Hello! We are Lenka and Giovanni. We are a husband and wife team that loves documenting the little moments that make each and every day special. We photograph weddings, families, and landscapes in Nevada County. We have two children, a fluffy dog, and a black cat.
We find inspiration in nature, especially the forests around our home. Our children often join our adventures. We explore along the Yuba River and trails where we find treasures that could be a scenic vista, or a little rock the fits perfectly in the palm of our hands.
Nevada City and Grass Valley have endless events for fun images. We find wonderful moments at street festivals and fairs, at evening concerts and the Children’s Festival. We take photographs to share on our blog. We frequently gift images back to coordinators so they can promote all the entertainment to be found in our small towns.
The great joy in our photography journey is found with families. From weddings to family portraits, we find tremendous reward in connecting with the people in our community. Moments of laughter become our soul food. Because when we see family history happening right here and now, we see an opportunity to hold that memory forever. We started photography to document our own family gatherings and children as they grew. Along the way, we discovered that giving that experience to other families allowed them to see the beauty of their own everyday lives. Which is tremendously fun for us, too.
As photographers, we have been hobbyists for years and years. We opened Lenkaland Photography in the fall of 2014. We are diverse photographers because we enjoy all kinds of adventures. Our photography is also our art. We love learning. Giovanni specializes in videography, especially for weddings and events.
Lenka’s absolute favorite is underwater photography. Her daughter saved up for a mermaid tail two years ago. The summers since then have seen a growing library of images featuring the mermaid tail in the family pool, beside the river, and at the ocean. The mermaid images have become a quest that gives us a good reason to visit even more lakes and rivers in the California mountains. Her daughter loves being a mermaid. Underwater imagery is so fun and artistic. This summer we visited thrift stores in search of perfect dresses to take in the pool. The inspirations never end!
We are so at home here in the forests of California. The trees and lakes, the people and rivers, are all close to our hearts. We celebrate our appreciation for this place and our community with photography. Let’s explore, and remember the adventure.