Senior Nature Photo Session on Grand Mesa, Grand Junction, Colorado

Fall is my favourite time of year, the weather is perfect and everything looks pretty with yellow and gold leaves on the trees. I live not far from the Grand Mesa National Forest near Grand Junction, Colorado. I was very excited when I was asked to take senior photos for Elise. Shooting outdoor portraits in nature as she wanted is definately my thing.

Using only the natural light beaming through the trees and a white reflector to bounce white light back into her face ( yellow is everywhere ) I was able to give her over 100 photos in the 1 1/2 we were there. With a great model in this location i was able to get a bit more creative using leaves and tree trunks for environmental stage props.

Fall senior photography by Claire Codling

I always wanted to try the leaves in the hair shot and I think we pulled that off nicely too, Elise just laid down on the grass as I shot away taking far too many photos as usual. By the end of the session I learnt that Elise is a flute player and just happen to have a flute in her car. So I made her go grab it for a few last shots before the sun went down. I recommend bringing any type of instrument you play to a session as it helps adds variety to the photos while telling a story about you.

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