Fall in the Sierras {El Dorado County and Lake Tahoe Portrait and Wedding Photographer}

Fall in the Sierras

We have been spending quite a bit of time in Lake Tahoe this fall.

I think the best time to be in Tahoe is in the fall.

The tourists have cleared out, for the most part and the fall color is splendid.  It cools off at night, but is usually fairly warm during the day.  There are many festivals, such as the Octoberfest and the Salmon Festival and the Renaissance Faire.

Octoberfest Beer at Camp Richardson

It’s also a great time to come for a visit at the Schmautz Haus.  My good friend, Margit, and her children visited for a weekend.  I love to take people around and show them the beauty of the area.

Margit and her daughter, Birgit


Enjoying the view from Angora Ridge

It was so good to welcome her to our cabin.  She was visiting from her home state of Wisconsin (where I met my husband.)

Here’s some more pictures from Angora Ridge (7,000 feet above sea level.)

Fallen Leaf Lake (foreground) and Lake Tahoe (background)

Fallen Leaf Lake

On the other side of the Ridge: Lake Tahoe Basin and burn area

My husband,    my dog (Obie T. Dogg) and I went out several times on some road trips to do some leaf peeping (that’s what they call hunting for fall color in Vermont.)

Walking with Obie

A Fall Ride


Blue Lakes (elevation 8,000 feet.)

And Obie saw an old friend.

A friend of Obie T’s.

I went out shooting (camera not gun) with my son’s significant other and caught some fall scenes.

Ready for Winter

A little color

As much as I love landscape, especially fall landscape, people photography is what captures my imagination.

  I cannot tell you how important it is to capture moments with people.

Fall colors will come and go and come again.  And, the pictures are beautiful to look at.  But the ones you will treasure are ones with people you care about at the heart of the photo.

Bentley (the dog) and Amber come to visit

These people are my heart.

Oldest son, husband and oldest son’s darling girlfriend

The light isn’t particularly good and their faces are a little obscured because it’s so bright outside.  This photo will never win any prizes, but I will always treasure it.


If you would like to schedule a photo session for your loved ones or for a Holiday card.  Contact me at schmautzhaus@sbcglobal.net.  My prints can be purchased here.

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  • October 11, 2012 - 10:42 am

    photowannabe - Karen, I think you outdid yourself with this posting.
    Beloved Tahoe is breathtaking.

  • October 11, 2012 - 10:52 am

    Karen Schmautz - Wow! Thank you so much. I guess you can tell how much I love the place.

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