Tahoe Engagement Session

Tahoe Engagement Session | Lake Tahoe, CA | Lisa + Jeff

Lisa and Jeff wanted a double whammy of locations for their Tahoe engagement session: forest and mountains were important to them so we hit up Kahle Community Center for the aspens and the forest and then the Trout Creek meadow behind Al Tahoe for some epic mountain views of Tallac and a killer sunset.  These two were married earlier in March and I’m looking forward to sharing their gorgeous Tahoe winter wedding photos with everyone!

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Snowshoe Engagement Session

Snowshoe Engagement Session | Eric + Melissa

“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!

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Presidio Engagement Session

Presidio Engagement Session | San Francisco, CA | Kelli + Lucas

Kelli and Lucas came to me by way of another one of my favorite couples, Sara and Will.  In fact, Lucas is standing in half the photos on their blog post.  I am equally excited about Lucas and Kelli’s wedding.  If there’s anything I know about this crew of friends, it’s that they surround themselves with awesome.  I expect nothing less than another amazingly beautiful, love filled, raging dance party and sing-along celebration for Kelli and Lucas!

Kelli and Lucas really wanted to get married at Cavallo Point Lodge, across the bay from the Presidio, but it was (not so surprisingly) out of the budget.  It’s a little spendy over there y’all.  Next best thing: engagement photos in the Presidio, clearly!  With a travel loving, adventure seeking, wine drinking photographer who is always willing to climb into the bushes for her clients.

I had such a blast with these two, sharing stories about half marathons and trips, both taken and future, and their November Sacramento wedding is one of the ones I’m most looking forward to this year!

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Winter Portraits in the Snow

Winter Portraits in the Snow | Frank Family

You can’t fake candid: it’s always a little contrived.  Capturing real innocence, warmth, silliness and frustration is a little different and the magic happens only if I get to stop directing and families just start being themselves.  Most kids don’t love taking direction and would rather either completely ignore you, or be completely involved in the process, so frankly, why not let them?  I promise that often the best images happen when you think everything is a failure.

I couldn’t have asked for better moments during this winter family photo shoot in the snow.  Daily family life isn’t perfect and neither should the memories of your kids be.  I’m always thankful when winter portraits in the snow erupt into impromptu laughter and tear inducing snowball fights!  This is absolutely one of my favorite winter sessions of family photos at Lake Tahoe that I’ve photographed this year.

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Hope Valley Portraits

Hope Valley Engagement Session | Mary + Scotty

The air is finally crisp in Tahoe.  Our first snowfall came recently and the nights are getting cold quick: don’t you dare leave the house without a hoody!  It’s apparently engagement season because someone in the wedding industry decided that was a thing.  Mostly, I just finally have some breathing room (August was a doozy y’all) and I can blog again and show you all the awesome things I’ve photographed in the last …. uh … year.  So while a few things have shown up on here over the course of the spring and summer, the majority of my amazing couples are on a really long to-do list.  Never fear kids, you’ll all get your photos up at some point.  I had to start with Mary and Scotty for so many reasons, but primarily because the chill in the air and the cool temps are reminding me of their fall Hope Valley engagement session.  We tromped around with their pups, got a little silly, made fun of photography trends and finished it all up with an epic dinner at Sorensen’s Resort.  That’s right folks, hiring Lauren as your photographer means that you get to go on a romantic date with her and your betrothed.

Mary and Scotty are my last wedding of 2016 and I’m pumped to photograph their Valhalla Wedding this November.  As further evidence that the three of us are meant to be, they wanted a Viking themed photo booth.  If you aren’t sure why anyone would want this at their wedding, you should look up the definition of the word Valhalla.  There I made it simple for you, simpleton.

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Photo by Cheyenne Gil

Announcing 2016 Tahoe Boudoir Mini-Sessions

Because every woman deserves gorgeous photos of herself.

Because it’s absolutely wonderfully insanely confidence inspiring and liberating to participate in.

Because you should love yourself the way you are and accept the way you are today.

Because it’s about celebrating your beauty, whether it’s laughter filled or curvy.  Whether you are wearing boy shorts or lingerie or nothing.

Because you should be gentle on yourself for all the time you wish you had to take better care of yourself, but you should be honest with yourself that we are human and busy and perfect as you are.

Because it makes a really amazing Valentine’s gift that’s a treat for you and your partner.

Because every once in awhile, you should celebrate yourself.

Photo by Cheyenne Gil

Photo by Cheyenne Gil

 

2016 BOUDOIR MINI SESSIONS

Location: South Lake Tahoe, CA

Dates: Sunday, January 31 and if enough interest, Monday, February 1st, 2016

Included:

• Professional Hair & Makeup by Tahoe Salon Be
• Champagne & Mimosas upon arrival
• 30 minutes of shooting time
• 25-35 finished high resolution images in a password protected gallery
• Print Release
• Choice between an 8×12 metal print or a 5×7 Magazine Style Press Printed Book (valued at $105!)
• Product Delivery by February 12th

Investment: $300

HOW TO BOOK

Sessions begin with 45 minutes of hair & makeup, followed by your 30-minute shoot.

When booking, please note your preferred session date & time. The times listed below apply to Sunday 1/31.  If you would prefer a Monday slot, please indicate interest.  Spots will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis and Monday spots will only be filled if there is enough interest in that day.

8:15 – 9:30 AM
9:00 – 10:15 AM
9:45 – 11:00 AM
10:30 – 11:45 AM
11:15 – 12:30 PM

1:00 – 2:15 PM
1:45 – 3:00 PM
2:30 – 3:45 PM
3:15 – 4:30 PM
4:00 – 5:15 PM

To secure your spot, a signed contract & $100 retainer payment are due upon booking, with the remaining balance due by your session date.

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FAQ:

Q) What is a boudoir mini-session?

A) A boudoir mini session is a half hour photo-shoot booked on a select weekend.  The cost is significantly lower since we book multiple portrait shoots all in one weekend.  You book a time slot for your hair, makeup, & photo shoot.  The lovely ladies from Tahoe Salon Be will be on-site for professional hair and make-up, to create a look that you love that matches what you’ve brought to wear.  We’ll have champagne, mimosas and snacks!

Boudoir photography is a great gift to yourself and your partner, which is why we’re holding this before Valentine’s Day!  Often, we get so busy and in such a routine that we forget to take care of ourselves, treat ourselves or feel beautiful.

Q) How do I contact you to book?
A) Email me at Lauren@laurenlindley.com or hit the contact button at the top of the website.

Q) How much is it to book my slot for the photo-shoot?
A) A $100 deposit is due upon booking. That amount will then be applied to your package.  The remaining balance is due on or before the date of the photo-shoot. After your shoot you will be able to view/select your top 15 photos from your online (password-protected) gallery to be included in your book or select your favorite image to be placed on a gorgeous 8×12 metal print.  You can choose between a black leather cover OR a red silk cover for your album. Additional prints or products may be ordered directly from your album.

Q) How should I arrive for my shoot? What should I all bring?

A) Once you book your time slot, I will email you an info email full of tips on how to prep for your shoot, what to bring and how to arrive, but in short, bring 1-3 outfits or your favorite lingerie.  For some folks, this might mean boy shorts, and for others, it might mean lace.  We can brainstorm ahead of time for something that fits you.  When I modeled, I actually had nothing with me and I ended up borrowing a lacy bra I wouldn’t wear in a million years but it ended up looking amazing and I felt totally comfortable in the moment in it.

Q) What if I’m nervous?  

It’s totally normal to be nervous beforehand, but I promise the experience is fun, liberating and you will mostly be so distracted by the extremely specific directions I’m giving you that you won’t have time to think about anything else except which hand is your left and where you are supposed to move it.

Q) What is the location like?

A) The location is a large spacious recently renovated suite at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.  Hair & makeup will be done in a large additional bathroom and a separate, 2nd bath area provides a private changing area for you.

Q) Will my photos be shown on your website or kept private?
A) I won’t post images from a boudoir photo-shoot unless given specific consent to do so, which is why I used my own images above.  I understand that because of the nature of the photography, it’s something most women like to keep to themselves.  However, if you don’t mind sharing your photos, I would love to post them.  Final decision is completely up to you and what you are comfortable with sharing.

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Dallas Portrait Photographer | BC Lindley for Metroplex Wrestling

There is no denying that my little brother has sweet dance moves.  You may not know that he also has some sweet wrestling moves.

Metroplex Wrestling in Dallas, TX was started by two wrestling fans in 2009 as a way for anyone and everyone to take part in their favorite sport.  The gym is in Bedford, TX and runs one show a month in their official ring.   You too can attend and you get a discount if you bring your own chair.  The next show will be held on June 16th.

My brother has been a member, participant and showman in the ring for quite a few years now.  He specifically requested some character specific portraits to use for promotional purposes.  Deep Ellum in downtown Dallas, TX offered the perfect mix of gritty urbanism for his photos.  We had a blast running around shooting and followed it up with some beers at the Anvil Pub.

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Personal Project: The Adventurers

The Adventurers

is a personal project consisting of portraits of people I meet in my own adventures who, in some way, inspire me, strike me, or surprise me.

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LeeAnn and Will

Photographed at: Fireside Pies @ Inwood, Dallas, TX

Live in: Mabank, TX, population 3,035 and a total area of 3 square miles.  Self described as a town where there is “nothing to do.”

I asked LeeAnn and Will if they were going to a party or they just always looked this darn cute.  Her response was, “I’d like to think we always dress like this.”  After imploring them a bit on what they were doing, they admitted to me after much blushing and giggling that they’d been best friends since 4th grade and were on their very first date.  Naturally, I made them go hold hands.  Have you ever seen two high schoolers more fashionable than these two?  I think not.

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Personal Project: The Adventurers

The Adventurers

is a personal project consisting of portraits of people I meet in my own adventures who, in some way, inspire me, strike me, or surprise me.

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Kayden

Photographed at: my house, South Lake Tahoe, CA

Lives in: Cape Town, South Africa

Occupation: Adventurer

Job Responsibilities include: cycle touring, beer drinking.

“Do you have a beer, man… no, not water, I need a beer!”

Kayden came to stay with us though WarmShowers, a website for reciprocal hosting of touring cyclists.  Kayden is one of the founding members and trustees of Global Wheeling, a South African based charity that focuses on bicycle empowerment and community greening projects in disadvantaged communities.  Kayden’s journey is supported by corporate donors and 100% of all other donations go to the cause.

When Kayden rolled into Tahoe, he had just cycled over Tioga pass to visit Yosemite, Monitor and Luther, as well as spent an afternoon riding through Death Valley at 120 degrees.

Kayden spent three very special, very memorable days with us in total.  He is the Adventurer that trumps all other adventurers.  After years touring the globe on his bike, Kayden will deliver a journal from South Africa to the Burn and this leg of journey will be complete.  Somehow, I just know that Kayden’s journey will never be complete.  His life will be filled with the kinds of adventures that most people cannot even comprehend taking on.  He’s pretty fucking awesome.

Thanks for the stories, the South African Bread and the good times Kayden!  I’m certain our paths will cross again!

You can see more from Kayden’s quick portrait session here.

I encourage you to head to his website and follow his blog and if so inclined, donate to his worthy cause.