When two recently engaged lovebirds go for a walk in the Tahoe woods, their peace and quiet is interrupted by a vicious mythical yeti. Thankfully, with some ingenuity of their own and their trusty four legged pal, they overcome disaster and make it out alive and more in love than ever.
LOVE AND A YETI
Big thanks to Jamie and Kristen, who not only came up with this ridiculous and amazing idea for an engagement session, but also wrote the script, cast the yeti (awards and accolades to Zoë in her debut engagement session acting role), and entrusted me and my incredible unfiltered excitement for this unconventional engagement session. I mean, let’s be real here: this is clearly some of my finest work yet. Not only am I thankful to really put that expensive film degree to work, but I am incredibly happy to have been connected with this rad couple thanks to Thumbtack. After putting this together, I am seriously brimming with anticipation for their 2017 wedding in Estes Park, CO. I don’t think this can ever be topped, though Dr. Who is definitely an equal.
My friend Georgette is from, you guessed it, New Jersey, so it’s only appropriate that her dog’s namesake be of her homeplace. This coming from the lady whose current dog is named Austin and former dog was named Sierra. I have a thing for geographical names.
Georgette wanted a quick portrait session so that for once in her life she could send out a Christmas card and by golly, I am jealous right about now because I also would like to send out a Christmas card but it’s awfully hard to get a portrait session done when you are a photographer coming off an insanely busy wedding filled fall!
We headed to one of Jersey’s most favorite walk locations, Trout Creek Meadow, for their session and the light was absolutely stunning!
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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.
My favorite thing about photographing wedding proposals is that the girl never things ANYTHING of the fact that there’s a couple of people standing around with really nice cameras. Jess had NO idea this was coming – clearly – as you can see by this really incredibly amazing photo. The best part was that she was actually so incredibly surprised that she held this position for an extremely long time, which made my job significantly easier. Adam proposed to his girlfriend of 4 years on the first night of their Tahoe South vacation on the pier outside the Tahoe Beach Retreat & Lodge and of course, she said yes!
Big thanks to Austin Costanza of Tin and Toe who came out to help hold lights and do a little bit of second shooting for me!
This family was super nervous that their dog wasn’t going to cooperate with a family photo session.
To be honest, this dog was the easiest one I’ve ever done a session with. She’s downright attentive.
Proof is in the pictures!
I had such a blast with this recently relocated family who is so happy to live close to Tahoe now and take advantage of the having our gorgeous lake and outdoors practically in their backyard. There’s more to come from their Valhalla Estate Tahoe family portraits, but until then, here’s a few more rad images to tide you over!