Tahoe Engagement Photography

Tahoe Engagement Photography | Kiva Beach | Rosa + Justin

I’m so thrilled to be connected with these two!  Justin is brother to one of my clients, Julie.  Julie, Michael and I had an incredible day romping around San Francisco once for their engagement session.  Since then, I photographed their wedding and they had a child!

I love staying connected to clients and their families afterwards and this is one family that is so fantastic to be part of.  Rosa and Justin are getting married at the Landing Resort this summer and I can’t wait!  I envision gorgeous blue skies and an awesome holiday weekend in their future.  I expect it will look very different from their super snowy winter engagement session at Kiva Beach!

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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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Portraits at Lake Tahoe

Sand Harbor Engagement Session | Meagan + Joe | Sneak Peek

THESE TWO.

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.

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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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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!

Family Portraits with Dogs

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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