July 26, 2012

More From Lake Shasta

A houseboat is not a yacht. This much is true. It’s a little more like a floating camper, and I recommend actually liking the people you are floating along with or things might seem a little too close for comfort. Sharing one tiny shower, for example, in which you all must take “military showers” lest the boat’s dirty water tank fill up too quickly. Luckily, our family really likes each other, so it was still an amazing time. We spotted eagles soaring over head, cougar prints in the sand, big fish jumping, and millions of twinkling little stars in the blackest night sky you’ve ever seen. Funny, but one of my favorite moments from the trip was laying out on the top deck of the boat one evening and oohing and ahhing at the satellites and shooting stars as they whizzed on by. It’s just something you don’t usually take the time to see.

Here are a few more photos from the weekend…

IMG_2930-1 IMG_3025-1storyboardtest003nieces Kara and Lana… more gorg pics of them to come

IMG_3020-1 Cougar prints in the sand at the shore

IMG_3697-12Was teaching one of Matthew’s sisters to shoot with backlight in manual, and this was a pretty decent test shot we got!

IMG_2974-2IMG_3003-1doesn’t she look like she’s glowing? beautiful.

IMG_2965-1our houseboat!

IMG_3110-1SIL Kelsey… I think this picture looks like a perfume ad!

storyboardtest002IMG_3454-1my lovely MIL

IMG_3720-1IMG_3733-1not my finest photographic moment.

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Oh, and also. I got some of the most amazing sunset shots of my gorg sister in law and niece, and seriously cannot wait to share them. Mind-blowing, they are. Here’s a little sneak peek of what’s to come…

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60 comments:

  1. GORGEOUS pictures! I need to go to this place immediately.

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  2. ahhh amazing pics! that one DOES look like a perfume ad and based on the preview of the ones of your SIL and niece, can't wait to see more!

    also, smores! yum!!

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  3. The PERFECT trip! It's absolutely gorgeous out there, and you captured it beautifully in those shots. Your shots are stunning, Jenni!

    Hope you're doing well!
    xo

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  4. Taking a deep, slow, inhale and exhale...and imagining lying on my back and looking up at the stars...when was the last time I did THAT? Those are the moments worth living for, no?. Well, those, and the moments that are full of ooey gooey s'mores..they're almost equal in my book ;-)

    Love that picture of the water lapping at the shore Jen. The colors in it are just gorgeous! It's one of my favs.

    Ok. Now off to become a mad whirlwind of productivity so you can be duly impressed. Bye!

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  5. You take such good photos, and I'm so jealous of your houseboat trip! looks like you had an amazing time :) x

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  7. I haven't been up to Lake Shasta, but I hear- and now see!- it's beautiful. I'm so happy you went for a house boating trip! :) Looks like a wonderful time with the family. P.S. GORGEOUS shots of the family! Your MIL is too beautiful!

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  8. what lovely shots of your family--i bet they love them :)

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  9. Amaaaaaazing pictures and portraits. You guys are so beautiful! Each time, I feel like I'm traveling with you instead of being stuck in my office :)

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  10. My jaw seriously dropped when I scrolled down far enough to see the last picture. Beautiful!

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  11. All of those people were on that boat?? Good thing you love and like each other! :) Sounds like an awesome time! And those photos are gorgeous as usual!

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  12. looks like a great time! the pictures are gorgeous as ever, cannot wait to see the rest of the sunset ones!!

    kelly elizabeth

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  13. Well I guess that answers my question ;)

    Your MIL and SIL look like twins.

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  14. Wow. Such gorgeous pictures!
    The one with Matthew walking on all those (tree limbs?)
    You don't see anything like that in Oklahoma!

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  15. Ohh! I so envy you right now.

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  16. Wow. What a lake! & AMAZING pictures you took! Looks like a great place to relax and vacation...I'm envious.

    P.S. That Black Cherry Mike's Hard you took a picture of, yeah, those are my favorite. Don't they almost taste like pop!?

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  17. gorgeous pictures! what a good lookin' group! this is inspiring me to put my camera in manual more often! :)

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  18. What a pretty family you have.. I'm learning how to use my new Nikon and shoot In manual mode.. Can't wait until I have amazing shots like these!

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  19. Oh man Jenni! These pictures are BEAUTIFUL!!!! Great job. :)

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  20. It looks like such a gorgeous time! I've never been to Lake Shasta, even though its not too awfully far from where I live.

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  21. Your pictures are beyond GORGEOUS! Looks like y'all had an amazing time!

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  22. how beautiful a trip- i have yet to visit shasta.. which is odd, considering i've lived in this state for 27 years.. guess ill just have to add that to my bucket list of trips!

    and WOW, i cannot wait for more of these perfume/model shots! seriously.

    this just made me so excited to go camping tomorrow in SLC!!! im even slightly excited for the military showers (;

    ok.. one thing i said in this comment is a lie...

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  23. oh, where are your sunglasses from? i have been DYING to get a pair of aviators, but i can never find the right shape for my face.. i don't like too pointy ones, ya know?

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  24. All of the pictures are great, but that last one... I can't even come up with the right word! Amazing will have to do. Looks like you had a fantastic time. Such a lovely family. Lucky girl!

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  25. Holy cow, like WHOA! That last picture is an amazing shot!!

    You reminded me that I dreamed last night that I saw a shooting star that spanned from the horizon on the left and went aaaaaaall the way across the sky. I shouted out, look! a shooting star and pointed, but NO ONE would look at it. It was the longest one I'd ever seen.
    Emily at Amazing Grapes

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  26. hi-new reader! but i absolutely LOVE these pictures/your blog in general! :)

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  27. ohhh this brings back such awesome memories! I love Lake Shasta!!

    xxS

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  28. Thank you for this post!

    www.magshop.us

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  29. You're so gifted behind the camera Jenni! I think you definitely found your calling.

    I am so beyond excited to see those sunset pictures. That sneak peak was GORGEOUS!

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  30. um ..HOLY COW! that last picture is simply stunning - you really make me want to buy and learn how to use an amazing camera - and then steal some of your natural talent. so incredible jenni!

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  31. gorgeous photographs as always!!!

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  32. Wow those photos are amazing!! I LOOOOOVE smores... I make this once a week with my sons.

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  33. Gorgeous pictures! Love the last one with the light. Perfection.

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  34. I was just at Shasta a few weeks ago. A deer almost jumped onto our boat when we were docked for the night. The weather there is unbelievable!

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  35. Your photos from this trip are beyond incredible. Your talent is clearly evident! You have inspired me to work harder on my own photography skills to get better!
    Also, I can't believe all of those people fit on that houseboat! It does look absolutely beautiful though and the area looks so peaceful and serene.

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  36. These pictures are amazing! xo

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  37. You have a beautiful family! (and the skills to showcase them!) Thanks for sharing a little bit of your vacation!

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  38. Your blog makes me want to go on vacation. The end.

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  39. I loveeeee Lake Shasta. My family and I did this exact trip on a houseboat when I was a kid. It remains the best vacation I've ever had! Such a beautiful place & a photographer's dream! www.eatplaylovethattop.com

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  40. these are such pretty pictures! and that s'more looks delicious. i think i need to make one now. haha. :)

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  41. These pictures are all so stunning! You have a beautiful family Jemni!

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  42. Gorgeous photos girl! Are those Mikes Hard Lemonades good?? What a great summer drink :)

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  43. Who wouldn't love a place with a name like SHASTA? Pretty cool name for a lake, no? Photos are gorgeous, per the usual. You've got this photography thing on lock, girl!

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  44. GORGEOUS pictures Jenni. I can't wait to see the others! xox

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  45. these are gorgeous, as always. any suggestions on shooting with backlighting/sunset backgrounds?

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  46. Great photos! Can't wait to see the sunset ones...

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  47. How does a place this beautiful exist? I'm moving there. Gorgeous photos!

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  48. Oh my word, it is beautiful there and the shots you got are amazing.

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  49. Lake Shasta on the houseboat...TALK ABOUT BRINGING BACK MEMORIES! We used to do that every year with our california relatives. It's been a few years, but I hear next summer is in the works.

    Gorgeous pictures btw.

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  50. Beautiful photos...love that you've captured such a wonderful family weekend vacation. Those pictures of your nieces are just stunning! I do find all of your pictures inspiring.

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  51. Jenni! I told you I couldn't wait to see your pictures....And, they did NOT disappoint. I just got back from some time away so it was great to see a couple of posts from you waiting in my feed!

    Amazing as usual. Even the "silly" pictures of you are cute!

    I would love to hear more about shooting with backlighting in manual. Just last week I was trying to do that. I didn't know what to call it, but I still haven't figured out how to do it yet.

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  52. Smores!! I love those.
    You have such a beautiful family. I LOVE that last shot! So pretty. Can't wait to see more!
    And I also love that location where you guys were! So pretty.

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  53. these photos are amazing. looks like the perfect time<3

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  54. i LOVE these photos. you have such a gift.

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  55. Having a houseboat seems like it would be so much fun!

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  56. Stop it, you're making me want to visit California again (don't actually stop it, because then I will have no excuse for the trip)! Your SIL and MIL look identical! Can't wait to see the shots.

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  57. your sister in law is gorgeous! actually, the whole family is blessed with beauty! they all are so handsome!!! :) and they have the best photography teacher! wish I had one (:

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