I go to so many amazing foodie events like this one at Bar Masa (and am such a foodie myself) that I always wanted to learn how to take good food pictures so I could share them with you. Well, I am finally on my way! It turns out that my favorite part about being asked to represent Las Vegas for Sony’s Hidden project was getting to know the NEX-5RK’s macro lens. I am obsessed! As part of my job as editor-in-chief of Vegas magazine, I do photo selects of yummy food pictures all the time. Finally, I am learning the tech-y side of actually taking the photos! Here are just a few of my favorites, which ran during my photo exhibit at the Sony Store at Forum Shops.
I’m sure you won’t find it surprising that the night portion of my “day-to-night” in the life of an editor photo assignment for Sony’s Hidden Vegas project, offered a bit more material for the exhibit than my day at the office. So here’s the first of two posts showing how hectic my evenings can be. For big events requiring getting my photo taken, I always get my hair and makeup done, and then my evening turns into a whirlwind. “Going out” has many objectives for an editor at a lifestyle magazine: In addition to hosting parties for the magazine, showing support for new restaurants, and attending events for our advertisers, I also have the responsibility of coming up with story ideas to fill the entire magazine.
You can imagine how tireless you have to will yourself to be! Here’s a little taste…
Now that my Hidden Vegas photo exhibit at the Sony Store at the Forum Shops is winding down, I wanted to share my series online. My assignment: use my new Sony NEX-5RK to capture a day in my life as editor-in-chief of Vegas magazine. We decided I’d go “day to night,” from putting together the lifestyle magazine all day in my suburban Nevada office to racing to parties and events at night. I found it a bit challenging to get behind the lens and make my job look fun — after all, a good chunk of my day is spent at my computer editing. I hope you like this inside peek! (From there, I showed bit about what it is like to get ready for the big events, and then some whirlwind nights on the Strip, but I’ll save that for the next post.) The catch: the folks at Sony really pushed their “hidden” agenda, to share our cities not only from the eyes of a local, but from a special point of view, showing no faces. Meanwhile, I was learning to use a brand-new camera.
I have always loved creative challenges! This time, I got to attack a technical one as well.
Here is the “day” part! Early mistakes and all…
Chinese New Year celebration in Vegas is a huge event, since Strip casinos cater to so many Chinese gamblers. This year, I was particularly into it, since it’s my year, year of the snake. To get good luck for the year (I hope!) I made sure to see at least one traditional dance. I chose the one from the Cosmopolitan, which turned out to be spectacular. There was so much hoopla that it was tough to get photos, especially when they come right up to you, wiggling around so fast. To start, every resort is decorated for the holiday. The Cosmopolitan’s red lanterns looked particularly bright against its famous three-story chandelier.
One of my goals this year was to work on my photography skills, so how excited was I to participate in Sony’s “Hidden” project? For two weeks, two amateur photographers in cities across the country snapped photos of their everyday lives. Right now, our photos are on display in our local Sony Store, mine at the one near the main valet of Forum Shops at Caesars (near Joe’s Stone Crab). I had a blast doing this project, even though I was so nervous to be so public with my mistakes as I learned how to use the Sony NEX-5RK. It was worth it! Largely thanks to the super-helpful pros at the Sony Store, I have been experimenting with the macro lens (my favorite), focusing, and lighting.
I can’t wait to study photography as much as I can!
Deadline week at the magazine (no sleep for the weary!), but I’ll get back to my San Francisco and Napa trip soon. In the meantime, I managed to squeeze in dinner with my favorite new Vegas import, Coco, who in some circles is known as “the nicest celebrity ever.” I was dying to meet her because in addition to my continued fascination with anything to do with live theater, like me, Coco moved to Albuquerque as a teenager — and then left right after high school. (I always wondered where she went to high school. Turns out, she went to Montessori school and was then home-schooled.) Interestingly, she lived in Vegas for a time before she met Ice… Twelve years later, the happy couple, stars of E!’s hit reality show Ice Loves Coco, are splitting their time between NYC, where Ice shoots Law & Order: SVU, and Vegas, where Coco is headlining in Peepshow, at Planet Hollywood. Coco told me that when Ice was on break from SVU, he spent three weeks in Vegas and went to his wife every single night! True love… They sound adorable! I went to opening night, and it was fantastic. This girl can dance, and the rest of the cast puts on a great show with some creative choreography.