We kept scheduling this session in the afternoon and getting rained out so we opted for early morning, instead. Golden Hour on the opposite end!
What things work really well for Denver Seniors? I have a”Top 5 Looks for Senior Pictures” list that can help you decide on a look and location – the first step in every successful senior session.
Top 5 Looks for Senior Pictures
1. NEAR A RIVER OR LAKE
Get yourself down to one of Colorado’s rivers or lakes! Water has all kinds of amazing photographic qualities. Depending on the body of water,time of day and lighting water can be reflective or shimmery, smooth or in motion, subtle or dynamic. As an added bonus, being near water relaxes most people so if you are a bit nervous in front of the camera this can only help!
2. IN OPEN FIELDS OF FLOWERS OR TALL GRASSES
Wide open natural fields give an easygoing feel to your portraits. Lots of ways to rock this out!
3. URBAN AREAS
Nature not really your thing? No problem. Heading into the city for your senior portraits is great, too! We practically have a graffiti MUSEUM in Denver’s RiNo district that makes for very cool, distinct senior picture backgrounds. I know a little spot in Arvada, too! There are also clean, modern looks to be found near Union Station, the Millennium Bridge and other downtown Denver areas.
4. PROFESSIONAL PORTRAIT STUDIO
Here the look is clean and stylized! The wind isn’t going to blow your hair out of place and there is no tromping though fields. At my studio we can customize our backgrounds with the use of colored gels to compliment your outfit or stick to neutrals for a more traditional look!
5. ANYWHERE WITH YOUR FAVORITE THING
I’m not a huge prop person but if there is something you do with passion that helps define you I am ALL for making an artistic senior portrait with it! Bring your sports gear, animals, musical instruments, even your best friend – these things add interest and literally provide something to hold onto, because we all know being in front of the camera can be intimidating!
One of my favorite families just had a session with me like none other! Here’s how it went down last Saturday morning … I normally arrive a bit early to scout locations and assess lighting and I keep my phone close in case a client needs to get a hold of me – you know, sometimes they are running late or can’t find the location. As I was packing up that morning I had decided to bring a small bench to get a cool, “couch in the middle of the woods” look for the girls. So, I had set up the bench in a spot I liked, my client arrived and we were all ready for a fun filled family photo session. Next thing I know Dad is getting stung by Wasps! Apparently, I set up the bench right next to a Wasp nest. For a photo shoot with small children. Obviously, unintentionally but, OMG! Then all of the sudden my phone starts ringing like crazy. I had forgotten to turn it off. Usually, not a big deal but I got a couple calls right in a row so I’m digging in my camera bag to turn it off when I’d rather be focused on the kids because children have a notoriously small window of opportunity for being happy and ready for posed portraits. So, okay minor distraction with the phone taken care of and we are moving on and then I am not kidding you, a spirited Arabian horse and rider come through right where we are shooting. Wow, who can compete with a beautiful horse for little girls attention? But you know what? It was all fine! My sweet family handled it with aplomb and I kept shooting and oh my gosh, these images…. I love them!
Ralston Valley Senior Photographer
You probably already know I love photographing Senior Pictures at Clear Creek History Park in Golden. The barns and historic buildings, the gardens, mountain views and the river all make for great backgrounds. Easy and free access is a plus, too! Here are a few favorites from Danielle’s Senior Session.