Cake Smash Portrait

Cake Smash Portrait | Schnoll Family

What’s a one year birthday celebration without a cake smash portrait?  Poor Jack – the week of his scheduled portrait session the skies turned gloomy, gray and frigidly cold.  We quickly picked a new day for his session and although we escaped the snowstorm, we didn’t escape the drop in temperatures.  No amount of chill is match for a child and his sugar however!  His first cake was consumed in it’s entirety!

It’s been so incredibly amazing to watch Dave and Jess’s family grow over the past year.  I feel extremely lucky to be their photographer!  From their maternity session, to Jack’s newborn session, their six month holiday photos and now, Jack’s 1st birthday, it’s been incredible to watch Jack grow.  It’s clients like this family and the opportunity to see such drastic change in one year that reminds me of how incredible, wonderful and powerful my job is.

Thanks Jess and Dave for sharing your family with me!  Happy birthday Jack!!

Location: Zephyr Cove Resort

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Speakeasy Photobooth

Speakeasy | Roaring 20’s Photo Booth

This is how far behind I am on posting blog posts: I haven’t even posted photos from my own birthday party.  Seriously.  It was in June.

If you aren’t aware (I’m not sure how that’s possible if you even remotely consider yourself my friend) I started hosting theme parties for my birthday a few years ago.  It started with The Country Club, a smallish soiree with about 40 folks.  When 100 people showed up the next year to Bicycle Rodeo, I knew I’d outgrown house parties.  When 200 people showed up to Prom the following year, I was blown away.  Last year was an 80’s theme and nowawadays, I’ve grown my party repertoire to include a sometimes annual Masquerade Ball (photos from this year coming to the blog soon!).

This year was no exception to the awesomeness that is my birthday party and I must say, people really brought the goodness.  I hosted a Roaring 20’s Speakeasy themed party.  With jazzy tunes spun by Ascent DJ Dave Berkman and his awesome assistant Grant Stewart, aka DJ Gift.  A super huge shout out and thanks to my awesome stylists, Katie and Kathy at Tahoe Salon Be.  These two rad ladies were responsible for making me look SO amazing and did my hair and make-up for the event.

Next year’s theme isn’t totally decided, but I think I’m leaning towards 90’s.

You can check out all the Roaring 20’s Photo Booth photos via this link.

Venue: The American Legion Hall | DJ: Ascent DJ | Hair and Make-Up:Tahoe Salon Be | Lauren’s Outfit: Rent The Runway

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Lauren Lindley Photography’s Lake Tahoe Photo Booth Rental is a fantastic and fun addition to all kinds of events including: weddings, corporate events, company parties, trade shows, birthday or engagement parties, fundraising events, festivals and more. Photo booth is supremely social: even the most camera shy folks will have props in their hand by the end of the evening. Small booths only hold a handful of your guests but the Lauren Lindley Photo Booth can fit everyone in! More people, more props, more fun! It’s also an affordable addition to your extravaganza that allows your guests to relive the party later thanks to our customized theme back drops, props and fun attendants! Learn more about Lake Tahoe Photo Booth Rentals here.

Speakeasy

Speakeasy | A Roaring 20’s Party

Wear your finest, practice your gentlemanly banter, and be prepared to imbibe in the prohibited at SPEAKEASY for Lauren Lindley‘s 35th birthday celebration!

DJ David Berkman and his crew will be spinning the jazziest and swingingist of tunes until 2 AM. Swing Dance lessons from 9 PM to 10 PM by Kaitlin Fox.

This is a more the merrier party so feel free to invite your friends but keep it hush hush! Don’t talk in a loud tone. Speak easy in case of a raid. Immediately down your drink in the event of a bust! Make sure you aren’t followed. Passwords will change frequently.

Please NO GIFTS – Tip the DJS so they are well paid for their time!

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Rock the Casbah Photobooth

My birthday is my favorite holiday of the year.

A few years ago, I started hosting theme parties for my birthday.  It started with The Country Club, a smallish soiree with about 40 folks.  When 100 people showed up the next year to Bicycle Rodeo, I knew I’d outgrown house parties.  When 200 people showed up to Prom last year, I was blown away.

This year, I went with an 80’s theme and we called it Rock the Casbah.  At the thick of the night there were probably about 100 folks there, so not quite as grand as Prom, but still amazing.  I hired my buddys, David Berkmon of Ascent DJ Productions, and two of our other friends, who also DJ’d prom for me and once again they had the floor dancing all night long.  In fact, I was dancing so hard that I didn’t really even have time to drink all night.

 People really brought it for the costumes and as always, there were some random groups of folks who showed up late in the evening who had a BLAST.  I love it when strangers happen upon the party and end up having a killer time.  All in all, another year down and another awesome night.

Now it’s time to start planning for The 2nd Annual Masquerade Ball and next year’s birthday – I’m thinking a 50’s party!

If you want to see all the awesome photos or download your photo from the photobooth, you may do so via this link.

Whipped delight

Woah.

Now, I’ve made some delicious cakes in my day, but to be punny, this one takes the cake.

It’s called the “Versatile Vanilla Cake” (recipe via Martha Stewart) and the icing was egg whites and sugar, brought to temperature over the stove and then whipped into a amazing meringue-like fury.

This is most definitely one recipe I’m saving to use again!

Himmel Haus

Last week was Chris’s birthday so we had a small celebratory dinner at our new German themed restaurant in town: the Himmel Haus. I totally meant to wear my fake plastic bib dirndl from the Septoberfest Photobooth but sadly I ran out the door without it!

They have an impressive number of German and Austrian beers on taps and your options for size include normal, large, excessively large, larger than excessively large and a boot.

Drinking birthday beer, Himmel Haus Style

I’m moving today so between packing my house, trying to finish wedding photos for Matt and Sara, planning our Masquerade Ball, family portraits and a climbing photoshoot for my friend Ann Raber, I’m swamped!

Carrie’s 80’s Birthday Photobooth

I’ve worked four weeks in a row now of 55-65 hour weeks. I’m a little stressed and a little tired and quite a bit sick and was super bummed to find out that my friend Carrie wanted to hold her birthday party on the same night as our town hosted a major cycling event, only because I knew that my energy level wouldn’t be what I wanted it to be. I usually ride the event, which means waking up at the crack of dawn and pedaling my ass 72 miles around the lake. This year, I had a scheduling conflict and needed to be at the Tahoe Kids Tri instead so I didn’t have to get up quite so early. After hemming and hawing, I relented and offered to set up a photobooth. Because really, what’s a costume party without a photobooth? I’m so glad I did! It was worth the effort, the lost sleep and the time. It was EPIC.

These are my favorites from the booth, but you can see all the photos here.

Best of the West Rib Cook Off

This man really likes being the announcer for the world’s eating competitions. Barf.

For Brit’s birthday we all headed to grand old Sparks, NV where they annually host the Best of the West Rib Cook Off.

Strangely enough, it was the same day as the world’s Rib Eating Contest.

The smallest contender preps for the start of the event. He got third!

Once upon a time, when I was WAY too young, my grandmother let me watch Stand By Me. While I no longer have lingering nightmares about Gremlins driving through my window (the only other movie that has ever scared me as much), I do have specific and highly frightening nightmares to this day that involve fat kids eating pie. And my boyfriend wonders why I’m flipping out when he eats an entire box of cookies in one sitting.

I was really excited to use my new Sigma 85mm lens but not so excited that it involved the most foul thing I’ve ever watched. I would walk up and take photos for a few minutes and then I’d have to move back and not look for awhile.

The Best in the West Rib Cook-off’s Rib Eating Championship

Horrifying.

It went on for TWELVE minutes.

I wish I was kidding.

So. Effing. Gross.

Thank god I ate before I watched because the idea of food was utterly repulsive afterwards.

That, of course, didn’t stop my friends from buying ribs at at least five different stands immediately after.

Rib Eating post Rib Eating Comp.

New lens is so much awesome.

Regardless of my lingering nightmares, it was a pretty sweet time and it was nice to get some Texas style BBQ while we were at it.

I have a Roku channel on my tv that plays my picasa photos but for some reason it only plays the last four or five albums I’ve uploaded most recently, which happens to currently include the rest of the photos from this awesome competition so every once in awhile my nightmares are relived in my own livingroom. Thankfully they only play for five seconds.

Brit, Jeanelle and I at the Best in the West Rib Cook Off