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This is unheard of by many couples, but I’m so excited to do it each time I’m asked. Elora and Colby had their First Look, a month before their wedding! This gave us the opportunity to dedicate an entire evening to photos and get photos in a location they wouldn’t have been able to on their wedding day. Yes, this can be done after the wedding too, but having it before the wedding allows for it to be a special moment with a less stressful first look. Plus they get to use the photos for the wedding!

They are having a winter themed wedding, so we went up to Mount Charleston to see if we could find any last traces of remaining snow. We lucked out and found this beautiful spot with a couple patches of snow.

On our way into the mountain, when we were just about to get there, Elora and her mom realized, we forgot the bouquet! So together we used our surroundings and found dead things nature provided to us to make our DIY mountain bouquet!

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It sometimes takes moving away to understand how beautiful a place is. I grew up in Las Vegas and loved traveling and seeing beautiful new places. I never saw Las Vegas as beautiful. Then when I moved to Florida, I remember meeting local photographers (who are now my dear and close friends) who grew up in Florida and saw no beauty in it. How!?! There were lakes and forest and green everywhere! Vegas was just buildings on top of roads with a few scattered palm trees brought in. I didn’t get it.

Then I moved back to Las Vegas, and how I missed and craved the mountains and the dessert! Cactus can photograph so pretty and people can from far to see our red rock mountains and the breath taking valley of fire! And shooting at the dry lake beds is even dreamier than the white sand at beaches. And of course, there is Mount Charleston! Which has a different kind of beauty each season! The beautiful forest trees combined with valley and views of the different peeks make this a photographer’s dreamland!

The venue is beautiful for any wedding, but it was truly perfect for Lyndsi and Jeffs wedding. They were able to set up their aerial rig for their aerial performance and a trampoline for Jeff’s performance. And there were wild horses often roaming the area! Adding in the nature backdrop of their ceremony location and the tent for their circus themed wedding, this truly was a dream wedding!

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I always jump at the opportunity to meet another photographer, especially new photographers looking to branch out in the field. So when Adelina posted looking for another photographer to swap photos with (thanks to awesome my client who tagged me), I was more than willing and so glad that we got it set up!

Adelina is a joy to work with and I’m so sure her clients will love her! She’s still working out her style and the photographer she wants to become, and I loved exploring that with her during our short headshot session together! I hope that we can spend more time together in the future!

These photos were taken at Sunset Park. We are there often as a family for park outings and walks, but it’s been over 8 years since I have taken photos of a client as this park. Hopefully I’ll be able to convince someone to have a session here again soon!

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Victoria and Gabe set a record for me, longest gap between their engagement session and wedding. When they e-mailed me asking for their wedding, I was caught off guard, I thought they had planned and had their Pennsylvania wedding without me already. So when they told me they wanted to fly me to Pennsylvania to shoot their wedding that they were going all out for, I was beyond thrilled! Their engagement session was one of the few sessions I got to do at Hollywood Studios before they got rid of streets of America and so it holds a special place in my heart!

And so does their wedding now! We already developed a love for Pennsylvania after Sarah and Corey’s wedding a couple years previous, but this wedding adventure developed my deep love for the philadelphia area! I love how welcoming everyone was and by the end of this wedding, I felt like an honorary member of the family! What an amazing celebration and I am honored to have been a part of it with Victoria and Gabe and their families!

 

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When I got the wedding inquiry from Lyndsi and Jeff, I had some suspicions that it may be a spam. It just seemed too good to be true. They were having a wedding, in a month, in the most beautiful Mount Charleston venue! Oh, and they are both acrobats who will be doing an aerial performance in leu of a first dance at their circus themed wedding.

But to my delight, they met with me shortly after their initial inquiry and they were real! And we hit it off immediately and got their engagement session planned right away! I jumped at the idea when they suggested doing acrobats for their engagement session, and they could have a horse that Lyndsi rides there too!?!

This engagement session was definitely a first for me and brought new shots I had never attempted before. For the first time, I wold be shooting upwards for a majority of a session. Plus I had no idea what they would be doing once they got up there. I had to share a bit of the control and that mixed with a bit of the unknown had me a little nervous before the session. But once they got up there and I saw how beautifully they performed, it instantly clicked and I jumped into work. We worked together to get some beautiful performance shots while also getting in those romantic engagement shots. It was magic for sure!

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