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Tahoe Event Photographer | Live at Lakeview | Week 8

There’s only two weeks of Live at Lakeview left!  If you haven’t managed to make it down to Tahoe South’s premier weekly community event, this week and next are your last chances to spend an evening with live music as the sun sets over the west shore of Lake Tahoe.  Bring a picnic, enjoy a beer or glass of wine in the beer garden, and spend Thursday night with us at Lakeview Commons!

Under sunny blue skies with not a cloud in sight, Live at Lakeview brought dancing and good times to the Tahoe South crowd this past week thanks to big band pop opener Musical Charis and funk and soul outfit Mojo Green.  Musical Charis ended their set this week by bringing a young musician up from the crowd to accompany them on tambourine.  Mojo Green ended their set in the dark of the evening with throngs of people happily shaking their hips!

This week, Live at Lakeview brings the infectious and inventive surfy rock sounds of  Scott Pemberton Trio to the stage.  Black Star Safari is a South Lake Tahoe based electro/rock/folk/funk duo will open.  Black Star Safari features Matt Mandella on drums, vocals and samples and Dan Green on guitar and vocals, creating an engrossing sound spanning musical genres and eras.

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.

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Tahoe Concert Photographer | Steve Miller Band

Steve Miller Band is the epitome of nostalgia.  I have very clear memories of seeing him 4 and 5 nights in a row at the Outdoor Amphitheater in Dallas from the grass lawn in the back when I was in high school.  You’d buy tickets one night and then run around the lawn looking for the guy giving away free tickets for the next night if you could name five Steve Miller Band songs.

Concert photography has all sorts of rules and they are different every time you shoot.  Much like at Carrie Underwood, Steve Miller restricted us to shooting from the sound booth and in an interesting turn of events, for the first time in my concert photography career, we were instructed to shoot the LAST three songs instead of the first three songs.  I don’t own a lens longer than 200mm and I didn’t find out until too late to rent a teleconverter, so I snapped a few from the booth and called it  a day.  Surprisingly, I actually prefer the Steve Miller Band photos for sharpness over the Carrie Underwood photos, which were shot with a D800, 70-200/2.8 and the 1.7 teleconverter.

Miller’s backdrop was nothing short of spectacular and made for super interesting shots, aided by the distance.

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Tahoe Event Photographer | Squaw Valley | Wanderlust

When Wanderlust Festival put out a call for volunteer bloggers to participate in the four day festival and share their experience, I jumped at the chance despite my unyogic ways.  The four day festival offers a variety of activities in one of the best places Tahoe has to offer: Squaw Valley.  From music, to yoga, to food, to wine, to pool parties, to yes, even roller skating disco as the sun goes down, Wanderlust is a pretty awesome festival, whether you’re obsessed with yoga or not.  If you are, there’s an overwhelming amount of sessions every day, and if you’re not, there’s an overwhelming amount of other things to occupy your time.

During the festival, I made it a point to attend at least one yoga class, which turned out to be completely not what I was expecting.  I also made it a point to talk to a bunch of strangers and not so strangers to do Wanderlust participant profiles on them.  I learned a Bollywood Style Dance, took a kids yoga class where a 5 year old taught me something new, and explored everything that Wanderlust has to offer when you don’t have a plan, which I didn’t.  I ran out of a class to snap this photo of a girl doing yoga in the rain.

Overall, it was a fun, wonderful experience and one that I would definitely be open to repeating.  Wanderlust Festival is coming to the following cities in the near future: Whistler, BC, Tremblant, QC, Brooklyn, NY, Atlanta, GA, and Austin, TX.  They are always looking for volunteers, bloggers and in some cases, photographers.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from my Wanderlust Week.

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Tahoe Event Photographer | Live at Lakeview | Week 6

Arleigh Kincheloe, the lead singer of Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, captivated the Tahoe community last week with her enthralling voice and her gorgeously grandiose stage presence, which is about 20 times her actual size.  The band, well-known for their relentless tour schedule, made a stop in Tahoe on their way to Mammoth Lakes and Petaluma and I personally feel super lucky that we had them on our stage at Live at Lakeview!

Week 7 at Live at Lakeview brings us the return of 40 Watt Hype, who will certainly close out our evening with their special crowd-pleasing blend of hip-hop, R&B and latin fusion.  Last year, on the more Latin inspired tunes, Live at Lakeview had quite the salsa dancing crowd.

Cumbia-fusion band Candelaria will open the evening.  What is cumbia-fusion you ask?  Candelaria applies dub studio techniques and reggae style bass lines to traditional cumbia and other Colombian rhythms, developing a completely unique style of dance music with electronic sensibilities and a raw, live feel.  It should be an amazing blend of modern and traditional and a neat twist for our Thursday night entertainment!

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.

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Tahoe Concert Photographer | Harvey’s Summer Concert Series | Carrie Underwood

This summer’s Harvey’s Summer Concert Series continued last week with an exclusive show from American Idol Carrie Underwood, currently not on tour.  It coincided with the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Edgewood and coincidently,  Wanderlust Festival, at Squaw Valley, which I also covered.  It was a rough busy week.  Despite all the zen-ing out during the day that I did, I ended up insanely ill in the week following.

This is not a post about me being sick, however.  This is a post about Tahoe concert photography and that time I got to photograph Carrie Underwood.

Sometimes when you’re a concert photographer, you get thrown for a bit of a loop.  The rules are always changing, the restrictions always different, especially when it comes to the bigger artists.  Sometimes I sign my life away in a really in depth contract upon which all rights to my photos are released to the artist for all of perpetuity in all of the universe.  Sometimes, I sign a contract that says I won’t photograph the fans.  Sometimes, I sign a contract that says I can shoot for the 2nd and 3rd song only, and only from the sound booth, which was the case in this concert.  We didn’t find this out until two days before the show and so I had to scramble to make a quick decision: rent a 400mm or 600mm lens or rent a teleconverter for my 200mm.  The teleconverter, while not as sharp, was significantly less expensive, so I went with it.  I’m not super jazzed on all these photos, but I am jazzed that I had the experience.  Any day working as a Tahoe concert photographer isn’t a bad day, in my books!

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Tahoe Event Photographer | Live at Lakeview | Week 5

Week 5 at Live at Lakeview brought you sounds that beat to a different drum: the international sensation Paa Kow from Ghana, West Africa and an opening set from longtime locals and funk masters Four Piece Puzzle.

This week at Live at Lakeview brings you something VERY special.

If there is any week of Tahoe South’s community event that you should not under any circumstances miss, it’s THIS week!

Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds are an eight piece soul and funk band that hail from Brooklyn, NY.   They are helmed by the powerhouse vocals of Arleigh Kincheloe, who is absolutely captivating onstage.  Glamour Magazine once heralded Arliegh with the following description: “What do you get when you cross Amy Winehouse and Tina Turner with Mick Jagger…?”  

 Not only was Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds a huge buzz band at this year’s SXSW, they’ve been garnering a ton of internet attention for their relentless tour schedule.  We are extremely lucky to have them swinging through our very own free community event!  They’ve played at Jazzfest, are on the ticket for Jam Cruise and received rave reviews at SXSW this year.  Although I wasn’t able to make it to one of their sets, quite a few of my friends did and said they were a “booty shaking good time.”  

In short: do NOT MISS THIS SHOW.

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.

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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.”

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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.

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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!