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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.

Candice and Jamal get married in Las Vegas – The Wynn, Mandalay Bay

April 14, 2015 | By | No Comments

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Candice and Jamal got married at the inside chapel at The Wynn – where outside photographers are not allowed. So we met them before their ceremony, inside their suite, for some informal and formal portraits. Even though we shot both families in the same room we managed to keep Jamal from seeing Candice before the ceremony. Both families were so beautiful and fun, and it didn’t take much for me to get them comfortable in front of the camera.

Wedding photography at The Wynn, in the suite, before the ceremony

Wedding photography at The Wynn, in the suite, before the ceremony

After their brief ceremony we met them again on the party bus and we stayed with them for the rest of the night. As is almost always the case, most of the photos we take are camera-unaware photojournalistic, where our clients don’t even notice we’re there.

In the review Jamal left us on WeddingWire he said “The only regret I have for that day is not using Steven Joseph for EVERYTHING! Unfortunately, we married at a hotel on the strip that required us to use the hotel photographer for our wedding. When we received the pictures from the wedding (hotel photographer), they were ok. However, when we looked at the post-wedding and reception photos (Steven Joseph), we were blown away!! They were AWESOME!…” [To see the rest of their review go here.]

I sometimes forget how much I love shooting weddings, until I look at these guys photos, from the starting family portraits in their suite at The Wynn, to the rockin’ rip roarin’ party they had at Border Grill at Mandalay Bay.

Sometimes I forget how much I love photographing weddings, especially the party, and then I see photos like this. Whooooot!

Sometimes I forget how much I love photographing weddings, especially the party, and then I see photos like this. Whooooot!

Las Vegas Strip Elopement of Camila and Matt

April 6, 2015 | By | No Comments

What happens when a hot Brazilian and a hunky Chicagoan come to the Las Vegas Strip to get married? This happens. My assistant and I met these guys at their hotel, where we hopped in their limo and rode to The Strip. Their driver dropped us off near The Wynn where we got some very fun and beautiful photos. We then walked south, stopping at The Venetian, Paris, and ultimately The Bellagio Fountain.
Even though it is just a 1.1 mile walk, it’s murder in dressy high heels. I offered Camila my giant beat up Merrell slip-ons several times and she finally agreed. While she looked a little funny walking between photo stops, her feet felt great!

Las Vegas Party Bus Photos – It might get a little crazy

March 30, 2015 | By | No Comments

I am delighted every time anyone hires me to document their event be it a wedding, an elopement, an engagement, a corporate party, a new restaurant menu or something else. But I am especially honored whenever military personnel ask me along, particularly when the groom’s sister is a professional wedding photographer back East. This bride and groom are both active military with multiple combat tours under their belts. If they got a little crazy in Vegas, isn’t that what Vegas is for? And has anybody earned crazy time more than a combat Apache helicopter pilot and combat nurse? These guys were uniformly fun, gracious and wicked high energy. Enjoy these skillfully lighted photos of a rocking Las Vegas Party Bus, a group photo at the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign, and a grand finale photo in front of the Bellagio Fountain.

Green Valley Ranch Wedding of Bethany and Erik

March 28, 2015 | By | No Comments

With a big smile Erik asked me “am I the shortest groom you’ve ever photographed?” And I said “yea, probably, and you’re also one of the happiest and most grateful grooms I’ve met. With your beautiful wife and son you are a lucky man and you know it.” What a great couple with two wonderful families, as warm and genuine as it gets. What an honor. I can’t believe people pay me to do this!

Bellagio Fountain – Girls Night Out Birthday Party on the Las Vegas Strip

March 28, 2015 | By | No Comments

These beautiful ladies – Cynthia, Katie and Amy – came all the way from Colorado to Vegas to celebrate a 40th birthday party. When I met them at the Bellagio fountain they looked amazing, and they were in very fine spirits. And they absolutely had to get a shot with Elvis, which turned into a shot with many Elvi. I’m sure that once they left the Bellagio Fountain on The Strip to continue their night they had legendary fun. Big thanks to my friend and fellow photographer Laura Glines of Black Cherry Photgoraphy for the referral.

Green Valley Ranch Wedding of Karen and Alex

March 24, 2015 | By | No Comments

How I love photographing the couples who get married at Green Valley Ranch in Henderson (just a 15 minute ride from the Las Vegas Strip): let me count the ways.
1. It’s human scale! No walking for thousands of yards inside of gigantic buildings, or thousands of feet between blocks. It’s intimate yet grand.
2. It’s really freaking gorgeous! GVR’s landscaping is among the more verdant and abundant in all of Las Vegas. The architecture is first rate, too.
3. It’s so visually varied. You can see and be photographed in a vineyard, within ornate hallways, inside plush suites, atop one of the grandest of grand staircases, enveloped in modern and sleek outdoor cabanas, on the sands of a beach (! for real), beside and against cascading waterfalling sheets of water, against deep blue tile caressing a cool blue pool, lounging upon a cool green lawn, draped over luxurious and elegant furnishings, and so much more. The place is a visual FEAST, a photographer’s playground.
4. It’s just so much more relaxed than the Strip, so easy-going, so much less hurried.
5. It’s big enough to accommodate the largest weddings and events, yet intimate enough to host a two-person elopement or a 40 person wedding ceremony and reception.
6. Their in-house chapel is understated, elegant, comfortable, lovely, and definitely not pushy like many of those in-house chapels on the Strip.
7. It is such a versatile and flexible place in which to get married. I have photographed ceremonies in so many locations on property, including: the in-house chapel on the second floor; inside presidential suites; up on the grand staircase; on the grand patio beneath the grand staircase; in the tall Italian cypress a little beyond the pool area; on the curving modern staircase just next to the pool; and in the exclusive “The Pond” private pool area.