Northern California Wedding Photographer

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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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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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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10 Things You Should Be Asking Your Wedding Photographer & Why You Should Be Asking Them | Reno - Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

I recently had a pre-consult with a couple who came with a list of questions. It was pretty impressive, and I loved it. It showed me they truly cared about our meeting - finding out about me and my business. After all, that is what a pre-consult is. It's an interview for the couple and the photographer to get to know a little more about each other.

After meeting with them, this got me thinking - I should compile a list of the 10 things you SHOULD be asking your wedding photographer during your pre-consult. So here goes...

1. How do you handle photos when the weather doesn't cooperate?
It's always good to know if your photographer has a game plan for unexpected situations. Do they use the change of weather to their advantage - like get badass dancing in the rain photos, or do they put you against a wall inside? 

2. If you get sick or an emergency arises, who will cover our day?
It's always good to know if your photographer has a backup plan if something were to happen and they are unable to be at your wedding. Do they have a group of photographers they can turn to that they trust? Do they edit the photos the other one takes? All this is very important to know and to set your mind at ease when it comes to your day.

3. Do you have proper business licenses and insurance?
Their answer should be YES - to both. If you're speaking with a true professional, they will have these items in place. If they are taking money and marketing as a business - they will have these things. The market is so saturated these days with people with cameras, how do you pick the serious professional photographers from the others? If they have all proper business licenses and insurance - that tells you they care about their business, themselves, and you as a client. If they tell you it's too expensive, I'd end the meeting right there honestly. Would you drive a car without any sort of insurance? Same concept. What does general liability insurance cover? If a guest were to trip over the photographer's bag and injure themselves, the photographer and your guest are covered. Some venues also require vendors to carry their own general liability insurance. Why is having a business license so important? Well, if you're running a business - you have to do it legally. Operating a business without the proper business license in a city/state that requires certain business licenses is illegal. If they don't have one - they are running an illegal business - simple as that!

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4. How many other events will you photograph during the weekend of my wedding?
Every photographer is different. Some have a large group of associates and they book multiple weddings in a weekend. Some, like myself are a one-man show and can't do that. For myself, I won't schedule any other shoots on the day of your wedding. I don't want to put myself in a position of getting stuck somewhere due to car issues, traffic, etc. As the client, you make the best decision on what you feel comfortable with. There really is no wrong answer for this question. It's just something good to know.

5. As far as gear, do you have backup gear in case your main gear fails?
We all have experienced technology failing us as the most unfortunate times. If you're paying someone to capture your day, you want to make sure they have proper backup gear in case something were to go wrong. Ask how many camera bodies they will bring to the wedding to shoot with. For me, I have two camera bodies - my main shooting camera and my backup. This benefits me in a couple ways such as (a) being able to have different focal length lenses on each camera so I am not having to switch stuff around all the time, and (b) if my one of my camera bodies fails - I have a backup camera to shoot with. Again, there really is no wrong answer to this question, but it is nice to have the peace of mind that your photographer is properly equipped with back up gear.

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6. How do you do shooting inside? Do you have lighting to help light inside events if needed?
If you're having an indoor wedding in any aspect (ceremony and/or reception), you want to make sure that your photographer knows how to properly light inside. If the wedding photographer advertises themselves as strictly a natural light photographer, chances are them knowing how to use flashes properly is slim.

7. How long after the event will I receive my gallery?
This should be outlined in a contract (if you don't sign a contract - you probably want to move on to someone else). I can't say what other photographers turnaround time is on images, but it seems the standard is anywhere from 6-9 weeks.

8. Can I see a finished wedding gallery?
We don't post full weddings online. The photos you see are typically the cream of the crop of the photos that a photographer wanted to showcase. It's a good idea to see a full wedding gallery - from start of the day to end of the day. This will give you an idea of how the whole day is captured by the photographer.

9. Do you have a 2nd shooter?
Some photographers choose to shoot solo/not offer a 2nd shooter add-on, some provide a 2nd as an add-on to your package, and some give no choice of not having a 2nd shooter (meaning there's a 2nd shooter). It's up to you ultimately. Benefits of having a 2nd? I personally feel you get better use of your time when you have a 2nd shooter - the main photographer isn't having to do quite as much running back and forth between locations/groups. It's kind of a "kill 2 birds with one stone" scenario. The 2nd can be shooting something/somewhere else while the main photographer is covering another aspect (i.e. 2nd shooter with the groom 30 minutes away from the bride is getting ready with the main photographer covering that). Also, having a 2nd allows more coverage/angles for you in the end. One is getting groom while bride is walking down the isle, while the other is getting the bride walking down the isle. Having a 2nd photographer is a huge win for you in the end!

10. How do you feel about guests taking photos during the ceremony?
This is a huge debate in the wedding photography community. Find out where your photographer stands on this, and listen to why or why not they are for it. Make your choice from there and make sure to voice your thoughts on it, too.

 

So there you have it - the 10 questions you should be asking! While these are just a few questions to ask, there are so many more out there! Remember, these are opinions on the "why" these should be asked.

:)

Lake Themed Wedding | North Tahoe Event Center | Reno - Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

Oh.My.Goodness.

Jason and Brittany's lake themed wedding at the North Tahoe Event Center was stunning and beyond amazing. Their love for Lake Tahoe was reflected throughout their wedding day - from getting married right on the beach to the guest's tables being labeled after Lake Tahoe beaches, and they asked their guests to "find their beach" (aka table) on the seat assignment board that had a cutout of Lake Tahoe (made by the groom himself - he made just about all the wooded decor items). It was all so stunning and perfect.

Lets talk about the love Jason and Brittany have for each other. It's amazing. You can tell they absolutely adore each other, and I could see that when I met with them for their pre-consult. They are both down to earth, and just a riot to sit and talk to. After 10 years together, they finally decided to tie the knot, and in my opinion, it was worth the wait!

Thank you Jason and Brittany for allowing me to capture your special day. You guys are an amazing couple, and the love you have for each other is incredible. Here's to many more decades of laughs, jokes, and happiness.

 

Thank you for all the vendors for their amazing work!
Wedding Coordinator: Brooke LaFata from My Wedding Library | Floral: Holly Fleur
Cake: El Dorado Bakery  | Caterer: Bella Affair Catering

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