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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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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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Wisconsin Summer Wedding | La Crosse, WI | Reno - Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

When your best friend from high school gets married, there is no choice but to fly out to the great state of Wisconsin to shoot her wedding!

I’ve known Amy since freshman year of high school. We instantly clicked and we’re pretty inseparable - we got in trouble together (sorry Aileen), comforted each other through teenage heartache, and were basically Thing 1 and Thing 2 in MC’s class for two years in a row.

Like a lot of high school friendships, we lost contact after graduation. She started her family and I started mine. The joys of email and social media though - we always kept in contact. I cried when she emailed me about the passing of her dad (he was one amazing soul). We talked through messenger when we were having rough times in life. We always managed to keep in touch. Even if it was just a simple “Hey”!

When Amy met Chris, I watched from across the country as I saw my friend get her smile back (anyone who knows her - knows she is ALWAYS smiling). I saw how incredibly happy she was. My heart was so happy for her. So I was super stoked when she contacted me to let me know that her and Chris were getting married - I may have done a little dance. Don’t judge me.

I hadn’t seen Amy since our 10 year high school reunion - so it’d been a couple years. I won’t disclose how many. Haha. When I walked out of the airport, I was greeted by the biggest smile and the biggest hug ever. The drive back was filled with us taking non-stop (sorry Chris and Howie). No time had passed for us. It’s like we had just seen each other the week before.

Capturing this wedding was special for me. Not having her dad there to walk her down the isle or dance with her - I knew was weighing heavy on everyone’s heart. I am so glad her brother, Jason stepped in for those tasks. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room when it came to the brother/sister dance (step-in for the father/daughter dance). Jason chose to dance Amy to the song that their dad had sang to their mom on their wedding day. Thanks to the awesome Uncle who was able to pull the audio from that wedding video! It was so incredibly emotional and I’m pretty sure it’s the only time I’ve seen Jason be serious.

Thanks you Chris and Amy for letting me capture your day! I am so honored to have been able to come out there and capture your day. I love you guys and Amy I miss your face so so so much!

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Summer Reno Wedding | Galena Fish Hatchery | Reno - Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged a wedding! Joey and Kim’s wedding is the perfect one to put up here - so here it is! Enjoy!

This Reno summertime wedding was perfect in all aspects. The venue, Galena Fish Hatchery, is always an amazing location to shoot at. It’s nestled in the Galena Creek Park and surrounded by gorgeous trees and the light in the evening is ahhhh-mazing! For months, Kim had been talking about wanting a smoke bomb for photos, and we made it happen (without getting in trouble with the rangers). It was stunning and perfect in every way.

Okay - lets talk about Kim’s dress. Holy moly was it amazing and stunning! It was perfect for her and she looked like a goddess. I loved that her bridesmaids’ dresses were a similar cut, and again were absolutely perfect. The color of the dresses complimented the venue and backdrop perfectly. Lets not forget about the guys! Joey’s blue suit was perfect (FYI - blue suits are my new favorites to photograph for weddings).

Lets talk about the food…

STREET TACOS.
CHURROS.

That’s all that needs to be said about the food. Seriously the best churros I’ve ever had. I’m ruined - I want fresh churros all day every day - thanks a lot Kim!

So yeah, the wedding was perfect. It’s one of my favorites to date and I cannot wait for them to see their gallery! Thank you Joey and Kim for trusting me to capture your day. It was amazing and I am so honored to be “stuck” with you guys!

P.S. Joey wins 1st place for the “seeing his bride walk down the isle” emotions. Best. Ever.

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Reno Spring Wedding | Tannenbaum Event Center | Reno - Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

I met Lauren and Vince over a year ago at a My Wedding Library Wedding Fair, and they also so happened to win the prize for the drawing I had going on at the wedding fair. When I met with them for their wedding consult, we laughed the whole time. It was friendship at first sight! They are the sweetest and most kind hearted people I have ever met. Vince absolutely adores Lauren and their daughter Maddy. The way Vince looks at Lauren - melts your heart!

Vince and Lauren had a gorgeous April wedding at Tannenbaum Event Center - it was gorgeous! A view overlooking Washoe Valley, and it was a blue sky day (we all know in Reno, April can be a little touchy). Their wedding was gorgeous and perfect. There were so many tears (including from me). They know each other so well, and it was apparent through the whole day. Between baseball tickets and Disney Pixar UP scrapbook - there was a lot of emotions and it was so lovely.

Thank you Vince and Lauren for letting me capture your special day! It has been such a joy to get to know you guys over this last year, and am so thankful to be able to call you friends!

Little shoutout to some vendor rockstars! Thank you all who made this wedding ahhh-mazing!

Wedding Coordinator: She Said Yes Weddings & Events
Videographer & DJ: Epik Entertainment
Makeup Artist: Monika Espinosa
Cake: Delicious Designs
Floral: Quality Event Design

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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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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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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.

:)