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!