I found out after the fact that Kayla had given Bill pretty clear instructions: she needed to have her nails done and she wanted there to be a photographer. He managed to nail both of those and to be a bit sneaky, instead of having me hide in the bushes or troll around the beach pretending to be a tourist for his Tahoe marriage proposal, we decided to have his mother gift her a portrait certificate for Christmas.
The plan went off mostly without a hitch, save the fact that I expected him to get down on one knee more than 25 minutes earlier than he did in the session. I was agonizing inside and wondering if he had changed his mind!
In the end, she said yes, obviously and we ended up with some of the most gorgeous Tahoe light I’ve had in recent months for our sunset session at Sand Harbor State Park.
Bill and Kayla: congratulations! I’m so thrilled to have been a part of your proposal and that I was able to capture the start of a long and happy life together!
Tom and Tori had Tahoe on their bucket list for ages. She was desperate to see the splendor that Tahoe has to offer: epic snow capped mountains, the seemingly endless lake, and fresh mountain air. They travelled all the way from Atlanta for a getaway and wanted to capture a Tahoe winter engagement session while they were here and I have to say, totally lucked out on weather that day. Sand Harbor State Park continues to be one of my favorite locations for portrait sessions and this day was no exception. The lake provided an exceptionally unbelievably special sunset that night with silver strands of wispy light that bathed the beaches in a really special glow.
Tori told me that she knew I was the photographer for them based on my FAQ not so subtly suggested that alcohol is the solution to shy partners who are hesitant to be photographed. Their solution: champs on the beach.
My kind of people indeed.
I adore them.
I love starting my engagement sessions off with happy hour because it allows everyone to get to know each other, relax into some good conversation and then let me set up what I call the “ground rules” for the day. Joe took these entirely to heart and as a result, I had so much fun romping around North Lake Tahoe with this rad couple for their Sand Harbor engagement session. They were giggling and laughing so much the entire session that even I couldn’t keep a straight face. The ease that Joe was able to bring smiles to his future wife’s face was endearing. These two are filled with such gigantic love and enjoyment of each other’s company and it shines through in every single photo. Although they call Northern CA home, Joe’s heart is in the mountains of his home and I’m ecstatic to see this place that he spoke so fondly of when I photograph their Spearfish Canyon Lodge wedding in South Dakota next year.
More to come from these two shining faces.
They are two of a kind.
Teddy is my brother’s best friend from childhood. He is smart, witty, fun, bold and driven. Janet is adventurous and whimsical, gracious and observant.
Janet’s a keeper. Teddy knows it. After spending a few days with these two, you can see why they’ve ended up together. I’m definitely keeping Janet as a friend and I can’t wait for them to come back to Tahoe.
More on these two awesome souls and our adventures last week. Until then, here’s a sneak peek from their Incline Village engagement session.