Galena Creek Maternity Session | Reno - Lake Tahoe Maternity Photographer

When someone tells me they've never actually had professional photos taken with their fiancé, I have a minor freakout internally - especially when it's a special time like being pregnant with your first child!

Brandon was at a Super Bowl party I was at. We got to talking and he tells me about expecting his first child (a baby girl) in just three short weeks. Naturally, I ask about photos, only to find out they haven't taken any.

Cue panic.

Thank goodness I have a rad boss who told me to take Monday afternoon off so I could go do Brandon and Stephanie's maternity photos. So in matter of 24 hours we had this maternity session planned. Grabbed maternity dresses from the studio, and decided Galena Creek Park was the perfect setting.

It couldn't have been more perfect. The yellow dress. The light. The couple. Lets not mention that perfect baby bump! Brandon and Stephanie were an absolute dream to photograph, and I am so happy I was able to squeeze them in and give them these incredible images for a very special time in their lives!

Now I can't wait to get my hands on their little princess!

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South Lake Tahoe Fall Wedding | Reno - Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

I love me a small intimate wedding ceremony under the trees!

That is exactly how Nick and Emily decided to get married - with their closest family and friends watching them under the fall trees in South Lake Tahoe at a private residence with lake access. Then a couple days later celebrated with their extended friends and family at the Brewery Arts Center in Carson City, NV. What a blast it was! There was LOTS of dancing, laughing, and shots off the shot-ski! It was a good time!

I met Emily at the My Wedding Library Bridal Fair in 2016 and we instantly clicked! She booked me for a boudoir (which turned out amazingggg), and then got her fiancé to agree to book me for their wedding - at this time he didn't know she had already come to be for boudoir and actually knew me! It was all such a blast. We had beautiful skies for their October Fall ceremony in South Lake Tahoe, and the venue for the reception was so cool!

Thank you Nick and Emily for trusting in me to capture your special day(s). Wishing you guys many years of happiness!

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30th Birthday Cake Smash | Reno - Lake Tahoe Photographer

Turning 30.

It's a birthday so many dread. It's like a weird transition from being a young adult to being a real adult. So what better way to celebrate your 3rd decade on this earth? Getting all dolled up, wearing a tiara, smashing a cake, and going through 2 bottles of champagne! I mean you're 30 now, you can't just go around smashing cakes and spraying champagne everywhere!

Amanda and I started planning her pink, black and gold 30th Cake Smash months ago. She trusted me in the decor and cake, and I had no worries about her outfit - she always rocks it. We had so much fun with this session! The cake was made by Leigh from Delicious Designs - if you ever need cake, cupcakes, or cookies - she's your go-to sweets gal!

Thank you Amanda for trusting me with your 30th Birthday Cake Smash! You rocked it and we got some good laughs!

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Elegant South Lake Tahoe Wedding | Reno - Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

I had the pleasure of second shooting for Kara Nixon Photography for Rendon and Lexi's Lake Tahoe wedding, and I am so glad I did! It was so much fun, everything was stunning, and it was a beautiful day in South Lake Tahoe.

I got to go hang out with the guys while Kara covered the time with the girls (I did get to snag a couple shots of the dress though thank goodness - because it's so gorgeous). When I arrived to the reception site, Revive Coffee and Wine, I walked into an intense game of chess going on between two groomsmen. It had apparently been going on for awhile. I don't understand chess, but the tension was pretty intense. It was quite comical to watch. I managed to pull the two groomsmen away from their game to snag some photos out in the gorgeous garden at Revive. I was excited to learn that the groom was the oldest of four boys. I feel being a boy mom has prepared me to deal with the shinanegans that always happens with the groomsmen. We made photos quick because I know there was a chess game that needed to be finished (after another 40 minutes, I believe it finally ended in a stale mate - whatever that means).

So the reception - lets talk about that. Holy cow. S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G. That's all I can say. The tent had a clear top, lights hanging and not one but  two chandeliers! The table setups were ahh-mazing and to die for. Such an amazing combination of greenery, wood tones, candles and elegant. Plus there was eucalyptus - so it smelled amazing, too!

The ceremony took place at Regan Beach in South Lake Tahoe. We were under trees on a small hill that overlooked Lake Tahoe - it was glorious. Rendon and Lexi wrote letters to each other, and as the officiant was telling each one about the other's letter to them - you could tell how much they love and adore each other. There was so much love surrounding us all day - it was incredible.

We ended the night with a full dance floor and some fun sing-alongs! It was a good way to end a perfect day.

Thank you Kara for letting be your second shooter - it was so much fun! You're awesome and I hope we work together again!

:)

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Indiana Fall Wedding | Reno - Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

My cousin got married!

I was so stoked when my cousin and his then fiancé asked me to capture their wedding. I of course said yes and couldn't countdown fast enough. In all honesty though, it was here before we knew it, and man is wonderful!

Shane and Kathy chose to get married at The Righteous Oaks Historic Ballroom, and historic little church located in the middle of Wilkinson, IN. With it being November in Indiana, and not much foliage on the venue grounds - I had to go on the hunt for a perfect backdrop for their formal photos. As a photographer, I will do what it takes to get the perfect photos for my couples. If that means knocking on a stranger's door to ask if I can use their backyard/acreage for some shots, then so be it.

Yes. I did knock on a stranger's door and they said YES!

It couldn't have been more perfect! I am so happy that these two trusted me with their day! I cannot wait to edit more of their wedding photos, but for now - here's just a little peek into their special day!

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Indian Themed First Birthday Cake Smash | Reno - Lake Tahoe Family Photographer

I love when friends have babies and I get to photograph them! Makes me heart smile so much! I've known Amelia since 2004 and seeing her as a mom now is so amazing! Mr. L is nothing but adorable with cheeks you just want to squeeze!

When Amelia asked me if I could come to come to Redding, CA to do Mr. L's cake smash photos - I couldn't say no! I was there and we rocked it! We went out to a pasture next to their house and had a blast with family photos first and then did a grand finale with the cake smash. Everything turned out amazing, and I couldn't have asked for a sweeter little man to photograph!

Thank you Amelia and Byron for trusting me with your family moments! I had a blast and I cannot wait to photograph your family in the future!

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Fall Maternity Session | Reno - Lake Tahoe Maternity Photographer

This session. All the heart eyes over here!

I've wanted to shoot in a corn field for awhile now. Being in Nevada, I figured that wouldn't happen. Then October came and I realized - there ARE cornfields here - duh! Pumpkin patches have corn mazes! I contacted Ferrari Farms in Reno, NV about using they're corn maze, and they were more than happy to let me come in and use it. It did not disappoint, that's for sure!

Lets talk about Kelli! STUNNING! Everything about this shoot was perfect and gorgeous. I couldn't have asked for a more gorgeous mama to humor me in my need for a cornfield shoot. She rocked it every way possible!

Thank you Kelli for humoring me! I cannot wait to see pictures of your sweet baby boy (#teamsterling)! You rock pregnancy and I have no doubt you're going to rock this motherhood thing, too! Congrats!

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Snowy Winter Family Session | Reno - Lake Tahoe Family Photographer

They're back for their 3rd year in a row! Alex and Haley were my very first Reno clients in 2014. Haley found me on one of the Facebook sale sites, asking for recommendations on local photographers for a first wedding anniversary shoot. I was thrilled when she contacted me, and well, the rest is history. I've watched their little family of two into three, and I was super giddy about this shoot!

We weren't expecting so much snow when we decided on the location last month. Then again, we should have known anything was possible since we live in Reno, NV! It was perfect though - maybe a little cold - but it was perfect. I mean, hot chocolate to finish the session off? Yes please! Little E did amazing (even through the frozen hands). Good thing he had mom there to warm them up when he needed it!

Thank you Haley and Alex for trusting me once again to capture your family. It's always a joy working with you, and I cannot wait for the years to come!

:)

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Same Sex Couple Session | Reno - Lake Tahoe Photographer

Lets talk about love.

What is love? Per Merriam-Webster there are several definitions of love. Here are a couple...

  1. a (1) :strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties, (2) :attraction based on sexual desire:affection and tenderness felt by lovers, (3) :affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests.

  2. a :the object of attachment, devotion, or admiration. b (1) :a beloved person

Love is just that. All the above. Nowhere does it say there's a boundary in love, specify who can love who, etc. Love has no boundaries. Love has no limitations. Love is simply that - love.

I had the pleasure of hanging out with Andrew and Shannon from Fox & Owl Studio at Photo Rehab: North Carolina 2017. They led a shoot called "Love Is Love - Deal With It". We had a chance to sit down and speak with our couple, Connie and Aubrie. We heard their story of the anxiety of looking for and reaching out to wedding vendors. It brought tears to my eyes because nobody should have to have that kind of anxiety when planning their wedding, and nobody should have to worry about sending vendors an email inquiring about their service and hope that you aren't turned away due to being a gay couple.

Meggin Linquist Photography is same-sex friendly. I will welcome you and your partner with open arms, lots of laughs, and amazing images of your special moments.

Now lets talk about this gorgeous couple!

These two have so much love for each other. The way Connie looks at Aubrie is something truly special and one-of-a-kind love. You could feel the energy between them as they were asked to interact with each other.  We ended the session with a jam session to Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do. They were a blast to photograph and I am so happy they came out and shared their journey with us.

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Vintage Bohemian Styled Wedding Shoot | Reno - Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

Holy heck!

What a whirlwind these past 10 days! I got back from Photo Rehab: North Carolina 2017 a couple days ago, and I am still trying to process everything I learned from all the amazing photographers that were there! So many amazing mentors and attendees! So stoked about the friendships that I created while there.

We got to hang out with Carrie and Nicole from Junebug Weddings and listen to them tell us how to get our wedding images published. So much awesome information! They put together an amazing stylized vintage bohemian wedding shoot. The props, floral and dress were to die for. Lets not mention the couple was stunning!

Soooo...

What is a stylized shoot??

A stylized shoot is a shoot that a photographer and vendors style to get a certain look wanted. Just because a photographer does stylized shoots doesn't mean they are any less of a photographer or lack experience (in some cases). A stylized shoot allows the photographer to create a look that they want to showcase in hopes to book more clients doing that look. It also allows them to fine-tune their techniques, learn new ones, etc. Think of it as them practicing for your big day!

Okay, now on to the pictures! First though, let me give a shoutout to the amazing vendors that made this shoot possible!

Floral: Floressence Floral | Dress: Wildflower Bridal | Model: @palemoongodess | HMUA: @hmxhailey & @evanstower | Vintage Props: East West Vintage Rentals

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