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Tahoe Event Photographer | Boys and Girls Club Golf Classic at Edgewood

When my friend and client Michelle asked me to donate my time as a Tahoe Event Photographer to the Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe, I didn’t have to think twice.  Their annual Golf Classic is a major source of fundraising for the organization and is held the week after Edgewood Golf Course closes for the season each year.  Individuals and Corporations participate for an amazing day of golf and fun in the Tahoe Sun at one of the most gorgeous golf courses in the nation.  I know it’s winter now and you aren’t even thinking about golf, but I’m thrilled to finally finish share these photos from last September!

The Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe has been providing quality programs for the youth of the Tahoe community since 1991. They have more than 900 members ages 5-18.  In addition to providing programs and services to the youth year-round, the also offer them a physical and emotional safe haven to learn and grow within our town.

You may donate to the Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe via this link or find more information about participating in the 2014 Golf Classic via this link.

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Tahoe Event Photography | Jingle Jog 5k and 10k

On Sunday the 15th the Tahoe Fun Runs held the last in their series of holiday themed Run through the Holidays fun runs: The Hot Chocolate Jingle Jog.  Most of the participants dressed the part and as they finished the event, they were each handed a custom mug to fill with hot chocolate and all the trimmings, including whip cream and sprinkles.  Winners in each age group were also awarded nutcrackers as prizes!  It was a gorgeous day to cap off the end of a fun and spirited event series.  Big thanks to Tahoe Fun Runs for bringing great community events to our area!

Did you participate in the Jingle Jog?  If so, you can view, download and share your images via this link.

Want to join in on the fun?  

Each of the three events features a 5k, 10k and a kids’ fun run.  Keep an eye on the Tahoe Fun Runs website for more information and to register for next year.  100% of the proceeds from these events benefit the Junior program for the Tahoe Tri Club.

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Dallas Event Photography | DW Carter Class of ’68 & ’69 Reunion

You know I couldn’t go to a dance party and set up an awesome photo booth and not take some candid floor shot photos!  Thanks to the crew from the Class of ’68 and ’69 for showing us how to boogie.  My mother always says that her high school reunions are “the most fun EVER.”  I would have to concur that it was a rockin’ good time.

If you were part of the Class of ’68 and ’69 and want to download dance floor photos, you may do so via this link.  If you are looking for the photo booth photos from the event, follow this link.

Venue:  Heritage Lakes Clubhouse | Photo Booth: Lauren Lindley Photography | Catering: The Lindley Brothers | DJ: Power Sound

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Tahoe Event Photography | Freakin’ Fun Run

It’s getting a little ghoulish up in Tahoe.

Thanks to the Tahoe Tri Club and a whole slew of local volunteers, we have our very own Holiday Fun Run Series!  Run through the Holidays is a series of three runs.  The first in the series was the Freakin’ Fun Run and I was more than thrilled to volunteer my time and donate my photography services for the finish line.

Normally, I’d be out on the course running myself but as I cracked up at the antics of Race Director and Head Zombie Jason Collin, I did not regret missing out on the athletics.  It was quite the show!

 Did you participate in the Freakin’ Fun Run?  

If so, head over to the full photo gallery via this link to see all the photos and download them for free.

Want to join in on the fun?  

Each of the three events features a 5k, 10k and a kids’ fun run.  The South Tahoe Turkey Trot will be held Sunday, November 17, 2013 and the Jingle Jog Hot Chocolate Run will be held Sunday, December 15, 2013.  Head to the Tahoe Fun Runs website for more information and to register.  100% of the proceeds from these events benefit the Junior program for the Tahoe Tri Club.

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Tahoe Event Photography | Genoa Candy Dance

Every year on the last weekend of December, the town of Genoa hosts their annual Candy Dance Faire which offers over 300 craft and food vendors and draws thousands of people to Genoa during the two-day event.  It’s absolutely massive with tents stretching from one end of Genoa to the other.

Annual Genoa Candy Dance and Faire was originally planned as a dinner and dance in the fall of 1919 by the women of the town to raise money for street lights.  There was a dance and midnight dinner at the Raycraft Hall, which is now known as the Genoa Town Hall.  The women of the town made candies and cakes to pass around to the guests.  The first Candy Dance was so successful they decided to make it an annual event.

Today, families mill about shopping, playing, eating and crafting.  It’s a family friendly event with tons of activities to keep the kids entertained.

The 2014 Candy Dance will be held September 27 & 28, 2014.   Come join in on the fun!

PLAY:

EAT:

  • In addition to all the yummy treats you’ll fill up on at the Genoa Candy Faire, make sure you stop in for a pie at Basecamp Pizza Co.   Their outdoor patio is perfect for people watching and corn-hole playing and their BBQ Chicken Pizza is unbeatable.
  • Check out the new Gunbarrel Tavern and Eatery in the Heavenly Village.  They have excellent food at reasonable prices and all of Tahoe has been a buzz about their “Tower 16” Tuna appetizer.
  • Buy a ticket to the Genoa Candy Dance dinner, held on Saturday night of the fair from 5:30-7:30 PM.  This year’s menu included BBQ pork and chicken, potato and green salads, green beans and vegetables.  The Dance follows immediately after.   2013 Tickets for adults were $28 and for children, $20.  Tickets are available over the phone from the Genoa Town Office.

STAY:

  • Bring the outdoors inside at the Basecamp South Lake Tahoe, a new boutique hotel right in the Stateline Corridor.  It offers a short 5 minute walk to the lake and an even shorter 4 minute walk to the Heavenly Gondola and a brief drive over Kingsbury Grade to visit the candy dance.  They have 50 lavish rooms at more affordable prices.

Tahoe Event Photography | Sample the Sierra

Sample the Sierra is a classic and iconic Tahoe event beloved by locals and tourists alike.  Until this year, I’d never actually been able to attend since it always occurs on Labor Day weekend, which is historically very busy in my shop.  This year, I had my favorite reason as an excuse to attend: I was the official event photographer.  You know my favorite jobs always involve wine!

Patricks Berry Farm Produce at the 4th Annual Sample the Sierra.

Sample the Sierra celebrates our regions best of the best in food, wine and artisan vendors.  The event is a collaborative effort between the Tahoe Chamber of Commerce and El Dorado County and celebrates the bounty and the heritage of the Sierra Nevada region.  The festival aims to build flourishing partnerships within the County as well as promoting its geo-tourism assets.  Mark your calendar for 2014 for the Sunday before Labor Day and come on down to Ski Run Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe and see what El Dorado County has to offer!  Your admission price includes wine and beer tastings along with food samples from local Tahoe restaurants.  While you dine and mingle, meander around the artisan tents to check out their awesome wares or listen to free live music!

Tahoe Ridge Winery has a tasting room in Minden!

You can see the photos I took from the day over on the Sample the Sierra Facebook page.  There is an album for general photos and an album for the 2nd Annual Chef Challenge!

A few of my favorite Tahoe vendors were in attendance. You can’t go wrong with any of these guys!

Diane and Amber dished out french toast and wine. The Getaway Cafe is Boyfriend and my favorite breakfast spot!

Matt and Jen of The Yum Truck are one of my favorite Tahoe vendors. Their grub is unbelievable and their spirit is unmatched. I highly recommend them for events and to cater Tahoe Weddings!

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Tahoe Kids Tri | Tahoe Event Photography

September has finally arrived and with it comes the end of some awesome things: no more Live at Lakeview, no more sunshine at 8:30 PM, no more kids’ triathlon events.

Thankfully, the Tahoe Tri Club is going to offer a series of super awesome fun runs for all ages this fall called the Run through the Holidays Series featuring a Freakin’ Fun Run on Oct 13th, a Turkey Trot on Nov 17th, and the Jingle Jog Hot Chocolate Run on Dec 15th.  If you register for all three events at once you save $30 in registration fees so register today and I’ll be out there to snap your finish line photo!

If your kids participated in the event, a link to the gallery will remain under the EVENTS selection in the PORTFOLIO tab or you can also view the entire gallery via this link.

If you are looking for photos from previous Tahoe Tri Club Events, you can view them via these links:

2013 Tahoe Kids Tri #3: September 8, 2013

2013 Tahoe Kids Tri #2: August 18, 2013

2013 Tahoe Kids Tri #1: July 21, 2013

2013 Tahoe Kids Tri Mini Event: June 30, 2013

2012 Tahoe Kids Tri #3: Sept 9, 2012

2012 Tahoe Kids Tri #2: Aug 12, 2012

2012 Tahoe Kids Tri #1: July 7, 2012

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Tahoe Event Photography | Tahoe Celebrity Golf

The 17th Green at the Tahoe Celebrity Golf Championship at Edgewood Golf Course.

Despite the fact that my boyfriend’s biggest problem this summer has been blisters on his hands from playing too much golf, I have yet to pick up a club.  Unlike tennis, which seemingly has the most complicated scoring system in the world, I have a fairly good grasp of the rules of the sport thanks to the Easter Sunday ritual of watching the PGA Tour.  Honestly, I intended to take the golf class at the college this fall just for the hell of it so that I could get better than boyfriend and kick his ass up and down the greens, but it appears that my workdays are not going to get any shorter in the coming months.

Fans pose with Kelly Slater for a photo op on Thursday at the 7th green.

When the editor of the Tahoe Mountain News rang me up and asked if I’d be interested in photographing the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship here in Tahoe last month, of course I said yes.  I’ve never been to the Celebrity Golf Championship, which comes to Tahoe every year, and furthermore, I’ve never been farther into Edgewood than the Brooks Bar and Deck (which makes a mean and, most importantly, real margarita).  You know my motto: why the hell not?

The event was SUPER fun and although I tend to think watching golf isn’t that exciting, the element of celebrities when combined with start struck fans is a fairly comical scenario to watch.  My favorite moment was, without question, watching Charles Barkley’s entourage pass out hundred dollar bills to the crowd.  First of all, I was the ONLY photographer there.  I feel pretty lucky to have witnessed it.

“With a hundred dolla bill, y’all”

Here are a few of my favorite photos from the days I spent at the event.  If you would like to see them all, you may do so via this link.

Ahmad Rashad breaks a smile at the fans antics at the 7th hole.

Michael Phelps high fives a row of spectators on Thursday.

John Elway sends one flying to the fans at the 17th hole.

Goofing off for the crowd, Jeremy Roenick pretends to tackle his caddie.

Phelps signed autographs for hours Saturday afternoon.

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Tahoe Kids Tri | Tahoe Event Photography

Sponsoring our local Tahoe Kids Tri Series as a photographer is a no brainer for me and not just because I get to listen to parents yell at their kids to go faster or hurry up or take their helmet off (serious competitors, those parents) or because sometimes the kids break down in tears when they don’t get 1st place (happens) but mostly because I love swimming, running and cycling myself.

Montage-3The 2nd event of the summer was held this past Sunday at the South Lake Tahoe Parks and Recreation Department on Rufus Allen Blvd, which is where all of the events will be held from now on.  The new venue makes it much easier for me to grab action shots of the race itself and all the finish line shots, which is awesome.

Overall, it was an absolute delight to attend, as always, and a great way to volunteer my time.  If you have a kid and they haven’t yet participated in this awesome home grown local event, get them out there at the next one!  The kids LOVE it and they are all smiling ear to ear after they finish, regardless of any tears spilled mid-race.  These events are nothing short of fantastic and there are age group awards for every single age increment, which means more kids get the feeling of accomplishment from standing on the podium.  A 2 year old competed for the second time this summer – if he can do it, any kid can do it!

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 If your kids participated in the event, a link to the gallery will remain under the EVENTS selection in the PORTFOLIO tab or you can also view the entire gallery via this link.

Coming to visit Tahoe?  The Tahoe Tri Club will be holding kids’ triathlons at the Parks and Recreation Department on Rufus Allen Blvd again on Aug 18 and Sept 8.  The events start at 1:30 PM and you need to show up early to register.  You can find more information at their website.  Each kid receives post event grub and a raffle ticket for awesome swag from local sponsors.

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If you are looking for photos from previous Tahoe Tri Club Events, you can view them via these links:

2013 Tahoe Kids Tri #1: July 21, 2013

2013 Tahoe Kids Tri Mini Event: June 30, 2013

2012 Tahoe Kids Tri #3: Sept 9, 2012

2012 Tahoe Kids Tri #2: Aug 12, 2012

2012 Tahoe Kids Tri #1: July 7, 2012

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American Century Celebrity Golf Championship | Preview

Out of everything going on at the American Century Golf Championship in Tahoe this week, my most favorite discovery was the 7th Hole on Thursday.

I was wandering around fairly aimlessly when out of the crowd, more than 400 yards away, I heard the loud chants of “U-S-A-U-S-A.”  Michael Phelps had just arrived to tee off.

Thursday is a practice day and as I was told by another spectator, the 7th Hole on Thursday is the stuff legends are made of: a group of guys who all graduated from Sac State together show up every year, bring in their own beer, and jovially heckle the players.  You can hear them from greens away.  I was told that the boys were once kicked out for sneaking their own beer in and when the director of the tournament found out, he issued a standing yearly invitation to them so that they could continue their tradition.

Once I discovered the spot I didn’t leave and oh how glad I am.

Charles Barkley, who was injured this year and decided he couldn’t play the official tournament, was walking the course as the “Ambassador of  Golf.”  He handed out $3,000 in C-Notes to the crowd at the 7th hole.  It was under the premise of a bet that everyone knew he wouldn’t win.  You didn’t have to take their bet to win some cash either: they threw in some extra for the youngsters standing on the green as well.

More on the Celebrity Golf Tournament later this week!

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Barkley’s teammate passes out $100 bills to the 7th Hole fans.