Paige, her mom and best friend were visiting Colorado for a soccer tournament. She really wanted some senior photos with our beautiful mountains. Since it was such a busy time of year I couldn’t squeeze her into a golden hour/sunset time slot during her trip. Especially since we needed to work around her game schedule as well. We found a day that worked, but only for a sunrise session. I almost never shoot at sunrise. Let’s face it, I am not an early-riser with a whole heap of sleep issues! Plus we have to start so early to get the pretty morning light, and it is quite cold most mornings…especially at 8,600 feet! Boy was it indeed chilly for these RMNP senior photos. Paige was such a trooper though. Another issue that was having us worried up until the last minutes was the nearby wildfires in the foothills. I kept getting mixed messages if the roads up to Estes Park were open or not. We all safely made it up there for the session!
We started Paige’s senior portraits at Sprague Lake. I love this location so much! This was my first time ever photographing here in the early morning. The colors were equally lovely in the morning. The mountains did look different of course, with the sun rising and hitting them directly, rather than the sun setting behind them like I am used to. It was definitely a bit windy too. Paige made it work, and I am thrilled with the variety we were able to get. She is such a natural in front of the camera. I sure have been working with some gorgeous, photogenic young ladies lately!
Below is the image Paige and her mom selected for a canvas enlargement. I loved this candid moment from her RMNP senior photos!
Notice that little bird in the tree?! It’s looking right at the camera, like it was posing along with Paige. How cute!
After a ton of poses and two outfits at Sprague Lake, we headed to Moraine Park. This is another great location. I love the open fields, mountain views, the calm mountain stream, and there is almost always elk hanging out nearby. We also got some photos next to the more active flowing river with the giant boulders. She had two more outfits for Moraine Park. She looked cute, and really fit into the Colorado mountain lifestyle with her cute cream sweater and plaid flannel. If you zoom way into the photos, I am sure this southern girl was covered in goosebumps. But she didn’t even complain…and totally rocked her session!
Paige’s friend came along on this Colorado trip, so we had to include her in a few photos. I have loved all these “best friends senior photos” I have been able to capture in recent years. These two beauties have a lot of fun together, and couldn’t take a bad photo if they tried!
Thanks so much Paige. I hope your senior year was amazing, and that college life is treating you well! At several times it seemed like this photoshoot was not going to happen. So glad we made it work, and I am pretty thrilled with the images we were able to capture together. Hopefully your future is full of joyful memories and beautiful adventures! Up next on the Plum Pretty Photography blog, Ariana and Cam’s ice skating engagement photos in Evergreen. I hope you will relive the fun with me!
To see another mountain lake senior session that I really loved, check out Jordan HERE.