Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer – Monique

I am a Lake Tahoe based wedding photographer who loves to tell the story of each couple’s wedding day. I started our business here in the Tahoe area in 2002, and since then, I have photographed over 500 weddings at just about every venue at Lake Tahoe, Truckee and Reno. Scroll down to read more about my background first as a photojournalist. This bio gives you a brief peek in to my life, and if you think that my style and spirit match what you are looking for in a wedding photographer, then give me a call or email me and we can get to know each other.

About Lake Tahoe wedding photographer Monique Sady

By Monique

Photography has been in my blood since my dad gave me his workhorse Nikon F film camera with a broken light meter when I was in seventh grade. So I learned photography from him, using black and white film, spending many hours of my youth in our family darkroom. I discovered that I loved photojournalism at a young age, choosing the high school newspaper and yearbook to begin this journey that would become my college major, and my career after college.

Scott and I met while we were both in the photojournalism program at San Jose State, but it wasn’t until 6 years after I graduated and after Scott returned from his Associated Press job in Mexico that we reconnected and began this amazing life we now lead full of adventure, lots of laughs and of course a lifetime love.

After 3 years of our long distance romance, I quit my Bay Area small town newspaper job and moved to the Reno/Tahoe area where Scott worked for the local paper, and started my wedding photography business in 2002, thus the current name of our business, Photography by Monique. Scott finally quit his newspaper job in 2007 and joined my business, not as a second shooter but as the other half of our team.

I absolutely love weddings, and I feel so lucky to use my photojournalism skills to capture one of the happiest, most memorable days for each unique couple. It truly is an honor to tell their stories, capturing the moments from the getting ready through the reception.

And I also love this great, adventurous life that Scott and I lead. I am passionate about both my work and my life. Owning our own business and working out of our home gives us the time and flexibility to enjoy this amazing back yard we have – Tahoe, the Sierras, traveling. While I do admit summertime is jam packed with work, I make time for the things I love: backpacking, lake and ocean kayaking, yoga ( I am also a register yoga teacher, RYT), skiing and enjoying a micro brew or two wherever we end up. I love to spend time with our families and friends, sharing dinners, games, and campfires. I am what some people call a bird nerd, and love bird watching in general, from our front yard to the Osprey nests near Emerald Bay. I roast my own green coffee beens, there is nothing compared to a small batch, home roasted and brewed cup of coffee, especially on those cold winter mornings. And just one more little detail about my life, I love making and wearing costumes, and have been doing so for one of my favorite events, Burning Man, since 1999.

Getting in Tahoe for a trash the dress session

This is generally what I look like when I am working …. 2 cameras with me at all times, with a dorky waist belt that hold other lenses, lighting equipment, everything I need to be able to access quickly, without disrupting the fast paced flow of the day.

Vernal Falls in January

Santa ski day at Mt. Rose

The best sunset view for Triangle pose, backpacking high above the valley.



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