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Rachel & Aram’s Wedding at Bellagio in Las Vegas

Oct
23

Rachel & Aram's Las Vegas Wedding by John Morris Photography

Rachel & Aram's Las Vegas Wedding by John Morris Photography

What a wonderful day and beautiful wedding.  We had the honor of capturing Rachel & Aram’s Las Vegas Destination wedding at the Bellagio Resort a few weeks ago.  We also posted a sneak peek a few entries ago so if you haven’t seen that, go back a few posts to take a look and see even more photos from this ideal Las Vegas Wedding.  In planning her wedding, Rachel did just about everything right starting with hiring Michael and Jeremy from JMT Eventology.  These two are seasoned event and wedding planners with deep ties to the local wedding community and many years of experience and service.  Their standards are impeccable and the care and service they provide the bride is outstanding.  But beyond hiring exceptional planners, Rachel gave herself plenty of time to prepare and enjoy the day.  Having planners handle the details, allowed her to enjoy her wedding day, stress free.  You might wonder why I would extol the services of a wedding planner so strongly on my photography blog.  Well a relaxed bride is a wonderful bride to photograph.  When a bride is having fun, it shows in the photos and that is one of the most important preparations a bride can make.  As you notice in the photos, she is having fun.  She also gave us the luxury of having plenty of time to capture the fun, and romance of getting ready, spending time with her bridesmaids, sister and family in a beautiful stress free environment.  By staying in one of the suites at the Bellagio, we had a beautiful studio to work in and she was only a short, stress free walk to the Hyde at Bellagio, where the ceremony was held.

Rachel & Aram's Las Vegas Wedding by John Morris Photography

Rachel & Aram's Las Vegas Wedding by John Morris Photography

Rachel & Aram's Las Vegas Wedding by John Morris Photography

Another important part of Rachel’s planning for the day was a first look.  While I certainly understand wanting to have Aram see her coming down the aisle for the first time, she also new that she wanted to enjoy the cocktail hour and the didn’t want to interrupt the natural flow, excitement and emotion immediately following the ceremony.

When I married last year, I insisted on not seeing my bride until she began walking down a beautiful, classic staircase, but then again, the after party was not as important to us and we had plenty of time following our ceremony and timed the ceremony to coincide with a beautiful sunset and the natural scenery.  Rachel and Aram spent a lot of time selecting the Hyde at Bellagio for their ceremony and reception and it was a crucial element of the festivities, so instead of after ceremony photos, they chose to have a first look and a fun, lively bridal and bridal party on the grounds of the Bellagio.  First looks can be just as romantic as walking down the aisle and shooting the bridals before the ceremony, took a lot of stress and urgency out of afternoon so that we were able to have fun and capture some great images of the two of them and their bridal party.

Rachel & Aram's Las Vegas Wedding by John Morris Photography

Rachel & Aram's Las Vegas Wedding by John Morris Photography

Rachel & Aram's Las Vegas Wedding by John Morris Photography

With the help of her wedding planners, every detail of the wedding was managed perfectly.  From the choice of location overlooking the fountains of Bellagio, to the flowers, signature cocktails, menu, and entertainment, Rachel’s wedding was designed to be fun for not only her and Aram, but also for the many family members and guests invited to share in their day.  A photobooth for guests by Shutterbooth, the great view of the Las Vegas strip with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, a desert bar and even a flavored Martini Bar all kept guests active members of the party.  I don’t remember their being any downtime and the night was a blur of excitement and romance.  It was very important to Rachel and Aram that their guests to share in the fun and the evenings events did not disappoint.

Rachel & Aram's Las Vegas Wedding by John Morris Photography

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Angela & Jasons Wedding at the JW Marriott Sneak Peek

Oct
16

Wedding at JW Marriott by John Morris Photography

You might have  noticed the great shots of kids that we were able to capture at Angela’s wedding.  Kids seem to love weddings and giving them a role to play and including them in the planning is a great way to add fun, energy and some great unexpected magical moments.  Honestly though, for me, kids provide a great addition to the photos of your wedding day with there expressions of wonderment and joy, so don’t be afraid to get them involved and let them do what they do best.

Wedding at JW Marriott by John Morris PhotographyOctober is a busy time for weddings and wedding photographers here in Las Vegas.  The weather is perfect, the venues, such as the JW Marriott in Summerlin, are at their best and love is in the air. We had the honor of photographing Angela & Jason’s October wedding and will be ready to present the wedding photography to her in the next couple of days, but I just couldn’t help wanting to release a few early.  Time of day is such an important part of wedding planning.  If the ceremony is set too early in the day, the sun is bright, shadows dark and the photography becomes extremely difficult and challenging.  Not that we cant handle challenging photography, but the light is so much more beautiful shortly before sunset.  The golden rule of photography is the “light” and we as photographers really aim to maximize the lighting we have to work with.  Of course, if you schedule the ceremony too late, the sun sets fast and we lose the beautiful backlighting that you see in so many wonderful photos.  Angela worked with us to insure that we pretty much had perfect light for her wedding ceremony and romantic photos afterward.  The JW Marriott is also a wonderful setting for evening wedding photography as the beautiful structures help to filter and shade while allowing just the right amount of sunlight to peak through and really highlight the landscaping.  As a wedding photographer in Las Vegas, trees are a luxury, but the JW Marriott is full of beautiful trees and foliage giving us many options without losing that desert feel that many of us love about Las Vegas.  Congratulations Angela & Jason and thank you for making John Morris Photography apart of your wonderful day.

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Janine & Dustin’s Engagement Shoot. Ghost Town Nevada

Oct
10

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Janine & Dustin, like many of our couples, are here in Las Vegas celebrating there destination wedding this weekend.  When I met them for the drive to the shoot location, I immediately new I had met Dustin before.  Dustin is friends and was part of a bridal party for a couple we photographed several years ago here in Las Vegas.  Both couples are from Calgary and we were honored to be highly recommended to Janine & Dustin for their wedding photography.

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Janine & Dustin will be getting married at Caesars Palace this weekend, but also wanted us to capture them in a more casual setting as well, so they took advantage of our engagement photography and we spent the late afternoon at a remote ghost town near Las Vegas.  Being from Calgary, the couple just love the wide open, raw beauty of the desert compared to the different kind of beauty they find in there own home town.  We had a great time and Janine & Dustin are a fun, energetic couple. We look forward to meeting their families and working with them this weekend.  Congrats you two!

Engagement Shoot John Morris Photography Las Vegas Nevada

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Rachel & Aram’s Bellagio Wedding

Sep
25

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We had the honor of photographing Rachel & Aram’s Wedding which was held in Hyde at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. For those not familiar, Hyde is a posh, upscale restaurant and nightclub inside the Bellagio directly overlooking the famous Bellagio Fountains.  The East Coast style wedding was a tremendous affair and we worked with some of the industry’s best. We want to say thank you to Mike & Jeremy from JMT Eventology, Gabriella Cote and the By Dzign team, Shutterbooth, Makeup in the 702 and DJ Harry O for creating and insuring that Rachel and Aram’s wedding day went off without a hitch.  We have included a few “sneak peek” images and look forward to delivering all the wonderful photographs and memories to the newlyweds as soon as possible.  Thanks again Rachel, Aram and families.  What a fun day!

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Kimberly & Jeremy’s Engagement at Mt Charleston

Sep
18

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Wow!  It has been a long time since I updated my blog.  I apologize to anyone who may have noticed.  We have been so busy these last six months that blogging seems to always get put to the side in favor of other projects.  I will try to get back in the habit of blogging our wonderful wedding and events to keep everyone up to date with what we have been working on.  It looks like the economy is finally starting to chug along here in Las Vegas and we have already booked so many brides for next year. It would seem that 2014 is going to be a great year for weddings, and we are looking forward to working with everyone.  Not that 2013 was a bad year by any means.  We have photographed so many fun and fantastic weddings and I look forward sharing as many brides and grooms, engagement sessions and even a few personal projects I have been busy with as well.

Since her wedding is coming up in just a few days, Sept 22, 2013 at the beautiful Canyon Gate Country Club to be exact, why don’t we start with Kimberly and Jeremy’s engagement session up at the majestic Mt Charleston just north of Las Vegas. Beautiful scenery, cooler temperatures and Jeremy’s love of off-roading, rock crawling and a certain Jeep made this the perfect location for this young couple.  I personally drive a 4 wheel drive Toyota Tacoma, (“taco” for short) but I have to admit, Jeremy’s Jeep was looking pretty good.  Fortunately for Jeremy, his beautiful bride was looking even better.  We had a great time and it was important to capture the fun and energy that Kimberly & Jeremy have for each other and for life in general.  The light on the Mountain can be a bit harsh, but with the help of a little extra light, strategically placed and the naturally back lit trees, we were able to create some great images.  What do you think?

I am looking forward to the wedding day this weekend and working with Keri Keep and her great staff at Canyon Gate.  And here is hoping that I can make blogging my adorable brides and grooms a consistent habit.

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Jessica & John Married @ Siena Golf Club Las Vegas

Mar
29

Bride at Siena Golf Club and white bridal bouquet

Lace wedding dress with blue shoes

Las Vegas Wedding Photographer Siena Golf Club

Siena Golf Club wedding reception and custom cake topper

Bride and groom in Siena Golf Club library

We absolutely loved working with this down to earth couple from our very own destination wedding town of Las Vegas, NV.

Jessica and John were married at the beautiful Siena Golf Club in Las Vegas. As a photographer, I always enjoy photographing weddings at Siena because of its picturesque surroundings and Tuscany style architecture. The green fairways at the golf club are surrounded by the towering Spring Mountains. The club also features a gorgeous lake, not to mention a fantastic view of the Las Vegas skyline. It’s a wonderful, intimate setting for a wedding photographer.

When we met Jessica and John at our initial consultation, we hit it off right away and knew we wanted to work with them. Of course we were delighted to hear that they felt the same and they both loved our work. Our natural style of photography was a perfect fit for what they were looking for. They loved that we take a photojournalistic approach to wedding photography, finding opportunities to capture real moments and emotions throughout the wedding day while remaining unobtrusive.

In the months leading up to the wedding, we really enjoyed getting to know the bride and groom through our consultations and during their engagement photo session. The engagement session was filled with fun and quirkiness which I particularly appreciated. Loved their sarcastic sense of humor. It was a blast being able to capture a bit of their personalities through the lens. I knew they were going to be great to work with on the wedding day, and I was right.

According to tradition, rain on your wedding day is considered to be good luck. Rain brings water to dry places and causes crops to flourish, so it is often viewed as being a blessing and sign of good fortune. It marks the start of a new chapter in life, one that should be blessed, blissful, and filled with happiness and good luck.

On the morning of the wedding, we were greeted with a light drizzle which quickly became steady rainfall. As the wedding ceremony was scheduled to take place on the beautiful outdoor lawn in front of Lake Siena, all we could do was wait. Shortly before the ceremony was scheduled to begin, a decision was made to move the ceremony indoors.

Siena’s amazingly talented coordinator Cassy and the wonderful staff at Siena did an incredible job of turning the indoor space into an elegant ceremony site. Our beautiful bride Jessica remained incredibly calm the entire time. In the end everything turned out perfectly. I can’t say enough about working with true professionals.

In addition to the fresh smell of rain, from a photographer’s perspective, the weather blessed us with an awesome dramatic atmosphere. It was a fun challenge to light the outdoor bridal photos in a way that emphasized the rich color of the sky. We ended up creating some stunning bridal portraits that are truly unique.

Jessica and John, thank you for choosing John Morris Photography to capture your beautiful wedding. It was wonderful getting to know you both and having the opportunity to share your day.

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Las Vegas Wedding Photography- Red Rock

Mar
22

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All we can say about this Russian couple from Israel is Wow.  They came to Las Vegas with specific ideas about how they wanted their wedding to be and made it happen.  We were honored when they asked us to photograph their wedding, bridal portraits and following reception in the Erotic Suite at the Palm’s Hotel and Casino.  A beautiful couple who were very particular and stylish in their selection of her wedding dress and his suit, they were a photographers dream to work with.  Ksenia was up for just about any ideas we had, so we took advantage of an area near Red Rock Canyon, which had just received a lot of rain, to capture some stunning bridals.  The flowers were in full bloom and the colors were intense, a rare and wonderful time to photograph a couple in the Las Vegas desert.  Ksenia and Yevgehy brought along a few friends as well and we had a great time working with everyone.  We finished the evening with a romantic stroll along the walkways of the Bellagio before returning to their suite at the Palms for champagne and cake.  After visiting Las Vegas, the couple spent their honeymoon touring Yosemite, Zion National Park, and San Francisco before returning to Las Vegas for their flight home.  Best wishes and thank you to Ksenia and Yevgehy.

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Daisy & Brett Get Married @ Westin Lake Las Vegas

Feb
26

I had a great time shooting Daisy and Brett’s wedding at the Westin Lake Las Vegas.  A good wedding planner makes all the difference sometimes and it was a pleasure working with Brit Bertino of Simply Weddings.  It was also nice working with Randee, Westin’s onsite event coordinator once again.  She always does a great job which makes mine so much easier.  The ceremony was held in the Andalusion Garden area.  The weather was perfect and Daisy planned the timing for the ceremony for perfect lighting.  The reception was held in the Baccara Ballroom at the Westin and as you can see from some of the photos, the mood was fun and romantic.  Daisy and Brett scheduled their time to allow for as much photography as possible and as you can see, we really took advantage. We created lots of great images in a beautiful location with so many possibilities. Time is one of the most important factors to my success as a photographer and it is always a good thing when we have plenty of it.  I would also like to thank the Todd Herod of Shutterbooth and DJ Harry O for there help in making this wedding such a success.  Thanks again Daisy and Brett for asking me to be apart of your very special day.

John Morrs Photography, Las Vegas Wedding Photographer.

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Professional Headshots @ John Morris Photography

Feb
22

Conveying a Sense of Fun & Energy

Companies are as different as the people that make them tick. Depending on their culture, products or services, and even clientele, organizations represent themselves in varied ways. Headshots are an important factor in how a company communicates with its clients and we understand cookie cutter, one-size-fits-all headshots may not meet the needs of your organization. That’s why we provide the right kind of headshot for the image you are trying to convey. This first company was hosting an event here in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay and wanted to take the opportunity to get headshots of their associates while everyone was in the same place. Having everyone in the same place can be rare, particularly for large or international companies, so conventions and annual meetings are the perfect time to get headshots of the team. The team wanted headshots that were a bit less than casual and wanted the photos to naturally convey their personalities and attitudes, which are so important to how they work with there clients. Relaxed, smiling, laughing, this important element here was to get the subjects to feel comfortable enough to let their personalities show.

Las Vegas Headshot Photographer

Las Vegas Headshot Photographer

Las Vegas Headshot Photographer

Traditional and Timeless

This second corporation deals with well established clients, large corporations and institutions. It was important for their headshots to represent a very polished, traditional and professional sales force. The company was hosting its top sale reps and used the opportunity to capture headshots of its management team and sales professionals in order to replace a mismatch of headshots currently displayed on their website. The goal here was to make the sales pro’s look their best. We were able to setup a portable studio, small and efficient, to move 70+ professionals through before a social event organized to celebrate their achievements.  It was a great opportunity to create some very nice, traditional headshots while the team was dressed to the nines for the event.  If you are planning an event in Las Vegas, this is the perfect time to organize a headshot photo session and we at John Morris Photographer have over ten years of experience working with clients big and small in customizing and capturing headshots that can help define who your company is to your clients.

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Nicole & Evan Married @ TAO Las Vegas

Feb
04

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Las Vegas Wedding Photography

Nicole and Evan had an amazingly fun destination wedding in Las Vegas and we were lucky enough to be their photographer. They flew in from Philadelphia, along with 100 of their favorite people, for an unforgettable wedding weekend.

The weekend started with a rehearsal dinner at the Mandalay Bay followed by a welcome reception for all of their guests at the Luxor for. Afterwards they hosted a late night rendezvous at the Mix Lounge. The following day their beautiful ceremony took place at THE Wedding Chapel at Mandalay Bay. The reception was held at Tao Bistro at Venetian, and of course the afterparty continued at Tao Nightclub.

Tao is a gorgeous venue, but it was a bit tricky to photograph because it is so dark inside. The dark atmosphere suits the nightclub perfectly, but in order to create these rich, sharp images we had to strategically set up several professional lights in a way that would maintain the ambiance of the club. In doing so we were able to balance out the light and dark in the room, capturing the vibrant colors that decorated the reception.

The moody atmosphere did present a perfect opportunity to create some elegant, dramatic bridal portraits. A few of our favorites are posted above. Aren’t they a stunning couple?

I was flattered to receive a message from Nicole saying how much she and Evan loved their photos. They felt that the images truly captured the spirit of their wedding day and were having trouble narrowing down favorites for their wedding album. Now there is a problem to have! Nicole and Evan, thank you for the wonderful opportunity to be your Las Vegas wedding photographer and to create these amazing images. It was an honor to be part of your big day.

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