SXSW Survival Tips: How to Survive SXSW | Part 2

By |February 19th, 2024|Austin, Commercial Photography, Event Photos, SXSW, texas, Tips, Travel|

SXSW, otherwise known as my absolute favorite 10 days of the year, every year, is an annual convergence of technology, film, and music in Austin, Texas.  It's 10 days of thriving on adrenaline and chaos.  It's a beacon of creativity and innovation.  Drawing attendees from diverse industries worldwide, it's unparalleled popularity can certainly be attributed to the dynamic blend of cutting-edge technology showcases, an extensive list of film premieres, and my favorite - the off-the-beaten-path version of its music festival which celebrates and heralds unsigned and new artists. As promised, I'm back with part II in my series on how to survive SXSW like a pro with more SXSW survival tips. 

Anchored in Love: Tips for Planning Your Perfect Destination Boat Wedding

By |February 12th, 2024|Tahoe, wedding, Wedding Planning|

Stuart's family hails from Scotland and Vera's family hails from Eastern Europe. Although the two found love and live in Lake Tahoe, their wedding was going to be a destination wedding for most of their family and they decided there was no better way to show off their backyard than with a boat wedding on the expanse of Lake Tahoe. It was the first time Stuart's family had been in one location since 1987! A destination boat wedding isn't for everyone - but if you are the adventurous type it's a great way to show off the beauty of your chosen wedding location.

How to Survive SXSW | Part 1

By |February 5th, 2024|Austin, Commercial Photography, Event Photos, SXSW, texas, Tips, Travel|

75,000 people are about to descend upon Austin, TX for SXSW, one of the world's premier music, film and tech festivals.  While SXSW is mostly known for its music festival, what really brings the money to Austin (and $350 million plus of it at that), is the Interactive portion, which draws a young audience of inventors, investors and risk takers looking for networking opportunities and the next big thing.  At any given moment all over the city there are thousands of opportunities to learn, network, workshop and cultivate relationships.  For over 10 years now, I've been working for the Sales Department at the event, as a SXSW event photographer responsible for documenting the return on investment for their sponsors. It's exhausting. It's exhilarating. It's incredibly fun. If you're attending for the first time and looking for some answers on how to survive SXSW, I got you boo.

Reno Event Photographer | Atlantis Casino and Resort

By |January 29th, 2024|Commercial Photography, Event Photos, Nevada|

Reno, NV is the perfect destination for your company retreat, destination executive meeting, or corporate conference.  With a wealth of large and small venues to choose from, Reno also has the bonus of offering a wealth of nightlife thanks to the casino-filled downtown, funky cultural experiences in the homegrown area of Midtown, and is perfectly located at the nation's most epic outdoor playground: Lake Tahoe. Here's an example of what the Atlantis Casino and Resort can offer your corporate event or meeting in the heart of downtown Reno.

Top 10 Locations for Your Next Corporate Event in Austin, TX

By |January 22nd, 2024|Austin, Commercial Photography, Event Photos|

Austin has grown significantly over the past few years, especially when it comes to the world of tech and corporations. Today, it may still be the heart of Texas, but it's also become a premier corporate event destination since its now vibrant business culture sits squarely in a town filled with fun.  From live music every night to the vibrant dining scene, Austin is the perfect location to hold your next corporate event. As a commercial photographer who has been working within the Austin corporate event photography space for a decade, I've seen and worked at a wealth of Austin corporate event locations, and here are ten exceptional corporate event venues in Austin that I promise will elevate your meeting and provide you with a memorable and impactful event.

Gold Hill Gardens Wedding | Newcastle, CA | Zoë and Jordan

By |January 15th, 2024|wedding|

This extended group of friends has now hired me and shared me and referred me more than any other group in my decade plus history as a wedding photographer. I have photographed FIVE weddings between all of them, multiple engagement sessions, maternity sessions, family portraits, graduations, and more. There is no compliment higher than being referred out again and again and again and this group continues to pay me the highest of compliments. While Zoë and Jordan's gorgeous Gold Hill Gardens wedding in Newcastle, CA was a bit more traditional than this group usually goes, their October wedding had plenty of non-traditional surprises up it's sleeves.

The Best Locations to Propose in Lake Tahoe: A Guide to Popping the Question

By |January 8th, 2024|Proposal, Tahoe, Tips, Wedding Planning|

Lake Tahoe is one of the most beautiful locations in America (and I'm not just saying that because I live here), but it's also one of the most photographed.  It's no wonder that so many people find it to be the perfect location for a wedding proposal.  Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or prefer a more intimate setting, Lake Tahoe offers a variety of unique and intimate locations.  Here are my recommended locations for some of the best spots to create lasting memories, get down on one knee, and say "YES!"

Capturing Success: Crafting Your Foolproof 2024 Marketing Plan with SMART Goals for Professional Photographers

By |January 1st, 2024|Marketing, Tips for Creatives|

It should come as no surprise if you've followed me for a while that I believe very strongly in creating measurable and attainable goals for myself. When it comes to marketing, this is especially important. If you're relying on social media alone as your only marketing avenue, well then, you're missing the mark. Pun intended. If you're ready to level up your business game in 2024, I'm here to help you recognize the importance of making SMART goals.  What are SMART goals?  They are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound.  So, grab that notepad and get ready to craft a 2024 photography marketing plan that's as crisp and clear as your best photograph.

Virginia City Wedding Photographer | Piper’s Opera House | Brenda + Dillon

By |January 1st, 2024|Nevada, wedding|

When Brenda first contacted me about being her Virginia City wedding photographer she gushed over my love for guacamole, enticed me with BBQ and promised me a man dressed as a miner with a donkey. We never found the miner, or the donkey, but they did have a pistol packing preacher in a top hat (he had to check his gun at the Opera House gun check), fry bread, delicious promised BBQ, and both Brenda and Dillon have really wonderful and calm spirits. When some things didn’t go as planned (sometimes red lipstick gets on wedding dresses), there was nary a beat in anyone’s steps because these two are so incredibly cool (so hot they’re cool! so cool they’re hot!). For future incidents: laughter helps and so do Tide pens!

5 tips for managing winter family portrait session expectations

By |December 25th, 2023|Family Portrait, Portrait, Tips|

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 are five tips for managing your winter family portrait session expectations and how to make the most of our winter wonderland for your family vacation photos.

Lights, Camera, Innovation: Why You Need a Professional CES Event Photographer

By |December 14th, 2023|Commercial Photography, Event Photos|

If you are a business at the forefront of tech, or at the intersection of tech and finance, it should come as no surprise that the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) stands at the epicenter of innovation as far as conferences go. It is where major electronics companies give keynotes regarding new innovation, where products are launched, and where the latest breakthroughs and futuristic concepts take center stage. Every year in January in Las Vegas, industry leaders, tech enthusiasts, and innovators and startups from around the globe gather to showcase, pitch, and network. CES demands attention to detail, precision, and professionalism. Your brand presence at CES can be highly elevated by hiring a conference event photographer, ensuring that the moments you coordinate and unveil are well documented.

Pinecrest Chalet Wedding | Pinecrest, CA | Jesse and Megan

By |December 11th, 2023|wedding|

I frequently get hired for a very specific niche of the destination wedding market and it is one that I love. Summer camp weddings bring me immense joy. They cater to clients who seek unconventional celebrations: rowing boats to your ceremony, hosting a bike parade, or cutting a cake with a chainsaw—this is where my ideal clients thrive. Megan and Jesse's Pinecrest Chalet wedding is another standout example of an outdoorsy couple who held an absolutely perfect weekend celebration, filled with lakeside games, nature walks, and campfire whiskey sessions, all which perfectly aligns with the essence of adult summer camp and the perfect Venn diagram of things that I love.

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