I don’t do a lot of family portraits anymore, but when I do….we have fun.  I have a traditional portraiture background.  This means I pose and light people.  But I’ve learned that the unposed, unlit sort of photo sometimes has its place, so now I’ve incorporated that into my repertoire!

This family is a repeat, which is what most of my portrait clients are these days.  I first met them while photographing the wedding of a friend.  They booked me for their first family portrait session eight years ago, and I’m very grateful they remembered me and came back for a second session recently!

We went to Sugar Pine Point State Park for their session, and while it was a bit smoky from all the surrounding fires, it was still a beautiful day.  We did several poses of the entire family, plus shots of each individual kid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And we played a bit as well.

I admit it:  I love doing intimate weddings.  Not all photographers do, but I do.  What’s not to like?  I get to interact with these couples on levels that are not possible with the bigger weddings, and consequently, I get to help create, and then capture, some really special moments.

I knew Gordon was special when we spoke over the phone.  What I didn’t know was just how special.  He’s HUGE!  At least in my book  he is.  I’m 5’1″ on a good day.  Gordon told me he was 6’4″.  He reminded me of John Wayne.  I don’t know how powerful a presence John Wayne was in person, but on the screen he was powerful.   Gordon was like that, and I soon found he had a sense of humor too, and a love for his new bride, Sairie, that showed in his attentiveness to her.  It was a joy to photograph this couple!

 

Venue:  Logan Shoals Vista Point

Officiant:  Chapel of the Pines

Ceremony photography by Sarah Morey, working for Image Angels, portraits by Karen Linsley

Daniella and Fernando had been together for almost ten years when they called and said they wanted to get married on their tenth anniversary.  Working in partnership with Chapel of the Pines, we were able to get some great photographs!  Congratulations!

Daniella and Fernando got married at Logan Shoals Vista Point, ceremony photography is by Image Angels photographer Sarah Morey, portraits by Karen Linsley, ceremony by Chapel of the Pines.

Using the selfie function to put on earrings!

It is always beautiful on the point but this evening was particularly beautiful.

Solemn guest.

Elizabeth and Marc got married on a beautiful snowy day on a bluff overlooking Lake Tahoe.  I was a bit worried as the day approached and it became clear that chances were good it would be snowing for the wedding.  I contacted Elizabeth, who said she didn’t care what the weather was, she knew it was going to be perfect!  And perfect it was!  It was just the two of them, with me, my second photographer and a videographer as the witnesses. They showed up and we proceeded to play in the snow!  We couldn’t see the lake, but it was still beautiful out, and Elizabeth and Marc had a great time.

Venue:  Logan Shoals Vista Point

Officiant: Chapel of the Pines

Photography:  Image Angels Photography Services, with Pete Rezac, M.Photog.Cr., CPP and Karen Linsley, Photog. Cr., CPP

Video:  Go West Photo

Hair and Makeup:  Tahoe Wedding Salon

Showing the groom how to pose!

I have some long term clients and am always very grateful and honored that they keep returning to me to document important events in their lives.  While I usually get to photograph the entire family, this time I got to spend some time with one of the granddaughters in this family, doing her high school senior portrait.  We had fun, and I was so grateful they did not reschedule their session due to the weather!  We met in Genoa, Nevada to do her session.

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