The made-for-media event is as ubiquitous in Las Vegas as the sprawling shopping plaza, and is just as visually unappealing. People of interest are always poised, coifed and ready for the cameras.
But when most photographers point left, it can be fascinating to turn the lens another way. Sometimes I’m lucky enough to catch moments of individual experience that slink around the edges of red carpet events, news conferences, performances, gala openings and celebrity parties.
The photos that result are a little more interesting to me, and, of those, these are my favorite, unpublished shots from 2008.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER:
Leila Navidi is well into her second year as a staff photographer at the Las Vegas Sun. She has previously worked at the Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and for the Greenspun Media Group publication The News. Her favorite sport is volleyball, and her favorite food is mashed potatoes with gravy.