I love doing family portraits!  Everything about them:  meeting everyone, watching the interplay between the various family members.  Lake Tahoe in the summer seems to be a magnet for family reunions, and this particular family came from Minnesota, Indiana and California to meet up for the 50th anniversary of their parents, in a beautiful vacation home in Tahoma on the beautiful West Shore of Lake Tahoe.  I met them at this home late one afternoon to do their portrait.  When I got there I discovered a nice lawn area with a dynamic view of the lake.  This would serve as Studio 1.  We did some photos there, different combinations of the family group.








Then we went down to the beach and did some more shots, making use of the pier and the beautifully lit boathouse in the background.








One of my favorite parts of a family portrait is what are called outtakes.  I think these are as great as the posed shots!  Sometimes they are of the family horsing around, but sometimes, like in this one, I thought the preparation for the final pose was as much fun as the pose itself.








I think this family had a wonderful time during their visit.  They had a special dinner catered by Exquisite Grill and since I’ve tasted their food before I know it was good!












I got to go to Zephyr Cove Beach a while back and meet up with Amanda and Dustin, who came all the way out to Tahoe to have their engagement photos done.  They like to plan ahead, their wedding isn’t until October of 2017, back here in Tahoe at Edgewood, but I will have the pleasure of photographing their wedding as well.

This is young love in action; it did my heart good to get to meet these two and watch the interaction between them, they were playful and romantic and it shows in the photos!

Congratulations you two, and I will see you next year!


I had the privilege of photographing Ed and Brandy’s wedding 20 years ago, in 1996.  They got married on a bluff overlooking beautiful Lake Tahoe by Chapel of the Pines, which is still in business as well.  It was just the two of them, and I signed as a witness on the wedding license.  I was so honored that they looked me up to ask me to do another photo session for them for their 20th anniversary!  Although they have three children now, this was a special trip for their anniversary and they left the family at home.ImageAngels0013ImageAngels0046ImageAngels0052ImageAngels0062ImageAngels0069ImageAngels0070ImageAngels0079  We met at the same place where they got married and had a wonderful time catching up.  They have very good memories!  It was a pleasure to meet again, and to photograph this lovely couple.








Anita had a vision  she wanted a portrait session of her and her horse, featuring an old fashioned tub at some sort of farm.  She had the tub, she had the horse.  We just needed the farm.  Luckily property owners in the Carson Valley are pretty accommodating if you ask nice.  We found a wonderful place and proceeded to have some fun!  Along with the tub and the horse, of course we took advantage of the scenery and played.  We even did a separate session just of Puzzle, cutting loose in a field.
















It was such a pleasure to photograph you Anita, and Puzzle the horse too!










This is the time when wedding couples are newly and happily engaged, and are now searching for services for their wedding.  And…this is a time that is typically a bit slow for wedding photographers, so I’ve decided to take advantage of this time and create a very special, but limited, offer for you.   For all weddings with 4 hours or move of coverage booked with a non-refundable deposit in the month of March, I will provide a free engagement session.  Yep, you heard that right, a FREE engagement session!  This is a $375 dollar value, so it’s nothing to scoff at.  Of course, there is some fine print involved, but because I believe in open communication and transparency, I am listing it all here for you to check out:

  • Your wedding must be confirmed with a non-refundable deposit during the month of March.
  • You must hire me for 4 hours or more for your wedding
  • Your wedding can be scheduled anytime during 2016, subject to availability
  • The engagement session must happen at least one month before the wedding day
  • The engagement session can be done anywhere in the Tahoe basin, or the Carson Valley or Reno area.   I will travel to other locations but will have to charge travel fees.
  • This offer cannot be combined with any other offer
  • This offer does not apply to weddings already confirmed










And as you can see by the photos, engagement sessions are not limited to simply getting together and smiling at the camera.  Do you have a favorite spot or activity?  Where did the proposal happen?  For that matter, I can cover the proposal if you wish!

Contact me now to take advantage of this very special offer!