downtown reno engagement session | reno - lake tahoe engagement photographer

All the heart eyes for this engagement session.

Reno has been a little insane with the weather these past couple weeks. We've had more snow in the last two weeks on the valley floor than the last the last three winters we've been here. It's been a little crazy with the move (this will be next on the blog) - so between the weather and moving, I had kind of taken January off. Needless to say, I was getting restless and needed to shoot. So when Kelly contacted me about needing her engagement photos done, I didn't hesitate to jump on the opportunity.

Kelly wanted formal in downtown Reno - which I absolutely loved the idea of. When she showed up in a cold sequence dress - even better! Jason and Kelly were a riot to photograph. It was non-stop laughter from start to finish. We battled the sun peaking in and out of the clouds, temperatures feeling like they dropped at least 5 degrees in a matter of minutes, and sideways snow. It was a good time.

We visited several spots in downtown Reno including the gorgeous old First United Methodist Church, the Washoe County Courthouse with it's beautiful pillars, the Truckee River, and the historical Pioneer Center. Seriously couldn't have had a better set of spots to photograph this beautiful couple.

Thank you Jason and Kelly for coming out into the cold and trusting me in capturing you guys!

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boudoir | reno - lake tahoe boudoir photographer

I've never actually blogged a boudoir set so I am super excited to show this set off!

These were done at The Photo Rehab in Moab, UT this past October. I had literally just gotten to the cabin and settled in, when we find out that our models we are supposed to be shooting are running a little behind, so we improvised. I really don't think it could have been anymore perfect! Love the spontaneous atmosphere we had. Our model, Winter, jumped right in and was stunning. She knows what she's doing and was an absolute amazing personality to photograph. At one point, there was about 5 cameras on her, and she worked every single angle for us.

I have officially fallen in love with harsh lighting for boudoir. The lines, curves, shadows, and highlights are to die for - setting a fun, moody, sexy, and mysterious tone in the images. Love!

Ready to show yourself that you are beautiful? Contact me to find out more information about my Love Yourself sessions that are done in my downtown Reno studio!

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first birthday cake smash | reno - lake tahoe photographer

Mr. J is ONE!

Cake smashes are always fun. Sometimes the birthday kiddo gets into it, sometimes they hate it, and sometimes they just don't know what to do with it. I always say cake smashes are always the quickest shoots to do. I'm talking 10 minutes tops from start to finish.

Mr. J was pretty proper about his cake smash until he decided he needed to just go face first into it. I mean, how else are you supposed to do it when you don't have to share?! I totally love the colors for this session. The colors pop and make it fun and bright.

Have a little one that is turning the BIG ONE and want to do a cake smash session? Contact me today for more information!

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utah couple photos | reno - lake tahoe photographer

I went to Utah in October for an un-workshop for photographers, The Photo Rehab. It was 4 days filled with networking, learning, unwinding from the crazy photography life, and being super creative! The first shoot was in Emigration Canyon with the gorgeous couple. **swoon**

I have no words for these images, so I am just going to let them speak for themselves. I can say one thing though...

...I am ready to go back. Like yesterday.

Check back for other amazing shoots while I was there!

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redding family photos | reno - lake tahoe family photographer

This little family warms my heart!

I've known Vanea since we were goofy awkward tweens. She is an incredibly strong and amazing person and mother. We are both boy moms so we get the craziness of each others' worlds. She has been through so much in the last 2 years, and I admire her for strength while navigating her Lymes Disease diagnosis and then the vigorous treatments that came with that diagnosis. I had tears in my eyes when I watched her jump off a low wall with her boys. A year ago that wouldn't have been possible.

I don't think I can express how excited I was for this session, and I know this session was very special to Vanea. We chose Old Shasta, CA as the setting for their little family session, and it couldn't have been more perfect. We had so much fun. We had a lot of laughs and giggles. Her boys made my heart so full, and I had a smile the entire time. They are so full of life, energy and love. I can't wait to hang out with them again!

Thank you Vanea for letting me capture your little family. I loved every minute of it! You're doing an amazing job with these young men.

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