Photo Sessions on the Vegas Strip

Being a resident, I’ve had the privilege to do some fun shoots on the Las Vegas Strip. However, there are certain challenges photographers have to face while doing a shoot on The Strip. Here are some tips and other things to keep in mind beforehand:

Crowds, crowds, and more crowds!
The Vegas Strip is a HUGE tourist destination, with millions of people visiting a year! You will always run into crowds, especially on the weekends. Fridays and Saturdays are the most busiest days.

Prior to your shoot, I would also look online to see what events are happening on The Strip. Other than New Year’s Eve, The Strip gets especially crowded during boxing and UFC events, as well as Golden Knights hockey games.

Professional photography shoots are generally not allowed inside the hotel and casinos.
Regardless if you are a guest at that hotel or not, professional photography is generally not allowed inside the property. Some hotels are more strict than others. If security spots you with a professional-looking camera and setup, they will ask you to leave.

I still try to take pictures of clients sitting on the slots machines or in a indoor area, but I always make it fast. I also make sure to pick a spot that is far away from security or any employee. By the time any one does spot us, we are already finished and ready to move on.

Photo sessions are best taken outside.
Vegas Strip sessions are always outside. Shoots are along the sidewalks because they are public areas. If you are doing outdoor shoots near the valet area or anywhere closer to the building, it is technically still under private property. Security can still kick you out and make you move somewhere else. Just like shooting indoors, it is best to fly under the radar and not draw any attention to yourself.

Do not attract too much attention.
When people visit Las Vegas, they want to go wild and free. You’ll be hearing a lot of cheering and “Wooo, Vegas!” However, I would not do that during a photo shoot, especially indoors and near a slot machine. The more attention you bring to yourself, the more likely security will kick you out. I would save the energy when you’re outdoors!

Everything is actually further than you think!
Just because you’re at New York, New York and can see the Bellagio doesn’t mean it’s a close walk. The Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood are named that for a reason – because it’s a far walk from the parking lot to the front. It can take hours to cover the entire Strip because there is so much to see!

Even though doing a shoot on The Strip seems a bit strict, it still can be tons of fun!

Why Print Your Photos?

I have a very large family of extended relatives. On my mother’s side of the family alone, I have 20 first cousins. With that many first cousins, you can image how large my family tree is with just one branch alone!

I am the administrator of a group page on Facebook where my extended family can communicate and also figure out how we’re all related. My mother and I are were in charge of setting up a family reunion. In a perfect world, if everyone under the family tree can attend, we would have close to 1,000 people. Unfortunately, only probably 1/8 of the family tree would be able to attend.

One of my relatives recently posted a scanned picture of my great-grandmother on the group page. This was probably the ONLY picture of my great-grandmother ever to exist!

Seeing the picture inspired me to write this blog about the importance of printing your photos, especially in the digital age. We take photos so our future grandchildren and great-grandchildren can know how we look like. However, what happens when your CD is scratched or your hard drive cannot retrieve your files? Technology becomes obsolete very fast. How do you retrieve your picture files, especially if memory cards and USB flash drives will become as obsolete as floppy disks in the future? CD-ROM disks are dying fast as the most latest computers, especially Macs, do not have these disk drives.

The easy solution…print your photos!

The best way to ensure your printed photos has the best quality…hire a professional photographer!