Las Vegas Engagement Photos :: Olivia & Brad

Blogging is hard.  I know that sound so pretentious, and shallow, and ridiculously diva.  Blogging itself isn’t hard, but finding the time to blog on top of everything else going on is REALLY hard.

‘They’ always say though… if you want something to happen bad enough, you will make it happen.  Here I am, trying to make it happen.  The truth is, I looooove to design blogs.  Seeing the weddings I photograph laid out as beautifully as I see them when I’m photographing them is the cream of the reward crop for me.  Dare I say it that I like the design side of weddings far more than I actually like photographing them?  Yes, I dare.  I just said it; however, the time commitment that comes along with blogging always deters me because I could always start editing the next wedding, get my website updated, hash out the next month of timelines, respond to more emails, organize client gifts… or, heaven forbid… sleep a little bit!!  The next task sucks me in before I take a second to breathe and do something that I enjoy the most.

On top of all of this, there is this overwhelming feeling that if I start blogging more, then I have to blog EVERYTHING because I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings if their shoot or wedding isn’t blogged… but this just compounds the anxiety of feeling like I have to pick up where I left off rather than just blog something when I find a small window of time.

Bloggers are better at this.  They schedule these things out.  Blogging becomes part of their everyday rather than an afterthought when they want to fill their time with something.

Someday I’ll get better at it, but for now, I’m just going to allow myself a bit of grace, and focus on just showing you guys some pretty photographs of pretty people doing pretty thing!

These photos are from an engagement shoot that I did with Olivia and Brad just a couple of months ago!  Brad and Olivia are so much fun, but they can also slice my camera with their insanely gorgeous stares and beautiful smiles.  I’m so so so stoked to photograph their wedding next September, and can’t imagine how gorgeous Olivia is going to look as a bride!!!

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Las Vegas Wedding Photographer :: Stephanie & Rex Engagement Photos

She sat in her car in the parking lot of the restaurant, refusing to go inside.  It would be the first time that she met Rex in person.  They had met and chatted online for a couple of months already, but taking the step to meet a man she had only spoke to on the internet was huge for Stephanie.  She had never dated online; much less taken an online relationship to this step.  After already being forty minutes late toiling away in her car, she received a text message from Rex that said, “Hey, I’m the guy at the bar in the gold MC Hammer pants.”  With that, Stephanie bursted into laughter, and went inside to have some hammer-time with this new man who made her feel completely at ease.  They closed down the restaurant that night, and quickly made plans for the following week.

The weeks progressed into months, and both Stephanie and Rex were falling for one another.  Stephanie made a huge step in her life to quit her 8-year-long job with Disney where she worked as Disney’s Princess Tiana, and to follow her heart in both a personal and professional capacity.  She moved out of her parents house for the first time in her life, and into the arms of her boyfriend… all while deciding to fully dive into her dreams of becoming and actor.  She was hesitant, of course, but Rex had made sure to let Steph know that he was there for her.  He was her support, and she was his.  They were partners now, and they would continue to be each other’s safety nets.  LasVegasEngagementPhotos.JAnnePhotography-Stephanie & Rex_0001LasVegasEngagementPhotos.JAnnePhotography-Stephanie & Rex_0002LasVegasEngagementPhotos.JAnnePhotography-Stephanie & Rex_0003LasVegasEngagementPhotos.JAnnePhotography-Stephanie & Rex_0004It was Easter morning when Stephanie was woken up by Rex.  Rex was more excited than usual, and had his camera out to record the morning activities.  After telling Steph how much he loved her and wanted to spend the rest of his life with her, Rex told Stephanie that there was an Easter egg hunt set up for her in the living room, and that she needed to find the golden egg.  Stephanie JUST KNEW that the golden egg held a diamond.  She searched frantically for the ring.  Laughing and giggling with Rex the entire time.  All the while Rex is yelling, “You have to find the golden egg, it is the most special one!”  Stephanie looked down at her precious pup and thinks that this is it!!!  Their family begins today!!  She finds the golden egg, opens the plastic sides with excitement… and there it was… a beautiful, sparkling… Alf pin.

Stephanie keeps an excited face, and actually laughs at the moment that just unfolded.  Rex is elated!!  He loves the Alf pin and thinks that Steph will be stoked about it too… he’s completely oblivious to what had been going through Steph’s head.  (And she didn’t tell him about it until a year and half later… at which time he BURST into laughter!)LasVegasEngagementPhotos.JAnnePhotography-Stephanie & Rex_0005LasVegasEngagementPhotos.JAnnePhotography-Stephanie & Rex_0006LasVegasEngagementPhotos.JAnnePhotography-Stephanie & Rex_0013LasVegasEngagementPhotos.JAnnePhotography-Stephanie & Rex_0007LasVegasEngagementPhotos.JAnnePhotography-Stephanie & Rex_0008LasVegasEngagementPhotos.JAnnePhotography-Stephanie & Rex_0009

The real proposal happened in the Dominican Republic.  Rex procured a night at a gorgeous resort complete with the couple having their own bungalow and private pool.  They ate at a delicious restaurant that was so beautiful it moved Stephanie to tears… or maybe that was just the tequila shots talking… but nonetheless… she felt that everything in her life was perfect right in that moment.  After a wonderful meal, they headed back to their bungalow where upon their entrance the lights were dimmed.  Candles were lit across every inch of the space while the song ‘I Choose You’ played softly in the background.

My whole heartWill be yours forever… This is a beautiful start… To a lifelong love letter… Tell the world that we finally got it all right… I choose… You… I will become yours and you will become mine… I choose… You…. I choose…..You

Don’t ask her what Rex said to her that night because her none of her senses were working at that point, but either way, she said yes… and now they will walk together for the rest of their lives, constantly being one another’s safety net.

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Las Vegas Wedding Photographer :: Kelly & Brian

They say that it is good luck for it to rain on your wedding day.  If they are right, then Kelly & Brian’s luck bucket is completely full which I wouldn’t find hard to believe seeing as how it wasn’t just raining cats and dogs that day… a massive amount of love was also being showered upon the bride and groom for their amazing wedding weekend.  The forecast had called for rain for weeks.  Weather apps were incessantly scoured.  When in the hell does it ever rain in the desert, anyway?  As the clock reached the morning hours on April 9th the skies were blue, and puffy white clouds contrasted against the sea above.  A glimmer of hope, yet also just a tease, as black clouds could be seen forming at the horizon.  Looming over the day.  Just as photographs began, the thunder  rolled… just like Garth Brooks said it would.  The sky darkened, and the light dissipated leaving everyone wondering just how wet they were going to get throughout the day.

It poured rain during the process of getting every one ready to head out to the church, but the mood of the bride and groom never faltered.  Nothing was going to rain on their parade.
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Kelly arrived in style in a classic Cadillac Fleetwood driven by her father who donned a gold bow tie and cummerbund for his role of getting the bride to the chapel! J.AnnePhotography_Kelly&Brian199_WEB J.AnnePhotography_Kelly&Brian208_WEB J.AnnePhotography_Kelly&Brian209_WEB J.AnnePhotography_Kelly&Brian212_WEB J.AnnePhotography_Kelly&Brian218_WEB J.AnnePhotography_Kelly&Brian379_WEB J.AnnePhotography_Kelly&Brian424_WEB J.AnnePhotography_Kelly&Brian433_WEB J.AnnePhotography_Kelly&Brian502_WEB J.AnnePhotography_Kelly&Brian506_WEB J.AnnePhotography_Kelly&Brian511_WEB J.AnnePhotography_Kelly&Brian567_WEBOne of the best things about this group of people is that they were down for anything.  It rained right up until the very last minute that photos could be held off until… and even at the time that we were heading outside I was telling everyone that we were just going to have to brave the rain.  I prepped the girls to get a jacket from a groomsmen to cover their hair as they ran out (because we accidentally left those adorable umbrellas at the church)… but right as we stepped outside for portraits, the rain stopped.  Like magic.  We were able to crank out all of the bridal portraits and cocktail hour was held partially outdoors before it started to pour again as the reception got underway.J.AnnePhotography_Kelly&Brian573_WEBJ.AnnePhotography_Kelly&Brian542_WEBJ.AnnePhotography_Kelly&Brian583_WEBJ.AnnePhotography_Kelly&Brian632_WEBJ.AnnePhotography_Kelly&Brian584_WEBJ.AnnePhotography_Kelly&Brian587_WEBJ.AnnePhotography_Kelly&Brian660_WEBJ.AnnePhotography_Kelly&Brian627_WEBJ.AnnePhotography_Kelly&Brian635_WEB J.AnnePhotography_Kelly&Brian668_WEBJ.AnnePhotography_Kelly&Brian674_WEB Kelly & Brian — before we went into the weekend of your wedding we didn’t hardly know each other outside of a few phone calls and text messages.  You slipped into my life with a nerve-filled engagement shoot, and two days later I was able to spend the most amazing day with you and your families.  I got to hear your families and friends say the kindest words about you both, and as easily as you slipped into my life… you slipped into my heart.  I adored every moment of your precipitation-filled wedding day, and can honestly say that rain drops weren’t the only thing falling that day as I know that I wiped many a tear from my own cheek and witnessed many others doing the same.  You are incredibly loved, and I am truly honored to call you friends.J.AnnePhotography_Kelly&Brian695_WEBJ.AnnePhotography_Kelly&Brian786_WEBJ.AnnePhotography_Kelly&Brian534_WEBLas Vegas Wedding Photographer _ Kelly & Brian_0049

I couldn’t end this post without giving a huge shout out to Kelly’s best friend and Grandpa whom they call Par… or The Great Par.  Par sure did give you a run for your money in regards to stealing the show, Kelly… but I’m pretty sure that you wouldn’t have it any other way.  This photo right here is exactly the reason why I photograph weddings.  His love for you is all right there… right in that smile. Las Vegas Wedding Photographer _ Kelly & Brian_0050 xo.

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