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Category Archives: Portraits

Cozy Desert Maternity Session

I’m excited to share that Jackie and George are expecting a wonderful baby boy any day now! To celebrate this special time in their lives, we got together for a cozy winter maternity session in the beautiful Las Vegas desert with the dry lake and mountains as our backdrop.

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J+G: Congrats you two!! I had so much fun getting to know you guys and am so happy I was able capture this amazing time in your lives. You have incredible spirits and I know you’re going to be the best parents! Baby Eddie is very blessed. :-) I can’t wait to see him once he arrives!

January 28, 2015 - 10:06 pm Zhen Wells - Absolutely amazing pics so happy for the both of u. Congrats

January 28, 2015 - 8:17 pm Erin Reynolds - Beautiful. I especially love the one where you two are kissing. :)

January 28, 2015 - 6:14 pm Cat - BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! :D Love the natural lighting! You guys look great!

January 28, 2015 - 6:02 pm Erika - Beautiful pictures!! Jackie, you look stunning - congratulations on your baby-to-be! So happy for you, you will be such a great mama!

January 28, 2015 - 5:41 pm Jackie Threewits - Absolutely beautiful <3 Jackie you look stunning !! The love you and George share is radiating through my screen as I look at these pictures, it's wonderful :-) They're great, thank you for sharing them !

January 28, 2015 - 5:27 pm Kate - gorgeous!!! Love the setting!!

January 28, 2015 - 5:24 pm Jackie Garcia - Chelsea, I am SO excited to see these and SO happy we were able to find a time to do it before baby Eddie got here. You are amazingly talented and we're so grateful to have had this opportunity to shoot with you! We love your style and these photos are just priceless, LOVE LOVE LOVE. Hoping to see you for round 2 with the little guy later this year. XOXO - Jackie & George

January 28, 2015 - 5:15 pm Juliana - Beautiful pictures!! Love it!

Surprise Proposal: Tiffany & Landon

Tiffany and Landon - Las Vegas Wedding Proposal

It’s a rare occasion that Debbie and Will’s family is all together, so they decided to celebrate with a family photo-session while their children were home to visit. But in addition to family photos, Debbie and her son Landon were scheming up a very special surprise. They came up with the idea to use the photo-shoot as a way doing a secret proposal for Landon’s girlfriend Tiffany.

While we planned everything out together, Landon took every precaution to keep the proposal a surprise – from waiting until Tiffany was out of the house to chat about details to coming up with a secret code phrase, ‘Red Elephant’.  On the day of, after I brought the two of them into the space I wanted I told Tiffany to look away off into the distance as if there was a ‘Red Elephant’ standing there. She laughed and said “What?” And as she turned back around, Landon was down on one knee opening a special little box. She said, yes!

The day was full of happy tears, smiles and loads of laughter. I loved being a part of such an incredible occasion and spending the morning with this amazing family. So without further ado, meet the Derentzs – Aley, Landon, Tiffany, Debbie, Will, Luke, Kaitlyn and Adam:

Family Session at Red Rock Canyon National ParkFamily Session at Red Rock Canyon National ParkFamily Session at RedRock Canyon National ParkFamily Session at Red Rock Canyon National Park

Now for the big moment…Tiffany and Landon - Las Vegas Wedding ProposalTiffany and Landon - Las Vegas Wedding Proposal

Tiffany and Landon - Las Vegas Wedding Proposal

Landon’s family decorated their getaway limousine:

Tiffany and Landon - Las Vegas Wedding ProposalTiffany and Landon - Las Vegas Wedding ProposalCheers to the happy couple. :-) Congrats you two!

Chelsea Nicole

March 7, 2013 - 7:38 am Anna B - OMG these pictures are SO wonderful!! What a special way to remember that day. So happy for you both!!

February 26, 2013 - 5:08 pm Landon - Chelsea, you are the BEST! We had so much fun with you! And the photos speak for themselves... it was a special, emotional, awesome moment in my life and that of my family's as well!!!

February 26, 2013 - 5:07 pm Tiffany - I LOVE LOVE LOVE the photos Chelsea! Such a great job! A perfect proposal story and pictures to go along with it! THANK YOU!

February 26, 2013 - 3:54 pm Jennifer - What a special memory that was captured through these beautiful photographs! I know these images will be cherished for many generations. Such a beautiful family that I know is filled with so much love. Love you guys, congrats Landon and Tiffany!

February 25, 2013 - 5:33 pm Brianne - Wow! What an epic proposal! Gorgeous images Chelsea!

February 25, 2013 - 2:28 pm Bridget - Made me tear up. :-) So sweet! And how neat that his family could be a part of the surprise too.

Scheme Events

Today I get to introduce the fabulous girls of Scheme Events – Tara, Traci and Rissa!

I love these girls and when they first reached out to ask if I could photograph them for their new site, I knew we had to plan something as fun and lively as they are.

Something that sets Scheme apart from other planners is their eye for, and love of, the design aspect of a wedding. I love this about them, so I came up with several ideas that reflected who they are and what they do.

Of course, with a name like Scheme, you can just picture them coming up with all sorts of ideas for weddings. So I had this idea for a giant chalkboard backdrop FILLED with wedding-related inspiration. Scheme contacted caricature artist, Jessica of Girl Who Drew You who took the idea to the next level with her beautiful drawings! Big thanks also goes to Megan at Makeup in the 702 for rocking the hair and makeup, and to my Jayse for coming along and assisting!

Part 2 of our shoot was outdoors at the lovely Springs Preserve:

Tara, Rissa and Traci: Thanks for a day of fun and laughter! I had a blast with you guys! :-)

October 6, 2012 - 4:01 pm Setty Gallery - Chalk board is very original. Love the unique necklaces that add sparkle to the look.

July 16, 2012 - 4:28 pm John - Fantastic ideas! The chalk board is awesome - and they all look SUPERFAB!

July 7, 2012 - 8:35 am Suzi Lighten - Super adorable! Love these! :)

July 7, 2012 - 12:06 am Traci - Emily, the chalkboard turned out to be my favorite part! Chelsea, you made us look amazing! Thank you so much, they show our personality perfectly! Also, a great thanks to Makeup in the 702 for making us look beautiful!

July 6, 2012 - 9:00 pm Emily - Ooh I loooove the chalkboard!!

Kristen & Stephen’s Couple’s Session

Kristen & Stephen came out from South Carolina for their 2-year anniversary celebration. As a super sweet anniversary gift, Stephen put together a couple’s shoot for them downtown at the Neon Boneyard! And it was such a treat to be a part of it! These two have that perfect balance of sweet and spunky that make them a blast to photograph. In addition, Stephen’s the talent behind Blackmon Photography (click here to check out some of his awesome work), and if you’ve followed my blog you’d know how much I LOVE working with other photographers and creative types!

Here’s a few teaser photos from our time together:

Did I mention that they were also super stylish? I loved Kristen’s dress and adorable Anthropologie necklace!
We found this awesome little “B” for Blackmon…

S + K: Congrats on 2 years together! It was really awesome getting to know and photograph you guys! Be sure to keep in touch and look me up if you’re ever back in town – whether it be for a photo-conference or for play. :-)

May 5, 2012 - 12:03 pm Amber and Dave - You rock the boneyard like no one else Chelsea. Love this shoot!

December 10, 2011 - 7:15 am Barbara Breitsameter - Love, love your work!

August 16, 2011 - 2:33 pm E.N. - Really nice imagery Chelsea - Awesome color. They look like total love birds!

July 5, 2011 - 9:09 pm Suzi Lighten - So warm and beautiful! I really love her necklace too! :)

July 1, 2011 - 11:26 pm Stephanie Bachle - Absolutely awesome. You shot from a whole other perspective that I never saw there. Great job Chelsea. You are the bomb. I love your use of the yellow backdrop with the yellow dress and necklace!

Sweethearts Themed Love Shoot

Happy Valentine’s Day!

With Valentine’s day approaching, I knew I just had to do a themed couples shoot to celebrate! And this fab couple, Larissa & Staford were up for anything and totally perfect for it. The inspiration for their candy-colored photo-shoot came from the classic heart-shaped Valentine’s candies we all know and love, Sweethearts!

To start things off, we went to the The Pottery Shop in Town Square. Big thanks to Liz for letting us take a few photos in her adorable shop!

Then we headed to the dry lakebed for a bit of outdoor fun with balloons!

L + S: You two are so cute together. :-) Thanks for a super fun time and for letting your inner kids loose with me! Hope you two have a wonderful Valentine’s day today!

April 14, 2011 - 8:17 pm Jonathan Cooper - incredible fun! incredible colors! incredible talent! thank you for sharing

March 21, 2011 - 5:01 pm Adrienne - The colors are TDF in these!!!

March 13, 2011 - 10:18 pm Alicia Lynch - I absolutely love these photos! I especially love the one where it looks like the balloons are lifting them up and away. Excellent job Chelsea and awesome colors. :)

February 27, 2011 - 4:48 pm Doug - Great photos!! You guys are so cute. Who said white men can't jump. haha

February 23, 2011 - 8:58 pm Cindy - you are so gifted! these just make me smile from ear to adorable, all of them!

February 23, 2011 - 8:04 pm eva - i LOVE these!!! you are SO SO SO talented!

February 22, 2011 - 7:52 pm Summer C. - I love all the pretty colors!

February 14, 2011 - 8:46 pm Liz - Your talent never ceases to amaze me. You are so creative...a girl after my own heart. You are welcome to shoot at the studio anytime!

February 14, 2011 - 8:35 pm Larissa & Staford - They turned out great! This was such a good Love Shoot idea!!!

February 14, 2011 - 7:38 pm Emily - Aww I love this shoot! So cute!!

February 14, 2011 - 4:20 pm Kyla - Chelsea these are adorable!! Love the colors!!

February 14, 2011 - 4:16 pm Alice G Patterson - I love the colors, textures, composition, and sweet emotions of these Valentine Portraits... as well as that adorable candy filled vase. Chelsea, you're AWESOME!

February 14, 2011 - 4:12 pm Juliet Douglas - These photos are so adorable! Love the theme!

Portrait Palooza

The power of a community is unparalleled…. and the photography community in Las Vegas is beyond powerful! What started as a simple idea has now grown into an incredible event. It is truly amazing to see what can be accomplished when a community unites for a cause.

I’m proud to announce Portrait Palooza!

Photographers in Las Vegas are aiming to raise at least $10,000 for Savannah Grace Lighten, and we need your help!

Savannah Grace Lighten was born September 19th, 2010 with severe brain damage. Her parents Terrence and Suzi Lighten are members of the Las Vegas photography community, and are two of the most kindhearted and giving people I have ever met. Please visit Savannah’s Journey to learn more about her heartbreaking story.

The Lighten family has hopes that a treatment called Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy will help Savannah recover from her serious brain injuries, and the Las Vegas photography community wants to see her receive these treatments. Which brings us to Portrait Palooza!

Here’s some details….

  • Who: 16 of Las Vegas’ finest professional photographers
  • What: 100 families donating $100 towards a private portrait session. This includes a 20-minute session, 10 final images and the high-resolution digital files. 100% of the donation fee will go to the Lighten family.
  • When: This coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 19, 20, 21, appointments will be available from 10:00am to 5:00pm. If you’d like to book with me, I’ll be at Sunset Park on Friday –  Click here to see available timeslots!
  • Where:  HENDERSON – Sunset Park, Henderson, NV, picnic area “D” right next to the pool (Nov 19, and 20th), SUMMERLIN – JW Marriott (Sunday, Nov. 21st)
  • How: Go to for more details and schedule a reservation to have your photos taken.

Thank Yous: Mindy of Red Rock Studios for the blog post. Steve Fogarty, of Fogarty Foto has been an integral part of this project. Without his energy and commitment, Portrait Palooza would be greatly suffering!  Jayse Hansen designed the incredible PortraitPalooza logo. DWAlliance is donating their event scheduling software, a key contribution necessary to coordinate all these moving parts. Michael Testagrossa of the JW Marriot is donating use of their grounds for PortraitPalooza North on Sunday, November 21, 2011. Juliet Douglas of Green Orchid Events is coordinating the on-site atmospherics and staffing. And of course, to the photographers who are donating many hours, and lots of talent, toward helping baby Savannah.

January 22, 2011 - 7:56 pm FogartyFOTO - Vegas Wedding Photographer - I think we did a good job! We raised about $5,500 for Baby Savannah with about 3 weeks effort! Everybody did amazing work - Chels and Jayse and Mindy and Juliet and Digs and (the list is so long.) Let's do it again!

November 18, 2010 - 8:19 pm Dennise - I SO wish I was in the area!  I would love another photo shoot with you two! =oD

November 17, 2010 - 7:48 pm jayse - Really happy to be involved in this - I know, short notice for everyone but it's a great cause! I'll be there assisting Chels! :-)