This couple came to us all the way from Florida. They wanted to have their engagement photos shot in Las Vegas because it has a very special meaning to them, it’s where they met for the first time. Cue the "awwwwws!" Not to mention it has some of the most amazing natural backdrops for photos in the world, if I do say so myself.
Since their first date was at Border Grill, we swung by Mandalay Bay to get a couple of shots there to start off the session. We then moved over to Bellagio to start our South Strip Vegas Views Tour. After we caught the fountains we made our way to the bright lights of the Cosmo and Planet Hollywood and then finished up with a romantic stroll around the Paris. We even made them an awesome hybrid collage (photo & video) they can play at their wedding. I loved how it all turned out!
The Engagement Session: The e-session is crucial. It's like a practice run for the big day. Even though we do a pretty good job of making all of our photo shoots light, fun and virtually painless, lets face it, none of you have a ton of photo shoot hours clocked. (Selfies not included.) This is the perfect way to get used to the camera, all while taking home of few great shots of you guys in your everyday clothes that are ideal for social media, wedding invites and guest books or just simply hanging on the wall. Our two hour Vegas Views walking photo tour is perfect for this and you even get to choose from three different options, North Strip, South Strip or the Fremont Street Experience.
The Wedding Day: Las Vegas Weddings come in all shapes and sizes, and we are prepared for all of them! Eloping? No problem, our Vegas Views package also works perfectly for that too. Medium size wedding? Use our ala carte style and get just what you need. You need the total package? 8 hours? Sure. 10 hours? Yup. 12 hours? Anything for you. Double coverage? Why not three? Video coverage? Lets roll. Need a Photo Booth thrown in? It's the life of the party! We've got you covered.
The Album: In this digital era it's easy to forget about the most important part of the wedding, the memories. After all, this is one of the most important days of your life. Personally, the album is the entire reason I got into wedding photography to begin with. My sister and I would go through our parents wedding album for hours, studying every page like we hadn't already seen it a thousand times before. It has been passed down to us as a legacy of sorts and now stands as the only documentation of our unforgettable family. Still to this day it is what inspires me to capture those special moments in every wedding I shoot. And that is why we are happy to now offer The Heirloom Album.
One of our recent couples, Scholastica & John, took full advantage of all three components while recently eloping in Las Vegas. I could not be happier with the results. I'd like to share some highlights of their shoot here as well as a snippet of their album. Enjoy!
Las Vegas is the convention mecca. There is pretty much some sort of convention or trade show going on 365 days a year in this town, but none of them compare to CES, Consumer Electronics Show. Whenever they are in town the after parties get just a bit bigger. That’s fine by us! This year, several tech companies got together to throw a huge bash at Surrender inside Encore at Wynn and they brought us out in full force to cover it. They wanted a Photo Booth, a Step & Repeat Red Carpet (custom backdrop provided by us) with photographer and an extra Photographer to roam the room. It was a tall order, but nothing we couldn’t handle. The best part of events this size is being able to work with more of our team, they are all so awesome and it's always a treat when we get to work together. Thanks to ADATA Technology, CyberPowerPC, In Win Development, Nvidia and LSI Corporation for making it happen. See ya next year. ~ Mike
Another year is in the books and that means it's time for another FUN AT WORK POST, YAAAAAAAAY!!! This year has been amazing and we've continued to see a huge growth spurt. We once again broke records and managed to hit a tally of 191 total events for the year. Yah, that's not a typo, one hundred and ninety one! Exactly 56 photo booth rentals, 48 corporate events photographed, 60 Vegas Views photo shoots, and 27 full blown weddings... wow! That's a lot of fun at work. And what have we got to show for it? Pictures, lots and lots of pictures! Enjoy...
Angela is not one to shy away from the cam.
Warning: Plastic grapes may be tough to digest.
Good kitty, good kitty, good kitty, BAD KITTY!
The team taking a moment to enjoy a wedding we covered in San Diego.
Showing the new kid how it's done.
Best of photo booth strips.
All hands on deck.
I guess this makes me Frank?
Our jobs can be so demanding sometimes.
Heyyyyyy! On site printing is up and running.
Bands never start on time.
Sooo cold in the Vodka Vault at Red Square. My camera started to freeze, literally.
I know I left my camera around here somewhere!?
Everyone to their battle stations, the San Diego wedding is about to begin!
Doin the bull dance, feelin the flow.
This December has been incredible! We started it off with a huge Holiday Gala for Hilton Grand Vacations and their 2000+ employees. We had two photo booths and three photographers out for the occasion, two of which were posted up at custom holiday themed red carpet step and repeats. The backdrops were accompanied by on-site printing, so every guest walked away with an awesome holiday memento.
After that we jumped right into 14 days of NFR action! We provided two photo stations for the B&W Trailer Hitches’ official fan zone booth in front of the Thomas & Mack Center. Guests were able to take pictures with custom backdrops featuring the Vegas Sign or Bodacious the Bull. Both stations were in a dead heat for popularity, but Bodacious ended up beating out the Vegas Sign 836 to 754. It was a close one! No matter who won, they were both tons of fun.
Up next was some more festive photos printed on-site for guests at MolyCorp's big Holiday Extravaganza at Green Valley Ranch. What a beautiful property and what an amazing party.
Wrapping up this busy holiday season was Exel’s annual Holiday Fete. This is the third year in a row they’ve had our photo booth out for their event, and boy do they have fun with it. There is always a non-stop line.
And I have officially run out of monikers for ‘Holiday Parties’. So here’s to a great year and hoping next year is even better!
My recent bride asked for a photo shoot that was a little Vegas Glam mixed with Hollywood Starlet, a hint of Pinup Girl and sprinkled with a bit of Rock & Roll. Nailed it!
The day started off in Sara & Jeff's corner suite at The Cosmo for some getting ready shots and then we quickly hopped in the limo to head to the ceremony at Alexis Park's outdoor gazebo. We jumped back in that stretch and headed towards the Royal House Hotel for a private cake cutting session at the swanky Barrymore. They were amazingly accommodating and opened the joint an hour early just for us. Plus, The Barrymore is the perfect spot to capture that vintage glam look! Then we were off to Fremont, but first a quick stop at the Vegas Sign, not the actual one though. We switched it up and opted for the Jerry Misko mural of the famed sign located at 1st St & Coolidge, snuggled deep in the arts district. It was a nice change of pace. We wrapped it up with a walk down the ol' glitter gultch! Downtown Vegas is always my favorite place to shoot weddings. The romance of the twinkling lights, the enchanting glow of the neon, combine that with all the diverse textures and Fremont Street truly is a photographers dream.
Once again we were brought out to one of our favorite venues in town, Hacienda Gardens, for a Quinceañera celebration. And, of course, our photo booth provided the entertainment. Well, the photo booth, along with a live mariachi band and some choreographed dancing provided by the Quinceañera and her friends. The dancing is always so amazing at these events, they must practice for weeks! I know I couldn't do it. Only dancing I could pull off was waltzing over to the dessert table for a stab at the chocolate fountain. ;)
As always, I look forward to my next event at Hacienda Gardens. All of their Quinceañera and wedding receptions are always so beautiful! Make sure to check them out for your next party.
Our recent (and completely awesome) bride Branka got the thrill of a lifetime when Bon Jovi walked her down the aisle! Check out the article below. Unfortunately, Vegas chapels aren't too cool with letting outside photography into their ceremonies, so we had to miss the rocker. No worries though, the rest of her shoot was amazing! http://music.yahoo.com/blogs/stop-the-presses/jon-bon-jovi-walks-superfan-down-aisle-las-173058037.html
Our Vegas Views package is often used for engagement shots. Frankly, it’s perfect for them. :) Way back in February of this year, Lisa and Andrew had recently moved to Vegas and came to me to get some ‘Vegas style’ shots for their engagement session. One problem, Andrew wasn't a big fan of photos. Challenge accepted! It turned out to not be much of a challenge at all, our Vegas Views is designed to be fun and painless as possible and they were fantastic. But the true testament came at the end of their shoot. Andrew said, not only did he enjoy his time, but they were the best photos he’s ever taken and I was now his photographer FOR LIFE! They then informed me that their wedding was going to be in San Diego, not Las Vegas. No problem! Yup, it’s time to take this show on the road! Cali road trip!
This was an all hands on deck kind of wedding. They were looking for photography, videography AND a photo booth… all down in sunny San Diego. You got it! We packed up the gear and headed south. We got there a day early so we could scout locations and put together a game plan. This one was going off without a hitch. After meeting with the friendly staff at Torrey Pines Christian Church in beautiful La Jolla, we stayed for the rehearsal. The bride & groom were both so calm and collected. Andrew especially always has a cool demeanor to him, nothing can faze him (he didn't even sweat when the limo was a no show on the wedding day, eeek!) And Lisa, you couldn’t wipe the smile off her face if you tried. She was beaming. They are an amazing couple and I couldn’t wait to watch them walk down the aisle. After a little bit of sightseeing, we all called it an early night and got some rest for the big day.
Once the morning came we sprang into action. While Tyge was setting up multiple video cameras at the church, I ran to setup the photo booth at The Palms Banquet Hall & Restaurant where the reception would follow later. I doubled back and began shooting the bride’s preparation shots. I often get to see the look of happiness in the groom’s eye when he sees the bride for the first time, but I rarely get to experience that moment of awe for myself. When I walked in the room for the first time, she truly looked like a fairy princess. I was half expecting to see cartoon birds helping to put the veil on.
The ceremony was inside the stained glass adorned chapel at Torrey Pines. Being from Las Vegas I rarely get to see a venue this gorgeous. No offense Vegas, but everything looks like it’s in a shopping center. Afterwards, we brought the entire wedding party and every guest out to the front courtyard for one big group shot. I love finding new ways to document every wedding attendee. This was the perfect way to not miss a single person.
We then made our way back to The Palms, the reception was just as fairytale as the ceremony, full of teal lights and crystals. And, of course, the photo booth was a huge hit. The trend for the night at the booth was photobombing the group that went before you on their fourth photo. It made for some hilarious photo strips. The only thing that truly bummed me out about the entire evening, was when it was over. Working with Lisa & Andrew has been such a pleasure, I really wish they could get married every weekend. ~ Mike
Rules... they were made to be broken. Many couples these days are ditching the aging tradition of not seeing each other before the ceremony. It dates back to the time of arranged marriages and thankfully that doesn’t happen much these days. First looks are now taking the place of this tradition and it is much more relevant to the modern day wedding. I will still gladly respect the wishes of anyone who wants to refrain from seeing each other beforehand, BUT it does open up a lot more time for the portrait session and to be honest, that is my favorite part. :)
Sara managed to fit in two first looks. One with her groom, Spencer, and an extra special one with her father. Since the couple saw each other before the ceremony we had an extra hour of portraits before the ceremony even started. I was in heaven! With all that extra time I was able to throw every pose and scene I could think of at them and with a wedding party full of characters, they were all happy to oblige. I dragged them all over Angel Park!
Once we got the first half of portraits done, we moved over to the green for the outdoor ceremony. Despite it being August in Las Vegas, the weather was perfect and the gorgeous sunset offered an amazing background for their nuptials.
They moved the party back inside for the reception and the only thing that could upstage the impressive line at the photo booth was the dance off grand entrance by the wedding party. They went one by one down the aisle and each had their moment to shine, it was pretty impressive. If that wasn’t cool enough, the bride bucked another tradition by forgoing the father-daughter dance and replaced it with singing a duet with her father. The groom seemed very touched by this and began to “lose his contacts”.
That wasn’t the last trick Sara had up her sleeve for the night. She took the mic and brought her mom and dad out to the dance floor, she surprised them with a dedication and gave them the first dance they never had. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house and I may have gotten “something in my eye” myself. Overall it was a fantastic night full of laughs, cheers and maybe even a few tears (I swear, I swear, I had something in my eye). ~ Mike
|Venue: Angel Park Golf Course||DJ: Gabriel @ All Events Disc Jockeys|
|Bridal Gown: David's Bridal||Tuxedos: Bowties Bridal Boutique|
|Hair & Makeup: Anna @ Stardust Salon||Wedding Cake: Sweet Lucy's Confections|
|Florist: Flowers by Michelle||Photographers & Photo Booth: Glitter Lens Photography|