Heavenly Wedding Photography

Heavenly Wedding Photographer | Cristie + Ben | Sneak Peek

Apparently clients who enjoy day drinking are a theme this week because that’s exactly why Cristie, Ben and I get along so splendidly.  They wanted their wedding to be “FUN” they told me over margaritas at Azul Latin Kitchen.  I have to admit, their wedding was more than fun and it had everything to do with the wonderful smiling campy spirits that these two are filled with.  I know their life is going to be filled with many adventures and I promise to tell you more about my day as their Heavenly wedding photographer…. as soon as the photos are edited.

Until then, here’s a few frames to hold you over.

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Tahoe Beach Wedding | Published at Borrowed & Blue

Borrowed and Blue is one of my favorite wedding blogs to contribute to.   They manage to keep things fresh with individual blogs for various locations.  This year, they’ve been extra kind to me, publishing me at their Napa wedding blog, their Bay Area wedding blog, and now, for the fifth time, their Lake Tahoe wedding blog.  They always write really fun, kind, complimentary things which gives you extra warm fuzzies inside and their post on Veronica and James last week was no exception.  “LEvery detail from this day was incredible, but what stuck me most of all was the perfect, in-the-moment shots of the couple captured throughout the whole day — they illustrate the love between these two beautifully and showcase the emotion of the day in such an unforgettable way!” they closed with.  I pride myself on my ability to observe and capture the most intimate of candid moments, no matter how big or small the wedding day, and it’s nice to see that goal validated in my work by others.

I’m so honored to have been chosen as Veronica and James’ Tahoe beach wedding photographer.  Now I’m just reminded of how jealous I was of those kids’ converse!

Veronica and James’ wedding, featured on Borrowed & Blue Lake Tahoe.

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 Tahoe Beach Wedding by Lauren Lindley

Family Portraits with Dogs

Lake Tahoe Family Portrait | Valhalla | Giorvas Family

Often, a family vacation is the best time to hire a professional photographer to document your family.  Not only does it ensure that you come away with a great keepsake of your experience, but frequently family vacations are the only time that all of the family members are in one place at the same time and it makes sure that you will have quality photos to go with lasting memories of a wonderful trip with loved ones.  Loved ones, more often than not, frequently include our animals.  I know that my dog is like my child (and the only child I plan on having for that matter).  I regret not having someone take photos of me with my previous cattle dog, Sierra, before she passed away last year.

When the Giorvas family approached me about taking family portraits with their newest family member, Zoe, I readily agreed!  I was happy to be their Lake Tahoe family portrait photographer and we picked Valhalla as the perfect location.  We had a great mix of shade from some oncoming clouds and thanks to the help of my friend Jenay from Lake Tahoe Yoga, an umbrella for excellent diffused light when those clouds weren’t coming to our beck and call.

With a few more Tahoe portrait sessions with dogs on the books this summer, it looks like my summer is going to be full of dogs and that’s something I’m frankly extremely excited about.

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Big Eyed Fish

Big Eyed Fish | Hard Rock Casino | Vinyl

My friend Chris is in an exhausting number of bands.  He might be the musical equivalent of me.  Every time I turn around, he’s posting a show he’s playing somewhere in the Northern CA area.  In addition to often playing solo, he’s also in my favorite Northern CA band Dad’s LPs, who will be playing Tahoe twice this summer.  Dad’s LPs are a super fun energetic rock/pop outfit and you can catch them Saturday, June 20th in the Heavenly Village at 5:00 PM or at Live at Lakeview on Thursday, July 30th.

In addition to Dad’s LPs, Chris is also the frontman for Big Eyed Fish, a Northern CA Dave Matthews Tribute Band.  Chris and his DMB troupe were recently in Tahoe to play at the new music venue Vinyl, inside our recently opened Hard Rock Resort and Casino.  As a side note, Vinyl features live music almost every night of the week and it’s often free!  To say that Chris is a Dave Matthews fan would be an understatement.  DMB is his self-professed most favorite band in the world and I’m actually a huge Dave fan myself, so when he asked me to come down to the show and snap some photos for their marketing efforts, I was thrilled to accommodate the request.  It was a joy to be able to capture him playing the (extremely difficult) songs of his music idol.

In addition to Dad’s LPs and Big Eyed Fish, Chris also plays with The Diva Kings.   You can catch the Diva Kings next at Redwood Winery in Plymouth, CA on August 8th.

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Family Portraits with Dogs

Tahoe Family Portraits | Goirvas Sneak Peek

This family was super nervous that their dog wasn’t going to cooperate with a family photo session.

To be honest, this dog was the easiest one I’ve ever done a session with.  She’s downright attentive.

Proof is in the pictures!

Family Portraits with Dogs

I had such a blast with this recently relocated family who is so happy to live close to Tahoe now and take advantage of the having our gorgeous lake and outdoors practically in their backyard.  There’s more to come from their Valhalla Estate Tahoe family portraits, but until then, here’s a few more rad images to tide you over!

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Lake Tahoe family portraits with dogs

Harvey's Wedding Chapel

Harvey’s Wedding Chapel | Liz + Tony

To be perfectly honest, I was on Chair Ten at Kirkwood on a powder day when I received a phone call from the concierge at The Landing Resort and Spa.  You see, it was an unexpected powder day.  So unexpected, in fact, that Liz and Tony, who had planned to be wed in an intimate beach ceremony outdoors had to scramble to find a new venue for their elopement.   They settled on Harvey’s Wedding Chapel but unfortunately, the photographer who usually photographs all the ceremonies in the Chapel was on vacation.  Cue a phone call to me: could I be there in an hour?  Yes, I could, but I would be wearing ski clothes.

Liz and Tony were so grateful, ski clothes or not and I am so honored to have been able to get back to town quickly enough to help them out.  Here are a few of my favorite photos from their Tahoe South elopement.

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Tahoe Beach Wedding

Tahoe Beach Retreat Wedding Photography | Debbie + Mario

The Beach Retreat & Lodge in Tahoe South is one of my favorite wedding venues to photograph at.  They do a especially exceptional job with small and budget weddings here in the Lake Tahoe area.  There are not many venues around here that will accommodate smaller wedding parties, but Lori Cramer and her staff at the Beach Retreat & Lodge are always happy to do so.  In fact, you can host your wedding reception on the longest pier in Lake Tahoe and that’s exactly what Debbie, Mario and their amazing family and friends did!  This was a true DIY wedding: both the officiant and hair and makeup stylist were friends of the bride and groom.

Debbie and Mario were wed in an intimate Tahoe beach ceremony at the lodge on a Saturday morning and promptly followed their ceremony up with a brunch out on the pier.  If you are having a wedding with less than 40 guests, this is a wonderful way to celebrate.  Besides, who doesn’t love brunch!?

Congratulations Debbie and Mario and thank you so much for choosing me as your Tahoe wedding photographer!  I’m so thrilled to have been part of your gorgeous sun filled morning and celebration!

Venue: Beach Retreat & Lodge | Florist: Safeway

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Tahoe Family Photography

Tahoe Family Photography | Powers Family | Sneak Peek

So, this happened.

You know when you have a family willing to get into some shenanigans that it’s going to be a good portrait session.  There was even some rock modeling in addition to the tree hugging.  You’ll just have to wait for that though.

Tahoe Family Portraits

I had such a wonderful time creating Tahoe family photography for this amazing clan from Texas.  There were four generations in the house and I think (though I’ll have to count) 19 people total.  We did large groups, small groups, sisterly groups, husband and wife groups and individuals of everyone.  Time absolutely FLEW by and I had so much fun getting to know them.  That being said, anytime I’m around folks from back home, I immediately feel right at home.

There’s more to come from this family photography session in South Lake Tahoe, CA at their vacation rental home.  It was a great location and an amazing house – complete with pool, movie theater room and billiards area!

Tahoe Ranch Wedding

Tahoe Ranch Wedding | Monique + Adam | Sneak Peek

THIS.

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Everything about Monique and Adam’s relaxed Tahoe ranch wedding was right up my alley: from showing up and discovering my friend Ryan’s bluegrass band was playing, to the amazing Indian food that was served, to the unstressed, un-rushed and generally nonplussed atmosphere of the day.  There’s more to come from this amazing couple who has been together for almost 10 years, but until then, here’s a few sneak peeks from their beautiful day.

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Tahoe Maternity Portrait

Tahoe Maternity Portraits | Jodi + Alex

Jodi and Alex just welcomed their newest addition to their family: a gorgeous little girl named Isabella!  Her sneak peek went live on the blog this week as well.  You can view it via this link!  Just before her birth, I had the pleasure of taking their Tahoe maternity portraits at Fallen Leaf Lake.  I was especially excited to take advantage of the gorgeous aspen meadow down the way from the trailhead at Fallen Leaf.  I’ve been dying to utilize it’s awesome golden backlight!  Even better, when we arrived there was a trio of deer feasting in the meadow!

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