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Personal Project | Wounded Warriors

I am very fortunate to have been able to donate my time for more than four years now to Disabled Sports Far West, an amazing non profit out of Alpine Meadows, Lake Tahoe that provides affordable inclusive physical and recreational activities that build health and confidence to the disabled.  Unfortunately, because my life became so hectic between running photography and managing a retail store, I haven’t been able to dedicate as much (or any) time to the program as a snow sports instructor in the last two years.  To make up for my lack of personal time, I enthusiastically dedicated my time instead as a photographer for the Wounded Warrior Ability Camp.  The Ability Camp is a week long program that provides specialized instruction in adaptive alpine skiing and snowboarding for 25 soldiers and marines disabled in Iraq and Afghanistan and culminates in a gala, dinner and silent auction that is always a joy to attend.

There are many reasons that I love to dedicate my time to this week specifically.  That being said, the most amazing part is spending every day for a week with a crew of unbelievably interesting, dedicated and strong personalities.  It’s fun to watch the group of strangers open up to each other and me over the course of the week, as their skills on the snow grow they gain confidence and as the week goes on, they gain intimacy with each other.

I’m so thankful that I live in Lake Tahoe where not only do I get to bask in the beauty of our outdoor lifestyle on a daily basis, but I get to share it with others.

I’m proud to be a supporter of local volunteer organizations like Disabled Sports Far West and to support those who were wounded defending our country.

Thank you for your service.

These are a few of my favorites from the week but if you’d like to view the entire gallery, you may do so by following this link.

Keep Tahoe Adaptive.

 

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Tahoe Photo Booth | Sierra At Tahoe Live at Grandview

The weather in Tahoe could not have been any more gorgeous this past weekend and I cannot imagine a better way to spend the days than spring skiing and enjoying live music on the new Sierra At Tahoe plaza from Tracorum and Midi Matilda!  I certainly have the shoulder sunburn to prove it!

I was thrilled to help promote the last of the Live at Grandview Concert Series at Sierra at Tahoe with my Tahoe Photo Booth and the results were fantastic!  Thanks everyone who participated!

If you were at the event and would like to view the entire gallery, download your photos, share to social media or order prints, you may do so by following this link.

Here’s a few of my favorites from the afternoon.  Thanks for getting in my Tahoe Photo Booth folks and thanks to Sierra at Tahoe and On Course Events for putting on such an awesome music filled afternoon under the sun.   As always, a link to the gallery will remain on my website under the 2014 Photo Booth tab.

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Tahoe Event Photographer | International Women’s Ski Day

On Saturday, December 14th (I know, I know, it’s FEBRUARY oh jeez, MARCH) we celebrated International Women’s Ski Day out at Kirkwood Mountain Resort in conjunction with SheJumps.  The day was intended to bring women together into a unified group to celebrate girls in the mountains.

“We believe that by encouraging girls and women of all ages and abilities to storm mountains on 12/14/13 we are supporting a strong, healthy, and vibrant community of women in the mountains,” says Tamra Geryk of SheJumps.

It’s pretty difficult to have a bad day on the mountain when you’re shredding with a posse of strong amazing women.  To all the ladies who were with me that day, sorry it took me so long to get to the photos.

Missed the event and want to join in on the fun?  

Keep an eye on the Pacific Coast Events Page for SheJumps.  There are Get the Girls’ Out Days every month in the Tahoe Basin at various local resorts and they are a great way to find new friends to ski with.

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Tahoe Ski Photographer | Homewood Mountain

I have to give Homewood Mountain Ski Resort a rousing round of applause for accommodating my models and I for a last minute Tahoe Ski Photography session last week.

  Neither myself nor any of my friends had skied Homewood before and I must say, this is seriously negligent on my part!  In addition to having some of the best views of Lake Tahoe of any of the ski resorts in the Tahoe Basin, Homewood has a welcoming and charming staff, a legitimate and impressive park, and a family friendly vibe.  You can relax between runs with an exceptional view of Lake Tahoe at the Big Blue Bar all the while saving some dollars: a 3 pack of tickets to Homewood will only set you back $59/day.

For unrivaled views of the lake, superb service and some quality steeps and tree skiing, come visit Tahoe and check out Homewood Mountain Ski Resort.   While you’re there, don’t forget to eat breakfast at my favorite breakfast joint on the lake: The Fire Sign Cafe.

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Tahoe Engagement Photographer | Kenny + Rebeccah

I’m not going to lie: I was both overjoyed and nervous at the prospect of photographing Kenny’s planned proposal to his longtime girlfriend Rebeccah.  The stakes are high for a proposal: there’s only the briefest of seconds to capture that initial reaction and you can’t recreate it.  Combine that with the fact that you are either hiding in bushes or pretending to be doing something else and the entire situation was enough to make my adrenaline rush.

When Kenny first approached me, I knew exactly what he wanted: the gorgeous Lake Tahoe in the background, the sun out, the snow of Heavenly Mountain Resort and him down on one knee.  Instead, the weekend of the proposal brought us 8 feet of snow, swirling winds and a veritable white out.  We shifted gears, slightly changed plans, conspired together and with the help of Meghan Kelly, surprised Rebeccah in the best way possible.

After a full day of lessons, Kenny managed to convince Rebeccah to brave the resort, snow and cold temps one last time at 3:45 PM.  Meghan and I were waiting about half way down Patsy’s Run at the top of the face.  Kenny told Rebeccah that he was going to ski half way down and stop and take photos of her showing off what she learned in her snowboard lesson.  Meanwhile, Megs and I were prepared, waiting on the side of the run, pretending to take photos.  When Rebeccah snowboarded up to Kenny, he told her to take her goggles and mask off so they could take a photo together with his iPhone.  She said in hindsight, she noticed us with my camera and thought, “That’s a really nice camera, maybe they’ll take a photo for us.”   When they finished taking their selfie, Kenny got down on one knee and I swung my camera onto them.

Shooting a proposal was so thrilling.  I’m super happy for these two fellow Texans.  Thanks so much Kenny for choosing me as his Tahoe Engagement Photographer.  I feel super lucky that I was the one who captured this awesome and inspiring moment.  Also, thanks for sharing a beer with us at Himmel Haus afterwards!

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Tahoe Ski Photographer | Gear Test | Frenzy 169

Did you hear the cacophonous  eruption yesterday on social media as the locals of Tahoe saw something that here-to only hear about in the world of our Never Winter: mystical powdery white cold fluff “they” call snow.

While most of Tahoe was treated to a delicious pow day, I dreamed about it from Texas, where it’s oddly just as cold.

Last week, all we could do was carve on groomers and yesterday, all people could do was complain about how much their legs hurt.

Hopefully this is the start of something big because one snow does not a winter make.  We have zero base at most of the tops of the resorts and we need a few more solid versions of what happened yesterday to get our actual Winter started.

Boyfriend and I are pretty jazzed to have access to RAMP skis and he took out a pair of the Frenzy 169s last week to test on the groomers so I could test out some shots.   With a narrow 80mm waist, the Frenzy is the ultimate carving ski: light, fast, and fun.  Boyfriend is also a ski coach and instructor and after one afternoon he was sold on them as the “perfect” coaching ski.

In a completely unrelated note, if you tried to send in a request to me via the contact form on my website in the last week or so, it was brought to my attention by a new client (that I am very excited to work with because we’re going to be BFFs forever) that it was not working.  Consequently, if you sent me a message and are currently thinking I’m a jerk, I’m only a jerk because my website failed me (sheesh, get it together girl), not because I was intentionally being a jerk (“How rude!”).  If this sounds familiar, please shoot me an email at LCLindley@gmail.com and I will happily respond.

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Tahoe Ski Photographer | Moores Visit Tahoe

My friend and best travel partner ever and his daughter came to visit us over the MLK weekend.  M had been begging her dad to see snow for a year, the hilarity being that as soon as they returned home to Austin the temperature promptly dropped into the teens and they announced a Snowpocolypse.  I had already decided that Kirkwood Mountain Resort would offer her the safest and best place to learn to ski over a busy holiday weekend.  On the first day, we placed her in an all day group lesson.  Things were looking dire the first half, but by the end of the afternoon she was shredding Chair 1 with the best of them.

Our 2nd day out, Boyfriend, who teaches ski lessons and coaches the Junior Freeride Team at Kirkwood took M out all day for more lessons.  By our third day on the hill, M was shredding Buckboard on Chair 11 with no problem!  Erik’s only problem now is that he’s going to have to return to Tahoe every year to quench her thirst for snow.

Coming to Tahoe with your family and want a safe, fun, gorgeous environment to learn to ski?  There is no better place than Kirkwood Mountain Resort.  Book a private lesson with Buddy Blackwelder through Expedition Kirkwood for your kids and they’ll be out-chasing you in the pow in no time!  Have a mid-day thirst?  7800 Bar and Grill is where the locals hang out.  The drafts are only $5 and the nachos are extreme and layered with skill: none of this pile of chips with stuff only on the top!    On Saturday nights there is free live music and long time Kirkwood locals staff the joint.