The Moore Family | Las Vegas Modern Family Photographer

I recently posted on Facebook that I would be accepting family commissions moving forward into 2019. Some of my photographer friends asked me (genuinely) if I had lost my mind. And the answer is no – I have not lost my mind. But I have decided that this is something I truly enjoy, and I want to make it accessible for more people. I feel like in the world of Instagram styling and Pinterest perfection, some of my clients feel like if they can’t have a flawless family portrait, that maybe they shouldn’t do them at all. And that makes me really sad. I don’t specialize in the traditional Las Vegas family photos that you might be picturing – think Sears or JC Penney – we won’t be in a studio and I won’t make everyone cheese for the camera. But we will play some fun games or crack jokes or run around in the desert for an hour (disclaimer: you don’t have to actually run if you don’t want to). And we will definitely get some great images that represent your family as they are right now. At this very moment. The moment that will be gone tomorrow.

I think that photographing families can be really scary for some Las Vegas photographers. I know that before I had two boys of my own, I had no idea how to talk to kids or be silly with kids or get teenagers to stop rolling their eyes. Actually, I still don’t know how to do that – because teenagers have been rolling their eyes since the dawn of time, and I definitely haven’t figured out how to stop them from doing that. But, I can make them agree that while it’s not necessarily their idea of a rockin’ good time, that their parents will reallllyyyyyy appreciate these photos, and that someday, they will, too.

My boys are currently one and six, and if I could freeze time, I would. It’s not that I want to go BACK (spit up and sleep deprivation, anyone??) – it’s just that I want to be able to really remember them as they are in each stage. And everyone assumes that I must have a million photos of them. And I do! But truth be told, they’re on my iPhone – just like you. And while I love those candid moments, they tend to be shot in a dark room while they chase each other around with swords way past bedtime, or a dark restaurant while they cram non-organic mac and cheese in their sweet squishy faces. Gasp – the horror.

I am seeing a movement towards reconnecting with what’s real – authentic – more honest representations of our lives. We don’t have to pretend to be something we aren’t. It is really okay to show up – just as we are. And that includes in our yearly family portraits. It’s fine if one or more kids walk off set – in fact, this has happened on every session I’ve ever done! They usually play for a few minutes and then can be coaxed to come back and join us. Sometimes the little ones simply aren’t having it, and I’ll document that, too. Our homes aren’t always spotless or “company ready.” My boys do not have matching outfits – unless you count Hot Wheels pajamas that they outgrew in less than 60 days and now their little tummies poke out of the bottom of the shirts. Their hands are usually sticky – their faces are always just a little bit dirty. But damn if they don’t squeeze me like there’s no tomorrow. Those little hands wrapped around me mean the entire world to me and then some. I am their world, and they are mine. And I don’t ever want to forget that.

So let them bring Hot Wheels, or LEGOs, or naked barbies or whatever floats their little boats this season. It’s your turn! Those little ones aren’t getting any littler (is littler even a word??). I would be honored to capture your family as they are today – even if you think the wildness of the kiddos might scare me off. I assure you that it won’t. I’m not expecting perfectly behaved angels or on-command smiles. I want you to come out and play and let the magic unfold. And then promise me that you’ll print a few and hang them up at home. Because apparently, I’ve been told, they’ll be getting girlfriends soon and then driving actual cars and then moving IN with those girlfriends and they won’t want to hang out with mom anymore. Gasp again. The legitimate horror. Say it isn’t so.

But until then, we can freeze time, if only for a little while. Now excuse me while I book my OWN session for this year with a Las Vegas family photographer – before my six-year-old moves in with his girlfriend. Click below to tell me all about your family and your photo shoot dreams!

PS If you need holiday cards, call me – but don’t wait! My turn time is unmatched and we can totally make it happen!

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What’s it like? Ask Harriet! | 2 Hour Wedding

Dan and Harriet got married here in Las Vegas last year, and I had the honor of being their witness and photographer for the afternoon! Harriet runs a wedding blog in the UK and she asked me if she could post a recap of their wedding day on her site and what their experience was like – and of course, I said, “Yes, please!”

I feel that it’s so important to hear from previous clients firsthand and get a sense for what their day was like and how things unfolded. For many (many!) of our Las Vegas elopements, I may be the only witness or guest at your ceremony (and I might even sign your marriage license!), and I may be the only person with you for the remainder of the afternoon. It’s crucial that we click (📸 – haha – yep – pun intended!), so that we can capture you and your partner feeling like yourselves so that we get the most natural (and fun!) images possible!

Harriet first found me on Rock n Roll Bride, another popular wedding website based in the UK – and she liked that I offer a two hour wedding option – rather than feeling like she needed to book someone for several hours! And it’s confession time – I think 95% of my clients end up with a Two Hour Collection, sometimes adding travel time – but most clients don’t need more than that! Read more about her feelings about the day in the link above – and enjoy a few images from their wedding day!

You know the drill – click below and tell me about your vision. Let’s make sure we click. 📷 And let’s make an afternoon to remember! 🍾

Matthew and Shannon | 2 Hour Wedding | Downtown | Neon Museum

Eloping for your Las Vegas wedding can be both a relief, and somehow stressful at the same time! Weddings, whether large or small, intimate or elaborate, tend to cause stress for even the coolest brideCHILLA! Vegas weddings can be easier and quicker than a traditional wedding back home, but there are still factors to consider. You’ll need:

– A marriage license – and you can even pre-register for your Las Vegas marriage license ahead of time.

– An officiant – I adore Angie from Peachy Keen Unions, and her ceremonies are so genuine – I cry all the time!!

– A witness – if you have guests, typically you can ask one of them to sign for you as witness to your union – and if not, I absolutely volunteer to be your witness!

– Each other – this is obvious, but I’m listing it anyway – ha!

– That’s it! Really! You don’t need flowers, or a cake, or even a fancy dress. You literally only need the items listed above.

Here’s Angie from Peachy Keen Unions giving my couple the scoop on their ceremony and how everything is going to go down, and running them through any last minute details before we get started. I love these moments of butterflies and excitement – they’re the last moments before you make it legal!

Writing your own vows can be so special. A lot of clients get super nervous about this part, but the truth is, just speak from the heart! Your partner knows you better than anyone, and they will cherish what you took the time to create and say to them. Only you know all those inside jokes, and those will be some of your favorite moments! Of course, if you just want to “repeat after me” (but not actually ME), you can totally do that, too!

Poof! Just like that, husband and wife! Those post kiss giggles are the best!

Kitty!!

Kitty (again)!

Now it’s your turn!! Click below to tell me about your ideas, your vision! I would be honored to help you create the afternoon of your dreams! ❤️

Ken and Connie | Downtown | 2 Hours

These two lovebirds have a beautiful story. But all you need to know is he way he looks at her. Honestly. The whole day. Just like that. Connie is a lucky woman and I’m quite sure she knows it! They tied the knot earlier in the day and met up with me at the Smith Center, which has this amazing sculpture by local artist Tim Bavington. I haven’t shot there as much lately because everyone wants the downtown murals (including me, if I’m honest haha). But we made their timeline work and I swear we hit all the highlights of classic Vegas, new and old. Keep your eyes peeled for his custom painted kicks… Vegas, baby!!

See those shoes? Custom painted as a gift from his bride.

She made this bouquet herself and brought it on the plane. I thought the blooms were real for half the session! This is why I’m the photographer and not the florist…

Now it’s your turn! I want to hear all about the places you want to go and all the moments you want to capture. Click below to go straight to my contact page! ♥

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downtown and the neon museum | like pb&j

Ah yes, downtown Las Vegas and the Neon Museum. Honestly, probably my favorite combo of locations! Like peanut butter and jelly – ha! I’ll actually be filming more videos on these spots soon – what do you guys want to know about? What are your most burning questions?! I’d love to answer them for you in a future post or video. I’m here for you guys, so please feel free to use me as a resource. Email me directly or contact me at the link below. I’m all ears!

And now it’s your turn! Are you ready to tie the knot? Run away to Vegas and get married by Elvis? Please call me and tell me all about your vision – I would love to be part of the big day!

and they lived happily…

I adore this mural (and pretty much every other mural in downtown Las Vegas, to be honest). Every year, the Life is Beautiful festival comes to town and commissions pieces on the walls downtown. And every year I wonder what will change… For example, the slightly famous XOXO wall is now gone, but we have gotten a TON of bright color in its place. This “Ever After” piece (pictured above) seems to be holding strong. Let’s hope it stays that way! If you want to explore downtown with me and see all the changes made in late September, call me and we’ll make it happen!

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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!

El Dorado

 

Downtown Las Vegas

 

Sunset Gardens

 

Little White Chapel

 

Downtown Las Vegas

 

Downtown Las Vegas

 

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

Neon Museum - Las Vegas Wedding Venue

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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