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Tahoe Anniversary Portrait | Zephyr Cove, NV | Nikki + Brandon

Nikki and Brandon traveled to Lake Tahoe to celebrate their one year anniversary.  Nikki is a self-professed lover of photography and wanted a Tahoe anniversary portrait session to commemorate the trip.  This rad couple had a bit of a secret and hilarious agenda for the session that I was more than excited to participate in.  See, Brandon had really wanted to smash cake in his wife’s face at their wedding but she was vehemently against it.   A compromise ensued and for the second half of our portrait session, Nikki changed into her personally altered (she cut the bottom half off) wedding dress and Brandon’s dreams came true.  It’s one of my most favorite portrait sessions to date.  I feel really lucky that I get such rad clients with great senses of humor!

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Portraits at Lake Tahoe

Sand Harbor Marriage Proposal | Zack + Alexa

Tahoe wedding proposals are one of my favorite things to photograph.  The nervousness is heightened to a scale of 11.   The logistics are a *smidge* harder.  The excitement and promise of a different future is unbounded.  Ladies, there are men out there who love you so much, that they plan ahead, and in some cases, months and months ahead.  It’s endearing and wonderful to be part of.  Zack is one such guy.  He and Alexa were highschool sweethearts and he contacted me in June for a proposal in October.  He asked her parents permission and fretted over the location.  After much deliberation, we collectively decided that a Sand Harbor marriage proposal was in order.  That day brought cold temps, some rain and snow flurries and incredibly beautiful skies.

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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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Engagement Photos at Lake Tahoe

Tahoe Winter Engagement Session | Kristin + Alan

I’m both impressed and obsessed with Kristin’s sense of style.  The pops of color she chose to wear to their Tahoe winter engagement session are enthralling and added just the right amount of energy and interest on a cold winter day.  We chose Sand Harbor State Park, which is largely empty in the winter, and save a lone horse waiting to take someone on a carriage ride, we didn’t see a soul the entire session.

Kristin and Alan are to be wed at Sugar Bowl in August and I simply cannot wait for their wild bash of a wedding.  With plenty of promised-to-be-loud friends and family invited, a bag-piper, and these two, I’m going to feel right at home.

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Tahoe Portraits with Dogs

Tahoe Portraits with Dogs | Georgette + Jersey

My friend Georgette is from, you guessed it, New Jersey, so it’s only appropriate that her dog’s namesake be of her homeplace. This coming from the lady whose current dog is named Austin and former dog was named Sierra.  I have a thing for geographical names.

Georgette wanted a quick portrait session so that for once in her life she could send out a Christmas card and by golly, I am jealous right about now because I also would like to send out a Christmas card but it’s awfully hard to get a portrait session done when you are a photographer coming off an insanely busy wedding filled fall!

We headed to one of Jersey’s most favorite walk locations, Trout Creek Meadow, for their session and the light was absolutely stunning!

If you’re interested in Tahoe portraits with dogs, you can get more information about my portrait sessions and pricing via this link.

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South Lake Tahoe Wedding Proposal

Tahoe Wedding Proposal | Adam + Jess | Sneak Peek

 

My favorite thing about photographing wedding proposals is that the girl never things ANYTHING of the fact that there’s a couple of people standing around with really nice cameras.  Jess had NO idea this was coming – clearly – as you can see by this really incredibly amazing photo.  The best part was that she was actually so incredibly surprised that she held this position for an extremely long time, which made my job significantly easier.  Adam proposed to his girlfriend of 4 years on the first night of their Tahoe South vacation on the pier outside the Tahoe Beach Retreat & Lodge and of course, she said yes!

Big thanks to Austin Costanza of Tin and Toe who came out to help hold lights and do a little bit of second shooting for me!

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Tahoe Senior Portraits

Tahoe Senior Session | Allison

Golden hour is famed for it’s warmth and possibility, named so for the warm amber hue that happens when the sun is diffused in just the right way, before sunset.  Sometimes, it seems extra magical and things just fall into place exactly the right way.  Allison was on vacation with her family from Fort Worth, TX and really wanted to take advantage of being in a far away locale for her senior portraits so that she didn’t have the same images and locations that all of her friends had.  Her family booked me for two hours so we had a ton of time to romp through both the woods and the beach to give Allison all the varied backdrops she was seeking.  I took a gamble and had my good friend Jenay at Lake Tahoe Yoga show off a new meadow to me that I didn’t know existed.  The hunt paid off and Jenay hit the nail on the head with her location scouting: those woods were magical.  So magical that even she didn’t believe it was the spot we’d been in that afternoon when she was showing it off to me.  I’m so happy that Allison and her rad Texas family connected with me.  I had a blast showing off my home, romping through weeds and splashin in Lake Tahoe with them!  Congrats Allison on your senior year!

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Tahoe Senior Portraits

Senior Portraits at Lake Tahoe | Candice | Sneak Peek

THIS.

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Candice is a rad senior from the Class of 2016 from a small town in Arkansas.  “I didn’t want photos on train tracks,” she told me.  I agree, girl, I agree.

Clearly, senior portraits at Lake Tahoe is the best place in the US to have your senior photo session!  Two seniors in one week agree!

Here’s another sneak peek from Candice’s awesome Zephyr Cove Resort photos session.  There’s more to come from this rad young lady!

Senior Portraits at Lake Tahoe

Family Portraits with Dogs

Tahoe Family Portraits | Goirvas Sneak Peek

This family was super nervous that their dog wasn’t going to cooperate with a family photo session.

To be honest, this dog was the easiest one I’ve ever done a session with.  She’s downright attentive.

Proof is in the pictures!

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I had such a blast with this recently relocated family who is so happy to live close to Tahoe now and take advantage of the having our gorgeous lake and outdoors practically in their backyard.  There’s more to come from their Valhalla Estate Tahoe family portraits, but until then, here’s a few more rad images to tide you over!

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