I have an insane amount of coincidental stories to share about this amazing couple but those will have to wait until their actual blog post. In the meantime, I’d like to give a HUGE shout out and big time thanks to the poor valet guy at the Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe, who literally gave Natalie the shoes off his own feet so that she could take a portrait in the snow. The poor guy had to explain to his manager why he was walking around outside without shoes and his feet were probably wet and cold for the rest of the night. That’s serious service and I’m still totally overwhelmed with gratitude at this fantastic young man who made it possible for us to play in the snow and Christmas lights outside the resort and get a photo like this one!
More to come from Natalie, Steven and their Northstar winter wedding!
I knew that Kenny and Rebeccah’s amazingly snowy winter wonderland proposal session would get picked up and published right away. I’m delighted to announce it was published on Wed Loft by the Wedding Window, an exclusive wedding publication that focuses on original and unique events with beautiful inspiration, personalized and creative details, distinctive style and “most importantly, lots of love.” Kenny and Rebeccah certainly had that!
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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!
On Sunday I met up with Megan and Tim early at Kirkwood for a morning photo shoot. I haven’t had time to edit them all yet, but here’s one from the selection that I’m pretty pumped on.
Santa brought us a shit-ton of white stuff and I don’t mean the kind that the kids at Snowglobe are going to be snorting up their nose this weekend.
There is already so much snow in my yard that the pile is taller than me. Pretty soon, you aren’t going to be able to see our front door. I’m not even remotely exaggerating.
We received over five feet of snow in the span of four days and then another two feet or so on Wednesday. It’s borderline out of control and I love it. We spent most of the last week enjoying routine powder days like it was no big deal and then spent Christmas Day shredding at Kirkwood with all of our friends. I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful holiday. That night we celebrated with a pot luck dinner over at Rose’s house with puppies underfoot and a gift exchange that ended with quite a bit of excitement.
We already have more snow this winter season than we received all year long last season. WINTER IS BACK. I am so in love with it all over again that I can hardly ascertain how I managed to make it through last year without this glorious freezing cold white stuff. It’s SO FLUFFY!
In between all the shredding, Christmas parties, and the retailing of spandex I’ve been doing, we’ve been hanging out almost every night for a week with some amazing Airbnb house guests that I’ve now told are required to be my friends forever. I haven’t taken many photos over the last week, but here are a few of my favorites.
Snowglobe Music Festival is returning to Tahoe South for it’s second year and it’s not too late to join in on the fun. Three day passes and single day tickets are still on sale.
THE 21 DAYS of SNOWGLOBE: counting down to all things involving the fest, including insider tips, band interviews, event coverage and more! Day 12 of the 21 Days of Snowglobe brings you:
SNOW DRIVING SURVIVAL SKILLS
- Be prepared. If you are driving to Tahoe from the Bay and you do not have a four wheel drive vehicle you MUST have chains. If you get caught driving without chains, you will get fined. I would also recommend carrying the following in your car to Tahoe in the winter: a shovel, extra gloves and hats, flashlights and flares, an old sleeping bag or blanket.
- Slow down and don’t tailgate. Double the distance between you and the other cars. In icy and snowy conditions, if you’re doing 25 mph, you should have 8-10 car lengths between you and the car in front of you. Don’t make any sudden erratic movements or changes to your pace or manner of driving. DON’T SLAM ON YOUR BRAKES. Remember when you are in a line of cars that while the choices of those in front of you affect you, your choices affect the cars behind you. If something happens and you slam on your brakes, you are going to slide. Your anti lock brakes will not help you in icy slippery conditions.
- Look ahead. Get ready for corners and other obstacles long before you arrive at them. Have an exit plan.
- Brake long before you enter a corner and accelerate out of the corner.
- Control your speed and let your engine slow you down. Shift into a lower gear any time you are going down a hill or steep grade or if you need to slow down. Do this even if you drive an automatic. By letting your engine control your speed, you won’t have to brake, which will keep your car from skidding and will keep the locals from screaming at frustration behind you over your brake lights.
- Learn to control a skid. If you start to skid, let off the brakes and avoid looking at the obstacle your skidding towards. Looking at your exit, lightly turn into the skid and accelerate slightly. In the event of an uncontrolled skid, if you don’t have room to steer out, head for a snowbank.
- Get updates on road conditions and closures at Caltrans Website or by calling 1-800.427.7623
- 21 Days of Snowglobe: Who to See at the Fest, Day 1
- 21 Days of Snowglobe: Interview with Quixotic Fusion
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