erika + marcus / south lake tahoe session

Let me just kick off this post by telling you that these two live off the coast of Spain - Marcus, a technical advisor for the Air Force, and Erika, a photographer herself - and I felt cooler just being around them. They contacted me months ago knowing they'd want to be photographed during their home visit to California. We threw around a couple of location ideas but kept coming back to Tahoe knowing that the scenery never disappoints.

The three of us drove around the Fallen Leaf area together, pulling over whenever we passed an open meadow or a flower-sprinkled forest. And then, of course, we ended it with a dip in the freezing-cold-but-completely-worth-it lake. The light was gorgeous, the subjects even more so, and I loved everything about photographing them.

brittany + adam / stinson beach engagement

I got to photograph Brittany, Adam, and their sweet four-year-old twins during their visit to California to celebrate their engagement. Their session started off by crossing a river of rushing floodwater to get to the beach, and me, stepping (falling) into an underwater hole and soaking myself up to my knees. But they had flown from Georgia so there was no turning back and, of course, it was all worth it.

After photographing the four of them on the beach, we crossed back through the parking lot river, drove the sketchy, don't-look-down road to the top of Mt. Tamalpais, and photographed just the two of them together as the sun set. 

Beaches, mountains, four-year-olds who want to hold my hand while I photograph their parents, champagne on a cliffside... THIS IS MY ACTUAL JOB and I'm so, so thankful for it and for the people, like Brittany + Adam, who allow me to do it.

Kay, done with the cheese, here are the images: