How to elope – Vegas style

This question comes across my email more than anything else. Clients want to know what their options are for wedding in Sin City – and the truth is – the possibilities are absolutely endless. I’ve had clients that have married in elegant chapels, big country clubs, on a street corner downtown, in the middle of the desert – the list goes on and on. This post is just a quick smattering of the different looks your wedding can take on here in Las Vegas. My style adapts to your vision – there’s not really a single way that I shoot – we can go bright and bold, or pastel and airy. You can be classic and timeless, or you can say “I do” with Elvis as your officiant. It would be my pleasure to connect with you and discuss your vision. ♥

For my clients that are eloping and want to keep things simple (because isn’t that why everyone runs away to Vegas to get married?!) it can often feel overwhelming to choose between so many options. I can share full galleries with you and go over pros and cons for each spot. I can help you find the perfect officiant to celebrate your connection and the perfect florist to fit with your vision. And if you need an Elvis impersonator, I can recommend one of those, too! So, poke around the blog, find some locations that are calling your name, and then call me so we can brainstorm some ideas together!

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Sunset Gardens

 

Little White Chapel

 

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Now it’s your turn! Click below to make it happen – your perfect Vegas wedding awaits! ♥

Austin + Katie | Downtown Las Vegas | Pre-Wedding Photo Shoot

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! ♥

The Coopers | Little White Chapel | 2 Hour Wedding

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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three of my favorite places to get photographed this winter in las vegas

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It gets cold here in Las Vegas during winter. No, probably not anywhere nearly as cold as where you came from, but we happen to consider anything under 65 degrees “cold.” It’s still the same sexy Vegas glitz and dry desert air, but for me as a photographer, the vibe is very different. How so, you ask? The light outside is the biggest change, with the days in December getting dark near 5pm local time, but that low winter solstice sun makes for some only-in-winter dramatic light. If you are looking to book an outdoor session with me this winter, some of my favorite spots to capture this romantic winter light would be the Neon Museum, Red Rock/Spring Mountain Ranch and the Arts District.

I don’t do a ton of boudoir shoots outside in winter (go figure right?!). But I do like to time my boudoir shoot start times to accommodate the winter light. The amount of light that makes its way through your hotel room window is half of what we would see in summer at some hotels. If you are considering booking a boudoir shoot this winter, I will go over all of this with you when we chat!

 

Neon Museum

The Neon Museum is amazing at scheduling shoots at just the right hour for whatever you are looking for. The guys and gals over there would be more than thrilled to help you book the right time (assuming they are available – call now before your date books up!). You have the option of booking a more daytime shoot with brighter sunlight, or booking a dusk session where they will happily turn the signs and lights on for you! A few signs are actually restored and working and some are lit with external lighting, but either way, the space makes for fantastic images.

Neon Museum - cool Las Vegas wedding venues

Neon Museum - cool Las Vegas wedding venues

 

Red Rock

Red Rock and Spring Mountain Ranch are basically neighbors and each has its own merits (and permitting process!). They both provide stunning mountain views and that cool, beautiful winter light. The trick here is starting your session much earlier than you think you might need to (think two or three hours before sunset or so!). This is because the sun dips behind the mountains much earlier than expected. Of course, I will help you decide exactly what time we should start and where and anything else you need help with!

Red Rock - cool Las Vegas wedding venues

Spring Mountain Ranch - cool Las Vegas wedding venues

 

Arts District/Downtown

The same rules apply here for the rest for the city – great shots can be had, just a few hours earlier in the day! The ever changing walls and sun flare are the perfect backdrop for lots of my clients and maybe you can envision yourself here, too!

Arts District - cool Las Vegas wedding venues

Downtown Las Vegas- cool Las Vegas wedding venues

I hope that this sheds some further light on your photography plans and that I get to see you in front of my camera this winter season. As always I am available via email within 24 hours of your inquiry (if not immediately) or just press some buttons on your phone and give me an old-fashioned telephone call at 702-635-5222. You can also text me at that number for the very fastest response.

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Erika and Karine | Neon Museum and Downtown | Two Hour Wedding Coverage

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Erika and Karine came down from Canada to tie the knot in a beautiful…downtown alley! That’s right! If you want the pretty backdrops, you must be willing to hang out with some colorful characters! A huge shout out to the amazing Angie Kelly from Peachy Keen Unions – this incredible soul will tie the knot for you anywhere – even in an alley!

Below, the nerves before exchanging rings – they are each holding the wedding band for the other, and twisting them around, over and over, just waiting for that moment.

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A little sunset beach art never hurt anyone!

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Our final stop was at the Neon Museum – a favorite of mine if you haven’t been paying attention! Check out that sunflare. swoon

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from the vault

As I do at the end of every year, I recently went through the images that I’ve shot over the past twelve months – just to review and see how things have changed for me as an artist over time. It’s a process that I love, and one that I also find quite challenging. It’s fun to reminisce about past clients and shoots, and remember their stories and the details of the day we spent together. Here are three quickies from a wedding back in February. I’m quite sure you’ll all be inundated with lots and lots of vault posts here shortly. hashtagsorrynotsorry Enjoy! And yes, the first shot is a very happy accident – one of my faves from the whole night!

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kickin’ it

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.

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old school – downtown vegas

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Sometimes I like to kick it old school – as in head downtown and shoot some vintage hotel shots with a fun bride and groom – sketchy downtown thugs be damned. I’m here to create great images and your loitering shall not deter me! But seriously though, downtown is much cleaned up from what it used to be, and we can shoot all night long if we want to. We might get some looks, but that’s just cause they’re jelly of your photo shoot.