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.

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.

The After New Year Resolution Tips

By |February 3rd, 2020|Family Portrait, goals, Portrait, Tips|

Ahhh, it’s that time of year again, when 90% of new year’s resolutionists have quit working on those resolutions. Gyms are empty again, the healthy section of the grocery store is once again fully stocked, and all the extra money that was put into a savings account is spent again. The excitement period has passed, which is why this is the perfect time to actually start on resolutions or goals for yourself.  After all, what better than the shortest month of the year to work on meeting goals? Here's some New Year Resolution Tips to help you find a place to start with intentions that will help you create positive changes and space in your life. Dry January? #neveragain

Holiday Family Merge: How to Split Holiday Celebrations with your Partner’s Family

By |December 19th, 2019|holidays, Tips|

Double the people equals double the fun, or does it? How do you survive the holiday season as a couple having to split families? Tips on how to split holiday celebrations while making sure that you stay present, find your positivity and revel in joy with the people you love most, or maybe a little bit.

Real Talk: Tips to Keep Your Wedding YOUR Wedding from Personal Experience

By |December 12th, 2019|Tips, wedding, Wedding Planning|

Wedding planning from personal experience can be incredibly useful. Learn wedding planning tips, successes and failures from one of my actual clients. Tashara and Alvan were wed in a Georgetown Milestone wedding outside of Central Texas and Tashara shares her wedding planning from personal experience here, including tips and tricks for navigating the unexpected waters of wedding planning.