Friday, October 31, 2008

Guitar Hero

Las Vegas, Nevada
Meet Jayme and Joe. Jayme wanted a wreck the dress session incorporating Joe's guitar. She also wanted her photos to look dark and mysterious. We decided to go to an old cemetery for the shoot.

I toned some of the photos to look like prints made from film. I even burned the corners here just like I used to do in the darkroom.

I'm not sure which photo looks creepier.

I think this one is probably the creepiest bridal photo.

It was pretty hard to get Jayme looking like an extra from a horror movie. First of all, she's super cute. And when I asked her to be serious, she burst out laughing.

The perfect place for a fall serenade. And look at that light! The sun works its magic.

Joe's guitar case is shaped like a coffin. It's even lined in red velvet!

What's Jayme doing with that guitar?

Don't let her smile fool you!

And down he goes!


And now they kiss & make-up!

Thank you guys for a super fun time! We'll definitely let you know next time we're in town!

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Reflections on Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada
We're back from our shoot in Sin City! Las Vegas Boulevard is one big fantasy, reflecting a vision of glitz and glamour and gold, or in this case reflecting Mike and me.

I love the aquarium in Caesars Palace. Only the statue's head is swimming with the fishes, everything else is just a reflection in the glass.

Reflections are fun, but not always desirable in a photograph. I didn't want anything detracting from these colorful fish.

Here's the view from the hotel window.

I could have turned the lights off inside to lose the reflection, but I decided to take a photo through the sheer curtain instead for a different look.

Here's the mirror again from the first photo. You could say this post has come full circle. I know my friend Melody would enjoy the pun.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

27 Hours in Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada
Michael & I headed out to Vegas for the annual WPPI - that's Wedding & Portrait Photographers International - convention and tradeshow. The show was simultaneously a photographer's dream & worst nightmare. Rows and rows and rows of printing samples, albums, software, courses... and on... and on. We were limited on time so we practically ran through the show. I did find a couple of new additions for the studio... stay tuned for details.

The best part was a morning course presented by Michael and Anna Costa, awesome photographers from Santa Barbara.

The worst was the hour-long wait to check into the Sahara. But at least the view was pretty cool once you looked past the parking lot.

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Viva Las Vegas!

Las Vegas, Nevada
After their reception Sandy and Albert wanted to take some photos on the Vegas Strip.

We started at the famous welcome sign that's a prerequisite photo for any visitor to Sin City.

Then we drove to Caesar's Palace. Sandy gets the Luckiest Bride Award - and not just because she married Albert, who shares her sense of fun. For kicks, she played a few quarters on the slots and won on her first spin! Not only that, but she promised us (Albert, their friend Lester, my assistant (and husband) Michael and me) that she'd split the winnings, so we all won thanks to her luck!

Albert proposed to Sandy by the fountains at Caesar's Palace so we walked around the columns taking photos.

The newlyweds struck gold again at the Bellagio Hotel. Albert had just finished telling me that they never manage to catch the fountain show. Sure enough, the show had ended just before we walked up to Bellagio. We took a few photos and a minute later another show started, and Sandy and Albert danced in front of the fountains!

We called it a night! Thank you Sandy and Albert for a fun time! And a BIG thanks to their friend Lester who kindly drove us to each of our locations.

Here's Lester, Sandy and Albert giving me their best cover model poses.

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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Congratulations Sandy & Albert!

Las Vegas, Nevada
Chicagoans Sandy and Albert planned a destination wedding in Las Vegas. Their reception was at Maggiano's located in the center of the Strip.

Each table was sprinkled with confetti words such as joy, forever, and of course, Sandy & Albert. Matching blue and cream lollipops served as cute centerpieces that guests could take home.

Cheetos appetizer anyone?

Say cheese!

This kid was adorable. I saw him pick up the lemon and I had a feeling it would be a good moment.

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