Mark Talavera Photography


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.


What  made this past Christmas very special for my good friend Brian was his parent's effort to decorate their home this year for the first time in almost two decades. This made baby Henry's first Christmas bright and cheerful!

Date: December 24, 2017

Location: Reno, Nevada

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.


Back in July, myself and several co-workers traveled to Monterey, CA for a week to attend a class for some continued education and development related to our job. One of the best perks while traveling for work is exploring the area where you are staying during the free time hours.

I brought along my Canon AE-1 for the trip to take some shots along the sights of Cannery Row. However, I was saddened I couldn't take more photos than I would have liked. For a while I thought my camera was malfunctioning thinking the shutter button was stuck, but it turns out that a dying battery inside a perfectly functioning camera don't quite pair up well (I didn't realize the battery was dead until very recently haha, #filmnewbie).

Being in Monterey was not only a great escape from the office, it was also nice to getaway from the hot July weather in Reno. The whole week's forecast remained in the high 60's!

Location: Cannery Row, Monterey, California

All images shot with Canon AE-1 on Fuji 400H 35mm film, dev and scan by The FIND Lab