Although our spring temps are lingering in the realm of brisk this week, summer is on the horizon and that means summer vacationers will fill our beaches, campgrounds, rental houses and bike paths. The welcome change in temperatures will surely pave the way for more outdoor adventures. I’m personally ready to get on my bike! Summer vacation is also the perfect time to take your Tahoe family portraits.
The Crandall family hailed from Texas so I felt right at home with this large loving laughing crew. We did some large and small group shots, as we always do, but then the family trusted me enough to let their kids play and enjoy themselves in some outdoor exploration, which made for great candid photo opportunities, which I love. Valhalla Estate is always a fantastic choice for your South Lake Tahoe Family portraits session because it offers such a wonderful mix of forest, meadow, lawn, pier and beach.
If you’re looking for Tahoe family portraits for your summer Tahoe vacation, get in touch!
Last fall, shortly before their second daughter was set to be born, my friends the Poth family hired me to celebrate their growing family with some Tahoe family photos. We met early in the morning at the LTCC Demonstration Garden, when their spitfire of a child Zada would feel extra sparky and accommodating.
Since then, their family has grown to include their new daughter Ayah, but not without quite the journey. Baby Ayah was born premature, blind, and with holes in her heart. She is a little fighter and this family has been air-evaced back and forth across the Western US for more surgeries, hospital stays and emergencies than any one family should endure. They are doing well and trying to be as normal as a family can be under the circumstances they are in.
If you are interested, you can donate to Ayah’s Go Fund Me. In addition, the Poth family urges you to donate blood. Donated blood is one of the only reasons Ayah is still here today. Get information on donating blood in your area here. If you are a Lake Tahoe resident, there is a blood drive in our area on May 23rd and you can register to donate here.
If you are not a member of a medical flight network, especially if you participate in any sort of sport, then both myself and the Poth family urge you to join one. Our local networks for the Reno Tahoe area is AirMedCare.
The Poth family also requests that you contribute to medical and scientific research. It saves lives.
“You feel like family,” my friends told me after I photographed the birth of their first child. The experience wasn’t without some complications that left me driving back and forth between the three of their separated family from our homes in Tahoe to both Reno and Carson City, but in the end, and many miles and sleepless nights later, everyone was able to return home together for some sleepless nights there, as nights are apt to be when you have a newborn.
I’m proud of my friends, who also feel like family to me, and their newest addition. They are already parenting like pros (or, at least, the type of parenting pros that I prefer). Their kid is pretty damn cute, but then again, I’m biased.