Classic Spring Wedding | The Flower Farm Inn | Northern California Wedding Photographer

When friends get married and ask you to photograph their adventure. Ummm…you don’t have to ask me twice! Of course Wil and Ashley put some stipulations - like I had to put the camera down after the first dance. They even went as far as threatening to look it up so I couldn’t sneak it.

I’ve known Wil for about 9ish years. He worked with my husband as a Wildland Firefighter. Those two became two peas in a pod, and is seriously nothing but goofiness when they’re together. When we made the move to Reno, my husband had to stay in California due to work - he of course roommated it up with Wil. Then a couple years later, Wil was in the Reno area for work - so of course it was his turn to roommate it up at our house. It was good times and never a dull moment for three months. I know my husband’s heart was a little sad when Wil’s detail job ended and he went back to So California.

I met Ashley the first New Year’s her and Wil were dating. I knew she was perfect for him instantly, and I knew he had fallen hard for her when we walked out of Circus Circus with I believe two garbage bags of stuffed animals he won her. She was super giddy about it, too. It was pretty freaking adorable!

Wil and Ashley got hitched at The Flower Inn in Loomis, CA. When I looked up the venue, I was so excited to shoot there! It’s gorgeous and in the Spring time, it’s freaking GLORIOUS. There were fluffy chickens running around! Their day was pure perfection. The weather cooperated, and they were surrounded by friends and family. Only downfall is the allergies I came home with, but 10/10 I’d do it all over again!

Thank you Wil and Ashley for trusting me with your adventure. I love you guys and am so honored that I got to capture your moments. Whether it’s a blizzard, rain or shine - I will make the magic happen! Wishing you many many years of happiness, lots of pizza and I cannot wait to see your family grow.

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Boho Styled Wedding | Studio Fourteen | #communityovercompetition | Reno - Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

Who’s seen the hashtags #communityovercompetion or #collaborateovercompetition? Have you ever wondered what they mean? What’s the rage all about?

Let me tell you a little story…

I started this photography adventure in 2012 before Facebook got big with the communities and groups. When creatives kind of stuck to themselves, because heaven forbid a newbie ask them questions. Before it was cool to hang out with other creatives because apparently we may poach others’ clients, locations or trade secrets.

Being a community of creatives just wasn’t the thing.

Fast forward to 2015 when The Rising Tide Society started, and really started taking off in 2016 with the motto “community over competition”. What did it mean? Why were they encouraging creatives to hang out with each other? Aren’t we each others’ competition?

The answer? Yes we are but we are all our own creative individual. Our goal is to attract our ideal client. Jane’s ideal client is different than Joe’s ideal client. We all have our own ways of doing things - camera settings, posing, editing, customer service, etc.

So what does someone gain from mingling with other creatives?

Ummm…SO.MUCH. There is nothing better than networking. Having a group of creatives to lean on. Have someone inquiring about a wedding date you already have booked? Refer them to a trusted fellow creative friend! Client asking who you would recommend for floral for their wedding? You know just the person!

THAT is #communityovercompetition. Working with fellow creatives. Learning from them. Leaning on them.

So what’s #collaborateovercompetiton? Well, it’s when a group of creatives work together and create a vision. It means multiple photographers working together and creating badass photos. Each one creating their own unique frozen moment. Each one’s frozen moment looks different than the others - even though they were there shooting, posing and creating at the exact same time.

So what’s the whole point of this blog? Well, it’s an intro into the photos I’m going to share - lol. Recently, I participated in my first local photographer meetup. A badass local photographer, Casey Simon, has been organizing these Reno Photo Meetups for a couple months now, and I finally went to one! The theme was an in-studio boho styled wedding at Studio Fourteen - a space for fellow creatives to come together and create shit.

…and create we did!

It was magical watching other photographers pose, talk to each other, share IG handles, laugh when we realize that we’re already following each other, etc. I learned so much just by watching others - cues, lighting, poses, and things that happen when you think outside the box.

We all shot the same thing, but seeing other’s photos, we all created something different. We all brought our own unique style to the same thing.

That is #collaborateovercompetition

Thank you Casey and all the amazing vendors who contributed to this photo meetup! I enjoyed meeting and putting faces to folks I follow on IG. It was a blast and I cannot wait to go to the next one!

Quick shoutout to all the amazing vendors…

Coordinator: Casey Simon
Floral: nvlwood
HMUA: The Savvy Beauty Bar
Dress: Swoon Bridal
Jewlery: Micah Blank

Now to the amazing couple!

Oh, and I can’t forget Nova - the adorable pup who stole the show and everyone’s hearts.

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Winter Music Themed Wedding | Tannenbaum Event Center | Reno - Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

You never know when you’re going to meet the love of your life. It could be the grocery store or when you’re out with friends. For Alex and Trinda, they met when they were in the UNR marching band. By the sounds of it - it was love at first sight for both of them. These two love each other so deeply and it shows.

Being lovers of music, they of course had to incorporate that into their wedding. Sheets of music and candy bowls made of records brought the theme into this gorgeous classic wedding at Tannenbaum Event Center, and everyone wore Converse or Vans Even though it’s technically Spring, we were not short of snow. In fact, there was so much snow, all my normal shooting spots for the venue were under about 6’ of it! So we improvised, and it couldn’t have been more perfect!

There was no shortage of tears from Alex and Trinda. From the gifts they gave each other, to seeing his bride for the first time as she walked down the isle - they didn’t have dry eyes! Their ceremony was sweet and perfect. The reception was a blast and had great music played by Tracy from McClain’s Mobile DJ, and the food form Roundabout Catering was delicious (the salmon was mouth watering amazing)!

Thank you Alex and Trinda for trusting me to capture your amazing adventure! Congratulations on your marriage and your new home (they were signing offer papers as they were getting ready)! I cannot wait to capture you guys as you navigate this crazy thing called life!

I make no apologies for the amount of pictures I am about to share

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Rainbow Brite First Birthday Cake Smash Session | Reno - Lake Tahoe Photographer

I had my first couple shoots in the new studio space this weekend (I’ll post a blog once it’s completely done and setup)! This shoot was a great way to break in the new space!

I had a Rainbow bright lunch box and matching thermos (anyone born in the 80’s knows what I am talking about). I also had a Twink and Rainbow Brite character pillows that my mom made me along with a couple other character stuffies.

When Chantelle told me that she wanted Miss K’s cake smash to be Rainbow Brite themed, I have to admit - I did a major happy dance! I couldn’t wait to put this one together with the bright colors, star confetti and an adorable cake from Delicious Designs!

Miss K’s outfit was AMAZING. Like I want one in my size - please and thank you! Miss K was pretty dainty about her cake, but that’s okay - we still got some amazing shots of her. I am super jealous of her amazing blue eyes and lashes (ladies, she has lashes we pay money for).

Thank you Chantelle for trusting me in capturing Miss K’s one year milestone! I had such a blast! She is such a doll and I look forward to capturing more of her as she grows!

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Winter Engagement Session | Donner Lake | Reno - Lake Tahoe Engagement Photographer

Ahhhh! Winter shoots are awesome - even when it becomes white-out conditions and we have maybe a 15 minute break in the storm. We will rock it! Donner Lake is one of my favorite spots to shoot - it’s incredible through all the seasons - which makes it even more awesome. Donner Summit is breathtaking, but in the winter, it’s impossible to shoot out on. So we are left with the piers down at the lake. No complaints here though!

I’ve known Wil and Ashley for several years. In fact, Wil is my husband’s best friend! They met in Forest Service back in 2008 and worked on same crews/engines as each other for quite a few years. They are both giant boys and when you get them together, the goofiness is strong. So incredibly thankful to have him as a friend and even consider him family.

I am so excited about this wedding and so honored to be capturing (most) of their day! I have been told I have to put my camera away after the first dance. Think I can sneak in a couple shots after that? Challenge accepted guys. Haha.

Roughly 6 weeks and counting for wedding day for these two!! Lookout for that blog.

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Snowy Winter Couple Session | Tahoe Meadows | Reno - Lake Tahoe Photographer

We’ve been buried here in Northern Nevada/Northern California this winter! This didn’t stop Pete and Jessica from making their way from the Sacramento area up to Tahoe for a snow shoot with their pup Sierra (FYI - if you have a puppy please bring them with). This was Sierra’s first snow adventure and she did amazing - other then being a little unsure about sitting in it. Thank you Pete and Jessica for making the trek! It meant so much to me to capture you guys and puppy Sierra!

Snowy winter sessions are some of my favs. Even though it’s cold as heck, they always turn out amazing - especially when you have the most gorgeous golden light. Tahoe is truly a glorious place year round. It’s gorgeous all the time, and perfect for sessions. Let me know if you want to schedule a winter shoot - lets go have some fun in the snow! Contact me today for your session!

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Ghosting: Why It's So Disrespectful | Reno - Lake Tahoe Photographer

Tonight I had a wedding consult scheduled for 6:00 pm. I had arranged it with the couple earlier this week. I sent over my consult questionnaire and wrote out a nice little email with it letting them know where to go, what time their consult was at, and asked that if something were to come up that caused them to be late or reschedule - to let me know.

I emailed them this morning to confirm our meeting as I had not received the questionnaire back. It was viewed 2 hours after I sent it. Crickets. I emailed again with a “Hey! Sorry to bother you, but please let me know if we’re still meeting as it kinda dictates my evening” email. Again, crickets.

I get off of work at 5:00 pm and the meeting was set for 6:00 pm. I’m faced with the choice of - do I just go home and hope they don’t actually show up -OR- Go to the studio and prep for the consult as planned and hope they show up? I of course have to go to the consult as planned as what if I don’t and they show up and I am not there. Then I look like the asshole who stood them up.

I show up to the studio and prep. I put out my canvases, layout prints and my album. I go through the questions I need to ask as they’ve failed to fill out the questionnaire. I keep checking my email and still have no response. 5:30 pm comes and goes. 5:45 pm comes and goes. 6:00 comes and goes. It’s now 6:15 pm and there has been no word from them. At that point I put everything away, pack up and head home. By the time I get home, it’s now 7:15 pm. I got off of work 2 hours and 15 minutes ago.

I still haven’t heard from the couple. I’ve been ghosted.

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What is ghosting?
It’s when someone avoids your phone calls, emails, etc. They don’t give you any reason why they are ignoring you. They just disappear.

Pretty rude, huh? When it comes to the wedding vendor world, it seems to happen quite frequently. It’s quite frustrating and downright disrespectful!

Why do people ghost vendors?
I am sure there are many reasons, but these are some of the ones I can think of…

  • They decided to go with a different vendor

  • They realize you are outside of their budget

  • They forgot

  • They just aren’t interested anymore

I get things come up. You realize that you may be over your budget or you find someone else that you want to go with. All of those reason are okay! I truly don’t mind if you went with another vendor or realized I wasn’t in your budget. It’s OKAY! What doesn’t make it okay is not letting the vendor know. They take time away from their family for these meetings. Since Monday, I have seen my husband a total of 3 hours. Tonight, I could have come home right after work and spent time with him before he went to work. I could have cooked my family a nice dinner. Now, since I got home at 7:15 after being stood up, there is no time to spend with my husband or to cook a nice meal (unless we want to eat at 9:00 pm). So we’re having mac n’ cheese and hotdogs. I get to see my husband as he runs out the door for work.

I lost time with my family because someone was too disrespectful to let me know they weren’t going to come to our scheduled meeting.

Don’t ghost your vendors. Just don’t. It’s rude and disrespectful. It’s taking their time and wasting it. It’s causing vendors to not want to do these one-on-one personal meetings with potential clients. Instead they just communicate through email.

It comes down to this. Don’t be a dick. Don’t ghost vendors. If you’re not interested anymore - tell them! I can assure you - they will totally understand and will hands down appreciate you letting them know.

Classic Fall Wedding | St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church | Reno - Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

Last wedding of 2018 did not disappoint!

I met Gregory and Kristy at a My Wedding Library Wedding Fair. They were actually there as a vendor, Tahoe Slow Motion Booth, and were across the room from my booth. Seriously check out their booth - it’s so much fun! They came over and talked to me and Gregory instantly started complimenting my editing tones. At that point I had no idea he was into video. Kristy was the sweetest and they setup a time to come chat with me.

At their pre-consult we laughed a lot and I think it was my longest pre-consults. It was so much fun getting to know them and find out their story (Kristy was Gregory’s landlord - great story). They love to travel and they gave me some travel pointers as my husband and I were in the beginning stages of planning a trip. I was so stoked when they decided to book me for their day!

Their October wedding was beyond perfect! The weather was amazing and we luckily didn’t have any of the crazy Tahoe wind. Gregory and Kristy got married at St. Francis of Assisi in Incline Village, NV. I have shot at this church before, and it’s gorgeous. It has a wall of windows behind the alter that overlooks the amazing trees of Tahoe. Father Bill is a crack up, too. As I was shooting down the isle trying to be as inconspicuous and ninja like as possible, he came down from the alter and tapped me on the shoulder, and goes “get in the middle there, get the good shot”. I had a good chuckle.

The ceremony was a classic Catholic ceremony. It was gorgeous and so full of love. What I loved most about the ceremony is hearing the couples who have been married for awhile give advice to the couple. It’s always nice to hear what has worked for those with 20+ years under their belt.

After the ceremony, Kristy asked that we go to Sand Harbor for some formal photos. I of course couldn’t turn that request down! It was gorgeous out on the rocks and the water was so calm. It was the perfect setting for these twos’ formal photos.

The reception was in Gardnerville at the Douglas County Community & Senior Center. What a great location for a reception. We were able to get all the group shots out back and then go inside and party. The reception was a blast, and I am super stoked about the garter toss. One of the groomsmen dressed up in an amazing dress (that looked like it was from the 80’s), the groom was blindfolded, and the groomsmen ran out and switched spots with Kristy. It was so funny to watch. Hahaha.

Thank you Gregory and Kristy for trusting me to capture your special day! I had such a blast and so thankful to have met you guys! Cheers to many years ahead of you!

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Reno Fall Family Session | Rancho San Rafael Park | Reno Family Photographer

I love this family!

I met Jenna back in February when she answered a model call for a maternity boudoir shoot. It was friendship at first sight - lol. She’s a blast to be around!

I have had so much fun capturing this family this year, and I still have one more with them! Jenna is a #photoaddict - haha. Rancho San Rafael was on fire with the fall colors, and Jenna’s choice of yellow and navy blue was perfect for the setting! Littlest man was not entertained by my shenanigans. The only smile he gave was when brother was being silly. Still adore his little face though!

Thank you Jenna and Ryan for letting me capture your family this year! I can’t wait for 2019 with you guys!

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Fall Family Session | Hidden Valley Regional Park | Reno - Lake Tahoe Family Photographer

Destiny contacted me when they found out that their dog, Chyko, was given 60 days to live due to his organs being covered in tumors - this shoot was day 45. They wanted to get family photos with all of them before he passed away. You could feel the love they had for him. It was so emotional watching them (and yes, I did start tearing up). They rescued him a couple years ago from a bad home, and gave him the best years of his life since.

Chyko passed away at home two days later. I am so happy he lasted long enough to give his humans these photos. Godspeed you majestic pup!

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