How to have a low stress family portrait session

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

It’s summer in Tahoe, the perfect time for unforgettable family portraits against stunning backdrops. Whether you dream of capturing the lakeside at sunset or the some of that backlit forested goldenness that's my special sauce, every session promises to preserve your vacation memories- regardless of the moods and whims of your most or least participatory family members! Forget stressful coordination, embrace every mood and moment, and follow my tips, tricks and direction to have a perfectly stress free 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.

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!

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.

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