Las Vegas Springs Preserve Wedding :: Kate & Rob

I don’t really know how it continues to happen.  But it does.  I continue to get amazing couples who show up in my city ready for me to photograph their wedding.  Kate and Rob flew themselves and about a hundred of their friends and family from all over the world to Las Vegas for their beautiful desert wedding.  Kate and Rob flew in from Australia while several other of their friends and family came in from Canada and other worldly places, which is a huge testament as to just how amazing Kate and Rob really are as people.  They are honest and kind.  They love, and they are loved.

Kate and Rob got married on a beautiful sunny day, yet all week, storm clouds were looming on all of our weather apps.  Fingers were crossed for a shining sun, and the weather spirits did not disappoint, which was truly amazing because Kate & Rob had gone to such lengths to make sure that they had phenomenal wedding photos!  Their wedding ceremony and reception were booked for Springs Preserve, but Kate really wanted to take advantage of everything that our state parks have to offer.  So, rather than have their wedding portraits taken at Springs Preserve; she bussed her entire wedding party out to Spring Mountain Ranch. We worked for months to make sure we had the perfect spot, a permit, the right timeline, the vintage sofa from Nostalgia Resources, and Scheme Events made sure that all of these working parts fell right into place.  Everything turned out absolutely dreamy with a little floral help from Lush Floral, Your Beauty Call behind the hair and makeup brushes, and then Kate had to go all … freaking superstar on us… WITH THAT HEADPIECE!!  SpringsPreserveWedding_KateRob_0001 SpringsPreserveWedding_KateRob_0002 SpringsPreserveWedding_KateRob_0003 SpringsPreserveWedding_KateRob_0004 SpringsPreserveWedding_KateRob_0005 SpringsPreserveWedding_KateRob_0006 SpringsPreserveWedding_KateRob_0007 SpringsPreserveWedding_KateRob_0009 SpringsPreserveWedding_KateRob_0010 SpringsPreserveWedding_KateRob_0011 SpringsPreserveWedding_KateRob_0012 SpringsPreserveWedding_KateRob_0013 SpringsPreserveWedding_KateRob_0014 SpringsPreserveWedding_KateRob_0015 SpringsPreserveWedding_KateRob_0021SpringsPreserveWedding_KateRob_0016

After a couple hours of donkey-ing around at Spring Mountain Ranch, it was time to head back to Springs Preserve to get the ceremony underway.  Kate swapped out the dazzling headpiece for another show-stopping cathedral length lace-lined veil that was a huge surprise for Rob!
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Day Of Coordination: Scheme Events | Venue: Springs Preserve | Catering: DiVine Events | Photography: J. Anne Photography | Videography: Light Source Films | Floral: Lush Floral | Officiant: Peachy Keen Unions | Hair & Makeup: Your Beauty Call | Cake: Just A Bite Cheesecake | Ceremony Entertainment: Lounge Orphans | Reception Entertainment: Vegas DJ Entertainment | Chalkboard Rental: Welcome Bag Shoppe | Settee Rental: Nostalgia Resources | Lighting: LED Unplugged | Transportation: Earth Limousines

Family Sessions Booking Now :: 2015

Hello friends!  Can it really be?  Can it really be that time of year again?  Well, maybe not quite yet, as I’m jumping the gun a little bit on starting to book family sessions.  But, here’s my beef with last year… it kicked my ass.  Plain and simple.  I scheduled shoots too late into the year… which November doesn’t really seem like it’s all that late… but when the holidays set in, those bitches don’t mess around.

So, I’m starting a bit early, which will hopefully allow me to sleep a little bit during this holiday season, and hopefully help you guys out a bit too!!  Unless you like the idea of standing in a never-ending line at the post office with 200 cards to mail out, all of which need to be weighed and stamped… which might require a bit of vodka to dip your candy canes into.  So… yeah… I’m hoping this suits all of us!

As you guys know, this is the ONLY TIME OF THE YEAR that I book family sessions.  So, if you’ve been chatting with me about doing a shoot… now is the time!!  Family sessions are going to be booked exactly like last year!  Your session will be $500 for one hour of shooting.  You’ll get a lot of fun, interactive and candid moments along with a few options of a full family photo for your holiday card.  You will have plenty of photos… likely around 50-70 images… that you will hopefully want to litter your walls with, as well as your holiday card.  We will shoot outdoors at the location of your choice, within the Las Vegas area.  Likely, those locations will include Spring Mountain Ranch, Wetlands, Floyd Lamb, Corn Creek, Dry Lake Beds, etc…. Whatever suits your fancy.  :)  I’d also love to have some adventurous families who wanna let me try some new locations around Lake Mead, and even some around the Colorado River area just past Hoover Dam.  Those locations will be reserved for the families whose Dad’s aren’t pissed about the idea of family photos.  Because… road trip.  ha ha ha!!

We will shoot in the evening hours, usually around 4 or 5pm… maybe even later just depending on what the sun looks like as we approach daylight savings and the location you have chosen (ie:Spring Mountain Ranch might even be 3pm since it’s so close to the mountains).

In order to book the date you have to contact me via email (jodi@j-annephotography.com) and let me know which date you want.  I will send over a contract and payment event.  In order to book the date, the session fee has to be paid in advance, in full, and is non-refundable.  However, I’m not a complete asshole.  If something comes up and you can’t make your shoot, I will likely NOT steal your money.  We can always work to reschedule.

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Alright, here are the dates that I have available… Last year they were swooped relatively quickly, but it’s not like they’re gonna be gone before the weekend or anything, so don’t stress.  :)

Here we go…

September 17th
September 18th
September 19th
September 20th
September 24th
September 25th
September 26th
September 27th

October 8th
October 9th
October 10th
October 11th
October 22nd
October 23rd
October 24th
October 25th

It’s August 11th, and I’m signing off with…

Happy Holidays!!

The Next Episode

It was at the West Elm Art of Wedding Planning event that I attended several months ago.  I was having a conversation with a wedding planner whom I had never worked with before.  It is no surprise that I have never worked with this planner because her events are not the same style as my wedding photography, so this conversation was not necessarily business related except for the fact that we were at a wedding event.  The conversation got interesting about something, and with no surprise to myself… I cussed about something.  It likely involved the f-word.  Because… the f-word and I… well, we’re basically best friends.  But anyhow… this caught the attention of the wedding planner in a way that excited her.  She too has a love for verbal cuss-bombs.  But the thing that she said next really surprised me.

“Oh, wow!  Maybe you aren’t as sweet as your style of photography?  I like you.”

This hit me like a big fat rock to the face.  I thought that I was doing a good job of letting the internet… and my couples… know my personality.  But obviously I wasn’t. If my industry peers didn’t even have a taste of my slightly obnoxious, foul-mouthed personality which is also laced with a bit of 90’s rap gangster… then how would any of my future couples?

I am sure that this comment flew right off of the wedding planner’s tongue without any concern of it hitting me so hard.  It was a flippant conversation, and there was no reason for her to think that I would take her words as deeply as I did. But, man, did I ever.  Her words sat at the pit of my stomach for months.  They were heavy, and I didn’t know what to do about them… I didn’t know where to take this information… and I definitely didn’t know how to change it.  With ‘it’ being such a huge part of my online representation, which directly impacts the type of couple I attract, and the weddings that I book… a sense of urgency, bordering on panic, set in.

I absolutely know that I am a genuine person in my one-on-one interactions with my couples, but this authenticity wasn’t being conveyed across all areas of my business.

Fast-forward a few months, and I found myself in a hotel room at the Four Seasons photographing my dear bride, Belinda, as she prepared for her wedding day.  The room was full of the hustle and bustle of every wedding day.  Beautiful women filled the room.  Dresses were slipped into.  Shoes were buckled.  Makeup abounded.  The detail photos had been completed, and it was time… time to slip Belinda into her dress, and make her into a bride.  But, as always… my brain was in Bravo-land. So instead of ask Belinda if she was ready to become a bride; I said housewife.  “Are you ready to make you into a housewife?”  And, yes, my grammar was exactly that atrocious.  Immediately following that comment… the next comment came barreling out of my mouth.  Wrecklessly.  There wasn’t any chance that my executive functioning would kick in and stop this comment from making its way into the universe… so without any concern of being offensive, per my usual, I giggled… “Are you ready to make a hoe into a housewife?”  In which riotous laughter immediately escaped from the core of who I am.

The next several minutes… far more minutes than the timeline allowed… were spent laughing with all of the girls in the room.  It became a jumping off point for discussing that this would absolutely be part of my tagline if I were ever cast for the pilot season of The Real Housewife of Las Vegas.  Belinda was not offended.  She is a dear friend, and knows me well enough to know that this sort of banter is just part of who I am… and I’m hoping that she loves me for it!

But, there is a huge concern on my end… so please, let me take a second to let Snoop, Dr. Dre, Eminem, and all of the other 90’s rap icons who collaborated on the Chronic 2001 record know that I deeply, deeply apologize.  Never in my 33 years did I ever think that I would be going against anything that you have ever taught me in your lyrics.  I am ride or die for you, but in this one situation, I hope that you can truly understand that you, my dear cronies, are in fact wrong.  You actually can make a hoe into a housewife.  Because I’ve been doing it for the last 5 years.

(Hoe being a term of endearment, and not the out-dated, slanderous term that you, my idols, have rapped about for decades.  Obviously.) 

So, with that, I introduce to you… the official… and unapologetically authentic… J. Anne Photography tagline.

Hoes Into Housewives

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