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Trust Your Photographer

April 27, 2015 | By | No Comments

Sometimes clients can’t see what photographers see.

Trust Your Photographer

Trust Your Photographer

If a location is crazy bizzy, as Lake Las Vegas was during this shoot, if your photographer says “trust me”, you should.

It doesn’t matter if there are both a mud run AND a beer festival going on during your shoot. It doesn’t matter how many people are there. What matters is what the photographer sees, and crops, and waits for. If your photographer says “don’t worry about them, trust me”, you should trust him.

When you trust your photographer, good things happen. For the record, this couple completely trusted us, and we had an amazing session. Thanks Ha & Louie! — at Lake Las Vegas. Sadly we once had clients, in exactly the same circumstances, not trust us, super stressed out at all the people in their chosen location, and the shoot fell apart. If I say “trust me, I’m gonna make beautiful photos here”, I will. Trust me.

Available Light Photography After Sundown – Don’t Fear The Dark

December 10, 2012 | By | No Comments

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:

  1. How do you handle formal portraits in the dark?
  2. 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.

 

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!!!