Tahoe Wedding Photographer

Tahoe Wedding Photographer | Tahoe Beach Retreat | Published at The Veil Co

Tahoe Wedding Photographer

Eddie and Lori’s amazing Tahoe Beach Wedding at the Tahoe Beach Retreat is still getting published and why not when it’s so darn cute!  From the candy bar to the purple bridesmaids’ dresses, this wedding at all the elements of awesome that one could want!  I’m so happy I was their Tahoe wedding photographer – Lori and I keep in touch via facebook to this day!

If you want to see my original post on Lori and Eddie’s wedding, you may do so via this link.

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Tahoe Engagement Photographer

Tahoe Engagement Photographer | Incline Village | Published at Borrowed and Blue

The internet world appears to be as enamored with Paige and Daniel’s Incline Village Engagement Session as I am.  On Thursday, it was published over at Borrowed and Blue and they wrote just the nicest compliments about it.  I am filled with warm fuzzies all the way up to the top of my soul.  I am so thankful that Paige and Daniel chose me as their Tahoe engagement photographer and I can’t wait to shoot their destination wedding in Las Vegas, NV next May!

In the meantime, it’s also been published at Tahoe Unveiled and Trendy Groom.  If you missed those posts, go check them out now!

If you’d like to see the entire write up, you may do so via this link.  Please share it via social media!  It’s always nice to spread the internet love for the people who have done that for me!

You can also follow Borrowed and Blue on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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Tahoe Concert Photographer | Harvey’s Summer Concert Series | Sarah McLachlan

Concert photography is my favorite.

There’s nothing more thrilling than the rush of trying to get some awesomesauce images in three songs.

I’ve been fortunate to photograph at SXSW the last two years, but this year, my duties included less of the concert photography and more of people photography and not-so-unfortunately, I’ve been so busy with work since then that I haven’t yet edited any of the concert photos that I did manage to snag while I was there.

Thankfully, the Harvey’s Summer Concert Series in their gorgeous Tahoe Outdoor Amphitheater kicked off last week with none other than Sarah McLachlan.

I listened to Sarah extensively in the late 90s, as I’m sure anyone my age did.  Not only did I remember ALL of the lyrics to those songs, but it was a breath of fresh Tahoe air (literally) to sit outdoors and listen to them again.

Sarah’s new songs are just as compelling as her old catalog and her voice is ethereal, but strong.  I had such a wonderful time and the night was exceptionally awesome because all of my friends were there as well!  The entire experience is one I won’t forget.

Here’s some of my favorite images from the evening.  You can read the full concert review by none other than the wonderfully talented and beautiful Georgette Riley over at Tahoe South.

Tahoe Event Photographer

Tahoe Event Photographer | Tahoe Kids Tri

Summer is in full swing and with it comes the return of the Tahoe Kids Tri series, which involves a ton of kids ages 3-13, being awesome.  I’m always excited to be their on course and finish line photographer.  Jason and his partner Sean donate countless hours providing our community with awesome events like this one!

This year the Tahoe Tri Club is hosting two events for the kids: one was July 13, 2014 and the 2nd will be on August 24, 2014.  Both events are held at the South Lake Tahoe Recreation Center.  The events entail a pool swim and a flat, paved bike and run course.

The registration and transition area will open at 1 PM on August 24th and the race starts at 3 PM.  For more information and to register head over to the Tahoe Tri Club website.  The race direct, Jason Collin can be reached at Jason@tahoetriclub.com and (530) 307-3316

Here are a few of my favorite photos from the afternoon.  If your child participated in the event, you can view, download, share to social media and order prints via this gallery link.

Tahoe Gay Wedding Photographer

Tahoe Same Sex Wedding Photographer | Tahoe Vista | Published at GayWeddings.com

Tahoe Gay Wedding Photorapher

Kena and Janara will always remain two of my most favorite and memorable clients.  Kena is silly, spontaneous and had me in stitches and Janara rolling her eyes almost the entire time we spent together.  They were wed in a beautiful elopement at the Shore House in Tahoe Vista under threatening skies that made for an unbelievable photo backdrop that day.  I had to hold off on publicizing their photos because they had a huge wedding celebration on the east coast in May and didn’t want any of their friends and family to see Janara’s gorgeous vintage wedding dress before the big day.

I’m so thrilled for the two of them and hope that they are loving their new life in Texas, where I know they’ll fit right in.  My only questions is, I wonder if Kena has filled the walls of the house yet with the photos from their special day as she blatantly threatened to?

Congrats Kena and Janara and big thanks to GayWeddings.com who did a photo essay on their elopement in their Real Weddings section.  You can view their entire post and all the photos via this link.

Tahoe Gay Wedding Photographer

Live at Lakeview

Tahoe Event Photographer | Live at Lakeview | Week 3

Week 3 of Live at Lakeview brought local America Roots-Rock band The Sierra Drifters to the stage, along with San Francisco based headliners Tracorum.  Their blend of Rock, Soul and R&B had even the swimmers in the lake dancing in the water!

This week brings someone from my home state, Grammy Nominated Randy McAllister to the stage.  Expect some Texas tall tales and blues in your evening with him at the helm!  Opening is the McCoy Tyler Band, a Santa Cruz, CA based progressive acoustic trio that fuses folk, bluegrass, country and blues.

It’s not often that we have Texas country up on the stage here at Live at Lakeview so I’m particularly excited for this week’s event.  Visiting Tahoe?  There’s no better way to spend the evening with your friends and family than watching the sun go accompanied to live music down at Live at Lakeview!  Pick up picnic supplies or dinner to go from nearby Sprouts Cafe and join the Tahoe South community for our free weekly event!

Check out free music here in Tahoe South every Thursday from 4:30-8:30 PM at Lakeview Commons from June 26th-August 28th.  Please ride your bike and utilize the free bike valet or find plenty of parking at the SLT Parks and Recreation Department on Rufus Allen Blvd.  The proceeds of all sales of alcohol from the beer garden support the series and I encourage you to either imbibe in the garden or make a donation in one of the donation boxes around the Commons Area on the night you attend.  As always, Live at Lakeview is a free community event.  Please be aware of the following city ordinances in Lakeview Commons Park: no dogs, no outside alcohol and no smoking.

 You can find my weekly wrap ups, photos and previews of the next concert all summer long here and on Tahoe South.

Tahoe Destination Wedding

Tahoe Wedding Photographer | Published at Destination 42

I’m so excited that one of my most favorite weddings from this summer was published last week at the exclusive destination wedding blog Destination 42.  I have been fortunate to photograph many weddings at the Tahoe Beach Retreat in the last year, including Eddie and Lori, David and Mary Ann, Kathleen and Charlie, and Elizabeth and Joel.  It’s a great spot for your destination wedding with a full service in house planning, coordination, catering and a hotel for your guests to stay in.

Congratulations to Veronica, James and their beautiful family.  I’m so happy I was able to be their Tahoe Wedding Photographer for their destination wedding.

Head over to Destination 42 to read the entire post and interview with Veronica about planning her destination wedding via this link.  You can also follow Destination 42 on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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.

Bella Montagna Wedding Photographer

Bay Area Wedding Photographer | San Jose | Bella Montagna | Brittany + Chris Sneak Peek

Brittany and Chris are so smart, so fun, and so beautiful.

I’m so thankful I was able to spend a gorgeous evening at Bella Montagna with such a rad couple and their family and friends as their San Jose Wedding Photographer.

This rustic backyard venue is unbelievable – just wait til you see more photos!

Until then, here’s one to tide you over.

Bella Montagna Wedding Photographer

Live at Lakeview

Tahoe Event Photographer | Live at Lakeview | Week 2

Live at Lakeview wrapped up their second week of the summer with a huge beach clean-up effort after this week’s event and the Tahoe South 4th of July celebrations.  Thanks to the efforts of On Course Events and volunteers from SOS Outreach, they picked up 40 pounds of trash this week!  Live at Lakeview is always looking for extra volunteers for their weekly beach cleanups, hosted every Monday morning at Lakeview Commons from 9:00-10:30 am.  They pick up an average of 20 lbs of trash a week!

It seemed as if all of Tahoe came out to support longtime locals Lavish Green on the stage for week 2 of Live at Lakeview.  Lavish Green has a long history with Tahoe South: they’ve been calling it home since July 3, 1995 and they seemed especially moved to celebrate their 19th anniversary with the community on Thursday night, profusely thanking the crowd and their sponsors for supporting them over the years.

I am SUPER excited for the return of Tracorum to the Live at Lakeview stage.   Tracorum is an original Rock, Soul, and R&B band from San Francisco, CA.  They opened last year and I really enjoyed their NOLA-ish feel on certain numbers.  They had a nice blend of the South and it’s exciting to see them move up from an opening slot for the event to a headlining slot!

Opening for Tracorum is a band near and dear to my heart, mostly because someone I consider a good friend plays in it: The Sierra Drifters combine Americana Roots-Rock with Funk, Soul, Bluegrass and Rock-n-Roll.  Longtime locals Chris Seal and Andy Hatch front the band and have also played in Tahoe together as Bison.

Check out free music here in Tahoe South every Thursday from 4:30-8:30 PM at Lakeview Commons from June 26th-August 28th.  Please ride your bike and utilize the free bike valet or find plenty of parking at the SLT Parks and Recreation Department on Rufus Allen Blvd.  The proceeds of all sales of alcohol from the beer garden support the series and I encourage you to either imbibe in the garden or make a donation in one of the donation boxes around the Commons Area on the night you attend.  As always, Live at Lakeview is a free community event.  Please be aware of the following city ordinances in Lakeview Commons Park: no dogs, no outside alcohol and no smoking.

 You can find my weekly wrap ups, photos and previews of the next concert all summer long here and on Tahoe South.