I’m not going to lie, being a photographer has many perks. Over the years I have gotten to see legendary concerts, tons of amazing shows, attend private parties, meet interesting people, even do some traveling. I would not have been able to do a fraction of the amazing things i’ve done in my life, if it wasn’t for photography. And now I can add one more thing to that list. I got the honor of shooting the Engagement Session for my best friend of 25 years. For those of you that know Eric & I, you know that the number one thing we have in common is our nostalgia for Old Vegas and more specifically The Rat Pack. So we couldn’t think of a better place to do their photo shoot than The Neon Museum. Eric and his beautiful fiance Ryane, drove all the way back from Pennsylvania just for it and it was totally worth it. ‘The Boneyard’ is one of my all time favorite places to shoot and doing it with 2 of my all time favorite people made it just all the more special. I only wish I could shoot their wedding, but I will be busy with all my best man duties. ;)
Corporate Company Party - High Roller The LinqIt’s been awhile since we’ve gotten a blog post up, so I figured I’d show you what exactly we’ve been so busy with here:
Friendship Sports Soccer Tournament
Spring time in Las Vegas is perfect time to have an event, you have to get it in before those blistering summer temperatures arrive. Every spring Friendship Sports hosts several soccer tournaments out at the Silver Bowl Park. They always feature our photo booths at their concessions, but this year they had us bring out a couple photographers to capture the action on the field, as well. Here are some of the fast paced highlights:
As the school year starts to wrap up, it’s a hot time to get those high school senior portraits done. We went all over the valley capturing the best of the best in photo shoot locations. Here are a few samples:
It’s Show Time!
My job takes me to a lot of cool places that I would normally not be privileged to like private events, concerts, shows, clubs, etc. It’s definitely a perk. We recently had a client who was in town for a convention and wanted to take their entire company for a night out on the town. We got to capture every minute of it. Starting with a trip 550 feet in the air at the new High Roller Observation Wheel at The Linq, then we moved over to The Wynn for the show Le Reve, followed by a company group shot and a 5 star dinner at the Lakeside Restaurant overlooking the fabulous Lake of Dreams. Not a bad night, if you ask me.
The Serta Sheep Shenanigans
There is no slow time for Las Vegas. Any day of the week you can find a wedding or convention somewhere on The Strip. We’ve become masters of capturing the moments. One moment that sticks out to me was the after party for a convention at Mandalay Bay. It was held by the mattress company Serta inside The Mix Lounge. We brought out the whole Red Carpet setup to welcome their guests with a cool photo op, but they brought the life of the party… The Serta Sheep. You probably know him from their commercials, but what you probably didn’t know, was that he is a party animal! He was a full blown celebrity that night, everyone wanted their picture with him and he did not let them down. Here’s a small sample of his sheepish shenanigans:
Our latest couple, Alisha & Preston, came to us all the way from snow covered Fargo, North Dakota. Not just to enjoy some 80 degree weather, but to get married at the famous Fremont Street Experience. Downtown Vegas is always one of my favorite places to shoot, so I was happy to oblige.
They brought along their close friend Ashley, who served a lot of important roles, maid of honor, flower girl, ring bearer, my lovely lighting assistant, oh and she was ordained as a minister just so she could marry her friends in Vegas. That’s pretty awesome!
We did a portrait session that spanned the length of Fremont Street, all while looking for the perfect spot to get them hitched. They finally decided that the neon clad archway of the newly remodeled Slotzilla was the perfect spot. It was a beautiful ceremony, with only a few crying breaks for Ashley. :)
I’d like to wish Alisha a happy birthday, and both Alisha & Preston a big congratulations!
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.