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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.



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.

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