Tahoe Family Portraits

Tahoe Family Portraits | Valhalla Estate | Crandall Family

Although our spring temps are lingering in the realm of brisk this week, summer is on the horizon and that means summer vacationers will fill our beaches, campgrounds, rental houses and bike paths.  The welcome change in temperatures will surely pave the way for more outdoor adventures.  I’m personally ready to get on my bike!  Summer vacation is also the perfect time to take your Tahoe family portraits.

The Crandall family hailed from Texas so I felt right at home with this large loving laughing crew.  We did some large and small group shots, as we always do, but then the family trusted me enough to let their kids play and enjoy themselves in some outdoor exploration, which made for great candid photo opportunities, which I love.  Valhalla Estate is always a fantastic choice for your South Lake Tahoe Family portraits session because it offers such a wonderful mix of forest, meadow, lawn, pier and beach.

If you’re looking for Tahoe family portraits for your summer Tahoe vacation, get in touch!

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Tahoe Maternity Photos

Winter Maternity Portrait | Valhalla | Deibert Family

A winter maternity portrait at Lake Tahoe is a great way to celebrate your growing family.  The Deiberts contacted me on a whim – they were coming up with family to visit and as luck would have it, I was available.  Valhalla is one of my favorite places to photograph family photos in Lake Tahoe.  It offers such a wonderful mix of forest, meadow, and beach for fantastic variety.  You almost always get that nice golden CA glow that everyone wants there as well!  I really loved how Erika’s scarf complemented the fading meadow grasses.  Congrats to this growing family!

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Valhalla Wedding

Valhalla Winter Wedding | South Lake Tahoe, CA | Mary + Scotty

Mary and Scotty are pretty much the raddest kids around with the best hair.  Until Scotty shaved his hair off on his wedding night.  True story.

Mary ascertained that he needed “marraige hair” instead of “bachelor hair.”  What I think probably started as an inside joke grew to actuality as the dance party went on into the night and the whiskey flowed.

Other reasons they are rad: they wanted a Viking themed photo booth because they were getting married at Valhalla.  Their Hope Valley engagement session featured golden light, stylish threads and dogs.  Their grandma facetimed them while they were getting ready.

Venue: Valhalla Estate | Wedding Planner: Tahoe Dream Events | Florist: Enchanted Florist | Bakery: Cakes by Grace | Catering: Blue Angel Cafe | Bride’s Attire: Nicole Miller from The Wedding Party | Groom’s Attire: J Crew | Second photographer: Nicky Lockman of Nemus Photography

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Tahoe Family Photos

Tahoe Family Portraits | Galvez Family

I have a ridiculous number of gorgeous golden Tahoe family sessions to share from this summer.  These giggling kids and their incredibly wonderful parents were a blast to tromp around in the woods with!  We held their sessions at one of my favorite family portrait locations, Valhalla Estate.  It’s a favorite of mine simply because it offers a little bit of everything – the lake, which everyone wants, and forest and meadow, which is what I want for that golden backlit dreamy light.

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Valhalla Wedding Photography

Valhalla Wedding | South Lake Tahoe, CA | Dondra + Ryan

I’ve known and considered Dondra and Ryan to be good friends for quite some time.  Dondra’s sister is one of the people in the world that knows me best and I was very lucky to spend a ton of time with this rad couple when they lived in Tahoe.  They’ve since moved onto newer and grander adventures in Colorado, but I was honored and thrilled to not only hear that their wedding would be in Tahoe but that I was the “only” choice to be their Valhalla wedding photographer.  Dondra is the proud owner of my former mountain bike, which originally belonged to extreme scientist Allison Olliver.  I find it hilarious that trek hard tail has made it to so many states and in so many hands, finally landing now with Dondra and Ryan, where it’s sharing a home with two people who have a passion for the outdoors, home brewed beer, and photo booths, of course.

Their wedding was intimate, simple and elegant and ended with an epic dance party.  I’m so honored to have been part of the joining of two people who not only incredibly committed to each other, but also to their families and to the water and barley grains fermenting in their closet.

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Engagement Photos at Lake Tahoe

Tahoe Winter Engagement Session | Kristin + Alan | Sneak Peek

Kristin and Alan are my kind of people: fun and quick to laugh with a splash of goofiness.  Both members of this rad couple work in education and work for a summer camp every year.  Yes!  Camp Life!  Even more awesome: they want their wedding at Sugar Bowl Resort to have elements of summer camp style. Can you imagine anything more perfect for me?  I can’t!  I feel pretty lucky to have been connected with these two.  Kristin and Alan, thanks for braving the cold temps and traffic to come to Tahoe for your engagement session.  I can’t wait for your wedding!!

More to come from this awesome couple and their Tahoe winter engagement session at Sand Harbor State Park.

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Lake Tahoe Engagement Session

Lake Tahoe Engagement Session | Elizabeth + Shamus

Hailing from Boston, Elizabeth and Shamus are recent transplants to Northern CA.  Although they currently call Sacramento home, they are hoping to get relocated to the Bay Area and love the access to Tahoe that their new home provides.  When they first got in touch with me, Elizabeth indicated that she would love to have some fall colors and mountains in her photos.  I’m pretty sure I delivered both for their Lake Tahoe engagement session.  We started at Blue Angel Cafe for happy hour and then kicked off the session at Lake Tahoe Community College of all places, which has a beautiful community garden featuring great afternoon light and beautiful fall colors.  Quick stops at Taylor Creek visitor center and Valhalla Estate rounded out their session.

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Steampunk Photobooth

Word Wave Gala | Steampunk Photobooth

This past fall, Tahoe was lucky enough to be the location for a confluence of artists and authors for the first WordWave Festival at Tahoe’s historic Valhalla Grand Hall.  Writers, musicians, and performers from around the country shared their talent and spoke at a variety of panels and classes over the three day event.  There were readings, workshops, plays, open mics, guided hikes, oral storytelling, and a Steampunk themed gala and fundraiser one evening.  One of the festival organizers is a huge fan of my photobooth and she asked if I would be willing to donate the booth to the fundraising gala and of course I agreed!  Since it was a costume party, I decided that a seamless white backdrop would show off everyone’s amazing costumes best and the booth was a huge hit.  Here’s a few of my favorites from the evening, but you can see the entire gallery 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.

Lake Tahoe Engagement Session

Lake Tahoe Engagement Session | Elizabeth + Shamus | Sneak Peek

Hailing from Boston, Elizabeth and Shamus are recent transplants to Northern CA.  Although they currently call Sacramento home, they are hoping to get relocated to the Bay Area and love the access to Tahoe that their new home provides.  When they first got in touch with me, Elizabeth indicated that she would love to have some fall colors and mountains in her photos.  I’m pretty sure I delivered both for their Lake Tahoe engagement session.  We started at Blue Angel Cafe for happy hour and then kicked off the session at Lake Tahoe Community College of all places, which has a beautiful community garden featuring great afternoon light and beautiful fall colors.  Quick stops at Taylor Creek visitor center and Valhalla Estate rounded out their session.  Here’s a few sneak peeks from their afternoon with me and I’ll eventually share more from this rich golden fall portrait session!

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Valhalla Wedding Photographer

Valhalla Wedding Photographer | Dondra + Ryan | Sneak Peek

I’ve known and considered Dondra and Ryan to be good friends for quite some time.  Dondra’s sister is one of the people in the world that knows me best and I was very lucky to spend a ton of time with this rad couple when they lived in Tahoe.  They’ve since moved onto newer and grander adventures in Colorado, but I was honored and thrilled to not only hear that their wedding would be in Tahoe but that I was the “only” choice to be their Valhalla wedding photographer.  Here’s a few sneak peeks from their rad day and I will certainly have more to share soon!

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