As the end of the school year comes to a close, senior photos are starting to boom. These shoots are always my favorite because they push the boundaries of my creativity. Brides usually have a certain look and feel they are going for, not always, but usually. Seniors are open to anything, sky's the limit. Crazy lighting effects, grungy overlays, it doesn't matter they love it all!
My latest senior, Hannah, is an artist. I knew there was only one place to go, Downtown's Arts District! Her art has a dark yet vibrant feel to it so I wanted to try and match it the best I could. First stop I had in mind was the "Gateway to the Arts District", towering neon paintbrushes created by the late artist Dennis Oppenheim. Then we headed across the street to Bar & Bistro and Artifice for some cool background lighting. Our greatest find of the day was the staircase in front of the Coit cleaners building. Although it was a bit weathered, I had the idea to showcase her artwork in the panels of the railings. What an awesome shot! Downtown Vegas comes through once again for another amazing shoot. ~ Mike H
Our most recent couple was a double shoot, engagement shots and a full wedding. Kelly & Gary came all the way in from the UK and brought forty two of their friends and family members, yes, I said FORTY TWO! Since this was their first trip to Vegas, they left it up to us to pick the locations for the photo shoots. For the engagement shots, we went with Downtown Las Vegas at the Fremont St Experience and the East Fremont District. DTLV is always a favorite for us, but it turned out to be a very good choice. The couple was blown away by the neon. It was exactly what they envisioned 'Vegas' to be, but were not able to find on The Strip anymore. I was stoked that I was able to deliver exactly what they were looking for. I was even more excited by how amazing the photos turned out.
Their ceremony was held at the Juno Gardens of Caesars Palace (beautiful by the way). Immediately following, we did a quick shoot around the iconic fountains and Roman columns of Caesars. Since the entire group was along for the ride today, they rented the two largest limos in all of Las Vegas! NTS Limo provided a massive stretch hummer and a monster of a limo called the Big Blue. From there we made a quick stop at Bellagio to catch the fountains and then off to the Vegas Sign. This group loved hamming it up for pics down there. We finished at Mandalay Bay where the reception was being held in the Marquee Room inside Slice of Vegas (vegan options!). My favorite part of the reception? Kelly & Gary's choreographed dance routine! This got their group going and the dance floor was packed the rest of the night.
Kelly & Gary were so enamored by their Vegas experience I wouldn't be surprised to see them back here next year for their anniversary, probably minus the FORTY TWO man entourage! ~ Mike H
Las Vegas is a truly magical place to be married. This city is full of excitement, glitz & glamour. Wading through the tons & tons of Vegas wedding sites across the internet? Not always as enchanting. Especially so when planning from out of town. Kelly Zenkewich understands this perfectly. A destination bride herself, who planned her own 2010 wedding here at the beautiful Springs Preserves, Kelly created Little Vegas Wedding, an authentic & informative source for couples planning their Vegas nuptials. Be sure to go take a look around her Blog and don't miss my favorite section, The List, an awesome breakdown (with photos!) of Vegas wedding Venues. ~ Caitlin S
Yes, the rumors are true, Glitter Lens Photography has finally hit FIVE HUNDRED likes on facebook!!! I want to thank everyone I've ever met in my entire life! No, seriously though, everyday is an absolute joy because of my awesome clients and all of the amazing people I get to work with. Cheers to touching 500 lives and salute to the next 500 and the 500 after that! ~ Mike H
Wedding season has officially begun! Elizabeth & Randy's wedding last month set the bar very high. I got to spend a lot of time with them during their engagement photo shoot, so I knew this one was going to be a lot of fun. I will admit, I am extremely lucky to live in the wedding capital of the world. Not only does it keep me very busy, but the average bride that does choose to get married in Vegas is typically on the chill side. Not exactly dealing with Bridezillas here and Elizabeth couldn't be any further from that if she tried. I've actually gone looking for a term that is the complete opposite of Bridezilla for her, surprisingly there is not much out there. I guess not to many people are lucky enough to get such a cool bride. She has inspired me, I am now determined to think of a term for anti-Bridezilla now. All I have seen that come close is Briderella or uberBride, not bad, but not good enough. I think I am going to go with Bridetastic, yeah definitely BrideTASTIC! (If anyone can think of something better, please feel free to leave it in the comments.)
Now to move on to the actual wedding. It was held at the Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall, on the second level balcony of their gorgeous Mystic Falls Park. Even though I annually visit the Mystic Falls for their amazing Winter Wonderland light and water show, I had yet to see a wedding held there. Boy was I impressed! The balcony had a perfect panoramic view of the entire atrium and completely set the mood for this intimate and romantic ceremony. Everything went off without a hitch, even the adorable twin flower girls made it down the isle with very minimal coaxing.
The reception was moved down the hall to the main ballroom. This place was a photographers dream, the lighting was perfect and instead of chandeliers they had rows of bulbs running in square patterns throughout the ceiling, giving all the photos a fabulous background glow. Once we finally got a chance to break away for a private shoot, the sun had gone down and the atrium of the Mystic Falls Park was pitch black. Thanks to my second shooter Tyge, we were able to play with a few lighting options and actually came away with some of my favorite bridal portraits to date. ~ Mike H...but this might have been my favorite pic of the night, a groomsmen getting his freak on...
We wouldn't say that quite yet, but it is a trend we've seen more of lately and Yahoo agrees. Check out what they have to say and some bold gowns here: Beautiful black wedding gowns. Also take a look at our recent bride Erin, wearing a stunning black gown, whose elopement with Tyler here in Vegas this week we were lucky enough to cover. - CS
Simply Bridal sent us over this adorable graphic of charming wedding traditions to bring you luck! This being Vegas, where everybody can use a bit of good fortune, we figured we'd share. Who knows? You may also get lucky searching their awesome selection of gorgeous and affordable wedding gowns. Happy Saint Patty's everyone! - CS
So much for my new year’s resolution to write more blog posts. Sorry I have been slacking, but the new website is coming along nicely, won't be long now. That being said, every once in awhile an event comes along that you just have to talk about. This past week we were brought out by Sin City Entertainment to cover a corporate party at the Golden Nugget featuring their fabulous showgirls and Rat Pack performers. We had one photographer working the red carpet step and repeat and I was covering the stage show.
Now without ageing myself too much, I can honestly say I can remember when the real Sammy Davis Jr, Dean Martin & the chairman of the board himself, Frank Sinatra, were still performing on The Strip. No, not in the heyday of their careers, I’m not that old, but I do remember them limping through a few solo performances in the 80’s. I have been a huge fan of the Rat Pack my entire life and even though it wasn't the legendary shows that they were famous for, I still got to see them live, which was amazing.
Of course, I have also seen countless recordings of their original shows, and I believe ‘The Strangers In The Night’ Rat Pack Tribute Shows starring Nicholas Brooks (Sammy), Johnny Edwards (Dean) and David DeCosta (Frank) is the closest we will ever get to seeing that charisma and charm live and in person. It was superb!
Sin City Entertainment is always a pleasure to work with and their long list of impersonators and entertainers make my job a blast. I can’t wait till the next event! - MH
Oh those new years resolutions, gotta love em. I could just try something normal like quit smoking, but since I don’t smoke, that seems too easy. Or perhaps go on a diet, well I’m already vegan, so I don’t think diets come much more strict. No, none of those regular, run of the mill resolutions are for me. Mine always read more like a wish list (or maybe a ransom demands) rather than something I want to actually accomplish. I usually just put things on there that I wouldn't expect for Christmas. So I’m just gonna cross my fingers and hope really hard, and here goes:
1) Eat more Kale. (Had it for lunch. Check.)
2) Add a new photo booth to our fleet. (Oh wait, already purchased a new one yesterday! It will be ready by February. Yay! Check.)
3) Try and pull off a bow tie. (No, not really.)
4) Write more blog posts. (Already working on that one too. Check.)
5) Don’t drink any more. (Or any less either. Hiyoo!)
6) Kill it at the upcoming bridal show. (New signage and flyers have already been ordered. Check.)
7) New camera. (But I love the one I already have!)
8) Travel more. (Now that is one I can sink my teeth into.)
9) Make more lists. (Check.)
10) Take up a new habit: Maybe smoking!?
Overall it looks like I’m already nailing 2013. Here’s to the best year yet! Cheers! - MH
2012 is coming to an end, not the end that the Mayans had in mind, but an end never the less. I wanted to take the time to thank all of our amazing clients that we had the privilege of working with this year. You made it possible for us to grow with leaps and bounds and we are very grateful for that. And judging by how quickly next year’s calendar is filling up, 2013 is going to be even bigger and brighter. We can’t wait!
Now because of our wildly successful year, we were forced to expand pretty quickly and we’re lucky to have added some amazing people to our staff. We have assembled quite the team of talented photographers and photo booth hosts, but more importantly they are some of the most fun and energetic people we’ve ever had the privilege to work with.
As we look towards the future, we’d like to take just a minute to look back at all the fun we’ve had this year with our amazing staff, enjoy...
This pretty much explains it.
That wascally wabbit!
We had almost as much fun in the photo booth as the guests of Contiki.
Tyge's creepy glare shows just how happy he is to be working the Las Vegas Marathon.
No it's not the end of the world, streets were just cleared for the race.
The art of the Double Photo Bomb!
Cait and I trying out some new props at the OMG Summit.
Ally posing for a romantic picture with her camera. Get a room!
It's rare when we get to play together. Three photographers at one event, NICE!
Tyge showing some Sundevil pride at the Eldorado Class Reunion.