Tahoe Family Photos

Tahoe Family Photographer | Morrow Family

It looks a little bit different in Tahoe today than it did a month and a half ago when the Morrow Family hired me to be their Tahoe Family Photographer!  If you can believe it, this is the very same spot that Melissa and Eric and I ventured into during one of our most epic snowstorms of the year for a snowshoeing meets engagement photo adventure!  The Morrow family was incredibly fun to work with – they are a versatile, fun loving motley crew that I meshed well with straight from the get-go.  They are also from Texas, so, of course, I felt right at home with them!

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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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Tahoe Family Photos

Tahoe Family Portraits | Galvez Family

I have a ridiculous number of gorgeous golden Tahoe family sessions to share from this summer.  These giggling kids and their incredibly wonderful parents were a blast to tromp around in the woods with!  We held their sessions at one of my favorite family portrait locations, Valhalla Estate.  It’s a favorite of mine simply because it offers a little bit of everything – the lake, which everyone wants, and forest and meadow, which is what I want for that golden backlit dreamy light.

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Tahoe Maternity Portraits

Tahoe Maternity Photos | Chelsea + Ben

Maternity sessions are a great way to remind yourself of how beautiful you are, even when you may not feel at your best!  Better yet, when we take your Tahoe maternity photos in that golden CA evening light, you’re going to flat out glow and this awesome session with Chelsea and Ben is a prime example of that!  Photos are memories and one day, your maternity portraits are going to help you recall all the tumultuous feelings, cravings, hopes and dreams that you had while pregnant.  Valhalla Estate remains one of my most favorite places to photograph at in Lake Tahoe: the opportunities and variety of backdrops are seemingly endless in an easy walk.  In a few mere months, this happy couple is going to have a gorgeous little girl join their family and they’ll have some awesome memories from their trip to Lake Tahoe to remember the journey by!

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Tahoe Newborn Photography

Tahoe Newborn Photography | The Stawickis

Pam and Brent didn’t expect to be blessed with twice the amount of children as they were aiming for.  That’s what they got though!  Twins!  After being born 10 weeks premature, these guys were able to finally come home after a few months in the NICU at Renown in Reno.  The day of the newborn photography session, the boys hadn’t been home for very long and their parents were still trying to figure out how to handle their new roles which was both fantastic and hysterical to experience, as you can imagine.  I knew they were going to succeed with flying colors and they have.  Today, Bryce and Colton are turning into veritable little people with personalities as different as can be.  They are officially five months old, which tells you how far behind I am on sharing awesome photo sessions, and they can almost sit and stand with help.  I’m so excited for the Stawicki family and all that their future with these awesome little sure-to-be football players holds.

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Tahoe family photos in the snow

Sand Harbor Family Portraits | Ferrell Family

When this awesome mom called me, literally on her way to Tahoe for her family vacation during one of the busiest weekends of the year, to see if I could fit her in for a family portrait, I was like, “who doesn’t plan ahead?”  Mothers with a two sons, a new baby and a brand new puppy: that’s who!  I am SO glad I was able to take their Sand Harbor Family Portraits because this family was nothing short of hilarious.  First off all, their brand new puppy who may have been the cutest puppy I’ve ever seen, was named Jerry Rice and they referred to him by his full name at all times.  I loved it.  They have two boisterous older boys who were game to jump on rocks and explore all the awesomeness that Sand Harbor has to offer with me.  I feel lucky to have met this rad family!

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Family Photos in Lake Tahoe

Van Sickle State Park Portraits | Baird Family

The Baird family hails from just over yonder from my parents: Fort Worth, TX.  They were in Tahoe celebrating the holidays and wanted to take advantage of all the gorgeous pine trees and snow to get family portraits done.  We headed to a recently formed bi-state park near their hotel in the Heavenly Village for their session and thanks to some gorgeous golden late afternoon light and snow filled mountains, their Van Sickle State Park portraits turned out just perfectly.

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Incline Village Family Photos

Incline Village Family Portraits | McDonald Family

Not everyone is totally jazzed to brave frigid temperatures, snow filled trees and the need for nine layers while taking family photos.  The McDonald Family falls into this camp.  Morning mimosas and family giggles while playing with their brood of small tykes was more their style.  I joked after a week of 12 family portraits between Christmas and New Years that there was a wealth of things promised to small children in my wake to try to gain compliance or at least a straight face during photo sessions.  These promises included, but were not limited to: a cookie, more cookies, extra cookies, jewelry, marshmallows, ice cream, a puppy, legos, a movie, extra ipad time, candy and a pony.  I had an absolute blast capturing the candid antics of this family at their Incline Village family portrait session.  Their kids were, at any given moment, awesome, hysterical or falling apart and I loved every minute of it.

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Tahoe Maternity Photography

Tahoe Maternity Photographer | The Stawickis

The Stawickis recently had twice the fun arrive in their house.  Yes!  Twins!  In a crazy turn of events, the young little future football players were born the week after this maternity session, just shy of 10 weeks early.  After spending a long time in the NICU at Renown Medical in Reno, the boys are home with their new parents and I do have some awesome newborn photos to share next week as well.  In the meantime, here’s a few of my favorites from the Stawicki family’s portrait session.  Pam and Brent, thanks so much for hiring me to be your Tahoe maternity photographer!  I’m so glad I had the opportunity to capture your pregnancy!

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Tahoe family portraits

Tahoe Family Photos in the Snow | Reger Family

The week between Christmas and New Years was a doozy!  There were a ton of families in town visiting the lake for their holidays and they all wanted Tahoe family photos in the snow!  Thankfully, we had a fresh blanket of snow on the ground and some fairly cold temps that week.  I’m especially thankful for the Reger family, who had adventurous spirits and an equal amount of enthusiasm.  I think their session at Sand Harbor State Park turned out absolutely amazing thanks to some fantastic light and an all family snowball fight.  Here’s a few of my favorites from their day.

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