Ruthanne Z - Imagery for the Adventurous

Lake Tahoe Photographer

Ruthanne is a 2nd generation Tahoe native with a passion for her home, telling powerful love stories, and adventure. She specializes in small and intimate weddings with heavy emphasis on adventurous elopements, bringing to life the vivid landscape and couples in love.


I’m a born and raised 2nd generation Lake Tahoe native – obsessed with every inch of not only my hometown, but also the Golden State! I specialize in adventure photography – whether it’s an elopement or intimate wedding, I’ll help you find a way to add some adventure and document your story like no one else. Being a local to the Truckee/Tahoe region, I strive to give each of my clients a location that is unique to them and their day, with a space that is all their own. 

I eloped with my husband on top of a mountain overlooking Lake Tahoe in 2017 with 13 family members present. It was the best day of our lives, and ever since then I have shifted the focus of my business to help my clients have the same magical experience – whether it’s in the mountains, on the coast, or in the desert. I truly believe elopements + intimate weddings are RAD! Not to mention, they’re so much better for the environment. Did you know the average wedding produces 600lbs of trash?! Eloping is way fun + mama nature loves you for it!

I love not only photographing my couples, but helping them plan their day. I frequently pull together all the details you don't want to worry about - from florals and officiants, to where you'll stay, to where you have dinner afterwards, I can do it all!

I’ve flown almost 50k miles and driven well over 12k for clients in 2018 – including 4 countries and 10 states. I guess you could say I’m happy to go the distance – it’s a big part of what I love about this job. Oh, yeah! And I’m distantly related to Daniel Boone – so you could say adventure is in my blood. I live my life all over the place, and at any given time you’ll find me either driving to an epic mountain range, flying across the country, or sipping coffee on top of a mountain. I’m so excited to talk to you about your day, lets make something amazing together!


We had the HUGE privilege of shooting our engagement photos with Ruthanne in Boulder, Colorado. We'd never taken professional photos before, but she made us feel instantly comfortable, and we genuinely had so much fun on our mountain adventure with her. The photos are more than we ever could have hoped for--beautiful beyond measure--and we'll treasure not only them, but our memories of our time with Ruthanne, for years to come. If you're looking for a photographer, just stop right now and hire Ruthanne: she is EVERYTHING.

-Ellen + Tucker

My husband and I are so thankful for the opportunity to have Ruthanne be a part of our wedding announcement and our wedding day. She made us both feel incredibly comfortable in front of the camera to where she captured such intimate moments that we share together everyday, but the world is unable to see. On the day of the wedding, she was such a professional, but yet I felt that she was also a guest of the wedding due to her natural positive energy that she brings with her. Everyone felt comfortable to smile and take photos with her. I HIGHLY recommend hiring her for your wedding, engagement, adventure love shoot, or just personal photos as she’s the best in the business.

- Matt + Alex

We hired Ruthanne, on the recommendation of a friend, to do our engagement shoot and to photograph our wedding. She is hands-down the best woman for the job! Her bright and warm energy is perfect for making you comfortable in front of the camera, and she was incredibly talented at capturing beautiful, natural shots that showcase the scenery and our love! We could not be happier with our photos, and I will recommend her to anyone who asks!

-Lisa + Mike