Tahoe Event Photographer

Tahoe Event Photographer | Tahoe Kids Tri

Summer is in full swing and with it comes the return 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 will be 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.

The registration and transition area will open at 1 PM on August 24th and the race starts at 3 PM.  For more information and to register head over to the Tahoe Tri Club website.  The race direct, 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.

Chicago Marathon | Fundraising for ALS

I like to run one marathon a year.

At the end of the year, at least I have that.

“What did you do this year?”

“I ran a marathon,” I can scoff, joining the ranks of those elitists who think that marathon running is an accomplishment.  This doesn’t work as well on people who then go, “how far was the one you did?” because then your accomplishment is mired by the annoyance that runners have when they have to explain that a marathon is always the same distance.

Sheesh, those non-runners.

This year, I’m not just going to run a marathon.  I’m proud to say that I will be fundraising for the Les Turner ALS Foundation.   It was recently brought to my attention that the family of a very close friend has been severely affected by Lou Gerig’s disease.

More than 5,600 Americans are diagnosed with ALS each year.  It is a progressive, degenerative disease that affects your motor neurons, which carry signals from the brain to your muscles by way of the spinal cord.  As the victim’s motor neurons cease function and die due to the disease, their muscles spasm and atrophy.

Since 1977, the Les Turner ALS Foundation has been a leader in research, patient care and education about ALS.   It is one of the nation’s largest independent ALS organizations and has raised over $48 million to fight the disease.

There are four of us running this year.  It will be M and I’s fourth marathon, Sarah’s 2nd and Taylor’s first.  Collectively, we will be raising, at minimum, $4,000 for the Les Turner ALS Foundation.

Please consider supporting my efforts and kick-starting my fundraising by donating $20 to the cause by following this link.  

I figured out that I need to raise a mere $33 every week from now through the Marathon week in order to meet my goal.  If three people reading this give me $11, or 2 people give me $16.50, or one really awesome amazing person gives me $33, I’ll have met my goal this week just like that.

And don’t be that person who reads this and says, I’ll have to donate later.  Now.  Just give the ALS foundation $10 right now.  It’s a shit disease and they need help.  

Go here to help.

You help them and that supports me.  Win win everyone.

PS.  I know who reads this because the internet is like magic.  I will publicly shame you.

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Travel Photography | Washington, DC

After spending a few days in New York City, Boyfriend and I headed down to Washington DC via bus to meet up with M, my post-college roommate, travel partner and marathon running partner.

A few years ago, M got the hare-brained idea to run a marathon and insisted I do it with her.  We chose the California International Marathon as our first event and despite apparently telling people that I was never going to do that again, we signed up again the following year for the Dallas Marathon.   By now, we are absolute pros at our drink-wine-and-don’t-train-marathon-training-program and took it to the streets of DC for the Marine Corps Marathon, which due to it’s popularity is as difficult to get into as it is to run it.

The race itself was absolutely outstanding, though it did have some lonely moments.  There’s an absolutely surreal bit of it that goes on the freeway overpass to Virginia: it’s very exposed, sun baked, and eerie, as if you’re in a zombie apocalypse movie all of the sudden.   The experience overall was phenomenal and awe inspiring.  It was hard not to cry at the starting line as jets flew over, dropping marines with American Flags and parachutes into the crowd as the anthem played.  It was encouraging to run along side Wounded Warriors as they pushed themselves on hand bikes with no gears up the hills of the 26.2 mile course.  It was invigorating to hear words of encouragement from Marines stationed every 200 yards in the last few miles.  “Keep your head up! Run with purpose!  Never give up!” they called.  It was thrilling to know that you were in the last tenth of a mile when the row of marines waiting to high five you for your efforts at the finish line showed up and then, as you cross the line, another row of Marines, waiting to shake your hand, hang your medal on your head and thank you for supporting them.

You think the laundry list of things to see in New York City is overwhelming?  DC is worse.  I wish we’d had two weeks there to really take in all the sights and museums available to you.  Here’s what we did, but this is by no means the extensive list.

STAY: Fred and Kadija’s Cozy Rowhouse on Airbnb is absolutely perfect for exploring DC from.  It’s extremely close to the NOMA metro stop and made it so insanely easy to get out on foot every day and check stuff out. The house is adequately stocked with almost everything you would need, was clean, comfortable and perfect for a group.  You won’t need a car if you stay here!

EAT:

  • Indigo is just around the corner from the Rowhouse.  Order menu items a la carte to share or scarf down by yourself.  It’s BYOB, casual and amazing.  Apparently, it’s the only authentic home-style Punjabi (North Indian) food that you’ll find in DC.
  • Our meal at Tash was one of the most memorable of our trip.  The grilled flatbread rivaled my own and was perfectly accompanied by heaping mounds of Baba Ganoush.  M’s meal, the Gheymeh Lamb Shank, was rich and cooked with precision.
  • Thank god for Teds Bulletin.  I spend four and a half hours of every marathon thinking about nothing but breakfast.  After a serious people-moving snafu occurred after the marathon (apparently moving 100,000 people via public transportation is not that easy), we were a bit concerned that it was so late we wouldn’t be able to find breakfast.  Teds Bulletin came to the rescue and not only did I have the most perfect post marathon breakfast of all time but our amazing waiter treated us to free homemade pop tart treats after we told him what we had just accomplished.

DRINK:

  • Little Miss Whiskey’s is awash with concert posters and a dark, but chill vibe.  The bartenders were great conversationalists and chatted with us for quite some time about our adventures.  The beer selection is varied and filled with local gems and the whiskey knowledge and selection is what you would expect given the name.
  • Beirgarten Haus serves authentic German beer and food in a eerily accurate setting.  It took me back to Oktoberfest.  The draft selection of German brews is extensive and the pretzel bread is not to be missed.
  • The Hawk n’ Dove is practically a historical monument in DC.  It was recently rennovated out of it’s “dive bar” status and while the locals may notice and dislike the changes, we were so comfortable here that we returned more than once to imbibe at the deep dark comfortable bar.

EXPLORE:

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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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Tahoe Event Photography | Turkey Trot

No fowl play here…it’s just a Turkey Trot!

Sunday the 17th marked the first annual Tahoe Turkey Trot, put on my Tahoe Fun Runs and their Run through the Holidays series.  It’s the 2nd in a series of three holiday themed runs here in Tahoe.  I’m honored to be the event photographer though I sadly had to leave a bit early this week in order to get to the Something Blue Bridal Expo.

While the first event in the series featured zombies chasing participants through the woods, this event featured appropriately dressed folks who were racing for the chance to win turkeys (10k) or cornish game hens (5k).  Big thanks to Raley’s who helped sponsor this particular event.

Did you participate in the Turkey Trot?  

If so, head over to the full photo gallery via this link to see and share all the photos, order prints, or 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 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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Clean All the Things!

I’m running  a marathon in 8 days.

There is something wrong with my left calf.

I pulled my old running shoes out of the donation box to One World Running at work.  I think I’m taking them to run the marathon in because I hate my new shoes.   I have 178 miles in them.  I’m not sure if I can take anymore.  The shoe situation is a little nerve racking.

I can’t take both so I’m committing.  Today.  Because at 3 AM I have to fly to Dallas to do a photo booth at a high school reunion.

That’s right, I’m a traveling photo booth now also.

On Sunday we go to New York City where I’m going to take my boyfriend to a musical despite his insistence that they are way too expensive.

Then we’re going to go to DC where I’m going to run a marathon after spending 10 days walking around NYC and DC.

I’m really happy the government took their heads out of their asses for at least a few days so that I can go to the monuments and run a marathon I’m not trained for.

Last year I ran a marathon and only ran 30 miles in the six weeks before.  I’ve managed to run 80 miles in the six weeks before this year, but I don’t feel like I’m any better off.  I am still using it as an excuse to eat bread all day long every day between now and then.

We’re getting kicked out of our house.  The homeowners hate us.  I stood in the kitchen and cried because we had no cinnamon the other night but I was really crying over my house.  I love my house so much.  Word of warning to the next person interested in renting the home at:

2167 Cornelian Dr, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

The homeowners are old, insane, and unwilling to communicate.  I know the kitchen is beautiful but their shit ain’t worth it. 

So………

I leave tomorrow and I’m frankly a little nervous about the next month and a half:

I am out of town 31 of those 43 days.  Oof.  

I have 4 weddings to shoot.  YAY!

I have 1 marathon to run.  Um….

Thanksgiving will happen.  YES.

I will be in my store for 12 hours over Black Friday.  Again.

I will live in two different houses and I will move, knowing full and well that I’m probably going to have to move again in six months and this very thought makes me tired.

This thought also makes me tired: one day I won’t have to work holidays.  Can I just have a holiday?  For once?  In my life?  Please?

I’m trying to buy a house and I just handed over all my financial information to some stranger whose going to analyze it and then try to decide if I am financially responsible enough to be a home owner.  I’m probably not. 

If I do buy a house, I’m going to celebrate and buy this to go in it.  Megs, don’t be mad, I’m in love with it too.

I’m also getting some chickens.  I’m gonna be that person.

Why isn’t it snowing yet?

Gonna need a lot of this:

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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 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

Hotter than Hell

Every year my company sends me to Wichita Falls, TX to work this massive cycling event that I have yet to figure out the allure of participating in.

In Wichita Falls I do things like complain about the heat and lack of food.  I had to eat at Chili’s for god’s sake.  One time I ate out of the Walmart because it seemed like a better alternative to the fast food options in the city.  Now they have an On the Boarder which to their credit had real margs.  Regardless, my stomach was in turmoil for days.

I book-ended the work trip with some time visiting my mom, who I hadn’t seen since Thanksgiving and some time with my bffs from high school, LT and K.

My mom, Aunt Cheryl and I went to one of my favorite Dallas joints: Fireside Pies.   They’d been taunting me on twitter all month waxing and waning about their hatch chili pizza pie and it was everything I’d dreamed it would be.  I can’t go there without ordering the warm goat cheese which is served so simply that I could technically do it myself at home but honestly, everything tastes better when someone else makes it for you.  Big thanks to Fireside for the complimentary fresh berry cobbler – it was insanely delicious and devoured with great haste.

K and her sister and I went to a Ranger’s game at the Ballpark at Arlington, which was a blast right up until the relief pitcher hit another player in the head.  We also caught the Oddball Tour with Demetri Martin, Dave Chappelle and Flight of the Conchords and LT came with us.  It was pretty awesome.  I missed getting tickets to Flight of the Conchords the last time they toured the US, mostly because it was when their show was on and tickets were a hot commodity.  I’m happy to see Chappell back in action, though apparently he may not be as sound as we would hope he is.

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Last, but not least, I made the mistake of signing up for a half marathon at White Rock lake that weekend.  If you aren’t aware, I am training running a half marathon every week and pretending like that’s training for a marathon.  It’s in 57 days.  I knew that if I didn’t sign up for an event, the likelihood of me completing a long run would be absolutely zero percent.  It was so humid and so hot that my clothes became soaked with water and sweat and there was nowhere for it to disperse to so I ended up with burn marks on my chest.  Pleasantly, however, my high school friend Maddie was also running and we ran the first 8 miles of the event together and I had a delightful time.  I’m proud to be sporting a K’s for Keegan technical tee!

Anyways, that’s my week in a nutshell.  I took my camera with me but didn’t even take it out of the bag.  Here’s some phone photos of the week instead.  Other pertinent info:

  • Custom cowbells via Cowbell Crusade.
  • Eat pizza and drink cocktails at any of the DFW area Fireside Pies.  You won’t regret it.
  • The ice cream at the new Sprinkles Ice Cream shop at Preston/Forest is worth the line.  It moves fast.
  • Wound Up Cafe kept us caffeinated at the Hotter than Hell expo, but they are actually a food truck located in Dallas.
  • We had brunch at Gloria’s on Lower Greenville after the half marathon.  It was bomb.  $2 mimosas on Sunday mornings but they don’t open until 11 AM which is CLEARLY not early enough for $2 mimosa drinking.

 

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Tahoe Kids Tri | Tahoe Event Photography

“Mom, I want to beat all the boys,” allegedly declared one competitor.  This was no normal competitor, mind you.  She is a very ferocious child under the age of 10.

Fist pumping since he’s in the lead!

The 2nd of the the three event series that comprises the Tahoe Kids Triathlon Series occurred this past Sunday and this event was no different than the others but just as special: two year olds kickin’ butt and taking names on strider bikes, races for the finish, aggressive cornering, and yes, a few tears.  But mostly, it’s all laughter, smiles and high fives when they cross the finish line.

The youngest competitor, a 2 year old, starts to the bike leg on his strider.

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 Sept 8.  The event starts 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.

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

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