In Las Vegas, there is the Strip and then there is Downtown. The hotels along the Strip are enormous and are constantly reinventing themselves to be bigger and better and more attractive to tourists and gamblers. When you fly toward the airport, all you can see for a long time is utter darkness. Then, as you get a big closer, a massive city of lights appears out of no where... all shining from the Strip. It's what you think of when you think of Las Vegas. Then there is Downtown. It has vintage 1950s styled motels combined with a canopied walkway on Fremont Street all lit with glittering lights. It is beautiful, and becoming an increasingly popular destination for tourists. However, the attraction that brought us there was the Neon Museum and Boneyard.
When neon signs are replaced in Las Vegas, the old sign is sent to the boneyard. The former neon sign junk yard has been turned into a museum for the public to tour. It also is a fabulous place for a photo shoot. I contacted Lacy of More Than an Image Photography out of Houston, TX to be our photographer. She was also attending the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International conference.
We met Lacy and Stephanie (love second shooters!) and headed for Downtown. Here's the thing: Downtown Las Vegas has TWO Fremont Streets. What is that about? Needless to say, we got LOST. We drove all over the place, stopping at gas stations to ask for directions, driving up and down the same roads multiple times, and somehow drained three cell phones trying to use GPS. We did finally arrive (late) and scrambled to use the remaining time at the boneyard as efficiently as possible. You have to schedule a time slot with the museum in order to shoot there. They are closed on Sundays, which is why that's when we scheduled the shoot. You get the whole place to yourselves!
In the end, it all turned out fabulously! Lacy and Stephanie were a dream to work with, and we are so excited to have amazing pictures of us from our trip.