Winter Lake Tahoe Engagement Session; Jordan + Devon

Winter Lake Tahoe Engagement Session; Jordan + Devon

The snow didn't stop her from wearing a dress and heels. And she rocked it! One of the spots for photos was off the path, Jordan was going to wear her heels trudging right through that snow. But like a gentleman, Devon swooped up his girl and carried her. He didn't have shoes appropriate for snow either which meant getting the snow in his shoes, but it's better to have cold feet now than at the wedding. ;) 

Winter Lake Tahoe Engagement Session: Riandy & Marcella

Winter Lake Tahoe Engagement Session: Riandy & Marcella

Snowy Engagement in Lake Tahoe

It's pretty much a whiteout outside, and you have an engagement session. Do you cancel? Nope!

Downtown San Luis Obispo Engagement Session: Jeannie & Erwin

Downtown San Luis Obispo Engagement Session: Jeannie & Erwin

We started their session downtown San Luis Obispo. We walked around the creek, crossing rivers and streets and also climbing on top of the parking walls. I’m sure people were thinking why are there people kissing in the middle of the street? I had such a great time photographing them and seeing the love that they have for each other. I am sure they didn’t know that their engagement session would be such an adventure but it was perfect!

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

Portraits in Snowy South Lake Tahoe | Alana & Matt

South Lake Tahoe Portrait Session

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!

We began the session by taking photos in a field at Fallen Leaf Lake. Alana looked stunning in her cute jeans and light pink sweater top. When we first got there I had this great idea to draw a heart in the snow. The only way for that to happen is to walk out in the snow! Even though tons of snow got in my boots, it was worth the pictures and the laughs. Many people are wondering how I got the picture, since it looks like I am up above them. Well… there was a snowman there and he got a boot to the head so I could stand up. I am a snowman killer, sorry!

It was time for us to head to the Emerald Bay. Sunset is the best time for picures so I really wanted to go up to Emerald Bay for it. It was super windy and freezing, but very gorgeous. Emerald Bay is one of the most photographed and iconic spots so it was nessesary to head up there for a few shots. We took so many pictures that had the most amazing background: the snowy lake, the mountains, and the breathtaking horizon during sunset. However, we didn’t last long because of how cold it was!

Alana and Matt brought their adorable new puppy to join them for some pictures. My first challenge was to get that right moment to take a picture because we all know how puppies are great listeners ;) Aside from moments of him trying to run off we got a few adorable pictures of him sitting perfectly in-between them. There were lots of puppy kisses, he is definitely going to have a happy home.

I really enjoyed the session with Alana, Matt and their puppy! Look at these images I captured.

-Alyssa

South Lake Tahoe Photographer

Rio Seco Engagement / Vanessa and Keith / Paso Robles Engagement

Crazy winds engagement at Rio Seco

     A few months ago I had a booth at the Paso Robles Inn Bridal show. It was the first time that I participated in this show since I usually do the Madonna Inn show. I prefer the Paso show, it is more intimate and not as many vendors, as the Madonna Inn show is bombarded with vendors and seems to be overwhelming to many of the brides that attend. For this Paso Show, the Inn raffled off something from each booth. Instead of making a cute gift basket, I wanted to give something that allowed me to connect with whoever won it, so I donated an engagement session. As the show went on through the day, winners were called every fifteen minutes. In the last minutes of the show, my engagement session wasn’t called off for a winner yet, then I finally heard who won! The couples came over to introduce themselves; Vanessa and Keith. They were so excited they had won a free engagement session with me and as we were exchanging information their names were called again!! They had won a DJ package with the booth next to me (I want some of their luck!).

   Over the next few weeks Vanessa and I emailed back and fourth planning their engagement session. We decided to do their engagement session at their wedding venue, Rio Seco Winery and Vineyard in Paso Robles The first time we scheduled, we had to cancel the day before since the forecast was 98% rain and of course that day ended up being 100% dry and sunny. We were finally able to reschedule and the day was extremely windy but that doesn’t stop me! Vanessa and Keith was such a fun couple to photograph, they are filled with laughs, fun and excitement. Even though the wind was hurricane status, we all made the best of it and had a great time.

I can’t wait to capture their wedding in October and capture more of their fun personalities!

Alyssa

San Luis Obispo Wedding Photographer

 

 

Spearhead Coffee, Lifestyle Engagement Session

This engagement session is one of my favorites!

Carly wanted to do something a little different than what I’m use to; she wanted to have more of a lifestyle approach to the engagement session. (Lifestyle is less posed, more about their everyday lives, and to tell a story about the people in the photo.) After brainstorming ideas on where to shoot we ended up at Spearhead Coffee in downtown Paso Robles. It is such a cute little coffee house. It is very open and bright with the big windows and bar in the front, a hand written menu on the wall and my favorite part is the awesome hanging light bulbs by the counter. I started photographing the two of them just drinking their coffee, sitting in the front window talking and laughing with each other and also Carly being a cookie monster, which turned out adorable!

They also have a little one named Charlie; he was asleep in the stroller the entire time, which was perfect. I also captured the walking with the stroller along the street as we walked into the park across the street. They brought the letter “M” for their last name, so I incorporated the letter in a few shots in the park too.

Something I love is to find out how my clients met, so I usually ask this at every session. Carly use to work as barista at Starbucks and Charlie’s friend was her co-worker. One night day they got introduced. Later that night she came into work to get coffee that he was also there and that’s when they really made they’re connection and they have been together every day since then. And now Spearhead is one of their favorite places to get coffee, so it was the perfect spot to do their engagement pictures.  

Carly and Charlie are perfect for each other and I can’t wait to be part of their wedding day!

Please contact me if you would like to book a lifestyle session, I would love to do more!

Alyssa

San Luis Obispo Wedding Photographer