Snowglobe Music Festival

Tahoe Concert Photographer: Countdown to Snowglobe Music Fest

Snowglobe Music Festival is fast approaching and although three day passes are sold out, single day tickets and VIP passes are still available.   While Scrillex and Zedd may be big draws for the under 30 crowd, my heart is overjoyed to see Phantogram and Atmosphere rounding out the line-up.

Here’s some insider’s tips to having your best fest:

  • If you’re coming from the Bay Area, you can catch a shuttle from the west coast to Tahoe via RYDE.  With multiple shuttles leaving various Bay Area locations, it’s the best way to get to Tahoe stress free to ring in the New Year.  If you fly into Reno, just hop on the South Tahoe Express for easy access to the Tahoe casino corridor.

  • Dress warm: snowsuits optional.  Keep your core warm with polypropylene base layers under tights and skirts and if you’re feeling really flush, buy those super cheap disposable hand and toe warmers at the grocery store.  You’ll be the only person there with warm toes and you won’t regret it.

  • Drink water. You’re from sea level? Drink three times as much water as you think you need. Those of us who live at altitude love to watch those of you from sea level get drunk on one beer. It happens.
  • Don’t forget to explore.  In the past few years, Snowglobe has added some amazing things to it’s line-up, one of which is talented artists.  Take a few minutes in between acts to explore the artwork on the graffiti wall that Brett Flanigan and Cannon Dill will be creating and expanding upon over the course of the three days.

  • Be prepared early.  You can pick up your snowglobe wristband at the Snowglobe Box Office in Montbleu starting on Saturday, December 27th.   Mobile charging lockers are coming to Snowglobe for the first time this year: reserve your locker for the weekend now!

Tahoe Concert Photography

Tahoe Concert Photographer | Rascal Flatts

Rascal Flatts returned to Lake Tahoe for the 2nd year in a row and I was stoked to photograph the concert.  Any night at work with live music is an amazing night indeed.  Sheryl Crow was the opener and even came out on stage midway through their set to sit in with them, which was pretty rad.  Here are a few of my favorite images from the evening.

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Tahoe Concert Photographer | Rascal Flatts Sneak Peek

I am SO stoked on my photos from Rascal Flatts this year vs my photos from last year.  I came away from the 2013 Rascal Flatts show with quite a few awesome images from the Band Perry, but none that I was overjoyed with from the headliner.  This year, the opposite is true.  Sheryl Crow, who opened for Rascal Flatts, required us to shoot from front of house, which is a nicer sounding way of saying we have to be at the sound booth.  I won’t be sharing any of her images on my site or blog, due to contract restrictions, but it doesn’t matter because I don’t like them anyways.

There are so many killer Rascal Flatts images to share though.  This one, however, takes the cake.


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Tahoe Concert Photographer | Sarah McLachlan Sneak Peek

I haven’t photographed a concert since I returned home from SXSW.  Even worse, other than the photos I had to turn in for work for SXSW, I haven’t even looked at all the amazing images I captured.  It’s on my list, I promise!

That being said, I’ve been jonesing for both an amazing concert photography gig and live music.  Thankfully, summer is here and the Harvey’s Summer Concert Series has arrived.  I feel so fortunate that I get to photograph the shows for Tahoe South.  The Summer Concert Series kicked off with the amazing and ethereal Sarah McLachlan.  There are more Sarah McLachlan photos to come, but in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek from Tuesday night’s unbelievable show at the Harvey’s Outdoor Amphitheater.  While you’re waiting, you should also watch Sarah on Portlandia.

Tahoe Concert Photographer | Gary Clark JR

I’ve been a huge fan of Gary Clark JR every since we stumbled upon him at Voodoo Music Festival a few years ago in New Orleans.   Clark’s blend of bluesy fuzzy guitar mixed with smooth vocals is simply amazing.  I’m surprised I hadn’t ever come across him while living in Austin, as he was born and raised there, honing his musical chops in iconic locations like Antone’s.  His recent album Black and Blu is an absolute delight and I highly recommend it.

Clark came through Tahoe South a few months (okay 6) ago while on tour opening for Dave Matthews Band.   It was nice to have a bit of my hometown in my [new] hometown.

Tahoe Concert Photographer | Dave Matthews Band

When I was in high school, my good friend James bequeathed to me a copy of Dave Matthews Band‘s first studio album.   Under the Table and Dreaming completely changed the way I listened to music.  I was a typical music listener for a teen: radio obsessed and repetitive.  With my introduction to this album, I was ushered into a world of complexities and layers like I hadn’t heard before.  It was my start of musical appreciation.   Under the Table and Dreaming remains, to this day, one of my favorite albums of all time, book-ended by Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Ryan Adam’s Gold, and LCD Soundsystem’s self-titled debut.

After that, I spent a good portion of my high school summers touring DMB shows, from city to city, where every night they would play completely different sets and completely different songs, all the while managing to sound like an orchestra was on stage.  I can say with 100% confidence that I have seen more DMB concerts than any other band in the short history of my life.

I loved their shows and while I hadn’t seen one in over ten years, the moment Dave started playing and tapping his toes, I was transported back in time.  I had briefly doubted if the DMB I heralded in my head after all this time would live up to the musical memories of my nostalgic mind and instantaneously this idea was proved totally baseless.

Dave Matthews Band was an impeccable gorgeous spirited show when I was young and he is the same today.  While no album of his may live up to the aggressive complicated ambitiousness of Under the Table and Dreaming, his catalog of music remains impressive, varied and filled with everything crowd pleasing jingles to southern rock ballads.

After this experience, I’m not sure if any band I photograph for the rest of my life will live up to Dave Matthews Band.  The unparalleled excitement I felt in that photo pit was fueled by awe and devotion.

Dave Matthews was and clearly still remains the King of my Satellite Castle.  I may not purchase all his music anymore, but he proved his place on a pedestal in my musical library.

Thank you Tahoe South for the opportunity to photograph my musical legend.

Tahoe Ski Photographer | Published at Sierra at Tahoe

I had some really fabulous and gorgeous ski and snowboard models two weeks ago for a Ski Lake Tahoe photo shoot out at Sierra at Tahoe, which is a wonderful local resort in Tahoe South with a small-town vibe and a flirty fun personality.    They have great tree runs, fun pillow lines, and pride themselves on their parks.  It’s also a great place for families and kids love taking ski lessons at their Burton Star Wars Experience Center.

While there are a number of amazing shots I took that are reserved for my client, I always end up with a handful of shots that are different and won’t be used to keep in the photo bank for later uses and to share with the host mountain.

My happy smiling shreddy ladies not only made an appearance on their social media pages, but also in their e-newsletter.

I’m also stoked to see my photo on the front of their upcoming Women’s Snowboard Camp Poster.

Taught by X-Games Gold Medalist Joanie Anderson, sister to Olympic Gold Medalist Jamie Anderson, this camp would be a fantastic way to further your abilities as a snowboarder.

Date: 03/22/2014 – 8:00am – 03/23/2014 – 4:00pm
Location: Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort

Women’s Snowboard Camp Presented By Burton and Anon.

Come join our team of fun female pros for the weekend! Whether you want to keep up with (or catch up to!) your family and friends or learn new techniques, we’re here to help increase your confidence on all terrain. We want you to snowboard and explore the mountain with more control, power and finesse.


Sierra-at-Tahoe’s all-female learning environment is designed to improve on-hill skill and confidence for women ages 18 and over of any skiing or snowboarding ability. Camps are taught by ability level; we’ve found this to be the most conducive to learning. Or, you and your friends can form your own group if you are comfortable skiing and snowboarding together.

Our Women’s Performance Snowboard Camp is taught by National Champion and X Games Snowboarder X Gold, Silver & Bronze Medalist, Joanie Anderson. Joanie’s expert instruction and snowboarding know-how will help you step up your snowboarding skills and style.

On Saturday, camp starts with a welcome breakfast. At the end of the day, enjoy Après drinks and snacks on the top of the mountain, overlooking Lake Tahoe.

For more information, head over tSierra at Tahoe.

Tahoe Concert Photographer | The Devil Makes Three

I have always loved The Devil Makes Three.  I was thrilled to see them on the list at SXSW in 2013 but didn’t get a chance to catch any of their shows; I’m sure they impressed the Austin crowds.  Despite being an acoustic trio of three, their sound is rich and dynamic.  Their music at live shows rolls over the theater like a thunder and offers my favorite breed of bluegrass: mandolin-less.

The trio is made up of  frontman Pete Bernhard, upright bassist Lucia Turino, who returned for their encoure with a really awesome trucker hat and a smirk, and guitarist Cooper McBean.

Tahoe Concert Photographer | The Brothers Comatose

I love a frontman that makes great faces.

I especially love a band that makes great faces and great music. The Brothers Comatose is made up of literal brothers, Alex and Ben Morrison, whose raucous and rollicking acoustic set had the sold out crowd at Montbleu dancing.  Their superb rendition of one of my favorite Ryan Adam’s songs, “To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)” was a treat.   You can catch them on tour with The Devil Makes 3 on the west coast through mid-Febuary and then with Younder Mountain String Band throughout the West Coast and the Southern US through mid-April.  All you Texas folks: they’ll be at Stubbs and the Granada in March and it’ll be a great show!