil ceremony, we met up at the dry lake bed about 45 minutes outside of Vegas for some mega gorgeous magazine-style lighted portraits. We then traversed southeast to the photographically fabulous and friendly Nelson Ghost Town (aka Eldorado Canyon Mine Tours, Nelson’s Landing, and “that place where they blew up the airplane for that Elvis movie”)

One of the reasons your photos look so awesome is because we bring studio lighting with us on-site. You *pop* from the background. And we take care of editing our lights out of your beautiful photos.

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

Raves make us blush :8}

April 30, 2012 | By | No Comments

Trash The Dress Las Vegas

“Steve & Chris – Judd & I wanted to say thank you once again for your awesome energy and patience in making sure we got the best photos EVER from our wedding! Just the shots we’ve seen so far have blown us away. All the people we show are just in awe and keep saying they should bein magazines and they put their own wedding pics to shame! We love you guys and are so happy to have hired you! <3 Margaret”

Top_Las_Vegas_Wedding_Photographers_FOGARTYFOTO Margaret & Judd Trash The Dress

THANK YOU Margaret & Judd for inviting us to be part of your heartfelt, excellently-planned, and overwhelmingly awesome wedding! We could not have asked for a couple more genuine, more beloved, more hard working, more easy to be with. We love you guys. Thank you!!!

Margaret & Judd – Griffin Mansion, Loews Lake Las Vegas, Desert Bridal

April 7, 2012 | By | 2 Comments

I can’t rave enough about Margaret and Judd, two of the finest people we’ve ever had the honor to photograph, and to get to know. I love that these guys scheduled dedicated time for “Trash The Dress” bride & groom portraits, several days after their wedding. It’s a great way to go, for so many reasons.

  1. It takes the pressure off on the wedding day – I don’t feel like I have to drag my couple away from their friends and family to make special portraits. Everybody’s more relaxed.
  2. We have time to do it right. In the portrait above, we drove 45 minutes to the Boulder City Dry Lake Bed, I set up some serious studio lighting, and we made gorgeous portraits I simply couldn’t make on the day of the wedding. We gave ourselves time, and the results show.
  3. In the same vein, we were able to visit multiple locations on our Trash The Dress session. In addition to the dry lake bed we spent time at the luxurious Loew’s Lake Las Vegas.

Wedding Dress by: Bridal Party Dresses by. I love the open, light-filled spaces throughout Griffin Mansions.Margaret did such an incredible job planning just about every detail. Beautiful mother and beautiful bride.Literally hours before this photo was made, this green grass was a dug-up dirt driveway, with the amazing landscaping crew furiously racing to transform the driveway into this beautiful lawn. Well done!Moments before Margaret walked out toward her new life with Judd the Stud.The beautiful bride, anxious, happy, content.Here she comes!Judd and the bridal party – everyone looking so fine.Don’t you just wanna kiss him, too?
Yet another great detail planned & executed by Margaret – a perfect sparkler exit.I didn’t notice the full moon until I started editing photos. Fun shot! Fun group!More Trash The Dress awesomeness.We walked around Loew’s Lake Las Vegas, making pretty photos. Everybody is so friendly out at Lake Las Vegas.
LOVE this!While many of the props, and all of the lighting is mine, the mega cool and personalized backdrop for this Crazy Corner is all Margaret and Judd. I love the look and personalization.

WEDDING VENDORS – the following people and businesses made this gorgeous wedding possible.

Venue for Ceremony & Reception: Griffin Mansions

“Getting Ready” for the guys: The English Manor

“Getting Ready” for the ladies: Platinum Hotel

Wedding Dress Designer: Martina Liana

Wedding Dress Purchased: Mariee Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ

Bridal Party Dresses: Las Vegas Bridal Gowns

Men’s Suits: Tuxedo Junction

Wedding Rings: Bulfer’s Fine Jewelry of La Jolla & The Jewelers of Las Vegas

Flowers: Mayesh

Crazy Corner Fabric: Jo-Ann’s

Crazy Corner “M&J” lettering: Hobby Lobby

Terrence Lighten – Las Vegas Wedding Cinematographer of the Year

December 7, 2011 | By | One Comment

True to his giving spirit, Terrence Ligthen made a behind-the-scenes video of the annual Vegas PUG shootout out at Jean Lake. The Vegas PUG is a monthly gathering of photographers in Las Vegas. We get together to share knowledge, help each other out, and have some fun. Once a year we do a hands on shoot.

This photo is a test shot of my lighting at the lighting demonstration I set up for the shootout. Terrence and his #1 man Steve took a second to pose for me.

Just so happens that Terrence & his company Lighten Films won the coveted “Wedding Cinematographer of the Year” award at last night’s Las Vegas Wedding Awards.

Thanks for modeling gentlemen, and congratulations on the big win!