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Denise & Scott at The (Verdant) Lake Club at Lake Las Vegas

January 11, 2012 | By | No Comments

Denise and Scott are one of my favorite couples ever. They celebrated their gorgeous wedding with lots of family and friends at the incomparably beautiful The Lake Club @ Lake Las Vegas.

The Lake Club is truly one of my favorite places to photograph a wedding, for so many reasons:

  • Lush, Green, Beautiful
  • Water water everywhere
  • Intimate, human-scale layout, easy to walk everywhere you need to go
  • First rate staff with tremendous experience and elán
  • Private, absolutely no tourists traipsing through your gorgeous wedding
  • Only 30 minutes from The Strip – yet secluded, exclusive, comfortable, quiet

Denise and Scott did a 2 hour pre-wedding shoot where all of the formals, bridals and bride and groom shoots were done.  When couples choose this route, it eliminates  the stress associated with wanting to hurry to get back to your guests. This is the new trend with couples.  One might wonder if the thrill and excitement of “first sight” is gone but, not at all.  Denise and Scott were still filled with emotion  and excitement as she walked down the aisle. I highly recommend doing pre-wedding formals, for the very best portraits, and for dramatically less stress for everyone.

Venue: The Lake Club at Las Vegas with Sophia Bettelhein and Shawna Michelle Kellis

Ceremony: Pastor Pete with Elegant vegas weddings

DJ: Manny Ramos with Thirty Three Group

Hair: Tonia with Bombshell Beauty

Dress: Alfred Angelo

Makeup: Megan Payne with Make up in the 702

Tuxedos: Bow Ties Tuxedo

Invitations by Wedding Paper Divas

Flowers: Blossoms by Gayle

Centerpieces: Kelly Larsen (step mom)

Cake: Chef Flemming with The Lake Club

Second Photography: Adam Trujillo

Linens: The Lake Club

 

 

Judith & Kenneth at the elegant and colorful Wynn

January 4, 2012 | By | No Comments


This fusion wedding blended the western elegance of this stylish couple with colorful and distant Nigerian dress and customs. I do not know whether Judith and Kenneth descend from Nigerian royalty but they certainly carried themselves as if, with the grace, confidence and stature of princess and prince. The Wynn offers such an explosion of color and detail, it is a photographer’s dream. And, even though the bride was not allowed to let me photograph their brief ceremony (a privilege reserved by the ubiquitous and high-volume Cashman Brothers), I was with Judith and Kenneth from early in the morning ’til late at night. We even snuck in an “engagement” session the day after. How they dragged themselves from bed after such a great party I’ll never know. Thanks to Chris Purdum for his usual outstanding 2nd photography – it is always an honor and I feel tremendously fortunate to shoot with Chris.




Does the Quality of 2nd Photography Matter? Hell Yea!

December 23, 2011 | By | No Comments

Does the Quality of 2nd Photography Matter? The short answer is: Hell Yeah! but not for everyone.

Currently I offer my clients two levels of 2nd photography:

  • Artisan, and Associate. Artisan 2nd Photography costs my clients $200 an hour.
  • Associate 2nd Photography is free.

Why the big difference in price?

Artisan 2nd Photographers are full-time wedding photographers who happen to be available on the day of your wedding. They are my peers, my competitors, my friends. They are skilled craftsmen and artists whose work I admire greatly. They possess many hundreds or even thousands of hours of experience. They know exactly what needs doing at your wedding, and how to use their gear to get it done. They’re not figuring out f/stops and ISO and lighting. They’re not wondering how to pose the groomsmen or how to make your cake & reception hall look stellar. They mastered all that long ago. And their work is outstanding. Here are just a few examples of the gorgeous work from some of the 2nd photographers my couples & I have been fortunate enough to get on their wedding day.

Wedding Photography Las Vegas Springs Preserve Steven Fogarty FOGARTYFOTOWedding Photographers Las Vegas Loews Las Vegas Lake Las VegasWedding Photographers Las Vegas Wynn Steve Fogarty NigerianWedding Photographers Las Vegas Steve Fogarty FOGARTYFOTO

Associate 2nd Photographers work for free. They are willing to work for free for many reasons. They want the practice. They may already be accomplished in family portrait or another type of photography, or they may be just breaking in. They may need to master their gear and learn the ropes in one of the most demanding photography environments there is – weddings. They may need to develop a wedding portfolio for their own websites.

Regardless, while they may produce outstanding work as 2nd photographer for your wedding, I do not expect that, nor should my clients. Which is why they are free.

Associate 2nd photography coverage is a good option for couples who weren’t planning on having a 2nd but welcome the possibility of extra coverage with uncertain results.

And for those couples who expect the kind of outstanding wedding photography that only comes from years of experience, Artisan 2nd photography is worth the extra dollars.

I LOVE the Party!!!

December 12, 2011 | By | One Comment

I LOVE the Party. If the party is rockin’, I can’t leave before it’s over. The party is joy, it is ecstasy, it is acceptable animalism, it is naughty, it is vigorous, it is up close, sweaty, emotional, sensual, sexy, it is everything we’re not supposed to be the rest of the day, the rest of the night, the rest of our lives. I LOVE the party. More party please.

A good DJ makes a big difference. And this DJ – Mike Fox – got EVERYBODY at Kylie & Alex’s wedding up and dancing and laughing. He’s one of the best DJs I’ve ever worked with.



And the Winner Is … !!!

December 6, 2011 | By | No Comments

Some of you may know that, at the recent Green Valley Ranch Bridal Show, we offered to raffle off and give away a full engagement session at the end of August, 2011 to one lucky couple. The only requirement was that the couple meet with us for a consultation. Nearly 30 couples signed up for consultations, and many more came to us directly through the Internet and our Contact page.

We met with so many cool couples. And we wish we could award a free engagement session to each and every one. But the stars aligned for only one, and that couple is …

Kari & Keenan! Yay!

To all the other wonderful couples my wife Chris & I met with, thank you SO MUCH for making time to meet with us. It was honestly a pleasure to get to know you and learn about your wedding plans. I truly hope to be able to work with each and every one of you in the near future.

Grateful for Being Featured in OneWed’s Savvy Scoop!

December 5, 2011 | By | No Comments

Thanks to Azure, the editor of OneWed’s wedding blog “Savvy Scoop”, for featuring the moving, beautiful heartfelt wedding of Yer and Jeff last Fall at the uber-hospitable TPC Las Vegas. I did the principal photography, and there are so many people to thank for making this wedding happen, starting of course with Yer & Jeff.