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There are few people in our lives that we can count as true friends.  As wedding photographers in Las Vegas, we get to connect with clients before the photo session, exchanging emails and making plans for the perfect session.  For Mat & Lisa, they have some incredible friends who love them very much.  It wasn’t either Mat or Lisa who initially contacted me for engagement photography, it was their friend Kat.  Kat and her husband came up with the incredibly generous idea to purchase their friends an engagement session while they vacationed in Las Vegas from Canada.  How cool is that?!

And when I met both Lisa & Mat, we hit it off immediately like we were old friends!  Even though it was a thousand degrees outside, we still had a blast!  As always, the ghost town near Nelson’s Landing did not disappoint, offering us amazing desert views, and a cool, one-of-a-kind vintage atmosphere.  You can’t beat it as a fun alternative to photos on the strip!

 

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I was so thankful to find out that out of all the Las Vegas wedding photographers that Leslie and Paul could have chosen, they picked me.  I knew from the moment Leslie emailed me, and consequently, emailed me again apologizing for her half filled out inquiry form (due to her cat stepping on her keyboard and prematurely sending the first inquiry form), we were going to be fast friends.

The more I learned about Leslie and Paul, their personalities, and how they met, the more I loved them.

The two really compliment each other, and all the laughter between them makes me really love reliving their wedding day looking back at their photos.

They have one of the best stories of how they met.  They met while playing World of Warcraft.  Whats even better is that both of their characters were female.  My kind of people!  WoW! ;)

Aside from being able to photograph a fabulous couple, the venue was amazing.  If you’re looking for wedding day venues off of the Vegas strip to take photos, the JW Marriott is a great place to start looking.  Their staff is courteous and attentive, and their grounds are gorgeous.

Archel Rowling Events made the whole day come together, with beautiful details provided by Floral Couture.

The evening ambiance was supplemented by All Events Productions.  The music, and lighting were PERFECT!  And I have to say, my favorite part of the entire evening, which I’ve never seen any other couple do, was during the first dance.  Their wonderful DJ creatively recorded the couple talking about how they met, and how much they loved each other, and sound bites were played over music as the couple did their first dance.  It was beautiful.

Leslie looked AMAZING with hair and makeup done by the talented ladies at Makeup in the 702.  And its always a pleasure getting to see and work with those girls!

To put the day into perspective, here is the sneak peak video from their incredible videography team at Memory Lane Video:

 

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Enjoy their photos and as always check out our website for the best wedding photography in Las Vegas!

 

 

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Everyday we’re surrounded by light.  Nature and the sun, electricity and lights.  Tungsten, florescent, incandescent, etc.  We’re around light so much, that we don’t realize how complex it is, and furthermore, we don’t realize how well our brain helps our eyes adjust and adapt to different types of lighting.

In photography we talk a lot about how to use light, how to control the way it falls on a subject, how to compensate in-camera for bright or low lighting, and how the camera sees light.

Our eyes and brains are so adept at adapting to light, that we don’t even realize that every different type of light has it’s own temperature.  Items we observe under different types of light with our own eyes will always look the same, but when we photograph the same items under the same lighting conditions with our cameras, things start to look very different.

What is AWB? (Auto White Balance)

The digital camera’s sensor doesn’t read or adapt to light as well as our brain or eyes.  Because of this, camera manufacturers have created a way for our cameras to adjust to light using the AWB(Auto White Balance) setting.

This is the most basic way to try to maintain the same neutral lighting settings within your camera under any lighting situation.

But what does AWB really do?  It actually just automatically adjusts your sensor along the Kelvin scale to find the most neutral lighting setting.

(2700K photographed just after Twilight, IS0: 100 f/2.8 2″ sec, Canon 5D mkiii)

What is the Kelvin Scale?

dictionary.com defines the Kelvin scale as, “an absolute scale of temperature”.  In its most basic form, it is a way for us to measure temperature.

I shoot Canon, so I’ll use my camera as an example.  Canon EOS Digital SLRs adjust white balance over a range of roughly 3000 to 7000 degrees Kelvin, when set to AWB. (Eduardo Angel, Canon, Understanding Kelvin White Balance In Changing Lighting Conditions, Canon Digital Learning Center, http://www.learn.usa.canon.com/resources/articles/2013/kelvin_white_balance.shtmlMeaning, when set to AWB, your camera goes up and down the Kelvin scale automatically, depending on the temperature of light that your camera’s sensor is detecting.

Even more, not only do our cameras have an AWB setting, we’re also provided with several WB presets.  These presets can sometimes be found on the camera’s “mode dial” or can be accessed by pressing the camera’s “WB” (White Balance) button, and are normally displayed on the camera’s upper LCD panel.  Usually illustrated by icons, the presets are:  Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent, Flash, Custom, & Color Temperature (Kelvin).

The last two options, Custom and Color Temperature are a more manual way of controlling temperature.  Camera WB presets are meant to be general setting options to quickly access for a variety of lighting situations.

This is not an absolute Kelvin scale but rather meant to act as a reference guide.

How to Shoot Using Kelvin

If you want to have total control over your WB in-camera, best practice would be to use the Color Temperature setting (illustrated by the “K” symbol).  This allows you to choose a specific Kelvin temperature for whatever setting you may be photographing in.

Once you’ve set your WB to K (Color Temperature), you’re then given the option to choose a color temperature between 1500K-7000K (depending on camera make and model).

Trevor Dayley over at fstoppers.com gives a great tip on becoming comfortable using your Kelvin WB setting: “One little trick that works quite well when you are learning how to use your white balance settings is to turn your camera’s live view mode on. In this mode, often used for video, you will be able to push the WB button and click through the WB settings or dial in your Kelvin temperature all while seeing the changes happen in real time in your camera. This is a great way to practice.” (Trevor Dayley, How To Get Correct White Balance In Camera, FStoppers, http://fstoppers.com/learn-to-shoot-proper-white-balance-using-kelvin-temps)

Something of importance to note is that the Kelvin Scale only measures in amber and blue.  It does not take into consideration magenta or green.  Once you become comfortable adjusting your Kelvin, you may also want to take a stab at the White Balance Shift options available in-camera as well.  Shifting your WB to either magenta or green while simultaneously adjusting your Kelvin will ensure the perfect WB in any photo, in any lighting situation.

 

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Any time I can travel home, I’m happy about it.  But when I get to travel to my home state to photograph a wedding, I’m always super psyched.  Growing up in New Mexico, I took for granted the culture, history, and beautiful architecture.  One of the good things about moving to Las Vegas to become a Wedding Photographer, is that being away has made me realize all of the cool things New Mexico has to offer.

When Andrea contacted me about photographing her wedding, I was of course, so excited to have the chance.  She’d chosen Bishop’s Lodge, which is one of a series of lovely Santa Fe Wedding Venues (for either ceremony or reception, or both!), and I’d never had the chance to photograph their before.

To top it off, on their wedding day, the weather was extremely bipolar – in a good way!  It gave us sun, then clouds, then snow…..then snow with sun shining through!  It was AMAZING.

We had so much fun, traveling around downtown Santa Fe, getting to know each other….and I had the best time watching Joseph and Andrea interact with each other.  Joseph didn’t think he’d be into the photos, but I have to say, that guy is a natural GQ model.  And Andrea, I didn’t have to give her ANY direction, she was just perfect with every pose!!  So, this couple was a photographer’s dream.  ;)

They got married across the street from Santa Fe’s famous Rose Garden, at Santa Fe Church of Christ.  After the ceremony, Andrea had picked a few locations for photos, the Rose Park, Bishop’s Lodge, and in between a snowy trip to the Santa Fe Courthouse.  The courthouse is unlike any building in Santa Fe, and I was so happy to hear that it was where Andrea wanted to take photos!

Enjoy reliving their day!

As always, be sure to check back here on the blog for my latest weddings and events, and other happenings, or visit my website to find out more about my company, The Amberlight Collective a Las Vegas Wedding Photography company!

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  • March 18, 2014 - 4:51 pm

    Ruben Vasquez - I love all the images and photographs you have taken. Amazing work. Thanks for sharing. ReplyCancel

Its truly been an interesting week!  But I’m back at the blogging, and I can’t wait to share this wedding with you all!

I LOVE unique weddings.  After being a wedding photographer in Las Vegas for a little while, you start to become accustomed to knowing, generally, what the officiant will say, what the vows will say, etc.  After awhile you can even identify the trend in wedding music, and what will become the next…..wedding song.  (Train, Bruno Mars, Twilight soundtrack ring a bell photogs?)

So when I get the opportunity to do something fun and different, or to witness something special and unique I get SO excited!  The ladies at Scheme Events, who are fabulous wedding planners based in Las Vegas helped to put together such a lovely ceremony, with so much character and ambiance.  Using a mixture of vintage furniture and floral displays, they made The Historic Fifth Street School (which is a FABULOUS wedding venue in Las Vegas) come to life in the evening light.  The ceremony was lit only by bistro lights strung above our heads, through tree branches, and it made for the perfect setting for this unique wedding.

Instead of having a traditional ceremony, where an officiant leads and oversees everything, Stephanie and Mark chose instead to have friends and family get up and share a bit about them as a couple, or tell touching, memorable, or funny stories from the past.  It made everything so personal!  I think it was perfect for them!

Their wedding favors were definitely Vegas themed, a deck of playing cards, personalized of course.  Not to mention the VIP backstage pass-like souvenirs for all of the guests who attended.

Enjoy the photos!

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