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!


Venue:  Edgewood Tahoe
DJ: Ryan Palmer

Cindy and Michael first contacted me via email to ask if I was available for their date, which was Valentines Day.  I was happy to report that their timing fit right into my schedule for the day, and so we quickly progressed to some phone calls during which I was privileged to get to know them better and find out all about their plans.  They weren’t traveling far, and didn’t have a huge extravagant wedding planned, but rather wanted something along the lines of quiet elegance.  It being winter, their ceremony was in the lobby of the Edgewood rather than outside, but the weather cooperated for some great beach and pier shots afterwards.  It was a pleasure to photograph their wedding!

I’ve been privileged to do several Horse Art Portrait sessions with horse owners in the Carson Valley and when Stephanie saw some of the sample photos she contacted me and told me she wanted a horse art portrait for her horse as well.  Well, one thing led to another, as these things have a tendency to do, and we ended up doing an engagement session/family portrait instead.  “Family” being Stephanie and her fiance Ryan, as well as two dogs and two horses.  These images were created at Eagle Valley Golf Course and Dayton.  We had such a fun time!

What are Horse Art Portrait Sessions, you might be asking?  I’m privileged to be a horse owner, and as time has gone on, it has occurred to me that horse owners needed a very special way of portraying their beloved equine friends.  These loyal, smart animals give us so much joy and teach us so much!  I began to think about how I wanted to portray these beautiful animals, and realized that while photos are nice, there is an artistic element to the animals that really is calling out to be displayed.  So, I’ve developed a unique process I call Horse Art Portraits.  I take the photos first, then view the images, and allow what I see to percolate in my mind for a while, taking into account the personality of the horse.  When I’m ready, I then go to work on my chosen photograph, sometimes digitally painting it, sometimes applying artistic brushwork, sometimes a combination.  I use Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop CC 2015, Topaz Labs filters and Particle Shop plugins to create these works.  Most of the time they are then printed as canvas wrap prints, in sizes ranging from 30 inches wide up.  Here are a few samples: