The heat of summer has broken, and cooler temps are descending upon Boulder. The kids are back in school, and that means that picture deadlines for High School Senior Portraits are near. Some deadlines have already past, such as Boulder High, but others such as Fairview still have some time. So if you are looking for some unique yearbook photos that will set you apart from the crowd, give me a call and we’ll plan something totally unique.
Olivia was looking for some shots that featured urban backgrounds, including a graffiti wall. Fortunately I know the weird little back corners of Boulder like the back of my hand, so I’m able to come up with new locations all the time. Often I find new spots that I wasn’t even planning on, such as the barbed wire and Airstream trailer combination in this shoot. Badass.
Meet Hannah, she just finished her senior year of high school in Colorado Springs, but came up to Boulder since she wanted a photographer who could bring out her model good looks. We fended off Boulder’s torrential spring rains and headed out to a little known back alley for some of my trademark urban nature shots. The fresh green leaves on the trees, puddled dirt roads, and misty air created a moody atmosphere. I used an off-camera beauty dish setup to create directional light and to evoke a fashion feel. Hannah’s dramatic expressions evoke a magazine editorial feel, and are an artistic departure from your cookie cutter senior photo session.
This year I kicked off my senior portrait season in the middle of winter. Sometimes finding a location can be tricky when the landscape is cold and brown; but Aaron knew exactly the type of unique senior portrait photos that he was looking for!
We headed out to the new Broomfield Skate Park for some radtastic action senior portraits. The last time I did some extreme senior portraits was last summer, wakeboarding and wakesurfing at Boulder Reservoir.
As with all my extreme sports senior pictures, we split the session up into two parts. Part of the shoot is spent getting some great shots that the student is looking for. You know, the kind that makes you feel like you’re at a professsional photo shoot for a magazine. The second half of the shoot is focused on getting some headshots and portraits that Mom is going to love!
Even in the Colorado winter, we are fortunate that we always get warm sunny days. So as long as we watch the weather and time it right, we can usually get some pictures without jackets, even when there is still snow on the ground.
I’m going to finish the post with a parting shot that I really love. I like the feel of this shot, and yes, even the fact that I cut Aaron’s head off. It’s ART man!
Lauren and Brayden are 2010 Seniors at Fairview High School. I’ve been friends with Brayden’s dad since my early days in Boulder racing mountain bikes. So when I saw them recently I inquired about his Senior Pictures and found out that they were slacking! So we arranged a last minute session in the last week before the yearbook submission was due. Brayden’s girlfriend Lauren had not yet had her pictures taken yet either, so we did them both at the same time. It was fun having both of them to shoot at the same time since they could help me crack jokes and make the shoot more fun and natural.
My never ending quest for unique and modern senior portraits has led me to Boulder’s Lower East Side. It is never hard to find a cool background, as there is a plethora of amazing randomness to choose from. Meet the star of today’s shoot: Natalie from Fairview High School.
I’ve been thinking about doing a senior portrait shoot with one of my vintage cruiser bikes for quite a while now. When Natalie and her Mom visited my studio for a consultation; I knew that she was just the girl for the job! I chose my 1976 Schwinn Spitfire for this shoot since it’s more feminine than my 1952 Monark Cycle King. That means I still need to do a cruiser shoot with a guy!
Yet another concept that I’ve been kicking around in my head is doing a senior portrait night shoot. I positioned this shoot late in the day so that after the sun set we could do a night scene. How about that cow print garage door?!