Summit Side Photo & Video | About

Fine art, portrait, photo booth and commercial photography based in Truckee CA serving Lake Tahoe, Reno and Northern California.



Photographer's Bio

Sky and Leah collaborated to form Summit Side Photo & Video in 2010 and were married in 2015. They are driven by a passion to travel and capture the awe-inspiring beauty of their surroundings. The two have grown into a photography team with a fun and relaxed approach, specializing in fine art, portrait and sports photography, as well as video services and running a photo booth. The goal of Summit Side Photo & Video is to provide clients with stunning artistic photos and preserve their precious memories in the best light possible.

Sky Emerson’s passion for the outdoors and sense of adventure has led to a versatile career as a photographer and videographer. When not being charged by bears or hiking through the backcountry, he can be found photographing families, sporting events and doing work for commercial clients. Born and raised in Mendocino County (CA) and now residing in Truckee California, Sky developed a love for photography while shooting action sports movies for his original company Summit Side Productions. While traveling and filming for the movies, Sky shot many incredible photographs to go along with the video footage and his passion for photography grew exponentially.  Now he spends his time behind the lens, chasing dynamic light, searching for unique compositions and the perfect photo that completes a home. Sky’s mission is to capture and preserve nature’s magnificence, special life moments and the sense of wonder that this amazing planet provides.


Leah Emerson has been captivated by photography for most of her life. Growing up in Northern California, living in sunny Santa Barbara, and finally making her home in the Sierras, she has been inspired to capture beautiful moments in the world around her. While earning a degree in business from Cal State, Leah found her niche by combining her professional skills with her love for photography, enabling her to provide customers with high quality photographic services. Leah’s mission is build long term relationships with clients and community, while creating impressive and unique images that can be treasured for years to come.


Favorite Quote
“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.”
- Dorothea Lang


Serving Truckee, Lake Tahoe, Reno and Northern California