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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.
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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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Gratuity etiquette 10 and your wedding or To tip or not to Tip

April 10, 2015
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Ok ok ok, this Friday let’s get down and dirty and talk about- money.  Yes, I know a very touchy subject for some, but I felt it necessary to dive into the subject of  “the gratuity” other wise know as “tipping” in Sin City.  Often an overlooked expense when planning your wedding so let’s delve in to this traditional practice.

635603221072648708216670680_tips-gratuitiesLet’s begin with a little history; in the 16th century guests at English mansions were expected to give a “vail” or a small amount of money at the end of their visit for the servants and the extra work they had to do while there were guests.  The word “tip’ is actually an acronym, T.I.P. actually comes from “To Insure Promptitude” which is odd in and of itself in that a gratuity is not given prior to receiving services but rather after.

The dictionary definition for the word “gratuity” is a gift of money over and above payment due for services or something given without claim or demand.

Tipping is also a cultural practice. In a city like Las Vegas there are several opportunities in our day in which it has become customary to tip.  In addition to the usual waiter or waitress we have become accustomed to tipping the valet parking attendant, the door man, the bell hop, the change girl, the showroom usher and the bartender to name a few.  In fact tipping is SO customary in our city that the IRS gets their share of it as well.  Employees that fall in to a job class defined as as tipped employee are often times paid a lower hourly rate because the IRS has made the assumption that the average amount of tips earned maintains the deficiency in the hourly rate.

In many countries tipping is not a part of their day to day practices. Tips and their amount are a matter of social custom, and the custom varies between countries and settings. In some locations tipping is discouraged and considered insulting; while in some other locations tipping is expected from customers.  In Japan for instance tipping is not a part of the culture. It is not expected and can cause confusion.  Japanese people see tipping as insulting.  Let me add one more twist to this whole tipping scenario for you, as if I haven’t given you enough to think about already.  In some regions a service charge is automatically added to your bill.

tipping-wedding-vendors-who-to-tip-how-much-amount-to-tip-wedding-vendors-tips-wedding-etiquetteSo how does this all fit in to your wedding plans?  Las Vegas remains the wedding capitol of the world and we are privileged to work with couples from virtually every country and  culture so what is a planning couple to do and what should a wedding service provider expect.

The concept of tipping is not itself difficult to understand but the who to tip and how much to tip those providing services for your wedding can be a little tricky to navigate.  This being somewhat of a hot topic we turned to “The Knot” for some recommendations.

Wedding Planner

Wedding planners won’t likely expect anything; however, if yours did a great job you can always offer a token of your appreciation. (Note: Non-monetary thank-yous like professional photos of the wedding for the planner’s portfolio can go a long way too.) Approximately 50 percent of couples do tip their planners — typically those with more opulent weddings.

Protocol: Optional

The Standard: Up to $500, or a nice gift

When to Tip: The bride should hand off the envelope at the end of the reception, or, she should send a thank-you note with photos or a check after the honeymoon.

Wedding Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist

This is one area where a gratuity is definitely expected. Tip between 15 – 20 percent just as you would in a hair salon, and consider giving a little extra if there’s a crisis

Protocol: Expected

The Standard: 15 – 25 percent, depending upon the quality of service

When to Tip: At the end of your service

Wedding Delivery and Set-up Staff

Slip a few dollars to anyone delivering important items to the site ( wedding cake , flowers, or sound system). And if a lot of gear needs to be brought in and set up (tents, chairs, or port-a-potties), the workers deserve a tip too.

Protocol: Expected

The Standard: $5 – $10 per person

When to Tip: Drop off cash envelopes the day before the wedding to the catering manager so the person accepting deliveries can turn the tip.

Wedding Ceremony Officiant

If your officiant is affiliated with a church or synagogue, you’re often expected to make a donation to that institution. If you’re a member you’ll probably want to give a larger amount than if you’re not. However, if you’re getting married there and they’re charging you to use the space, feel free to give a smaller amount. If you’re using a nondenominational officiant, no tip is required because they will charge you for their time.

Protocol:

Expected (depending on officiant)

The Standard: Donate $500+ to the church or synagogue, or, for a nondenominational officiant, an optional tip of $50 – $100

When to Tip: Most ceremony fees are required prior to the wedding. Otherwise, have the best man pass the cash envelope at the rehearsal dinner if the officiant is in attendance.

Wedding Ceremony Musicians

If you worked with a mini orchestra to come up with the perfect score for your service (and they pulled it off flawlessly), consider showing some monetary thanks for their talent. However, you probably don’t have to tip the solo church organist who was required to play.

Protocol: Optional

The Standard: $15 – $20 per musician

When to Tip: At the end of the ceremony.

Wedding Photographer/Videographer

You’re not expected to give your shutterbugs any dough beyond their normal fees. Yet if the wedding photographer or videographer doesn’t own the studio, consider tipping each person (or give a certain amount with a thank-you note to disperse to staff).

Protocol: Optional

The Standard: $50 – $200 per vendor

When to Tip: At the end of the reception.

Wedding Reception Staff

This type of staff includes the on-site coordinator, maitre d’, and banquet manager. A service charge (typically 2 percent) is almost always built in to the food and drink fee, so check your contract. If the gratuity is not included, tip as follows.

Protocol: Expected

The Standard: 15 – 20 percent of the food and drink fee (based on labor, not the cost), or $200 – $300 for the maitre d’.

When to Tip: If it’s covered in the contract, the final bill is typically due before the reception. Otherwise, have the father of the bride or best man hand the envelope to the maitre d’ at the end of the reception since you will need to know the final tab to calculate the percentage.

Wedding Reception Attendants

When it comes to bartenders, waitstaff, parking, bathroom, and coat-room attendants the rules of tipping are dictated by your contract. If the service fee is included, consider doling out extra only if the service was exceptional. If it’s not included, ask ahead of time how many attendants will be working your wedding and calculate on a per person basis.

Protocol: Optional, based on contract

The Standard: $20 – $25 per bartender or waiter; $1 per guest for coat room and parking attendants; $1 per car

When to Tip: Although tips are traditionally passed out at the end of the event, you could alternately distribute them at the beginning of the evening, to encourage all the workers to give you great service.

Wedding Reception Band or DJ

Whether you hire 12-piece swing band or grooving to a DJ, tipping musicians is completely optional. (Depending on the quality of the job and how willing they were to follow your ideal playlist!) And don’t forget about any sound technicians they bring with them.

Protocol: Optional, yet preferred

The Standard: $20 – $25 per musician; $50 – $150 for DJs

When to Tip: At the end of the reception, by the best man.

Wedding Transportation

Again, check your contract, as gratuity is usually included. If it isn’t, plan to tip provided they show up on time and don’t get lost!

Protocol: Expected

The Standard: 15 – 20 percent of the total bill

When to Tip: At the end of the night or after the last ride. If you used a separate company for the guest buses, designate a bus captain to hand the driver a tip, otherwise, this duty falls to the best man.

 

When in doubt the best rule of thumb is to follow the customs of the country you are in.  CNTraveler has a fantastic guide on gratuities in 50 countries if you would like to learn more about tipping in other cultures.    Lastly, for those receiving tips as a part of their compensation, above all just be gracious both in accepting and not receiving a gratuity.  For those giving if you aren’t sure just ask…. if it is customary they WILL let you know. When a client asks me about a gratuity I tell them “it’s never expected but always appreciated.”

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Scenic Las Vegas Weddings

March 20, 2015
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The Southern Nevada desert provides some pretty spectacular backdrops for outdoor photo shoots.  There are so many options we won’t possibly be able to share them with you all at once but we have selected a few pretty spectacular locations and images to share with you today from Scenic Las Vegas Weddings wedding planning and photography.  With the city of Las Vegas being the wedding capital of the world you can plan virtually any wedding senario you can imagine.  Today we are so happy to introduce you to a vendor we love, Scenic Las Vegas weddings!   They are not your typical wedding planning company, they offer amazing locations, heartfelt ceremonies and stunning photographs that you will cherish forever.

A common misconception when you think of planning a Las Vegas wedding is that the only type of wedding offered in Las Vegas is a cheesy chapel wedding and that is definitely not the case. There are so many incredible locations in and around Las Vegas. Some of the most incredible locations are just a short trip out of the city limits. Places like Valley of Fire, Red Rock at Spring Mountain Ranch, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and Las Vegas Nelson Ghost Town. Ghost town? WHAT? This old Nevada mining town offers up some incredible props and backdrops and is hot spot for Las Vegas photographers. Old barns, a saloon, gas pumps, old rusted-out vehicles, a water pump and even the remains of a plane crash. Of course this is still Vegas so you know we have to have a little “Elvis” in there somewhere, one of the scenes from Kevin Costner’s “3000 Miles to Graceland” was filmed in Nelson. Visit this gallery on the Scenic Las Vegas Weddings website for some really unique photos taken in Nelson.

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We’ve had the opportunity to work with Scenic Las Vegas Weddings on many many occasions  so we were really excited about spending some more time with them to learn a bit more about them.  One of the benefits of choosing Scenic Las Vegas Weddings is that they are owned and operated by professional wedding photographers so couples receive top quality photographs with their wedding package.  They also focus on quality over quantity.  They don’t over book their day.  They give each couple the time that is needed making for a relaxed and memorable day.

Scenic Las Vegas Weddings finds it’s inspiration in the beautiful, natural surroundings that we are so privileged to use for wedding locations in Southern Nevada and of course, the man made beauty of the Las Vegas Strip!

Some of the other popular and scenic locations Scenic Las Vegas Weddings works with are Valley of Fire State Park, Lakeside at Tule Springs-Floyd Lamb Park, Pahrump Valley Winery Grand Canyon and of course if you have a favorite, special or memorable scenic location of your own Scenic Las Vegas Weddings will provide services at a location of your choice.
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Whether your planning a destination wedding, are a resident of our radiant desert planning the day of your dreams discover our beautiful state there is so much wonder out there beyond the twinkling lights of the strip. To get you started on your exploration please visit the Scenic Las Vegas Weddings website you will be memorized!

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We have been extremely happy working with Makeup in the 702 for almost four years. Their work, attention to detail, timelines, and kindness really set them apart from other companies in Las Vegas. We will continue sending our brides who want to look their very best for their special day to Makeup in the 702!

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Makeup In The 702 Center Stage With The Emerics

March 13, 2015
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Did you know that on your wedding day, an average of 1,000 photos will be taken? Digital or disposable, color or black and white, natural or candle light; professional photographic makeup and professional hair styling will ensure that you are ready to face a day in front of the camera.  Today we are just thrilled to introduce you to the Emerics!  We’ve had many years of experiences together and I can’t tell you how excited I am to feature your then today on our blog.

Q & A with Jessie & Jason Emeric

Jessie and Jason why don’t we begin with an introduction can you tell our readers a little bit about yourselves?

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Photo Credit: Solar Photographers

We are Jessie & Jason Emeric. We’re wedding photographers for happy couples in love. We’ve been photographing weddings together for over 10 years and we absolutely love what we do. We believe in telling the complete story of your wedding day and capturing all the must-have shots, but also the fun moments in between.

We love working with Makeup in the 702 and sigh a breath of relief when our brides tell us they’ll be using Makeup in the 702 because we know they’ll be in good hands. They will feel amazing and look gorgeous, making our job super easy 🙂

Awwww Thank you! I can’t tell you how much that means to both me and my team. It means a lot to us to create a memorable experience for both the bride and our colleagues.

Let’s take a moment to talk about planning. What do you want a planning couple to know about your business?

We’d like couples to know that wedding photography isn’t just a business for us. We are truly passionate about weddings. We seriously get excited for each and every couple we meet and have the privilege of photographing.

What are some of the misconceptions about your service?

Some people may not realize all the work that goes into wedding photography. Wedding photography is a lot more than just having a fancy camera and showing up at the wedding. There’s also a lot more that happens after the photographs are taken on the wedding day. A lot of work goes into post-production, making sure our couples have the best wedding photographs.

canyon_gate_country_club_las_vegas_wedding-03Choosing a wedding photographer is one of the biggest decisions a planning couple will make after all, wedding pictures are a cherished keepsake, passed down through generations, and the only commemoration of the thousands of hours and dollars spent to plan one of the most important days of your life. What are the benefits of using your service?

A few benefits of having us photograph your wedding day is that we love being there for our couples and it shows. Every wedding and every couple is different and we treat all our couples as individuals, as friends. We know being photographed can be intimidating for some folks, but know that we will make you feel comfortable, relaxed, and beautiful on your wedding day.

Every bride wants their photos to be as unique as they are I’m certain that must be a challenging aspect of your work. Where do you find your inspiration?

We find inspiration everywhere and anywhere. We love spending time outdoors and being open to new opportunities and fun times. It’s often in these moments when inspiration is at it’s best! We love bright colors, happy images, and keeping things fresh.

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Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers today?

We’d love to hear from them and learn all about what they believe in. We want to capture a bit of their love story! We’re based in Las Vegas, but we’ll travel wherever love takes them!

Thank you so much for spending some time with me today and sharing with our readers. We look forward to sharing many more years of experiences with you!theemerics

To get to know more about the Emerics please visit thier website at www.theemerics.com and visit them on Facebook. 

You can contact the Emerics via email at jessie@theemerics.com or by phone at 702-481-2944

 

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Jocelyn & Lance “Once Love, Love forever”

March 6, 2015
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Jocelyn and LanceIn today’s busy world sometimes brides and grooms have to get a little creative with their plans to accommodate the hectic schedules of their loved ones.  Today we’re happy to share with you the story of Jocelyn & Lance a mid December dream come true.

Having had the joy of meeting Jocelyn in September for their engagement shoot and makeup trial Makeup In The 702 was excited to be on location with the beautiful bride Jocelyn at the Elara on the day of their ceremony.  We enjoyed double the blessings with this happy couple since they had to double up on the days to include all of their loved ones.  We were blessed with being able to work with Jocelyn the next day at the beautiful Red Rock Resort.
Without further adieu we are happy to share with you the love story of Jocelyn & Lance

Jocelyn and Lance met at the Greater Philadelphia Sushi and Sake Meetup Group. Both were recent transplants to the Philly area. Both happened to see an email saying that this highly popular meetup had available seats for dinner at a local sushi place. Both went to the sushi dinner mostly looking to make new friends and didn’t necessarily expect to find love. In fact, Jocelyn wasn’t looking at all! After meeting a few times, Jocelyn and Lance realized they had a lot in common, enthusiasts of digital photography (though Nikon and Canon rivals), foodies, but also both lovers of being active outdoors with hiking, cycling, jogging, and rollerblading. Realizing that “when you know, you know” like Lance’s aunt liked to say, life quickly fell comfortably into place for the two of them and talk of a future life together began.

The wedding was planned for December, considering 12/13/14 or 12/14/14. Jocelyn’s father said that 12/13/14 would be the most auspicious date since in Chinese, certain numbers are lucky numbers because of what the number sounds like. So when the numbers 121314 are read individually, the numbers take on the meaning of “once love, love forever”, a very popular date for those of Chinese heritage. The only problem was that this date was extremely popular, particularly in a city like Vegas. So the perfect alternative was to have a small official casual wedding with family on 12/13/14 and a more formal ceremony and reception the next day. Double the celebration and double the happiness.

 

Congratulations and best wishes for a lifetime of happiness from all of us at Makeup In The 702

Photos courtesy of John Morris Photography

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50 Shades of Bridal Makeup

February 28, 2015
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Creating the perfect wedding look! Wedding makeup doesn’t come easy every bride is different every venue is different and every photographer is different. Your makeup artist and hair stylist are the very first vendor you interact with on your wedding day, and we take that responsibility very seriously. We understand how vital our role is, especially for weddings, and we set the tone for the entire wedding day. But we don’t feel like that’s pressure, just an awesome responsibility.

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Photo courtesy of ALT F and Ella Giaragino

At the risk of sounding a bit crass I have to put this out there, this is a service that you do not want to cheap out on. Hair and makeup can make or break the history of your wedding day photos. At the end of the day when the dancing is done and you’ve dashed off to begin your life anew the only thing that will be left to help you re-live the happiest day of your life are the magical moments captured in the photography.

With Las Vegas being the wedding capital of the World we meet brides from everywhere and this unpredictable desert weather can be a challenge in any season that is why highly recommend taking your makeup for a test drive so to speak and schedule a demo day.

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We mentioned budget a moment ago, here’s a bonus tip for you where you can score a two-for-one. Schedule your demo the same day as your engagement shoot!

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Photographers breathe a sigh of relief when they find out Makeup in the 702 is working with their Brides. Why? Because they know they’ll spend less time editing the photos which in turn means you’ll get your photos back quickly so you can share them with everyone that shared in your special day and more importantly those that were not able to attend.

To wrap our 50 shades of bridal makeup we thought we would leave you with some “Pinteresting” inspiration! P.S. Don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest and remember our guarantee! 15-hour water and transfer resistant!

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