It's been an emotional year and I have to say, it's been quite possibly my most favorite year of work as a wedding photographer ever. Every single of one my major weddings so far in 2020 has been ones that were rescheduled or postponed due to covid. Every single one of them has been an incredibly unique, boisterous and otherwise joyous celebration in every way. Abby and David's Woods Walk wedding in Crested Butte, CO was nothing short of spectacular and equally memorable in every way.
There are hundreds of myths and superstitions to keep you preoccupied during your wedding day and as soon as you start planning, everyone, and I do mean EVERYONE, is going to have an opinion on how you run your day. I’m debunking five of the most common wedding myths and superstitions to help keep your stress low, because on your day, the only thing you should feel beholden to is your partner. Seriously, don’t stress about having “something blue” if you don’t even like the color just because your mother is convinced you need to.
Tricia and Tracy only hired me for a few hours for their Dayton backyard wedding, but those few hours were nothing short of hilarious spectacular joy. There may have been oppressively relentless 102 degree heat in the desert, wild fire smoke caking the mountain views, and crying uncomfortable children (#lifeishard), but the rest of us had the greatest time ever. More from this boisterous LGBTQ microwedding here!
When Whit and Steve's Sugar Bowl wedding was postponed by COVID they were hardly deterred. They planned a postponed event and they knew exactly what they wanted: a gorgeous laid back setting where all their friends could stay on site, a RAGINGLY epic dance party, an open bar and tons of laughter and great food. Their Sugar Bowl Resort wedding was everything they wanted and more.
A lot of mountains had to be moved for Jenny and Tom's Covid affected Martis Camp elopement slash micro-wedding to happen. The largest of which was that Tom's parents live in Israel and were worried about being able to attend at all, despite the fact that the were both vaccinated last December. Tom's father spent the entirety of his pandemic life training to ride his bicycle around Lake Tahoe. More from Jenny and Tom's micro-wedding/elopement here!
I've now photographed two (YES! TWO!) full and large post pandemic weddings in all their glory: Anna and Harrison's amazing second line filled New Orleans wedding, and Whitney and Steve's Sugar Bowl wedding, which will be coming to this blog VERY soon. Until then, I have an amazing wedding to share that somehow never made it to the blog. Sam and Patrick recently celebrated their second wedding anniversary on May the 4th so that seems like a perfectly good reason to finally share images from their Haue Valley Wedding in St. Louis, MO. Sam grew up in St. Louis and her father was actually one of my former co-workers at Pearl Izumi, which made this wedding all the more special. More from their spring wedding in the Missouri countryside here!
New Orleans is a special kind of home to me. It's about family, and revelry, and fun. The spirit that surrounds me there is a dangerous one: I always joke I could never live there full time because I'd just get fat and happy. New Orleans is about love and joy, porch sipping, potlucks, music, and second lines. Anna and Harrison's Elms Mansion wedding was every bit of all of these things, with a LOT of rain thrown in. Who Dat!
It seems like there is light at the end of the tunnel and events are starting to be planned again. If you're just starting on your wedding planning journey and looking for a photographer, here are some things to consider and suggestions on what you should (and shouldn't) ask your wedding photographer.
Nailing down the perfect packages to offer your clients doesn’t have to be rocket science. As a photographer, you offer way more than just awesome photos, and crafting packages that value your talent and expertise is the best way to draw in your ideal clients. Here are a few things for creatives to consider when putting together packages that work for both you and your clients. In other words, sell smarter, not harder y'all.
I walked into Heather and Evan's Sand Harbor microwedding not quite knowing what to expect. It's one of my favorite ways to roll into a wedding day: with a little bit of mystery and excitement over the unknown. When I arrived, I gauged from their friends and family that were already gathered EXACTLY what the day was going to be like: full of relaxed laughter, good natured ribbing, and rapidly flowing alcohol. They were my kind of people. Read more about their intimate wedding on the shores of Lake Tahoe here.
Thunderbird Lodge is an incredibly special place: it's located on the north east side of Lake Tahoe, near Incline Village. It’s one of the oldest estates on the lake and the original owner was eccentric, to put it mildly. The estate is one of a kind, both in story and physical presence. It's one of my favorite places on Lake Tahoe to photograph weddings and I'm overjoyed to revisit this gorgeous and classic Thunderbird Lodge wedding from 2018.
Like many couples, Sam and Bree faced challenges when planning and de-planning their wedding in 2020. Instead of postponing or cancelling, they decided that they would have an intimate ceremony for just immediate family, officiated by their best friend at their beach that has been in their family for generations. Their Carpinteria Beach micro wedding was relaxed, simple, and full of laughter and plenty of IPAs.