Sam and Chase’s Sweet Emerald Bay Elopement

As Sam made her way up the trail at Emerald Bay, accompanied by her father and grandfather, it was clear how special this sweet and intimate ceremony would be. Chase, seeing his bride for the first time in her beautifully traditional gown complete with a sweeping skirt and short veil, teared up as she made her way towards him.

The couple, from Las Vegas, kept the entire day simple and without any unnecessary fuss. The focus of the day was truly a celebration of their love - and the love they have for their three kids.

Accompanied by just a small group of family members and their closest friends, who journeyed to the ceremony site together by bus, Sam and Chase were a delight to work with. Their children, who loved playing with the giant Tahoe pine cones, were adorable. And, thanks to the late summer light, every shot we took turned out magical.

The day was proof that the simplest of wedding days really are some of the most special, especially when they are set to a stunning backdrop like Emerald Bay.

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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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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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