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Fun las vegas headshots and group company photos with Dee for Dentist

November 11, 2014 | By | One Comment

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.

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Was There a Wedding at that Wedding? DETAILS Part 1 – Tables and Place Settings

April 28, 2014 | By | No Comments

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

We laughed because we know that, to get featured on many of these top wedding & wedding planner blogs (e.g.,  Style Me Pretty100 Layer Cake, Polka dot bride), we must show lots of things.

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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Available Light Photography After Sundown – Don’t Fear The Dark

December 10, 2012 | By | No Comments

I saw additional photos from this wedding that were done at night of the bride and groom and some of the outdoor areas of [******* ********].  I would absolutely love to be able to get a few of those shots to use as they were fantastic and so many brides are scared of doing photos in the dark. This would definitely show how it can be done when a professional photographer is hired!

I’m going to let you in on a little secret.

When a wedding photographer you’re interviewing proudly says that s/he’s an “available light” photographer, that’s usually code for “I don’t know how to use off-camera lights and I really don’t own any.”

Which is fine for day-time weddings.

However, the final 1/3 of most traditional weddings takes place after the sun goes down. And many reception halls are very dim even during the day.

A professional wedding photographer has to know how to elegantly light up the dark.

Just today the catering manager of a major Las Vegas wedding venue told me that many brides are “scared of doing photos in the dark”. Could it be because the “available light” photographer they’re considering is scared, too?

When interviewing photographers, it’s probably wise of you to ask them questions like:

  1. How do you handle formal portraits in the dark?
  2. How do you shoot a dark reception room?

We love available light. But when the sun goes down and there isn’t any, we make beautiful light for you with our discreet professional off-camera lighting gear.

Why “off-camera” lighting? Because on-camera direct flash looks flat and amateur, like it was taken with a disposable camera. Off-camera light gives depth and pop and magazine-quality to the most important photos in your life.

If your available light photographer shows few or no night-time photos on their website, you should be concerned.

We’re not afraid of the dark 🙂 and when you hire the right photographer, you shouldn’t be, either 🙂

The above photo shows how dark a typical wedding reception hall is. The photos above & below were taken seconds apart – one when my lights didn’t pop, the other with four Speedlites popping all over the reception hall to catch your beautiful moments.The photo above and below were taken seconds apart – the above with the available light typical of many hotel reception rooms, the photo below with my pro lights throughout the room popping.