Tahoe Event Photography

Tahoe Event Photographer | Pretty Faces Premier

Pretty Faces premiered in Tahoe a week ago thanks to the coordinated efforts of local She Jumps coordinator Meghan Kelly and Heavenly Resort.

Pretty Faces came about thanks to professional big mountain skier and SheJumps co-founder, Lynsey Dyer with the objective of giving women and girls a source of inspiration with an all female ski film.  Despite making up more than 40% of the skiing population, female athletes are rarely represented in ski films.  Frustrated with being used as models rather than athletes, Lyndsey wanted to put females front and center.  When funding ran out, the crowd sourced Kickstarter project almost doubled it’s $60k goal, raising $113,534, making it clear that everyone is interested in celebrating female achievement in the sports world.

In addition to Dyer, other featured female athletes and key figures include Rachael Burks, Elyse Saugstad, Ingrid Backstrom, Wendy Fisher, Angel Collinson,  Nadia Samer, and Devin Logan. Additional sponsors include GoPro, Eddie Bauer and REI.

If you would like to see Pretty Faces in a theater setting, the tour is still coming to the following locations: Bend, OR; Ashville, NC; Grand Rapids, MI; Washington DC; Vancouver, BC; Leavenworth, WA; Anchorage, AK; Plymouth, NH.  If you can’t wait, you can purchase the video online and stream on demand.

Tahoe Event Photographer | Boys and Girls Club Golf Classic at Edgewood

When my friend and client Michelle asked me to donate my time as a Tahoe Event Photographer to the Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe, I didn’t have to think twice.  Their annual Golf Classic is a major source of fundraising for the organization and is held the week after Edgewood Golf Course closes for the season each year.  Individuals and Corporations participate for an amazing day of golf and fun in the Tahoe Sun at one of the most gorgeous golf courses in the nation.  I know it’s winter now and you aren’t even thinking about golf, but I’m thrilled to finally finish share these photos from last September!

The Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe has been providing quality programs for the youth of the Tahoe community since 1991. They have more than 900 members ages 5-18.  In addition to providing programs and services to the youth year-round, the also offer them a physical and emotional safe haven to learn and grow within our town.

You may donate to the Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe via this link or find more information about participating in the 2014 Golf Classic via this link.

Tahoe Event Photography | Women’s Wellness Weekend at Granlibakken

I had such an inspiring and educational weekend accompanied by wine and amazing food at the Granlibakken Resort’s Women’s Wellness Weekend.

The Women’s Wellness Weekend focuses on providing the fusion of Western practices with Eastern philosophy to provide women with information, inspiration, activities,  and great female company.  This is an awesome opportunity for any woman, but especially for those in the medical field.  For an additional $75, healthcare professionals can earn nine hours of CE credit at this amazing weekend getaway in the stunning Tahoe basin.

Granlibakken is a gorgeous resort.  Conveniently located in picturesque Tahoe City, CA, it offers tons of trails for hiking and mountain biking in the summer, a tree-top Adventure Park, a spa, and, in the winter, nordic skiing.  There is a plethora of rooms, units, condos and even large houses available for everyone from the single occupant to an entire family to come stay and enjoy the Tahoe area.

Although I was there to photograph the event, I learned so much from the presenters and I found more than a few of them to be fascinating.  Tahoe City based nutritionist, dietician, and triathlete Jill Whistler specializes in sports nutrition and really reinforced my own personal thoughts regarding nutrition and the best eating habits to fuel your body.  Nueropsychologist Suzanne Aberasturi, Ph.D provided us with a hilarious guide to how your brain develops and grows with age.  Mel Pohl, MD, FASAM is a family practitioner and the ice President of Medical Affairs and the Medical Director of Las Vegas Recovery Center.  His presentation on the disease of addiction was enthralling, surprising and peppered with humor.  I had the pleasure of dining with who is now going to be my new dermatologist: Dr. Jennifer Janiga.  She was a refreshing, gorgeous person who gave a fantastic presentation on healthy skin.

My favorite presentation of the weekend came from Joyce Mikal-Flynn, Ed. D, RN, FNP, MSN, a marathon runner and triathlete, who survived a sudden death in 1990 requiring 22 minutes of CPR.  She released a book, Turning Tragedy into Triumph MetaHabilitation: A Contemporary Model of Recovery which presents her system of rehabilitation.  Mrs. Mikal-Flynn spoke about what happens to people when they suffer life changing events and why some are able to turn their tragedies into triumph when others cannot.   I found her presentation to be particularly inspiring.  As an athlete myself, I wonder how I would react if faced with a similar circumstance.

In addition to the lectures and presentations, the weekend also offered various physical activities such as yoga, zumba and ki gong, as well as, social hours, lots of wine, a health expo, and shopping from local artisans.

The 2014 Women’s Wellness Weekend will be held on November 8 and 9, 2014.  If you register before the end of 2013, you can lock in this year’s super reasonable rate which includes all the Women’s Wellness Weekend Activities, one night lodging, hot buffet breakfasts, 2 lunches, and use of the pool/sauna/hot tub.

Tahoe Event Photography | Freakin’ Fun Run

It’s getting a little ghoulish up in Tahoe.

Thanks to the Tahoe Tri Club and a whole slew of local volunteers, we have our very own Holiday Fun Run Series!  Run through the Holidays is a series of three runs.  The first in the series was the Freakin’ Fun Run and I was more than thrilled to volunteer my time and donate my photography services for the finish line.

Normally, I’d be out on the course running myself but as I cracked up at the antics of Race Director and Head Zombie Jason Collin, I did not regret missing out on the athletics.  It was quite the show!

 Did you participate in the Freakin’ Fun Run?  

If so, head over to the full photo gallery via this link to see all the photos and download them for free.

Want to join in on the fun?  

Each of the three events features a 5k, 10k and a kids’ fun run.  The South Tahoe Turkey Trot will be held Sunday, November 17, 2013 and the Jingle Jog Hot Chocolate Run will be held Sunday, December 15, 2013.  Head to the Tahoe Fun Runs website for more information and to register.  100% of the proceeds from these events benefit the Junior program for the Tahoe Tri Club.

Tahoe Event Photography | Genoa Candy Dance

Every year on the last weekend of December, the town of Genoa hosts their annual Candy Dance Faire which offers over 300 craft and food vendors and draws thousands of people to Genoa during the two-day event.  It’s absolutely massive with tents stretching from one end of Genoa to the other.

Annual Genoa Candy Dance and Faire was originally planned as a dinner and dance in the fall of 1919 by the women of the town to raise money for street lights.  There was a dance and midnight dinner at the Raycraft Hall, which is now known as the Genoa Town Hall.  The women of the town made candies and cakes to pass around to the guests.  The first Candy Dance was so successful they decided to make it an annual event.

Today, families mill about shopping, playing, eating and crafting.  It’s a family friendly event with tons of activities to keep the kids entertained.

The 2014 Candy Dance will be held September 27 & 28, 2014.   Come join in on the fun!

PLAY:

EAT:

  • In addition to all the yummy treats you’ll fill up on at the Genoa Candy Faire, make sure you stop in for a pie at Basecamp Pizza Co.   Their outdoor patio is perfect for people watching and corn-hole playing and their BBQ Chicken Pizza is unbeatable.
  • Check out the new Gunbarrel Tavern and Eatery in the Heavenly Village.  They have excellent food at reasonable prices and all of Tahoe has been a buzz about their “Tower 16” Tuna appetizer.
  • Buy a ticket to the Genoa Candy Dance dinner, held on Saturday night of the fair from 5:30-7:30 PM.  This year’s menu included BBQ pork and chicken, potato and green salads, green beans and vegetables.  The Dance follows immediately after.   2013 Tickets for adults were $28 and for children, $20.  Tickets are available over the phone from the Genoa Town Office.

STAY:

  • Bring the outdoors inside at the Basecamp South Lake Tahoe, a new boutique hotel right in the Stateline Corridor.  It offers a short 5 minute walk to the lake and an even shorter 4 minute walk to the Heavenly Gondola and a brief drive over Kingsbury Grade to visit the candy dance.  They have 50 lavish rooms at more affordable prices.

Tahoe Kids Tri | Tahoe Event Photography

September has finally arrived and with it comes the end of some awesome things: no more Live at Lakeview, no more sunshine at 8:30 PM, no more kids’ triathlon events.

Thankfully, the Tahoe Tri Club is going to offer a series of super awesome fun runs for all ages this fall called the Run through the Holidays Series featuring a Freakin’ Fun Run on Oct 13th, a Turkey Trot on Nov 17th, and the Jingle Jog Hot Chocolate Run on Dec 15th.  If you register for all three events at once you save $30 in registration fees so register today and I’ll be out there to snap your finish line photo!

If your kids participated in the event, a link to the gallery will remain under the EVENTS selection in the PORTFOLIO tab or you can also view the entire gallery via this link.

If you are looking for photos from previous Tahoe Tri Club Events, you can view them via these links:

2013 Tahoe Kids Tri #3: September 8, 2013

2013 Tahoe Kids Tri #2: August 18, 2013

2013 Tahoe Kids Tri #1: July 21, 2013

2013 Tahoe Kids Tri Mini Event: June 30, 2013

2012 Tahoe Kids Tri #3: Sept 9, 2012

2012 Tahoe Kids Tri #2: Aug 12, 2012

2012 Tahoe Kids Tri #1: July 7, 2012

Tahoe Kids Tri | Tahoe Event Photography

“Mom, I want to beat all the boys,” allegedly declared one competitor.  This was no normal competitor, mind you.  She is a very ferocious child under the age of 10.

Fist pumping since he’s in the lead!

The 2nd of the the three event series that comprises the Tahoe Kids Triathlon Series occurred this past Sunday and this event was no different than the others but just as special: two year olds kickin’ butt and taking names on strider bikes, races for the finish, aggressive cornering, and yes, a few tears.  But mostly, it’s all laughter, smiles and high fives when they cross the finish line.

The youngest competitor, a 2 year old, starts to the bike leg on his strider.

If your kids participated in the event, a link to the gallery will remain under the EVENTS selection in the PORTFOLIO tab or you can also view the entire gallery via this link.

Coming to visit Tahoe?  The Tahoe Tri Club will be holding kids’ triathlons at the Parks and Recreation Department on Rufus Allen Blvd again on Sept 8.  The event starts at 1:30 PM and you need to show up early to register.  You can find more information at their website.  Each kid receives post event grub and a raffle ticket for awesome swag from local sponsors.

If you are looking for photos from previous Tahoe Tri Club Events, you can view them via these links:

2013 Tahoe Kids Tri #2: August 18, 2013

2013 Tahoe Kids Tri #1: July 21, 2013

2013 Tahoe Kids Tri Mini Event: June 30, 2013

2012 Tahoe Kids Tri #3: Sept 9, 2012

2012 Tahoe Kids Tri #2: Aug 12, 2012

2012 Tahoe Kids Tri #1: July 7, 2012

American Century Celebrity Golf Championship | Preview

Out of everything going on at the American Century Golf Championship in Tahoe this week, my most favorite discovery was the 7th Hole on Thursday.

I was wandering around fairly aimlessly when out of the crowd, more than 400 yards away, I heard the loud chants of “U-S-A-U-S-A.”  Michael Phelps had just arrived to tee off.

Thursday is a practice day and as I was told by another spectator, the 7th Hole on Thursday is the stuff legends are made of: a group of guys who all graduated from Sac State together show up every year, bring in their own beer, and jovially heckle the players.  You can hear them from greens away.  I was told that the boys were once kicked out for sneaking their own beer in and when the director of the tournament found out, he issued a standing yearly invitation to them so that they could continue their tradition.

Once I discovered the spot I didn’t leave and oh how glad I am.

Charles Barkley, who was injured this year and decided he couldn’t play the official tournament, was walking the course as the “Ambassador of  Golf.”  He handed out $3,000 in C-Notes to the crowd at the 7th hole.  It was under the premise of a bet that everyone knew he wouldn’t win.  You didn’t have to take their bet to win some cash either: they threw in some extra for the youngsters standing on the green as well.

More on the Celebrity Golf Tournament later this week!

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Barkley’s teammate passes out $100 bills to the 7th Hole fans.