I’m often asked exactly how it’s possible that I can photograph so many weddings in a year (usually somewhere between 100 and 125). Yikes! But the truth is, almost all of my weddings are intimate elopements and most of those clients only need and opt for two hours of wedding coverage. It’s something that not a lot of photographers are willing to offer, especially on “prime days” (Saturdays in June, anyone?!). But I believe that beautiful wedding photography in Las Vegas should be accessible to anyone and you shouldn’t have to have a 6 or 8 hour minimum for wedding day coverage. If you’re tying the knot and want beautiful images for your walls to treasure forever, I’m your girl!

I specialize in outdoor or chapel weddings (either with or without guests) followed by a photo session for just the two of you. Lucy and Aiden actually opted for a pre-wedding session at the Springs Preserve followed by their ceremony at the Neon Museum. This gave them a chance to get the pre-ceremony jitters out before the big moment. We can structure your session however you want – traditional, funky, you name it. Helping my clients work out a timeline is absolutely one of the things I love to do. I can help you navigate the locations and time needed at each spot so that you can maximize your time (and photos!) at each place.

Can we talk about her showgirl shoes, please?

Here’s what Lucy had to say about their experience:

I really don’t know what to say – The photos are absolutely beautiful! You captured us and our day perfectly. We couldn’t be more happy. As soon as I opened the email and saw the first image of us together in Springs Preserve I started crying. Good tears I promise. We cannot thank you enough for being such a huge part of our day. We absolutely love the photos and are so happy that you were also our witness. You helped make the day absolutely perfect. I’ll be sure to write you some 5 star reviews on Facebook and The Knot so everyone else knows how wonderful you are, and next time we’re in Vegas I’ll definitely be calling you for a Boudoir shoot.

Lucy and Aiden X

If you’re ready to literally run away and get married, I would be honored to be your photographer and spend the afternoon with you, and even be your witness! Click below and let’s make it happen. ♥

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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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! ♥

I have a secret. Downtown Las Vegas has won my heart. Hands down. It is full of quirky murals and happy passersby. It’s easy to get to, super walkable and makes for some seriously classic images. Chris and Mary eloped from SoCal and officially tied the knot at A Little White Wedding Chapel – my favorite chapel for elopements, especially when you want to hit up the drive thru. The planning for their session was a whirlwind of trying to find the perfect car to rent, picking out the best backdrops for their post-ceremony session and squeezing in a last minute booking at the Neon Museum. I am always happy to walk my clients through the process and help them get everything booked in so the day goes off without a hitch!

Driving up to make it officially official!

A real, live bouquet toss. Don’t worry, the bouquet was not harmed in the making of this series.

He nailed this jump. On. The. First. Try.

Now it’s your turn! Let’s plan your big day – whether it’s downtown or not – and let’s make it perfect! I’d be honored to photograph your ceremony and then celebrate with even more fun images that you’ll treasure forever! Call me. ♥

Jayson and Stephanie met at a public library where they both worked, and the rest is history! I’ll be photographing their wedding in December of this year, and they wanted to create some memorable images for their save the date cards. We were able to secure permission to shoot their engagement session at the Paseo Verde Library here in Henderson, and the location turned out to be absolutely perfect. We were able to incorporate lots of elements of their love story into these images, and I can’t wait to see what we come up with for the wedding day! Congrats, you guys – see you in a few short months!

Stephanie has an awesome Instax printer that lets her print pics from her phone to film. This might be the coolest thing ever.

Check out this save the date idea!!

Now it’s your turn! If you’re local (or traveling here!) and want to celebrate your engagement with a session that shows your story, I would be honored to help you do that! Call me! ♥

I get asked this question all the time! Is it even possible to marry in Las Vegas in the summertime?

“Is it too hot to get married in July?”

“Will our guests melt in August for an outdoor ceremony?”

The short answer is – maybe! But truthfully, it can be done! You need to plan ahead for the right time of day, as well as the locations you want to visit. A professional can help you navigate the decisions to make sure that you are as comfortable as possible. *raises hand* I’m a professional and would be honored to help you nail down details of your summer wedding. I know there are photographers out there that won’t touch a summer wedding in Vegas, but I love the challenge and the images can be quite stunning to boot.

I wouldn’t recommend a midday ceremony (but then again, I wouldn’t suggest that in the wintertime anyhow, because lighting can be a challenge). Time of day is crucial when it comes to the heat. Late afternoons are best, with early mornings a close second. But not too many people want to get up at 3:30 am for hair and makeup, so late afternoons often win.

Hydrate. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. And maybe then hydrate some more. This goes double if you were out late the night before. And triple if you’re coming from the other hemisphere. Australia – I’m looking at you! Bring water with you to the session. Preferably cold water. Or seven cold waters. Whatever floats your boat. But definitely don’t be dehydrated before I see you, or you won’t be having a nice time. And I really pride myself on having a nice time during my sessions.

Plan for transportation. It always helps if you have your own car, or car service. This way, you can cool down in between shots or locations. If you want to hire a car service, I recommend Earth Limos, as they are all inclusive (including fuel and gratuity). So…no surprises!

There are a myriad of potential locations available in the summertime. Most people would avoid the lakebed (pictured above and below) or El Dorado, but I say if you love it, go for it! It can be up to 10 degrees warmer at these spots than it is on the Strip, so be aware that you will need that aforementioned car to cool off in! We can also shoot downtown, or even at the Neon Museum (fave!! – they even have an air conditioned lobby and ice packs to wear around your neck if needed…because they’re awesome).

PS – call Angie of Peachy Keen Unions (pictured above) if you need an officiant. She’s always down to hang out in the heat with us!

Now it’s your turn! There are always lots of details to consider, but I would be thrilled to hop on FaceTime or Skype to go over them and see how we can make your vision work! Click below to shoot me a message and let’s chat!

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You’ve decided you’re ready to get sexy and do a boudoir photo shoot, and now you’re obsessing over what to wear. That’s totally normal, especially considering that we girls obsess over what to wear to the grocery store. At 10 pm. When it’s raining…

You already know we’re going to rock out some awesome hair and makeup, but what about your wardrobe!? You’ll want to decide if you’re a frills and fluff kind of girl, or maybe you’re a more seriously sexy chick. Maybe you want to go more natural, or maybe you want to be completely over the top. No matter your style, I always suggest that you wear whatever makes you feel beautiful. Maybe that’s a plain white tank top and boy shorts, or a full on black latex bodysuit with crotch-high boots! Every woman is different!

I personally love details, like lace, bows or garters. It gives the images lots of depth and gives you something to touch and flirt with. We’re telling a story with the images and part of that is the beauty of being in touch with your sensuality. One thing that makes that easy is clothing that you can touch and play with.

Fishnets are almost never a bad idea. I love the classic thigh high version, but I also love the full version under a great pair of sexy panties. It’s a totally different look and one that isn’t overdone. Knee high socks can be cute too, if you want to go the t-shirt and panties route.

Heels are an absolute must – bring as many pairs as you can shove in your bag, and the highest ones you own. If you only bring one thing, bring heels! I’ll say it again…heels! They make your butt look cute and they give you attitude. Promise! You don’t need to be able to walk in them…

Accessories like a big necklace or pretty bracelets can make a huge difference in how polished and styled your final images look. If you decide to do any implied nude or nude shots, accessories are a huge plus. As a bonus, you won’t feel quite so naked.

Speaking of, I will shoot as much (or as little!) nudity as you’re comfortable with! Maybe that makes your wardrobe decisions really easy… *winky face*

No matter what, feel comfortable and beautiful! And above all, ask me if you have questions! That’s what I’m here for – to guide you and coach you through an amazing photo shoot! ♥

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Michael and Taylor officially tied the knot at San Francisco City Hall before they came to Vegas, and threw a big party here in town for their friends and family to celebrate their union. After a few getting ready pictures in their suite, we headed down to the Strip to walk alongside the Bellagio Fountains before wrapping up our evening on the private patio at Picasso. There are so many different ways to celebrate your marriage here in Las Vegas – and this is yet another example. Lots of my clients envision quick elopement sessions downtown with yours truly as the witness (and yes, we can definitely do that!), but we can also celebrate anniversaries and milestones and anything else you can think of. The beauty of Vegas is that there’s no one way to do it “right.” You can absolutely do it your way, and it would be my honor to capture the day for you, no matter what that means to you and yours.

That ring and those shoes… #sparkleparty

The view from Bellagio never disappoints.

To be honest, they both had great taste in footwear…

Helping his bride untangle her earrings from her hair. True love.

Picasso views don’t disappoint, either.

Now it’s your turn! No matter what you have planned, I want to hear about it. Call me or click below – I can’t wait to hear from you. ♥

The love between Seth and Jamie is damn near palpable. Just look at how they look at each other! I loved hearing their story and capturing a Vegas wedding with a little bit of tradition (like getting ready shots!). Elopements don’t always lend themselves to the detail shots and quieter moments, but this one did – including the most adorable flower girl.

See? Totally adorable!

Helping with the bride’s shoes is a must!

Check out those socks, and of course, Jamie’s glittery Keds! Now it’s your turn – I would be thrilled to capture your wedding day – whether it’s a small elopement for just the two of you or a family affair. Call me and tell me all about the details! ♥

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! ♥