Downsizing Wedding Expectations without Downsizing Excitement

By |July 27th, 2020|Elopement, Tips, wedding, Wedding Planning|

In the face of a global pandemic, many couples are having to make difficult choices regarding the days they have, in some cases, spent their lives or at least the last year or two, dreaming about. As wedding vendors, we are incredibly aware of how difficult these decisions have been for folks as they also directly affect our livelihoods. Downsizing your wedding expectations without downsizing your excitement is possible, I promise! Head here for some suggestions on reframing your expectations but not minimizing your joy.

Preparing for a low stress family portrait session

By |July 13th, 2020|Family Portrait, Tips|

Weddings are my jam, but I love getting breaks from them to take family portraits. There isn’t a single season or time of year that’s the best time to get your family portraits taken (especially in Tahoe, but I travel, too!). It’s not about when you show up to get your photos taken, but how you show up. Here are a few, low-stress ways you can prepare for a smooth family portrait session.

How to include your fur babies in your wedding

By |June 30th, 2020|Tips, Wedding Planning|

If you’re like any (respectable) pet parent, you likely want your fur babies to be a part of your day. I get it, I’m a dog mom--they’re basically our children. But there are some important things to consider before you make the call on whether or not to include your dogs in your wedding. Here are some planning tips and resources to have your four legged pals join you on your special day.

Timeless LGBT+ Wedding Trends

By |June 15th, 2020|LGBT, Tips, Wedding Planning|

LGBT+ weddings are like heteronormative weddings in many ways--except there’s one major standout: the individuality is fierce and unapologetic. Photographing LGBT+ weddings is like coming up for fresh air. Couples tend to customize nearly all parts of their day, skirting the traditional route. Since I started photographing weddings, LGBT+ wedding trends have changed quite a bit. Yet some trends have stood the test of time. Some of my favorites are up on the blog!

Should we write our own vows or keep it traditional?

By |May 18th, 2020|Tips, Wedding Planning|

While you were busy picking out florals, decor, your wedding party, and even the colors of your table napkins, your vows may have been put on the backburner. One of the most important parts of your day is often easily overlooked. Some people even wait until the night before (seriously, but I don’t recommend that). Figuring out what you want your vows to be doesn’t have to be all-consuming: you have options.

How to Cure the Pre-Wedding Jitters

By |May 4th, 2020|Tips, Wedding Planning|

The months leading up to your wedding are a whirlwind of planning, opinions, and excitement. The expectations about what your day will be are high, whether you started planning when you were a kid or you just learned the difference between ivory and white. With all the pressure put on “the single most important day of your life,” it’s no surprise that many couples get pre-wedding jitters. Here are some ways to stay chill before your nerves get the best of you.

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!

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.

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.