Salida Colorado Senior Portraits Photographer | Zach Salida High School Class of 2018
I’m so excited to share Zach’s Salida Colorado senior portraits with you guys today! Senior portraits are some of my favorite sessions to shoot. Especially in a place like Salida, Colorado, our home for the last year and a half. There’s always so much excitement with the unknown after high school. For Zach, his unknown is going to start in Spain. This awesome high school senior moved to Salida a couple years ago with his family from Arkansas. He quickly joined the mountain bike team and continued pursuing his love of motocross.
We met his family not too long ago and have since become awesome friends with them! Over dinner one night, Zach was telling us his plan to take a year off of college and head to Spain for some traveling and to practice his Spanish. Being huge travelers ourselves, Mike and I were so excited for Zach! Hearing his plans got us more inspired to do more of our own traveling. Not to mention, these two have an equal love of dirt bikes!
Zach’s Salida Colorado Senior Portraits fall session was awesome for so many reasons.
We explored the ranch that both of our horses summer graze on (Finn and Georgia are now in love). The property is an insanely beautiful hidden gem in our area and we’re super thankful to the owner for letting us explore and shoot on the family property. Not only did our in love horses follow us around, Zach’s family dog, Izzy, was the star of the shoot, and she knew it! She romped around the 600 acre ranch as we shot and came as fast as lightening when we called her for a photo. Her smile in the photos is undeniable! And of course, you can’t go wrong with those striking Collegiate Peaks in the backdrop at sunset.
Congratulations on your senior year, Zach! We’re so excited to see where your travels take you in the upcoming years. Thank you so much for having us be apart of this time with you.
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!
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!
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!
Pine Valley Ranch Park , Pine, Colorado | If anyone questions whether getting up before the sun for a photo shoot is worth it, I’ll happily send you to Luke. While rising at the crack of dawn on a Saturday isn’t ideal, Luke mustered his way out of bed and to his senior portrait photo shoot at Pine Valley Ranch Park early during his weekend off of school and work. Thank you!
Most people don’t realize the huge benefit of having photos taken before the sun peaks over the mountains. If you’re a photographer, your job revolves around lighting and what the sun plans on doing for the day. I felt so lucky that Luke agreed to meet me early enough that we didn’t have to worry about the sun or any afternoon thunderstorms that we so often get here in the mountains. Most people assume lots of sunlight and a cloudless sky are what get you stunning photos. Negative. Clouds and shooting during the “golden hours” are a photographers best friend! You’ll notice in Luke’s photos, he isn’t squinting and has no shadows anywhere on his face. That’s only part of the benefit to an early morning shoot! The rest is all technical stuff that I’ll save you from reading about. But trust me, it’s worth it.
While we walked around Pine Valley Ranch, I learned that Luke works 20+ hours a week while finishing his senior year at Conifer High School! Talk about a driven and busy guy! I also learned that he’s checking out Metro as a potential candidate for college. Congratulations on making it to your senior year, Luke! I hope it’s awesome and goes by quickly for you!
Evergreen Lake, Evergreen, Colorado | I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I love shooting senior photos! When Jeremy said he wanted to have his pup, Ellie, in his portraits I was thrilled. That’s what senior photos are about, you and your life! Now, I know full well that having your photos taken by someone new is foreign and can sometimes make you nervous, but add in your favorite four-legged family member, and suddenly you’re having a blast and someone’s capturing it!
Jeremy was so much fun to work with because of his incredibly optimistic and fun loving personality.He had no fear when I told him to throw his head back and laugh, dangle from a tree, and hang over the fast flowing river in Evergreen. He has a huge smile and passion for life that I could tell just from chatting with him for a couple hours. He’s planning on going to college in Colorado for education and I wish him all the best during his senior year and pursuit into the teaching world in college!
Lair O’ the Bear, Evergreen, Colorado | I love senior portraits. Seriously, they may be my favorite to shoot! When I met Larissa last week at Lair O’ the Bear for her senior portraits, I asked her what kind of music she liked (to get everyone laid back) and the first song that came on was ‘Call Me Maybe’ (which is a guilty pleasure of mine). Larissa immediately stated that this song made her laugh and I knew we were in for an awesome shoot!
Now, I don’t think senior portraits are necessarily scary, but Larissa was totally fearless! Maybe it was the actress in her but if I had told her to bounce up and down, wave her arms in the air and sing ACDC, I think she would have done it. Alas, I didn’t do that, but she was asked to climb a tree, play in a river, pose infront of a restaurant full of people, and flush a medieval toilet. All of which were completed with a huge smile on her face!
I adored learning that Larissa has an incredible love for animals which is leading her to Washington to study Environmental Sciences. We also share a love for Shakespeare which can always strike a conversation leading to anywhere other than Shakespeare. I’m so excited to have worked with you, Larissa, and I’m so excited for the roads ahead of you! Have an awesome senior year!