“I’m not sure if you quite understand what’s happening up here,” one of my emails to Melissa said, when I told her that we weren’t going to be able to just walk into the forest for their winter engagement session. Melissa and Eric became engaged at Lake Tahoe and she had a specific adventurous outdoor mission in mind for her engagement photos: she wanted a snowy thick forested wonderland. I could certainly deliver it, but in light of the five feet of snow we’d received in the two days before we were set to photograph, it wasn’t going to be easy. It was the first of a series of snowstorms we’ve deemed “snowmageddon” which has since turned into “rainmageddon.”
“You’re going to need snowshoes,” I said. They found snowshoes.
“You’re going to need a sense of adventure,” I might have said, “and some good natured enthusiasm.”
As it turns out, a sense of adventure and good natured enthusiasm is inherent in this dynamic duo and there was absolutely no reason that I would have needed to say that! We spent an hour frollicing, falling, post holing, and burying ourselves in snow for their winter snowshoe engagement session and I loved every minute of it. I can’t wait to photograph this rad couple’s 2018 wedding and spend more time laughing and adventuring for their photos. After this, I am quite positive that they would be up for absolutely anything that included scrambling, climbing and adventure!
When two recently engaged lovebirds go for a walk in the Tahoe woods, their peace and quiet is interrupted by a vicious mythical yeti. Thankfully, with some ingenuity of their own and their trusty four legged pal, they overcome disaster and make it out alive and more in love than ever.
LOVE AND A YETI
Big thanks to Jamie and Kristen, who not only came up with this ridiculous and amazing idea for an engagement session, but also wrote the script, cast the yeti (awards and accolades to Zoë in her debut engagement session acting role), and entrusted me and my incredible unfiltered excitement for this unconventional engagement session. I mean, let’s be real here: this is clearly some of my finest work yet. Not only am I thankful to really put that expensive film degree to work, but I am incredibly happy to have been connected with this rad couple thanks to Thumbtack. After putting this together, I am seriously brimming with anticipation for their 2017 wedding in Estes Park, CO. I don’t think this can ever be topped, though Dr. Who is definitely an equal.
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!