Papago Park Engagement Session

Downtown Phoenix Engagement Session | Jerri + Nick

Jerri and Nick are set to get married at a brand new venue in their city this fall and for their downtown Phoenix engagement session they really wanted something that felt a little bit more like a lifestyle or editorial shoot.  Drawing inspiration from a similar shoot I did for Kelley and Neal in San Francisco, we made a plan to romp around Phoenix, bar hopping and drinking our way around the city before ending at Papago Park for sunset.  It was so wonderful to see Jerri again; she is a former co-worker of mine from our former days at Pearl Izumi.  We were all so sad to see her leave our company because she has always been bright, vibrant and fun to be around.  I was ecstatic to be hired as her wedding photographer and even more so to meet her other half, Nick, who compliments her so well.  We started out our day at the The Clarendon Hotel.  This boutique hotel (which I actually ended up staying at thanks to a sweet deal on Hotel Tonight) features an awesome rooftop bar and bright vibrant colors in all the rooms.  From there we moved onto downtown murals, Arizona Center‘s lush garden grotto, the Rose and Crown Pub for a beer break and ultimately Papago Park.  I hadn’t ever spent time in downtown Phoenix myself so it was super fun to have a local tour guide to the city.

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Alfama Buildings

Three Days in Lisbon

It wouldn’t be a trip to Portugal without a stop in this large, sophisticated city with pockets of old world European charm. Spend three days in Lisbon and you’ll have plenty of time to discover all the pockets of wonderful things this area has to offer.

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Lisbon, while charming and mysterious, wasn’t quite as thrilling for me after spending so many days in Porto. It’s a much larger city and it feels that way.  That being said, it’s a worthwhile stop for two to three days while you are exploring the country.  Although I won’t return for a second visit, I am overwhelmingly happy that I visited and it wouldn’t be a trip to Portugal without a visit to Lisbon.

STAY: You want to stay in the Alfama district: it’s tight magical winding streets are even smaller than those that have a similar feel in Porto.  There are tiny restaurants and cafes tucked into every corner with traditional food and Fado music, the melancholy but traditional music of the country.  There are charming and vintage private rooms to be had on Airbnb in the area for $20-40 a night in the area and entire flats for $35-$70.

EAT:  I had a harder time finding cuisine that I was over the moon for in Lisbon, simply due to the grander larger nature of the city.  Small intimate recommendations were harder to come by here: Lisbons’ seem to pride themselves on being a cosmopolitan city and most of the places that were suggested were fancier and more American than we were looking for.  That being said, I had some solid meals in the city, the most memorable of which came on my last night in a small restaraunt with three tables run by one older woman who spoke no english.  She fed me the traditional dish of Portugal: salted cod with shredded fried potatoes and it was clearly the nation’s comfort food.

  • Queijaria for afternoon snacks or lunch: this place was quaint, unassuming and filled with amazing cheese.  It’s a great place to stop and refill mid day while you are out exploring – you can quench your thirst with a glass of wine and eat cheese and antipasto to your heart’s content.
  • Garrafeira Alfaia is dark, unassuming and comfortable.  Dine on traditional black pudding rice with cumin, sausage with scrambled eggs or the secret black pork Lagareiro.  If you aren’t that hungry, order more wine and cheese.  I may have consisted on pure wine and cheese this entire trip.
  • Frangasqueira Nacional for lunch.  This small grilled meat shop offers nowhere to sit, but quite possibly the best blood sausage and roasted chicken in the city.  Order up a mixed meat platter and head down the road to the Principe Real Garden to enjoy it.  After that, head down the road to the Botanical Garden to walk off your massive food coma.

DRINK:

  • Solar do Vinho do Porto is a warm cozy place to curl up on the couch with a book on an overcast day.  It’s dark and wonderful in there and the selection of ports will astound you.
  • Listen to Fado at anywhere that draws you in at night in Alfama.  You can wander the streets until you hear something that intrigues you or make dinner reservations

EXPLORE:

  • Get lost in the streets of Almalfa.   The view is particularly gorgeous from Miradouro de Santa Luzia.  Wander all the way up to the mediaeval Castle of São Jorge, the royal residence until the early 16th century.
  • The Museu Colecção Berardo has an impressive collection of modern art and no entrance fee.  It had more Warhols than I’ve ever seen in one collection!
  • Still not museumed out?  Head up to the Museu da Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian which has an incredibly impressive collection of ancient world, religious and Impressionist and European art.
Porto Portugal

A Week in Portugal: Porto Travel Guide

This past March I took advantage of a great excuse to explore Europe: Fearless Photographers offers a yearly photography conference in different European cities and this year’s conference was in Porto, Portugal.  I was excited to attend what turned out to be an incredibly inspiring and enriching experience.  I met some incredibly loving and adventurous people who I look forward to a future adventures with, drank on the streets until 4 AM with them one night, wandered the iconic city for hours on end every day taking photos of vibrantly colored buildings and it’s beautiful traditional azulejo, the ceramic blue tiles that adorn many of it’s historical buildings, discovered a love of expensive port and ate like a king.  Porto’s people are unvaryingly calm and collected: they have soothing voices with evenly paced pronunciation that makes you feel incredibly tranquil in their presence.

Here’s a few of my favorite images from my trip, interspersed with images taken of my friend and kick ass travel companion Shaunte, of Shaunte Dittmar Photography, and myself by Momento Cativo for Flytographer.

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Porto won me over in every way from head to toe.  It is everything I want in a vacation destination: unbelievably charming, affordable, and engaging.  I could easily spend weeks in this city and never tire of wandering it’s streets.  Here’s a mini Porto travel guide of navigating this beautiful city.

STAY: You want to stay in the Ribeira district: it’s charming historical winding streets and churches around every corner give it the old world European feel.  There are tiny amazing restaurants tucked into every corner with incredible food.  The riverside offers unbeatable vantage points of Porto, especially if you cross over the bridge into Gaia for an evening.  There are beautiful studio apartments that you get all to yourself on Airbnb for $40-70 a night in the area.  We really enjoyed our stay at Hugo’s TocToc Studio.  It was a perfect and incredibly convenient location to explore from.

EAT:  The most memorable places we discovered in Porto were tiny and intimate.  Most had five tables or less.  Most had three people working, or less.  Restaurants in Porto open late (expect to eat after 8 PM every night) and reservations are usually needed.  We were there during Easter week, which is a big holiday for most of Europe, and in some cases it was hard to get reservations for places.  At dinner most nights, we started just asking them to bring us whatever they wanted to serve us or whatever they thought they did best, and the results were always inspiring.  Of all the places I’ve traveled, Porto will remain in my heart as one of the greatest culinary experiences I’ve ever had.

  • A Sandeira for lunch: score a bowl of homemade soup and a sandwich for 5 euros.  Like most wonderful Porto restaurants, this place is incredibly intimate and has very few tables so go early if you don’t want to hang outside waiting for a spot to open up.  It’s worth the wait!
  • Our meal at La Piada was one of the most memorable of our trip.  The staff is incredibly gracious.  The restaurant itself is wide open, with tall ceilings, a tree in the middle of one of the tables and local art on the walls.  The couple who owns the restaurant is Italian and Portuguese and they offer piadinas: a small italian flatbread filled with Portuguese staples.
  • One of my other favorite meals was at Porta4.  There were three tables in the entire restaurant and two brothers taking turns cooking and serving us.
  • Amarelo Torrada for breakfast: if you are dying for something bigger than an espresso, this gal never minded serving me up a large americano.  I was craving eggs and actual breakfast for most of my trip, but these guys had some wonderful breakfast like toasted bread combos like cream cheese and lox that were a good stand in.

DRINK:

  • I found Livraria da Baixa on my first day and I returned every day thereafter.  The staff is warm, welcoming, and remembered me and my drink.  They mix a great cocktail and if it’s a nice day, you can sit out on the patio and people watch.  If it’s a rainy day, you can while away the evening in the incredibly cozy upstairs lounge.  Just push the bell on the bookshelf when you are ready to order another round!
  • Graham’s is one of the oldest and most renown of the Port makers in the area.  Tour their famous lodge overlooking Gaia and Porto and then partake in a tasting in the tasting room.  Be forewarned: the vintage tawny tasting is worth the expense but may ruin you in regards to port forever.  I have come to the new self realization that it is not that I don’t like port – it’s that I don’t like cheap port.

EXPLORE:

  • Take a boat trip on the Duoro River.  This is one of the few things that I wasn’t able to do and wish I had.  You can view the architecture of Porto from a new vantage point, or take a boat all the way up the river into the wine growing region and go wine tasting.
  • Go on a church tour: Igreja dos Carmelitas has an incredibly picturesque traditional tile wall on the outside.  Clerigos Church offers a 75 meter tall tower that offers unprecedented views of the city from the top of it.  Expect a wait to climb the 240 stairs if you are there at a busy time.  The Church of Sao Francisco is filled with gilded Baroque decor.
  • Get your tourist on: Lello & Irmão Bookstore is apparently the third most famous library in the world, most likely because it supposedly inspired many aspects of Harry Potter for JK Rowling.  The architecture inside is supposedly incredibly stunning.  I didn’t have the patience to stand in line for four hours to go inside, so I’ll have to go back.  If you really want to see the inside, you might go first thing in the morning before it opens to avoid the crowds, or right at closing.  Cafe Majestic opened in 1921 and used to be the meeting point for the area’s elite and creatives.  I was told it’s incredibly beautiful but has “tourist pricing.”  JK Rowling also apparently spent many a day in this cafe on the first book in the series.
  • Hire your own personal photographer: Flytographer’s photographers for Porto are Ivo and Vanessa.  This dynamic duo of a photographic team are married and totally in love with their home.  They were incredibly fun to wander the city with for an afternoon, exploring the tight winding streets for the best kind of souvenir: photos of ourselves playing in a city we came to love.
  • Visit the Oporto Craft Market: it’s filled with small stalls of homemade art, foodstuffs, and other creations by local artisans.

Flytographer in Porto Portugal

Isla Mujeres Destination Wedding

Isla Mujeres Destination Wedding | Cancun, Mexico | Brittany + Crystal

I should quit my job now because I’m sure I’m never going to be able to top the amount of love I have for these two ladies and their Isla Mujeres destination wedding.  I want to share all their photos but I have rules against that because I’m pretty sure no one really looks after 10 images anyways, so I tried to keep it together and not go overboard.  That being said,  it was a priority for Britt and Crys to really take advantage of their location so after getting ready and their first look at the hotel, we had hours to cruise around the island on our golf cart Joaquin and take loads of amazing portraits inspired by the ridiculously awesome place we were in.  There’s a few other of my favorites that I didn’t double up on over on their sneak peek from last week.

These two gorgeous gals hold a special place in my heart: they are former neighbors of my best mate Haley.  It was an unbelievable honor to be asked to be their photographer and I hope I did them justice and that they love their photos as much as I do.  Half of my job is already done when friends or acquaintances hire me.  So much of what I do involves creating a relationship and a quick connection in order to bring out genuine moments in folks and when I already know you, that hurdle is non-existent.

This was not my first time to Isla Mujeres, and although it’s changed quite a bit since I stopped in here on my way home from Cuba in 2008, it still has the heart and soul of the island I originally fell in love with.  Isla Mujeres is relaxed: the best sort of island time.  There is inexpensive delicious ceviche at every restaurant, cold cheap Mexican beer, smiling faces and warm hearts everywhere you go.  There are no massive hotels, no high rises, and no fancy private beaches for the most part.  You can get $2 fish tacos from a man in a plywood booth that presses his own tortillas.  You can rent a wonderful apartment on Airbnb for very little.  It’s off-the-beaten path travel at it’s best and it made the most wonderful backdrop for a wedding.

After we spent the whole day jaunting around the isle, Britt and Crys were wed in front of friends and family at the Zama Beach Club, which is officially in my top five favorite venues of all time now.  Instead of cake, they had a churro cart.  Instead of a special cocktail, they had fresh coconuts handed out to drink from as guests walked in.  Shoes were expected to be removed.  Toasts were made.  Sunsets were watched.  Crowd-surfing happened.

Britt and Crys, I can’t wait to come visit you and all of your amazing friends in Philly.  I know that your life is going to be filled with dancing, laughter and unicycles, and I wouldn’t wish anything less for the two of you.

Venue: Zama Beach Club | Wedding Planning and Day Of Coordination: Sunhorse Weddings | Invitation Design: Karith Gingrow | Bridal Gowns: BHLDN, Lace and Liberty, and The Wedding Dress Shoppe | Second Shooter: Julie Pizzo

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Snowglobe 2014

Snowglobe: Lauren’s Picks | Day 1

Snowglobe Music Festival is fast approaching and although three day passes are sold out, single day tickets, last chance three day passes, shuttle passes and VIP passes are still available.   While Kaskade and Dillon Francis may be big draws for the under 30 crowd, I can’t wait for Ghostland Observatory to give me the beat.

Here’s some insider’s tips to having your best fest!

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  • Didn’t buy a shuttle pass?  DO NOT DRIVE to the festival as there is NO PARKING on site.  There is NO PARKING in the adjacent neighborhood.  Good news for you: shuttle passes are still available!  Want to travel in style?  An All-Access Transportation Pass will provide you and up to 13 friends on-call, door to door transportation between your house/hotel, the festival and bars/after parties all weekend long.  If you actually split it between the maximum amount of folks, it’s a veritable bargain with added convenience.  If you aren’t into either of those options, Tahoe is proud to have UBER in town finally (and LYFT will be here soon).  Please note, there are not a ton of drivers so services may be spotty.  Drivers from CA may pick you up in CA and drop you off in either state, but they cannot pick up in NV.  Drivers from NV can pick you up in NV and drop you off in either state, but cannot pick you up in CA.  If you are at Stateline and having a hard time getting a driver, simply walk across to the opposite state to see if it offers you an available car.  Taxis are always available at casino reception areas.

Snowglobe Music Festival

  • Dress warm: snowsuits optional.  When the sun goes down each day around 5 PM, it’s going to feel like it’s 20 degrees.  Expect your weather the next three days to be clear and cold.  Keep your core warm with polypropylene base layers under tights and skirts and if you’re feeling really flush, buy those super cheap disposable hand and toe warmers at the grocery store.  You’ll be the only person there with warm toes and you won’t regret it.

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  • Drink water. You’re from sea level? Drink three times as much water as you think you need. Those of us who live at altitude love to watch those of you from sea level get drunk on one beer. It happens.

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  • Don’t forget to explore.  In the past few years, Snowglobe has added some amazing things to it’s line-up, one of which is talented artists.  Take a few minutes in between acts to explore the artwork, local vendors and great food.  Worried about your phone?  Hit up the mobile charging lockers which keep it safe while it charges.  You can pre-pay for one for the weekend via this link.

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Lauren’s Picks: Day 1

Festivals are my favorite way to discover new music, so be sure to catch a few of these lesser known acts on Day 1 of the festival.

  • Lex: Main Stage, 5:45-6:45 PM.  This dynamic four piece hails from Los Angeles and was discovered by Daft Punk engineer Peter Franco.  They released their self-titled EP on May 5, featuring alluring phantasmical synths and a live electronic performance merging art, fashion, design & technology.  For fans of: Lykke Li, Lana del Rey, Billie Eilish.
  • Hippie Sabotage: Sierra Tent, 5:00-5:45. This dynamic brother duo hails from Sacramento, CA where they’ve been making music together since the mid-2000s.  They were thrust into the limelight in the Spring of 2014, however, when Ellie Goulding shared their remix for “Stay High” by Swedish singer Tove Lo.  Expect them pull from their extensive and wide ranging remix catalog featuring everything from ethereal vocals to dirty beats accompanied by their signature subtle touches that don’t overwhelm, but move you from the core.  For fans of: ODESZA, Adventure Club.
  • E-40: Sierra Tent, 8:45-9:30 PM.  E-40 is no stranger to the rap scene: he released his first EP in 1986.  He’s released 22 albums to date and in 2014, his single “Choices (Yup)” charted at number 125 on Billboard and number 43 on r&b/hip-hop chart.  This East Bay Rapper isn’t just about music though; he recently announced plans to release a 40 ounce malt liquor which I expect you can guess the name of.  For fans of: Too $hort, Mac Dre, The Coup.

Snowglobe Music Festival

Empire Mines Wedding

Destination Wedding Photographer | Recent Published Work

Holy wedding season Batman!

The fall is wrapping up and I have to admit: I’ve been swamped.  September and October were my busiest months.  Thank you SO MUCH to my amazing patient clients who have all been waiting on their images.  What an incredible year I’ve had so far!  I’ve photographed 36 weddings so far this year and 14 of those were in the last two months.  In the meatime, somethings have fallen to the wayside, like my normally proflific daily blogging and sharing of published work.  Here’s a few things I’ve missed in the last two months while I’ve been so slammed!

EVER OURS

Mo and Adam and their kick ass Celio Ranch wedding in South Lake Tahoe was snapped up by the amazing Lydia over at Ever Ours.  I’m so sad that the end of the year will also mark the end of Ever Ours, a wonderful wedding blog that celebrates photography and moments over details.  If you know about another wedding blog as awesome as hers that can fill those (very large) shoes, please let me know!

Tahoe Ranch Wedding published at Ever Ours

Borrowed & Blue San Antonio

Borrowed & Blue has been one of my favorite wedding blogs for quite some time.  They never complain that there’s not enough details for one, but they also seperate their blog into US cities.  When they opened up a San Antonio version of their well known site, I was quick to send over Jimmy and Karlie’s 2014 destination wedding to them.  It went up a few weeks back and it’s so fun to relive their awesome day.  Jimmy and Karlie just welcomed all 8lbs 2oz of Natalie, the newest addition to their family last week.

San Antonio Wedding published at Borrowed & Blue

The Daily Dog Tag

The Daily Dog Tag is an awesome little blog that I recently discovered that focuses on professional photography that involves dogs, adoptable pets around the country, and artful and unique products.  They published the first in a series of sessions with Schnoll Family and are excited to post follow-ups with the newest member of their family, Jack.  I just recently photographed Jack’s 6 month session, so you can imagine how long ago this one was!  Regardless, big thanks to the Daily Dog Tag for the family photography internet love.

Published work from Lauren Lindley at the Daily Dog Tag

Love and Lavender

I’ve wanted to get a feature on Love and Lavender for ages, but I’ve never had anything quite romantic or whimsical enough for this wonderful wedding blog that focuses on inspiring, magical and rustic outdoor weddings.  I knew that David and Emily’s Empire Mine State Park wedding was the perfect fit for them and it was published last week on their site.

Lauren Lindley Photography published at Love and Lavender

Thumbtack

I’ve had so many wonderful experiences with clients I’ve discovered on Thumbtack.  Not only did Thumbtack take me to visit the White House in Washington DC last January (something I’ve yet to blog about also), but I managed to grow my business and turn it into a full time position for me in very few years thanks to them.  I used to mentor photographers new to the Thumbtack platform, but gave it up when they changed the program and I was no longer helping just other photogs.  Helping other photographers is incredibly rewarding: frankly I wouldn’t be where I am today without a lot of help from a lot of other people.  Thumbtack asked to interview me a few weeks ago after catching site of a blog I wrote about how to be successful on Thumbtack for photographers and I readily agreed.  You can see the full post via this link.

Lauren Lindley Thumbtack tips for pros

Anytime Light

2015 Wedding Photography Workshops | California | Education

I am a huge proponent of continued education, no matter what your field of work is.  The most amazing part of my job is that the only person I’m in competition with is myself.  I know that I can always be better and one of my goals this year was to attend at least two photography workshops, one that was wedding focused and one that was not.  I’m excited that I’m certainly going to go above and beyond this goal by attending numerous 2015 wedding photography workshops.

Learning in Action at the Anytime Light Workshop in January. Photo by Josh Baker, AzulOx

This past January, I traveled to Austin, TX to attend the Anytime Light Workshop from Azul Ox Visuals.  Azul Ox’s team creates dramatically different images than I normally do: bold cinematic photography with exceptional use of OCF.  It’s extremely important to be able to modify light to your needs: I would never want to turn down a portrait session simply because their only available time slot was noon.  At this small, intensive, hands on workshop we learned how to photograph at high noon in the Texas Sun while mitigating strong overhead light with all the tools available at our disposal.  From there, we worked on interior head shot lighting, sunset lighting with speedlights for dramatic evening portraits and finally, portraits in the dark after nightfall.

Austin Portrait Photographer

Turning day into night with strobes: anytime light! Photo by Lauren Lindley.

I was so impressed by the entire experience, I’m bringing Anytime Light to Tahoe for an extended three day workshop.  This workshop will give hands on experience, provide portfolio building images, and extensive learning for the small batch of students in one of the most gorgeous locations California has to offer.

Anytime Light Lake Tahoe still has spots available.  I honestly cannot impress upon you how amazing this workshop was in reiterating, reinforcing, and reminding me of all the tools I have at my disposal during a wedding or portrait session.  If you attend Anytime Light Lake Tahoe, you’ll learn everything you need to know about OCF (off camera flash) including how your flash power and distance and camera decisions work together.  You’ll learn about all the light modifiers you have to choose from and why and when to use them.  You’ll learn what type of OCF to use.  Speedlight? Strobe?  During all of this, you’ll be able to build your portfolio using real models at styled shoots in one of the most gorgeous locations on the planet!  I can’t imaging a better way to experience an OCF Workshop this year.  In addition, model Jennifer Lynn Larson is going to do a session on communicating with models per my request because I actually found that communicating with professional models and my lack of knowledge on this topic hindered my ability to get the types of images I wanted at the workshop in January.

Whether you are new to wedding photography or an established professional, this 2015 OCF workshop will help reinforce the knowledge you need to have to create the best images possible for your clients, despite the light conditions you experience.

Sunset and Speedlights. Photo by Josh Baker, AzulOx

In February, I attended Imaging USA 2015 put on by Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in Nashville, TN.  I specifically needed to source out new vendors for my business at the massive photography expo offered at the event.  I was searching for a new high end fine art album maker and found exactly what I was looking for in Finao.  I struggled, however, with the rest of the conference, which I took very little away from.  Many teachers or speakers tried to cram the same amount of information that I learned in a hands on all day session at Anytime Light in Austin into a one hour presentation.  The massive lecture halls filled with hundreds walked away more confused than they entered.  I think huge conferences are great for certain things: networking and vendor sourcing specifically.  While I met some amazing photographers whom I still keep in touch with (shout out to Michael Faga and Jennifer Oates), I can’t say that I walked away with any specific educational knowledge at all, despite sitting in three days worth of one hour lectures.

This June, I’m looking forward to attending FOSTER 2015 led by Ben Sasso and Katch Silva.  FOSTER is a hands on workshop of education and discussion.  They will lead us in live shoots using natural light, posing, directing and then finally, leading discussions about the most important aspects of the wedding photography business including editing, workflow, social media, style and branding, client interaction and more.  It takes place in Joshua Tree and I’m ashamed to admit: I’ve never been there!

LGBT San Diego Wedding

Utilizing OCF for wedding photographers. Photo by Lauren Lindley, Lauren Lindley Photography.

What I’m most excited about this year, other than hosting my own wedding photography workshop here in Lake Tahoe, is that I was recently notified of my early acceptance into the prestigious and highly competitive Missouri Photo Workshop.  This year will be the 67th anniversary of the workshop, which moves to a different small town in Missouri every year documenting small town life.  For over six decades now, photographers from around the world have worked to visually tell the stories of the people and institutions that come together to make the community chosen for the year.  They are directed by David Rees and Jim Curley with the help of dozen talented faculty members and a team of University of Missouri students.  It will teach me the fundamentals of researching, shooting and editing while emphasizing ethical practices.  I am overwhelmed, honored and unbelievably ecstatic to be offered this experience!

SF Engagement Portrait

Making the Most out of your Engagement Session

More often that not, couples become engaged and start cycling through their catalog of photos and discover that they have primarily nothing but phone photos and selfies at their disposal.  As such, engagement portrait sessions are extremely popular and one of those photos will certainly end up on your save the date card, wedding invitation, or wedding website.  Paperless Post recently approached me and asked if I’d be willing to share my tips and tricks on making the most out of your engagement session.

1.  Relax and pay no attention to the person following you with the camera.  Every photo that I fall in love with from an engagement session comes from a moment where the couple is so wrapped up in each other, they’ve forgotten I’m there.  In fact, the best sessions happen when couples act like they are on a date and just talk and chat the entire time as if I’m not even there.  I’ve even had couples spend the entire session trying to one up each other with jokes.   It doesn’t matter how you interact, as long as you do.

Los Angeles Engagement Session

2.  More points of contact create more intimacy in photos.  Hold hands, make out, wrap up in each other.  No matter what you do, the more that your bodies are connected, the stronger the image will come across.

SF Engagement Portrait

3.  Be fun and active.  Dance while you tell those jokes.  Hold hands, move around, walk and talk, get playful.   I try to do as little posing as possible, but I will intervene and get posey if the couple seems stiff or isn’t interacting with each other.  The best moments happen, again, when you forget your photographer is there and focus on each other.

Culver City Portrait Session

4.  Kick your session off in one of your favorite places.  I like to start my evening sessions out with happy hour and my morning sessions with brunch.  Starting off your session at a place of significance for the two of you is a great way to begin your session in a relaxed way at a place that feels comfortable.  It will put you at ease (so will that adult beverage) and allow you to get comfortable behind the camera.

Happy Hour portrait session

5.  Utilize negative space.  Negative space appears in beautifully composed images as the blank areas in and around objects.  In a photo with negative space, you’ll have plenty of room to include all the pertinent information you need to give your guests without detracting from the image.

Tahoe Engagement Photographer, Incline Village, Hidden Beach, Tahoe Portrait photographer

Featured Vendor: Paperless Post is passionate about the resources that they provide their community.  If you are seeking a unique invitation experience, head over to their website to see how you can create both online and paper stationary, invitations and save the dates that reflect your individual style.  To date, Paperless Post users have sent over 85 million cards.  You can also check out Paperless Post on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Murphys CA engagement session

Angel’s Camp Engagement Session | Published at Ever Ours

o. m. gee.

I have been (figuratively, not literally) dying to be published on Ever Ours for ever and ever and ever.  All my cool photographer friends are published on Ever Ours all the time and now I’m as cool as they are.

I can think of no better session than Britt and John’s Angel’s Camp engagement session to be published over on Lydia’s amazing site, which celebrates the wedding photography industry and all the amazing images and talent within it.

I’m so excited to be part of the Ever Ours community.  You can also follow Ever Ours on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

You can see the entire feature over at Ever Ours via this link.

 Northern CA Engagement Photographer

Vote for me for Best of Tahoe 2015!

Best of Tahoe 2014

Remember that time I won Best of Tahoe last year?  That was awesomesauce.

It was especially humbling because I didn’t even ask you to vote for me.  Frankly, I didn’t even realize voting was open.

This year, I am asking because I think it would be rad to win two years in a row.

So, I humbly ask you to follow this link and vote for me for Best Photographer!