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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.

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

Wedding Cinema vs Your Cousin Jimmy

June 19, 2012 | By | No Comments

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.

The film clips below Uncle Bob’s – labeled “Lighten Films” – represent the kind of excellence you can expect from a modern, full-time wedding cinematographer, like Terrence Lighten of Lighten Films here in Las Vegas.

Uncle Bob

Lighten Films



Valley of Fire Elopement – Monica + Asa

May 19, 2012 | By | No Comments

This is a super quick sneak peak of Monica & Asa’s gorgeous fun elopement & post-wedding trash the dress session. Full treatment in time. 🙂 Gotta get back to the  backlog! 🙂 Been a very busy spring 🙂 #Grateful

What do “available light” photographers do when the lights go out?

May 14, 2012 | By | No Comments

What do "available light" photographers do when the lights go out?

The above photos are out-takes from an intimate dinner I shot at Canaletto’s fine Italian restaurant in The Venetian this past weekend. In one shot my lights fired. In the other my lights did not.

What’s interesting is that my camera settings are otherwise identical – aperture f/2.8, shutter 1/60, ISO 3200. For the non-photographers that means WIDE OPEN. My high-end professional camera is at the outer reaches of its ability to take in light, and yet the unlit shot is really dark.

Wedding photographers work in places this DARK all the time.

I love working with “available light” when the available light is great. And then I also love reaching into my tool bag of different lights to create my own better light. Sometimes I make my own lighting conditions for artistic or dramatic purposes, but usually just to give your photos a little extra pop. Sometimes, like in the photo above, I’ve got to create my own light because there just isn’t any available light available.  🙂

As a wedding photographer, I have to solve this problem all the time – during receptions in low-lit banquet rooms; during intimate dinners in low-lit restaurants. Or outdoors after the sun has gone down.

I often wonder, what do “Available Light” photographers do when the lights go out?

I dunno. But it’s a question you should probably ask when you’re interviewing photographers for your wedding or event.

You should probably also ask to see examples of their work in dark conditions. On many photographers’ websites I don’t see any photos after the sun has gone down.

You’ll notice on my wedding portfolio and throughout my blog that I regularly post after-dark photos where I have created the light.

Low light conditions? Challenge Accepted.  🙂

I guess the lesson learned is, if you hire an “available light only” photographer, make sure your wedding is over before the lights go out! 🙂

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Making your Elopement Marvelous!

May 9, 2012 | By | No Comments

Las Vegas is famous for Elopements. If you are looking for something more than just the same old chapel pictures,  you’re at the right place!  Why not get the portraits you want around Las Vegas?  We’d love to take beautiful portraits after your wedding ceremony.  Some of the places couples like are old Las Vegas (Freemont Street), anywhere around the strip, the Neon Boneyard (where old Las Vegas Signs go to be revered in their retirement), or other locations away from the strip that are as unique as Las Vegas, such as the ghost town in Nelson / Eldorado Canyon, or the dry lake bed.  Why not beef up your wedding day with awesome photos in multiple locations?  We create Elopement packages specifically for you. We love producing high quality and timeless wedding portraits to last a lifetime. Allow your family and friends to enjoy your wedding day through beautiful images.  Give us a call, send us an email or drop us message on facebook and we’ll create your Elopement package together.  702-518-3447

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Military Elopement – Paryse & Commander Mike @ Valley of Fire

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 Military Elopement on the Las Vegas Strip - Bellagio

Elopement at the Bellagio Casino on The Las Vegas Strip

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Neon Boneyard / Neon Museum

Neon Boneyard / Neon Museum

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!!!