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Those of us who call Las Vegas home, have endured many slights to our neon encrusted oasis.  From the very top of the political arena (Barak Obama) to the mid-western travelers of the red states, the grumblings of a morally bankrupt city have been heard.  But, as the attempts to sully her good name fade into oblivion, Las Vegas smiles as she survives generation after generation, providing to those all the fun and fantasy she can.

Honestly, for us who have established a business here (Alter Ego Studio), we love to hear of the strange, interesting and fantastical.  We in the entertainment industry are always waiting for the Las Vegas story.  We quietly snicker when Prince Harry has a  brief but much maligned romp with our city walls.  We equally have a Cheshire grin when Las Vegas becomes and remains a swing state for the Republican and Democratic parties. 

Las Vegas seems to be all things to all people.  The movie industry has embraced us as the place to start or end most of their films.  We are a mecca for Hollywood…a place academy award winners can sit next to the cast of The Hangover 3 on a level playing field.

Las Vegas is still not a place for kids…and we are ok with that.  It needs to harbor the big kids with their big tastes, big fantasy’s…and of course the big pool parties. 

We at Alter Ego Studio are in constant salute (pun intended) to Las Vegas…she is our sister-in-arms…and she will always be the Sexiest Woman Alive (although Mila Kunis is a good choice too!)

Las Vegas - Alter Ego Studio Salutes

Mila Kunis

Las Vegas Hot ChicksWith the end of Summer fast approaching, we here at Alter Ego Studio and The Viewfinders realized we had not paid proper homage to our Bikini clad finer gender.  Las Vegas, of late, has enjoyed a resurgence of Summer Pool goers.  Ladies and gentleman from across the nation flock to the cathedrals of decadence to soak in the rays and bask in the glow of the of the LasVegas pools.

The V Crew here at Alter Ego Studio has the pleasure, throughout the season, to have unfettered access to the pool areas for a variety of shoots.  We know how lucky we are to see the sights and sounds that we do.  That is why we wanted to reserve just a small space on our Blog to say thank you to the beautiful ladies and celebrity skin that graces the front of our lenses.

 

Las Vegas Summer

So…from Kim Kardashian to our tan and tone ladies visiting from across the globe…We Salute you!!!

 

Las Vegas = Alter Ego Studio

Sites like YouTube and Vimeo have changed everything for photographers, in particular, wedding photographers.  While its great when a client posts their wedding video for the world to see, it can create a nightmare for photographers that use unlicensed music, as Joe Simon found out after he put together the video for Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo.

As reported by ABC, Simon was threatened with a lawsuit and settled out of court after the video featuring Cold Play’s “Fix You” went viral.  The rest of the report goes on to talk about the licencing issues with small independent photographers/artists and recording artists.

We here at the studio have struggled with this issue ourselves.  We have looked for royalty free music that our clients want to hear with little success.  We see unlicensed music used all the time by photographers trying to appease their clients.  So that brought up a great questions.  Do we as photographers and videographers, who try to protect our rights get compensation for our craft have a moral obligation to pay for licencing of music, even if it will never be posted publicly?

We love artist Julian Beever’s pavement drawings.  If you have not seen is work, he is the guy that does all the 3D chalk drawing in public places.  A lot of his work is just exceptional.  As we sat here at the studio, looking through the images, we came across a couple that reminded us just how important the right angle is in photography.

Here is his work:

And here it is from the proper angle:

Yes you read that right, $4,338,500!  On November 8th 2011, this photograph sold at a Christie’s Auction.  The photograph is called snore….we mean “Rhein II”.  We fell out of our seats here at the studio, when we saw the price and were asleep by the time we hit the floor when we saw the photo.

We love art, obviously by our chosen profession, but come on!  Andreas Gursky (the photographer) says “For me it is an allegorical picture about the meaning of life and how things are.”  OK, we could agree with that, if the photo had not been “retouched” to make the banks of the Rhine River appear to be empty stretches of grass.

Is it art?  We like to think of it more as an empty background with potential.  Are we jealous we didn’t think of it first?  Your damn right we are!

Check out these pictures from artist Natalie Irish.  Can you tell what her brush technique is?  I’ll give you a hint, she does not use a brush.  Here at the studio, we think they are amazing.  So what do you think of them?

We at the studio were sick to our stomachs when we read this!  If we can get past all the dry heaves and swearing, we will tell you why we are upset.  Normally, we would not comment on this situation using this platform, but being that it directly involved photographers…

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

P.S.- Accept when taking pictures “with no apparent esthetic value.”

That’s right, the Long Beach pig…uh…er…police department has taken it upon themselves to disregard the constitution as a matter of standard department procedure.

The LBPD, detained a local news contributor for taking pictures “with no apparent esthetic value” as stated by police chief Jim McDonnell.

All hail the oppressors of civil liberties! That is sarcasm by the way.

Jim McDonnell Long Beach police chief

It’s been a while since our last post!  Sorry for the delay, but end of summer has been busy and fun for us!  A couple of international excursions, plenty of location shoots and hosting industry parties at our studio.  Here are some photos from an ISES cocktail party we had at the studio earlier this month.  We will be back to our normal interesting blogging soon.

This is one of the most Iconic images of the last century.   Our photographers at our studio dream of capturing an image like this.  Ruth Orkin took this photograph of Ninalee Craig in Florence, Italy in 1951.  The two decided they wanted to show the fun and challenges of a single woman traveling allow in Italy.  The result was the this amazing photograph below.

Late last week, news broke of parents suing a retailer and a photographer over pictures of model Haily Clauson that ended up on t-shirts.  The parents issue is that at the time of the pictures Haily was only 15 years old and the photos were “blatantly salacious” and may have violated child pornography laws.  The first two pictures are the ones in question.  Do they have a level of sexuality to them, yes.  Are they salacious or pornographic, no.  Should the photographer have used more restraint with a 15 year old subject, maybe.

This is not an first time model, this is an experienced model that has worked the runway for Gucci, Diane von Furstenberg, Elie Saab, Giambattista Valli, Donna Karen, and Oscar de la Renta.  At our studio, we know how important having the proper documentation can be, such as releases and user agreements.  Now, if the pictures had been published and forgotten would the parents be suing?  We doubt it.  So, who is really doing the exploiting here?  Is it the photographer or the parents that were present when these photos were taken?