Enchanted Evening Photo Booth

An Enchanted Evening Event and Photo Booth | SNC Spring Formal

Twice a year, the student government association at Sierra Nevada College hosts a formal for their students.  I’ve been hired as their event photographer whenever I’m in town and available and it’s always a great time!  This spring formal was no exception.  The theme of the night was “An Enchanted Evening” and there were gorgeous gowns, a filled dance floor, and a new record in the photo booth: over 1,100 photos in five hours!  Big thanks to Nichole Lockman who assisted me for the evening and the Lone Eagle Grille for the amazing venue space!

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.

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Eighties Rock’n’Roll Party and Photobooth

Corporate events and private parties are always a blast, especially when they involve awesome themes!  I recently photographed a private event at the new Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe for Toyota of Northern CA.  The theme was 80’s Rock’n’Roll Party and they went all out!  The decor was amazing and included a massive candy bar, a cake table on pianos, and chocolate Toyota cars.  80’s cover band Tainted Love had the dance floor moving and shaking in no time.  The evening also included a Lauren Lindley Photography photo booth and a paparazzi “red carpet walk” with a Steven Tyler impersonator.

Here’s a few of my favorite photos from the evening.

Venue: Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe | Event Coordinator: Shannon McIsaac | Event Designer: Celadon Events | Entertainment: Tainted Love | Second Shooter: Angie Hall

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.

Dancing with the Tahoe Stars

Dancing with the Tahoe Stars | 2015

Every year the Tahoe Arts Project holds their annual fundraiser, an amazing night of dance and performance called “Dancing with the Tahoe Stars.”  10 members of our community participate in the program.  They are paired with 10 of our community’s professional dance instructors, learn a dance routine and are judged by a “distinguished” panel of judges.  Youth dance and performance programs pepper the intermission and closing acts.  Overall, it’s an amazing night of entertainment that raises funding  to bring performing arts and cultural enrichment to schools in the South Lake Tahoe region in both CA & NV.

The Tahoe Arts Project reaches over 5,000 students, within 10 schools in El Dorado, Douglas, and Alpine counties of California and Nevada. The artists whom students meet through the TAP programs serve as role models that demonstrate the values of self-discipline and the pursuit of excellence.  Current research validates TAP’s philosophy that these experiences also help students develop their own creative and problem solving abilities, foster intellectual development and success in all academic areas.

If you participated in the event or would like to view the entire gallery, you may do so via this link.

Lauren Lindley is a Reno Tahoe based freelance photographer available for general event photography in the Reno, Washoe Valley and Tahoe Basin.  Lauren Lindley Photography can provide services for a wide variety of events including, but not limited to, conventions, trade shows, corporate outings, meetings and more.  

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.

Live at Lakeview

Tahoe Event Photographer | Live at Lakeview | Week 9

It’s the last week of Live at Lakeview!  For those of you coming to visit Tahoe South for Labor Day weekend, Live at Lakeview is our premier weekly community event and the best way to spend your Thursday summer nights in Tahoe.  Beat the Bay Area weekend traffic and come to stay on Thursday and spend the evening with live music!  

This week will conclude a summer of concert fun with Reggae Night!  International underground reggae sensation, Rocker T will headline and a local reggae rock band, Weapon, will open.  Arrive to the event early so you don’t miss happy hour in the beer garden!  From 4:30-5:30 PM, happy hour prices will be in effect – $1 off the beer and wine selection, which now includes Ninkasi’s Total Domination IPA!

This past week at Live at Lakeview brought Scott Pemberton Trio and Black Star Safari to the stage.  Black Star Safari had a huge crowd amassed and dancing early in the evening!  The vendor area was full of non-profits and local artisans selling their wares.  

Check out free music here in Tahoe South every Thursday from 4:30-8:30 PM at Lakeview Commons from June 26th-August 28th.  Please ride your bike and utilize the free bike valet or find plenty of parking at the SLT Parks and Recreation Department on Rufus Allen Blvd.  The proceeds of all sales of alcohol from the beer garden support the series and I encourage you to either imbibe in the garden or make a donation in one of the donation boxes around the Commons Area on the night you attend.  As always, Live at Lakeview is a free community event.  Please be aware of the following city ordinances in Lakeview Commons Park: no dogs, no outside alcohol and no smoking.

 You can find my weekly wrap ups, photos and previews of the next concert all summer long here and on Tahoe South.

Tahoe Event Photographer | American Century Golf Classic | Edgewood

I was thrilled to be play event photographer for the Tahoe Mountain News for the 2nd year in a row at the American Century Golf Classic at Edgewood.  While I would have really loved to hit up the 7th hole on Thursday once again, I was predisposed at Wanderlust Festival instead.

I hit up the Tahoe Celebrity Golf Championship on Saturday this year, which proved to be a sage choice, as rain and thunder sent most of the players home early on the other afternoons.  The 17th hole proved to be a wise choice to spend my time at once again.  From the energetic drunk crowds, to the beautiful views, to the player antics, I was treated to a wealth of photographic fodder.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from the American Century Celebrity Golf Classic 2014.

Celebrity Golf Tahoe photos

Larry the Cable Guy hypes up the crowd.

Tahoe celebrity golf photos

Larry the Cable Guy and Charles Barkley take turns bowing to each other’s golfing prowess.

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Kevin Nealon is nothin’ but net.

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Kevin Nealon hams it up for 17th hole spectators.

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Larry the Cable Guy goes for the punt. I posted this to my facebook page originally and he actually commented on it: “Look at that form! I’m graceful as a cheetah! Thanks so much! Hope you had as much fun as we did!”

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Goose Gossage lays it out for a fan in the crowd with a mitt and a catcher’s mask.

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Joe Carter teases the fans at the 17th hole.

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Ed McMahon takes a breather while waiting for a commercial break.

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Ricky Stenhouse JR, Denny Hamlin and Michael Waltrip make their caddies race the 17th green.

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While they calmly walk behind and take photos.

Tahoe Celebrity Golf Photos

Gary Williams of the Golf Channel has a bit of fun with his partners and the crowd.

Tahoe Celebrity Golf Photos

Aaron Rodgers dismayed that he misses his target as partner Lucas Black laughs.

Tahoe Celebrity Golf Photos

Celebrity Golf weekend is rough on everyone: even the spectators.

Live at Lakeview

Tahoe Event Photographer | Live at Lakeview | Week 8

There’s only two weeks of Live at Lakeview left!  If you haven’t managed to make it down to Tahoe South’s premier weekly community event, this week and next are your last chances to spend an evening with live music as the sun sets over the west shore of Lake Tahoe.  Bring a picnic, enjoy a beer or glass of wine in the beer garden, and spend Thursday night with us at Lakeview Commons!

Under sunny blue skies with not a cloud in sight, Live at Lakeview brought dancing and good times to the Tahoe South crowd this past week thanks to big band pop opener Musical Charis and funk and soul outfit Mojo Green.  Musical Charis ended their set this week by bringing a young musician up from the crowd to accompany them on tambourine.  Mojo Green ended their set in the dark of the evening with throngs of people happily shaking their hips!

This week, Live at Lakeview brings the infectious and inventive surfy rock sounds of  Scott Pemberton Trio to the stage.  Black Star Safari is a South Lake Tahoe based electro/rock/folk/funk duo will open.  Black Star Safari features Matt Mandella on drums, vocals and samples and Dan Green on guitar and vocals, creating an engrossing sound spanning musical genres and eras.

Check out free music here in Tahoe South every Thursday from 4:30-8:30 PM at Lakeview Commons from June 26th-August 28th.  Please ride your bike and utilize the free bike valet or find plenty of parking at the SLT Parks and Recreation Department on Rufus Allen Blvd.  The proceeds of all sales of alcohol from the beer garden support the series and I encourage you to either imbibe in the garden or make a donation in one of the donation boxes around the Commons Area on the night you attend.  As always, Live at Lakeview is a free community event.  Please be aware of the following city ordinances in Lakeview Commons Park: no dogs, no outside alcohol and no smoking.

 You can find my weekly wrap ups, photos and previews of the next concert all summer long here and on Tahoe South.

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Tahoe Event Photographer | Squaw Valley | Wanderlust

When Wanderlust Festival put out a call for volunteer bloggers to participate in the four day festival and share their experience, I jumped at the chance despite my unyogic ways.  The four day festival offers a variety of activities in one of the best places Tahoe has to offer: Squaw Valley.  From music, to yoga, to food, to wine, to pool parties, to yes, even roller skating disco as the sun goes down, Wanderlust is a pretty awesome festival, whether you’re obsessed with yoga or not.  If you are, there’s an overwhelming amount of sessions every day, and if you’re not, there’s an overwhelming amount of other things to occupy your time.

During the festival, I made it a point to attend at least one yoga class, which turned out to be completely not what I was expecting.  I also made it a point to talk to a bunch of strangers and not so strangers to do Wanderlust participant profiles on them.  I learned a Bollywood Style Dance, took a kids yoga class where a 5 year old taught me something new, and explored everything that Wanderlust has to offer when you don’t have a plan, which I didn’t.  I ran out of a class to snap this photo of a girl doing yoga in the rain.

Overall, it was a fun, wonderful experience and one that I would definitely be open to repeating.  Wanderlust Festival is coming to the following cities in the near future: Whistler, BC, Tremblant, QC, Brooklyn, NY, Atlanta, GA, and Austin, TX.  They are always looking for volunteers, bloggers and in some cases, photographers.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from my Wanderlust Week.

Live at Lakeview

Tahoe Event Photographer | Live at Lakeview | Week 6

Arleigh Kincheloe, the lead singer of Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, captivated the Tahoe community last week with her enthralling voice and her gorgeously grandiose stage presence, which is about 20 times her actual size.  The band, well-known for their relentless tour schedule, made a stop in Tahoe on their way to Mammoth Lakes and Petaluma and I personally feel super lucky that we had them on our stage at Live at Lakeview!

Week 7 at Live at Lakeview brings us the return of 40 Watt Hype, who will certainly close out our evening with their special crowd-pleasing blend of hip-hop, R&B and latin fusion.  Last year, on the more Latin inspired tunes, Live at Lakeview had quite the salsa dancing crowd.

Cumbia-fusion band Candelaria will open the evening.  What is cumbia-fusion you ask?  Candelaria applies dub studio techniques and reggae style bass lines to traditional cumbia and other Colombian rhythms, developing a completely unique style of dance music with electronic sensibilities and a raw, live feel.  It should be an amazing blend of modern and traditional and a neat twist for our Thursday night entertainment!

Check out free music here in Tahoe South every Thursday from 4:30-8:30 PM at Lakeview Commons from June 26th-August 28th.  Please ride your bike and utilize the free bike valet or find plenty of parking at the SLT Parks and Recreation Department on Rufus Allen Blvd.  The proceeds of all sales of alcohol from the beer garden support the series and I encourage you to either imbibe in the garden or make a donation in one of the donation boxes around the Commons Area on the night you attend.  As always, Live at Lakeview is a free community event.  Please be aware of the following city ordinances in Lakeview Commons Park: no dogs, no outside alcohol and no smoking.

 You can find my weekly wrap ups, photos and previews of the next concert all summer long here and on Tahoe South.

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Tahoe Concert Photographer | Harvey’s Summer Concert Series | Carrie Underwood

This summer’s Harvey’s Summer Concert Series continued last week with an exclusive show from American Idol Carrie Underwood, currently not on tour.  It coincided with the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Edgewood and coincidently,  Wanderlust Festival, at Squaw Valley, which I also covered.  It was a rough busy week.  Despite all the zen-ing out during the day that I did, I ended up insanely ill in the week following.

This is not a post about me being sick, however.  This is a post about Tahoe concert photography and that time I got to photograph Carrie Underwood.

Sometimes when you’re a concert photographer, you get thrown for a bit of a loop.  The rules are always changing, the restrictions always different, especially when it comes to the bigger artists.  Sometimes I sign my life away in a really in depth contract upon which all rights to my photos are released to the artist for all of perpetuity in all of the universe.  Sometimes, I sign a contract that says I won’t photograph the fans.  Sometimes, I sign a contract that says I can shoot for the 2nd and 3rd song only, and only from the sound booth, which was the case in this concert.  We didn’t find this out until two days before the show and so I had to scramble to make a quick decision: rent a 400mm or 600mm lens or rent a teleconverter for my 200mm.  The teleconverter, while not as sharp, was significantly less expensive, so I went with it.  I’m not super jazzed on all these photos, but I am jazzed that I had the experience.  Any day working as a Tahoe concert photographer isn’t a bad day, in my books!