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.
The World Arm Wrestling League (WAL) has all the bravado of professional wrestling with the same competitive legitimacy of UFC. I arrived for WAL's annual championship held at The Orleans in Las Vegas. My main focus was on the British competitor "Mighty" Paul Maiden and his recent comeback from a life threatening illness. On the first day I setup a backdrop in the wrestler registration area for to do some portraits. On the second and third day I mostly focused on the competition and doing one light portraits around the arena. The whole event was such a blast to shoot and filled with so many interesting competitors.