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When one of my photographer besties called me and asked if I wanted to take a road trip to Lake Tahoe for a winter wonderland shoot in Lake Tahoe, I was all for it. I needed a break from this neck of the woods for a few days. We had planned out this trip well in advance, so I had plenty of time to prepare and shop for some winter clothes. Being the “Desert Rat”  that I am, I had no idea what was in store for us. We started to notice a significant shift in the weather up there, and we got a little bit scared to drive as neither one of us have ever driven in the snow. This storm had gone from bad to terrible in just a matter of 48 hours before our trip. John asked if I had bought tire chains, and I looked at him with a rather scared face and said no, how do I use those? Oh boy, I was in trouble. We called four stores with no luck, and finally, on the last call, we found a place that had one in my size left! Who knew chains were in such high demand in Southern California? When he came back with them, he made me put them on my car. Let’s just say that didn’t go so well. I panicked! He offered to change his plans and be our chauffeur for the trip. Mind you; this was supposed to be a girls getaway trip, no men allowed. I called up the girls, and they both agreed it was best for him to take us. The best part is we all got to chat and play on Instagram for 12 hours!

Temecula California wedding engagement family maternity photography Carrie McGuire photographer No, I am not wearing stockings…. My legs are just as white as snow.

The next morning when we arrived in Tahoe, I woke John up at 6:30 am like a gitty little girl on Christmas morning begging him to play in the snow. It was UHH-MAZZZ-ING. I have never seen snow like this before. As you can see by the photos, this was no ordinary snow storm. The neighbor next door was out shoveling his driveway shaking his head at me as I am in a jammie romper galavanting up and down the street giggling, laughing and taking selfies. He mentioned this is the most snow he’s seen in 12 years. 12 years!? And I got to see it?  Wow, how lucky I felt to be there and that John got to see and be a part of this great memory too. The rest of the trip was fantastic but extremely cold. The snow was 8-10 feet high! While we were shooting, we were literally standing on TOP of a stop sign!  My fingers felt like they were going to fall off. I  even went out and bought every last one of the hand warmers the hardware store had. I got lots for myself and the models. I don’t know how they did it! Huge kudos to them for sticking it out. I love the snow, and these images are beautiful, but I will take my sunny California weather any day!

Temecula California wedding engagement family maternity photography Carrie McGuire photographer

You would think that I would be freezing! I wasn’t! It must have been the adrenalin.

Temecula California wedding engagement family maternity photography Carrie McGuire photographer

This is my bestie Racheal! How adorable is this shot I snagged of her freezing her butt off?!

Check out the link to this shoot HERE

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