PLAYFUL ENGAGEMENT SESSION IN THE SNOW [KINGS BEACH AT LAKE TAHOE, CA]

April 08, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Margo and Barry Winter Tale 

If you are looking for a white winter and like having a good time, Lake Tahoe is one of the best places in the Sierra to spend your vacation. This winter whoever went skiing at Tahoe got lucky. White snow was everywhere. I was a bit skeptical but curious about making photos in the middle of the day when the light is strong and the whiteness amplifies it. To my delight pictures turned lovely.

It is hard to predict in the mountain at that time of the year when you will get the best lighting. The sun sets pretty early behind the snow covered hills. A long shadow falls over the ground in the very early afternoon. Winter days are short so you shoot whenever you can and your subjects are available.

Talking about snow, doesn’t snow mean fun? Of course it does, especially if you are visiting Lake Tahoe in the winter for any kind of reason, work, skiing, travel, sightseeing, getting engaged or getting your engagement photos done there. That is just what Margo and Barry did this winter. During their short holiday vacation we did their engagement photos.

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Living in Santa Cruz Margo and Barry get plenty beautiful sunsets over the Pacific, but they don’t get to see snow there.  Being at Lake Tahoe they had the unforgettable opportunity to have their engagement photos done on a snow. That is what winter is all about - chilly weather and heartwarming memories…

Before the photoshoot I did a little location scouting as I thought I would find a better location than the center of the North Tahoe. It happened that the other places I looked were either in shade or the snow has disappeared because of the tides or the tall trees where it snowed less.  One of the best places I found at Lake Tahoe was the end of Kings Beach, it’s a little wilder than the rest of the beach especially in the winter. Ideal for photographing portraits. There are birch trees, rocks and some sand of course, and a lot of open space facing the entire lake.

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My intention with that photo shoot was to capture the joy of loving hearts surrounded by a beautiful landscape. If you think snow balls are only for kids, think again! Adults can have lots of fun in the snow!  It was cold, but just being under the sun with such beautiful people and a camera in my hands made me run around and trying to capture every single moment of happiness and emotions I saw through my viewfinder. We all had a lot of fun that day.​

I hope you enjoy this winter tale in pictures.

 

Stani

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