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As I am composing this, I’m a bit excited. The truth is, I wavered and waffled and took almost two years to be able to get to this point, where I could feel comfortable publicly announcing that I am no longer doing professional photography on a full time basis.

Yes, it has been a bit of a journey to get here. I’m not retired, I’ve just had a career change, and I still do a bit of photography here and there. Mostly for previous clients, and for elopements. The truth is that I went back to school, got a Masters Degree and I’m now fully engaged in another career!

I’m a minister, so I do ministerial stuff: I speak on Sundays, I teach, I do workshops and retreats, I’m writing books, I’ve got a podcast. And I officiate weddings!

So, if you are looking for a portrait session or commercial work, unless you are a previous client (you know who you are!) you will need to look elsewhere.

I’d like to close with links to my other activities, in case you are curious or need some other services.

Chapel of the Pines. This is my wedding officiant web site. We specialize in elopements.

Karen Linsley. This is where my classes, workshops, counseling, and other news is listed.

Fearlessly Feral This is my podcast! I hope you will check it out.

Stevie and Billy wanted great photos for their small but intimate weddng, and we were happy to comply. Chapel of the Pines did the honors for performing the ceremony, and ceremony photos were taken by Pete Rezac, while the portraits after the ceremony were done by Karen Linsley, owner and operator of both Chapel of the Pines and Image Angels.

These kinds of weddings are just about all we do these days. After over 30 years as a professional photographer, I’m still active but prefer the intimate smaller weddings to the bigger production ones, and I believe that these weddings need beautiful and professionally made images just as much, if not more, than the bigger weddings. So it is with great pleasure that we will arrange to go to a mountain top, overlook, beach, private home, meadow or other venue to photograph a wedding.

I hope you enjoy the photos!

I am privileged to be mentoring a talented young lady who wants to be a professional photographer. I love her questions, her willingness and her energy!

She has a wonderful opportunity coming up to do an engagement session for a member of her family. This is a win win for both of them: she gets to learn and her cousin gets some engagement photos.

As her mentor, I wanted to guide her from the beginning of the session, which really begins way before the actual photography. I instructed her to do a clothing consultation with her couple, as well as to ask them for samples of photos that they liked.

The samples this couple sent her all had two common themes, or what I like to call “feeling tones.” All the photos exhibited joy and intimacy. I told my young protege that it was now her job to convey joy and intimacy in the photos she created for this couple. We talked about how to do that, and she admitted to being a bit anxious about being able to do this job properly.

And that is part of what makes a successful photographer: that anxiety at being able to do the job properly creates an edge. On one side of that edge is a block, where one simply backs off and doesn’t even try to break through it. This is what separates average photographers from great photographers. For the great photographers know what if it doesn’t scare you, it isn’t big enough, and they jump right into the opening that is on the other side of that edge of anxiety. They learn the technical skills necessary to be able to get good photos, no matter what, and then they are free to move into that wonderful opening that allows for the capturing of emotions. That combo pack of technical skill and feelings is what makes for great photos, and the anxiety before a shoot is what provides the edge to make it happen.

So she and I will work on the technical stuff, and I will go with her to the shoot and assist her, and I know she is going to step off that edge into a great session! As for me, I am reminded that it is said when the student is ready, the teacher appears. I think it works the other way around: when the teacher is ready, the student appears. And a great student she is!

I’m just lucky I guess, that I get to photograph a lot of what they call “intimate” weddings. Some of these weddings were truly intimate, we had to sign as witness on the wedding license because there were no guests. All of these weddings had one thing in common: they wanted to get married, they wanted awesome photos, and they did not want a big to do. Here’s a sample from some of those weddings.

We can do the same for you. Call us now.

I know you are busy with the holidays. But did you know that as soon as Christmas and New Year’s are done, wedding vendors are going to get flooded with calls? According to surveys, 66% of all wedding couples get engaged during the time between December 23 and New Year’s Day. With an estimated 2.3 million couples getting married every year, that boils down to 1,518,000 couples getting engaged very soon. Here in Northern Nevada, according to the County Clerks that issue wedding licenses, in 2018 there were 6,750 wedding licenses sold in Washoe County and Douglas County issued 4,079 in 2017 (figures not available for 2018). In El Dorado County, which is where most Lake Tahoe weddings happen, they issued 3,076 wedding licenses. That’s almost 14,000 weddings just in this area alone. This area meaning South Lake Tahoe both the California and Nevada sides, Reno, Carson City and the Carson Valley.  That means you and 13,999 other couples will be searching for vendors in this area in early 2019. Simply put, after the first of the year, our phone will be ringing off the hook and our email box flooded with brides wanting information. The earlier you call and secure your reservations, the more choices you will have. Call us now to check out our services and packages! 530-906-9336 We service the entire Lake Tahoe, Carson Valley and Reno areas.

Another aspect to consider is that you have many more choices now that you did before.  Back in the heydey of weddings in this area, those wedding numbers were triple what they are now.  And there were fewer vendors to service all those weddings.  Now, you have at least three times as many  photographers, wedding officiants, hair dressers and makeup artists, florists and bakers to choose from. Those kinds of numbers mean you have lots of choices, but they also mean things might get a bit confusing for you.

Let me try and simplify things a bit.  When you contact these folks you are likely to get prices all over the map. For example, I’ve seen wedding officiant prices range from $50 to $500.  There are many things to consider besides price, and I’ve always said that while honoring budgets is a good thing, sometimes those budgets were not realistically set.  I think price should be the third thing to consider when hiring a wedding professional.

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