End of Summer Engagement Session | Donner Lake | Reno - Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

It’s engagement session season! I am starting my engagement sessions for my 2019 couples and I am soooo freaking excited for them! They’re all so amazing!

Heidiee and Emmil were an amazing couple to shoot and to kick off my fall season! They sure set the bar high. All we did was laugh and giggle - it was so much fun. We decided on the Donner Lake area for their setting because…well…why the heck not?! It’s a stunning view and there are so many gorgeous areas to shoot. They did an amazing job on their outfits! I loved the colors and coordination with each other and the backdrop. Great job guys!

Thanks guys for choosing me to capture your moments. I am so excited and cannot wait for your gorgeous June wedding!

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Sand Dune Maternity Session | Round Mountain - Fallon, NV | Reno - Lake Tahoe Maternity Photographer

I have been dying to do a sand dune maternity shoot for about 2 years now. I just had to find the perfect dress for it - so when I found this gorgeous boho style dark yellow dress, I knew it was time to plan this maternity session. Oh, I had to throw in the gorgeous floral form fitting dress, too. I make no apologies for my maternity dress obsession.

Autumn was such a trooper during the shoot. The sand is not easy to work with and Fallon, NV is always warmer than Reno. Between the heat, the walking and the sand - I felt so bad for dragging her out there. She rocked it though and I am so stoked about the outcome.

How perfect is Autumn's 35 week old belly?! Yup, she was 35 weeks along at her shoot! She was stunning and perfect.

 

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Lakeside Proposal & Engagement Session | Donner Lake | Reno - Lake Tahoe Wedding Photograper

I looooove proposals!

Rob contacted me end of July about capturing his proposal to his girlfriend, Jhana. I of course was super stoked about it and agreed to capturing it. Rob was working with Lisa from L Squared Affairs to plan the perfect moment. Perfect it was!

Lisa snagged a dock on Donner Lake and decorated the end with flowers and wrote "One Day". Rob and Jhana started at the Little Truckee Creamery and made their way down the shore of Donner Lake. When they crossed paths with us, Rob asked if they could look at what we had been doing (we acted like we had just finished up a shoot). The moment Jhana saw what it said at the end of the dock, she knew something was up. She turned around to Rob down on one knee. We couldn't hear what he was saying, but I knew it was something perfect by the smile on Jhana's face.

She of course said YES!

The ring? Holy moly! Rob did so good on the ring! It's perfection and goes perfect with Jhana's outgoing bubbly personality.

We of course had to do a quick little engagement session - the light at Donner Lake with the smoke settling on the horizon was perfect. I had so much fun capturing Rob and Jhana's first special moments as an engaged couple.

Thank you Rob for trusting me to capture your special moment. It truly was perfect! I am so happy for you two and wish you many many years of laughter, love and happiness!

Happy wedding planning!

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Boho Style Maternity Session | Red Bluff, CA | Reno - Lake Tahoe Maternity Photographer

Oh hot damn!

Everything about this session was fire - fire charred field, burnt yellow dress, blazing sun, smoke, and a gorgeous mama! Chelsee is a family and newborn photographer based in Redding, CA. When another photographer approached me about shooting this dress and we got Chelsee on board - I knew it was going to rock!

We were supposed to shoot this a couple weekends ago, but the devastating Carr Fire that is currently ripping through Northern California put a delay on our shoot. It was heartbreaking to see the devastation it has caused. This burned field in Red Bluff, CA was caused by a fire a couple months ago. It was close to town and some folks did loose some property. 

I always try to see the beauty in a location. It doesn't always have to be green to be pretty. The contrast of the colors on the charred backdrop, along with the golden morning sun - it was absolutely perfect for this shoot.

I like to call it "New Life Amongst the Devastation".

Thank you Chelsee for coming out and braving the lenses of a group of photographers. You brought my vision alive and it was pure perfection! Little Tuck man was so adorable and has some seriously awesome dance moves!

Please keep everyone affected by these crazy fires in your prayers. So many folks have lost everything. I cannot even begin to imagine what they are going through. 

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Classic Engagement Session | Donner Lake & Summit | Reno - Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

I realized I never blogged these engagement photos that I did at Donner Summit in January, and it's wedding month for them - so it seems appropriate to share them now!

I met Kim when she interviewed me for the office manager position she was leaving for the company I now work for. We of course got along right away, and so when she broke the news that Joey popped the question, I of course had to lay claim to shooting her wedding. ;)

When Kim and I started planning her engagement session, we wanted to snow, but we all know how the weather is around here - want something and it doesn't happen. It's okay though, the chilly January evening was totally worth it and gorgeous! Kim nailed the colors of her dress and Joey's outfit, too! It was all so perfect!

We ended up getting up to the summit a bit early - so the sun was still a little high so we went below to a pull off area and snagged some shots. It was glorious. We headed back up to Donner Summit, and of course rocked those shots. Next was stopping by one of the Donner Lake piers - e arrived at the perfect time for the best sun just as it dipped behind the mountains.

Everything was perfect for their shoot and I cannot wait to capture their special day in a couple weeks! Thank you Kim and Joey for trusting me with your day! I cannot be more excited to celebrate it with you!

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Tattooed Boudoir Session | Reno - Lake Tahoe Boudoir Photographer

I finally get to share these amazing boudoir images!!

When Lauren told me she wanted to shoot a boudoir session for her soon to be husband - I of course jumped in glee. I mean, she's gorgeous and her tattoos are amazing! Having already shot their engagement session, and knowing how much Vince adores Lauren - I knew he was going to love getting this little black book on his wedding day (his reaction was priceless).

I love shooting boudoir. I love the empowerment that it gives my clients, and when they see their gallery - it makes my heart happy to get the responses I get. They leave feeling empowered, beautiful and confident about themselves. When they see their images - holy cow! They see themselves like they've never seen themselves. They see just how gorgeous they are.

Don't be afraid to feel beautiful. Be confident. BeYou-tiful.

Ready to book a boudoir session? Don't wait, contact me today! You won't regret it!

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Northern California Maternity Session | Whiskeytown Lake | Reno - Lake Tahoe Photographer

I love getting to take a weekend away for out of town clients! Especially when it comes to baby bumps and squishy toddler cheeks! I've known Amelia for over a decade, and seriously love seeing her as a mom! I am super excited that she is also going to be a fellow #boymom! Lets not forget about Mr. L's seriously squishy cheeks! They're to die for and so freaking adorable!

We ventured out to one of our favorite summer hangouts - Whiskeytown Lake! The mosquitos were a bit much - totally forgot about those little bastards (I don't miss them that's for sure)! We hung out on the beach for a little bit as we waited for the sun to go down a little bit, and I was able to sneak a couple adorable photos of dad and Mr. L playing.

Thank you Amelia and Byron for letting me capture your growing family! I cannot wait to see little man's face, and I hope his cheeks are just as squishy as big brother's!

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Wooded Maternity Session | Galena Creek Park | Reno - Lake Tahoe Maternity Photographer

Oh Jenna. How gorgeous you are!

Jenna was such a trooper during the cold months! Our first attempt at her outdoor maternity session was in the middle of a blizzard. While it would have been rad, it was cold and windy. The following week though? Was all sunshine and chill - so a little more manageable.

I met Jenna when I did a maternity boudoir model call. Then I received my gorgeous Mr. Pretty Skirt and I needed to shoot it, and she was the perfect model for it! So glad she was tolerant of my shenanigans and ideas! Jenna rocked her session and Galena Creek Park was the perfect setting for this session! The trees, light, dress and gorgeous mama make this entire maternity session perfect!

Thank you Jenna for trusting me and playing along with my visions! You rocked it mama!

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Spring Maternity Session | Galena Creek Park | Reno - Lake Tahoe Maternity Session

I love love love when my wedding couples come back to me to capture their growing families!! I shot Jesse and Tina's wedding in April 2017 and had a BLAST! They are such a fun a couple to be around and I am always laughing.

Big brother V was not excited about our family/maternity session, but he still rocked it - just like he's going to rock being a big brother to his baby sister. Yup, they're having a girl! I know their family and it's ALL boys. This little princess is going to be spoiled and so loved!

I absolutely love this location that we used. The trees and light are to die for, and Tina did an amazing job on their outfits! Her dress and coverup was perfect for the colors, tones, and light! Also, she rocked one of the many maternity dresses I offer for maternity shoots.

Thank you Jesse and Tina for trusting me again to capture your special life moments! I cannot wait to meet your little gal, and *hopefully* capture her through the years! Congratulations you two!

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30th Birthday Cake Smash | Turtle Bay Exploration Park | Reno - Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

Who doesn't love a gorgeous skirt, a floral crown, cake and champagne. Oh, lets not mention four other photographers! Yup, there was five of shooting this gorgeous gal for her 30th Birthday Cake Smash! I had the pleasure of getting together with a couple of local Redding, CA photographers and doing a little shootout. I legit had sooo much fun and love meeting new people!

Kat ROCKED her photoshoot and was so much fun to shoot! Between the dress and those eyes **cue Alicia Keys - Girl On Fire**. I am so happy she was up for the crazy paparazzi mob that came with this photoshoot. Lets not mention all of us cheering her on to finish the whole bottle of champagne.

Thanks Kat for coming out and being such a trooper and ROCKING it! You're a badass babe!

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Now a little food for thought...

As photographers, we don't like sharing shooting locations, or others shooting the same concept as us. This photoshoot, there were FIVE of us and all of our pictures look different. Between editing styles and angles we chose to stand - we were shooting the same thing, but everyone's is so different.

So why do we get so upset if someone shoots something similarly? It makes no sense to me. Especially if it isn't a unique idea to begin with, and it's something that is all over Pinterest? Why do we get so huffy puffy about it? We're all here doing the same thing - delivering for our clients and making sure the bills get paid (there's some high costs when it comes to running a legal business). We all shoot differently. We all edit differently. We all work with our clients differently. We are all our own business and brands. So why? Is it worth getting upset about? Worth being petty about? Absolutely not! We're all here for one thing and one thing only - our passion for what we do. 

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