My sister is going to be a senior next year.
It’s a doubly surreal thought. My brain is conflicted with, “my little tiny sister is going to be a senior!!!” and “wait, how in the heck do I have a sister young enough to still be in high school?!?”
Anyway, I knew that I wanted to take her senior photos for her. So to that end, I planned my annual summer trip to Colorado around that plan. I also told her to let any of her friends know that I’d be around and we could book some sessions for them, too.
Now, here’s what I’m thinking when I came up with this idea: I’m thinking that I’ll have about a full week in Colorado Springs. June always has fantastic weather, so I can therefore spread out whatever sessions I book over the time that I’m there.
Now, here’s what really happened: I wound up having only 4 full days in the Springs. It rained 3 of those days. And I booked 3 sessions.
I’m not new to long days of photo sessions. However, generally, it’s only on one subject. A wedding for instance. Sure, there’s a lot going on, but you’re in the mindset of that one couple and their event. This, on the other hand, was three totally different people. Three totally different personalities. And one day.
Not only that, but the only day.
It’s not like I could schedule reshoot should something go wrong. It had to be right the first time. But, hey, I love a good photo challenge.
As it turned out, the day was a blast. My sister, Kim, and her boyfriend, Joey, started off the day. We went on a hike, braved freezing cold mountain stream waters and generally had a great time. Then we took a brief break and met Kim’s friend Alex downtown for her session. We found some great spur of the moment locations and then finished off the day with a great meal at Jose Muldoon’s.
All in all, a pretty good day.
Here are a few sample shots: