Christian and Alexis (and their dog Riley) met me in June Lake last weekend to do an engagement photo session before their Mammoth wedding later this summer.
I’ve spent a lot of time over there, but never done a formal portrait session in town or on the mountain.
June, both the village and the ski resort, has a lot of character. It’s kind of been lost in time which is exactly how I think the locals like it. It avoided much of the Intrawestation that Mammoth saw, and many of the local businesses have been there for a long time. We wanted to take advantage of that part of June’s dynamic with this session, so we started downtown at one of the old hotels and then to the legendary Tiger Bar for Bloody Marys and to change into our ski gear.
After the morning session, we headed over to the mountain to shoot some snowboarding portraits. At June’s low elevation, there is no snow at the base right now so we had to carry our gear up to the main chalet. It was a little tricky with my camera, massive camera bag, and skis, but it all worked out well.
I was able to grab some cool shots of Christian and Alexis on the first chair up, which is probably the slowest lift ascent in the Eastern Sierra. From there, we rode around the cruziest of June’s cruzy runs, and did a couple laps in the park. There, we set up a hilarious shot on the infamous Wrecking Ball terrain feature. The snow was warm, wet and slow, so Christian had to start pretty high up to have enough speed to make the landing, and we missed it the first time so he had to hike back up to get it right. It came out cool so I think it was worth the effort. If nothing else, at least it’s an original shot.
After a few more runs, we rode the chair back down and called it a day. It was great getting to know these two and we’re stoked to be the photographers at their Mammoth wedding this summer.
That’s all this week. I shot action and lifestyle photos of the students from Mammoth’s college student housing on Tuesday and I’ll post some from that next week. We found some cool spots around the mountain to get some big mountain action shots, as well as some park images from South Park.
Have a great weekend.