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by Scott

The blogging, at least on my part, has been a little slow. Most of you probably don’t know that I am a ski racer and when the weddings slow down in winter, the training and competition heats up for me. This post is from one of my last weddings before winter, a wonderful affair that started in Dollar Point on the north shore of Lake Tahoe, then proceeded to the Squaw Valley high camp for the wedding ceremony, then down the aerial tram at Squaw Valley and over to the River Ranch resort on the Truckee River for the reception. That is a lot of running around and it takes a special kind of relaxed couple to pull it off as Tricia and Andy did with ease.

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Andy’s custom Tahoe map cufflinks

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By Monique

I met up with Brandon and Kim last week at Sand Harbor for a wedding portrait session with a bit of the “trash the dress” added in at the end. They were great to work with, and they even squeezed through a pretty tight rock passage way when I asked them to, and by the time they got in the water at the end of the session for the sunset, it was really, really cold!

By Monique

Esther and Devesh had a small wedding and ceremony at the Lake Mary venue at Sugar Bowl on a warm Sunday evening in August. They hired me for about 5 hours, so there was not much getting ready for this wedding. It pretty much started with the ceremony, and went through a sunset candle lighting/ best wishes ceremony for the couple down on the shores of the lake. I actually took my shoes off and rolled up my pants and got in the lake up to my thighs for the images at the end of the post, it was really the best way to capture the candles floating inside the lotus flower heart with Esther and Devesh and their families and friends all gathered around the shore.

By Monique

Scott and I photographed Roxanne and Aaron’s wedding at the Ritz-Carlton at Northstar Lake Tahoe on a snow covered November day. Because the ceremony was held indoors at 6:00 after sunset, we did all of their portraits before the wedding while there was still light in the sky. They really wanted a lake view for their portrait session, so we took them over to Sand Harbor, where we were the only people there on a chilly November Sunday afternoon. Since this wedding is one that Scott and I did together, I am including some “behind the scenes” images of Scott with his lighting set up. I think it really gives you an idea of what the scene looks like “in real life,” and then I include his final image, as he sees it, dramatically lit with his unique angular vision. I also included several images of Roxanne and Aaron where you can see how we both are photographing the same situation, each with our own style. I tend to capture the more softly lit, sun washed images of the couple, while Scott is drawn to capturing the dramatic aspects of the scene.

By Monique

Sometimes I get ideas in the middle of the night, and then it is hard to sleep. So last night I had this idea to shoot one or 2 panoramic images at every wedding I do from now on. One of the couple with Tahoe as the backdrop, and a scene setter …. maybe during the ceremony, or one of the reception site … Does this mean I will be bringing a panoramic camera with me to each wedding? Unfortunately, no, because I already carry 2 cameras with me, one on each shoulder, with a dorky waste pack that has more lenses, flashes, batteries, etc, etc. BTW, if you want to see what this looks like (sometimes we get that question from the list of questions to ask your wedding photographer, “what do you wear to the wedding?”), check out the About Monique link at the top of the page. Anyways, so this idea of mine will involve my iPhone! Yes, gasp, I know it sounds a bit lame for a pro to be considering, but when guests are standing next to you at a ceremony taking photos with their iphones and then posting the photos on facebook before the cake has been cut, I figure, why not do a few interesting phone photos myself. People are so used to seeing the square version of phone photos, I just thought, what the heck, try the pano thing for a few. We’ll see how it goes. Don’t worry, I would never decide to turn in my DSLR’s for iphone wedding photography!

Phone pano image made on a stormy day at Lake Tahoe

Another phone image made on the East shores of Lake Tahoe on a calm day when the lake was still.

Phone pano image made on a recent hike near Muir Woods.

I actually made this image with our infrared camera, which is a D300 DSLR, and I cropped it as a pano, but still decided to include it here because I like the look of it as a panoramic image.



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