South Lake Tahoe photographer

Beach Lake Tahoe Engagement Session

Beach Lake Tahoe Engagement Session

One of the prettiest things that Tahoe has is when the lupine flowers are in bloom. They don't last very long, but we were able to find a little patch of those pretty purple flowers that were still alive! When I had Lynn and Garrett sit in the middle of the patch, it looked like that beautiful cheesy scene from the movie Twilight. Now that I've said that, you'll totally see it!

Winter Bridal Styled Shoot - Sand Harbor, South Lake Tahoe

Winter Bridal Styled Shoot - Sand Harbor, South Lake Tahoe

Something that happens in Sand Harbor over winter is a horse carriage ride. Towards the end of the shoot I noticed that the horses were being loaded up to go home. So I walked over and asked if I could borrow a horse for a few shots. They were hesitant, but agreed  (people are a lot nicer when they think you are getting married)! We only had a few minutes with the horse and he did not want to cooperate. But of course I managed to get at least one image with him.

Winter Family Photos: South Lake Tahoe

Pevenage Family Photos in South Lake Tahoe

Winters are a beautiful time of the year for photography. Winter photography can be magical as snow and ice can add a new dimension to photos. When the ground is covered in a white blanket, familiar places take an entirely different perspective. Capturing a moment with feeling is a job of a true artist.

I had a great opportunity of photographing the Pevenage family in South Lake Tahoe. They thought this winter they could capture some special family pictures to celebrate a new year. To overcome the coldness we wore warm and comfortable clothes, gloves, snow boots and hat. Though the excitement of photographing the Pevenage family was enough for me to stay warm.

To start their family session, I thought it was best to start in their backyard in South Lake Tahoe. So we started out in their backyard, which happens to be a lake. During winters, the water freezes in the canals allowing people to ice skating and play ice hockey. I thought ice would make a unique background for their pictures. So we carefully walked out on the ice and got a few pictures without falling!

After that, we headed out to the meadow by the marina in the Tahoe Keys. Fresh snow was everywhere, it was very beautiful. While walking by the river, we found a perfect place for taking photographs. The backdrop of green and orange trees added color to the photos. They seemed to enjoy the photo shoot which helped me capture the perfect moments for their family.

There was a log that was great for them to sit on. The river, colorful trees, and snow were breath-taking. What made the pictures more attractive was the lighting. With the help of the compression from my 70-200 lens, I was able to make the colors of the bushes and trees add an extra pop. This matched the girls maroon shirt that looked good for their photos. 

Therefore, to end the session I had them all do funny faces to capture their fun personalities.

Take a look at this amazing and beautiful family!

 

Logan Shoals Vista Point, South Lake Tahoe : Lisa Quick & Trey Stone

Lisa Quick & Trey Stone, photos in our hometown South Lake Tahoe 

Having the opportunity to take pictures of Lisa and Trey was not something I could pass up. Lisa is the sweetest and her boyfriend Trey is a rock-star! They have been together for nine years and I had the best time photographing the love they have for each other!

I have known Lisa since I was around five years old! Growing up in Tahoe, Lisa was my neighbor. She has a son who is the same age as me so we grew up going to school and walking our dogs together. Lisa was also my manicurist when I still lived in Tahoe. She is THE BEST! She would add and mix any color glitter to make my heart happy and add rhinestones to make my nails extra sparkly.

Trey Stone is an inductee in the Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame. In Tahoe, he is the locals’ favorite. Along with all the other locals, during the summer I always make sure to go to Music on the Beach at Lakeshore Lodge to hear him play. Another spot to hear him play is the Beacon at Camp Rich where you can drink the famous Rum Runners served there. You can read all about how awesome he is on the Tahoe Tribune's article.

For Lisa and Trey's portrait session I photographed somewhere new, the Logan Shoals Vista Point. This is a hidden little gem off of Highway 50 heading out to Carson City. This location provided great scenery of our Tahoe pine trees and a gorgeous lookout of the lake. Trey plays guitar so much that Lisa jokes it is her “sister-wife”, so of course we had to include it in some of their pictures. While we were taking pictures I didn’t even notice the heart on the tree behind Trey. It adds a little something special to their pictures! As the sun set behind the mountains and it got a little bit cold, Lisa and Trey put on their adorable matching cozy sweaters for a few more pictures. It was a perfect way to end the day and portrait session.

Take a look at these two :) 

- Alyssa

South Lake Tahoe Photographer

Valhalla, South Lake Tahoe: The Bitzer Family Portraits

Family portraits at Valhalla, South Lake Tahoe

I had such a great time photographing the Bitzer family girls in South Lake Tahoe. Di wanted to have the session at Valhalla and Camp Rich beach. Di and her late husband Bryan were married years ago at the same location so it is a very special place for her. We bundled up for the cold weather and it was a beautiful afternoon. Towards the end of the session the girls brought out a green heart, it was a touching way to remember their dad and include him in their pictures.

Di, Phoebe, Natalie and Ronnie you are all such strong and amazing women!

-Alyssa 

South Lake Tahoe Photographer

Portraits in Snowy South Lake Tahoe | Alana & Matt

Portraits in Snowy South Lake Tahoe | Alana & Matt

I love taking pictures no matter what the weather condition is.  Alana and I grew up together in South Lake Tahoe, so it was perfect for us to do the pictures here in our snowy hometown. I was so excited about this photo shoot (to some extent, I thought I was more excited than them!) I was about to capture another adorable couple, so I was ready to bring my "A-game"... and warm clothes. We all like beautiful love stories, right? I know I do!