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. 

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.

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!"

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.

Emerald Bay Wedding | Chris and Stacy

By |September 18th, 2023|Elopement, Tahoe, Tips, wedding, Wedding Planning|

Should you choose to completely disregard my advice in my previous blog post about all the reasons why you should hold your Emerald Bay wedding by boat, then I am still here for you, albeit perhaps a bit begrudgingly. It is the hard truth that although picturesque, getting married or eloping at the top of Emerald Bay comes with significant challenges. You might think that an intimate wedding with less people provides less stress, but I can tell you with certainty (as can Chris and Stacy) that it does not in Emerald Bay. Still dedicated to an Emerald Bay elopement? Read on my friend. 

Planning a summer portrait session or wedding in Lake Tahoe? You’ll want to read this.

By |July 3rd, 2023|Portrait, Tahoe, Tips|

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, a nearby town is on fire, or because you got sick and cannot travel. Hard truths y'all that you need to take into consideration. Read this before you book your Lake Tahoe portrait photographer.

Love on Two Wheels: Incorporating Bicycles into Your Lake Tahoe Wedding

By |June 12th, 2023|Tips, wedding, Wedding Planning|

I love bicycles more than anything, and I especially love clients who decide to incorporate their shared love of bicycles into their weddings! It's Bike Month here in Tahoe, so here's all the reasons why you should consider incorporating bicycles into your wedding, whether it's in Lake Tahoe or elsewhere!

Capturing Love Without Boundaries: Essential LGBTQ Friendly Wedding Resources for Inclusive Celebrations

By |June 6th, 2023|LGBT, Tahoe, Tips, wedding, Wedding Planning|

Y'all means all! It's pride month y'all, and I'm here to help celebrate it. As a wedding photographer, it is my privilege (and thrill) to capture the essence of love in all its forms. I believe that every couple deserves to have their unique story told and cherished through great images. Wedding planning can be an enormously stressful undertaking all by itself, but when you add in the additional worry that you might not be treated fairly, or have your concerns taken seriously, it just exasperates the stress. In celebration of Pride Month, here are some LGBTQ+ friendly wedding resources for all y'all.

What to Wear in your Family Portraits

By |April 24th, 2023|Family Portrait, Photography, Portrait, Tips|

I think that capturing family portraits, especially if you're on vacation in Lake Tahoe is incredibly important: from getting a jump on your holiday cards to wall art, family portraits are a visual representation of the love, connection, and memories that your family has made over the years. I'm here to tell you that there is no perfect outfit and you shouldn't let that be the thing that deters you from capturing your family. I promise you are not the only head of household stressed by the daunting task of trying to figure out what to pack for your family vacation portrait session. It’s not that hard when you break it down simply - check out my tips for dressing for your family portrait session here!

SXSW 2023: A beginner’s guide to networking and making the most of the event

By |February 20th, 2023|Commercial Photography, Event Photos, SXSW, texas, Tips, Tips for Creatives|

Feeling nervous about group events? I'm here to remind you that networking is a skill, and like all skills it’s something that can be practiced and becomes easier with said practice. It’s a great way to build new relationships, will allow you to learn about new technologies and opportunities, and ultimately, helps you build relationships. By being prepared, confident, open-minded, and following up, you can make the most of your time at SXSW and create valuable connections that will last long after the conference is over. Here is a beginner's guide to making the most of your networking opportunities at SXSW 2023.

How to Determine your SXSW Event Photography Needs

By |February 6th, 2023|Austin, Commercial Photography, Event Photos, SXSW, texas, Tips, Tips for Creatives|

SXSW shouldn't need an introduction, but just in case you don't know me very well (or Austin), here's the short of it: SXSW is a ridiculously large ridiculously amazing festival held annually in Austin, Texas that attracts over 400,000 attendees from across the world. Its focus is large, wide, and all-encompassing, including but not limited to, innovation, technology, music, film, health, gaming, and more.  If SXSW 2023 is your first rodeo and you're planning an activation, event, or happy hour to engage and interact with your target audience, I'm here to give you a little bit of advice from a photographer's perspective, regardless of the size of your event.

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