Wayne Newton is called Mr. Las Vegas for a reason. He is a true Vegas icon who started performing in Las Vegas before he was old enough to get into the clubs he was performing in. We met Mr. Newton at Casa de Shenandoah, his former sprawling estate which has recently been turned into a museum. My favorite story he told was about the time he went over the head of a connected television entertainer to buy a stake in the Aladdin Hotel. After the deal, because of this entertainers connections, the mob put a hit out on him. The whole thing called off by his longtime friend Frank Sinatra, who apparently had better connections within the organized crime community. The story was about his car collection, so most of our time was spent in his garage. I utilized a two to three light setup for most of the photos.
Les Grossman is a longtime concert promoter and entertainment executive who has worked with acts like The Who and Led Zepplin. He is such an interesting guy that he is portrayed by Tom Cruise in the movie Tropic Thunder. He lives on the edge of Vegas, so I decided to meet him at his home for the photo. I took a bunch of photos, but liked these the best because of a the great light you get at night in Las Vegas when the city's lights bounce off the clouds.