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By Monique

Usually Scott, having covered the Salt Lake and Italy winter Olympics alpine skiing events for USA Today, is the expert Tahoe winter ski wedding photographer between us, but since he had a master’s ski race last weekend, I jumped at the chance to get a Squaw Valley skiing trash the dress session under my belt! Lara and Kent are season pass holders at Squaw, and they had a few “must have” shots in mind as the focus of their session on the mountain in their wedding dress and tuxedo. The important shot for Kent was to have him hucking a cornice above Lara. And for Lara, it was a classic chair lift shot, from the front and back, she even made a Just Married sign, and Thank You signs for them to display on the chair lifts. They really were not that interested in the actual skiing images of them in their wedding attire, so I only shot them skiing towards me a few times through out the session. For the ski jumping images, I wanted to make sure we got it covered from a few different angles, both as a wide shot, and with a telephoto. This required me to carry 2 cameras while skiing, one in a backpack, and one in a chest pack. We did about 5 or 6 jumping shots all told in a few different locations. Kent was full of energy and was launching huge jumps, and at one point, he even took his skis off and hiked back up the steep slope to the top of the cornice to get back in to position for another jump. We did a few of these images off of the cornice skier’s right of the Granite Chief chairlift, and off of a rock on that same slope. When talking with Lara the day before, I asked her if they had a favorite apre ski place for a drink in the village once we were done with the session on the mountain, but they had already done a ton of village shots on their wedding day, so we decided to first go do a few quick snow angel images in the valley, and then head back across the street to Kent’s family home for the final photos – jumping in the hot tub. Lara said this was their favorite apre ski place, so they enjoyed a few drinks in the hot tub at the end of the session. Cheers Lara and Kent, and see you next time on the slopes!


  • March 19, 2013 - 1:21 pm

    Brea - WOW! These are AWESOME Monique! So fun! Congrats to the super cool couple!

by Scott and Monique

Shannon and Zach were married at Edgewood at South Lake Tahoe on September 21, which also happened to be our 10 year anniversary! They had rented out one of the houses on the south side of Edgewood’s property, and both got ready there with all of their wedding party. The girls were running a bit late, so there wasn’t a ton of time for bridal portraits, but we were still able to get most of the portrait session with family and the wedding party done before the ceremony. Their adorable 1 year old daughter was a highlight of the ceremony, as the other flower girl pulled her down the aisle in a red wagon. Later in the evening, the sunset was one of those rare “light up the sky” fire orange sunsets, so we grabbed Shannon and Zach for a few more images out on the beach.

By Monique

Sometimes we like to share albums that we have made for our couples. This is a 15×10 flush mount album I designed for Kerry and Nick, who were married at a Lake Tahoe private estate overlooking the lake near Dollar Point. I included a few of our favorite page spreads in this post. To see more images from this wedding, head over to our main Lake Tahoe wedding photography website¬†and you will find more images from Kerry and Nick’s wedding there.

The flush mount album has thick 1/8 inch pages

By Monique

Nicole and Don were married on a beautiful September Friday at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn. Nicole and Don are a local couple, in fact Don is in the Wolf Pack Hall of Fame, and is described as one of the greatest power hitters in the school’s baseball history. Nicole is a sweet, kind woman, a teacher in Carson City, and I admire how close she is with her family members. Her adorable nephew was the ring bearer. Their navy blue, tan and burnt orange colors were so pretty against the golden grasses in the valley. And they “hit it out of the ballpark” with their details, including 3 separate sweets tables: On one table were 3 flavors of cupcakes, topped with a small cake, then there was a loaded candy table, and a “Man Table” with baseball themed goodies, including popcorn, snack mix and cigars.

Don and his groomsmen toast with pints of Guinness at the Auld Dubliner in the Squaw Valley Village

By Monique

I met up with Sandy and Joel in South Lake Tahoe for their engagement session on a chilly, snowy January morning. It was snowing on and off, and then for about 10 minutes or so, the sun came out, giving Lake Tahoe that beautiful deep blue color it is famous for. Sandy and Joel were happy to have the sun and the snow, and they even had a snow ball fight at the end of the session. They live in Texas and will be getting married in Mexico and May, so they wanted to do the winter engagement session to contrast with their warm beach wedding.



  • February 6, 2013 - 4:20 pm

    Edna - Absolutely adorable <3 lovely … Congratulations Joel & Sandy!

  • February 6, 2013 - 6:19 pm

    Shauna Richards - I just loved these pictures…….I was so amazed!!!!! The photographer is fantastic!!!!!! Working with snow, shade and sun is hard to do, but done oh so well!!!!

  • February 13, 2013 - 11:44 am

    Grandma Mechsner - Happy Day Beautiful pictures So happy for you both. Love Grandma

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