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.
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.
They are two of a kind.
Teddy is my brother’s best friend from childhood. He is smart, witty, fun, bold and driven. Janet is adventurous and whimsical, gracious and observant.
Janet’s a keeper. Teddy knows it. After spending a few days with these two, you can see why they’ve ended up together. I’m definitely keeping Janet as a friend and I can’t wait for them to come back to Tahoe.
More on these two awesome souls and our adventures last week. Until then, here’s a sneak peek from their Incline Village engagement session.
I’m thrilled and honored to be published over at Love + Wander again, this time for Paige and Daniel’s gorgeous Incline Village engagement session. Love + Wander is a super rad little blog that’s specifically geared towards celebrating photographers who celebrate life. I’m feeling pretty jazzed to be included in their roster of photographers. Not only was I so lucky to be this gorgeous and hilarious couple’s Tahoe engagement photographer, but I can’t wait to be their destination wedding photographer in Las Vegas, NV next May!
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Kelly and Mike’s Winter Engagement Session at Echo Lake on the PCT was so adorable I knew it was certain to get published in a few different places. Oddly enough, The Norwegian Wedding Blog was specifically looking for winter themed engagements from around the globe and low and behold, we’re published in Norway.
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I’m not going to lie: I was both overjoyed and nervous at the prospect of photographing Kenny’s planned proposal to his longtime girlfriend Rebeccah. The stakes are high for a proposal: there’s only the briefest of seconds to capture that initial reaction and you can’t recreate it. Combine that with the fact that you are either hiding in bushes or pretending to be doing something else and the entire situation was enough to make my adrenaline rush.
When Kenny first approached me, I knew exactly what he wanted: the gorgeous Lake Tahoe in the background, the sun out, the snow of Heavenly Mountain Resort and him down on one knee. Instead, the weekend of the proposal brought us 8 feet of snow, swirling winds and a veritable white out. We shifted gears, slightly changed plans, conspired together and with the help of Meghan Kelly, surprised Rebeccah in the best way possible.
After a full day of lessons, Kenny managed to convince Rebeccah to brave the resort, snow and cold temps one last time at 3:45 PM. Meghan and I were waiting about half way down Patsy’s Run at the top of the face. Kenny told Rebeccah that he was going to ski half way down and stop and take photos of her showing off what she learned in her snowboard lesson. Meanwhile, Megs and I were prepared, waiting on the side of the run, pretending to take photos. When Rebeccah snowboarded up to Kenny, he told her to take her goggles and mask off so they could take a photo together with his iPhone. She said in hindsight, she noticed us with my camera and thought, “That’s a really nice camera, maybe they’ll take a photo for us.” When they finished taking their selfie, Kenny got down on one knee and I swung my camera onto them.
Shooting a proposal was so thrilling. I’m super happy for these two fellow Texans. Thanks so much Kenny for choosing me as his Tahoe Engagement Photographer. I feel super lucky that I was the one who captured this awesome and inspiring moment. Also, thanks for sharing a beer with us at Himmel Haus afterwards!