Great clients make photographing a wedding (or any photo session for that matter) so much easier. I definitely lucked out with Ailene and John since these two are among the most chill people out there. I’m so appreciative of the couple’s willingness to carefully plan the day months ahead since this wedding encompassed multiple locations. As a result, the day pretty much went by without a major hitch!

This wedding also presented me with some new challenges as it was my first to shoot primarily with my film camera. Despite needing a bit more honing of skills on my end, it was a very rewarding learning experience, and I’m dying to shoot more film at weddings in the future! Congrats again, Ailene and John! Glad to call you both my friends and Pokémon Go buddies haha!

Date: September 9, 2018

Reception Venue: 1862 David Walley’s Resort Hot Springs & Spa, Genoa, NV

Film Processing: The Find Lab

Digital Processing: Mastin Labs

Photographer: Mark Talavera Photography

Florals: Inside Designs

Cake: Swedish Princess Cake from Fransz’s Backstube

Dress: Boulevard of Dreams (now closed)

Hair & Makeup: Shelby Nicole Hedman at Jenson and Co.

Suit Rentals: Men’s Warehouse

Chinese Desserts: Honey Bakery Reno

DJ: McClain’s Mobile DJ


Earlier this year, Callie reached out to me regarding portraits during a vacation and family reunion in Lake Tahoe for the summer. These photographs were primarily meant to be a special gift for her parents. I was delighted to hear that it would be their first time visiting the area coming all the way from the Midwest! With the fire season in full swing, my main concern was the possibility of an excessive amount of smoke interfering with the photo session. Luckily, the amount of smoke was minimal and far from what us locals would eventually experience later in the month.

I had a great time during this shoot and appreciated everyone's cooperation despite the slight hike to the location! Luckily, the beautiful lighting conditions paired with absolutely perfect weather! The definite champ of the day was baby Shae, who was an amazing sport the whole time!

Date: July 19, 2018

Location: Martis Creek Wildlife Area, Truckee, California

All images shot with a Pentax 645N on Fuji 400H film, dev and scan by The FIND Lab.


My vision of an ideal engagement shoot setting typically consists of a stunning backdrop and ethereal golden hour lighting conditions, complimented with a lovely couple, both beautiful inside and out. Ailene and John's engagement session a few of months back pretty much encompassed all of those elements, with the added bonus of being graced with literally hundreds of unwanted pesky guests (or residents in this case). Consequently, we acquired a dozen or so mosquito bites (thanks to a mild case of Murphy's Law and my lack of preparation), but left with some pretty amazing photographs.

Ailene and John's patience, humor, and ability to poke fun at a not-so-ideal and bug-infested situation eases my mind, making me that much more excited to photograph their wedding next month!

Note to self: always have bug spray handy.

Date: June 24, 2018

Location: Tahoe Meadows along Mt. Rose Highway in Reno, NV

Film images shot with a Pentax 645N on Fuji 400H film, dev and scan by The FIND Lab.

Digital images shot with a Canon 5D III, processed with Mastin Labs Presets.