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!
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.