Since 2013, I’ve dreamt of doing a photo shoot in the snow. When I found out that Kaleigh, one of my Class of 2017 seniors was going to college in Denver, Colorado, AND that my family was going to be there at the same time for Christmas, I had to set up a shoot!! Though she’s already graduated, Kaleigh agreed to do this session so I’d have an example of what destination senior pictures could look like for other clients! It seemed like God was looking out for us, because though it was a historically warm winter for Colorado, it snowed.
We drove to Rocky Mountain National Park (about an hour from my grandparents’ house) and started off in the woods just outside the entrance gate to the park. For this first look, Kaleigh wore her own white pants, white shirt, & a cream beanie paired with my tan boots, cream turtleneck, & white coat. I just LOVE these beautiful, white birch trees…I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful snow scene if I had created it myself!
Next, we drove up the road a little and then found this EPIC view of the Rocky Mountains…how amazing is this?? My only regret is I forgot to get a selfie, that also would’ve been epic lol…I’ll have to go back!! 🙂
For Kaleigh’s second look, I styled her in an all-black outfit to provide a nice contrast against the snow. Leggings & the turtleneck were supplied by me, boots from Kaleigh’s closet. I should also mention that Kaleigh did an amazing job doing her own hair & makeup! Probably helps that she’s been to a pro makeup class. 🙂
As we continued into the park, I couldn’t believe our luck when we found a heard of elk grazing right by the side of the road – of course, we had to get a picture with them!!! I thought about us getting closer, but I wasn’t sure if they would like that very much and figured it was better to be safe than sorry. 🙂
For Kaleigh’s final look, she wore a beautiful, silver gown I ordered from Amazon (I hope to have a studio full of wardrobe by around 2020, so I’ve gradually collecting pieces). The sun was already setting by the time we got to this spot, so we speed-hiked a mile up the mountain to Dream Lake. Once we arrived, we realized we were ill-equipped for the less-than-freezing, super windy weather. Due to being higher up, my fingers froze nearly instantly to the point I couldn’t push the buttons on my camera, and once Kaleigh changed into the gown, she was so super cold that I truly don’t even know how we managed to get anything at all.
Also, can I just say how incredibly BLESSED I am that Kaleigh is sweet, stunningly beautiful, AND super great at posing? This is only her second photo shoot ever (her first being with me earlier last year), yet she thought up every single one of her poses herself. It is impossible to take a bad photo of her, which is crazy considering she maintained more composure than any professional model I’ve worked with in the past, and she did it fighting through bitter cold!! I seriously wouldn’t have been able to do this shoot with anyone else as the wind was too strong for her to hear me shouting instructions. I told her to just go & I’d capture whatever I could in the 10 minutes before we ran back down. I am so proud of us for fighting through all the obstacles to create this stunning ART! 🙂
Model, Hair & Makeup Artist: Kaleigh Kitchens
Photographer & Wardrobe Stylist: Candace Perry
Location: Rocky Mountain National Park