Red Rocks Morrison, Colorado | I always thought I had the upper hand when it came to being the oldest of a lot of kids. I mean, I grew up helping my parents run the house and raising my 5 younger siblings (or so I thought at 4 years old). But when someone tells you they’re one of 12 children, which is exactly what Martin did, it certainly humbles you.
I love meeting people from big families, there’s just a different dynamic in family and social life. Martin told me he’s planning his mission trip that is expected of the men in his family as well as preparing for college, playing on the football team, and officially becoming an Eagle Scout. Not to mention also being a brother to all of his siblings. Jeesh, talk about a busy guy!
I was so excited to shoot at Red Rocks Amphitheater at sunset last week with Martin. It was the perfect setting for a fall photo shoot. Despite what most people think of when they picture Red Rocks, there are so many different places to shoot awesome photos! The obvious unlimited rocks formations make for some pretty wild scenes, as well as the concert hall itself. I’m super thankful Martin and his mom Kerri dealt with my spastic enthusiasm and constant running around the amphitheater!
The best of luck to you, Martin, in all your journeys you have lying ahead of you! You are an awesome guy that I am so lucky to have had the privilege to work with!
Conifer, Colorado | Mike and I moved to Conifer back in May of this year. We were so excited to meet our neighbors and for the community around us! Before we moved, I had been dying to do a mini photo shoot session in whatever town we moved to and I can’t say how excited I am that we got to do our first annual Taylor Jones Photography Fall Family Mini shoot in Conifer! Below are some of my favorite shots from the day…
When I scheduled the date for the shoot, I had NO idea that I should be expecting snow. Nope, the images dancing in my head consisted of throwing leaves and giggling with some hot apple cider. Instead, we ended up with cold little hands and noses, our Mr. Buddy space heater, and lots and lots of snow! It looked like a winter wonderland! Despite the cold and snow however, we quickly learned that people who live in the mountains are completely unfazed by a few inches of snow. I was sure we’d have to call off the mini photo shoots and reschedule for a safer weekend. However, not one person canceled and everyone had a blast (at least that’s what they told me!)
Our main goal doing the fall mini shoot, aside from the obvious marketing, was to meet the people we were living next to. Mike and I both feel oh so blessed that we are in a neighborhood with such amazing people and awesome families surrounding us! Everyone was so welcoming and cheery and just full of love while they sipped some hot apple cider and chatted with us until we ran into the next shoot. Thank you so much to all the families who supported us and came out for their photo shoots! I absolutely cannot wait for next year’s mini photo shoots!
Maxwell Falls, Conifer, Colorado | Usually, when I start out a photo shoot, I have to give some guidance, especially to women. I don’t know about you all, but when I’m in front of a camera, I don’t know how to pose. I know that I’ve studied it immensely and know what I should look like (should being key word!) but I need serious orders and someone telling me what to do. Sometimes, I think “I should teach a class on posing and how to prepare for a photo shoot”, but now I’ve decided that if I do go that route, Caroline will be teaching the class for me!
While most people struggle with getting comfortable in front of the camera, Caroline had very little hesitation! Her intense stare, natural ease, and ability to create stunning shots by just being comfortable, blew me away! Seriously, I just quit talking halfway through the shoot and let her do what she wanted because every look and every pose was absolutely wonderful and I couldn’t have gotten her to prepare for those shots if I tried.
I learned that Caroline wants to attend a one of the collegiate colleges and study international relations (my field, believe it or not!). In all honestly, Caroline, if things don’t work out in that area, you could definitely pick up a career in modeling! Enjoy your senior year!
Red Rocks & Hiwan Homestead | Sometimes, photo shoots don’t go as you plan. The model and the photographer spend a lot of time planning on where to have the shoot and coordinating schedules. For Christian’s senior portraits, this was the exact case.
Christian’s mom, Laura, had told me he was planning on bringing his skiing equipment and a Ferrari to his shoot. I was pumped! Coming up with a place to shoot that was both rustic and outdoors (for the skis) and safe for a Ferrari to drive on was a challenge and I was ready for it. After we all did some scoping, we played around with several locations, all of which either had an immense amount of roadwork or were closed due to the floods back in September. However, we didn’t learn a lot of this until we were already pulling into these locations! Needless to say, we had to scurry and think creatively and fast!
When I suggested Red Rocks to Christian for the Ferrari shoots, Mike suggested that once we left there we could head to the Hiwan Homestead for some great shots of Christian with his ski gear. Now, anyone who’s ever been to a Red Rocks concert knows it’s incredibly insane and traffic is…well, at a dead stop. However, we were so lucky that there wasn’t a concert going on that night because we found an empty parking lot that gave us the freedom to shoot wherever and however we wanted. Afterwards, we headed over to Evergreen to finish up his senior shoot right around sunset.
I am so grateful that Christian (and his mom!) were so patient and willing to roll with the punches. Sometimes it’s rain, sometimes it’s a pimple, and sometimes every location you pick is under construction. As a photographer, your job is to cooly roll with the punches and think creatively at a moments notice. I’m so excited that we got to meet and work with Christian and Laura on such a beautiful fall evening!
Myer Ranch / Flying J Ranch, Conifer, Colorado | Anyone who’s ever had their photos taken knows the worst body part to have are hands. They’re awkward and in the way and we never know what to do with them. After my years of portrait photography, I’ve learned that this is especially true with women. We naturally resort to putting our hands on our hips and hoping for the best. Eventually though, we’ll say, “Really though, what do you want me to do with these?” while insecurely and frantically waving our hands in the air.
I knew going into Mallory’s photo shoot that her hands, like every other person cursed with them during a photo shot, would be in her way. So, I drove to 3 different grocery stores to find a sunflower (can you believe it?! Sold out in September!) and shoved a full size chair into the back of Phoebe, my beloved Corolla. I knew that having just these two props and some hay in the fields at Myer Ranch and Flying J would add an immediate boost of confidence and allow Mallory to focus on her effortless beauty and smiles, instead of her hand placement.
During her photo shoot, Mallory was absolutely flawless and a bit of confidence shone through her photos. She was excited for the shoot and dealt with my bouncing-off-the-walls energy that graced us that evening. I had her and her momma, Jill, hiking up hills and bouncing from this part of the field to that part of the field to this bridge and to that barn. It was a great workout, to say the least, and we were all giggles the whole time!
I absolutely loved working with Mallory during her senior portraits! She is an absolutely stunning lady and has big dreams of becoming a Husker and pursuing the nursing program at the University of Nebraska. I wish her all the best and am so thankful that I got to work with her during one of the most exciting times in her life. Congratulations on making it to your senior year and I hope it’s everything you imagined it would be!