Boudoir In Las Vegas

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Las Vegas Boudoir Photographers

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We love this session we did with our Las Vegas boudoir photographers, Martina and Me (McKenzi) and the ladies from Paper Bag Beauty, Nostalgia Resources, and Miss Daisy Floral! I was personally inspired by a clean fresh and sensual session that had just a touch of natural color. The Ivy added the perfect amount of color to this indoor boudoir session at a location we love — Paper Bag Beauty. 

We wanted to do a Las Vegas boudoir photo shoot that was a little less risque and a little more suggestive. I love watching Martina pose. She’s a dream to work with. She has the ever-so-slightly touch that really makes a difference in the posture and position. Having Martina on our team, is so fun and helps us create such a great collaborative team. 

About the location: 

We’ve been in search of a great indoor photo location in Vegas for some time now. In the winter months and especially in the summer months is becomes a challenge to find a location for family photos, boudoir sessions etc. Paper Bag Beauty has a beautiful studio in Downtown that has great natural lighting. The windows are large and face east so it’s especially great for a morning session. 

About the props: 

We used Nostalgia Resources for the handmade macrame. Veronica is a true artist. She creates gorgeous pieces of art that pair very well with our photo sessions. We work with her often, not only for our boudoir photo shoots but we also use Nostalgia Resources for other props for weddings, events and portrait sessions. 

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Wedgewood Summer Wedding

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Goodness! So excited to share this totally gorgeous couple’s photos. Despite this being a wretched hot Las Vegas day, we still captured one of our favorite weddings at Wedgewood. As Las Vegas photographers are faced with many unique and beautiful situations, but this couple was a standout! Their wedding party of was full of genuine love, their smiles perfect and their families so kind. See for yourself! Check out the images below!

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Amy and Kyle had attended all the same schools since childhood, yet their paths had somehow never crossed. It wasn’t until the end of Amy’s senior year of high school that they finally met through mutual friends at the church they were both a part of. After a summer full of lopsided flirting and unconventional date nights, they made things official on August 7th 2011, the week before Amy moved to Texas to begin college at Baylor University.

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They dated long distance for the next five years. Kyle would visit Amy in the Fall and Spring. Amy would visit Kyle in the Winter and Summer. Amy finished up at Baylor and then moved to Colorado to start a doctorate in veterinary medicine at Colorado State University. Back in Las Vegas, Kyle was working hard to finish his Master’s degree at Biola University and saving every dollar he could in preparation to marry her, with a flash mob proposal.

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South Dakota Seniors!

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We are booking senior portrait sessions in the Black Hills of South Dakota from July 5 – July 14. Please inquire for more information! We would love to capture your bold, beautiful and creative self this summer and help you remember and epic year!

For more booking information fill out this contact form: tayloredphotomemories.com/contact

 

Photographing Vegas: 7 Tips from Las Vegas Photographers

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There is nothing more gratifying than coming back from a great trip with amazing memories and photos that help you re-live the good times. With so much to see and do on vacation, especially here in Las Vegas, you will want to capture all the memories. As a professional photographer, I get asked for advice on taking great pictures while on vacation. Below are my seven favorite tips for fail-proof photography!

Make sure your camera or phone is sufficiently charged.

There is nothing worse than running out of battery in the middle of your day (or night). Sounds simple right? Yet this is the number one reason people don’t end up getting that shot. With a bit of planning, this doesn’t have to happen to you, and the best part is that backup batteries and charges are portable and come in a range of options and price points.

Lighting matters.

You want to have enough light on your subject, but too much and you risk having your image look washed out. Take into consideration all available light sources and make sure your subjects are closed enough to be well lit. Remember to use flash sparingly as it can too often cause images to look unnatural and cause red-eye. My best advice is to take two images if you can, one with flash and one without. I guarantee you will usually like the one without better. Also, if the one without flash is too dark or “murky” try lightening it up in one of the many post-editing apps. They are easy to use and make a world of difference!

Night Light.

Speaking of lighting, nighttime city lights are one of the most iconic attractions in Las Vegas and unfortunately very difficult to capture without professional equipment. The good news is that you don’t have to give up on getting a great picture of the strip. Several aps exist that you can download on your phone to help out with that. Some good ones are Slow Shutter Cam or Average Cam Pro, both simulate long shutter speed by layering multiple shots. Try this guide to long shutter speed on the iPhone, and these app suggestions for Android users.

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Time of Day. 

One more thing about lighting. Time of day makes a huge difference. For example, I shoot in the natural beauty of the desert quite a bit. Sunrise and sunset are my absolute favorite times of day as photos come out with a soft, almost magical glow. Just be careful of shadows and make sure your landscape or subject has enough natural light.

Live in the moment.

While perfectly staged photos are many times necessary, I have found that some of my best shots come when least expected. Candid shots not only capture time and place but also emotions that you just don’t get from a setup photograph.

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Don’t try to be perfect.

Don’t try to be perfect. What can be perceived as a mistake, such as grainy texture or a “weird” angle can add character, dimension, and originality. Las Vegas is a quirky city, let your pictures reflect that!

Think outside the box.

Everyone knows that Las Vegas is famous for its nightlife, but did you know there are beautiful deserts, captivating museums and other places that would make for great photography? There is so much to see that it is highly recommended to go on a few travel sites and select a list of top places to visit and photograph!

For more ideas on ways you can get great views of what Vegas has to offer, check out these Las Vegas deals!

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Personalized Neon Museum Wedding with a Unicorn Twist

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How did you two meet?

We met while working at Innovapost, a tech company in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Fun fact: Matt knew my mom before he knew me.

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Why did you choose this particular venue or location?

Our first date was a drunken hockey game, our proposal was at monster trucks… We always joked that we were just tacky enough for a Vegas wedding, so when it came time to planning there was no where else we wanted to go.

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That being said, I still wanted something memorable and very us. I had seen the Neon Museum in an editorial previously and thought it was beautiful. We’re a colourful couple and the venue provided a fun backdrop. Matt liked it too so it was an easy choice.

 

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What is your vision for your wedding day?

We wanted the day to reflect us. We aren’t formal so didn’t want anything too fancy, but it still had to be unforgettable.

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Have you had a favorite part of the planning process?

Having everything come together the day of was pretty spectacular. It’s hard when you’re doing everything remotely to imagine how the day will actually play out, but we were fortunate to work with some amazing professionals who assisted however possible. There were so many emails and phone calls to work out the details, and everything turned out… everything was perfect.

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Are you or anyone else making anything handmade or DIY at your wedding?

My bouquet, my sister’s bouquet, the corsages, and boutonnieres were all lovingly made by an amazing friend and bridesmaid, Lacey Powell.

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The jean jacket was a last minute project when I found the iron-on patches at H&M the night before… A trek to Ross for the jacket and a hotel iron made for my one-of-a-kind souvenir.

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The unicorn masks have been traveling with us since our first Valentine’s day together and our day wouldn’t have been complete without them.

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Do you have any advice for other couples planning their day?

It goes by fast. It doesn’t feel like it, but the day comes and goes before you realize it. Be in the moment and take it all in. It’s going to be an amazing day.

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Venue: The Neon Museum, North Gallery

Officiant: Elegant Vegas Weddings, Pastor Pete

Hair Stylist + Makeup Artist: Perfect Hair and Makeup

Shoes: Bobs for Dogs (and cats) 😉

Las Vegas Videographers and Photographers

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Thought it would be fun to give you a more in-depth view into the life of our main Las Vegas videographer, Matt Kuehl (check out his landscapes here)! I can personally say, Matt is a great guy to be around. He’s a genuinely nice person, funny and easy going. He’s up for any adventure or challenge but always proves himself with stellar customer service, dependability, and creative drive! Read on for his interview 🙂 -McKenzi

 

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Where are you from?

I grew up in the small city of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, (yes every other letter is “O”).  Its a nice spot nestled between freshwater lakes, small forests, and dairy farmland.  It’s about 40 minutes West of Milwaukee, the world renown home of Pabst Blue Ribbon and Miller Genuine Draft.

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Did you play sports in HS or college?

I didn’t play any sanctioned High School sports and was pretty terrible at most despite being very athletic. I spent my time training and progressing as a competitive gymnast during that time with a private gymnastics club in the area.  I also was heavily involved with the music scene at the school, and played in most all of musical groups sanctioned by the school, and was a member of several of my own bands throughout my time there.

How’d you get to Vegas?  Why?

I got to Vegas in a hand-me-down 1989 Buick Century station wagon. It was the chariot into the future as I pursued my goals to become an accomplished rock climber and professional photographer. I think something must have worked in my favor there, but I am still aspiring to much more.  I saved up a little money and just had to travel west.  Perhaps I was a little inspired my Kerouac, if only he was a climber.

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Favorite childhood memory

One of my favorite memories is picking up my Dad’s 35mm camera as a kid and walking around the yard looking through the lens at the grass and other miscellaneous yard items.  Eventually, I found a Rototiller, and upon exploring it I burnt my hand on the still-hot (but not running) engine and had to go the hospital. That’s how I remember it at least.  Learning how to ride a bicycle was pretty awesome too, I still love riding bikes. I was a pretty rambunctious kid though so it’d probably be best to ask my parents for the nitty gritty.

Favorite Thing about weddings

My favorite thing about being a Las Vegas videographer and weddings is seeing everyone come together to celebrate the new and old, all together at once.  I can really relate to the emotions, even with people I just met that day, because it is such a common bond and is very human. I can always see a common thread. I feel lucky to have an opportunity to document these interactions and spontaneous moments, and it feels like a gift to be able to show people this through my own perspective.  I also love the dancing, please more dancing!

What do you do for fun?

I spend a lot of my free time Rock Climbing, and I love going on big adventures and pushing myself to tap into mental and physical spaces that I have never been before.  Sometimes it’s scary but its always rewarding, even if not immediately evident. My driving passion for climbing as always been Big Wall climbing, and it still amazes me and boggles my mind.

I wish I could do it more often, but several times a year for the big missions is usually exhausting enough.  I also love roaming around the wilderness with no set destination or objective.  The camera is a great companion for discovery.

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Have you won any awards?

I won several awards through my days as a competitive gymnast, but don’t really remember what for or how often.  I was never as competitive as the others and to me, it was just a personal challenge that I enjoyed.  I did win a “Most Valuable Musician” in a Jazz ensemble once in a state competition, I played the Bass. I also won “Best in Show: Photography” in college for my Senior Thesis exhibition on Ice Climbing.  That was a very encouraging way to graduate.  For silly ones, I did win a “Best Mustache” contest once but I think that was a fluke.

Do you have a passion project you are working on?

I think it many ways I can’t escape my passion project, its mostly just never giving up what you’re passionate about.  For me, a part of this focus now is just showing my viewers a new way of seeing, and thinking about their surrounds. I like to use nature (or the natural occurring) and photography as a medium for this.  I love working with nature because it can’t  (or shouldn’t) be controlled.  It encourages you to discover whatever it is you are looking for in a world that already exists if only you can see it for what it is, or perhaps, what it isn’t.  I guess I like to work in a realm of Abstract Realism if that’s even a thing. As an example, I have been on a search for naturally occurring portraits in nature.  It has been very challenging but represents seeing things “for what they aren’t”, quite well.  This could be a chuck of rock, or it could be a portrait of an ancient human with a story to tell. I want to help people see the latter in their surroundings.

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I also like to shoot double, triple, or even more exposures at once in camera (no photoshop) in a way of portraying the possible emotions while coexisting with the naturally occurring.  I suppose at times this is also along the same lines as Abstract Realism. 

Here is a self-portrait that I think represent this well. I am always hoping to find a depth in seeing beyond what is immediately observed. It’s kind of a shame this is a photo of me, but it did help me abandon control of how the camera viewed it’s user. Las Vegas Photographers, Taylored Photo Memories, Matt Kuehl

 

 

Las Vegas Photographers & A Rock Climber Red Rock Canyon Wedding

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With the help of our collective of vendors from Cactus Collective we were able to photograph and unite these two rock climbers for eternity.

Made for each other couple, Alexis and Kyle, chose beautiful Calico Basin at Red Rock Canyon to exchange their “I do’s.” Both being rock climbers, no other backdrop would be able to capture their shared love of the stunning mountains and surrounding landscape and incredible love and passion for each other as this Vegas gem. A local hotspot known to those who truly appreciate the greater outdoors and all that its beauty has to offer, this location is popular among hikers, climbers, and adventure seekers.

Calico Basin was ideal for not only its rustic elements and charm but for its innate beauty that complimented Alexis and Kyle’s joy and elation on their special day. Choosing to keep their celebration intimate and a reflection of them, this natural and unassuming setting served their wishes perfectly. Elegant and serene, the photos taken capture this adorable couple in their moments of bliss and the beginning of their happily ever after as only Las Vegas Photographers could.

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Camping Couple Portrait Session

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Jake and Matt were a special couple to photograph because they are currently in a long-distance relationship, with one living in Denver and one in Aspen. They often meet in Vail, Colorado, to camp and hike together, so it seemed fitting that we create a dreamy Colorado shoot for their  photos. In looking through these photos, I hope that you’ll find adventure, authenticity, and sincere love and happiness captured in Jake and Matt’s favorite setting.

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I flew in to Colorado from Las Vegas with the vision to photograph Jake and Matt in the landscape that they’re comfortable in. It was such a natural moment for them to relax in so I could capture their playful demeanor as we explored the outdoors together.

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These authentic moments helped paint a sincere story and the setting helped do them justice in showcasing their love for one another.

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New Years Eve Red Rock Canyon Elopement

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Anita and Brian did not have a typical New Years Eve wedding. They eloped in the beautiful Calico Basin within the Red Rock Canyon. The celebrations of the day were echoed in the intricate gold beading on her floor length dress.

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Location: Calico Basin
Florals: Gaia Flowers, Plants and Gifts
Officiant: Weddings By Bonnie

How did you two meet?

We met through mutual friends 5 years ago in our hometown of Dublin, Ireland. After being together for a year we decided to pack our bags and head off on an adventure. We move to the other side of the world, to Auckland, New Zealand where we have been living for over 4 years.

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