August 20, 2014   •   Filed in Summer, Seniors

Colorado High School Senior Photographer | South Mesa Trail Boulder

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've been filling up my evenings lately with photographing teenagers who are going to be high school seniors this coming school year. It is such a nice change of pace to get to focus on just one subject at a very exciting time in their life. And it's been fun brainstorming some beautiful places to go to. Colorado is filled with gorgeous locations and the South Mesa Trail next to Eldorado Springs (and just a little bit south of Boulder) is quickly turning into one of my new favorite areas. Kelly is a Colorado girl through and through. She enjoys hiking and outdoor activities and has climbed a ton of 14ers so I thought that this rustic location would be perfect for her.  
 
I love that there is tall wild straw like grass, apple trees, a nice mountain stream, purple mountain majesties, and even an abandoned historic building. I met with Kelly and her mom who made the trip up from Castle Rock at the South Mesa Trail last week. We had already postponed the session due to rain and it was threatening to do the same on our rescheduled date. This time we decided to go for it and hope for the best and it ended up being a lovely evening. I had a really hard time narrowing down the sneak peek photos so I decided to just share a bunch this time:)  
 
If you're looking to get high school senior yearbook photos created, contact me soon. (april@apriloharephotography.com or 720-771-7314) There are a handful of dates left in August and September is already filling quickly too. In Colorado, most schools require the yearbook photo to be turned in by the end of October and you don't want to run out of time!  
A pretty Colorado high school senior girl with long wavy brunette hair wears a turquoise tank top and jean shorts with lace stands in the wild grass at the South Mesa Trail near Eldorado Springs and Boulder Colorado
A Colorado high school senior girl with long wavy brunette hair wears a turquoise tank top, jean shorts with lace, and brown cowboy boots stands in front of the old historic building at the South Mesa Trail near Eldorado Springs and Boulder Colorado
A pretty Colorado high school senior girl with long wavy brunette hair wears a turquoise tank top, jean shorts with lace, and gold sandals sits in the wild grass at the South Mesa Trail near Eldorado Springs and Boulder Colorado
A pretty Colorado high school senior girl with long wavy brunette hair wears a turquoise tank top and jean shorts with lace stands in the wild grass at the South Mesa Trail near Eldorado Springs and Boulder Colorado
A pretty Colorado high school senior girl with long wavy brunette hair wears a striped red and blue tshirt and jeans poses for her yearbook photo near a green apple tree at the South Mesa Trail near Eldorado Springs and Boulder Colorado
A pretty Colorado high school senior girl with long wavy brunette hair wears a striped red and blue tshirt and jeans poses for her yearbook photo in front of the South Boulder Creek at the South Mesa Trail near Eldorado Springs and Boulder Colorado
A pretty Colorado high school senior girl with long wavy brunette hair wears a striped red and blue tshirt and jeans poses for her yearbook photo in front of two big green apple trees at the South Mesa Trail near Eldorado Springs and Boulder Colorado
A pretty Colorado high school senior girl with long wavy brunette hair wears a striped red and blue tshirt and jeans poses on an old gray log for her yearbook photo in a field of tall wild straw colored grass at the South Mesa Trail near Eldorado Spr
A pretty Colorado high school senior girl with long wavy brunette hair wears a striped red and blue tshirt poses for her yearbook photo in front of a red apple tree at the South Mesa Trail near Eldorado Springs and Boulder Colorado
A pretty Colorado high school senior girl with long wavy brunette hair wearing a cute neon orange
I saved this one for last because I just love that scenery!
A pretty Colorado high school senior girl with long wavy brunette hair wearing a red and blue striped tshirt and a blue jeweled necklace stands in the tall grass and other wild plants in front of the blue and purple flatiron mountains in the backgrou
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August 18, 2014   •   Filed in Summer, Seniors

Colorado High School Senior Photographer | Clear Creek History Park in Golden

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t's senior photo season which I love because it's really fun to photograph teenagers as they embark on their final year of living at home and move on to the next phase in their life. They're not children anymore, but essentially it's the last professional photoshoot they'll have from their "childhood." And I find it to be such an honor to photograph them for their yearbook photo. It's the image that people will look back on years later to remember them by and I want them to look good!  
 
I'm lucky because this year a lot of my roller derby friends have kids who are seniors. Today on the blog I'm featuring Tony who is my friend Beth's son. She actually had the adventure of a lifetime when she starred in the Amazing Race (she went all the way to 3rd place on season 22!) but it really seems that her adventure back here at home still keeps her incredibly busy. She has a cute blog I linked to below where she cracks jokes about her life as a mom, a roller derby skater, and a "Z" list celebrity (her words, not mine!) that I hope she starts updating again soon:)  
 
Soon her oldest will be leaving the nest and to commemorate his last year of high school we met up at the Clear Creek History Park in Golden Colorado to create some portraits of him. He is a great baseball player and pitches for his high school and for non-school leagues. We made sure to get a few baseball themed shots but I know my favorites are in the plaid shirt. Check them out below!  
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Beth's Blog Musings on motherhood, roller derby, and Amazing Race!
A high school senior guy wearing a blue tshirt crouches in a garden for his senior photo session at Clear Creek History Park in Golden Colorado
A high school senior boy wearing a blue and white baseball tshirt and a mitt poses for his baseball senior yearbook photo in front of a red barn at Clear Creek History Park in Golden Colorado
A rustic high school senior boy yearbook photo at a horse corral fence along Clear Creek History Park in Golden, Colorado
A high school senior boy wearing a blue and white baseball tshirt laughs and poses in Clear Creek river in downtown Golden Colorado
A high school senior boy yearbook photo taken in a field of purple flowers in Golden Colorado
A high school boy yearbook photoshoot at Clear Creek History Park in Golden Colorado
My favorite:)
A classic photo of a high school senior boy taken by the root cellar at Clear Creek History Park in Golden, Colorado
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August 12, 2014   •   Filed in Engagements, Summer, April's Life

Boulder Engagement Photographer | Eldorado Springs Romantic Portraits

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ou may remember an old post from last December when my little brother in law proposed to his girlfriend Lauren at the Blossoms of Light holiday display at Denver Botanic Gardens. (See the link below to refresh your memory!) They are getting married on Valentine's Day at the Highlands Ranch Mansion and we were finally able to make their engagement photos happen over the weekend. Earlier in the year I discovered a beautiful location just outside of Eldorado Springs called the South Mesa Trail. We decided to go there to get a beautiful view of those Boulder mountains. Brandon and Lauren are such a good looking couple it would have been impossible not to get good photos, but I am still loving how they turned out.  
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Denver Botanic Gardens
Brandon & Lauren's Proposal Photos December at the Blossoms of Light holiday display
A sweet young couple smile for their engagement photo shoot in front of an apple tree at South Mesa Trail near Eldorado Springs and Boulder Colorado.
A young couple smile for their engagement session in front of an old historical building along the South Mesa Trail near Eldorado Springs and Boulder Colorado.
A cute young couple pose in a field of tall wild grass at the South Mesa Trail near Eldorado Springs and Boulder Colorado.
A romantic photo of a young couple snuggling on a park bench under and apple tree at the South Mesa Trail near Eldorado Springs and Boulder Colorado.
A romantic photo of a young engaged couple leaning in for a kiss at the South Mesa Trail during their engagement photo session near Eldorado Springs and Boulder Colorado.
A stylish young couple pose together in front of the Boulder mountains near Eldorado Springs at the South Mesa Trail in Colorado.
A cute young couple hold each other tight in front of an apple tree at the South Mesa Trail near Eldorado Springs and Boulder Colorado
A romantic portrait of a young engaged couple cuddling in front of an apple tree during their engagement session at the South Mesa Trail near Eldorado Springs and Boulder Colorado
I love so many of the photos that I don't think I have a favorite this time. But I just love their expressions in this one so I saved it for last:)
A cute young couple laugh as they stroll hand in hand down the South Mesa Trail near Eldorado Springs and Boulder
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August 9, 2014   •   Filed in Summer, Families, Portraits

Steamboat Springs Family Photography | Colorado Family Vacation

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ome of you long time blog readers may recognize these cute faces on the blog today. This is my sister in law's family and I just love them to pieces. Every year we do their family photos in the fall, but this year I insisted that we get them done while we were on family vacation in Steamboat. When you see the photos I think you'll understand why I pushed so hard to do them early.  
 
This year we decided to head out to Steamboat Springs for the Fourth of July holiday. Some of the family golfed, some of us hiked, we all ate a ton, and our hotel had the best view of the fireworks anyone could ask for! Despite a terrible game of Beatles trivial pursuit it was one of our best family vacations ever. I hope we get to do it again next year:)  
 
In the summertime, Steamboat Springs Resort hosts a "Sunset Happy Hour" where you can pay to take the gondola up the mountain around sunset and take in the gorgeous views of the Yampa Valley. We were too busy photographing before the sun set to enjoy any cocktails, but we got super cute photos of their family so I'm ok with that:)  
A view of Steamboat Springs from the top of Mount Werner at the Sunset Happy Hour Gondola Ride in Colorado
Cute young boys are photographed at sunset on top of Mount Werner in Steamboat Springs Colorado Gondola Ride at sunset
A cute family wearing shades of light blue and white are photographed by a rustic wood fence at the top of Mt. Werner with Aspen Trees in the background at sunset in Steamboat Springs, CO
Two brothers laugh with each other at sunset in Steamboat Springs, CO at the top of the gondola on Mt. Werner overlooking the Yampa Valley
A cute family poses for photos at sunset in Steamboat Springs Colorado at the top of Mt. Werner overlooking the Yampa Valley.
Cute family in the Colorado mountains in Steamboat Springs overlooking the Yampa Valley at Sunset.
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