Got stir-crazy staying home so I headed out of the house to check out Vegas in the Time of Coronavirus.
Small wedding at the Flamingo and the couple paid a little extra to have an outside photographer (me!) capture the event. We got a lot in in two hours! I was impressed with the Flamingo Wedding Chapel, lots of cool backgrounds on the property. It's also close proximity to some Strip hotel exteriors that are fun to shoot at.
Shot another Bellagio fountain proposal, I’ve been getting more and more lately! This shoot was special because Brian wanted the proposal to be a surprise. I asked Bailee later if she knew and she had no idea she would engaged and on her engagement photo shoot the same day!
I adore these shots we got! Congrats to Bailee & Brian!
Fun to start the year off with a Bellagio Fountain proposal! Timing is everything... the huge cannon shot from the fountain went off at the same time as the Big Question. She said yes!
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...
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?
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!
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?
I took this shot at the top of the escalators on the northwest corner of Las Vegas Blvd and Flamingo. The key to the shot is my 14mm wide angle lens that really opens up the photo to include almost 180° Of the view. Of course we took many different versions of this photo but I love the one that shows the full body. The way the groom holds his new wife flatters her figure and connects the both of them.
Who’s ready for the next photo shoot?
Had a blast with a really fun newlywed couple exploring the Vegas Strip at night. The Bellagio fountains and our city of lights provided an electric background for our shoot. I love bringing my 14mm wide angle lense for the shot from the top of the escalators outside of Caesars Palace. The lense came in handy at the Bellagio valet area, too! Who’s ready for the next strip shoot? Text me at (702) 767-9248 to get started!
Andre and Mary are from Philadelphia and traveled out to Vegas for their wedding. We shot a few snaps at Circus Curcus and I fell in love with the hotel’s outdoor lighting! The marquee and its lights are vintage Vegas. We followed it up the next day with a shoot around Bellagio and Caesars. Very fun shoot, I loved getting to know the couple and trying to translate their relationship into still images. Congrats on the wedding!
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The latest work from Chris and Last Minute Photography.