Ken and Vesta: Reno Wedding and Portrait Photography


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.

Vesta is an excellent portrait photographer and loves shooting children as well as weddings and Ken shoots in sort of a photojournalistic style, so between the two of us, you’ll get an artistic and natural blend of photographic styles from two photographers who believe every photograph matters.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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This photo and the one below are from Laura and Jade’s Minot, North Dakota wedding. We shot their engagement shoot and they liked the photos enough to have us do their wedding. We were gonna fly, but we love road trips. We figured two days to get there, two days in a motel and two days back. However, we did not reckon on snow, snow and more snow and a blizzard too. It’s a good thing we decided to make a mini vacation out of the trip and left three days early.

We met the blizzard, or rather the blizzard met us in Custer, South Dakota. We spent two days in a Motel 8, where weren’t too bad, considering. Got a lot of reading done. Then we drove on up to Minot for the wedding.

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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.

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Megan and Steve gott 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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We have known Brett forever and we were very exited to shoot his wedding. He couldn’t have found a better match. Wanji is wonderful in every way. 

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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.

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Of Course, we followed.

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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.

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This is a photo of Ashley and Kevin, who were going to get married on a bright sunny day in Carson City, but just as the ceremony was about to begin, the heavens opened up and for about an hour it was as if we we're bugs under a waterfall. So everybody waited till the rain abated. The ceremony was fun, the reception was a gosh darn, foot stomping, good time and we took gazillions of photos and this one of them right after Ashley smeared some cake in Kevin’s face.

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Ashley wanted to incorporate her and her friend’s trucks into her wedding, so she and her groom walked between them to the alter, which was out in a gorgeous pasture. I guess you could say, those trucks were her aisle. Above, you can see Ash in front of her truck. Sure it’s true, a girl needs sugar and spice and everything nice, but it can’t hurt if she’s got a Chevy truck too.

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Jamie and Jared got married at Kings Beach, up at beautiful Lake Tahoe. It was bright and sunny and the beach was full of people. Oh know! Where are they, the people in the background? What happened to them? Photoshop, that’s what.

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This photo and the one below were taken at Amy and Mitch’s Graeagle, California wedding. If you look on a map, Graeagle seems to be out in the middle of Nowhere, Northern California, so one might think there isn’t much going on there

However, if one thought that, one would be wrong. Graeagle is gorgeous and they found a wonderful venue.That wonderful venue was a brewery, which turned out to be a good thing, because sometimes, for reasons beyond anybody’s control, a wedding might start late. And when that happens, there always seems to be some grumpy people.

However, we learned a neat thing. If your ceremony’s gonna start late and everybody’s got beer, nobody notices. In fact, everybody seems to appreciate the late start and they sure as heck seem to appreciate the ceremony a whole heck of a lot more.

Those big stainless steel vat things behind Amy and Rich, they’re full of beer. Good beer. Real good beer. Now, I don’t know just how much the beer had to do with it, but this ceremony was short, sweet and funny as all get out.

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Here you see the bride and groom dancing like nobody’s watching. Heck, they’re dancing like nobody’s in the room. If you’re gonna dance, that’s the way to do it.

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.

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We’ve posted a few photos here for you to check out and if you'd like to see more, you can click on the blue weddings link on above on the right side of this page.

Thank you for considering us,

Ken and Vesta

Wedding Shots Wedding Photography, Reno, Lake Tahoe, San Francisco and Sacramento. Please email or call 775 393-9529.