If you or your clients have requested “candid” photos, this one’s for you. When we think of candid photos, we think of the perfectly relaxed, comfortable, effortlessly beautiful people laughing or looking at each other, as if they never knew the camera was there. And it’s cute to think these photos are actually candid, but they’re not (sorry to burst your bubble). When clients request those staple “candids,” it’s more than just showing up and randomly catching the perfect frame–there’s a lot that goes into the perfect “candid”: lighting, posing, and more. It's my job to make you look effortless and at ease and that takes just a little bit of work.
Thunderbird Lodge is an incredibly special place: it's located on the north east side of Lake Tahoe, near Incline Village. It’s one of the oldest estates on the lake and the original owner was eccentric, to put it mildly. The estate is one of a kind, both in story and physical presence. It's one of my favorite places on Lake Tahoe to photograph weddings and I'm overjoyed to revisit this gorgeous and classic Thunderbird Lodge wedding from 2018.
It's been a weird ride since Covid started, we all know it, but January was particularly hard on me as I grappled with the realization that for the third year in a row, running my business is going to be a significant challenge and that I am unlikely to have enough work to sustain me. Thankfully, I had the fantastic opportunity and freedom to head up to Spokane to work on Allen Stone's Allen-Tines Day Special. Having something to do for a week, a reason to get out of bed each day, and a group of hard working people around me was so creatively fulfilling. The energy of being on set with a bunch of hilarious, creative musicians with a wacky vision and a crazy idea was so rewarding. Allen-Tines Day Special features Allen Stone, Teddy Swims, Julian Gavilanes and Tom Cantillon as the pop sensations Round’N 3rd, who reunite decades after they broke the band up. They will sing 90’s R&B magic like ‘U Got It Bad’ by Usher, ‘ Back At One’ by Brian Mcknight and many more and I can say with certainty - this shit is lit. Read more about my experience working with this talented group of musicians and behind the scenes photos here!
Having grown up in Texas and having lived a good portion of my adult life in Austin, it comes as a frequent surprise to people to hear that I had never taken a West Texa road trip and explored all that our state has to offer, and in particular, Big Bend National Park. Now that I've made the effort to explore the area, I can say for certain that I've been missing out. Marfa, Alpine and the Big Bend region of West Texas have a huge amount to offer for anyone who is looking for a languid pace, an artsy influence, and a cold beer on a porch in the Texas twilight. The West Texas mountains are singing your name: here's my suggestions on where to stop, what to eat, and what to do while on a West Texas road trip.
Seven years after meeting, my best friend Kelly and her love Andy were wed in a Fort Worth Civil Ceremony at the 2nd District Court of Appeals. We managed to keep it a secret until the very last second as it was attended by immediate family only and myself, which made me feel very special and as we all know, it's all about me. It was a wonderful way to start the holiday week and I am overjoyed to see my friend so happy.
It’s no surprise that couples who have moved (either by law or by choice) their wedding dates are looking to elopement and microwedding options, especially around Lake Tahoe. Still not sure what’s the best fit for your day? Here are some tips for planning your elopement or micro wedding, whether you’re planning far ahead or scrambling last minute.
Like many couples, Sam and Bree faced challenges when planning and de-planning their wedding in 2020. Instead of postponing or cancelling, they decided that they would have an intimate ceremony for just immediate family, officiated by their best friend at their beach that has been in their family for generations. Their Carpinteria Beach micro wedding was relaxed, simple, and full of laughter and plenty of IPAs.
Everyone falls apart a bit faster when it's cold and snowy and while I love those #lifeishard moments, there's also ways that you can maximize your Tahoe winter family portrait session for the best experience. Here's 4 tips for managing your winter family portrait session expectations.
Like many people's weddings this year, Joe and Jolie's intimate and tiny Tahoe backyard microwedding went through many different ramifications. Regardless of the hiccups, they were so incredibly thrilled to just become husband and wife surrounded by some VERY dedicated friends.
Whether you had to postpone your wedding until next year or you decided to do a small, intimate ceremony or elopement instead, bringing a sense of home to your wedding can calm the chaos of the changes you’ve had to make. Here are some ways you can add touches of home to your day, no matter what it ends up looking like.
While I know that their Gastler Farm wedding wasn't exactly what Mike and Monika had planned, and that not everyone they loved were able to be there, it was perfectly wonderful and absolutely picturesque in the greatest of ways and I'm so thrilled to have been a part of it. I have been a part of this family for 6 years now and I'm never going to let them get rid of me.
Summer isn’t the only beautiful, busy season in Lake Tahoe. It’s a peak destination for avid winter sports athletes and for those who just come for the views. In the past, it’s started snowing as early as September, so by the time winter officially rolls around, everything is covered in the most picturesque blanket of snow. There’s something special about winter weddings in Tahoe, and every year, I look forward to the new trends and spins that winter couples add to their day.