Daily Archives: January 24, 2009

Justin + Ruthie = Engagement Session!

So, I sort of went to High School with Ruthie. Or rather, she went there right after I graduated and knows some of the same guys that I do. How did we figure this out? Especially since I’m not exactly in the habit of running around asking, where did you go to high school? Do you know so and so? Yes, I know tons of people actually do that. However I’ve always had the opinion that the world is a great big big place, and the chance of you and I knowing the same people? Small. Of course I’m constantly proved wrong. So when I posted the pics I took of my good friend Jimmy’s wedding, voila, Ruthie knew him. You may remember that I love shooting in new places, and hate feeling as if I’m doing the same old thing. So when I planned a short get away to Lake Tahoe I just started itching. Who did I know who I could take photos of? Ruthie and her Fiance Justin didn’t seem that far of a jump. They were getting married, needed engagement photos, I am their photographer, and I feel like I sort of know her already. Still, when I sent the email I hoped that I didn’t come off as creepy.

Luckily I didn’t creep her out at all! Once I got into Lake Tahoe I started scouting for cool sites. Cool lake? Check. Cool creek covered in snow? Check. Cool white trees looking slightly creepy? Check! Snow. Check! Here are the engagement photos we took along with the slideshow. If you routinely read my blog but don’t watch the slideshows, I have to say that you are totally missing out. The slideshows are LOVELY. If it doesn’t play right away just click several times, it will get the hint I promise. On to the photos!


Justin was so sweet to Ruthie the whole time! He made all of her snowballs and consistently walked ahead of her in the snow so she could follow his path. Wow Ruthie! Good job on finding a great guy!

Valerie Perry - January 24, 2009 - 5:07 PM

AMAZING! Great job Terra and what a nice guy to pave the way in the snow for her. Beautiful photos.

Cindy - January 24, 2009 - 5:29 PM

What an awesome E- session. You captured so much fun and happiness! Great work! Beautiful colors, textures and lighting.

Sarah - January 24, 2009 - 6:38 PM

I know Ruthie from TheKnot.com. She was upset about her last e-pics with a different photographer and so she signed with Terra, just like I did! And just like me, she is thrilled! Terra’s just great and it shows in Ruthie’s pictures. Beautiful and fun.

Ruthie - January 24, 2009 - 6:56 PM

^^^hi sarah up there^^^

Terra! I LOVE OUR PICTURES! They are great! I had fun taking them too!

Tracy Autem - January 24, 2009 - 9:23 PM

Loving the light in these and the first one is so cute. Great work!

cindy brown - January 25, 2009 - 1:42 PM

Wonderful shoot. The couple look so in love, especially in the first/last sepia photo. Great job!

Kay Beaton - January 25, 2009 - 2:27 PM

Love these images & all the contrast….I especially love the couple’s eyes in that last photo! Beautiful work!

davina - January 25, 2009 - 8:41 PM

I love that first and third image. The couple looks like they had great fun with you. Way to go on a great shoot!

Amy Louise - January 25, 2009 - 10:27 PM

absolutely beautiful. Love the snowy setting. That orange jacket was the perfect pop of color! Looks like fun!

Jolene - January 28, 2009 - 4:55 PM

As always, Terra, your pictures are breathtaking! I don’t even know these people but I can feel the love they have for each other swelling through the images. I wish that you had photographed me when I was young and in love! They are so fortunate to have found you and now have these beautiful pictures to look back on and treasure! Keep up the good work! You have a gift~

amie - February 2, 2009 - 10:46 AM

wow! gorgeous images and couple! I love the snow and all the textures. Really fantastic work!

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Morse code for: I swear I have not flat lined on you.

First things first, thank you thank you thank you thank you for all of your lovely comments!

Ahem. Dear mom. I noticed no comments from you, apparently you don’t love me. Just kidding. I got 18 great comments in a very short amount of time! What you didn’t know was that I had been planning on donating a minimum of $30 to the food bank, which is exactly what I did.

At this time I would love to plug a wonderful program that Lucky’s was doing, and I noticed the other day, has continued to do. When you are checking out you can buy a $20 or$10 bag of groceries. It’s that simple. Simply tell them how much, and they fill it up for you. Isn’t that awesome? I think that this is such an important time for us to donate and attempt to help out in any possible way that we can. Just the other day I heard that for the first time since California’s unemployment agency began collecting number in the 60′s, we are now approaching double digits in the unemployment stats.

That’s right. Double digits.

Most of our dramatic loss can be seen in the construction field as that has been the hardest hit industry considering it relies almost primarily on growth. This is also close to my heart. Many of my family has been or is currently involved in construction. Whether on the commercial side or industrial. Luckily they are all well and safe, and totally awesome at what they do, but it makes me wonder about all of those lower on the ladder, or working for smaller companies. Are they safe? Are they worried about feeding their families?

If you are in the position to help, I hope that you do, my prayers are with all those hard working Americans and Californians who find themselves in need of our generosity.

Please stay tuned, I have more e-session pics, wedding pics, and the long awaited continuance to The Shooting Range.

That’s right. More eye candy!


Since I’ve been gone I’ve had over 2000 spam comments. That’s right. 2000. Yet somehow over the holidays they stopped?? This makes me realize. Spammers are real people too.


But real people. I hope none of my $30 goes to them.