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 Wedding Photographer

Tahoe Wedding Photographer | Tahoe Beach Retreat | Published at Love + Wander

Love + Wander

Love + Wander has given me so much internet love over the last year and I’m super appreciative.  It’s a super rad little blog that’s specifically geared towards celebrating photographers who celebrate life.   Thank you to David and Mary Ann who hired me as their Tahoe Wedding Photographer.  Small informal weddings are some of my absolute favorite things to shoot and there’s was no exception.

You can visit the full post via this link.   Feel free to share some love and thank them for supporting me by leaving comments on their post, sharing it or retweeting us!

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Tahoe Concert Photographer

Tahoe Concert Photographer | Carrie Underwood Sneak Peek

Last week was an extremely busy week for me!  Between covering both Wanderlust Festival and the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, I also helped second shoot for Brandi Caskey of Indigo Photography, had friends from Texas visit Tahoe and had the chance to photograph none other than American Idol Carrie Underwood in concert.

There’s more to come from this show, but this will have to hold you over in the meantime!

Tahoe Concert Photographer

Tahoe Event Photographer | Wanderlust Sneak Peek | Quixotic Fusion

I’m super excited about this beautiful image of  Beau Campbell, a performer with Quixotic Fusion.  She performed daily at Wanderlust Festival.  Oddly enough, I was fortunate to interview Quixotic Fusion in 2012 before they performed at Snowglobe Music Festival.

More to come on Wanderlust and my experiences there this week!

Tahoe Wedding Photographer

Tahoe Wedding Photographer | The Landing Resort | Stephanie + Dan

Stephanie and Dan are amazing.

They love beer.

They love to laugh.

They are both runners.

They love to travel.

They are wicked smart.

They have epic dance parties.

They might end up hungover but still rally to mountain bike in the morning.

They self-professed that they didn’t want photos of couples frolicking in the meadow gazing into eachother’s eyes or any non-sense like that.

We were perfect for each other.

They donate themselves selflessly to amazing non-profits, like Hope Shines, which Dan works for.

They hired me as their Tahoe wedding photographer and I had the best time EVER.

Steph and Dan are currently in Rwanda with Hope Shines, volunteering with their 2014 camps, which support orphans and vulnerable children in Rwanda.

Their 100% Tahoe destination wedding took place at one of my favorite places in town, The Landing Resort and Spa, overlooking Lake Tahoe, surrounded by friends from all over the United States and, in some cases, China.  Tamara Jones of Tamara J Events created an absolutely stunning setting awash with pale pinks, mint greens and coral and my favorite DJ, Dave Berkman, had the dance party raging until he cut us off and we were forced to move next door to Jimmy’s Bar, which we were also cut off from at 2:30 in the morning.

Stephanie said in her vows that she loved how Dan always makes her laugh and after spending a weekend with them, I can see that vow was an understatement.  This couple is inspiring: from their spirits, to their warmth, to their selfless giving to others.

I have the coolest clients in the world.

Venue and Catering: The Landing Resort and Spa | Coordinator and Planner: Tamara J Events | Dress: J Crew | Florist: Lavish Floral | Hair Stylist: Indigo Salon | Make-up Artist: Alter Ego Makeup | Officiant: A Wedding Ceremony from the Heart | Musicians: The String Beings | DJ: Ascent DJ Productions | Linens and Coverings: La Tavola Linen | Bakery: Tahoe Cakes by Grace | Second Shooter: Shaunte Dittmar

Tahoe Wedding Photographer

Tahoe Wedding Photographer | Skylandia Park | Tahoe City | Jeana + Tom

This wedding was SO fantastic: outdoors, in a park, with rustic DIY details, a string band, cheese cake, iced tea, BBQ and lawn games.  I mean, really, what else is missing?

Jeana and Tom were wed in a gorgeous and sweet laughter filled ceremony officiated by one of her best friends, who promised the crowd, but failed to keep her promise, that she wasn’t going to cry because Jeana told her she couldn’t.  I absolutely adore ceremonies with friends officiating – it makes them all the more special, intimate and affectionate.  Jeana and Tom’s was all of these things and included a wonderful ending ceremony in which people wrote down their wishes for the couple on cards and then threw rocks into the water of Lake Tahoe as a send off.

The ceremony and reception were both held in Tahoe City’s Skylandia Park, a city park right on the edge of Lake Tahoe.  I think this place must be a complete secret: according to Jeana is totally affordable.  It’s tucked away on a road tourists rarely venture down and feels both remote and wonderfully like you are in someone’s backyard.

Jeana and Tom are adventurous travelers and clearly well loved by their warm and welcoming friends.  I felt immediately at home with every one of their guests and couldn’t have asked for a better afternoon under the warm sun.  The speeches were laughter inducing and very sweet.  My favorite part: the Gatsby-esque unbelievably breathtaking dress Jeana wore, accompanied by a vintage broach of her Grandmother’s and the floral printed bridesmaids’ dresses custom made from an Etsy designer in New York City.

Jeana and Tom connected with me on Thumbtack and I’m so happy they chose me as their Tahoe wedding photographer.  My life has certainly been enriched by my enchanting afternoon in the park with them.  Big thanks also due to my wonderfully talented and exceptional second shooter Shaunte who captured all of the detail shots you see below as well as one of my favorite images from the day, the one of the boy playing in the water spout.

Venue: Skylandia Park in Tahoe City, CA | Rentals: Eventmasters | Caterer: Famous Dave’s BBQ | Band: The Rusty String Express | Cake: Tahoe House | Florist: Diane McLoughlin | Second Shooter: Shaunte Dittmar

Live at Lakeview

Tahoe Event Photographer | Live at Lakeview | Week 4

Woah!  Tahoe was treated to such a killer set from Texan and Grammy Nominated Randy McAllister last Thursday.  It was a night full of surprises from the gorgeous sunset, the clown on stilts, to the acoustic crooning from Randy himself through the crowd.  It’s not often that the sounds of Texas grace the stages in Tahoe and I was pleased as punch, especially since I had friends visiting Tahoe from Texas.

Tahoe Concert Photographer

This week brings Paa Kow, an internationally renowned drum set player and composer from Ghana, West Africa to the Live at Lakeview Stage.  Growing up in the small village of Enyan Denkyira near Cape Coast in Ghana, West Africa, Paa Kow began to play music and tour with his family’s concert band at a very early age. He has since grown to be widely recognized as one of the most remarkable drum set players to tour in Africa, Europe, and America. Expect captivating and danceable songs that include both his native language, Fante, as well as English. 

Local favorites Four Piece Puzzle will open the show.  Four Piece Puzzle is a fusion of funk and blues laced with a heavy dose of psychedelic rock and jazz punk.

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 on Tahoe South.

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!

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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.