Kristina and Dean // South Lake Tahoe Snowy Hike Engagement Photography // Lake Tahoe Winter Elopement Ideas

Kristina and Dean // South Lake Tahoe Snowy Hike Engagement Session

To the tune of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme song, she wrote a rap summing up her love for him and he wrote her a sentimental love poem. I loved how Kristina and Dean took my suggestion of “write each other a love letter before your engagement session” to a completely new level and found a way to be themselves.

Kristina and Dean’s session was perfectly and unintentionally aligned with the first snowfall of the season in one of the most gorgeous places on earth. This was aesthetically serendipitous, but it also recreated the similarly unexpected snowy conditions of the weekend Kristina and Dean first met and hiked on this trail together. I’m thankful for adventurous couples!

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Some sweet words from Kristina about this shoot:

“We just had our engagement session with Melissa and I can’t praise her enough! My fiance and I pitched the idea of taking photos where we first met, and Melissa was totally on board. The weather took a turn and ended up being very cold and snowy, but she was up for the adventure with us. Melissa’s vision, and ours, was to capture “moments” as opposed to posed pictures, so she had us sharing stories, laughing, and moving. She is such a creative and talented person and that truly comes out in her photographs. I was worried about how things (and I) would look, but Melissa was able to calm all those worries and created an environment that was fun. Receiving our photographs (sneak peeks the next day, all the photos in about a week) affirmed how amazing the experience was: we looked through them together, picked our favorites, and laughed about how cold the day turned and what an amazing experience we had! If you need a photographer, hands down, Melissa is the best!

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