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Las Vegas Wedding Photography

You realize that what is priceless tomorrow is expensive today. You’re doing it old skool – five hours or more. And you want full coverage from beginning to end. You want amazing family portraits, and breathtaking in-the-moment photojournalism that will make you laugh and cry every time you see them for the rest of your life. You want photography that becomes more valuable with every passing day.

Why Feeding the Photographer First Is Better for Bride and Groom

January 11, 2013 | By | No Comments

Las Vegas Wedding Photographers Steven Joseph Photo - Feeding the Photographer FirstAt weddings there is a long tradition of feeding the vendors last. There are probably lots of good reasons for this wedding protocol and tradition, but I want to make the case for why it’s best for the bride & groom if the photographer is fed at the very beginning of dinner service, immediately after the b&g themselves begin to eat.

1. How many photos do you want of yourself & your guests chewing your food?

If the photographer is shooting throughout dinner service, there’s not much to shoot other than people eating. How many photos do you want of yourself & your guests chewing your food? Not a great look!

2. You want your photographer focused on what you are doing (except for when you’re chewing food) when you’re doing it.

This is the most important reason to feed the photographer early. As soon as dinner service is over, everything picks up very quickly. It’s better for you – the bride & groom – if your photographer is locked & loaded, ready to capture the flurry of activity that follows dinner service. It’s not so good for you if the photographer has just begun eating as your wedding moves back into high gear.

Instead of inhaling a cold plate as fast as humanly possible after you & all your guests are finished eating, your photographer should be fed, locked loaded & ready to photograph you:

  • walking table-to-table visiting with friends & family
  • listening to the beginning of toasts
  • feeling radiant in the first moments of your first dance

Top 5% – Winner of Bride’s Choice 2012 – Wedding Wire

December 26, 2012 | By | No Comments

Thank you to all of my wonderful brides & grooms for voting STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTOGRAPHY as one of the Top 5% of Wedding Photographers in America. Two year’s running (2011 & 2012) I’ve been awarded the Bride’s Choice Award. I am SO GRATEFUL to be able to provide for my wife and four children by creating great wedding photography for great brides and grooms. It is a dream come true. Thank you!!!

PRESS RELEASE

Las Vegas, NV – January 25, 2012 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, is thrilled to announce STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTO has been selected to receive the prestigious annual WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2012 for the Las Vegas Wedding market!

Recognition for the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2012 is determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds. Our past clients are among those that shared their experiences on WeddingWire, the largest wedding review site in the nation.

STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTO stands among the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire community, representing quality and service excellence within the wedding industry. Awards were given to the top wedding professionals across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, and were based on the overall professional achievements throughout the past year.

“WeddingWire is honored to celebrate the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire community,” said Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “With the annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ program, WeddingWire has the unique opportunity to recognize the best wedding professionals across the US and Canada. We applaud STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTO for their professionalism and dedication to enhancing the wedding planning experience last year.”

We are happy to announce that STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTO is among the very best Wedding Photographers within the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding planning sites WeddingWire, Martha Stewart Weddings, Project Wedding and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for nominating us to receive the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011.

For more information, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today at http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/steven-joseph-photography-formerly-fogartyfoto-las-vegas-wedding-photographer-henderson/25e7446758362d50.html.

For more information on the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2012, please visit www.WeddingWire.com.

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.

 

Springs Preserve is Perfect for Laura and Dave – Natural, Sunny, Soulful, Beautiful

November 30, 2012 | By | No Comments

This is one of the most emotional and soulful weddings I have ever had the privilege to record. These guys are so in love, and are so happy and fulfilled to be together! They have such interesting lives, having both traveled extensively, including while serving Christian missions in difficult and sketchy places around the world spreading the Good News.

They paid special attention to the details of family, showing respect and honor for their family members present and past. The wedding colors were subtle pastels. The flowers were an unusual drier variety, perfect for Las Vegas and the Springs Preserve gardens.

This union brought so many smiles and tears of happiness and hugs that it brought me out of the moment, out of my laser-focused job of recording it all. Some weddings you can’t help but feel a part of.

Big thanks to 2nd photographer Juliana Goldberg, who did a fine job as an associate 2nd. I think she’s ready for full weddings!

Venue: Springs Preserve

Wedding Planner: Tory L Cooper Events

Bringing Gorgeous to a New Level – Monica and Asa Rock the Vegas Desert at Nelson’s Landing – Eldorado Canyon

November 26, 2012 | By | No Comments

The day after their intimate yet glorious wedding out at Valley of Fire Park Monica and Asa got engaged! Or so it appears in these wonderfully light, love-filled happy photos down at Nelson’s Landing, aka Eldorado Canyon, one of the very best places in the Vegas area to photograph. Owners Bobbie and Tony are completely welcoming to folks wanting to be photographed in their desert beauty.

Linda and David Elope from Utah to Lush Green Valley Ranch

November 4, 2012 | By | No Comments

Linda & Dave came down from Utah for a hassle-free wedding at the gorgeous, verdant Green Valley Ranch, 15 minutes off the Las Vegas Strip.

Green Valley Ranch is one of my all-time favorite places for weddings of all sizes for so many reasons.

Of course, it’s exceptionally beautiful inside & out, with some of the most luscious landscaping in all of Vegas. While full-service, it is human scale, and very easy for you and your party to get around the property quickly & easily. Most of The Strip hotels are gigantic, taking literally 30 minutes or more to walk from one point to another. The staff of Green Valley Ranch is top-notch and dedicated to you. While it offers gaming like the big hotels on The Strip, it’s just far enough off The Strip to be quiet and not-zany.

It was such a pleasure working with and getting to know Linda & Dave. Congratulations!