Jayson and Stephanie met at a public library where they both worked, and the rest is history! I’ll be photographing their wedding in December of this year, and they wanted to create some memorable images for their save the date cards. We were able to secure permission to shoot their engagement session at the Paseo Verde Library here in Henderson, and the location turned out to be absolutely perfect. We were able to incorporate lots of elements of their love story into these images, and I can’t wait to see what we come up with for the wedding day! Congrats, you guys – see you in a few short months!

Stephanie has an awesome Instax printer that lets her print pics from her phone to film. This might be the coolest thing ever.

Check out this save the date idea!!

Now it’s your turn! If you’re local (or traveling here!) and want to celebrate your engagement with a session that shows your story, I would be honored to help you do that! Call me! ♥

I get asked this question all the time! Is it even possible to marry in Las Vegas in the summertime?

“Is it too hot to get married in July?”

“Will our guests melt in August for an outdoor ceremony?”

The short answer is – maybe! But truthfully, it can be done! You need to plan ahead for the right time of day, as well as the locations you want to visit. A professional can help you navigate the decisions to make sure that you are as comfortable as possible. *raises hand* I’m a professional and would be honored to help you nail down details of your summer wedding. I know there are photographers out there that won’t touch a summer wedding in Vegas, but I love the challenge and the images can be quite stunning to boot.

I wouldn’t recommend a midday ceremony (but then again, I wouldn’t suggest that in the wintertime anyhow, because lighting can be a challenge). Time of day is crucial when it comes to the heat. Late afternoons are best, with early mornings a close second. But not too many people want to get up at 3:30 am for hair and makeup, so late afternoons often win.

Hydrate. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. And maybe then hydrate some more. This goes double if you were out late the night before. And triple if you’re coming from the other hemisphere. Australia – I’m looking at you! Bring water with you to the session. Preferably cold water. Or seven cold waters. Whatever floats your boat. But definitely don’t be dehydrated before I see you, or you won’t be having a nice time. And I really pride myself on having a nice time during my sessions.

Plan for transportation. It always helps if you have your own car, or car service. This way, you can cool down in between shots or locations. If you want to hire a car service, I recommend Earth Limos, as they are all inclusive (including fuel and gratuity). So…no surprises!

There are a myriad of potential locations available in the summertime. Most people would avoid the lakebed (pictured above and below) or El Dorado, but I say if you love it, go for it! It can be up to 10 degrees warmer at these spots than it is on the Strip, so be aware that you will need that aforementioned car to cool off in! We can also shoot downtown, or even at the Neon Museum (fave!! – they even have an air conditioned lobby and ice packs to wear around your neck if needed…because they’re awesome).

PS – call Angie of Peachy Keen Unions (pictured above) if you need an officiant. She’s always down to hang out in the heat with us!

Now it’s your turn! There are always lots of details to consider, but I would be thrilled to hop on FaceTime or Skype to go over them and see how we can make your vision work! Click below to shoot me a message and let’s chat!

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You’ve decided you’re ready to get sexy and do a boudoir photo shoot, and now you’re obsessing over what to wear. That’s totally normal, especially considering that we girls obsess over what to wear to the grocery store. At 10 pm. When it’s raining…

You already know we’re going to rock out some awesome hair and makeup, but what about your wardrobe!? You’ll want to decide if you’re a frills and fluff kind of girl, or maybe you’re a more seriously sexy chick. Maybe you want to go more natural, or maybe you want to be completely over the top. No matter your style, I always suggest that you wear whatever makes you feel beautiful. Maybe that’s a plain white tank top and boy shorts, or a full on black latex bodysuit with crotch-high boots! Every woman is different!

I personally love details, like lace, bows or garters. It gives the images lots of depth and gives you something to touch and flirt with. We’re telling a story with the images and part of that is the beauty of being in touch with your sensuality. One thing that makes that easy is clothing that you can touch and play with.

Fishnets are almost never a bad idea. I love the classic thigh high version, but I also love the full version under a great pair of sexy panties. It’s a totally different look and one that isn’t overdone. Knee high socks can be cute too, if you want to go the t-shirt and panties route.

Heels are an absolute must – bring as many pairs as you can shove in your bag, and the highest ones you own. If you only bring one thing, bring heels! I’ll say it again…heels! They make your butt look cute and they give you attitude. Promise! You don’t need to be able to walk in them…

Accessories like a big necklace or pretty bracelets can make a huge difference in how polished and styled your final images look. If you decide to do any implied nude or nude shots, accessories are a huge plus. As a bonus, you won’t feel quite so naked.

Speaking of, I will shoot as much (or as little!) nudity as you’re comfortable with! Maybe that makes your wardrobe decisions really easy… *winky face*

No matter what, feel comfortable and beautiful! And above all, ask me if you have questions! That’s what I’m here for – to guide you and coach you through an amazing photo shoot! ♥

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Michael and Taylor officially tied the knot at San Francisco City Hall before they came to Vegas, and threw a big party here in town for their friends and family to celebrate their union. After a few getting ready pictures in their suite, we headed down to the Strip to walk alongside the Bellagio Fountains before wrapping up our evening on the private patio at Picasso. There are so many different ways to celebrate your marriage here in Las Vegas – and this is yet another example. Lots of my clients envision quick elopement sessions downtown with yours truly as the witness (and yes, we can definitely do that!), but we can also celebrate anniversaries and milestones and anything else you can think of. The beauty of Vegas is that there’s no one way to do it “right.” You can absolutely do it your way, and it would be my honor to capture the day for you, no matter what that means to you and yours.

That ring and those shoes… #sparkleparty

The view from Bellagio never disappoints.

To be honest, they both had great taste in footwear…

Helping his bride untangle her earrings from her hair. True love.

Picasso views don’t disappoint, either.

Now it’s your turn! No matter what you have planned, I want to hear about it. Call me or click below – I can’t wait to hear from you. ♥

The love between Seth and Jamie is damn near palpable. Just look at how they look at each other! I loved hearing their story and capturing a Vegas wedding with a little bit of tradition (like getting ready shots!). Elopements don’t always lend themselves to the detail shots and quieter moments, but this one did – including the most adorable flower girl.

See? Totally adorable!

Helping with the bride’s shoes is a must!

Check out those socks, and of course, Jamie’s glittery Keds! Now it’s your turn – I would be thrilled to capture your wedding day – whether it’s a small elopement for just the two of you or a family affair. Call me and tell me all about the details! ♥

Las Vegas photographers have some of the best photo shoot locations, ever. Most people probably think of the Strip when they think of Vegas, but downtown is quickly becoming a total favorite of mine. The alleys and murals and raw feel of the space are actually quite magical. The people are always warm and friendly, and happy to see a fun photo session going down. Read: lots (and lots!) of congratulatory commentary versus the classic “don’t do it” that you might hear on the Strip. Austin and Katie came to Vegas to tie the knot and wanted to take some grungy, rock ‘n roll pics before their ceremony to prove it. We traveled around all the best alleys and avoided the wind as best we could. You never can tell what the weather will do, and these two were game for anything!

When you’re shooting in the alley and people want to take your picture…I told you downtown was cool!

Now it’s your turn! I would be honored to walk around some downtown alleys with you and create some serious magic. Call me and tell me all about your dream shoot and let’s make it happen! Click below to contact me directly. Don’t be shy! ♥

A favorite combination of mine for small elopements is the Little White Chapel combined with pretty much anything downtown. It’s a great way to have a fun and intimate ceremony, while still getting artistic shots for your wall. Enjoy! ♥

Now it’s your turn – whether you want to get married at a chapel or elsewhere – let’s create some amazing images!

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Ryan and Sarah came to Vegas to get married at one of the prettiest off-Strip chapels we have here in Vegas – Sunset Gardens. They had the most intimate group of friends and family with them, and their afternoon ceremony was both peaceful and filled with laughs. Ceremonies here are short and sweet, and always heartfelt. It’s a great choice if you want a Vegas wedding but you aren’t looking for a “traditional Vegas experience” (meaning, pink Cadillacs and Elvis as your officiant).

Right after the first look.

One of my favorite angles at this chapel! ♥

Giving his beautiful daughter away.

Giggling through the ceremony is highly underrated.

Party time!

Now it’s your turn! Wherever you’re getting married, we can create some beautiful images together. I can’t wait to hear your story!

Fly all the way to Vegas from Norway? Check.

Get married at the same chapel where your parents were married 27 years ago? Check.

Have Elvis help you tie the knot? Check.

Quickie photo shoot at the Neon Museum? Check.

Celebrate with burgers afterwards because In-N-Out is awesome? Check.

Yep – Elvis hams it up just for the camera. That’s good stuff.

I do love a good last name in letters. If you want this for yourself, just ask me!

Right after this, a full standing ovation happened in the restaurant. The girl on the right started it… Apparently, burgers and being married go nicely together!

Now it’s your turn! ♥ Call me and let’s make your elopement epic!

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Contrary to popular belief, Vegas weddings aren’t always just about Elvis and bright lights. Sometimes they’re all about celebrating 10 years of marriage with the love of your life and your closest friends and family in tow, with the beautiful mountains of the Vegas valley behind you. And today, that’s exactly what these two did – they celebrated and shared their joy with the most intimate group of people that love them. The ceremony was short and sweet, and so very heartfelt. Albert and Jenn had their beautiful daughter with them, and you can see her happiness in their photos, too! 10 years looks great on you guys – and here’s to another 10 (and many more after that!).

Those are the faces of two people very much still in love! Those smiles were around all night!

And you can see where their little one gets it from – she was so happy to hug mom and dad after the ceremony. ♥

The views out here are phenomenal. Well worth the drive if you want open desert sky!

I think riding in the golf cart is just one of the perks of getting married at Paiute. Assuming you don’t fall out of the golf cart, like we almost did. But we didn’t, so now it’s a funny story.

Now it’s your turn! Whether you want a more traditional location like this, or a rock ‘n roll downtown elopement – I say “let’s do it!” Call me anytime, or click below for a link directly to my contact form – I can’t wait to hear from you!