When I first thought up the idea of having a senior rep team, I knew I wanted to do a couple fun styled shoots during their senior year. I really loved the idea of a camping themed shoot, and where better than Rocky Mountain National Park? My husband offered up his old jeep to be used as a prop (the girls loved it!). I bought some s’mores stuff, camping chairs, and other camping themed props. Pulled out our tent, and borrowed some of my dad’s sleeping bags, and we had ourselves the recipe for a great Colorado senior portrait photography session!
I had selected 8 girls for my inaugural rep team. If you follow the blog, you have “met” a few of them already. 6 out of 8 girls were available on this afternoon, so I was pretty happy with that! They represented several of the Longmont area schools…Frederick High, Skyline High, Mead High, Erie High, and also Silver Creek High School. I won’t soon forget this shoot, since it was the first group shoot I planned and orchestrated. Also, because of the crazy weather! At our first stop in RMNP, Sheep Lakes, it was super windy! I know some photographers like the wind, I am not one of them lol! Almost never is it fun “model wind”. It always seems to be “smacking you in the face” wind.
We got the Jeep shots at Sheep Lakes, then moved on to Morraine Park. I was hoping going just that short distance into the park would provide better weather. I was right…at first! It wasn’t windy there, so we probably should have just headed there to begin with (you never know!). So we packed up all the props and equipment we needed from the vehicles and ventured back towards the creek and for a closer view of the mountains. We found a perfect spot, set everything up, and started the bulk of our camping Colorado senior portrait photography session 🙂
This is definitely one of my favorites from the Colorado senior portrait photography session 🙂 And before the rain ended our party early!
The clouds were rolling in, so I was trying to move quickly. I was loving how the dramatic sky photographed, and how deep blue the mountains looked because of the impending storm! But then it swept on in and we had to quickly gather all the stuff, and practically chase down the tent that was trying to fly away. We ran back to the vehicles to take cover! Summer in the mountains can certainly be unpredictable.
I am glad I decided to bring along some of my vintage cameras, they made cute little props for when the wind blew down all the other big props 🙂
So while I was very pleased with the images I got, I did wish the weather had cooperated a bit better for us. Although I have had much, much windier conditions in RMNP before (and sometimes in the winter when it’s 50º cooler!). Thanks ladies, for being such good sports!
Talk about weird…as I am sitting here working, I am watching “Glee” on Netflix. (A little late to the party, I realize. I am always trying to find shows that are easy to “watch”, or rather listen to, while I work). It is the episode where they are graduating from high school. Finn is singing Bruce Springsteen’s “Glory Days”. Totally random, I know! But ah high school, you really were the glory days! Working with these ladies really takes me back to all of the amazing times that I had in high school. Life was so different then…no hubby (although we were friends back then!), no kiddo, no cancer journey, no bills, no layoffs, no “adulting” lol. To think that 90% of the time now I don’t even wear make-up when I go out. The high school Melissa would not be seen in public without looking her best 😉
And to wrap things up here…one quick shot of my boys who came along and supported me during this Colorado senior portrait photography session! They sure are cute <3
Have a great Sunday, friends! Thanks for stopping by 🙂 If you are interested in checking out even more of my senior photography work, check out Brielle’s Westminster senior pictures here.
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