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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.

Dear Churches: Please Give Us Pretty Light – Daylight 5600 Kelvin To Be Precise

August 30, 2014 | By | No Comments

While most people don’t notice the color of light around them, everyone notices when someone looks green or orange or blue in a photograph. Cameras *really* notice the color of light and the actual colors present when a photograph is taken show up loud and clear in photos. And it is the job of photographers to fix that problem before it happens, or after in post-production.

This is called fixing White Balance.

When a venue has consistent light color, it is very easy for a photographer to match that color (either before or after s/he begins shooting) for natural looking skin tones.

But when a venue has a clash of colors coming from different sources (tungsten light bulbs [orange]; compact fluorescent bulbs [green]; camera flashes [blue]; and window daylight [also blue]) skin colors in photos end up looking very strange and unnatural.

As the USA has moved away from tungsten light bulbs, many churches (and hotels and other grand public spaces) have a mix of light bulbs – many with conflicting color temperatures – that are just plain ugly in photographs, and very difficult for photographers to correct to make look normal.

Back in the old days, everybody used incandescent old skool light bulbs, which have a color temperature of about 3200 Kelvin (3200K). All photographers know how to correct for that deep orange-ish color when it is consistent in every light bulb. Film photographers simply choose “Tungsten Film” while digital photographers dial their White Balance to the “light bulb” icon, or we dial in about 3200 Kelvin.

But now that incandescent light bulbs are illegal to sell in the USA, everybody has been switching to the alternatives, like compact fluorescent (CFL), LED and fluorescent, and – photographically speaking – it’s a mess.

Dear Churches (and hotels etc): if you want the photos of your guests to have pleasing skin tones, PLEASE MAKE ALL OF YOUR LIGHT BULBS approximately THE SAME KELVIN TEMPERATURE, preferably DAYLIGHT ± 5000 – 5600 Kelvin. All light bulbs can be purchased in the Daylight Kelvin temperature range. You just have to look for it or ask for it.

This needn’t cost Churches or other venues any extra money at all, as you can simply REPLACE all bulbs as they burn out with Daylight Balanced 5200 Kelvin replacements. Have a closet full of mixed color bulbs? Why not sell them on eBay, and purchase all new Daylight Balanced replacement bulbs moving forward.

That way your guests will look simply lovely in everybody’s photographs. And you will make photographers – and Brides – as happy as a bright sunny day.

Thank you.

Album Images & Wall Prints get extra special love and attention. BEFORE vs AFTER

July 31, 2014 | By | No Comments

BEFORE & AFTER - Images Bound for Albums and Prints Get Extra Special Advanced Editing - STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTOGRAPHYWhile I personally touch, edit, tone, crop, straighten, color correct, tweak, massage and ZINGify every single image that I deliver to my clients, I do almost all of this work in every photographer’s favorite Frenemy, Lightroom.

I do not and cannot take most images into Photoshop for advanced editing, as I’ve done on the above image, as it would slow down edits terribly, further delaying the time between our shoot and the delivery of images. I already take longer than I’d like – promising 6-10 weeks. Doing advanced Photoshop editing every image would probably double that time.

Before & After Images edited in Photoshop for Album and Wall Print STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTOGRAPHYHowever, every image that makes it into our clients’ albums or wall prints that we print for them DO get Extra Special advanced Photoshop editing Love.

Before & After Images edited in Photoshop for Album and Wall Print STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTOGRAPHY

I call Lightroom a Friend because it is the super streamlined way to professionally process thousands of images at a time. It is probably the single most important piece of application software a photographer depends upon.

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This is why Lightroom is the Frenemy of every photographer who edits his/her own work.

SO, the moral of this story is, one of the many benefits of ordering an album or wall print from us is that your gorgeous images get even more advanced, super personalized custom editing before they go to print.

And who doesn’t want that?

Old Vegas Downtown Las Vegas #DTLV Fremont Street Elopement Welcome to Las Vegas Sign Wedding Photography STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTOGRAPHY

July 30, 2014 | By | No Comments

More of this sexy saucy fun Old Vegas Downtown Las Vegas Neon Fremont Street Wedding Elopement Photography session RIGHT NOW!

Did I mention that we seem to attract *really fun* couples? And that we have *A LOT OF FUN* when we go out and shoot? I don’t think my kids would describe me as “fun”, but the fact that I LOVE photographing weddings and elopements and I have a blast doing it seems to come banging through in the photos. The fact that we bring feather-light studio quality lighting is just a bonus.

These guys Caitlin and Dave were A HOOT! and you can see how relaxed and happy they were the whole time we spent together, which was like 3 hours. Time flies for me, but I do find that a longer shoot with more location variety often gives up some of the best images. We get into a groove. We get comfortable. And my couples are usually kind of walking on a cloud – I mean THEY JUST GOT MARRIED! so of course they’re happy! We’re all happy!

Please enjoy these photos and this cool and sexy couple! And thanks to everybody who ever has and ever will honor me with the privilege of recording unforgettable images of some of your most important life events. IMG_0578-Old-Las-Vegas-Downtown-Vegas-Wedding-Photography-STEVEN-JOSEPH-PHOTOGRAPHY-Caitlin-and-DavidLas Vegas Wedding Photographers STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTOGRAPHY Las Vegas Elopement Welcome to Las Vegas SignIMG_3217-Old-Las-Vegas-Downtown-Vegas-Wedding-Photography-STEVEN-JOSEPH-PHOTOGRAPHY-Caitlin-and-DavidLas Vegas Wedding Photographers STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTOGRAPHY DTLV Fremont Street Welcome to Las Vegas Sign IMG_3171-Old-Las-Vegas-Downtown-Vegas-Wedding-Photography-STEVEN-JOSEPH-PHOTOGRAPHY-Caitlin-and-David-Edit IMG_3182-Old-Las-Vegas-Downtown-Vegas-Wedding-Photography-STEVEN-JOSEPH-PHOTOGRAPHY-Caitlin-and-David IMG_3199-Old-Las-Vegas-Downtown-Vegas-Wedding-Photography-STEVEN-JOSEPH-PHOTOGRAPHY-Caitlin-and-David IMG_3422-Old-Las-Vegas-Downtown-Vegas-Wedding-Photography-STEVEN-JOSEPH-PHOTOGRAPHY-Caitlin-and-DavidIMG_3345-Old-Las-Vegas-Downtown-Vegas-Wedding-Photography-STEVEN-JOSEPH-PHOTOGRAPHY-Caitlin-and-David IMG_3522-Old-Las-Vegas-Downtown-Vegas-Wedding-Photography-STEVEN-JOSEPH-PHOTOGRAPHY-Caitlin-and-DavidDowntown Las Vegas DTLV Wedding Elopement Photography STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTOGRAPHY Caitlin and DavidDowntown Vegas Elopement Photography STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTOGRAPHY DTLV Old Vegas East Fremont Caitlin and David IMG_3276-Old-Las-Vegas-Downtown-Vegas-Wedding-Photography-STEVEN-JOSEPH-PHOTOGRAPHY-Caitlin-and-David Downtown Las Vegas DTLV elopement photography STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTOGRAPHY IMG_3382-Old-Las-Vegas-Downtown-Vegas-Wedding-Photography-STEVEN-JOSEPH-PHOTOGRAPHY-Caitlin-and-David IMG_3388-Old-Las-Vegas-Downtown-Vegas-Wedding-Photography-STEVEN-JOSEPH-PHOTOGRAPHY-Caitlin-and-David IMG_3389-Old-Las-Vegas-Downtown-Vegas-Wedding-Photography-STEVEN-JOSEPH-PHOTOGRAPHY-Caitlin-and-David
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Amanda and Patrick at Caesars on The Strip

July 6, 2014 | By | No Comments

Amanda & Patrick did a buyout at Caesars, one of my all time favorite Strip hotels to shoot. I love buyouts at Caesars because they give the photographer the run of the place whereas everywhere else runs you out on a rail. These guys could not have been more kicked back. Even though Chris & I were 8 minutes late to the bride’s suite because of a blown out tire en route o_0, and even though it was pretty windy, Amanda & Patrick both couldn’t stop smiling and hugging and loving the moment the whole time we were with. All the parents had great big smiles on, too. This was a beautiful event, and I again feel privileged and very fortunate to be entrusted with recording such an important occasion. Congratulations Amanda and Patrick! Stay tuned for image updates RIGHT HERE! IMG_5789.CR2-Las Vegas Wedding Photographers STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTOGRAPHY Caesars Palace Amanda and PatrickCaesars Palace Wedding Photography Full Buyout STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTOGRAPHY IMG_5933.CR2-Las Vegas Wedding Photographers STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTOGRAPHY Caesars Palace Amanda and PatrickLas Vegas Wedding Photography Caesars Palace STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTOGRAPHYWedding Photographers Las Vegas STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTOGRAPHY Caesars Palace IMG_3120.CR2-Las Vegas Wedding Photographers STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTOGRAPHY Caesars Palace Amanda and Patrick IMG_3129.CR2-Las Vegas Wedding Photographers STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTOGRAPHY Caesars Palace Amanda and Patrick IMG_5795.CR2-Las Vegas Wedding Photographers STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTOGRAPHY Caesars Palace Amanda and Patrick IMG_5903.CR2-Las Vegas Wedding Photographers STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTOGRAPHY Caesars Palace Amanda and PatrickRadiant bride! Read More

Melissa and Tony’s Spiritual Wedding at The Revere Golf Club in Anthem

July 1, 2014 | By | No Comments

More of this gorgeous and spiritual Las Vegas Wedding at The Revere Golf Club in Anthem coming soon …

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The World Famous Neon Boneyard Neon Museum in Las Vegas Now Has an Outdoor Wedding Chapel

June 25, 2014 | By | No Comments

Did you know that the Neon Museum / Neon Boneyard in Las Vegas has a brand new outdoor yard set up primarily for weddings? Yes! I just shot one there this week. While my client has asked for anonymity (that costs extra 🙂 ) I am able to show you photos of the grounds and some of the cool signs they have. Wanna get married among some towering neon signs that are steeped in the history of Las Vegas? Give us a call and we can give you all the details. Enjoy!

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