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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.

Mammoth Ski Weekend

Can you believe I’ve been in California for seven years years now and I’ve never been to Mammoth Lakes to ski?  The horror!

When PSIA asked me to donate photobooths to their annual spring convention at Mammoth, I was more than happy to do it!  A few days spring skiing in sunny Mammoth Lakes and photobooth fun: I’d be crazy to say no!

Bri and I met up with Meghan Kelly, her husband, and a few of our other Tahoe friends for a mini Mammoth Ski trip.  While I may have not reached my goal of sixty days on mountain this ski season, but I at least ended it with one of my more memorable ski weekends to date.  Mammoth Lakes is a gorgeous place to visit and even more unbelievable from the top of the gondola!

Looking for the PSIA Photobooth Photos?

PSIA Spring Convention, Reno Tahoe Photobooth, Prom Photobooth, Ski Mammoth

The PSIA Flashback Prom Photobooth was a riot, once everyone got liquored up!

If you were in my photobooth at the event, your galleries will always remain here on my page in the 2013 tab of the Photobooth Gallery under Portfolio.

If you want to travel to Mammoth Lakes, here are my recommendations. 

STAY:  The Cinnamon Bear Inn is located just of Main Street in Mammoth Lakes and is so adorable it hurts.  Literally.  There are four poster beds with patchwork quilts and doilies.  It’s run by Pam and her husband, who personally cook and serve you a hot breakfast every morning and offer afternoon apres ski drinks and appetizers in the “lobby” which feels more like your own living room.  If you’re used to the Westin, this is not the place for you: it has it’s quirks (like slow draining tubs), but in my world, that’s all the more reason to love it.


  • Old New York Deli and Bakery has bagels to die for.  Bagels like I haven’t ever found out west: crisp shells and doughy centers in all the best flavors, including salt, sourdough and egg!  Substitute cream cheese on your fried egg sunrise bagel sando in the morning and you’ll get the best of both worlds: New York style bagel and schmear meets breakfast sandwich.
  • Toomey’s is famous in California for it’s gourmet meals, served without an ounce of pretentiousness, in odd, quirky and unbecoming locations.   If you think it would be wonderful to eat a loaded seafood jumbalaya amidst baseball jerseys and collector metal lunchboxes from days gone by, don’t skip a meal here.
  • Stellar Brew has killer coffee and loaded sandwhiches, perfect for grabbing on your way to or from the mountain.


  • Get a growler filled and enjoy a tasting sampler of either some or all of the brews that Mammoth Brewery has going in their tasting room.   At $4-$6 (regular/seasonal) for tasting rounds, it’s hard to argue against spending an hour in here.
  • It’s happy hour every day from 4:00-5:30 pm at Whiskey Creek in both Mammoth and Bishop – save a fortune on Mammoth Brewery drafts and get half off bar menu items.

Mammoth Brewery, Mammoth Lakes, Visit Mammoth, Lauren Lindley, Reno Tahoe Photography, Travel Photography, Mammoth Travel Photography


  • Mammoth Mountain routinely opens earlier and remains open later than other California resorts.  It’s well known for it’s summer skiing.  You might want to get there soon – it’s brewing in the rumor mill that Vail Resorts is about to purchase Mammoth and they will probably ruin every ounce of personality this wonderful place has.  In the summer you can purchase day tickets to mountain bike from top to bottom.
  • Take a day off from the slopes and visit June Lakes, an absolutely stunning series of lakes and rivers set under towering peaks and next to a quaint mountain town.
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Pat Kelly fishes in a stream near June Lake, CA.

  • Bishop, CA is one of the western US’s best epicenters for rock-climbing.  Make it a tri sport weekend: fish, bike and climb!


Backyard BBQ

Two of my friends from Texas came to visit last weekend and I couldn’t have been more excited to see them. We had an amazing weekend together. I was able to take off work the whole time and we skied at both Heavenly and Kirkwood, had leisurely mornings that involved my favorite meal of the day at both the Getaway Cafe and Firesign Cafe, kicked it at the Divided Sky one evening with all of my friends, and ended up at the Backyard BBQ behind our house one afternoon.  Despite the fact that it was a holiday weekend, I knew how to skirt the crowds of tourists and we ended up with very little lift lines, great groomers to play on and I even put on skis one day!  Proof is in the photo!

Afternoon neighborhood BBQ.

High Roller Terrain Park

I have a lot of really amazing friends that also happen to be really amazing athletes.

They do things like throw themselves off jumps with 100 foot gaps and launch themselves out of giant halfpipes.

I took photos of them at Heavenly Mountain the other doing just this sort of thing and I’m really happy with the photos we got.  It was such a fun time and I can’t wait to go back and do it again!

Big thanks to JJ Shiller, Doug “Dougie Fresh” Carr, Tele Doug, Extreme, and Trout for going big.

Becker Peak

Megs and I are on a mission to get as many awesome photos as we can this year.  We went out twice last week to work on our mutual goal, first to Kirkwood for some sidecountry pow shots, and then again to Becker Peak.

Becker Peak, Meghan Kelly, Tahoe Backcountry, Backcountry Skiing, Powder

We have collectively decided that Becker Peak will be our new playground: it is ideally situated for easy and quick access over Echo Lakes.  There are tons of huge boulders to play on with a great vantage point of both Tahoe and Desolation Wilderness.  It’s a super short easy hike in (great for me when I’m carrying a snowboard and camera gear) and has tons of steep aspects, pillow lines and drops to get photos on.  It was a bit windy the morning we were out but it was a good scouting session for future photo shoots.

Becker Peak, Tahoe Backcountry, Backcountry Skiing, Meghan Kelly, Becker Peak, Desolation Wilderness, Echo Lakes, Tahoe South

Baby Skis

When two of my good friends approached me about helping them create their pregnancy announcement, I readily agreed.  We poured over Pinterest boards looking for inspiration, but honestly, so many of them are all the same.  I really wanted to tie in their love of the outdoors and Tahoe to the announcement and that’s what led me to coming up with this:

Pregancy Announcement, Skiers' pregnancy announcement, Heavenly Mountain, Tahoe South

I knew that I wanted to play up the fact that they were both skiers and that’s how we came up with this take on the classic baby shoe between big shoes announcement: baby skis!

Heavenly Mountain Resort, Pregnancy Announcement, Skiers Pregnancy Announcement

We had such a blast taking all of these photos at Heavenly Mountain: all afternoon people stopped to congratulate them while they posed.   I am so happy with how adorable and gorgeous they are!  You can see the entire set here.

SheJumps Get the Girls Out Day

Meghan Kelly is the Northern CA director for SheJumps, which I’ve spoken a bit about on here.  On the 2nd Sunday of every month, SheJumps hosts Get the Girls Out Day all around the country, a campaign aimed to bringing communities of outdoor loving females together on one day to celebrate sports and having fun.

SheJumps, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Get the Girls Out

We had about 20 girls come out to play that afternoon and I brought my camera out to document the action.  We had a blast!  It’s so contagious to see a roving pack of girls shredding up the mountain – people can’t help but woop and holler for us!

  Meghan Kelly, SheJumps, Get the Girls Out, Kirkwood Mountain Resort

You can see all the photos from our afternoon of shredding here.  If you (are a girl) and would like to join in on the fun, the next dates for Get the Girls Out Day are February 10, March 10 and April 14, 2013.  We meet at 1:00 PM at the bottom of Chair 6 at Kirkwood Mountain Resort.

SheJumps, Get the Girls Out, Kirkwood Mountain Resort


Last summer, my friend Liana called me up and asked if I wanted to join them on a ski trip to Steamboat this winter.  She was turning 30 and there happened to be a Texas Music Fest in Colorado the week of her birthday.  I don’t get to see Liana very often anymore since she lives in Austin and, as she said, I’m always up for anything, so I of course said, “hell yes.”

The trip was for Musicfest or, as I was to find out later, the locals in Steamboat call it “Texasfest.”  Run by an Texas production company, it’s essentially a ski vacation for Texans, to Steamboat, with Texas music.  For me, it was a bargain: five nights of lodging and four days of lift tickets at Steamboat for $600.  The music was just a bonus.

It was hysterical.

But, as Pocket pointed out the other day, so is my life.

True story.

Imagine thousands of overgrown frat boys trying to ski.

Gapers.  Everywhere.

The ones who did try to ski, essentially had NO idea there was an upper mountain.   It felt as if I spent every day with most of the mountain completely and totally to myself.

On most nights, we would head out to check out some of the music.  Most of the acts were Texas Country, a sub-genre (and the only good genre in my opinion) of country.  It is, essentially, the music of  Waylon Jennings: traditional country roots combined with the out-law spirit.   We saw some AWESOME musicians throughout the week.  I totally loved The Dirty River Boys, who played quite a few times over the course of the week.

The best night was the evening we rode the gondola up and saw a small acoustic show that included Cody Morrow, Kyle Park, and Cody Johnson, the latter of which totally blew all of us away.

Cody Morrow, Texasfest, Musicfest, Steamboat Springs

Overall, I had such a great time.  If you weren’t from Texas, you would have never heard of this trip.  It really is such a good bargain and it was such a wonderful way to spend time with Liana and her husband Terry.  I also got to ride at a new mountain, hear some really amazing Texas Country.   Overall: trip success.  I would definitely consider going back, especially for the price and to be honest, it would be really nice to be in Steamboat when there was some sweet pow in those trees of theirs.

These are some of my favorite photos from the week, but you can check them all out here.

Winter Pow

On Sunday I met up with Megan and Tim early at Kirkwood for a morning photo shoot. I haven’t had time to edit them all yet, but here’s one from the selection that I’m pretty pumped on.