Janessa and Ben are a fun, Fun, FUN kind of couple and I loved working with them! The wedding day at the lovely Tahoe area resort rental, The HideOut had them tucked away for their wedding in the woods for several days of rest and relaxation- although I think they spent most of it laughing and playing! We started off the day with Janessa and the little girls getting ready in the bridal suite, and finally dressing outdoors on a beautiful granite rock overlooking the private lake on the Hoover's property. From there, we did a very sweet first look with Janessa's dad before climbing a little dome to do Janessa and Ben's First Look!
Janessa and Ben are a super silly, super lighthearted couple and they just wanted to play and frolic through their whole session! They brought their two awesome dogs, Garth (Brooks) and Whitney (Houston) along for the ride and I am so glad they did! Whitney is no longer with us and while I bet it is hard, I also know it is so nice to be able to have nice images of someone you love! We shot in fall in Hope Valley, one of the most photographed places in Northern California! The aspens were in full color and we ran and played amongst the trees! Taking fun and silly portraits can be a real challenge sometimes, because the natural faces and poses we make when we are being goofy aren't always the most flattering. (I have an AWESOME eye roll and mild facial twitch you should all check out when I am cracking jokes sometime, but it looks truly horrific on camera!) For this session, I think we had a good balance of both those romantic portraits that I really strive for, and some silly pictures that reflected the dynamic in Janessa and Ben's relationship! These two tied the knot at the Kirkwood HideOut the next summer! Also, if you are interested, you can camp in Hope Valley at the Hope Valley Resort and Campground! Here's the link!