Sierra at Tahoe weddings

Sierra at Tahoe | Styled Shoot Sneak Peek

One of my favorite ski resorts, Sierra at Tahoe, is branching into weddings.  Last year, Sierra built a gorgeous new giant plaza to hold events on.  Surrounded by pine trees and mountains, it would be a beautiful place with plenty of space for an outdoor wedding.  In order to get started, they asked me to lend a hand with a styled shoot so they have plenty of marketing materials to promote their new venture with.  I was more than happy to oblige and with models as adorable as Lyndsay and Steve, my job was extra easy on Tuesday.

Here’s a sneak peek to tide you over, but there’s more to come from this Tahoe wedding photographer styled shoot.

 Sierra at Tahoe Weddings

Tahoe Commercial Photographer

Tahoe Commercial Photographer | Salon Be

It’s not often that I get to step aside from being a portrait and wedding photographer and instead, turn my eye towards creating images as a Tahoe commercial photographer.  Most of my commercial photography gigs tend to occur the winter for various ski related ventures.  As such, I was so honored to be asked to do a styled shoot for Salon Be, which happens to be the salon that my own personal hair stylist Katie White, works at.  Salon Be recently opened in Lake Tahoe and needed some gorgeous photos for their website.  We had a fantastic morning outfitting four beautiful ladies with wedding ready hair, wedding make up, and fun.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from our session, but you can see all my work in action at the Salon Be website via this link.

Denver Engagement Photography

Denver Engagement Photographer | Union Station | Maya + Dylan Sneak Peek

The newly renovated Union Station in Denver, CO is a photographer’s dream location: there are high ceilings, gorgeous filtered sunlight, cozy dim bars and retro light fixtures and furniture.  I’m so happy Dylan suggested it for our afternoon engagement session.  I can’t wait to share more images of this awesome couple, but here’s a frame to tide you over until later!

Live at Lakeview

Tahoe Commercial Photographer | Tahoe Editorial Photographer | Published in Submerge Magazine

Yowza!  If you can’t tell by the amount of blog posts lately, I’m buried under work.  I’ve been photographing events, concerts, weddings and portrait sessions non-stop.  My list of to-do’s just seems to grow, never shrink, no matter how many things I satisfactorily cross off.  The list keeps growing and as such, I keep having to tear off that top sheet and re-write it fresh every few days.  There’s personal work I seem to never be able to get to (Moab and SXSW) and real work that keeps getting shoved farther and farther down the priority line.  As my friend Dreu likes to say, “Sleep when dead.”

Tahoe Commercial Photographer

Sometimes, out of nowhere, and due to no work on my end, I end up with photos in places I never expected them to be when I clicked that shutter button.  One of my images from the first night of Live at Lakeview is certainly making it’s rounds on the internet and now, I am super stoked to see my Tahoe event photography published in Submerge Magazine this month in a feature about Lake Tahoe.  Submerge is an independently owned Music, Art and Lifestyle publication available for free biweekly throughout the greater Sacramento region.  Every time one of my photos gets published in a magazine, I have to say I feel a bit giddy and that much closer to classifying myself a Tahoe commercial photographer.

You can read the entire issue online via this link.  My photos are featured on page 10-11 of the July 14-July 28, 2014 issue.

Tahoe Engagement Photographer

Tahoe Engagement Photographer | Published at Trendy Groom

Trendy Groom decided that Paige and Daniel’s Tahoe Engagement session was dapper enough to publish and I am honored.  Trendy Groom is super rad as it was started by a male wedding photographer who wanted to make weddings more of a “collaboration between the bride and groom making them both feel special on their wedding day.”  It provides inspiration, fashion tips and wedding ideas for grooms.  

You can view, read, like and share the entire post via this link.

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Tahoe Wedding Photographer | Tahoe Daily Tribune | Best of Tahoe 2014

Best of Tahoe 2014

 

There are so many ways I could start off this post.

This is a story about how this one time I won and award and I had NO idea.

OR

When Joe Suave told me congratulations on my photography business and that I must be really busy since I won ‘Best of Tahoe'” when I stopped into The Keys Cafe yesterday to pick up lunch, I incredulously simply replied, “What are you talking about?” and then upon his insistence, I also insisted, “There is no way.”

OR

How is it possible that I live in a town so small that you can’t have your picture printed in the Mountain News without 20 people texting you about it, but I managed to win “Best of Tahoe 2014″ and NO ONE TOLD ME?

BUT REALLY WHAT I WANT TO SAY IS

THANK YOU.

I’m completely and totally humbled upon finding out (months later) that I apparently won BEST OF TAHOE 2014 for Best Photographer.  This is humbling for a number of reasons, the least of which is that this is an award voted on by email ballots by members of the community of which I never requested votes from.  Which means there are a lot of people who took the time to write my name down without any pressure from me.

This is the best compliment anyone could have ever given me.

That being said, this is also humbling because I am mortified that 1) I had no idea and 2) I don’t know who to thank and 3) what if the world thinks I’m ungrateful because this came out months ago and I didn’t say anything?  If I knew the names and addresses of every single person who voted for me, I assure you, I would send you a thank you note with a Harry Potter Stamp of course because those are my favorite, because my mother taught me to send thank you notes and also because I’m obsessed with mail and I find that retrieving my mail and hoping there is something that is not a Victoria’s Secret catalog is one of the most thrilling parts of my day.

So, in all honesty Tahoe South:

Thanks a fucking bunch

(because nothing says extreme gratitude like the F-bomb).

This is pretty rad.

But I’m still confused why none of you mentioned it.

If you would like to see the full list of winners, you may do so via this link.

Crossfit Photography, Crossfit Promo Photos, Crossfit Texas, Austin Commercial Photography

Austin Commercial Photographer | Austin Portrait Photographer | CrossFit Texas

I can’t think of anything more Fourth of July to share than this collection of images for CrossFit Texas.

Recently, my good friends Liana and Terry embarked on an adventure similar to my own: quitting jobs and taking on the responsibilities of becoming self-employed and managing a small business to pursue their dreams.  They asked if I would swing through Austin while I was in Texas for a wedding in May and help them get some new promotional photos for their business and I was more than thrilled to make the jaunt up (because really, when do I need a reason to go to Austin).

I’m always ecstatic to squeeze in a trip to visit my friends and family and combine work with fun, so if you’re in need of an Austin Commercial Photographer, well, let’s just make a plan because you know that I probably have a craving for some Torchy’s Tacos right this second.

Wedding Dance Party, Wedding Photographer, Tahoe Wedding Photographer, Berkeley Wedding Photographer

Tahoe Wedding Photographer | Fearless Photographers

           

I’m excited to announce my inclusion in Fearless Photographersa “unique photography directory of the world’s best wedding photographers who are not afraid to push the limits of professional wedding photography to surprise [their] clients with extraordinary wedding photos of your wedding day.”

I’m not-so-secretly excited with the anticipation of my ability to participate in their photography competition, which takes place every 2 months and is open to members only.   Of the submissions, less than 3% are selected by a panel of curators as “Fearless Awards:” photographs that excel in redefining wedding photography. These awards are added to the photographers’ portfolio pages and are used to determine their rankings.  When I look through the photos from Fearless Members, I’m completely and totally in awe.  For one, that I was chosen to join their ranks, and two, in the level of creativity that has gone into every shot that’s won a Fearless Award.  

You can see my profile page via this link

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Dallas Portrait Photographer | BC Lindley for Metroplex Wrestling

There is no denying that my little brother has sweet dance moves.  You may not know that he also has some sweet wrestling moves.

Metroplex Wrestling in Dallas, TX was started by two wrestling fans in 2009 as a way for anyone and everyone to take part in their favorite sport.  The gym is in Bedford, TX and runs one show a month in their official ring.   You too can attend and you get a discount if you bring your own chair.  The next show will be held on June 16th.

My brother has been a member, participant and showman in the ring for quite a few years now.  He specifically requested some character specific portraits to use for promotional purposes.  Deep Ellum in downtown Dallas, TX offered the perfect mix of gritty urbanism for his photos.  We had a blast running around shooting and followed it up with some beers at the Anvil Pub.

Crossfit Photography, Crossfit Promo Photos, Crossfit Texas, Austin Commercial Photography

Austin Freelance Photographer | CrossFit Texas Sneak Peek

I’m so excited for my friends Liana and Terry Collie!  They are following their dreams and just bought a gym after their own passion: CrossFit Texas in Pflugerville.  Since I was traveling all the way to Texas to shoot a San Antonio Wedding a few weeks ago, they requested that I make a stop in Austin to help with new marketing photos for their small business.  Here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come!  Congrats to my friends, whose awesomeness knows no bounds.