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Local’s Guide to Lake Tahoe | Tahoe Food Photography

By |April 20th, 2020|Commercial Photography, Food, Tahoe, Tips, Travel|

As a longtime (14 years! Whew!) opinionated local, I have no shortage of suggestions for where to eat, drink, play and explore in Lake Tahoe.  I love where I live and I love showing it off even more.  After many years of just sharing this info via email, I figured that a nice pandemic slowdown was the perfect time to share some love to my favorite Tahoe haunts.  As such, here is my official Local's Guide to Lake Tahoe!

Disc Golf Wedding | Zephyr Cove, NV | Michael + Sarah

By |April 13th, 2020|California, Elopement, wedding|

Couples choose elopements for a variety of reasons over traditional weddings, and now, in light of current events, I think that many couples may be forced into elopements over weddings for financial reasons. This is not a bad thing! Living in such an incredible, epic location, I have the good fortune to photograph a LOT of elopements and I absolutely love them.  Michael and Sarah had an overwhelmingly wonderful experience at their adventure elopement and disc golf wedding in Lake Tahoe, and we’re all here to tell you that elopements are amazing.

Benefits To Having a Spring Wedding

By |April 6th, 2020|Tips, wedding, Wedding Planning|

There are just so many magical things we absolutely adore about spring. When the long winter ends, the warmer temperature along with spring sunshine is welcomed. The landscape, the gardens, the flowers - everything transforms with new fragrance and hues. These are the beautiful changes that make this season ideal for a wedding. Here, explore some of the benefits to having a spring wedding.

St Regis Aspen Wedding | Aspen, CO | Sarah + Tanner

By |March 30th, 2020|Travel, wedding|

When Sarah and Tanner got engaged and started planning their St Regis Aspen wedding, the first thing they wanted to do was to find a photographer that would fit their vision of their day, which included very little formal photos, no posing, incredible food, a relaxed atmosphere, and their buddy's rock'n'roll band from college.  WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK FOR?

How to help a freelancer out during COVID-19

By |March 21st, 2020|Commercial Photography, Family Portrait, Portrait|

People who have built their careers around hospitality, service, travel and events have seen their income dry up overnight.  I know that I am not alone. No self-employed person is safe. From Uber drivers to bartenders to your salon worker or massage therapist, we’re all feeling it.  I feel your pain as I too am in a huge state of limbo.  With event cancellations happening and more looming, everything feels upended and stressful. It’s time to get practical.  It’s time to use our ingenuity.  It’s time to figure out how to bring in income when there is no chance of having any right this moment.  Aside from sending my resume to Whole Foods and scouring the internet for remote work options (as I’m sure we all are), my other option is to lean on my community, which is you, my clients and friends, who have utilized my services year after year. Ways and suggestions to help out the freelancers and independent contractors in your life here!

Lake Tahoe Golf Course Wedding | Lake Tahoe, CA | Maria + Lery

By |March 16th, 2020|California, wedding|

Once upon a time, I forgot I had a wedding. Read all about it. As we are all aware of by now, 2020 is weird. 2019 thought it had everyone beat, but 2020 is all, "PFFFFFFFT. Hold my Claw." Read all about that time I forgot I had a wedding, missed brunch, and made new BFFs here because you have nothing better to do while you're stuck working at home.

How to Survive the SXSW Cancellation | SXSW Event Photographer | Part 2

By |March 11th, 2020|Austin, Commercial Photography, Event Photos, SXSW, texas, Tips, Travel|

Were you headed to SXSW? Do you know how to survive a SXSW cancellation? 75,000 people were about to descend upon Austin, TX for SXSW, one of the world's premier music, film and tech festivals.  For the first time in 34 years, the event will not go on.  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 8 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. And now, it's not happening. Here's how to survive in the wake of this devastating news.

How to Survive SXSW | SXSW Event Photographer | Part 1

By |March 4th, 2020|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 8 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.

Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel Wedding | Lake Tahoe, CA | Mandy + Chris

By |March 1st, 2020|California, wedding|

This is a story about Mandy and Chris's Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel wedding, but it's also about how Mandy and Chris are my people and I get really excited when I find my people. Mandy and Chris wanted some very simple things when they planned their wedding: they wanted the ceremony on the beach, they wanted their friends and family to spend quality time with them, they wanted it to be EXTRA relaxed, and since their Tahoe engagement session got snowed out, they wanted epic high views for their portraits. Their wedding and everything about their calm, relaxed and funny day was perfect and it was one of my favorite weddings of the year. Read more here!

Buck Tradition: Why to Have a First Look on Your Wedding Day

By |February 11th, 2020|Tips, wedding, Wedding Planning|

We have all seen the videos.  You know the ones: the video from the perfect wedding day, where the wedding party is already behind the altar and those adorably precocious flower girls have just dropped the last rose petal with perfect attitude.  Dramatically, the music stops.  It stops just long enough for the officiant to ask everyone to stand. The song begins and the entire crowd draws what seems to be a single anticipatory breath as the bride appears to take her first step down the aisle.  But wait!  The camera only spends a second on the bride, because it immediately zooms in to that magical moment where the waiting partner has their mouth open and a single teardrop rolls down their face and passionately falls to the ground.  That is the moment: that moment of surprise that everyone prays will bring that exact same response on their wedding day.

Basecamp Hotel Wedding | South Lake Tahoe, CA | Philbert + Ming

By |February 5th, 2020|California, Tahoe, wedding|

Once upon a time there was a bride that broke her foot just weeks before her wedding. She didn't let it cramp her style though! Philbert and Ming had a perfectly relaxed outdoor summer wedding at Basecamp Hotel in South Lake Tahoe, completely with lawn games, a raucous late night dance party and great beer. Read more about some of my favorite Tahoe wedding vendors - Philbert and Ming definately hired the A Team!