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Dominic + Christy – A small snow storm on Donner Lake!

It all started one night at a bar in North Lake Tahoe where Dominic and Christy met. Soon they were skiing and snowboarding together and getting away to have fun. Quickly they became inseparable and Tahoe became the place they loved together. It was that very same bar that Dominic proposed to Christy exactly one year from when they met. How could we not go back to Tahoe to photograph their engagement photos? Little did any of us know that there would be a fun surprise snow storm awaiting us! 20 degree weather is no problem when you’ve got your love to keep you warm. 🙂 We started at their cabin in Donner for a couple cute photos of them both dressed to impress. I was pleasantly surprised as Dominic came out in his tux and Christy in her fun gold sequins!

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We then drove down the street to the Donner Lake. This is where these two like to have a bit of fun in the summer. This, however, is not sumer time. In fact this is when we were hit by the snowstorm the hardest. We got out of the car and snow was actually going sideways with a strong wind from the west. That did not stop these two from having a blast! 

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We decided we had all had fun and were getting a bit cold. A quick change was in order to head to downtown Truckee. It was amazing as the sun decided to poke it’s head out just in time for us!

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I still can not believe we went from howling winds to beautiful sunset in just an hour! Who would have ever guessed this is how their amazing afternoon would have ended. Thank you again Christy and Dominic, we can not wait for your wedding in September!

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Allison + Anthony – their perfect start to 2013!

January 5th was a beautiful day, as winter was most certainly in the air. Allison and Anthony were both preparing for such an amazing day. It was a day that started with football (soccer), a bit of sun poking through the clouds, and a super sweet first look over looking all of Sacramento. Even luckier — rain started sprinkling just as their ceremony began. Some may think rain on a wedding day is a bad thing, since they were getting married by candlelight under protection of the gorgeous terrace at The Citizen Hotel it was not an issue. In fact rain is said to be good luck! We could not be more excited to share with you a few pictures of Allison and Anthony.

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Elliot + Jen’s snowy Tahoe engagement session.

There was one day that the clouds parted in Tahoe during the holiday week. We were very lucky that we were meeting Jen and Elliot at one of their favorite places to be in the winter, Squaw Valley. The live just a few miles down the road in Truckee. These two are very used to being in the cold and snow, thank goodness! That was exactly what they had in mind, in fact. Elliot was lucky to have skied that morning, I was a little jealous as I knew Lisa would not want to get up early enough for me to snowboard before the engagement session that morning. Being two days after Christmas I think we were all still happy and tired from all the friends and family. These two had just flown back from the east coast to get  ready for the New Year, school and work. The one thing that sets these two apart is their love of the world. Jen has followed Elliot to a few corners of the world and they have loved every step of their journey together. They have lived in Africa together, Australia, Idaho and may even go to Indonesia together. This may all seem luxurious but they are traveling and staying in mining camps. Elliot, a mining consultant, described the camps as not the best place for a girl. That never stopped Jen from wanting to be with Elliot as much as she could.

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This one just makes me smile so much. We could not be happier about going to places that are truly special to our couples. Since Squaw is a place they both go to to get away from everyday life together, how could we not go there? It was beautiful as the Sun had not been out in a few days and over 6 feet of snow had fallen the week before. It did mean though there was a LOT of snow. 

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After our visit to Squaw, we headed to Tahoe City. We went for a walk along the beach where Elliot took Jen on a very infamous kayaking trip. They pulled their kayaks over near the shore for a little break and a surprise happened. Elliot had…a ring! How could we not stop by that beach line where these two became engaged? In fact, the pier is a place they love to go to just get away together and relax on the lake. 

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Thank you again Jen and Elliot for sharing two places that mean so much to you in your lives. We could not have been more excited to hike through snow covered beaches and see some of the most beautiful snow covered mountain tops with you. Congratulations on your happy lives together and we can not wait for your wedding in August!

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Best of 2012: Design

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Wow, what a year this has been! I had the opportunity to work with so many of our amazing clients, challenging myself creatively, pushing the envelope(pun!) and producing designs that are unlike anything else out there. I’m so thankful that this is my job! Here’s a look back at some of the designs we created in 2012 including a peek at some we have yet to share! 

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Best of 2012: Wedding Films

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Last year brought a lot of great things to The Goodness. One big announcement was that we are now offering heartfelt and personal, cinematic wedding films! It is heartwarming and fun to experience your wedding day in such an important way that goes beyond photography. You can feel the emotions from a beautiful image but seeing the emotion in your face before your first kiss, that nervous breath you took, hearing that very same laugh you had, or knowing exactly what you said to each during your first look. Take a look at four films that not only made us cry, laugh, and smile again but really helped illustrate why capturing a wedding day in this way is one of the most special things we have the chance of doing. Here’s to a year of love and moving forward in the journeys we all share together in life and marriage!

 

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Best of 2012: Photography

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Today is not the end of a year but the first step before starting anew. Today is the time to look back at all the love and beauty we have had the chance to witness and capture. Here is a look into 2012 for The Goodness. We are about to start our sixth year in business and could not be more excited about the journeys that still lie ahead of us. Thank you to our clients who inspire us, who show us the forms and shapes of love, and who challenge us to see the world through their eyes even if just for a day. Thank you to our families and friends for always understanding and being there for us. Here is to an amazing year and a small look back at how good it was.
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