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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.

Viva Las Vegas – A Calendar Tribute

January 12, 2011 | By | 2 Comments

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Constance and Brandon are two of the most gracious and likeable – not to mention two of the hottest – people I have ever had the pleasure to photograph. The work here was done recently for an appreciation calendar put together by my good friend Diane Schiller, owner of Renta Dress & Tux Shop, one of the best places in Vegas to get couture gowns or tuxes in a hurry.

Above is a scan of the back page of  the calendar. Below is a gallery of some of my favorite photos with this totally hot couple. My favoritest of all (favoritest? 😉 ) is the series of Constance and Brandon luxuriating in and hottifying this fabulous pink Elvis cadillac. Pure Vegas. Pure fun.

Latest Raves

October 19, 2010 | By | No Comments

“You were so incredibly fun, charismatic and are so talented!… All of our guests…commented to me about how cool and fun you were that night…We are so glad we spent the money on you and just scrimped elsewhere…My married friends were right, nothing else really matters after it all happens.” – Heather + Cale

“I am LOVING so many of these that it’s unbelievable to me. I knew some would be amazing but this is beyond any and all expectations.” – Heather + Cale

“you are absolutely amazing. you don’t know how many times I cried this week just looking at them”. – Debbie + Curtis

“I am … amazed at how hard you work … you really are the most talented photographer I have worked with … you are also my favorite photographer [with] a perfect balance of professionalism and fun”.  – Constance + Brandon

“you went way way above & beyond yesterday, you did some amazing stuff & were a joy to spend some time … with. We both really appreciate the heart you put into these photos”. – Shawn + Maythe

“The pictures all look great…Everyone loves the photos you took!” – Yer + Jeff

The ever increasing value of photography

September 10, 2010 | By | No Comments

I just received news from a bride whose wedding I recently photographed that her father just passed away. In sending my condolences, she shared with me that “… Steve, I must tell you, you captured some of the best moments I have with my father on film. I’m forever grateful to you for that.”

When I tell people that I really love what I do, because I am capturing moments that only become more meaningful and valuable over time, I really mean it.

May your dad rest in Peace Shannon.

#10. Never Go Full Retard. Go Easy on the Photoshop.

June 16, 2010 | By | No Comments

Apologies to anyone with a mentally challenged family member or friend … That jarring headline is a quote from “Tropic Thunder”, where Robert Downey Jr.’s character advises Ben Stiller’s character to pull it back, dial it down, never go all the way.

Throttle back your Photoshop effects. Or better, use none at all. Photoshop actions can be so exciting, especially to the new photographer. But – like government and habanero salsa – it’s best to use them sparingly. I’ve ruined many photos by applying Photoshop actions at 100%. Now – if I use Photoshop actions at all – I start at 20% opacity and slide the opacity around ’til it looks best. Then I back that off a little bit 😉 Everybody knows, you never go full retard.

#8. Shoot Into the Sun.

June 16, 2010 | By | No Comments

If you don’t have off-camera strobes or don’t know how to use them [see #4], turn your subjects’ backs to the sun, shoot in manual mode and expose for your subjects’ faces. Your photos will immediately be better than any point-and-shoot civilian who tries this. Their photos will be dark and underexposed.

Turn your subjects’ backs to the sun.

#6. Ya Gotta Serve Somebody.

June 16, 2010 | By | One Comment

Offer to help those around you with your photography. Venues need good photography of their rooms, their gorgeous landscaping, their events in progress, their food. Friends need headshots. Friends need family shots. Spread the love (i.e., do these things for free) and the love comes back.