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Las Vegas Photography “Shoot Out”

June 19, 2015
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When you pause to think about how technology has changed our world in just the last twenty years you probably wouldn’t think that it has affected hair and makeup artistry much but you would be surprised.

As a makeup artist I’ve always tried to maintain my education and stay updated with products, tools, training, and techniques. However, over the past 20 years technology in the actual camera has changed tremendously. The days of “pancake makeup” and 35 millimeter cameras and darkroom are almost obsolete.   So how does an old dog learn new tricks and stay current?  Join the national ordination of PUG. PUG stands for Pictage Users Group and the Las Vegas Chapter was spear headed by the lovely Chelsea Nicole of Chelsea Nicole photography.

This group of professional photographers, now 150+ has so graciously allowed me, a makeup artist, to join their group so I can learn right along side with them.

The organization hosts a monthly meeting with its members that is over 150 strong where they discuss the latest photography and business topics, host guest speakers, and just have fun.  I absolutely love that this group of men and women are so open to sharing and educating each other to elevate the level of work produced here in Las Vegas.

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Each year PUG holds a “shoot out” where Chelsea Nicole organizes a theme, location and of course style along with education for photographers. This year the shoot out was hosted by Alt f studios, John Michael cooper, Dalisa Cooper, and Chris Purdum of Orange Soda Photo.  Different lighting workstations were set up for the photographers to utilize learning the best lighting techniques for both indoors and out.   Makeup in the 702 was asked to join the learning experience to incorporate the hair and makeup for the models in the different lighting stations.

I asked john Michael cooper of Alt f photography why he gives so much to the organization and his words were “if I help others and give them an education I give them an inspiration to become better and continue to make Las Vegas a sought after photography market”. Wow john wow!!!

I could go on and on and on about how truly AMAZING this group of professional is and how being a member has helped Makeup In The 702 remain an industry leader here in Las Vegas….  but as they say a picture is worth a thousand words!  So please take a moment to browse the galleries below and enjoy the best of the best photos from the workshop all submitted by Chelsea Nicole herself!

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When Passion Drives You Grab The Wheel!

June 12, 2015
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biopic1_1366756121As we congratulate the class of 2015 we wish them well and much success in life. High school for most of us is where we started to develop our own ideals and passions that have shaped our lives. This week we met up with Kristen Hansen from KMH Photography this week who tells us high school is where it all started for her. As a member of her high school’s photography club she would spend countless hours perfecting her black and white prints and began experimenting with techniques and discovering her passion for image making. Following college she began shooting weddings and portraits for friends and family, in 2009 she took her passion and created KMH Photography which has really allowed her to find her style, her artistic voice and discover what fulfills her.

I get to work with so many incredibly amazing Las Vegas photographers and am always curious to know what makes it real for them.  Kristen tells us “I adore capturing real moments – real hugs, real tears, real glances, real belly laughs. During each and every wedding, my focus remains on creating memories for the couple. I want my couples to relive the crazy range of emotions they felt on their wedding day – from the nerves to the relief to the pure joy to the teary moments. If I can make them emotional over their images, I consider it a job well done. At the end of the day, that’s what makes this business the most fulfilling. I really have the best job in the world – I get to create art for a living, deliver it to clients who treasure it, and create lasting friendships with really cool people. “

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I imagine that you get to work with many other makeup artists in Las Vegas what makes working with Makeup In the 702 different for you?

“Working with Makeup in the 702 is a dream – your stylists and artists are super professional and truly know what they are doing. As a photographer, makeup and hair is so important. You have to trust that their face won’t be a different shade than their neck, that their eyelashes won’t fall off, and that their hair won’t be windblown after being outside for an hour. If I know Makeup in the 702 is working a wedding with me, I know that the bride will be stunning and her hair and makeup will last for hours.”
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Las Vegas is the “wedding capital” of the world what would you like a planning couple to know about you and your business?

“I love shooting portraits and weddings in Las Vegas and love traveling to destination locations as well. My packages are all customizable and all include digital hi-res edited images. If you’re not sure how many hours you need or how to plan your wedding day photography, not to fear! I always help my brides create a custom timeline and recommend however many hours work best for them. Just email me at info@kmh-photography.com or call me at 702-285-9588 and I’ll be happy to help!”

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It seems that there are so many choices for wedding photography these days what are some common misconceptions that you encounter in your industry?

“One misconception is that photographers are all alike. We all have our own style, personality, technique and method. I’d encourage couples to look online, pick out their favorite portfolios and meet with those photographers in person. Your photographer is going to be with you just as much as your bridal party on your wedding day – it’s important that you mesh with them and feel comfortable around them.” For me personally, I take great pride in connecting with my clients. I want to know them, what they like and who they are. By understanding them and their relationship, I’m able to create better images of them and take their likes and dislikes into account. Having a great relationship with my clients really takes my work to the next level and helps me create some beautiful memories for them.
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Every photographer finds their inspiration in different places, are there particular elements or places that inspire your creativity?

“I find inspiration in all sorts of ways! I love art, music, and films. I look at a set of wedding, art and design blogs daily to keep up on any new trends and make sure I’m feeding my creative side. I also love nature and travel, discovering new places always leads to a spark of photo inspiration and an idea of a styled shoot.”

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Thank you so much for spending time with us Kristen! Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers today?

(Smiling) “I’ve already been so wordy!  If you need any more info, just let me know!”

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Phone: 702-285-9588

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It Takes A Team To Build A Dream

June 5, 2015
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indexCongratulations on your engagement!  Now what! It’s time to build a team!!  Today we have some AMAZING photos for you from Alt F. Photography of the team Rebecca & Ross put together for their dream day!

Staring with the dress! Absolute layers of lovely from Vera Wang.  Who says you have to go with traditional white shoes these days?  Rebecca chose these stunning royal blue beauties from Manolo Blahnik a perfect choice! I do just love the simplicity of Rebecca’s bouquet of white roses from Naakiti floral.

Rebecca and Ross chose the Bellagio Hotel and Casino for their venue.  Perhaps one of our personal favorites!  Using wedding services provided for by the hotel streamlined many options for the planning couple such as arranging for the cake and linen coordination.

Last, but certainly not least on the list of incredible vendors coordinated for this wedding is yours truly Makeup In The 702.  As your makeup artist and your hair stylist are generally the first vendor the bride works with on her day we take that responsibility very seriously as we often set the tone for the others for the day.  Rebecca was just an absolute joy to work with.

Using a wedding coordinator, especially if you are a destination bride can really help relieve the stress of it all.  Rebecca and Ross chose Andrea Eppolito Events. As you can see there day turned out picture perfect!
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Additional wedding vendors chosen by Rebecca & Ross included:
Something New (Videography)
DJ Mike Fox & Company
Classical Entertainment Inc

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Senior Street Team Red Carpet Fabulous

May 22, 2015
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Few moments in our life compare to our Senior year of high school.  It’s a time of our life where it’s both the end and the beginning.  Friendships are formed that will last us a lifetime and cherished memories are made.  A few weeks ago we shared some fantastic wedding photography with you from Myrna Loy Photography, today we are back with Myrna to talk about her Senior Street Team program.

Myrna, how did the Senior Street Team get started?

After taking a workshop geared toward Senior Portraits early this year, I fell absolutely in love with every part of it! So much so, that I decided to create one heck of a program for my Senior Street Team.

What does the Senior Street Team get for participating?

My seniors are investing in an awesome experience that they will remember forever. They will feel like a celebrity with all the outfits, locations, pro hair and makeup. The  Senior Street Team is essentially my models for the duration of their senior year. I designed this program to allow these girls to be able to have extra fun and get some pretty awesome photos during their senior year. You only go through this time once in your life, so I wanted to make this crazy awesome. To make sure that we kicked it off in style and set the standard, I called upon the beautiful and talented Megan to help out with my Street Team’s first shoot of the year.   My girls LOVED the look you created for them and they all looked so red carpet fabulous!

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All my senior clients, not just my street team, get some pretty awesome gifts and all sessions include professional makeup. It is so stinkin’ awesome and I can’t wait to design the perfect senior session for other amazing gals and hand them their swag bag.

With the graduation season now upon us will you be putting together your team for 2016 soon?

I have NINE summer senior sessions that are ready to fill and those that fill those dates up before the end of May will get a $50 credit toward their senior portrait order.

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You can snag these spots by emailing me at info@myrnaloyphotography.com.

Lastly, where can our readers see more of your amazing photography?

You can visit my website at  www.myrnaloyphotography.com or find me on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/myrnaloyphotography and Instagram at www.instagram.com/myrnaloyphotography

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Makeup: Megan at Makeup in the 702
Hair: Styles by Stacia https://www.facebook.com/pages/Styles-by-Stacia/

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Orange Soda Photography The “Pop n Fizz” in Photography

May 15, 2015
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Can I just start by saying how much fun it is to work with Orange Soda Photography!  Chris and Alicia are as cool as an ice cold orange soda on a hot summer day.  They make you forget you are even at work.  During a photoshoot there is little time to really get to know the backstory of all of the incredible people we get to work with in Las Vegas so we are truly grateful today to be able to share a little bit with you about Chris and Alicia from Orange Soda Photography.

I asked Chris and Alicia to share a little bit about their business and a memorable experience they have had with Makeup in the 702 and this is what they had to say.

We are a husband and wife team here at Orange Soda Photo. We both owned our own photography business before we met. We met at a wedding show in 2008 and it was true love at first sight. We knew we belonged together so we immediately combined our businesses and Orange Soda Photography was born. Photography is all we do, and we have a great passion for the field of photography, continually trying to improve our knowledge and skill.

We have had the privilege of working often with Make Up in the 702, however, one of our most memorable experiences together was when we used Make Up in the 702 for our own maternity session. We are so accustomed to working together on events, that it was an awesome experience to be the one being pampered. They did an incredible job on Alicia’s hair and make up, and only solidified even more why we love them so much.”

 

What would you like a planning couple to know about Orange Soda Photography?

We love everything we do. For us, every aspect of this is positive. We get to meet cool and fun people who are excited about their wedding, or their creative portrait or family session. We get to photograph and experience people coming together to celebrate and share with each other and then we get to edit those images and deliver them to excited people who always love their images. How can you not love doing something like that?”

Do you think people have misconceptions about professional photography?

The most common misconception is that people think they’re not photogenic, when in reality is has more to do with the photographer, lighting and posing than the subject.

One of the statements we often hear is usually a variation of “I really don’t like my photo being taken” or I don’t look good in photographs”. We overcome that by engaging ourselves into the situation, we never see people as a job. We see the actual people with their own stories and backgrounds and bring that personality out. It’s one of the things we love, being part of the human experience on some of the happiest days of people’s lives.”

 

What are some of the benefits of choosing Orange Soda Photography?

A truly positive experience and photographs that aren’t like the norm, but still tell the story without being dated. We both started in film photography in the 80s and carry much of that over today. We’ve been photographing people since 1986 in one form or another and you don’t keep doing that unless you absolutely love what you’re doing. Chris started with his camera in the Army in Central America and Alicia traveled Europe and the US with her SLR and 3D cameras and combined we bring a set of experiences like few have.”

You’ve been doing this a long time, where do you two find your inspiration?

We find inspiration everywhere, but two favorites are high fashion and film noir. Chris’s grandfather worked in the movie industry during the depression as a cameraman, and that’s definitely carried over. Alicia often finds inspiration in the joy of family life and the strong bonds it brings.”

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Any final thoughts for our readers?

Every time we see that Makeup in the 702 is the MUAH for a wedding or shoot, we’re so happy because we know that our brides will be well taken care of, and will look truly amazing.”

Awwww now you have me blushing like a bride…. thank you so much for sharing with us today.

If you’d like to see more images from Orange Soda Photography please visit their website and subscribe to their blog.

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May 2015 Sin City Woman of Business-Megan Payne

May 1, 2015
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Makeup In the 702 Owner Megan Payne was selected as the May 2015 Sin City Presents Magazine Woman of Business!

About Sin City Presents Magazine

“Sin” City Presents” Magazine delivers the back-beat of Las Vegas! There’s something for everyone! Sin City Presents, your brand, your event, your cause… Sin City Presents… YOU! Entertainment, Business & Community! “Sin” City Presents” brings you news from the back-beat of the Las Vegas Community. Featured articles include industry news from the local music and entertainment scene, leading local industries, business and causes in SIN City. A publication for you and about you.

A note from the Sin City Presents Magazine Editor, Genie Forkner.
Each month we select a shining example of women in business in our community. These women represent the epitome of professionalism and integrity in their respective industries.
Don’t forget to subscribe to Sin City Presents Magazine! It’s FREE!

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Brides and Grads Get Celebrity Treatment with Myrna Loy Photography

April 24, 2015
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When we stop to think about the milestones in our lives few compare to our high school graduation and our wedding day.  Today we are talking with a Las Vegas Photographer that specializes in capturing the moments of those two paramount moments.
Welcome Myrna Loy Photography!!!

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“Hi there! I am Myrna, owner and photographer for Myrna Loy Photography. I am a senior portrait and wedding photographer here in the beautiful Las Vegas. I have been photographing weddings for about 10 years now, 3 of those as my own business and the others as a second shooter for a photographer on the coast of North Carolina. I was excited to begin my own journey here in Las Vegas. I love coffee, the beach (which I miss dearly), spending time with my family and friends, shopping, fun jewelry, horses, and trying new things. I don’t like many sweets, but butter cream icing is my weakness.”

I’m not entirely sure if people truly understand or can appreciate the planning and thought that goes in to photographing a wedding can you tell us a little bit about your processes?

Wedding photography is not just about pulling out the camera and snapping photos during the wedding, but about capturing the moment. It is also about making sure the final product is perfection. An eight hour wedding could very well be about 20 hours of time dedicated to that couple. Between consults, planning, meeting, engagement sessions, the wedding, post-processing (editing), presenting the images, ordering, packaging, and everything in between, it is no short task. As a wedding photographer, I want to make sure that my and my couples and I are the right fit for each other. I feel that me and my clients should have that spark when we first talk, like it was meant to be. My clients are like my friends and they shall be treated like one. This also goes for my high school seniors in planning their perfect senior session.

I am a low volume wedding photographer. I want to make sure my clients get the attention they deserve, I only accept one wedding (or 2 elopements) per month. These beautiful couples get my full attention for the wedding day.”

You also specialize in portraits for graduating seniors what inspired you to choose that particular occasion to specialize in?

Graduating high school is a huge moment in a teenager’s life and I want to capture who they really are at the moment in time. I want them to look back and not just see a photo but be able to see all the fun they had throughout their senior year.

My seniors are investing in an awesome experience that they will remember forever. They will feel like a celebrity with all the outfits, locations, pro hair and makeup. They will for sure get that boost of confidence and images that their friends will envy. Seniors are so much fun to photograph!”

There are so many amazingly talented photographers here in Las Vegas, what are some the things you have done to add value to your services?

One distinction is that I offer professional makeup and hair to my brides and seniors as part of the package. They deserve to be pampered like a celeb for this special time in their lives. Makeup in the 702 has done such an amazing job and Megan you are a total sweetheart!

My wedding packages include the digitals, and album, and an engagement session. I want my couples to have something beautiful and tangible to walk away with and not just a USB of images. We have been married for 5 years and I have printed ONE image from our wedding. I want to make sure that this doesn’t happen to my clients. Our albums are fabulous heirloom quality and completely custom designed.

Weddings are just downright amazing and fun. Everything about them makes me giddy. From photographing the moment he pops the question to heading off into the sunset as newlyweds, I love it all. Psst, I still tear up at every single wedding just as if it were a family member or close friend of mine.

I am so in love with the scenery and the endless possibilities for weddings and portraits here in Las Vegas. I am a sucker for details and just head over heels in love with all things pretty. It is the little things that count just as much as those big moments. As you enjoy your day, I am there to make sure we document those moments for you to look back on and pass down for generations.

There are many amazing photographers out there that I admire, I love trying new things. I have always been an artist. I was obsessed with watercolor painting and still life pencil drawings. My mind is always going wild with new ideas and I am always excited to put them into action. My inspiration could spawn from something as simple as the colors of a pillow I saw in Home Goods.”

For those interested in working with Myrna Loy Photography please visit her website www.myrnaloyphotography.com and don’t forget to follow her on Facebook and Instagram!

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Discovering the joy with Kristen Joy Photography

April 17, 2015
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We get to work with so many absolutely AMAZING photographers here our beautiful city of Las Vegas. Today we are so happy to introduce you to Kristen Joy Photography she truly is a “joy” to work with and seems to experience so much of her own joy from her work.

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort~Franklin D. Roosevelt

Kristen can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started as a photographer?

Hmmmm, A little about me, I love weddings, I love all the little details and joy that comes from the day. I love working with brides and seeing their visions come to life. I originally started as a family photographer, when I received the chance to be a second shooter for an amazing photographer, I realized I was missing out on all the fun! I started in 2007 and have been photographing weddings ever since.

I especially love working with you at Makeup in the 702 because you are so talented at what you do. I work to make every individual client happy and it’s hard to find others in this town with the same mindset. I remember working with you on a shoot in the dry lake bed, when I told you my ideas, you were just as excited as I was. I love that you have passion for your work and joy shines through every email and phone call.”

 

What kind of misconceptions do you think people have about wedding photography?

There can be misconceptions about wedding photography, one that sticks out to me is, when a person sees the photos after the wedding or event and says, “Wow you must have a really nice camera.” It make me giggle a bit, because all though most wedding photographers do have nice cameras, we take our job seriously and consider ourselves artists. I happen to shoot a lot of film photography as well, my film camera probably cost me less than most peoples iphones, but I can produce beautiful works of art on that 35mm camera.

There are a millions benefits to hiring a professional photographer. One major benefit to hiring a professional photographer is you will be able to view your timeless memories over and over with the confidence that they will turn out. I hear people say, “my friend just bought a camera, so he is going to photograph my wedding.” My heart hurts a bit hearing that, you spend so much money on your wedding day and are risking losing those timeless photographs.”

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What challenges and inspires you?

I find so much inspiration in Las Vegas, not the Strip and casino Vegas, but the landscape, the Red Rocks, the Dry lake Beds, the succulents, our scenery is so diverse. I love the highlighting that our unique landscape adds to my photographs. I’m so thankful to work in such a fun and inspiring community like Las Vegas. We are a hub of amazing talent and it truly pushes me to be the top in field daily.”

 

Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home… it’s your responsibility to love it, or change it”~Chuck Palahniuk
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Meet New Media Vegas-A Vendor We Love!

April 4, 2015
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2014 RockGosz Hall of Fame Awards Vamp’d Vegas Photo courtesy of Photography of Leah Burlington

In today’s world and in business things change everyday.  It can be quite overwhelming to keep up with it all and even more challenging finding some one you can trust with your website especially when your website is your lifeline.  I struggled to find the right people for quite some time.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think that when I picked up the phone and called Genie that these two amazing people would come into my life with such exuberance and passion and a love of all things rock and roll. Today I want to share with you another Vendor we love at Makeup In The 702.  It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Duane & Genie Forkner from New Media Vegas our webmaster and the creators of Sin City Presents Magazine.

Any time I reach out for help they are there. They never laugh at my silly questions or think a task that I ask them to help me with is to big or to small or not worth their time.

A few weeks ago I received a text from Genie when I was on location with a client and she said “Congratulations on hitting 15,000 hits to your website. WHAT?!?!?! Are you kidding me- unbelievable!!  Just a small thing but it was quite a feeling of accomplishment in my day and something for my team to celebrate.

I did manage to get these two to sit still for a couple of minutes for few quick questions about their business and this is what they had to share with us.

Typically the vendors we get to share with our readers are others in the wedding services industry yours is a little different, what do you want a planning couple to know about your business?

Let’s see, well for a happy couple planning their special day we can build them a website to share with their friends and family.  Not every couple is comfortable with posting all of their special plans on a social media site so a wedding website is a nice option.  It offers the couple a central location to share milestones with friends and family, list links for their registries, post photos, collect RSVP’s and post maps.  A website offers a little more protection and privacy that you can’t get with social media.  Another benefit of having a website is that it can grow with you and become a great family sharing point as you begin to build your life together. We can also offer planning couple a place to announce their engagement in our magazine, Sin City Presnets. Some say the tradition of an engagement announcement is a nostalgic practice that has seen its time pass, I think it’s pretty cool to be able to share your happiness with the world somewhere other that Facebook.

What are some of the misconceptions about your service?

That question is probably more applicable to the type of clients we serve as opposed to a planning couple.  The biggest misconceptions in the web industry these days are anyone can build a website for free and the one we hear all too often is “I have a website how come I am not on page one of Google?”  Nothing is FREE!  There are costs involved in having a website and there are a lot of tricksters out there that will hold your domain names and content hostage.  We place the power back in your hands by making sure our clients have complete access and control of their online assets.  Educating our clients is our greatest tool.  Next, getting on page one of Google takes a lot of work there are no shortcuts.  SEO (serach engine optimization) is an investment of both time and financial resources.

What are the benefits of using your service?

Accessibility, integrity and we’re local. That may sound simple but it’s true. We answer the phone! Not everyone, especially in Las Vegas works 9-5 so we work when our clients need us to. We’re both from Las Vegas so we understand this unique marketplace. We won’t try to buffalo you, and believe us when we say we have seen every type of scam and hustle out there we have.   If we can’t do something we’ll tell you and we’ll do our best to find someone we trust to refer you to. We don’t make promises we can’t keep and we strive to over deliver every time. If you succeed we succeed!  We’re not interested in transactional relationships we work hard at establishing and maintainig long term business relationships.  We do that by being active in our community and participating in business networks that have a solid foundation and reputation in Las Vegas.  Organizations  such as the Las Vegas Wedding Network and the Convention Services Association of Las Vegas where we serve as board members.

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Where do you find your inspiration?

The people around us. When it comes to web design and marketing for our client it’s our job to bring it life. Every website we design and every piece of content we create reflects the personality of their brand not ours. Nothing we do is cookie cutter. The content for the magazine is driven by the people as well. The core of the content is centered around entertainment, business and community. We were able to take things we both love and create a platform to share the things that make others happy with the world.

It’s really the little things that matter and the undeniable support that I have from these two that make me want to wrap my arms around them and say- THANK YOU!!!! Thank you for being you. Thank you for being genuine and thank you for supporting my dreams.

If you are in need of updating your website, need one for your wedding or are starting a new project please visit their website at www.newmediavegas.com to get to know more about the services they offer and be sure to check out Sin City Presents Magazine it’s a great resource for both locals and those planning a destination wedding or event in Las Vegas and don’t forget to subscribe, it’s FREE!

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