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Tahoe Proposal Photographer | Published at Wed Loft

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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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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!

Winter Pow

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.

Special Christmas Delivery

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.

21 Days of Snowglobe: Drive Safe

Tahoe, Tahoe South, Snowglob

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

COMING UP:

  • 21 Days of Snowglobe: Who to See at the Fest, Day 1
  • 21 Days of Snowglobe: Interview with Quixotic Fusion

WHAT YOU MISSED:

2012 Freeskiing World Tour at Kirkwood

This past weekend, my favorite winter event came to Kirkwood. The Subaru Freeskiing World Tour is the largest competitive big mountain freeskiing tour and makes multiple stops around the globe each year. Due to a lackluster early season, the final stop of the tour was moved from it’s normal location at Snowbird in Utah to my home mountain. With one of my good friends and Kirkwood Freeride Team Member Josh Daiek sitting in 2nd place in the overall tour standings, we were all very excited to watch the action unfold under the sun at Kirkwood.

Biggest snow bench in town!

If there is any weekend to come up to Tahoe South and ski or ride at Kirkwood, the FWT is always a good choice. Much like the North Face Masters, the all mountain competition pits the best extreme freeskiers in the world against each other in the permanently closed “Cirque.” Spectators fill the finish corral, drink beer, BBQ, and shake Sierra Nevada Cowbells in support of the unbelievable athletic feats. Backflips are guaranteed.

My friend and Moment sponsored pro skier JJ Schiller did not disappoint in the backflip arena. You can see his huge 50 foot huck over at the highlight page for the FWT.

We had quite a surprise in the action on Sunday when the competition was stopped for an hour due to the Airbag flying into Chair 6! Patrol had to rope evacuate people off the chairs due to a derailment. Thankfully, no one was hurt and in the meantime, a huge snowball fight erupted in the finish line corral.

Lagtime revelry on the snow skate.

I will say that the action of the last 10 riders was worth waiting for. All of our friends were on the edge of their snowseats waiting for each competitors final scores, trying to determine if Josh was going to win the event. We saw some amazing skiing from all the competitors, including another Tahoe local Kevin O’Meara.

At the end of the day, not only did Josh take first place on the podium for the event, but he was awarded the McConkey Cup, in honor of ski legend Shane McConkey, as the points winner of the overall tour.

Josh Daiek and Crystal Wright: Shane McConkey Cup Winners for the 2012 FWT

Tahoe South Local Josh Daiek has been skiing at Kirkwood for ten years and is sponsored by Tecnica, Blizzard, Smith Optics, and Clif Bar. I am so proud of my friend and I can’t wait to see what he brings to the table next season. Way to go Josh! Proud of you!

2012 FWT Champion!

These are some of my favorite photos from the weekend, but you can see the entire gallery here.

Cali Rush

My friend Mikey Wier is pretty awesome. While Mikey calls Tahoe South home, he travels the world filming movies about snowboarding, splitboarding, and fly fishing. If I had remained in the film industry after college, Mikey is the person whose job I would want. Most recently, Mikey and his Tahoe based production company, Burl Productions, produced the well received fly-fishing adventure film SoulFish which featured some of the most talented anglers in the world. Patagonia, who sponsors Mikey, claims that the movie is fly fishing’s answer to The Endless Summer.

Mikey Wier White Water Rafting the Middle Fork of the American River

Mikey is currently raising capital to complete post production on his new film Cali Rush. Mikey envisions Cali Rush as a celebration of California’s “most adventurous and talented athletes that are in search of a more harmonious relationship with nature through sports, lifestyle, recreation and environmental technology.” It features the place that I call home as well as a number of my good friends: Tahoe South locals Joe Markus, Tarren Closson, Mark Hamm, Mike Olson, Dan Durkin, and Josh Daiek who won the 2012 Suburu Freeskiing World Tour this past weekend (a post on that to come!). In addition to all these folks that I am lucky to call friends, the film features a number of other Tahoe South locals like Pat Quinn and Pat Bonzer, front runners of the snow skate scene.

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I’m pretty excited for Mikey and his new movie. He has only 19 more days to raise the money on Kickstarter and could use every Tahoe local’s support! I encourage you to to support him and his awesome efforts.

“Join our community and let’s help shape the future and increase environmental awareness through sports, music, art, lifestyle and conscious energy.”

Misc Tahoe Fun

We celebrated some of our friends’ impending addition to their family this week with a ridiculously large baby shower. There was some really amazing food there but no liquor and I’ll be damned if I’m going to hole up in a house with 40 women and talk about onesies without a drop of alcohol. Right? So, I did what any normal person would do: I hauled ass to the grocery store and bought two 12 packs which I promptly hid in the snow and shared with my favorite lushes.

I totally would have shared with her, but she's pregnant too. Pregnant and engaged people taking over my world.

I didn’t take very many photos at the shower, but you can check out the rest of them here.

I had my one and only powder day of the season on Monday. We had pow days over last weekend also but I had to work after having just returned home from Bolivia. It’s cool though because Monday was legit. So legit that after about two hours my legs were so thrashed and tired that I was essentially totally and completely out of control for the rest of the day. My friends were all out of control also, except that they are so experienced even when they are screaming behind me and careening downhill, “OH MY GOD I’M SO OUT OF CONTROl!” they still appear to be IN control. I, however, find myself upside down with my face stuffed into snow.

One snowstorm does not a season make, but I'll take it.

I started my One Word/12 Month Project. You can go read about it under the “One Word Project” tab. The first word for the year is your word and each participant is supposed to pick a word that they will focus on over the course of the year. I picked uncomfortable because I far too often get scared and wuss out in the face of a challenge and I don’t want to do that anymore. So, now, when I feel like I’m going to wuss out of something that I should try, I’m going to focus on how I promised to push myself to an uncomfortable limit this year, rather than just biding my time in the realm of my comfort zone. I decided that since it was my word this month that I would take a self portrait. I had no idea how uncomfortable it would be to do a photo session with myself. Seriously uncomfortable. Editing a self portrait: also uncomfortable. Everything about this project so far: uncomfortable. Ironic.

You’ll have to head over to the project page to see my first submission.

Tahoe Sunset - January 25, 2012

Photos of me, by me

The newest edition of our local monthly chronicle The Tahoe Mountain News is out and a ton of event photos that I took are in it. Taylor, the editor, was kind enough to include photos of me from the event that Marion insisted on taking so all my friends have been joking that the Mountain News is now a publication dedicated to “photos of Lauren Lindley, taken by Lauren Lindley.” I’m also, of course, in this month’s edition of The Entertainer (twice!) so it’s a little ridiculous. I started taking photos so I wouldn’t end up with my face in the local papers every month. The opposite has occurred.

I’ll start writing my travel reports from Bolivia today but in the meantime, you can see my photos here on pages 38, 48, 54, and 64.

Also, it snowed for the first time since October! I can’t wait to finally go out and ride on some real snow tomorrow!

Weather Woes

Our snow-less streak in Tahoe continues and frankly, I’m tired of talking about it. It’s the worst winter on record. People are depressed. They are crying in my store. They are mountain biking and road biking instead. They are 4-wheeling in the Pine Nuts. They are traveling to other states in search of snow. The USAirbag leaves on Monday for new resorts in far away places and I don’t know what everyone will do with themselves after they’re gone. If you want to see a photo of me looking pro on the airbag, you can do so here.

In summary, I’m happy that I’m leaving for La Paz, Bolivia on Tuesday for a week and a half. I heard that it might snow in two weeks.

Reagan Beach at Sunset - January 5, 2012