When I was in high school, my good friend James bequeathed to me a copy of Dave Matthews Band‘s first studio album. Under the Table and Dreaming completely changed the way I listened to music. I was a typical music listener for a teen: radio obsessed and repetitive. With my introduction to this album, I was ushered into a world of complexities and layers like I hadn’t heard before. It was my start of musical appreciation. Under the Table and Dreaming remains, to this day, one of my favorite albums of all time, book-ended by Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Ryan Adam’s Gold, and LCD Soundsystem’s self-titled debut.
After that, I spent a good portion of my high school summers touring DMB shows, from city to city, where every night they would play completely different sets and completely different songs, all the while managing to sound like an orchestra was on stage. I can say with 100% confidence that I have seen more DMB concerts than any other band in the short history of my life.
I loved their shows and while I hadn’t seen one in over ten years, the moment Dave started playing and tapping his toes, I was transported back in time. I had briefly doubted if the DMB I heralded in my head after all this time would live up to the musical memories of my nostalgic mind and instantaneously this idea was proved totally baseless.
Dave Matthews Band was an impeccable gorgeous spirited show when I was young and he is the same today. While no album of his may live up to the aggressive complicated ambitiousness of Under the Table and Dreaming, his catalog of music remains impressive, varied and filled with everything crowd pleasing jingles to southern rock ballads.
After this experience, I’m not sure if any band I photograph for the rest of my life will live up to Dave Matthews Band. The unparalleled excitement I felt in that photo pit was fueled by awe and devotion.
Dave Matthews was and clearly still remains the King of my Satellite Castle. I may not purchase all his music anymore, but he proved his place on a pedestal in my musical library.
Thank you Tahoe South for the opportunity to photograph my musical legend.
Kelly and Mike’s Winter Engagement Session at Echo Lake on the PCT was so adorable I knew it was certain to get published in a few different places. Oddly enough, The Norwegian Wedding Blog was specifically looking for winter themed engagements from around the globe and low and behold, we’re published in Norway.
You can visit the full post via this link. As a side note, I absolutely adore that the word “engagement” translates to “ forlovelse.” Thanks Kelly and Mike for choosing me to be your Tahoe Engagement Photographer for your “forlovelsesshoot.”
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I am so excited to see one of my favorite 2013 weddings featured at Beauty & Lifestyle Bride. I’m so proud of the work I did as their Tahoe Wedding Photographer and so thrilled to see it published. Lori and Eddie’s wedding was truly “flawlessly beautiful,” just as the title says. You can see their full post via this link and please share it via social media or comment to show our support and thanks!
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I had some really fabulous and gorgeous ski and snowboard models two weeks ago for a Ski Lake Tahoe photo shoot out at Sierra at Tahoe, which is a wonderful local resort in Tahoe South with a small-town vibe and a flirty fun personality. They have great tree runs, fun pillow lines, and pride themselves on their parks. It’s also a great place for families and kids love taking ski lessons at their Burton Star Wars Experience Center.
While there are a number of amazing shots I took that are reserved for my client, I always end up with a handful of shots that are different and won’t be used to keep in the photo bank for later uses and to share with the host mountain.
My happy smiling shreddy ladies not only made an appearance on their social media pages, but also in their e-newsletter.
I’m also stoked to see my photo on the front of their upcoming Women’s Snowboard Camp Poster.
Taught by X-Games Gold Medalist Joanie Anderson, sister to Olympic Gold Medalist Jamie Anderson, this camp would be a fantastic way to further your abilities as a snowboarder.
Date: 03/22/2014 – 8:00am - 03/23/2014 – 4:00pm
Location: Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort
Women’s Snowboard Camp Presented By Burton and Anon.
Come join our team of fun female pros for the weekend! Whether you want to keep up with (or catch up to!) your family and friends or learn new techniques, we’re here to help increase your confidence on all terrain. We want you to snowboard and explore the mountain with more control, power and finesse.
Sierra-at-Tahoe’s all-female learning environment is designed to improve on-hill skill and confidence for women ages 18 and over of any skiing or snowboarding ability. Camps are taught by ability level; we’ve found this to be the most conducive to learning. Or, you and your friends can form your own group if you are comfortable skiing and snowboarding together.
Our Women’s Performance Snowboard Camp is taught by National Champion and X Games Snowboarder X Gold, Silver & Bronze Medalist, Joanie Anderson. Joanie’s expert instruction and snowboarding know-how will help you step up your snowboarding skills and style.
On Saturday, camp starts with a welcome breakfast. At the end of the day, enjoy Après drinks and snacks on the top of the mountain, overlooking Lake Tahoe.
For more information, head over to Sierra at Tahoe.
I’m not going to lie: I was both overjoyed and nervous at the prospect of photographing Kenny’s planned proposal to his longtime girlfriend Rebeccah. The stakes are high for a proposal: there’s only the briefest of seconds to capture that initial reaction and you can’t recreate it. Combine that with the fact that you are either hiding in bushes or pretending to be doing something else and the entire situation was enough to make my adrenaline rush.
When Kenny first approached me, I knew exactly what he wanted: the gorgeous Lake Tahoe in the background, the sun out, the snow of Heavenly Mountain Resort and him down on one knee. Instead, the weekend of the proposal brought us 8 feet of snow, swirling winds and a veritable white out. We shifted gears, slightly changed plans, conspired together and with the help of Meghan Kelly, surprised Rebeccah in the best way possible.
After a full day of lessons, Kenny managed to convince Rebeccah to brave the resort, snow and cold temps one last time at 3:45 PM. Meghan and I were waiting about half way down Patsy’s Run at the top of the face. Kenny told Rebeccah that he was going to ski half way down and stop and take photos of her showing off what she learned in her snowboard lesson. Meanwhile, Megs and I were prepared, waiting on the side of the run, pretending to take photos. When Rebeccah snowboarded up to Kenny, he told her to take her goggles and mask off so they could take a photo together with his iPhone. She said in hindsight, she noticed us with my camera and thought, “That’s a really nice camera, maybe they’ll take a photo for us.” When they finished taking their selfie, Kenny got down on one knee and I swung my camera onto them.
Shooting a proposal was so thrilling. I’m super happy for these two fellow Texans. Thanks so much Kenny for choosing me as his Tahoe Engagement Photographer. I feel super lucky that I was the one who captured this awesome and inspiring moment. Also, thanks for sharing a beer with us at Himmel Haus afterwards!
This weekend, the lovely lady Melissa of Melissa Hearts Weddings celebrated Valentine’s with Ashley and Matthew’s Snowy Lake Tahoe Elopement Photography. You can see the full post over at Melissa Hearts Weddings via this link and please share it via social media or comment to show our support and thanks to Melissa and her adorable blog! I have a few more features getting published by her. We’re a great match since she loves to publish the romantic and elegant with some preppy and whimsy thrown in.
You can follow Melissa on Twitter @MelissaWedding and Instagram at @MelissaWedding.
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Happy Friday! I have lots of exciting news coming up about my work being featured on a bunch of really exciting adorable wedding blogs but I’m happy to announce the first feature of 2014, which happened to be my first wedding of 2014. Please feel free to support me whenever I am published elsewhere by following the links and sharing the features or leave comments. Big thanks to Kirsten, the editor over at Brides without Borders, whose gorgeous photo rich blog focuses on destinations around the globe. I’m feeling particularly lucky that I get to call a renown vacation destination home.
You can see the full post at Brides without Borders via this link and please share it via social media or comment to show our support and thanks to Kirsten and her fantastic blog!