Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer and Elopement Photography

Frequently Asked Questions




Starscape Studios is a professional photography studio based in South Lake Tahoe. Lead photographer, Kimmi Cranes, is a Lake Tahoe wedding photographer who is passionate about visual storytelling and loves to document stories using creativity, color, and narrative imagery. Destination wedding photographer based in California.

I photograph intentionally small, meaningful, and authentic wedding experiences for adventurous couples. A true reflection of your relationship, your wedding or elopement is the beginning of the hopes and wishes for your life together. I want you to have an incredible experience that you will remember with joy for years to come.

What is Starscape Studios?



Planning a wedding or elopement is stressful, and I aim to help answer all your questions. I offer a variety of services including wedding photography coverage, elopement planning, finding vendors and wedding venues.

I also offer engagement and proposal photography, family portrait photography, holiday cards, business branding, professional headshots, and senior portrait photography. My sessions are a fun mix of candid, genuine moments and gently posed shots for group portraits. All Lake Tahoe photography sessions come with a detailed consultation, personalized location suggestions and planning tips, professional editing, high resolution digital downloads, and a print release.

What services do you provide?



Prints, canvases, and other family heirlooms are available to order directly from the image gallery when your photos have been delivered. Our photographs are printed on high-quality archival paper (matte, glossy, or lustre) and packaged carefully before shipping directly to your home.

Heirloom wedding albums are made to your request and are designed to last for over a century with proper handling and storage. Please message us to inquire about a generational wedding album. This will include a detailed consultation, album design call, and two revisions before going to print. You will have complete choice over customization options like cover type (leather, satin, suede) and page gloss.

Do you offer prints or albums?



Every single session is edited by me and I spend the time needed to ensure that each photograph is properly color corrected and retouched. Finished galleries are typically delivered within 2 weeks for family photography sessions, and 4-6 weeks for wedding and elopement photography. Greatly appreciate your patience during the editing phase, as I want to make sure that your photos come out looking amazing!

How long does it take to get our photos delivered?

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YES! Starscape Studios offers a variety of wedding packages that are entirely customizable to suit your needs and preferences. I recognize that each wedding event is a personal experience and work with you to achieve your overall vision for your special day.

Our Lake Tahoe wedding packages offers half-day or full-day coverage depending on your needs and timeline for the day. Contact me to ask about availability for your wedding date and share your ideas with me!
If you are planning a smaller wedding ceremony, our Lake Tahoe elopement packages provide peace of mind. Our Lake Tahoe elopement packages come with photography coverage, officiant services, wedding bouquet and boutonniere, as well as many other options to make planning your elopement stress-free.

Do you offer Lake Tahoe wedding packages?



Servicing all of Lake Tahoe (North Lake, South Lake, and Truckee), Reno, Sacramento, San Francisco, the Greater Bay Area and in-between.

If you have a destination wedding or elopement idea or location in mind, please let me know! Traveling is one of my favorite things to do and I will happily meet you at your chosen destination. Available for travel across the continental United States and worldwide. Email me!

What locations do you service?



Of course! This is one of my favorite parts of being a Lake Tahoe wedding photographer. I spend hours exploring hidden places, scouring google maps, and doing research on amazing and secluded spots to share with you. In fact, a lot of the couples that I work with don't have a spot picked out yet when they reach out. Once you book your date, I would be happy to share all the location information with you and help you pick a wedding ceremony location that's perfect for you and your partner.

Can you help us find a location?



I spent the majority of my photography career in Southern California, capturing family portraiture and live events in the beautiful Los Angeles sun. For many years I had been working in portraiture, corporate photography, and live events. My portfolio consists of photography for brands like Rooftop Cinema Club, Small Island Big Song, The Aldrin Family Foundation (Apollo 50th Gala), Lucidity Events, SXSW, and more.

In 2018, my partner and I decided it was time for a change of scenery. We moved from the city to the Sierra Nevada mountains, specifically South Lake Tahoe. It is so different from everything that I had known, and I love the wildness of the forest. We love to hike and explore the beautiful nature surrounding us. That was when I decided to expand my photography service to couples planning their own Lake Tahoe elopement or wedding and share this beauty with them on their special day.

How did you get into Lake Tahoe wedding photography?



One of the best things any couple planning a destination wedding in Lake Tahoe can do is explore all the cool spots on both the Nevada and California side to get a feel for the area. Hike around Lower Eagle Falls, take the Gondola at Heavenly to experience the view, and talk with the locals to soak up everything Lake Tahoe has to offer. This is especially important for couples eloping in Lake Tahoe. By exploring the area you will understand what style of wedding shoes you should have (no heels!), and how dirty the wedding dress might get. Remember, a little dirt on the dress is well-worth amazing photos so trust your Lake Tahoe wedding photographer!

Any tips regarding Lake Tahoe wedding photography?



My approach to Lake Tahoe wedding photography style is to flow with the energy of each couple and their unique style. That means focusing on genuine emotion, capturing all the little moments-in-between, and doing it all in a vibrant, candid, and artistic fashion. As your Lake Tahoe wedding photographer, I am to tell your story in a way that will leave you smiling for years as you reminisce the emotions and events of your wedding day. Lake Tahoe wedding photos filled with real moments.

Could you describe your Lake Tahoe wedding photographer style?


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Kimmi was great to work with! After our initial consultation, we felt very comfortable hiring her as our photographer. She was very knowledgeable about South Tahoe and easy to talk to about what we wanted for our day. The day of the wedding our families were very impressed and kept asking where we found her. They mentioned that she was calm, confident and organized - all great qualities you want in your photographer!

My husband and I had a September wedding in Oregon and were super fortunate to have Kimmi as our photographer. She has a very artistic eye and is a stealthy ninja that you won't even notice is there (if that's what you desire; we did). Kimmi did not allow the overcast weather to ruin our photos. Working with her even before the wedding was great! She is very thorough and responsive. Kimmi even thinks of things you probably wouldn't! Oh, and did I mention she travels?



Located in the Sierra Nevada mountains, the town of South Lake Tahoe is quickly becoming one of the most popular destinations for outdoor adventurous couples to get married. Whether it is an intimate elopement at Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe or an extravagant event at Edgewood Tahoe, there are few places that are more magical than the glittering waters of Lake Tahoe. The best outdoor Lake Tahoe wedding locations include popular spots such as King’s Beach, D.L. Bliss State Park, Sand Harbor State Park, Emerald Bay State Park, and Eagle Rock Trail. These places will all require a permit to use the venue for the wedding ceremony, which I will happily help you with.

Of course, there are also traditional wedding venues in Lake Tahoe that are ideal for the modern bride who wants a luxurious wedding with stunning views. These modern Lake Tahoe wedding venues include the Ritz Carlton, Hyatt Regency, Edgewood, Valhalla Grand Hall, and Heavenly Mountain Resort. Couples planning a Lake Tahoe wedding have plenty of options to choose from that perfectly fits their vision of their dream wedding day.

Other venues recommended for stunning Lake Tahoe wedding photos:

* Regan Beach

* Chart House Lake Tahoe

* Black Bear Lodge

* Granlibakken Tahoe

* The Tahoe Ridge Resort

* The Chateau at Incline Village

* Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe

* Tahoe Mountain Club

* Twenty Mile House

* Northstar California Resort

* Resort at Squaw Creek

* Emerald Bay State Park

* Zephyr Lodge at Northstar California

Where are the best Lake Tahoe wedding locations?



Lake Tahoe wedding packages pricing is based on the hours of coverage you need during your wedding day. I offer half-day to full-day coverage to fully document your wedding day and tell your love story for your family to look back on in years to come. Local wedding rates begin at $2,000 for half-day coverage. Elopements and small weddings begin at $1,200. All-inclusive Lake Tahoe elopement packages with details and rates.

Destination weddings and elopements are available on a case-by-case basis depending on my travel schedule, so book early!

What are the rates for a Lake Tahoe wedding photographer?


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