These guys gave me everything a photographer could want – beauty, emotion, fun, family, friends. (Although we could have used a little more alone time with the bride and groom LOL). Photographed at Green Valley Ranch, one of our very favorite locations for Las Vegas Wedding Photography, for all kinds of reasons.
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.
First, they’ve caught great emotion between family members in-the-moment.
Second, the emotions in these photos are 100% genuine.
Third, I elicited these emotions through my words and voice and personality.
Are these emotions fake because I drew them out?
One of the biggest challenges professional photographers face when putting regular people in front of our cameras is getting them to relax. Most people (myself included) are not very comfortable in front of the camera. We become self-conscious. We make awkward artificial smiles. We become very *aware* of the camera.
When creating portraits one of my big jobs is to get my subjects to forget that they’re in front of a camera – even for just one second, because all I need is one second to capture amazing moments overflowing with deep genuine emotion. Emotion that I’ve drawn out. Pure child-like unencumbered real emotion.
Chris and I consider ourselves lucky to have found not just a great new dentist in Las Vegas – Dee for Dentist – but wonderful people we consider to be friends. Mike and Dee Dee run a very bright, hip, quality dental practice over on Maryland & Pebble. When they asked us to do an employee group photo, and then individual headshots, I immediately thought that we should go bright and hi-key, because that’s what it feels like being in their practice and around them as they work. And Mike wanted to do sort of a film-strip photo-booth series of goofy headshots for everyone, and so we did. Here’s just a few samples. As you know, we also do more buttoned-down, low-key headshots for those in need of that look.
If you only looked at some high-end wedding blogs, you might think that people were not allowed at weddings – only things LOL.
When wedding photography legend Cliff Mautner asked “Was there a wedding at that wedding?”, the WPPI conference room full of photographers I was sitting in erupted in laughter and applause.
We laughed because we knew that he was referring to the many wedding photography blogs that seem to only show photos of THINGS – linens, wedding dresses, shoes, rings, invitations, place settings, chair covers, etc. “But where’s the people?!” we’re all thinking. LOL
If you’ve looked at my blog and portfolio you may have noticed that I mostly show photos of people. It’s not because I don’t take photos of things. It’s because photos of people are so much more important.
I show photos of people smiling, people laughing, people crying, people dancing, people hugging, people getting married, people in love.
I feature people because, over time, photos of people matter much more than photos of things.
Don’t get me wrong. Wedding detail photos are very important. And mine are very good.
It’s just that photos of people are the photos that literally become more valuable every day, photos of people at your wedding will literally one day become priceless.
So, I wouldn’t blame you, dear reader, if you thought by looking at my work that I don’t photograph things.
But, in fact, I do shoot things! So, to prove that I (and the very talented 2nd photographers I get to work with) do shoot things at every wedding, I’m kicking off the series “Was There a Wedding at that Wedding” with “Details Part 1 – Tables and Place Settings“.
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