About 8 years ago, I second shot a wedding at Tenaya Lodge in Yosemite for another photographer. I worked with this photographer quite a bit at the beginning of my career, despite the fact that our styles were EXTREMELY different. He was an older, very classic, traditional wedding photographer with a smidge of hokeyness (think props and signs and very awkward direction). I offered him a side of photography that he wasn't trained in and a more well rounded gallery (you should always hire seconds that are great at your weaknesses y'all). Flash forward to 2022 and now I'm apparently part of the family!
If you’re like most families with kids, summer is a chaotic time where all the fun gets jam-packed into two months, schedules and routines are out the window, and most importantly, it’s one of the easiest times to travel with little rascals. Planning an international trip to Europe with kiddos is no small feat, but these tips will help make it a smoother journey. Bon voyage!
Soccer Shots is an engaging youth soccer program for children between the ages of 2 and 8. Their message is powerful: to engage children in a fun way with age appropriate play that introduces them to fundamental soccer principles in a safe environment. They are in 200 different cities in North America, including Canada, and they are serious about training their coaches and staff to the highest level to offer an incredible level of service no matter where the location. They are a franchise based brand and their annual franchise owners convention and meeting was held this year at Palisades Tahoe (formerly Squaw Valley) in the Olympic Valley, just outside Truckee, CA. With two high profile keynote speakers they wanted to make sure they had quality images of the event to share for future conferences and events.
Kenna's lifelong dream was to get married on her family's property outside of Grass Valley and Nevada City. Located in Penn Valley, CA, the ranch boasts massive cliffs with a river running through it, sloping hills, dense forest, and plenty of space for all of their friends to camp and rabblerouse. Their wedding was set for May of 2020. Due to the pandemic, their Grass Valley wedding was set to be rescheduled once, and then again. Two years later, I was incredibly honored to finally reconnect with Kenna and Hasan and finally capture their celebration on Kenna's family's ranch.
June Care Co's team was seeking a Bay Area lifestyle photographer that was "good with kids" for a half day Los Gatos lifestyle photography session that involved 20-25 kids and host moms. June Care Co needed brand lifestyle photography that they could use across all content streams to show off what they do, how they do it, and why it's special. Cue ME. This was an incredibly challenging, yet rewarding commercial job that I am proud to be a part of.
Arts and Recreation is an Austin based full service graphic design studio. While they service many local Austin brands that you may know and love, like Fresa's, Stubb's and Launderette, they were recently hired by Central Texas based snack company Good Call Foods to design and create their branding, packaging and merchandise. As a design firm, Arts & Rec understands the value of dynamic Austin lifestyle brand images. By telling your brand story in a complete and cohesive way, you are creating a unique and powerful impact that drives more sales. Not convinced? Check out their images and story to be swayed.
Ali and Seth LOVE bikes. They love bikes so much they wanted their Holly's Ocean Meadow Wedding to be filled with them! They love bikes so much they were going to go on a bikepacking trip across Europe as their honeymoon. I ALSO love bikes! Seemingly, this was an absolute match made in heaven and I was so excited to return to Holly's Ocean Meadow in Mendocino, CA to capture their amazingly perfect bike filled wedding day.
Are you planning on visiting Lake Tahoe this summer? Interested in a family portrait session or planning your wedding? Trip insurance is now necessary because you do not get a refund because the sky is smoky, the town is on fire, or because you contracted covid. Hard truths y'all that you need to take into consideration. Read this before you book your Lake Tahoe portrait photographer.
Branding and lifestyle photography is incredibly important in today’s incredibly competitive market. Stock photos no longer cut it, y’all. I was recently hired by Seattle Gummy Company, in conjunction with Austin-based marketing agency TBD Media, to capture Austin branding photography and lifestyle images that would help them cohesively tell their brand story through their social media channels.
Kickstart your business’ social media presence and get the most out of the business marketing tools at your disposal. Although it may seem overwhelming to add more things to your plate, social media can be a valuable tool to help customers get your personality, engage with you authentically and remind them of your value in their lives and in this post we'll focus on utilizing your facebook business pages to your advantage.
Las Vegas offers many amazing locations for engagement sessions and family portraits, one stellar spot that I love is the Valley of Fire State Park about an hour outside of the city. With 46,000 acres of awe-inspiring red rocks and canyons, the scenery is simply unworldly and I was overjoyed to travel there for Tyler and Alexa's engagement session.
Thinking about getting married in Lake Tahoe? Congrats! It’s one of the most beautiful places in the world (and that’s why I live here). Before choosing a Lake Tahoe wedding venue, it’s important to consider what you want your photos to look like, or, in other words, how you want the lake to appear in your photos. Depending on the venue location and time of day, our majestic body of water serves as a giant mirror (eek), so you’ll want to keep these tips in mind before booking your venue and selecting your ceremony time. Never fear, though, your trusty neighborhood photographer is here to help.