How to have a low stress family portrait session

By |June 17th, 2024|Family Portrait, Tips|

Weddings are my jam, but I love getting breaks from them to take family portraits. There isn’t a single season or time of year that’s the best time to get your family portraits taken (especially in Tahoe, but I travel, too!). It’s not about when you show up to get your photos taken, but how you show up. Here are a few, low-stress ways you can prepare for a smooth family portrait session.

South Lake Tahoe Pride Month events

By |June 10th, 2024|Event Photos, LGBT, Tahoe, Tips, Tips for Creatives, Volunteer|

June is my favorite month of the year – and not just because it’s my birthday month – but also because it’s PRIDE month! It’s a month of rainbows, parades, and celebration as communities worldwide come together to honor inclusivity, diversity, and the fabulous rainbow that is the LGBTQ community. I love it! A few years ago, I started participating in activities with Tahoe Pride. For one, to support my friends who are part of the community, and second, to make sure that our LGBTQ community understood that they have allies in our town. Our Tahoe Pride community is small but mighty, full of great people that I’ve come to call friends. They have a weekly mixer on Tuesdays (often with a game night theme) that I attend regularly, but in June they really kick the scheduling up a notch! If you want to help celebrate South Lake Tahoe Pride Events, there is something happening every week of June.

Inclusive Wedding Vendors: How to Find LGBTQ-Friendly Services

By |June 3rd, 2024|LGBT, Tips, wedding, Wedding Planning|

While planning a wedding can be an extraordinary and joyous occasion for some, it can also come with its fair share of challenges. A key aspect of the LGBTQ wedding planning process is choosing vendors who are skilled, inclusive, and supportive of LGBTQ individuals. As an ally and a wedding vendor who consistently strives to embrace diversity and respect all types of love, my biggest wish is that every couple finds vendors that meet their needs AND embrace their love story with warmth and acceptance.

El Dorado Hills Photographer | Passport Weekend

By |May 6th, 2024|Event Photos, Travel, Wine|

Nestled in California's Gold Rush Region, El Dorado County boasts a wealth of wineries often overlooked by wine enthusiasts. Adjacent to South Lake Tahoe, this picturesque landscape hosts the annual El Dorado Wines Passport Weekend, a two-day event showcasing the region's finest wines and culinary delights. As the official El Dorado Hills photographer, I had the pleasure of capturing the event's essence—the laughter, camaraderie, and the wines—while sharing the experience with friends and even my dog. Join me for a weekend of wine, friends, and unforgettable memories in California's hidden wine country gem. Cheers to wine!

New Orleans Event Photographer – Why New Orleans Should Be Your Next Conference Destination

By |April 29th, 2024|Event Photos|

New Orleans is without a doubt my favorite city in the world - and I have been to a lot of places! I'm lucky to call it a part-time home since I have family that lives there. Between Mardi Gras, French Quarter Fest, and more, there is always something fun happening in this vibrant city. Thanks to its culture, rich history, and incredible cuisine, New Orleans is the perfect location for your next corporate event. I was recently there with my favorite client, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. I'm here to convince you that New Orleans might just have the upper hand on the best city for your next corporate event! Sultry jazz, centuries-old architecture, and a spirit that is as infectious as it is captivating - what's not to like? Better yet, I'm also here to convince you to hire me as your New Orleans event photographer!

Mastering Your Image: Austin Personal Branding Photography Do’s and Don’ts

By |April 8th, 2024|Commercial Photography, Marketing, Tips for Creatives|

Discover the essential dos and don'ts of Austin personal branding photography in my comprehensive guide, complete with example images, duh! From avoiding stiff poses to maintaining brand consistency, learn how to elevate your image and captivate your audience. Unlock the secrets to authentic, impactful personal branding in Austin's competitive market.

5 Reasons Why Mammoth Lakes is Perfect for Your Elopement

By |April 1st, 2024|California, Elopement|

Dreaming of a picturesque wedding nestled in the heart of the Sierra Nevada mountains? Just far enough outside of major cities, Mammoth Lakes, Bridgeport, and Bishop offer breathtaking backdrops but with an added dash of serenity that Tahoe doesn't quite have.  Stunning mountain vistas?  Check.  Pristine alpine lakes?  Check.  Hot springs?  Check.  I'm here to give you all the reasons why you should consider a Mammoth Lakes wedding over a Tahoe one and to ensure every moment is skillfully captured, raise my hand and suggest that you hire me!

My Top Highlights: Best Moments from SXSW 2024

By |March 25th, 2024|Commercial Photography, Event Photos, music, SXSW, texas|

As an Austin corporate event photographer, SXSW is always an exhilarating experience filled with innovation, creativity, and memorable encounters. I always find a few new music artists to add to my list of favorites. Among the multitude of activations, lounges, exhibits, and artists there this year, several stood out as true highlights. Here are my top picks, favorite finds, and best moments from SXSW 2024.

Sunset Wedding at The Arch Tahoe | Jennifer + Ashley

By |March 18th, 2024|LGBT, Tips, wedding, Wedding Planning|

Plan your dream sunset wedding at The Arch Tahoe with ease! Discover how Ashley and Jennifer orchestrated their unforgettable ceremony, expertly timed to capture the golden hour. Transition seamlessly to The Coachman Hotel for a reception under the stars. Get tips on coordinating between venues and ensuring guest comfort. Sprinkle your day with champagne celebrations at every turn! Start here to plan your destination Lake Tahoe wedding adventure today!

Storytelling Through Stills: IAMERICA and the Role of a Film Production Still Photographer

By |March 11th, 2024|Commercial Photography|

Did you know that in my past life I worked in the film industry? Experience the journey of my return to film sets! This past fall, I helped out on the short film IAMERICA, a story written and developed by a good friend about identity and friendship. Join me behind the scenes with my images as the on-set film production still photographer.

Felina Restaurant and Events Wedding | Ridgewood, NJ

By |March 4th, 2024|wedding|

Sometimes there is a rare instance when wedding photographers must replace themselves for a wedding due to unforeseen circumstances. Spoiler alert: I was the replacement, not the one who needed one. My first wedding of 2024 was one where I stepped in for a near and dear friend and it was an absolute dream - from the venue to the couple to the dance party to the guest list. Hayley and Randy's memorable New Jersey winter wedding, complete with a raucous dance floor that surpassed even MY standards!

Crafting Brand Identity: Sierra Foothills Winery Photographer

By |February 26th, 2024|Commercial Photography, Tips for Creatives, Wine|

California winemaking is a fiercely competitive market, and while wineries in the Sierra Foothills aren't exactly trying to compete with Napa and Sonoma by any means, they also understand the importance of establishing a distinctive brand identity to thrive in the tourism market.  This identity is going to reflect my backyard: the region's unique characteristics, values, and personality, which are infinitely more relaxed than the hustle and bustle of California's larger cities. Crafting a compelling brand identity is essential for fostering consumer trust, loyalty, and recognition. I was recently hired as a Sierra Foothills winery photographer to help position the wineries of El Dorado County as a sought-after destination.

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