‘Tis the season!

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‘Tis the season to let you in on what actually happens behind the scenes around here. So – let’s talk seasons! 🍂 Fall wedding season in Las Vegas this year was the craziest I have ever seen – and I’ve been a Las Vegas wedding photographer full-time since 2011. October nearly killed me (I’m only half joking) and November was about the same if I’m honest. Now that it’s December, the dust has settled a bit and I can FINALLY focus on 2019 and checking a few tasks off the giant to-do list that has been on my desk staring at me since early 2017.

2017, y’all. Update my website. Shoot videos for my website. Edit those videos. Update portfolios. Schedule blog posts from now through eternity because the people want to read those blogs and look at those updated photos. Oh! And don’t forget about SEO for those videos – and that website! Catch up on laundry. Ha.

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If only I were joking. But alas, I’m serious. 2017 is the year I had my second baby and everything went straight to 🔥 in some sort of basket. Probably a basket full of laundry. This littlest boy still doesn’t sleep through the night (at 19 months – seriously, send help 🆘 because sleep deprivation has reached a new low for me). And if I am in the house – anywhere in the house – the baby will come and find me and make me sit down and hold him. “No mama, you don’t need to do those dishes right now. Let’s cuddle and I can drive my cars in your hair.” Since he’s probably my last, I am trying to remind myself that he won’t be little forever, and to enjoy those little “mama” noises coming out his mouth, and all of those sweet snuggles. Also the tantrums and yelling coming out of his mouth. I’m trying to enjoy those, too. I’m all about balance.

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And then recently I read a quote by Amy Westervelt that says we expect women to raise children like they don’t work, and work like they don’t have children. And I literally sat down and had a nice, long, ugly cry about that. With the baby in my lap. Because I LOVE my job. I love my job and I love my clients. I love how I feel when I’m out there killing it with those clients and crying at their wedding and laughing with them afterwards and just soaking up all the wonderful love and joy that I am so grateful to be able to capture for them. It makes me feel alive and electric and truly fulfilled. It makes me happy.

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And then I drive home, with inappropriate loud music blasting (because kid-free time in the car must be capitalized on). And I arrive at home where…plot twist…I also love my family. My key hits the lock and the baby always says “MAMA!” and the big kid chirps “MAMA!!” and I see that they’ve missed me and thought about me while I was gone. And I love how much they all want to spend time with me. I’m the luckiest girl in the world! I told that to my kindergartner and he actually laughed at me and said that no, I wasn’t because he’s six and worldly and he now realizes that there’s probably someone out there luckier than I am. And they all need me. Everyone needs something from me. And because I love them dearly and to the depths of my soul, I do my best to give them all what they need.

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But, it is difficult to shoot videos, or edit photos, or fold laundry with a wiggle-worm in my lap and a six-year-old that needs homework help and wants to make a craft project using scotch tape at this very moment. This season of life has been a trying one, and I am truly ready for 2019 if only for the fact that it will be different. Maybe worse? But different nonetheless – and that I can handle. I’m ready.

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P.S. Speaking of seasons – it’s ENGAGEMENT SEASON!! This is a real holiday (not actually a real holiday) – celebrated all around the world from Thanksgiving through Valentine’s Day and photographers everywhere are receiving lots of elated emails inquiring about dates for 2019. So if you guys are ready for a new calendar year 🙋🏼‍♀️ and a celebration of your love in Las Vegas and you want to join me in being silly and laughing and creating images that will sing to your hearts for eternity – please oh please call me. I would jump at the chance to be there with you guys. Click below and let’s do this! ❤️

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Jonathan and Diana | 1 Hour Wedding | Neon Museum

I asked for silly faces, and this is what I got! 🤣 Jonathan and Diana didn’t want their photos to be “too serious” and they delivered! We all know that I LOVE a good Neon Museum wedding. This is what can be accomplished there in just an hour, if you can believe it. Ceremony, photo shoot, lots of shenanigans. Wash, rinse, repeat. This place is magical. ✨✨✨

* rounding the corner to see her groom for the first time *

* the kiss after the kiss *

* 🥂 one for you and one for me 🥂 *

* high fivers for LIFE – this means you guys are besties *

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* I mustache you a question *

* please let me know if you’d like your last name in letters if we go to the museum! *

Ok, now it’s your turn! But you might already know that if you’ve been reading my blog for more than five minutes. I would LOVE for you to reach out to me and tell me about your upcoming day. Where is it? Who’s coming? Tell me about your outfits! I really do want the details. And I want to spend an afternoon making memories!! Click below to be taken directly to my site, and let’s chat! ❤️

* one hour elopements are only available on a case by case basis depending on scheduling and workload *

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! ❤️

Tom and Keri | 1 Hour | Neon Museum

Tom and Keri tied the knot and then met me for a quickie photo session at the Neon Museum in the Main Collection. This space houses all of the restored signs and lights up fantastically just before sunset. When you book a photo shoot at the Neon Museum, you have the option to choose between the galleries. If you shoot me a message, I’ll be thrilled to provide you with 3 million examples from each space to help you decide which one best fits your vision.

Tom looks dashing with that bouquet…

This pastel corner has my heart – forever and ever.

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You know the drill by now – it’s your turn. I want to hear about your plans – your dreams – your vision! Click below and send me all the details!!

Tim and Rheanne | 2 Hours | El Dorado | Neon Museum

The cover photo literally says it all! Tim and Rheanne traveled all the way from Canada to tie the knot here in Vegas, opting to head out to remote El Dorado and then have their ceremony officiated at the Neon Museum. Two of their dearest friends were in attendance, making this elopement the perfect size for them. The entire afternoon was filled with laughter and Rheanne’s beautiful smile! I had a really hard time choosing images for this post, so please enjoy about 4 million photos to follow… Oh, and let’s not forget to mention – her crop top wedding dress. #goals

El Dorado is about 45 minutes from the Strip, and well worth the drive if it fits into your timeline. I highly recommend either renting a car or hiring a car service. This is not somewhere you want to catch an Uber to (mostly because they probably won’t come back and pick you up – haha). It’s also super hot in the summertime, but if you promise to hydrate, I promise to let you cool off between shots. ♥

I’m not quite sure what she’s laughing at, but it’s probably Tim…

After a few more butt grabs, they headed to the Neon Museum for their ceremony. We ALLLLLLL know that this is my favorite spot, maybe in the whole wide world.

We did it!!

Now it’s your turn! I would be honored to help you design your perfect afternoon. I can help with location ideas, officiant recommendations, floral vendors – you name it. Eloping can be more complicated than you might think – so click below and tell me how I can un-complicate it for you guys! ♥

Sam and Lisa | Neon Museum

This session will go down in history as the session that almost didn’t happen. Almost. But that’s not exactly how I roll. The day that Lisa and Sam were married, they were supposed to meet one of my girls at the Neon Museum for a 30 minute quickie in the North Gallery, followed by a 30 minute downtown session. But the Ubers and cabs they hailed that afternoon had other ideas. We all know that even with the very best planning, things can happen that are beyond our control.

As their arrival time came and went, I called Lisa and she called me, and we texted frantically trying to get them from Planet Hollywood to the Museum on time. They left their hotel room an hour before session time to meet their first scheduled Uber, which never arrived. After two more tries with Uber they gave up and hailed a cab who then proceeded to drive them on the slowest possible route, straight up the Strip. After deciding that they would arrive well after the end time for their session, Lisa and Sam sadly turned back and headed to their hotel, with no session in sight.

She was in tears and I was heartbroken for her. However, we managed to work some crazy last minute magic and snag a midday session at the Museum the following day. Shout out to Courtney for helping us make it happen on such short notice!! After my morning wedding that day, I hustled on over to photograph them for all of 15 minutes in between appointments. But let me tell you, I could not possibly let them leave town without some beautiful images to commemorate their wedding trip!

Things happen. Life happens. And this was one of those times where so many things fell into place to allow me to make this happen for them, and it just thrills me to no end. I’m so glad I got the chance to meet you guys and make it work! Congrats again and we’ll see you back for an anniversary session someday soon! ❤️

Now it’s your turn! Hopefully you won’t have any travel mishaps, of course – but let’s create some beautiful images together! Click below to tell me all about your vision.

20 years – Vegas style

These two cuties traveled from Hong Kong to celebrate 20 years of marriage. They had a Queen-themed vow renewal at the Viva Las Vegas wedding chapel, complete with Freddie Mercury in a white tank top and four showgirls. Afterwards we traveled to the Neon Museum (which is basically my second home), and made our way through the main gallery – pretty much laughing the whole way. And that’s just one way to kick off the next 20 years.

So if your partner still slaps you playfully on the butt and then agrees to light up rings to celebrate 20 years, you’re probably doing something right. If you have a milestone coming up and you’d like to celebrate with a photo shoot – I’d be honored to help! Call me or click below! ❤️

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!

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Here are my top tips on having a photo shoot at the Neon Museum here in Las Vegas. This is my most requested location (by far) – and probably my favorite! Check it out and let me know your thoughts! Are you getting married here? Considering an engagement session here? I want to hear all the details! Click below to contact me directly!