Winter Lake Tahoe engagement session | Nick and Emilie

When Emilie and Nick contacted me to shoot their winter Lake Tahoe engagement session, I was so excited. Then I remembered we were in a severe drought here in California and finding the snow that was so important to them could be a challenging task. So, we put a date on the books and waited for the day to come with high hopes.

It’s been a dismal winter in the Sierras and it looked like we were going to get a snowless session. But then by an act of God just three days before we were planning to head up, it started snowing in Tahoe! And not just a light snowstorm, but one of the biggest ones they’ve had all year. And to make it even more perfect, the day of our shoot the temperature shot up to the 60s. So we had not only all the snow but also all the perfect weather! It was the best we could have hoped for.

We started at my favorite Tahoe Bed and Breakfast, The Chaney House. I know it’s called a house, but that isn’t the right description…it’s more like a mini castle. Built in the style of the Hellman-Erhman mansion, it’s everything Tahoe. We shot around the grounds, on their private peer and then headed up to Squaw Valley.

It was a perfect day. Emilie and Nick are so sweet, cute, and totally in love. And capturing that in one of their favorite places, Lake Tahoe, made the session that much sweeter. Even though the snow pack was less than average, I was determined capture a really wintery session for Emilie and Nick. And they were such good sports! Heck, even some of my failed attempts to winterize the shoot as much as possible (can you spot them) just made it that much more fun.

Emilie and Nick’s wedding is this September in Hawaii and they are going local for their wedding photographer, so unfortunately I won’t be able to capture their wedding day. But, I’m so grateful for the opportunity to capture this piece of their love story. They are meant to be, that is obvious. And I can’t wait to see how the “Wolfe Pack” evolves.

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16 thoughts on “Winter Lake Tahoe engagement session | Nick and Emilie

  1. Wow! Even with the warm winter, it still looks like a winter wonderland. The scenery is breath taking and the creative angles make you feel the crispness on your skin. The couples love shining through gives it a glowing warmth.

  2. Lake Tahoe is an absolutely beautiful spot! I love the pier setting picture and the ones taken by the water….river? What a beautiful way to begin a lifelong commitment. Congrats to this couple.

  3. Favorites are Emilie getting hit with a snowball and the two along the river with the mountains in the background.

  4. These are just unreal… beyond gorgeous lighting and composition and posing and…. I want to be you when I “grow up”, Teresa!!

  5. I had to save the last photo! Those warm lights and the two lovers as a centerpiece will surely make them love this photo as well. We also had a Hawaii wedding and it was the best day of my life, even though everything seemed to crash and burn a few days before.

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