I know…it has been a while since I posted!  Summers get busy in this neck of the woods.  I will be able to resume a more regular schedule of posting now that wedding season has officially ended.  I’m going to resume posting with this wonderful wedding that happened in August at Lakeside Beach.  My couple, Michelle and Dion, came from the Sacramento area to get married on one of Lake Tahoe’s most beautiful beaches.  I loved how laid back they were about their wedding!  They were just there to have a good time and I like to think we achieved that!  Congratulations Michelle and Dion!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

 

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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!

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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.

 

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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.

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