Las Vegas Information

Many of our clients are traveling to Las Vegas for the first time.  If this is the case for you, Congratulations and we hope you are going to love your time here!  However, traveling can be frustrating when you don’t know your way around so here are a few helpful suggestions and vendors we recommend.

General Photography Recommendations

What to wear:  We generally suggest to our clients to wear whatever fits their style and personality! Your images turn out better when you are confident and relaxed!  However, its also nice to fit into your surroundings, but avoid clothes that are too busy and distract attention away from the subject.  Also, bring good shoes!!! Especially if your photos are being taken on the Las Vegas Strip. There is much more walking and standing than you think and the new high heels that you have not broken in yet are not a good idea! Bring something you know will be comfortable, at least for the parts that do not involve the camera and enjoy the rest of your trip here blister free.  What to Bring:  Vegas is very hot, even in the winter walking gets hot and tiering, so bring water!!  In high heat, it is also very helpful to bring a small mist fan and umbrellas. These help with heat/shade and also look colorful and cute. If your on the strip and don’t want to carry water around, bring some dollar bills as there are several vendors around that sell water. If your worried about being cold on your photo shoot, don’t! That rarely happens here, but you can always bring a hand warmer to keep your hands and face ready for pictures.  Also, if you think there might be rain, bring an umbrella.  We shoot in light rain and will only cancel/re-schedule if its a downpour or hazardous to our equipment.  As for the number 1 question, we get here at CanyonRidge “We have never done this before, what do we do?” or “He doesn’t like to smile so these are going to be hard!”  You don’t need to worry about either of those!  We are used to getting the hard nuts to crack and it makes it all more fun!  Don’t worry about us, the other people around you or even your spouse.  Just enjoy yourself, be yourself, have fun and pretend we are not there! We will do the rest!!

Weddings on the Strip

Weddings are so much fun on the strip!!!  However there are a few things you should keep in mind. If your getting married in a chapel or a hotel, they do not allow outside photography.  They have their own photographers that come as part of the package you purchased. These packages generally offer 10-30 prints and although they usually shoot about 100-200 images, these are not included.  If you would like access to all of these images and their digital files or copyright, you have to pay an additional cost of $600-$900.  Also, these venues do not take any “Vegas” location images, just the actually ceremony in their venue.  Most of our clients, choose us to take their family and/or couple pictures after their ceremony is over and also to get the fun locations that are Vegas!  Usually this type of shoot is about two hours and It includes transportation from your chapel or hotel and back. However, if you are getting married in a chapel, most chapels offer a single limo ride after then ceremony, so we want you to take full advantage of that and can meet you where the limo drops you off as well.  During a two hour session, we can generally get to 2-3 locations along the strip. Keep in mind that driving a long the strip is slow/congested and parking is limited, so depending on which locations you pick, we do the best we can with time.  Call us or email us directly with the places you would like to go and we can tell you more precisely how long the shoot would most likely take, but as a general rule, two hours gets 2-3 locations and three hours is about 3-4.

The chapels are located all around the same area, which is on the far north side of Las Vegas Blvd (close to Fremont street).  The Welcome to Las Vegas sign is located on the far south end of Las Vegas Blvd and the two are about a 25 minute drive apart.  Everything else in in-between so depending on what locations you would like, it takes an average of 15 minutes to drive to each one.  If your considering a limo or party bus, these are helpful in that it shaves off parking time. They are also more fun with music, snacks and often champagne, but they are very strict on the time you book them for, and they sometimes can only drop clients off in certain areas, so there is still some walking involved.   They are usually the fastest solution to a strip tour and can fit in the most amount of locations.  We offer transportation for up to six individuals at no extra charge, which can save money on taxi’s if you do not want to rent a limo, but if your party is larger than 6, we would suggest a limo or a party bus to transport.  If you are on a budget and do not need transportation, we would suggest, meeting us at the location of your choice and walking to any other locations you would like, however traveling around the strip takes longer than it would at home.  There are a lot of tourists, that make walking slow and only certain areas where you can cross the street or bridges, but with only a one a hour photography tour, we can generally get 1-2 locations and still get a minimum of 75 images.

The casino’s packages are the most expensive way to get marred in Vegas, but they are generally beautiful, easy to plan and elegant.  Be sure to read their rules carefully though, as they do have a lot.  The next least expensive option is a chapel. These are usually fun (such as Elvis), simple, easy and less expensive than the casinos, but also have some regulations. Check with your specific chapel for details. Most of them also offer a limo ride at the end. Along this same price range would be gold clubs or receptions centers around Vegas, but most of these are not on the strip.  If you are not getting married in a chapel or would like to do your ceremony a little more affordably, we would suggest hiring and officiant. They usually range between $100-$200 and are much more affordable and private than a chapel.  They also can marry you anywhere you would like such as your in room suite, the Welcome to Las Vegas sign, the Bellagio Fountains, the Eiffel tower etc.  We have included a few of our favorites below and you can contact them directly to discuss options. The cheapest option of all is getting married at the courthouse (http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/clerk/services/pages/civilmarriages.aspx ) their charge is $75.

Locations in Vegas are many! Depending on your preferences, there are so many great places to take photos here.  Most of our clients who want the “Vegas” look like the Welcome to Las Vegas sign as well as the Bellagio fountains (which go off every 30 minutes after 3pm), Paris’s Eiffel tower or the Venetian.  The Mirage also has beautiful waterfalls that turn into a volcano every night at 8 and 9pm.  If your looking for the old Las Vegas feel, downtown Las Vegas is more classic and true to the Vegas from the 1960’s.  It also is the home of the Mob Museum, Container Park and the Arts District, which is great if you like an artsy or graffiti look to your images. The Neon Museum (Boneyard) is also downtown and very popular for photography. CanyonRidge is a preferred vendor at the Neon Museum and shoots there frequently. They start at $200/30 minutes of shooting and offer full ceremony options and night shoots.  Contact them directly to schedule an appointment at http://www.neonmuseum.org/ . If you want a natural look, outdoor or desert look, Red Rock canyon is only a 30 minute drive from the strip and very beautiful as well as Springs Preserve.  We have many other suggestions, so please call with your unique preference and we will give you some ideas.

Recommended Vendors

— Officiants —

  1.  Pam Fullerton: www.vegasvowforfree.com / vegasvowforfree@gmail.com  /  702-721-vows / By Tip Only
  2. Bonnie Sanchez:  www.weddingsbybonnie.com  /  info@weddingsbybonnie.com  /  702-328-3329 / Starting $100
  3. Michael Mills:  www.mylvweddingminister.com  /  mike.supaster.willis@gmail.com  /  Starting $250

–Chapels–

  1.  Graceland Chapel:  http://www.gracelandchapel.com/ Prices starting at $200. Graceland offers the Elvis wedding packages. It is cute, fun and favored by many of my clients. They allow additiaonl photography outside their grounds.
  2. Little White Chapel:  https://alittlewhitechapel.com/our-specials-packages/  Starting at $75.  Little white also offers Elvis as well as a drive through pink Cadillac wedding as well as a traditional one.  They allow additional photography outside their grounds.
  3. Viva Las Vegas: http://www.vivalasvegasweddings.com/ Starting at about $300.  Viva offers Elvis weddings, themed weddings and traditional weddings.  They allow additional photography outside on their grounds and also sitting in a chapel pew.  We can take photos from the pew, but not stand during the ceremony.
  4. Sunset Gardens: http://sunsetgardens.com/ Starting at $400.  Sunset is more pricey, but it is very close to the strip, it is a full service wedding and reception venue with gardens, indoor and outdoor settings and it allows outside photographers full access.
  5. The Grove: http://www.the-grove.com/orchard_wedding_chapel_photo_gallery  /  Starting at $600. The Grove is just like Sunset, but a little more pricey and about 15-20 minutes from the strip.  It also allows outside photographers full access.

Hair/Make-up

  1.  Bridal Express:  www.hairandmakeuplasvegas.com /  702-321-2526 / Starting at $200
  2. Gouzane:  702-321-2526  /  Starting at $200

Limousine / Party Bus’s

  1.  Earth Buses:  http://www.earthlimos.com/  702-980-9606  / Miles Bunch
  2. Presidential Limo: https://www.presidentiallimolv.com/  702-731-5577 / Carey Hightower

 

These vendors have worked with CanyonRidge in the past and been fun, friendly and reasonable.  If you have any questions or need further information do not hesitate to call or email and we will do the best we can to help with any other part of your time here in Las Vegas.  marni@canyonridgephotography.com