We are a team of photographers who will stay with you through your whole day, recording it all, your makeup, hair, ceremony, reception, everything and more.
We are Ken Douglas and Vesta Irene and we are Wedding Shots. No matter how big or small your wedding, we would love to be the photographers on your special day. We are located in gorgeous Reno, Nevada and we are willing to travel anywhere to shoot your wedding.
Vesta is an excellent portrait photographer and loves shooting children as well as weddings and Ken shoots in sort of a photojournalistic style, so if you use us, you’ll be getting two different styles of photography. Vesta shoots in color, Ken does too, but he processes a lot of his photos in black and white, so between the two of us, you’ll get an artistic and natural blend of photographic styles.
We believe wedding photography is an art unto itself and that photographers are like painters, using a camera instead of brush and easel. What we see through the view finder is our canvas. We look for candid looks, subtle nuance and raw emotion. Some shots are obvious, some are not. Anybody with a camera can take the obvious photos, we like to think, because we’ve been shooting for so long, that we can find those special shots, the pictures you’ll cherish your whole life through, the ones your children will one day show your grandchildren.
When documenting a wedding we like to start with the bride, so we can capture the moments leading up to the ceremony—make up, wedding dress, zipping it up, shots with the bride and bridesmaids and any other behind the scenes shots, you know, the butterflies and excitement kind. We believe these shots are as important to telling the story of your wedding day as the actual wedding itself.
During your special day we try to blend in, but there will be a few times when we have to position people for portraits. We will try to do this as politely and as efficiently as possible, because although we know you want portraits, you don’t want a photographer getting in the way.
Lastly we know that selecting a wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions you can make for your wedding. After the music has faded, the dances are over, and the cake is gone, you’ll be left with your photographs and your memories. We hope once you look at our work you will have the confidence to use us as your wedding photographers. If you pick us, we won’t just show up for a couple hours, we’ll be there the whole day through, till the last song’s been sung, till the bride and groom drive away with that just married sign on the back of their car.
As we said above, an important part of a bride’s special day is getting ready, with either Mom or her bridesmaids helping her into and lacing up her dress.
The above photo of April getting ready for her wedding is in sort of a cross between sepia and black and white, which Ken favors a lot. But, of course, we shot it in color too and we delivered both versions to April.
We think it’s important for us to get behind the officiant if at all possible, because we think a bride would like to see photos of her and her groom with her guests behind her. In the above photo of Kayla and David, we asked the priest if he’d mind and he was good with it, as was the reverend in the photo below at Laura and Jade’s wedding. In fact, he even stepped out of the way so we could get the shot. How cool is that?
The above photo of Laura and Jade was developed in sort of a romantic, warm, glowing sepia tone Ken likes. However, as mentioned above, even though we develop a lot of photos in black and white and in sepia, we deliver the color versions as well.
All of our photographs, every single one, is processed in Lightroom and in Photoshop. That’s where a lot of the art of wedding photography is, in the developing. We like to think of ourselves as artists, but we understand that even though a bride might enjoy our artistic black and white photos of her wedding, she wants the color versions too.
Megan and Steve got married on a bright day, just a few weeks before summer, which is the absolute best time of year. Summer evokes memories of play and fun and no school and Megan wears that look well. Her smile is golden and real, like sunshine raining down and Steve is a lucky, lucky man. It was more than a pleasure for us when we got to photograph their wedding.
Pam and Albert got married in Zephyr Cove up at gorgeous Lake Tahoe. This photo was taken just seconds after the ceremony. Pam, as you can see, was a beautiful bride. And you have to admit Albert is pretty darned handsome. Together, they made Tahoe glow just a little brighter. And just a little is a lot, when you think about it, because Lake Tahoe is an awful big lake.
Though you can’t tell, because the background is blurred out, Jane and Carlos also got married in beautiful lake Tahoe. This shot was taken just after the kiss and you can see in the look on their faces, just how happy they are.
A bride’s wedding reception is almost as important as the ceremony. She wants photos of her first dance with her new husband, wants to see the smile on his faces, like Brett’s here, as he twirls her around the dance floor.
She also wants to see the smiles on her guests faces as they fete her during her reception and we strive to get every guest in our photos, both candid shots and them smiling too.
We’ve Jess and Dan got married right next to the Truckee River and right after the ceremony, Jess said, “I’m never going to wear this dress again and I want photos of us in the river.” Then she walked into the Truckee.
Of Course, we followed.
Have you ever seen a happier smile than Sam is wearing here or a more wistful look of love than Dave is wearing? Sam and Dave are truly a match made in heaven.
The photos after the ceremony and before the reception are something every bride wants. She wants to look back and see herself with her new husband, with her bridesmaids and groomsmen, with her friends and with her mom and dad.
We’ve posted a few photos here for you to check out and if you'd like to see more, you can go to our slideshow and see about a hundred or so. And if you'd like to see still more, you can go to our Wedding Photography pages and see maybe an additional thousand or so. We've also included links to our welcome pages on the right to our other websites and even more of our photos. If our work looks like what you may be looking for on your wedding day, please give us a call at 775 393-9529.
Thank you for considering us,
Ken and Vesta