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!
How fun, right! What a great show. Thank you Tammy, Shirley and Ruth and everybody who produced the Las Vegas Woman Magazine Spring Rollout event at J.W.Marriott.
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I saw additional photos from this wedding that were done at night of the bride and groom and some of the outdoor areas of [******* ********]. I would absolutely love to be able to get a few of those shots to use as they were fantastic and so many brides are scared of doing photos in the dark. This would definitely show how it can be done when a professional photographer is hired!
CATERING MANAGER, WEDDING VENUE
I’m going to let you in on a little secret.
When a wedding photographer you’re interviewing proudly says that s/he’s an “available light” photographer, that’s usually code for “I don’t know how to use off-camera lights and I really don’t own any.”
Which is fine for day-time weddings.
However, the final 1/3 of most traditional weddings takes place after the sun goes down. And many reception halls are very dim even during the day.
A professional wedding photographer has to know how to elegantly light up the dark.
Just today the catering manager of a major Las Vegas wedding venue told me that many brides are “scared of doing photos in the dark”. Could it be because the “available light” photographer they’re considering is scared, too?
When interviewing photographers, it’s probably wise of you to ask them questions like:
How do you handle formal portraits in the dark?
How do you shoot a dark reception room?
We love available light. But when the sun goes down and there isn’t any, we make beautiful light for you with our discreet professional off-camera lighting gear.
Why “off-camera” lighting? Because on-camera direct flash looks flat and amateur, like it was taken with a disposable camera. Off-camera light gives depth and pop and magazine-quality to the most important photos in your life.
If your available light photographer shows few or no night-time photos on their website, you should be concerned.
We’re not afraid of the dark 🙂 and when you hire the right photographer, you shouldn’t be, either 🙂
The above photo shows how dark a typical wedding reception hall is. The photos above & below were taken seconds apart – one when my lights didn’t pop, the other with four Speedlites popping all over the reception hall to catch your beautiful moments.The photo above and below were taken seconds apart – the above with the available light typical of many hotel reception rooms, the photo below with my pro lights throughout the room popping.
I want all of my clients to understand the enormous difference between professional wedding cinematography and a home video made by a talented relative or friend.
Wedding videography has evolved dramatically in the last 10 years to the point where the better work now more resembles a high-quality Hollywood film – with tight editing and gorgeous lighting and moving storytelling – than the static, blurry, shaky, amateur work of old.
If you’re considering letting your Uncle Bob or good friend make the video for your wedding, I hope you’ll first take a look at the samples below.
The first video – labeled “Uncle Bob” – is borrowed from YouTube, and is representative of what you’ll get from a non-professional.
How fortunate am I to be the guy entrusted with recording the countless magic moments that take place on your wedding day?! The excitement of getting ready, the anticipation of first sight, the emotions of the public ceremony – committing for life in front of family and friends forever, the relief of post-ceremony portraits, and the joy and happiness of the toasts and dances and party. What a way to make a living, right?
I love this final portrait of Jolene and Darcy, clearly exhausted yet looking great after their giant day. They had hired me to stay an extra hour and a half because things were running a little late. I’m SO glad they asked me to stay a little as we got some of the best shots, and best emotions of the day, in that final hour.
The beginning of the day started out pretty awesome, too! Check out the beautiful bride coming down the aisle with mom and dad. Radiant!
Elvis just happened to be out at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign, and Darcy’s best men kept slipping him cash to let us do some fun shots on his awesome pink 56 Cadillac. Very Vegas baby!We’re lucky enough to have one of Frank Gehry’s extraordinary architectural objects right here in Las Vegas – the Cleveland Clinic, Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. We played all around this spectacular space. Fittingly, both Frank Gehry and my beautiful bridal party are examples of Canada’s finest.
Fixing to get back to the reception for some spirits and dancing and laughter.A quick intimate quiet shot of the lovely Jolene.Just married. Looking very fly in the lush gardens of JW Marriott in Las Vegas.I love the beautiful effects one can get using off-camera lights. And these guys are troopers for standing behind a waterfall for me! I make my couples work! 🙂Scrumptious food all over.Jolene’s mom and the little angel flower girl. Two of the three stars of the day.The three stars.This one knows she’s something special 🙂A quiet moment during the heartfelt & eloquent toast from Jolene’s dad.Jolene’s studly dad.The groom, looking kinda fly. Just married the woman of his dreams. He’s feeling good.One of the final shots of the evening.
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