It was a lovely spring day for a backyard wedding for Jennifer and Carlos!  They wanted privacy and intimacy, and they surely got it!  They selected a section of the yard for their ceremony that came complete with a bridged pathway, a meadow, a creek (which was more like a river due to spring runoff) and nice views.  They had only family present, and the weather was perfect!





Our coverage began with some candid moments of the bride getting ready.








Then it was time for the ceremony, so we all walked out to the ceremony site.







After the ceremony was over we did our usual thing:  gently posed photos of different combinations of family, along with shots of the bride and groom.















Congratulations Carlos and Jennifer!

Officiant:  Chapel of the Pines

I am never disappointed when I do a wedding at Edgewood.  The staff is superb, the location is excellent and the views are top notch.  Jesse and Tom’s fall wedding was no different, they were blessed with an absolutely wonderful day!

About 80 people joined them for their wedding on the beach, the temperature was perfect and the lake was just a little ripply from a gentle breeze.

While the bride got ready downstairs, her father paced the lobby.  I love seeing and being able to catch the emotions at weddings.

Sometimes people ask me if I ever get tired of doing weddings.  I can truthfully say that after almost 30 years and 1000’s of weddings, I am still not tired of doing weddings.  Every wedding is different, and the privilege of being able to capture the emotions and activities on these special days is never one that I take lightly.

After the ceremony we did the posed shots with the family and wedding party (which never takes more than about a half hour), then journeyed down the beach a bit and to the pier for shots before heading back to the reception hall for the party.

  Jesse sent me an email after she received her photos, it was short and sweet:  “Thank you again, we love the photos you took!”

I love it.

Venue:  Edgewood Tahoe

Wedding coordination:  Lakefront Weddings

Hair and makeup:  Sara at Angel Touch






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.








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!