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The Daniel Family, Tahoe CA {bret cole photography}

We are lucky to have this adorable family official Tahoe residents! And man, did they chose an awesome year to make the move:). Like me, they left the vine covered hills of the central coast, to a place where Aspens grow and snow covers the mountains…..both stunning locations that represent the diverse regions of California. I am delighted that they chose me to capture these sweet moments in their lives. Telling stories of living, breathing, ever evolving beings is what I love best about my job. And people like the Daniel family motivate me to continue this passion. People who are real. People who desire to preserve organic, meaningful moments…..and allow me to do so on film.

Bret Cole Photography, Daniel Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe, bretcole.com

Bret Cole Photography, Daniel Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe, bretcole.com

Bret Cole Photography, Daniel Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe, bretcole.com

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Bret Cole Photography, Daniel Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe, bretcole.com

Bret Cole Photography, Daniel Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe, bretcole.com

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Bret Cole Photography, Daniel Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe, bretcole.com

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Bret Cole Photography, Daniel Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe, bretcole.com

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Bret Cole Photography, Daniel Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe, bretcole.com

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Bret Cole Photography, Daniel Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe, bretcole.com

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Bret Cole Photography, Daniel Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe, bretcole.com

Bret Cole Photography, Daniel Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe, bretcole.com
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Dancing on the beach in San Diego {bret cole photography}

After many long and painful hours in the studio, beautiful Kateryna met her goal. She earned her toe shoes, which is not an easy feat for a ballerina. We thought it fitting to document this very special occasion in her life. Here are a few of my favorite images from our session….

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A Tribute to my brother, burning man 2015

It might not be impressive standing next to the large scale art creations at Burning Man, but this project is immeasurably special to me. I put my heart into it’s symbolic design and installation. I have grown to internalize many significant things in my life in two ways: through the experience itself and by capturing it on film. These images tell the story of making and raising my project. It is now in my garden- a place of peace and beauty. Many thanks to Brigette Nelson, my husband James Cole, and all who helped in bringing this tribute to life.

My brother August is a fallen hero. He had two tattoos. A Chinese character placed on each of his shoulder blades. When translated into English, mean “protector” and “warrior”. These two words vividly describe Augie, which is why I chose to incorporate them into my art piece. The two symbols represent who he was on earth. The circular shape and movement (as a mobile) has no end, which represents where he is now and for all eternity.

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Bret Cole Photography, Lifestyle Film photographer in Lake Tahoe, Burning Man 2015, Black Rock City, Playa Art Installation, Augie

Augie’s Tribute Art Piece

Sweet Baby James Newborn Session, San Francisco {bret cole photography}

I’ve been photographing this beautiful family for a few years now, when their first born was just a couple weeks old. Now Penelope is the big sister. Baby brother James is one happy, easy going little man! I think having the 2nd be an easy one is one of God’s many blessings. Haha. Congratulations Crist family! I look forward to watching these little ones blossom and grow:)).

Bret Cole Photography, Baby James and Crist Family Photo Session in San Francisco

Bret Cole Photography, Baby James and Crist Family Photo Session in San Francisco

Bret Cole Photography, Baby James and Crist Family Photo Session in San Francisco

Bret Cole Photography, Baby James and Crist Family Photo Session in San Francisco

Bret Cole Photography, Baby James and Crist Family Photo Session in San Francisco

Bret Cole Photography, Baby James and Crist Family Photo Session in San Francisco

Bret Cole Photography, Baby James and Crist Family Photo Session in San Francisco

Bret Cole Photography, Baby James and Crist Family Photo Session in San Francisco

Bret Cole Photography, Baby James and Crist Family Photo Session in San Francisco

Bret Cole Photography, Baby James and Crist Family Photo Session in San Francisco

Bret Cole Photography, Baby James and Crist Family Photo Session in San Francisco

Bret Cole Photography, Baby James and Crist Family Photo Session in San Francisco

Bret Cole Photography, Baby James and Crist Family Photo Session in San Francisco

Bret Cole Photography, Baby James and Crist Family Photo Session in San Francisco

Bret Cole Photography, Baby James and Crist Family Photo Session in San Francisco

Bret Cole Photography, Baby James and Crist Family Photo Session in San Francisco

Bret Cole Photography, Baby James and Crist Family Photo Session in San Francisco

The Zikas Family by Bret Cole Photography, Lake Tahoe

The Zikas family. This time, with their new little addition Emma. This past spring, when the lake level was down, this colorful meadow full of lupins and wildflowers appeared along the shore line of Tahoe City. It was unbelievable! And came and went in a matter of a week. I’m so stoked we made it in time!!

Tom Zikas and my husband James, are co-owners and photographers of Cinematic Digital Media. A company well worth checking out! I feel it’s a great honor to photograph others in my profession.

Bret Cole Photography, Zikas Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe

Bret Cole Photography, Zikas Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe

Bret Cole Photography, Zikas Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe

Bret Cole Photography, Zikas Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe

Bret Cole Photography, Zikas Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe

Bret Cole Photography, Zikas Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe

Bret Cole Photography, Zikas Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe

Bret Cole Photography, Zikas Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe

Bret Cole Photography, Zikas Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe

Bret Cole Photography, Zikas Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe

Bret Cole Photography, Zikas Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe

Bret Cole Photography, Zikas Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe

Bret Cole Photography, Zikas Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe

Bret Cole Photography, Zikas Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe

Bret Cole Photography, Zikas Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe

Bret Cole Photography, Zikas Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe

Bret Cole Photography, Zikas Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe

Bret Cole Photography, Zikas Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe

Bret Cole Photography, Zikas Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe

Bret Cole Photography, Zikas Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe

Bret Cole Photography, Zikas Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe

Bret Cole Photography, Zikas Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe

Bret Cole Photography, Zikas Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe

Bret Cole Photography, Zikas Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe

Bret Cole Photography, Zikas Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe