Dancing with the Tahoe Stars

Dancing with the Tahoe Stars | 2015

Every year the Tahoe Arts Project holds their annual fundraiser, an amazing night of dance and performance called “Dancing with the Tahoe Stars.”  10 members of our community participate in the program.  They are paired with 10 of our community’s professional dance instructors, learn a dance routine and are judged by a “distinguished” panel of judges.  Youth dance and performance programs pepper the intermission and closing acts.  Overall, it’s an amazing night of entertainment that raises funding  to bring performing arts and cultural enrichment to schools in the South Lake Tahoe region in both CA & NV.

The Tahoe Arts Project reaches over 5,000 students, within 10 schools in El Dorado, Douglas, and Alpine counties of California and Nevada. The artists whom students meet through the TAP programs serve as role models that demonstrate the values of self-discipline and the pursuit of excellence.  Current research validates TAP’s philosophy that these experiences also help students develop their own creative and problem solving abilities, foster intellectual development and success in all academic areas.

If you participated in the event or would like to view the entire gallery, you may do so via this link.

Lauren Lindley is a Reno Tahoe based freelance photographer available for general event photography in the Reno, Washoe Valley and Tahoe Basin.  Lauren Lindley Photography can provide services for a wide variety of events including, but not limited to, conventions, trade shows, corporate outings, meetings and more.  

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Austin SXSW Photographer | 2015 Preview

I am really fortunate to be returning to Austin for the third year in a row as an Austin SXSW Photographer.  I look forward to my time at SXSW every year with great anticipation.  It’s quickly stolen away a spot in my heart as my favorite music festival.  Every year, I return home with a list of amazing previously unheard of bands to listen to.  My number one goal for any music festival is to seek out new artists and SXSW provides like no other!

During my time at the event, I spend most of it photographing events that sponsors pay for like super fun happy hours put on by film and production companies, opening parties for the Tech Fest, and end of the event awards shows.  In between, I get to run around photographing side events and discovering new music.  Oh, and eating lots of tacos.

Now, it is the fate of every professional photographer, I think, that your clients come first and as such, I actually didn’t really take a very good look at any of my personal photos from SXSW until last week (and still, that’s a debatable statement).  For the record: I highly regret not even culling them last year!  Running through the images quickly was an insurmountable feat and I’m sure I missed some that I love, but, well, it’s probably a lost cause now because I’m flying to Austin today for this year’s event.

Here’s a quick selection of images from SXSW 2014 to hold you over until I return from this year’s event!  I am hereby declaring to the internets that I will not leave my photos untouched for an entire year this time.

Lauren Lindley is a destination wedding, commercial and event photographer that services the Greater Austin area during SXSW.  She is available for freelance event photography in the area from Thursday, March 12 through Tuesday, March 24th.

FRESHbash Sacramento

FRESHbash Sacramento | Event Photography

I was recently asked to attend FRESHbash, an exquisitely designed wedding fair and event, on behalf of Black Sheep Bride, a socially conscious wedding network.  FRESHbash, a thoughtfully curated showcase of design exhibitions and experiences meant to raise the creative bar and inspire the senses for the wedding industry.  It took place at the Beatnik Studios in ​Sacramento, a perfect location for this amazing design-centric event.  I have to add that Beatnik Studios would be the perfect location for a wedding: I’m adding it to my ever growing list of dream places to photograph weddings at!

The event was impeccably decorated by some amazing teams of wedding designers, planners, florists and print-masters.  In addition, it featured experiential stations like a paper calligraphy station, amazing photo booths in cars by The Photo Booth Bug, craft mixology sponsored by Honeybook and Liquidology, fun and innovative food from s+s Gastropub, and unexpected thrills like a human popcorn stand.  You can check out all the amazing design talent that helped contribute to this event over at the  FRESHbash website.

A few of the vendors I was most impressed with included the super rad D’Railed Beauty Trolley, a traveling beauty salon for your wedding day that comes to you!  I also met Ara Arbabzadeh, head of VIP Photography Studios in Davis, CA whose spirit and mutual love of wine I absolutely fell for.  I was also super stoked to finally meet Geoff Bardot, head photographer at The Goodness.  His work is bright, sassy and fun and although we’ve also shared referrals with each other, it was the first time we were able to meet in person!

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Tahoe Event Photography

Tahoe Event Photographer | Pretty Faces Premier

Pretty Faces premiered in Tahoe a week ago thanks to the coordinated efforts of local She Jumps coordinator Meghan Kelly and Heavenly Resort.

Pretty Faces came about thanks to professional big mountain skier and SheJumps co-founder, Lynsey Dyer with the objective of giving women and girls a source of inspiration with an all female ski film.  Despite making up more than 40% of the skiing population, female athletes are rarely represented in ski films.  Frustrated with being used as models rather than athletes, Lyndsey wanted to put females front and center.  When funding ran out, the crowd sourced Kickstarter project almost doubled it’s $60k goal, raising $113,534, making it clear that everyone is interested in celebrating female achievement in the sports world.

In addition to Dyer, other featured female athletes and key figures include Rachael Burks, Elyse Saugstad, Ingrid Backstrom, Wendy Fisher, Angel Collinson,  Nadia Samer, and Devin Logan. Additional sponsors include GoPro, Eddie Bauer and REI.

If you would like to see Pretty Faces in a theater setting, the tour is still coming to the following locations: Bend, OR; Ashville, NC; Grand Rapids, MI; Washington DC; Vancouver, BC; Leavenworth, WA; Anchorage, AK; Plymouth, NH.  If you can’t wait, you can purchase the video online and stream on demand.

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Tahoe Event Photographer | Tahoe Kids Tri

Summer is leaving us, hopefully bringing the onset of crisp fall temps, changing leaves and eventually…winter!  Lots of things in town are ending, including our beach days, Live at Lakeview and the the last of the Tahoe Kids Tri series, which involves a ton of kids ages 3-13, being awesome.  I’m always excited to be their on course and finish line photographer.  Jason and his partner Sean donate countless hours providing our community with awesome events like this one!

This year the Tahoe Tri Club is hosting two events for the kids: one was July 13, 2014 and the 2nd was on August 24, 2014.  Both events are held at the South Lake Tahoe Recreation Center.  The events entail a pool swim and a flat, paved bike and run course.

If you missed these awesome events, the Tahoe Tri Club is putting on a slew of Tahoe Fun runs this fall.  For more information and to register head over to the the fun run website.  There will be a Halloween themed race at the end of October, a Thanksgiving race and a Jingle Jog.  The race director, Jason Collin can be reached at Jason@tahoetriclub.com and (530) 307-3316.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from the afternoon.  If your child participated in the event, you can view, download, share to social media and order prints via this gallery link.

Live at Lakeview

Tahoe Event Photographer | Live at Lakeview | Week 9

It’s the last week of Live at Lakeview!  For those of you coming to visit Tahoe South for Labor Day weekend, Live at Lakeview is our premier weekly community event and the best way to spend your Thursday summer nights in Tahoe.  Beat the Bay Area weekend traffic and come to stay on Thursday and spend the evening with live music!  

This week will conclude a summer of concert fun with Reggae Night!  International underground reggae sensation, Rocker T will headline and a local reggae rock band, Weapon, will open.  Arrive to the event early so you don’t miss happy hour in the beer garden!  From 4:30-5:30 PM, happy hour prices will be in effect – $1 off the beer and wine selection, which now includes Ninkasi’s Total Domination IPA!

This past week at Live at Lakeview brought Scott Pemberton Trio and Black Star Safari to the stage.  Black Star Safari had a huge crowd amassed and dancing early in the evening!  The vendor area was full of non-profits and local artisans selling their wares.  

Check out free music here in Tahoe South every Thursday from 4:30-8:30 PM at Lakeview Commons from June 26th-August 28th.  Please ride your bike and utilize the free bike valet or find plenty of parking at the SLT Parks and Recreation Department on Rufus Allen Blvd.  The proceeds of all sales of alcohol from the beer garden support the series and I encourage you to either imbibe in the garden or make a donation in one of the donation boxes around the Commons Area on the night you attend.  As always, Live at Lakeview is a free community event.  Please be aware of the following city ordinances in Lakeview Commons Park: no dogs, no outside alcohol and no smoking.

 You can find my weekly wrap ups, photos and previews of the next concert all summer long here and on Tahoe South.

Tahoe Event Photographer | American Century Golf Classic | Edgewood

I was thrilled to be play event photographer for the Tahoe Mountain News for the 2nd year in a row at the American Century Golf Classic at Edgewood.  While I would have really loved to hit up the 7th hole on Thursday once again, I was predisposed at Wanderlust Festival instead.

I hit up the Tahoe Celebrity Golf Championship on Saturday this year, which proved to be a sage choice, as rain and thunder sent most of the players home early on the other afternoons.  The 17th hole proved to be a wise choice to spend my time at once again.  From the energetic drunk crowds, to the beautiful views, to the player antics, I was treated to a wealth of photographic fodder.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from the American Century Celebrity Golf Classic 2014.

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Larry the Cable Guy hypes up the crowd.

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Larry the Cable Guy and Charles Barkley take turns bowing to each other’s golfing prowess.

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Kevin Nealon is nothin’ but net.

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Kevin Nealon hams it up for 17th hole spectators.

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Larry the Cable Guy goes for the punt. I posted this to my facebook page originally and he actually commented on it: “Look at that form! I’m graceful as a cheetah! Thanks so much! Hope you had as much fun as we did!”

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Goose Gossage lays it out for a fan in the crowd with a mitt and a catcher’s mask.

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Joe Carter teases the fans at the 17th hole.

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Ed McMahon takes a breather while waiting for a commercial break.

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Ricky Stenhouse JR, Denny Hamlin and Michael Waltrip make their caddies race the 17th green.

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While they calmly walk behind and take photos.

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Gary Williams of the Golf Channel has a bit of fun with his partners and the crowd.

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Aaron Rodgers dismayed that he misses his target as partner Lucas Black laughs.

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Celebrity Golf weekend is rough on everyone: even the spectators.

Live at Lakeview

Tahoe Event Photographer | Live at Lakeview | Week 8

There’s only two weeks of Live at Lakeview left!  If you haven’t managed to make it down to Tahoe South’s premier weekly community event, this week and next are your last chances to spend an evening with live music as the sun sets over the west shore of Lake Tahoe.  Bring a picnic, enjoy a beer or glass of wine in the beer garden, and spend Thursday night with us at Lakeview Commons!

Under sunny blue skies with not a cloud in sight, Live at Lakeview brought dancing and good times to the Tahoe South crowd this past week thanks to big band pop opener Musical Charis and funk and soul outfit Mojo Green.  Musical Charis ended their set this week by bringing a young musician up from the crowd to accompany them on tambourine.  Mojo Green ended their set in the dark of the evening with throngs of people happily shaking their hips!

This week, Live at Lakeview brings the infectious and inventive surfy rock sounds of  Scott Pemberton Trio to the stage.  Black Star Safari is a South Lake Tahoe based electro/rock/folk/funk duo will open.  Black Star Safari features Matt Mandella on drums, vocals and samples and Dan Green on guitar and vocals, creating an engrossing sound spanning musical genres and eras.

Check out free music here in Tahoe South every Thursday from 4:30-8:30 PM at Lakeview Commons from June 26th-August 28th.  Please ride your bike and utilize the free bike valet or find plenty of parking at the SLT Parks and Recreation Department on Rufus Allen Blvd.  The proceeds of all sales of alcohol from the beer garden support the series and I encourage you to either imbibe in the garden or make a donation in one of the donation boxes around the Commons Area on the night you attend.  As always, Live at Lakeview is a free community event.  Please be aware of the following city ordinances in Lakeview Commons Park: no dogs, no outside alcohol and no smoking.

 You can find my weekly wrap ups, photos and previews of the next concert all summer long here and on Tahoe South.

Live at Lakeview

Tahoe Event Photographer | Live at Lakeview | Week 7

For the 2nd year in a row, 40 Watt Hype had the Tahoe South community enthralled and on their feet with the band’s crowd-pleasing blend of hip-hop, R&B and latin fusion.  Cumbia-fusion band Candelaria introduced everyone to their dub and reggae influenced cumbia, adding a new twist to Colombian rhythms.

This week, the amazing team at On Course Events brings us another stellar evening on the beaches of Tahoe South with local band Mojo Green.   Show up on Thursday for yet another epic Tahoe South sunset and listen to the the heavy horn, funk and soul that Mojo Green will dish up.  This week’s opener is Musical Charis, a retro-inspired folk rock outfit from Sacramento, CA that, according to Absolute-Punk.net “infuses a pop sensibility…into a big band style of writing.”  Sounds like an opener not to be missed!

Check out free music here in Tahoe South every Thursday from 4:30-8:30 PM at Lakeview Commons from June 26th-August 28th.  Please ride your bike and utilize the free bike valet or find plenty of parking at the SLT Parks and Recreation Department on Rufus Allen Blvd.  The proceeds of all sales of alcohol from the beer garden support the series and I encourage you to either imbibe in the garden or make a donation in one of the donation boxes around the Commons Area on the night you attend.  As always, Live at Lakeview is a free community event.  Please be aware of the following city ordinances in Lakeview Commons Park: no dogs, no outside alcohol and no smoking.

 You can find my weekly wrap ups, photos and previews of the next concert all summer long here and on Tahoe South.

Tahoe Concert Photographer

Tahoe Event Photographer | Squaw Valley | Wanderlust

When Wanderlust Festival put out a call for volunteer bloggers to participate in the four day festival and share their experience, I jumped at the chance despite my unyogic ways.  The four day festival offers a variety of activities in one of the best places Tahoe has to offer: Squaw Valley.  From music, to yoga, to food, to wine, to pool parties, to yes, even roller skating disco as the sun goes down, Wanderlust is a pretty awesome festival, whether you’re obsessed with yoga or not.  If you are, there’s an overwhelming amount of sessions every day, and if you’re not, there’s an overwhelming amount of other things to occupy your time.

During the festival, I made it a point to attend at least one yoga class, which turned out to be completely not what I was expecting.  I also made it a point to talk to a bunch of strangers and not so strangers to do Wanderlust participant profiles on them.  I learned a Bollywood Style Dance, took a kids yoga class where a 5 year old taught me something new, and explored everything that Wanderlust has to offer when you don’t have a plan, which I didn’t.  I ran out of a class to snap this photo of a girl doing yoga in the rain.

Overall, it was a fun, wonderful experience and one that I would definitely be open to repeating.  Wanderlust Festival is coming to the following cities in the near future: Whistler, BC, Tremblant, QC, Brooklyn, NY, Atlanta, GA, and Austin, TX.  They are always looking for volunteers, bloggers and in some cases, photographers.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from my Wanderlust Week.