Tahoe family Photos

Winter Portraits in Lake Tahoe | Sundell Family

The Sundell Family was hoping for snowy winter portraits in Lake Tahoe for their holiday card photos.  Unfortunately, the week before their scheduled appointment with me, it rained quite a bit and washed most of the snow away.  Not to be deterred, they decided to proceed and oddly enough it ended up snowing during their session!  So although their family portraits weren’t totally white and snow filled, they did get the essence of winter.

Clients ask me all the time what to wear for their family photos and I think this family nailed it!  Neutral palettes are a great way to stand out for family portraits in the forest.  You want to coordinate colors, but not be completely matching.  By choosing two or three colors in a coordinating palette, as they did, you can stand out and allow a mix of textures, accessories and trim stand out!

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Sugar Pine Point Portraits

Sugar Pine Point Portraits | Lake Tahoe, CA | Thomas Family

Sugar Pine Point State Park is one of my favorite Lake Tahoe locations to take family portraits.  Late in the evening and afternoon, it offers beautiful golden light in the forest.  In addition, it’s beaches are the perfect mix of boulders and cascading lines to provide great depth for those photos on Lake Tahoe that every family wants.  I love the variety offered in the location and it’s a great meeting point for those families that are vacationing in North Lake Tahoe.  The Thomas family was excited to celebrate their daughter’s senior year of highschool and wanted to do a mix of a portrait session focused on her, for senior portraits at Lake Tahoe, and of their family, so that they would have some Sugar Pine Point portraits as a souvenir of their time in Tahoe.

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Ehrman Mansion Wedding

Ehrman Mansion Wedding | Rachel + Thomas

Weeks later, I am still so obsessed with this wedding.  I love everything about it.  I love the venue.  I love the light.  I love the vintage feel.  I love the gorgeous, fun, quirky, self-depricating couple.  I love love love it.  They love love love it to and Rachel wrote such an amazing review on my facebook page about my service that it made me cry.  Literally.  Not figuratively.  I never cry!  Her review still floors me and I can only hope, work hard and try my best to live up to all the amazing things she said about me at every wedding I photograph.

These two had so many fantastic details – from the gifts to their parents, the gifts to each other, the Star Wars themed boutonnières and bouquets, to the most elaborate: a custom made veil from the material from Rachel’s mother’s wedding dress.  There was a photo booth, a fabulous dinner, and the most amazing ambiance.  In short, it was a fantastic wedding and I loved every minute and I love reliving the minutes even more in the photos.

Rachel and Thomas, thank you so much for sharing your wedding day with me.  From the Great Gatsby-ish feel, to the amazing moments (those letter reading photos oh my!), to the dance party and the wonderful company, I feel so lucky that I was the one who was able to tell the story of your day.

 Venue: Ehrman Mansion at Sugar Pine Point State Park | Coordinator: Candace Lockhart | Catering and Rentals: Bella Tahoe Catering | Dress: Haley Paige | Viel Maker: Janene’s Bridal | Groom’s Attire: Vera Wang | Hair: Randa Henderson | Florist: A Floral Affair | Arch: Manzanita Glow | DJ: Ark Acoustics | Bakery: Safeway | Invitations: Minted | Lighting: Sierra Canopy Rentals 

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Ehrman Mansion Wedding

Ehrman Mansion Wedding | Rachel + Thomas | Sneak Peek

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That’s what I put in the subject line of my email to Rachel about her sneak peeks.

Ermahgerd.  I totally want to edit this wedding and only this wedding right now because I’m so in love with all of their photos from their vintage 20s inspired Ehrman Mansion Wedding at Sugar Pine Point State Park.

Ermahgerd.  Rachel was so flipping gorgeous and her laugh was so amazing.

Ermahgerd.  Can we be friends forever?

Ermahgerd.  There were Star Wars legos on their boutonnières and bouquets.

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Just look at this.

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