{Megan: Palmer Ridge High School Senior} Colorado Springs Senior Photographer

When I talked to Megan on the phone about her Senior session, she knew exactly what she wanted, what she was going to where & generally speaking, where she wanted them. Together we collaborated & came up with a plan. I was mostly excited that I got to shoot a Senior session in the SPRING & that I was able to capture the cherry blossoms before they were gone. I have been dying to shoot them every season, but ALWAYS miss them...so this was a treat! Megan was so easy to work with, took direction well, rocked her outfits & we had amazing weather. To say this was a great start to Senior season would be an understatement. I love that these images display the wide variety of Megan's personality from bright & colorful, to tough & strong (she also happens to work at City Rock & is an avid Rock Climber) to her soft & feminine side. Take a look for yourself. Here's a peek at some of my favorites...

{Abigail: Palmer Ridge High School Senior} Colorado Springs Senior Photographer

If I haven't said it before, I'll say it again...I LOVE working with High School Seniors!!! I love watching them start out timid, shy, uncertain & then over the course of two hours with me...come of their shell, see their personality, and literally SHINE!!! One of the reasons I love my job is because I love people. I think God gave me the natural gift of making others comfortable to be themselves. I come in...judgement free, an open book & ready to capture YOU just as you are. I will guide you & direct you with ideas & poses along the way. I'll talk to you and find out your passions, dreams, college/career plans, whether your single or dating, how many kids you want. Ok, I might be kidding about the last one. Ha! But truly...I love learning about and getting to know my clients. I don't ask for any other reason than that I actually care. I get invested because that's who I am. I want to do the best I can to genuinely capture who you really are.

This is a huge milestone; your Senior session. This is heading into your last year of High School. Your year where you really learn about yourself, grow, mature, experience and then you spread your wings & learn to fly all on your own. I know it may sound cheesy, but it is SO TRUE!!! 

{Max: Palmer Ridge High School Senior} Colorado Springs High School Senior Photographer

Max is the youngest of three & ironically, I had the honor of taking both of his older sibling's Senior pictures too. Max is seriously one of the sweetest, nicest young men I have ever worked with & that's saying a lot, because in 9 years time, I've worked with my fair-share of Seniors.;) We decided upon downtown Palmer Lake & the lake itself because let's face it...pictures probably weren't the first thing on his agenda & I KNOW he'd probably rather have been doing other things. LOL! This is when I remind boys that these pics are for their Ma-Ma's.;) This always produces a smile. I love that Max put up with my crazy antics & that he is confident in his masculinity to wear PINK. Yay! I love a man that can wear pink. 

{Anna: Lewis Palmer High School Senior} Colorado Springs High School Senior Photographer

Anna's Session was so unique to her...she had a specific vision in mind & thanks to her persistence in finding EXACTLY the location she wanted, her pictures turned out STUNNING! Almost as stunning as she looked. I loved her wardrobe choices & her lipstick accompaniment.;) I know sounds funny to say, but I love a dark red lip & Anna rocked it like nobody I know! We decided on Starsmore Discovery Nature Center because she wanted water & not just any water, but a bridge. Well, her opening shot (literally first frame out of the camera) barefoot on the rock was practically historical ( I have been asked by so many people, where this shot was taken it's laughable). Way to make yourself & your spot famous, Anna!!! I agree, she makes it look just gorgeous. I went back several other times throughout Senior Season & each time it had a different feel, but I happen to love how lush & green & full it was during your session girly! Take a peek at her gorgeous pictures on an unbelievably perfect evening.

{Faith: CSCS High School Senior} Colorado Springs High School Senior Photographer

I remember Faith so well...she was a girl after my own heart...lover of fashion & shoes. Oh yes...she showed up with the cutest wardrobe & accessories to boot! Pretty sure we connected immediately over the fashion & the rest was history.;) It was a chilly, overcast day, but she ROCKED her session regardless. She started out quiet & timid, but ended strong & confident. I love your sweet smile & disposition Faith & I know God has BIG plans for you!!! One more thing...she attends CSCS, where I went to High School, so we obviously connected over that too. Pretty cool. =)

{Nate: Palmer Ridge High School Senior} Colorado Springs High School Senior Photographer

I have known Nate & his family since my kiddos were itty-bitty! His mom was my kid's Sunday School Teacher at Vanguard Church many years ago & next year she'll by my daughter's High School counselor at Palmer Ridge. Small World Connections. I could tell you so many great things about Nathan...he's incredibly smart, incredibly polite, incredibly sweet, incredibly athletic, but instead I'm going to tell you how incredibly photogenic he is & let the pictures speak for themselves.;) Take a peek... & P.S. Fall is the BEST!!!

{Noah: High School Senior: Twin Cities, MN} Traveling Photographer

Yep...I did this handsome young High School Senior's Photos in the Twin Cities, MN while I was out there shooting a wedding. What a FUN session!!! Talk about urban landscape...couldn't get much cooler than these spots in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. Loved every moment with this sweet kiddo too! So polite, so up for anything & a natural in front of the camera. Check out his awesome shots & if you're interested in booking your High School Senior pics in your city & can finagle 4-5 other dudes {or dudettes for that matter) ...I'm IN!!! I love traveling & I'm always inspired by new locations. Feel free to contact me on my website or by e-mail. 

Jillian: Liberty High School Senior} Colorado Springs High School Senior Photographer

Jillian attends Liberty High School in Colorado Springs, she'll be graduating this Spring, 2018. She loves the great outdoors, hiking, nature, yoga & plans to study Political Science & or Law hopefully at The University of Alabama in the Fall. She has the most adorable personality & those dimples...oh my!!! This girl has her head on straight & I remember how proud her Ma-Ma was during the course of her Senior Session. I would be too! Way to go Jillian...I wish you nothing but the best & I see a bright future ahead. =) Keep on smiling...

{Gage: Lewis Palmer High School Senior} Colorado Springs High School Photographer

 

Gage...a real cutie! I think I've been saying that about this young man since I first met him 5 or so years ago. His family are our friends & my husband's co-worker. My daughter may have had a crush on him at one time (shhhhh....). I knew working with Gage would be cake-walk. He's a natural & has one of those contagious smiles that light up a room. Now...getting him to smile was going to be a little trickier. I know I've probably mentioned before, but guys don't LOVE having their photos taken. BIG SUPRISE!!! So it's my job to figure out what it's going to take to make them feel comfortable, natural & laugh. What's funny? I am. In all seriousness though...God uses me to make a complete butt out of myself to make others laugh. This is true. Not intentionally. I just happen to be super clumsy while shooting...mainly because I'm looking through the lens of the camera & not paying attention to what's going on around me. LOL!!! But because of these unplanned happenings, I typically can make just about anyone laugh, let alone smile. So...I just have to be quick with the camera during those moments of tripping, getting stung by a bee, falling in a cactus or losing a shoe in a lake. YEP...these are all true stories of events that have actually happened to me while shooting during sessions. No lie!!!

I should probably also note, I don't ALWAYS want a smile...in fact, with Senior guys *unless a smile is true to their personality* I will take a lot of serious/macho/masculine looks...because they ALL like that. Ok, well most of them.!;) More on Gage...here's a peek at his unique downtown CS Senior Session...

 

 

{Lauren: Palmer Ridge High School Senior} Colorado Springs High School Photographer

"Redheads are God's way of giving the world roses.--Author Unknown. 

Meet Lauren. She's a fiery red-head that loves drama, colors & wants to pursue acting/modeling. Lauren chose Manitou Springs as her location which was so fitting to her wardrobe choices & fiery personality. I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED working with Lauren & her mom. So easy to communicate with & once she warmed up, I do believe she was loving every second of her session. I mean, who doesn't love to feel like a super model for a day? Lauren ROCKED her every frame, every outfit, every back-drop. She was super inspiring to my coffee-hyped morning with her. Ha! Take a peek at the magic...

{Abby: Palmer Ridge High School Senior (part 3) Colorado Springs High School Photographer

You starting to recognize this face? It's because Abby is my niece & because I probably took a gazillion & one photos of her over the course of last summer. LOL!!! That's what you do when you're family.;) Plus she's pretty darn cute & likeable. Ha!

This was our part 3 of her Senior Pics. For these we decided to go to a coffee shop (specifically Fifty-Fifty Coffee-House because I know the owners (some of my fav. clients) & I happen to love their coffee & shop. Abby wanted some shots of her sipping coffee & writing, since she'd like to move to Paris someday & become a writer. We ALMOST brought her vintage type-writer along, but oh my gosh...it weighs a small TON!!! Ha! The next stop was Manitou Springs to show off her playful/whimsical side. LOVED her tulle skirt & oversized balloons. We had way too much fun (except the part where it was a Saturday during tourist season & I stood in a parking spot to save it for my sister for what felt like 20 minutes & got lots of dirty looks.) Oops!;) #sorrynotsorry

{Bianca: Palmer Ridge High School Senior} Colorado Springs High School Photographer

This beauty was an absolute natural in front of the lens. From the moment she walked up, I knew we would have nothing but fun & I was sooo RIGHT!!! We had a blast together & I also had the privilege of meeting both her parents & grandma as they tagged along during her session. I loved it & I think they did too. I even snapped a pic of all of them at the end to commemorate a special day. Bianca chose to do her photos in Old Colorado City which I adored...it's full of eclectic colors, unpredictable back drops around every corner & full of personality just like BIANCA. =) Take a peek at her pics & you'll see just what I mean...

 

{Jack: Palmer Ridge High School Senior} Colorado Springs High School Senior Photographer

Jack...Jack...Jack. He made me laugh during his entire session & not in the obvious crack jokes kind of way. He just had this subtle, underlying, funny about him. I don't really know how to explain it. One of the nicest guys I had the pleasure of working with over the summer. Genuine, respectful, smart...all around NICE GUY. When I think back to his session, he started out nervous...to be expected. For most people, this is their first time getting profession pictures taken. They don't know what to expect, how it's going to go, where to put their hands, how to stand, etc. But that is what I am for. It's my job. To tell you how to stand, where to put your hands, what facial expression to convey (I paint a picture...trust me...ha!) & most of all...HAVE FUN!!! By the end of Jack's Senior Experience he was having a blast. I remember his natural smile, his coy attitude & feeling very confident in his every stance. I loved his last set the best because we played around with his ensemble (a plain hoodie). You'd be surprised what I can come up with.;) Take a peek at our adventure on Mnt. Herman Rd. Dog Pond as well as Dirty Woman Creek Park...

{Porter: Palmer Ridge High School} Colorado Springs High School Photographer

Porter is a gentle giant. Yep...he could be intimidating to some based on his stature alone, but once you get to know him, you realize he's sweet like a teddy-bear & wouldn't hurt a fly. Just like most males, I had to work EXTRA hard to get some real smiles, but I did it & I'm proud to say "mom approved." =) Donna, who I now refer to as my Dentist Office Receptionist, had some great location ideas located along the Santa Fe Trail. I was eager to be inspired as I love shooting at new locations and had never shot here before even though I live close by. Unfortunately I did not dress weather-appropriately as it was a cold, drizzly day for August & my feet nearly froze off as they were soaking the entire 2 hours of Porter's session. I literally had to buy a hot Starbucks on my way home to de-frost. Crazy Colorado weather; always unpredictable. Keeps things interesting I guess.;) Here's a peek at Porter's Session...

{Katie: Liberty High School Senior} Colorado Springs High School Senior Photographer

So, the hubby is out of town again & I'm super behind on blogging...this seemed like as good of a night as any to play "catch up." 

Meet Katie...Liberty High School Senior, Graduating Class of 2018. I remember this summery session so well (which I know some of you are thinking, "really? YOU remember?"Only because I have a bad memory. But the funny thing about my memory is...I have a terrible short term, but awesome long term. Ha! So...since this session was 6 months ago...I remember very well. ;)) Katie showed up in this fuchsia sundress, wavy beach hair, beautiful smile & was ready to go! Nervous, but excited; as are most girls btw. I loved working with Katie & her mom. They were easy-to-please & easy-going...just how I like them. We met at Monument Valley Park & it was August...everything was lush and soooo GREEN. Which worked out to her benefit (& mine) because she has the most amazing GREEN EYES!!! Yep! They were amazing to photograph. I loved her wardrobe choices & felt like they played into the location perfectly. I was able to capture her serious side as well as playful/flirtatious side. I adored working with you Katie & I hope you are having a fabulous Senior Year...just think, you are now only months away from graduation! Ack...that's crazy & exciting & the world awaits you!!! 

{Braden: Palmer Ridge High School Senior} Colordo Springs High School Senior Photographer

I might be just a tad bit behind on blogging these days...so bare with me.=) This is Braden. He is a shy & sweet young man with killer Tennis skills & eyes that'll turn heads. We had a great time during his Senior Session...laughing at me making a moron out of myself (the usual) & making small talk while capturing his true personality in every frame. We started at some tennis courts in Palmer Lake where he sometimes has the occasional game/practice & ended at Palmer Lake by the water front which always makes for beautiful scenery year round. Enjoy a peek at Braden's Senior Session.

{Aubrey: Palmer Ridge High School Senior} Colorado H.S. Senior Portrait Photographer

Meet Aubrey.

She seriously has the MOST contagious SMILE I have ever seen! No lie...I kept grinning ear to ear while taking her pics. =) She chose The classic Broadmoor Hotel for her location and I'm so glad she did because it turns out it was the perfect spot for her floral dress with their beautifully blooming gardens. Of course The Broadmoor Hotel never disappoints. They were also decked out from head to toe in Patriotic Flags which happened to coordinate with Aubrey's other outfit choice...navy blues & whites with a touch of red. I had a blast getting to know this smart young lady who clearly has a bright future ahead of her!!! But currently she is excited to get her Senior year under way & continue to run cross country (I mean...no surprise there...look at those long legs)!!! Enjoy a peek from her Senior Session...

{Lauren: Spectrum High School Senior} Colorado Springs Senior Portrait Photographer

Lauren is yet another gorgeous niece of mine who also happens to be a High School Senior next year. She lives in MN, but wanted the CO mountains as her backdrop, so while her & the fam were out visiting in early June, we made some time to capture this big milestone. We had a blast together because DUH! she's like my #spiritanimal. LOL!!! Seriously though...my sister & I joke that we got the wrong kids. Lauren is like me in so many ways...we just get each other!!! I love her & I love her heart for the Lord. Cannot wait to see what the future holds for her. Wishing her big dreams & happy vibes! We managed to cram in 3 separate sessions while she was here: Colorado Cowgirl Countryside, Urban Southern Charm & Eclectic Hippie! Enjoy a peek at some of my faves...

{Abby: Palmer Ridge High School Senior} Colorado Springs High School Senior Portrait Photographer

So because Abby is my niece, of course she receives special "Senior Photoshoot" treatment!;) Meaning...this was part 2 & there will most likely be a part 3 & 4. Ha! But who doesn't love a girl with a sense of style & looks to boot! Here is another peek at some of Abby's Senior Session...this one was what we called "High-End Fashion" with a "frenchy edge."