Saturday, December 27, 2008

A Self-Family Portrait of Sorts...

This year, I decided to take some non-traditional self-portraits with my daughter while she is visiting with me. I love the Vegas sign and also found this mural on the side of a building that has the Strip in Grafitti that I thought would make for a great background. With the New Year here, i have been reflecting on what is important to me... Family! I hope you also have a great New Year and that all of your resolutions are fulfilled in 2009!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

A Winter Wonderland... in Vegas!

What an amazing week of weather we have had in Las Vegas; we actually got snow a week before Christmas. I went to Redrock Canyon on Thursday and captured some snowy scenes in the desert. Taking the 13 mile scenic loop drive is always a beautiful experience and there is always something different that catches the eye, but seeing it with snow was simply breathtaking! The images here pale in comparison to what I was able to see, but I hope you will enjoy them! Happy Holidays!

~~~~ Glenn B.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Big News! A newsletter for Beyond Pairadice Studios...

I started a quarterly newsletter to keep my all of my closest friends and clients in touch with my photography and the direction that I am heading in. It will be by email for now, and if you want to subscribe, email me at to be added to the mailing list.

In other news, we are right in the middle of the Mount Charleston holiday family portrait sessions, and from the weather forecasts today, this weekend there should be SNOW on the mountain! I added a date for the sessions at Mount Charleston, and I have 4 spots left for the season. On November 30th (this Sunday) i have 1pm and 3pm available, and on December 7th, I have 11am and 1pm available. They are first come, first serve! I will still be available to schedule portrait sessions in the valley, but will not be shooting at Mount Charleston again until next year. If you are traveling for the Thanksgiving Holiday, be safe!

until next time... Happy Thanksgiving!

Glenn B.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Late Night Thoughts and Rambling...

While at Timbers (my favorite late-night food resturaunt) I started thinking about branding in the marketing sense. What's in a name? Beyond Pairadice Studios is the name I go by and it came out of many things. As the creator, I wanted to have something with a "Vegas" feel and it had to mean something to me. When I first moved to Las Vegas in 1997, I was in the casino industry during the night shift in a "Dice Pit" and doing my photography during the day. When I felt I was ready, I left the casinos to open my first actual studio in 2001. That is when Beyond Pair A Dice came to my mind as I was beyond working for someone else and on my own. Now I am working on a change that will give my studio a split personality. After thinking about the direction I want to be heading in, I have decided to also go by "Glenn Brogan Photography." This new brand will focus on Weddings, Family Portraits, H.S. Seniors, and Maternity Portraits. Beyond Pairadice Studios will be the wilder side of my photography to include Commercial, Concept, and Landscape photography and will continue to showcase the models that I work with. So with all of that out there, you can now reach this blog by using: until the new site is built. I have rambled enough and my food is here, so... until next time...


Thursday, November 6, 2008

Family Portraits at Mt. Charleston... The Details

The holidays are fast approaching and to celebrate, I am offering a few special Family Portrait sessions at Mt. Charleston. It will be the perfect time to go to the mountain and enjoy the lovely scenery, grab some hot chocolate at the lodge, and get some family portraits done just in time for the holiday season. I will be offering this special chance to capture your family on the 15th, 23rd and 30th of November. Each day will only have 3 sessions (9 total) and each family will have a different location on the Mountain.

The sessions will last about an hour and will include an 11x14 gallery wrapped canvas print, two 5x7 prints and a proof disc with images that are perfect for emailing, blogs, and websites. All images will be ready in time for holiday cards, presents, or just to have before the Holidays. My normal rate for this package is $279, but I am offering this session to you for the reduced rate of $219. Payment plans are available, ask for details. In addition to the portrait session you may additionally choose holiday cards and prints for your family and friends. Family portraits are not only a source of happy memories but a great investment.

Session spots are booking fast, so if you are interested, please email me at: to get more details!

Other dates and locations are available but not at this great rate!

I hope this fall season is a great one for you and that your holidays are filled with Joy and Happiness!


Glenn B. ~~~ your photographer :)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Catching up with Beyond Pairadice Studios... Fall Family Portraits

Things sure are moving fast this fall and I have been trying to keep up! I had the opportunity to set up a booth at Fall Festival last weekend and I have been spending some serious time preparing for it as it was my first booth ever. It was a successful event and I gained some valuable experience and hopefully a few more clients. I also have been busy with family portrait sessions as the Holidays are fast approaching. I have also been planning a Mini-Portrait-Safari at Mount Charleston in early November. This will be a limited opportunity for 4 families to have an "on-location" session close to home and also is an excuse to get out of the valley and get some Hot Chocolate at the Mt. Charleston lodge! I still have 2 spots available for this trip, and if there is enough interest, I will do another session during the second half of November, so if you are looking for a different feel for your family portraits this year, please contact me via email: I have added some samples of some family portraits i have recently done in the Las Vegas area. Enjoy!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

A fun shoot with a HS Senior in Alaska

My very first assignment when I arrived in Alaska, was to shoot a HS Senior in Eagle River. I got my rental truck, got directions, and off I went from the airport to meet Bridget and her daughter, Victoria for the shoot. We briefly had discussed what they wanted over a great lunch prepared by Bridget (thank you), and then drove to the shoot location that had 2 beautiful horses. Once there, we began shooting and the weather actually cleared up as the shoot progressed. It was almost as if I brought some good weather up to them from Vegas. Victoria was a trooper and quickly relaxed and got into the "shooting mood" and just focused on what we were doing and I think that comes through in the images below. One thing I feel is very important is building a trust and a comfort level between the photographer and the subject. Although Bridget and Victoria differed on what would look good as a senior portrait, the end images came out beautiful. See for yourself....

Sunday, September 14, 2008

This kid Rocks!

I thought i would share some images from a kid i know.... My Daughter! she is barely a teenager and has been shooting with a P&S camera for about 6 years and in my opinion (I may be slightly biased) has an AMAZING natural eye. Her framing and composition of shots is very refreshing and I am blown away when I see new images that she shares with me. She is a big fan of landscape photography and self-portraits. She will probably be getting her first Digital SLR this fall and I hope she will want to learn all of the "boring" settings and stuff so she can improve on her raw and great talent. To see some more of her work, click here. All images below are shot by her except the one of us at the Valley of Fire... that one was on a timer on a tripod. I love her angle on the St. Louis Arch! Enjoy... and keep a look out, I plan on blogging alot more in the upcoming weeks!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

My recent trip to Oregon and Alaska...

I must say that my trip was AMAZING! The scenery was so beautiful and working with some Fun and Talented people in the NW was great! I started by shooting with Katherine @ Cannon Beach during Sunset. She was beautiful and we were very fortunate to have a clear evening and a colorful sunset. When I got to Alaska, I hit the ground running with a Senior shoot with Bridget's Daughter and a fun horse! The next day, I worked with Joanna, Melissa, and Jody at Girdwood and Portage! The backgrounds were surreal and I think the Images will be just breath-taking! I was also able to Work with Joanna's family and her 3 grandsons! That was definitely a fun shoot with some portraits that I am sure they will cherish for years. The last shoot I did while in Alaska was with the Daughters of Shiva! for the shoot, we went to the Palmer Visitors center and Gardens and the Ladies worked it in front of some beautiful Flowers and a HUGE raspberry bush! All in all, it was an amazing trip and I look forward to visiting both places again and again and again! Thank you everyone for your support and if you missed out on working with me, be assured... I will be back! Images from the trip coming soon!

Glenn B.
Beyond Pairadice Studios

PS >>> Joanna, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! You are the BOMB!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

My upcoming trip to Cannon Beach, Oregon and Anchorage, Alaska...

Hey there Blog World! As many of you may already know, I am headed to Cannon Beach and Portland, Oregon on August 21st-23rd, and then going directly to the Anchorage area in Alaska from August 24th-28th! I just want everyone to know that I still have a few spots available for shooting! This will be my last trip to Oregon and Alaska until June, 2010! AND the last time i will be offering bulk shoots at a discounted rate! Take advantage of this opportunity while it lasts. I will be shooting Model Portfolios, Belly Dance Portraits, Troupe portraits, and Family Portraits set against the beautiful natural backdrops in Oregon and Alaska. I would even love to shoot a wedding there! For More details look at my flyer below!To see my current work, please visit: and to contact me directly: (702) 401-3353 or
I look forward to working with you!

Glenn Brogan

Beyond Pairadice Studios

Print work includes:Desert Rakkasah (book): 2008 Desert Dancers Calendar:

Saturday, July 26, 2008

paying homage to my true inspiration... my vision... literally

Between my lens and my mind lies my true inspiration... my vision. I am writing about my eyes. They allow me the privilege see the world and give my mind things to think about all of the time, yet sometimes I overlook their presence and significance to me and my life. I recently read an article about the eye and it's comparison to the camera in the digital world and I thought I would share some of this knowledge with you. I am not going to quote this article, but I will tell you where I got it, so you can read all of it for yourself, if you choose. It was printed in the August 2008 issue of "Popular Photography". Most of what I am going to talk about is based on photography, so if it sounds foreign to you, read up on what you don't understand ~ if anything it will help your photo-taking skills! Let's start with the ISO of the eye: in daylight the ISO rating is 1 and the max ISO for the eye at night is 800. This refers to the sensitivity of the eye. In comparison Film's lowest ISO is 25, and some digital cameras go as high as 6400 (we see better in the day and cameras have the huge advantage in the dark). Now let's talk Depth of Field: the eye has the equivalent focal length of about 22mm and a field of view of almost 180 degrees at its extreme; our eyes are capable of f/3.5 at wide open. Camera Lenses have the advantage here as the fastest lens available now is a f/1.2 and there are some crazy fish-eye lenses out there, but i am content with non-distorted vision, thank you. The final eye detail I will mention for now is the one I have wondered about ever since I heard about digital cameras and mega-pixels... Resolution: the eye has the resolution of 576 Mega-Pixels! That in itself is incredible, as the biggest camera i have seen on the market is pushing about 39 mega-pixels. This is telling me that we are just at the beginning of digital photography and I am looking forward to see where it goes. I hope this opened your eyes to the marvels of... the EYE.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

A great way to spend the 4th of July!

I decided to spend the evening of the 4th of July out in the desert shooting. Lucky for me, I had 2 beautiful and willing models to work with: Britt and Andrea. We went out to a dry lake bed and started shooting by 6:30pm. There was a great deal of wind and it was blowing in the wrong direction, but we were able to make it work. As a reward, we were given a spectacular sunset as a backdrop for some of the shots later that evening! Coming soon: Information on my trip to Oregon and Alaska in August, I still have limited spots available for shooting while I am on the road, so if you are by Cannon Beach, Oregon or the Anchorage Alaska area, contact me ASAP if you would like to book a shoot! I hope your 4th was as fun as mine! Enjoy...

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Etched in Blood ~ The Dreaming

On friday night I had the honor and priviledge to shoot "the Dreaming" (a very good up-and-coming band from LA) as they were playing at the Icehouse Lounge here in Las Vegas. One member of the band, Chris Hall, was the former frontman of Stabbing Westward (an incredible band from the 90's). The venue was pretty small but it worked out in my favor as I was able to get some very up-close and intimate shots of the band. Musically, they were exceptional and their CD hits stores on Tuesday (6/24/2008). To check them out and hear some of their stuff, visit their myspace page. Enjoy...

Monday, June 2, 2008

Inspired, at Studio Ohm

My 2 favorite Belly Dancers, Britt and Marisa invited me to an evening of performances at Studio Ohm last weekend and without a doubt I went... with a camera (of course). The main reasons I went were to see Britt and Marisa perform and see their students perform as well. To my surprise, the performances were not just of belly dancers, but included a wide variety of dancing and an amazing percussion finale! I had a reserved seat (thanks girls) in the front row and was supposed to come and enjoy myself and not work (take pictures), but how could I not bring a camera to an event like this? I didn't bring lighting or flashes, just a fast lens and an open mind. The images captured were all in black and white and have a slight grainy feel reminiscent of film from years ago. Thank you all who performed for an amazing show and I will be posting images on my site for you to see in the near future. This show opened my eyes to some new styles of dancing and left me, ... well... inspired!

Monday, May 12, 2008

In The Studio

Glenn is very much an on-location photographer, but he also has a studio where he takes photos as well. It's nestled inside an art gallery, Master Source Art, that also has a framing business on site. I've seen many of his studio portraits, and they're awesome... I've seen everything from maternity to belly dancers and everything in between (my favorites have been family portraits and the toddlers).

The Master Source Art gallery where the studio is located has a wide variety of art to browse, I spent quite a bit of time just looking and taking it all in.

Glenn's studio is centrally located in Las Vegas and it's a very comfortable place to meet anyone's portrait needs - and the bonus? A framing business onsite to professionally (and beautifully) frame your new set of portraits.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

What Sets Us Apart...

While re-designing the wedding section of our web site, I decided to add a page talking about our services and I titled it "What Sets Us Apart". On that page I give a brief synopsis of our services and started to mention what I feel we do differently from our competition. This got me thinking this weekend while processing images from a few weddings that we have recently covered and I must say I am very proud of our product! We offer our clients a refreshing approach to Wedding photography. We give our clients a very easy choice to get Exactly what they want from us. We don't force them into a "package" that they don't want or give them products as filler to make it seem like a great offer. We offer a fully customized experience that my recent clients have celebrated and I feel we will earn their return business as their Life-story expands because of this. We just recently, in 2008, adopted this way of client-customization that I must give credit to one of my mentors Bruce Hudson for giving me the base ideals to work from. I was very fortunate to attend one of his seminars in late December and taking from what I learned, I morphed his teachings along with what in my heart I knew clients would want and here we are today! I do believe we are distictly different and I love that we are!

Glenn B.