Surprise Full Moon Adventure Session with Melissa, Brennen and Snowflake

We’ve gotten to know Melissa and Brennen over the last year and have discovered that they are two of the kindest, most down-to-earth people we know. They LIVE for adventure and get outside whenever they can - and, living in Tahoe, that’s almost always. Gearing up for a year-long South American adventure, we decided to drop everything practical and spend the day together hiking and shooting.

As we imagined, everything about the adventure shoot was perfect. The lighting and surprise full moon was wonderful, but the best part of the day was getting to soak in their positivity. They even brought their long lived travel mascot, a stuffed horse named Snowflake, along for the fun!

Our hike was filled with beautiful nooks and views, which we took full advantage of during the session. We burnt through the daylight and perched ourselves to view the sunset together, which lived up to the legendary Lake Tahoe status Lake people talk about. To our surprise, there was a full moon! We did what we could with the extra light and captured a few of our very favorite shots right at the very end.

Although we hiked our way out in the dark, we left the shoot feeling uplifted and energized. We’re so excited to see what the future for this incredible duo (plus Snowflake) holds! Best of luck in South America Melissa and Brennen!

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The Secret to Intimate Weddings: At Home for Chelsea and Anthony’s Ceremony

The antithesis to big, over-the-top weddings, our time with Chelsea and Anthony proved that even the most intimate weddings can be just as stunning for the senses. No detail overlooked, Chelsea and Anthony celebrated their wedding day at their parents’ home in Reno. From gorgeous table settings to beautiful touches, like painted signs and romantic white flowers, the day couldn’t have been more perfect.

The couple’s reading of their vows was made even more special as they each took turns reading their promises to their son, Anson. Chelsea’s two-piece dress was idyllic, the flowers in her hair the perfect finishing touch. Stunning mountain views provided a beautiful backdrop for their ceremony, the sun setting just as the reception began.

Truly a family affair, the small guest list of only thirty people allowed Chelsea and Anthony to focus on the details of the day, something which paid off not just for our photographs, but for everyone in attendance. From their son getting to play with his cousin to plenty of time to spend with the people they love the most, it seems as if the couple could write a book about the secret to picture perfect intimate weddings.

As strings of lights began illuminating faces, conversations lingered and the dance floor blended with the soft grass. Shoes were lost and smiles found as everyone settled into the groove, the atmosphere the perfect environment for creating life long memories.

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Adventuring Together: Epic Adventure Session with Kelly + Brandon

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When a two-hour adventure session turns into a three-hour hike followed pizza and beer at our favorite local brewery, you know you’ve found something special. Our shoot with Kelly and Brandon in the Desolation Wilderness was nothing short of magical. Relaxed, easy-going, but complete models as soon as our cameras were up and ready, working with this fabulous couple really highlighted the magic of adventure sessions. Not only does the couple have fun - but so do we!

Adventurous in every sense of the word, the pictures we got with Kelly and Brandon were the product of jumping across rocks, forging rivers, balancing precariously on logs and even climbing grand rock walls. Currently living in Denver but relocating to Northern California this fall, the couple, who recently eloped, was looking to use this adventure session as a way to capture their (super sweet) relationship in order to share their marriage announcement with family and friends. Having only gotten a handful of selfies with their iPhones, this adventure session was an opportunity to have a “formal” session, but one that felt totally at ease with their “vagabond” personalities - and that included their dogs, who came along for the fun.

Not only did we love photographing Kelly and Brandon, but we genuinely loved spending time with them, which made the entire outing so much fun. The conversation was non-stop from beginning to end, and we covered everything - from buying houses and traveling to relationships, dogs and life in general.

It felt like all four of us (six if you include the dogs) were on a crazy wonderful adventure together, and the result is photographs (and memories) that will last forever.

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An Opportunity to Reconnect: Adventure Session with Sarah + Steve

We had the pleasure of going on an impromptu adventure with Sarah and Steve in order to test out some of our newest equipment. The results were stunning not only to the fancy new gear, but mainly because Sarah and Steve thoroughly enjoyed adventuring into the wild as a couple. As a couple ourselves, we know how easy it is to fall into habits and schedules, which is why adventure sessions are truly a gift.

Although Sarah and Steve have lived in the area for years, they had never been out to this specific area, which made it all the more fun to explore. And is just proof that, no matter how well you think you know something (or someone), there’s always something new and exciting to discover!

As we began to explore the High Sierras in Lake Tahoe, it was easy to see just how much Steve really cares for Sarah. His attention to her as we made our way off the trail to forge our own path was sweet to watch. Along the way they exchanged jokes (, some whiskey) and they even danced together along the rocky trail. The adventure session truly was an opportunity for them to reconnect with each other - and nature. And, because of that, we were able to capture their magic as the sun went down.

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