Tahoe Wedding Photographer

Valhalla Tahoe Wedding | Published at Borrowed & Blue

I’m always so thrilled when Borrowed & Blue publishes my work.  They always say such charming things about me and my photos and it leaves me with this nice warm fuzzy feeling inside!  Jennifer and Buck’s published post last week on there was no exception and it was so wonderful to relive their wedding day at The Grand Hall at the Valhalla Estate.  Thanks to it’s unparalleled beauty and rustic charm, I frequently use Valhalla as a location for my portrait sessions since it offers such a wide variety of beach, pier, forest and meadow.

Jennifer and Buck’s Valhalla Tahoe wedding was a DIY affair.  The woodwork on the tables was built by Buck himself.  The paintings hanging about where crafted by his father.  The cupcakes (five flavors!) were baked by friends of the bride and groom.  There was no DJ and although I was briefly concerned that it was going to be a subdued evening, their friends brought out their best dance moves as the night wore on.

Jennifer and Buck’s wedding day happened to be during the King Fire,  While there were bluebird skies until about 3:30 PM that afternoon, just before the start of the ceremony, all of Tahoe was blanketed in smoke and haze!  It made for some very moody portraits!

You can read Jennifer and Buck’s entire post over at Borrowed and Blue Lake Tahoe via this link.  You can also follow Borrowed and Blue on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Valhalla Grand Hall Weddings

Venue: The Grand Hall at Valhalla Estate | Coordinator: Molly Novasel of Tahoe Dream Events | Officiant: Beau Anderson, friend of the Groom | Catering: Season’d Catering | Rentals: Celebration Party Rentals | Bakery: friends of the Bride | Hair: Imagine Salon | Florist: Thran’s

St. Baldrick's Tahoe

St. Baldrick’s Tahoe | “Brave the Shave”

When local Tahoe teen Bailey Johnson was 9 months old, the doctors said he wouldn’t live another day and definitely not past his first birthday.  He was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma, a form of cancer that starts in certain types of primitive nerve cells in an embryo or fetus.  Today, Bailey is almost 16 and responsible for spearheading a yearly effort in my community of South Lake Tahoe to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to eradicating childhood cancer.

More children are lost to cancer in the U.S. than any other disease—in fact, more than many other childhood diseases combined.  Childhood cancer isn’t quite so rare in our small town either.  Jenn and Jim Drennan’s beautiful daughter Caitlin was born 4 months premature in 2010.  She was rushed to the hospital in Sacramento where three days later she underwent exploratory abdominal surgery and began chemotherapy.  Like Bailey, Caitlin was also diagnosed with stage four Neuroblastoma, which, by the time she was born, was already spread throughout her body.

This year, more than 150 participants shaved their head at the St. Baldrick’s Tahoe event to show their support for their fellow community members and to help stamp out childhood cancer.  They raised more than $54,000, besting the previous years’ totals by more than 15 people and $13,000.

I was happy to lend my skills as photographer in the name of Caitlin, whose family I love, cherish and respect.  Here are a few of my favorite images from the night.  If you were a participant or spectator at the event and would like to view or download your images, you may do so via this link.

Mardi Gras Party

Mardi Gras Party Photo Booth | Sierra at Tahoe

Local ski resort and green business Sierra-at-Tahoe holds a employee party every year to support, promote and reward all the amazing folks that make their resort so amazing.  This year, the party fell on the same week as Mardi Gras.  One of their lovely employees is also one of my lovely photo booth employees and she requested to borrow the gear for a Mardi Gras Party Photo Booth.  Thanks to the proficient sewing skills of my very giving mother, I happen to have a perfect Mardi Gras backdrop!  You can make your own backdrop with colored fabric and Mardi Gras beads and a sewing machine for less than $20!

Here’s a few photos from the evening’s shenanigans.  If you were at the Sierra at Tahoe Employee Party, you may view, download and share your photos via this link.

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Lauren Lindley Photography’s Lake Tahoe Photo Booth Rental is a fantastic and fun addition to all kinds of events including: weddings, corporate events, company parties, trade shows, birthday or engagement parties, fundraising events, festivals and more.  Photo booth is supremely social: even the most camera shy folks will have props in their hand by the end of the evening.   Small booths only hold a handful of your guests but the Lauren Lindley Photo Booth can fit everyone in!  More people, more props, more fun!  It’s also an affordable addition to your extravaganza that allows your guests to relive the party later thanks to our customized theme back drops, props and fun attendants!  Learn more about Lake Tahoe Photo Booth Rentals here.

Kathleen and Charlie

Lake Tahoe Whimsical Wedding | Published on Fabulously Designed

Kathleen and Charlie were wed on a gorgeous bluebird day this past summer at one of my favorite venues to work with, The Tahoe Beach Retreat.  Their beautiful Lake Tahoe whimsical wedding featured Moroccan inspired details that were as unbeatably colorful and playful as the bride and groom themselves, who danced their way down the aisle and thru their reception.  Their energy and whimsy were contagious.  I had such a delightful time as their Tahoe wedding photographer and I’m so thrilled to see them featured last week at Fabulously Designed.

Fabulously Designed focuses on helping brides tie all their super fantastic design ideas together into a cohesive, clear design statement.  They feature design ideas and real wedding inspiration on their blog.

You can also follow Fabulously Designed on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Head over to Fabulously Designed to read Kathleen and Charlie’s entire feature via this link.

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Fallen Leaf Lake Portraits

Tahoe Pet Photography | Soleil + Jenn + Nils

For many of us, our dogs are the only children we’ll have.

“You don’t want kids?” they exclaim incredulously, “oh, well, you’re young.  That will change.”

I’m turning 35 this year and there is no part of any of my being that wants anything to do with diapers in my house.  Also, because triplets.  When my first dog passed away, I was heartbroken.   Sierra was a hysterical curmudgeon and a wonderful partner in crime for 14 and a 1/2 years.  As a youngster, she had an insatiable desire for activity and as she got older, she started to slow down and eventually, refuse to even go on walks.  We discovered in the last weeks of her life that her lungs were filled with tumors and that her breathing had become labored.  She lived a long, happy, and until the very end, comfortable life and I feel so lucky to have found her.  Weeks later, we adopted Austin, who is a wily, sweet, lover boy that has elements of Sierra-like behavior.  He lights up my life in magnificent ways and all I have to do in return is run him and feed him kibble twice a day.  I find this to be a far more rewarding relationship than one in which I have to pay for someone else’s education because frankly, mine isn’t anywhere near paid of as it is.

Soleil is also getting up there in years and it was important to Jenn and Nils to head out with me for some Tahoe pet photography in a short portrait session to capture her spirit and I think that we appropriately managed to do so.  As Nils wrote after seeing the photos, “Those are some good shots.   Too bad she’s headed for the glue factory…she’s a natural for a dog food commercial.”  As hard as it is when our dogs pass away, I have to say that our lives are significantly enriched with them around.

Tahoe Pregnancy Portraits

Maternity Photos | The Kelly’s and the Tahoe Trips

Meghan is one of the smartest, funniest, bravest people I know.  Basically, she’s a total badass.  Her life is about to get super exciting because she and her husband Pat are going to have triplets.  She wanted to commemorate her one and only pregnancy with some maternity photos and I was more than willing to comply.  I am, after all, the official Tahoe Trips photog.

MK and PK and Scoutie are all ready for their new additions to the family.  The nursery is painted, there are three of everything, and a minivan.  If you would like to know more about their future adventures in the mountains, you can follow the adventures of the Tahoe Triplets on Instagram or Meghan on both Twitter and Instagram.

In the meantime, I’ve started a fundraiser for the Kelly family to help ease the burden of their first year.  We are trying to raise enough money to pay for a housecleaner every week for a year.  The cost for house cleaning for one year is $3,600 and the project is currently 35% funded and I appreciate everyone who has made a donation so far.  If you would like to donate to the cause, you may do so via this link.

Tahoe Photo Booth

Hollywood Stars Photo Booth | Sierra House PTA

Sierra House PTA recently held their annual fundraising event of the year.  You know it’s not a party in Lake Tahoe without a Lauren Lindley Photography Photo Booth and they specifically wanted one to fit their theme.  We used our custom made “prom” backdrop for their Hollywood Stars Photo Booth and their guests clearly had a great time at the event.

Here’s a few of my favorite photos from the night.  If you attended the Sierra House PTA Fundraiser, you can view all the photos via this link.  As always, the gallery link will remain on the client access page as well.

Lauren Lindley Photography’s Lake Tahoe Photo Booth Rental is a fantastic and fun addition to all kinds of events including: weddings, corporate events, company parties, trade shows, birthday or engagement parties, fundraising events, festivals and more.  Photo booth is supremely social: even the most camera shy folks will have props in their hand by the end of the evening.   Small booths only hold a handful of your guests but the Lauren Lindley Photo Booth can fit everyone in!  More people, more props, more fun!  It’s also an affordable addition to your extravaganza that allows your guests to relive the party later thanks to our customized theme back drops, props and fun attendants!  Learn more about Lake Tahoe Photo Booth Rentals here.

If you are a local Tahoe Community Member and part of a non-profit that wishes to have Lauren Lindley Photography donate a photo booth to your event, do not hesitate to contact us for a request via email.

Tahoe Maternity Portraits

Tahoe Maternity Portraits | Jess + Dave

Jess and Dave are pretty rad.  They are funny, vivacious folks that love to laugh, get silly and play with their pups.  They wanted to commemorate their son to be with some family photos and Tahoe maternity portraits.  A mutual friend sent them my way and we were collectively all shocked that our paths in Tahoe had yet to cross.  I mean, come on, I thought I knew everyone?  Their four legged friends are an important part of their growing family so we decided that their favorite paw friendly beach was the place to go for their portrait session.

Emerald Bay Engagement

Tahoe Wedding Proposal | Melissa + Jad

Jad chose to propose to his girlfriend Melissa in one of the most beautiful places on the planet: Emerald Bay State Park.  When he contacted me about photographing his Tahoe wedding proposal, I readily agreed.

Jad and Melissa met in the school they both attended, a small private Baptist college.  Their faith is extremely important to them and as such, they follow rules of courtship to maintain chastity and purity.  “Now regarding the matters of which you wrote: It is good thing for a man not to touch a woman” (I Corinthians 7:1).   As such, their short, sweet portrait session doesn’t involve any photos of the two of them touching.  They are a gorgeous, vibrant couple full of love and adoration for each other and I’m so thrilled I was able to photograph their day.  I am certain these two are going to have a long love filled life full of mutual respect and joy together.

“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11).

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Tahoe Same Sex Elopement | Published at Simply Elope

Kena and Janara are getting tons of internet love this month!  First thanks to at Equal & Forever last week, which you can see via this link and then again over at Simply Elope.  Simply Elope is a tiny wedding blog devoted to elopement inspiration and real stories for brides and grooms.

You can see the entire post on Simply Elope via this link.

You can also follow Simply Elope on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Tahoe Same Sex Wedding Photographer