When Steve originally contacted me about his Lake Tahoe proposal that he wanted me to help him with, I was ecstatic. His original idea was to propose on the pier adjacent to his Tahoma bed and breakfast that he’d booked for his fiancé-to-be and himself. I suggested that the West Shore Cafe pier might actually offer a better vantage point (and incredible pier) and he readily jumped at the chance. Conveniently, they were closed for dinner that day and he simply lied and told Charis (like Paris and which, if you are interested in the origin of words as I always am, means grace, favor, and kindness in Greek) that he had planned to take her to dinner there. Pretending to be disappointed that the restaurant was closed, Steve suggested that they at least walk out to their pier and take a peek at the lake since it was almost sunset and there I was waiting, taking photos of the lake.
She, of course, said yes and I am eternally grateful to these two, who were adventurous enough to tromp around in the snow with me for photos in the woods and whose infectious spirits were such a joy to capture.
Congratulations Charis and Steve!
When two recently engaged lovebirds go for a walk in the Tahoe woods, their peace and quiet is interrupted by a vicious mythical yeti. Thankfully, with some ingenuity of their own and their trusty four legged pal, they overcome disaster and make it out alive and more in love than ever.
LOVE AND A YETI
Big thanks to Jamie and Kristen, who not only came up with this ridiculous and amazing idea for an engagement session, but also wrote the script, cast the yeti (awards and accolades to Zoë in her debut engagement session acting role), and entrusted me and my incredible unfiltered excitement for this unconventional engagement session. I mean, let’s be real here: this is clearly some of my finest work yet. Not only am I thankful to really put that expensive film degree to work, but I am incredibly happy to have been connected with this rad couple thanks to Thumbtack. After putting this together, I am seriously brimming with anticipation for their 2017 wedding in Estes Park, CO. I don’t think this can ever be topped, though Dr. Who is definitely an equal.
Kristin and Alan are my kind of people: fun and quick to laugh with a splash of goofiness. Both members of this rad couple work in education and work for a summer camp every year. Yes! Camp Life! Even more awesome: they want their wedding at Sugar Bowl Resort to have elements of summer camp style. Can you imagine anything more perfect for me? I can’t! I feel pretty lucky to have been connected with these two. Kristin and Alan, thanks for braving the cold temps and traffic to come to Tahoe for your engagement session. I can’t wait for your wedding!!
More to come from this awesome couple and their Tahoe winter engagement session at Sand Harbor State Park.
I adore them.
I love starting my engagement sessions off with happy hour because it allows everyone to get to know each other, relax into some good conversation and then let me set up what I call the “ground rules” for the day. Joe took these entirely to heart and as a result, I had so much fun romping around North Lake Tahoe with this rad couple for their Sand Harbor engagement session. They were giggling and laughing so much the entire session that even I couldn’t keep a straight face. The ease that Joe was able to bring smiles to his future wife’s face was endearing. These two are filled with such gigantic love and enjoyment of each other’s company and it shines through in every single photo. Although they call Northern CA home, Joe’s heart is in the mountains of his home and I’m ecstatic to see this place that he spoke so fondly of when I photograph their Spearfish Canyon Lodge wedding in South Dakota next year.
More to come from these two shining faces.
Hailing from Boston, Elizabeth and Shamus are recent transplants to Northern CA. Although they currently call Sacramento home, they are hoping to get relocated to the Bay Area and love the access to Tahoe that their new home provides. When they first got in touch with me, Elizabeth indicated that she would love to have some fall colors and mountains in her photos. I’m pretty sure I delivered both for their Lake Tahoe engagement session. We started at Blue Angel Cafe for happy hour and then kicked off the session at Lake Tahoe Community College of all places, which has a beautiful community garden featuring great afternoon light and beautiful fall colors. Quick stops at Taylor Creek visitor center and Valhalla Estate rounded out their session. Here’s a few sneak peeks from their afternoon with me and I’ll eventually share more from this rich golden fall portrait session!
Caitlin and Brad met while attending school in one of my favorite cities, Tucson, AZ. Brad grew up in Reno and after years of the heat in the southwest, the pair was ready to return to the mountains and four seasons. Since Caitlin is newer to the Reno-Tahoe area, she really wanted to highlight the gorgeousness that fall in the area has to offer and this golden late afternoon light was the perfect fit for this rad duo. Although I can’t wait to share more images from their awesome Tahoe engagement session, these few frames will just have to do for now!