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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.comBret Cole Photography, Daniel Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe, bretcole.comBret Cole Photography, Daniel Family Photo Session in Lake Tahoe, bretcole.combret_cole_daniel_family_tahoe_california04

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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's Tribute Art Piece

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Augie’s Tribute Art Piece

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

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March 26th. Today marks the 1 year anniversary of my brother’s passing……although it feels like yesterday. Time has a way of standing still when it comes to Augie. I will never get to see him grow old, thus, he will remain the same in my mind….like time standing still. Today, I thought it fitting to re-post my tribute to him from last April.

 

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In loving memory of my brother August Skye Gaw. Born August 3rd, 1980. Entered into rest March 26th, 2014. These images are of his burial, his home in Santa Margarita, and the day following his memorial at our grandfather’s ranch- his favorite place in this world.

“Our August died on his own battlefield. He was killed in action fighting a civil war. He fought against adversaries that were as real to him as his casket is real to us. They were powerful adversaries. They took toll of his energies and endurance. They exhausted the last vestiges of his courage, and only God knows how this child of His suffered in the silent skirmishes that took place in his soul.” – Victor M. Parachin

My brother was a man of passion. Whatever he did, he did with his whole heart. Like a red rose; he was beautiful, crimson, complicated, yet full of thorns. Not many people understood him, but those who did will be changed forever. And although they say time will ease our broken hearts, there will forever be a void that he once filled. Augie- I will miss your strong hugs, your desire as a big brother to shield me from harm, your ethics, your ability to skip the gossip and small talk and discuss things that truly matter. You are with me always. You are in my childhood memories. You are in the music I listen to. You are in the soft country breeze.

Things Augie treasured most: Family Life. His loving wife Sara and beautiful daughter Hunter. Honor. Music. Playing the piano. Animals. Especially horses and his dog Beck. The Wilderness. Hunting. BBQing. His close circle of friends. Ranching. Living off the Land. Martial Arts. And being a Protector.

“Once Among Us, Always in Our Hearts, Forever in Heaven”

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