I love the drive along I-70 through Glenwood Canyon! The elevated road winds through a mountainous canyon carved by the nascent Colorado River on it’s journey down. There is a nice rest area we stopped at to let the dog out to stretch. Brad and I are now back in Vegas, getting ready for New Years!
I loved this wedding because of how intimate it was! The event took place at a small church with a small group of close friends and family. The bride was gorgeous, the groom was nervous, and everything went without a hitch, which is to say, they got hitched! Congrats to the newlyweds!
We made some old fashioned peanut brittle to give as gifts and I took pictures of the process with my 85mm f1.2 Nikon portrait lens and I am in love with the silky bokeh I got! Oh, and the peanut brittle was pretty good, too!
Looking forward to the holiday season!
PS: don’t you ❤️ this pic of my husband, Brad?! Looking good!
A young family was in town for the annual Marine Ball and since everyone was going to be in their Sunday Best, they figured they’d squeeze a last minute photo shoot on their way to the gala. The shoot happened after the sun went down so this was an opportunity to work with flash and Vegas’ famous ambient light. We got over 100 edited shots out of our time together! Here are a few of my favorites...
First time shooting in the wetlands in Henderson and I was blown away by the diversity of locations in the park. There’s something for everyone’s taste. I love the reeds because they look like corn stalks that have yet to be harvested. They’re perfect to replicate the look of an autumn farm, but in the Vegas Valley. Ready for your shoot?
I want to start featuring more of my personal photography in this space so I’ll start with my trip to Nellis AFB for their semi-annual Aviation Nation airshow. The event happens in November and it’s a good time to bring out the telephoto lens to get up close and personal with the pilots. I can get so close that on the high resolution version of the fighter jet shot below you can see the pilot’s entire name painted onto the fuselage. I love this event, support it when you are in town over Veteran’s Day weekend.
Fun reception at a new banquet facility called Royal Crystal Event Center. The room looks cool with dark ceilings and embellished chandeliers dripping crystals from above. The bride and groom were married earlier in the day at Nelson, NV and needed coverage at their reception. Last Minute Photography can work with your unique wedding day details to craft a wedding photography package that works for you and your fiance. Check out the Last Minute Wedding Shoot service page then text your wedding date to 702-767-9248 to check availability and I'll send you a link with packages and pricing.
Last minute photo shoot at Lone Mountain Regional Park off of 215 near Lone Mountain. I was blown away by how great this park is for photo shoots. Interesting desert landscape and large, wide-open grass fields make for a lovely backdrop. I noticed that, had we more time, we could've gotten closer to Lone Mountain and had a completely different desert look to the shots. I will be back!
Always fun to shoot homecoming shots! I fell in love with this shooting location in the Southwest... I've since poked around the park a little more and there are so many places to uses as a photographic backdrop ranging from green grass and park settings to gloriously stark desert a few steps away. Looking forward to the next shoot at Mountains Edge Regional Park.
This place has so many options to choose from and every time I come I find new, creative settings to shoot at. Caesars Palace and the Bellagio Fountain combo is my favorite last minute photo shoot route. Check availability by texting your proposed shoot date to 702-767-9248.
I always love shooting at this place because it always looks different! You never know what the lighting will be doing but it ALWAYS looks incredible. Who’s next?
Union Pacific's antique steam engine Big Boy #4014 came through Vegas and stay overnight to refuel at a train station near Fremont Street. The public was invited to see the train chugging in for the stop and help Union Pacific celebrate 150 years of the transcontinental railroad.
Lowell High School’s Class of 1969 recently celebrated their 50 year reunion in Southern CA.
The crowd came ready to let loose and the attendees made it easy for me to show how much fun everyone was having. Organizer Nick and his committee hired an incredible Beatles cover band who kept the night moving right along. Conversation flowed like the champagne: easily! Everyone looked like they were having a blast.
I’m here to report that the people who lived through Bryan Adam’s “Summer of ‘69” still know how to live it up big!
Judi and Andi celebrated a birthday with a photo shoot on the strip! I always love shooting at the Venetian, the lighting is different every time and so the textures are forever changing. You can get a lot of options of backgrounds and design elements in one location!
I love this picture! I shot a birthday earlier in the month and captured this moment on camera. I love the look on the guy's face and the motion blur of the candy as it starts to fly out. Love it!
Michele and Harry were in town celebrating their anniversary and wanted to capture some photos on the Strip. Michele wanted an early start so we met up at 7:30 AM at the New York, New York Hotel and Casino. I discovered that I love shooting on the Strip that early!
The rising sun gave us some beautifully diffuse light as the sun rays reflected off surfaces and dramatic shadows as it came in through the trees. The best part is that we pretty much had all access to any backdrop in the area, including the Park walkway to the T-Mobile Arena. Lots of fun little areas and textures to play with in the area. I loved the purple flowers near the California Pizza Kitchen!
You two were awesome models!
Denise and Tommy celebrated their 20th anniversary in Vegas and hired me to shoot a quick, last minute photo shoot on the Strip. We kept moving quick, shooting all along the way. We were able to squeeze about 8-10 different backdrops into a span of about 30 minutes! Thanks for the awesome shoot, you two were fun!
Timing is everything.
This young dad was throwing his kid gently up in the air, right in front of Lake Como at the Bellagio. The kid was looking around everywhere but my camera, as you can imagine. On the third throw, for whatever reason, the baby looked over at me and in that split second I pushed the shutter button: *SNAP*
Whatever came before and whatever comes after doesn’t matter when it comes to the world of photography. The only thing that matters is the present, what is happening right then at that exact moment, that moment when all the ducks are in a row and you snap that perfect pic. That quest for perfection and the perfect picture is why I love photography!
For example, look at the other versions of this picture below... they both work, but they are both missing that magical connection that exists in the other version. That little spark is what makes the other one special.
Taking pictures is like fishing. Many of the fish you catch are fine, they’ll get the job done, but every so often, when everything aligns, you finally catch the big one, the one that didn’t get away.
To me, the picture above is one of those Big Fish.
Who’s ready to go fishing with me?
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The latest work from Chris and Last Minute Photography.