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The Cook Family Portraits

Such a beautiful family- they have some of the cutest kids! They were brave to do their photographs outside in Rifle, CO on a cold winter day! But I’m glad they did! I think you have so much more variety in backdrop options and prefer to photograph outside on location. However, I do have many beautiful backdrops and ideas for indoor portraits as well! This family about four years ago passed on a couple of bags of clothing to us before my first child was born. We were so grateful and they were so generous to help a family they didn’t even know! To check out more of their family portraits click the following link The Cook Family Portraits.

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Coal Ridge High School Seniors {Silt, CO Photographer}

I was able to photograph this group of Coal High School seniors. Don’t forget that sharing your photo session with a friend is a fun way to do your senior portraits. These are all Coal Ridge High School soccer girls! Check them out- beautiful girls!

We’ve got Ashley…

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And Becca…

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Ashley’s Senior Portraits {Silt, CO Photographer}

I had the chance to photograph this beautiful Coal Ridge High School senior. Ashley loves singing and soccer. Her favorite colors are yellow, purple and blue. She likes country music and her favorite movie is “Sweet Home Alabama”. Ashley says three words her friends would describe her as are trustworthy, fun and caring. She has a bubbly personality and wants to be remembered as being mature… but still fun! Check out a few of her favorite senior portraits!

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Composition Tip # 5: Perspective { Silt, Colorado Photographer }

This one is another easy one: change your perspective to add a little interest to your photographs. You can create totally different looks of an image just by changing your perspective. This is one thing I learned in one of my photography classes in college that whenever photographing something, consider all of the perspectives and different sides of it. You may be missing out on some amazing images if you never look around the back side or other possibilities. Try shooting with a worm’s eye or bird’s eye view- the photo above I stood on a ladder to get this beautiful girls photo.  How boring would that be if I always shoot from my 5 ft viewpoint- not to mention this would not be the most attractive point of view for all of my subjects. When changing your point of view, be mindful of the effect it will have. If you shoot down on someone they will appear smaller. If your subject is concerned about a double chin, then shoot at a higher perspective and it will hide it. With kids it is fun to get on their level and shoot from the way they see the world. If you want your subject to appear larger, taller, or stronger then shoot low looking up at them. Now go give this a try! Choose one subject and then photograph it in all the different perspectives you can (straight on, worm’s eye view, bird’s eye view, the front, the back, the side, the top, the bottom, and so on)!


Composition Tip #4: Add Depth { Rifle, CO Photographer }

To create a more interesting photo you need to create depth. Depth is where you have a foreground, middle ground and background. The way I love to do this is to place the subject in the middle of something that way I have some some elements in front and behind them- like I have pictured above with the weeds in the foreground and background. The trick I’ve learned is if a foreground is not naturally there, then you put it there. My clients usually look at me a little weird, wondering why I am carrying weeds in my pocket!


Emily’s Senior Portraits { Rifle, CO Senior Photographer }

I had a blast photographing this beautiful Rifle High School Senior. We did these portraits in beautiful Rifle, CO. I love that they had quite a few people there to help with the portraits! Thanks to Emily’s mom for hanging my beads for me- to get this creative look that I was going for. I love bringing unnatural elements into the outdoors. I love the juxtaposition of the sparkly beads with the old run down house! Don’t forget when you book a senior portrait session with me you can always bring whoever along and get a few shots with them; whether it be your mom, best friend or sibling (like Emily did with her little brother).

Please click the link below to see a slide show of more images from Emily’s senior portrait session. She looks great!

Emily’s Senior Portraits.

I’m starting something new, if this blog post gets at least 15 comments, Emily will get an extra gift print! So comment below and let her know what you think!


Photography Composition Tip #3: Fill the Frame

I think often times when you take photos you include too much in the frame. To make sure your subject is the emphasis you need to fill your frame with it! Now this doesn’t mean you have to always zoom in major close. Include enough of the background to set the scene or create the look you are going for without taking away the emphasis from your subject. I have included a couple sample photos that one of my parents took on our trip in Kawaii. The first is from further away so me and my family are barely noticed. Another photo features my family where we fill the frame and you can see us a lot better! Now if you are wanting to document the whole cave then you should make sure you include it. Just make sure you only include elements that help complete the photo without creating distractions for your main subject.