Sometimes, even when I don’t photograph a ceremony, we still get to create some incredible magic afterwards. These two were willing to wander to the streets of old Vegas with me for a few hours to do just that. Downtown Vegas has some iconic backdrops for a shoot – and they can be truly beautiful in their own classic way. Flashing lights and neon, here we come.
Behind every woman is a story. It takes balls to get naked (or even half naked) in front of strangers. But there’s always a reason why we feel compelled to do it. Perhaps you’re getting married, or celebrating your weight loss. Maybe you just need to find yourself again (hello? I feel like this ALL. THE. TIME. I think I might rediscover myself on a monthly basis). I wish I could hear every story that any woman ever wanted to tell. As a Las Vegas boudoir photographer, this beautiful exchange of information is what I thrive on. I’ve shot four clients this week and every single one of them has inspired me in some way. I love to feel how much power is created through this process. I love knowing that they all come out the other side, changed in some small (or big!) way. So, thank you – you all make my job, and my life, so incredibly rewarding – and I am so grateful for that.
They leaned into each other as the wind whipped around their bodies. All afternoon. That’s what we were fighting, but these two simply went with it – allowing the day and our time together to simply unfold in its own way. We cannot control the weather and we cannot dictate if there will be duststorms on the lakebed. Sorry guys, I can honestly never tell what it will look like until we round that very last mountain and peek over to the south! This day, I actually pulled over before we even got on the highway to tell them that I had never seen so much dust in the air and that we might not even be able to shoot if it was really bad when we got down there.
They didn’t care, so we kept going! So from now on, a sense of adventure is required for all future photo shoots. :) It worked out fine and we just drove on past the storm and shot on the other side of it. If nothing else, I can promise a damn good time! And dirt in places you didn’t know existed.
Happy dusty shooting!
I mean, I’m not sure how you get more rock star than this. And I try…like all the time!
Andrea brought her good friend in from Austin to do her hair and makeup – and let’s just say she’s ‘in the biz’ and knows a thing or two about how to put on one hell of a face (including a stunning red lip that absolutely refused to budge all night – yay!!). This entire wedding was packed full of producers and DPs and photographers and well, you get the point… It really moves me when someone with such creativity brings me on to capture their wedding day. I have been hired by several other photographers for their shoots in Vegas, and that’s simply the highest form of flattery – no two ways about it! It makes me do a little happy dance inside :)
The crowd was mostly from LA and NY, and I have to say it was a ton of fun. When you see the full post, you’ll know exactly what I mean. My most recent Instagram post about the conga line just proves that they were more than willing to throw down and let loose. Vegas will totally do that to you. Especially when you’re at the Hard Rock. It’s kinda the place where all the cool kids hang out. And now you know. Happy Thursday – make it a good one!
A few weeks ago I posted about perspective and reflection, and how important it is. But this time, I’m simply talking about the act of climbing up a ladder so that my view through the lens changed ever-so-slightly. Raj and Sam sent me a handful of shots they really liked, and the one thing I noticed was that several of them were shot from above. So, as I was packing up my truck to head to their shoot, I made sure I left enough room for my 8 foot ladder (and my assistant!).
While Amanda had a fun time trying to keep that bad boy steady for me on the lakebed, it was totally worth the handful of times I nearly ate it. I love that I can only see the lakebed here, and no horizon. Lakebed shoots are for those that want their images to be completely about them, and this added aspect makes the shot even more stark and powerful. So, IF you want some awesome aerial style shots (okay, okay – that’s pushing it, I know) – be sure to tell me so I can grab the ladder on my way out the door!
Every time I scroll past this image, I think to myself ‘Ooooohhh, I must have saved this one for inspiration – I LOOOOVE it!!’
And then I realize that it’s mine. Every damn time. That’s fine, that just means I’m even more awesome than I originally thought! Yay! Lee and Lizzie are from the UK and they are way cool as you can clearly see here. Obvi. So cool, in fact, that they agreed to get all fancied up again the day after their wedding just to be photographed by little ol’ me. Cool points = earned.
On a more serious note, I say it all the time on this little blog, and I fear that I start to sound like a broken record, but it’s my blog and I can do as I please…anyhow, I so so so love what I do. I love that I am able to capture things that my clients wouldn’t be able to capture on their own. I love that I get to spend some of the most important and memorable days alongside my brides and grooms. I love that for my boudoir clients, I get to watch them transform from nervous to bombshell. I just love it, and then some. I simply don’t know how else to say it.
I was photographed with my 19 month old son yesterday by a friend of ours, Jodi, in support of an amazing cause for her dear friend, Michelle. And as often as I step in front of the camera alone, I haven’t done it with my family in what feels like FOREVER. Those ten minutes made me reflect on my job more than any other ten minutes in the last ten years. Jodi sent me a handful of screenshots late last night and of course, I cried. Don’t worry, Shiran, I didn’t cry my beautiful lashes off – they’re still intact!! To have a piece of time captured like that is something that we take completely for granted, whether we are shooting love or beautiful women or something else altogether. All of those clients feel something immeasurable…beautiful…lasting. I felt that yesterday…and it made me appreciate my chosen path that much more. And truly, I didn’t even know that was possible. So thank you, Jodi, for reminding me of how damn special this is – what we have chosen to do. It’s an experience that I won’t forget, and next time I bring that camera up to my eye, the weight of it all won’t go unnoticed. No pun intended, even though those things really do weigh like 5 pounds. ;)
Don’t worry, when I get official pics, I’ll share them – swear!! Happy Mother’s Day!
Clients ask me ALL the time where to get married so that I can shoot them. You know…with my fancy pants camera and all ;) And, just in case you might be planning a little white shindig of your own, here’s your pro tip for the weekend: make sure you can bring your own photographer, or book a quickie shoot for after the ceremony (or both!). This shot happens to be from one of the only venues in town that allows me to shoot you (at no additional charge – bonus points!). It’s a classic and very vintage, but I love that for intimate ceremonies. They’re great to work with and the final images are always very Vegas, but also quite beautiful. If you want to get shot here, by me, just ask me how! Happy Saturday. Keep it real ’til next week!
Made ‘ya look… But really, I’m just stoked that there is (almost) no one in this image, other than my beautiful couple. I’m still not sure how we pulled this one off, but apparently Monday nights are great for shooting on the Strip with minimal tourists in the background. Consider that your pro tip for the day! ;) JP and Brandi flew to Vegas from a teeny tiny, one stoplight town in Georgia to live it up for the weekend and take the plunge. And from what I hear, they are now the envy of everyone they know back home. Brandi swears they have the coolest wedding photos in town. Love that! Congrats again you guys – we had too much fun last month!!
‘They‘ say the first quarter of the year is supposed to be slow and quiet. I’m not sure who ‘they‘ are, but I respectfully beg to differ (and I couldn’t be happier about that, of course). Now, that’s no excuse to slack on the blog, but that’s my excuse. Lots of shooty-shooty, not so much typey-typey. My bad. I know you’ve all been sad that I haven’t been as chatty as usual. However, I’ve got, like, a million new images to post now. So perhaps the mini hiatus from writing will work out for you in the end.
Anywho, in the time that I’ve been shooting, I’ve also been reflecting. And yes, I chose my sweet image of a reflection above on purpose. Oh my. This year is full of plans and things that I can’t yet begin to imagine, and I am so stoked that I get to share all of that with you. Yes, you. Sitting there reading my blog at work, or secretly on your phone in a meeting. You’re planning your wedding, or planning ways to get a little more naked when you’re in Vegas this summer. I know all about it. Not your story, specifically, of course. But I know you’re nervous and giddy and maybe a little unsure of how it all works. So let me walk you through the process. I do this every day. I sit with my clients while they reflect on so much more than their shoot. This is an experience. Whether you’re tying the knot or taking off a few layers of clothes (and inhibitions) – this is what it’s all about. Reflection.
So get after it. Call me. Email me. Send smoke signals. I don’t care. Reach out and tell me what you want to reflect on. What you want to celebrate. I’m listening.