Thought running through my head as I took this photo: “Holy crud, what did I get myself into?!”
Luckily, I was harnessed in and EPIC pictures followed.
But first let me back up….
I LOVE doing senior portraits! I just love this age. Seniors are fun, they’re easy to work with, they pose and follow directions effortlessly (my theory is that is due to this day and age where everyone has a smart phone and they are constantly in front of someone’s camera so they are more comfortable being there…but I digress…), AND they are at that amazing time in their lives where the world has opened up to them. I always encourage seniors to bring their personality and interests into their portraits. I’ve shot seniors with their pets, their car, BSU gear, and lots of different musical instruments. But never something quite so extraordinary at capturing them hanging from a cliff.
Meet Dylan. He’s a fun, energetic, active, outdoorsy kinda guy. And some of this favorite activities are skiing and rock climbing. Well, since snapping pictures of him flying down the slopes would prove almost impossible (especially since I can’t ski!), we decided to create a custom senior portrait session for him around his love of rock climbing. Eeek! Yeah, I was a little excited. I love the oppurtunity to stretch my creative brain a bit and do something unique and completely personalized.
We started off our session at Lucky Peak State Park so that we could get him a few images with a bit of a more formal feel. Because everyone needs a great headshot and a picture for mom, grandma, etc.
Then we headed up to Black Cliffs. Wow. I’d never been there before and just the hike up to the cliffs was beautiful. We enjoyed some great spring weather, and I was thrilled with the pairing of the blue sky, puffy white clouds, and the dark jagged cliffs. And Dylan was awesome to work with. He graciously humored me as I often interrupted his climbing with a, “Wait, can you hold that?!” or “Oh! Do that again!” just to make sure I got the shot. But I am very pleased with how these turned out.
It was an all-around one-of-a-kind experience capturing these unique portraits for Dylan.