Sony Hidden Project: Nights of a Vegas editor

Abby Tegnelia lifestyle magazine editorI’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…

Sony was adamant about its “hidden” theme, so no faces, if at all possible. So I had to be a little artsy while capturing the different aspects of my life. (My own face was fine — hence the “finished” self-portrait SHOWN above.) I start off any big night out at Hot Box Salon for a hair and makeup session with my favorite, Amber.

Hot Box Vegas




I couldn’t resist one face: Since I’m a “little” particular sometimes, Amber’s always exhausted when we’re done!

Amber Harlan



I started off my night at¬†La Cave at Wynn for a glass of wine and small snack. I snapped these two pics of the hot spot’s busy kitchen.

La Cave Wynn

La Cave Wynn



There, I was joined by some friends…

Hand Tattoo



I was still new at all of this — if only I’d made them sit stiller, I would have gotten some nice photos without the blur!




After our pre-game, we headed to the opening of Andrea’s, at Wynn’s sister resort, Encore. The new late-night restaurant boasts the same big-name DJs as the elite Surrender nightclub, and dining at Andrea’s will get you a stamp into the club. These eyes belong to Andrea Wynn, AKA Mrs. Steve Wynn.

Andrea's at Encore



The opening was quite the soiree! Steve and Andrea Wynn hosted, of course, but every local celeb was there, too. The sushi was gorgeous and delicious, and everyone had a fabulous time. If I had known then about the slow sync flash setting, I think I would have captured clearer shots. Again, this was my very first week with my new camera!

Andrea's sushi



As always, Vegas parties offer a diverse crowd…

Party GuestDid I mention the Dom Perignon?

Andrea's Champagne


It was strange to be behind the lens for once, and for all of my technical mistakes to be so …. out there. With writing, all you have to do is edit! This was all a part of Sony’s evil plan: our timeline was only two weeks, so they could show off how quickly one can learn to use their new NEX-5RK. Seeing how quickly I learned, I think their experiment was a good one!

Stay tuned for some of the latter photos I took, when I started to get the hang of things…

Search the hashtag #sonystore to see photos from other participating cities. Many thanks for Sony for gifting me my NEX 5RX. All opinions are my own.


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I'm a life-long travel junkie journalist who works hard to find adventure in everyday life after two years of travel and expat living.

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  1. LOVE these photos!!

  2. I’m still stuck on the fact that you’re so fancy you drink Dom!!!

  3. Abby those beauty salon photos are absolutely fantastic! You’re on your way to being a great photographer.

  4. I love all your detail shots! I feel like that’s an area where I don’t have such a great eye – maybe I should take on my own no-faces challenge to force myself to improve.

  5. Very cool photos, I hope this means you will be taking more shots of Vegas.

  6. Still amazed at how sharp the images are despite the low light…

  7. I love this camera!!! It is so good… And I can’t wait to start using the lower flash to maybe keep the color but still make it sharp.

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