Birkfam in Tahoe

I feel very fortunate that I get to travel as much as I do and it’s even better when I get to combine the travel with work. So I spent this past week in Lake Tahoe, on the boarder of California and Nevada, shooting a commercial for BirkSun. I’ve only ever driven through Lake Tahoe and that was some years ago. It’s a quiet lake town, where things slow down a bit and you just enjoy Mother Nature at it’s finest. The evergreens reach straight up into the clear blue sky, the air is crisp, and the water is so fresh and pure. It’s truly breathtaking. Hot summer days turn into vibrant, picturesque sunsets and at night you can see more stars than you even think existed. The pictures truly can’t do it justice.

We we’re shooting for BirkSun (, a company that makes solar powered backpacks. Three friends, who are some of the nicest guys I’ve met, started the company 2 years ago and have been rocking since. They say they’re a family, the birkfam, which sounds cheesy, but I really felt like I was part of the family. It’s funny thing going in to do shoots with people you’ve never met before. You never know how you’re going to react to each other. A lot of times people will be a little reserved and not open up right away. I don’t think it’s on purpose, but just the nature of the beast sometimes. As it turns out, I usually end up being the old guy on the shoots. Especially when there are girls involved, they start so young, just ends up being the way it works out. But I’ve grown comfortable in the role; I’m like the wacky, older brother to everyone.

The shoot very much lived up to the motto of “work hard, play hard.” Long days on set followed by nights filled with dance parties, stories, hot tubing, shenanigans, and other fuzzy details that start to trail off. We somehow all found a common bond in pop punk and emo music. Sing-alongs to Dashboard Confessional and Blink 182 were a common occurrence. I’m a true emo kid at heart, so when you find others like that it’s always good vibes.

The trip went by all too fast. By the time we really started rolling, it was time to go again. But that’s the way it goes, hopefully we’ll be reunited on the next BirkSun shoot. And if you’re in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York or Dallas markets be on the looking for the commercial airing there soon.