The Coakley Family | Family Portraits at Cheyenne Cañon, Colorado Springs

The Coakley Family is currently en route to their new home in Texas, and before they left Colorado Springs, they created beautiful family portraits with us. They chose the Cheyenne Cañon area as the setting for their photography because they love rivers, green tones, and all of the flowers that grow there this time of summer.

We’re excited to share favorites from their family session. All of our family portrait sessions include photographing a variety of groupings from the full family together to updated couple’s portraits and portraits of the kids together and individually. Whenever we prepare families for photography sessions, we encourage a cohesive look for their attire. We love their choice of dark blue for their attire – it’s the perfect compliment to the lush greens and brown stone tones throughout the canyon.  The Coakleys did a wonderful job and the result is beautiful!

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Jonathan Betz Photography – Colorado Springs Family Photographer

Elijah | Colorado Springs High School Senior Photography | Class of 2018

Congratulations, Elijah, on becoming one of the newest high school graduates in Colorado Springs!

Elijah is a fashionable guy who loves city life and being surrounded by the colors and textures of urban architecture. He’s planning to pursue a career in marketing. While his photography session in downtown Colorado Springs focused most on Elijah with favorite outfits in great urban settings, we love the tribute to his grandfather he included in his session.

All of our high school seniors benefit from a pre-session consultation that plans the session. We want every senior to be fully prepared and build excitement for their photography session. We love hearing about all of their interests and activities and future plans, even when those aspects of who they are will not be a part of the session. We often brainstorm all sorts of ideas so that every senior can think about what they want to bring and never have a moment of “I should’ve” or “I wish I would’ve” after the session. Framed pictures can often help with storytelling portraits during the session, and we love that Elijah thought to bring the picture with his grandfather. Other families sometimes bring a childhood picture of their senior to storytell a “then” and “now” of how much their child has grown and changed over the years. Photography provides a priceless connection of the past to the present, and there are great opportunities to use pictures from the past in today’s sessions.

Enjoy some of our favorites from Elijah’s senior portraits!

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Jonathan Betz Photography – Colorado Springs High School Senior Photographer

Joe + Haley | Colorado Springs Engagement Portraits

Haley’s family is an incredibly special family to us! We photographed Haley’s senior portraits (along with her brother’s and sister’s senior portraits for each of their turns), her brother’s wedding, family portraits, and a very rewarding project archiving generations of family pictures from the late 1800s and into the 1900s. We are honored to continue as their family photographer and capture Haley’s engagement portraits!

She and Joe met at the University of Michigan where they are completing their undergraduate degrees. They are both in the ROTC and will serve with the Air Force, accepting their first assignments to begin in the coming months. They are both incredibly dedicated and crazy smart, and we are thankful for the service they have given and will continue to give to our country. When they aren’t studying or completing ROTC activities and training, they enjoy cooking, camping, hiking, and have even run a marathon together!

We photographed their engagement portraits along Gold Camp Road to prominently feature mountains and forests in their photography. We enjoyed building a 5-piece metal art wall display for them that will give each of them a smaller collection during the time their military assignments keep them apart, and then come together in the full 5-piece display once they complete those assignments and are able to live together. We know these portraits will help them feel close and connected, even when they are apart.

Congratulations, Joe & Haley!

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Jonathan Betz Photography | Colorado Springs Engagement & Wedding Photographer

Danielle | Mesa Ridge High School Senior Portraits | Class of 2018

Danielle counts herself as one of Mesa Ridge High School’s newest graduates! We enjoyed photographing her senior portraits this past fall, and Danielle was one of our seniors who came to her pre-session consultation with some specific ideas and requests that we loved fulfilling. One of her biggest requests was to recreate the closing scene from the iconic 80s movie, “The Breakfast Club.” That movie was a favorite of mine for a very long time, so I knew exactly what she was describing. It was also refreshing to have a high school senior loving some of the movies we ourselves loved from our childhood and high school years – what a fun connection!

During her high school years, Danielle exceled both athletically and musically. She played alto sax with the marching band and competed in track. She’d also played volleyball and softball in past years; track ended up her favorite with the 100m sprint as her best event. In addition to these extracurricular activities, Danielle adores her dog and loves the color black. She describes herself as quirky, unique, and an “outside of the box” individual. She’s planning to pursue a career as a pharmacist.

For her photography session, the best location was her high school. Danielle loved connecting her senior portraits to the spaces that have filled her high school days and memories.

Congratulations, Danielle, on a great finish to high school. Our best to you with all your next steps.

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Jonathan Betz Photography – Colorado Springs High School Senior Photographer

Mason | The University School | High School Senior Portraits | Class of 2018

We just saw some great pictures from Mason’s graduation day on Facebook this morning, so what better reason to feature his senior portraits with us today!

Mason is an outgoing, center-of-attention-loving high school graduate who thrives in the outdoors. He enjoys football and loves his dog. He’s an avid rock climber and loves hiking, hunting, and fishing. Favorite places for his outdoor adventures include Telluride and Ouray in Colorado and lots of gorgeous places in Utah.

Mason’s family loved our Senior Experience, multi-hour, multi-location session structure for his senior photography. He matched well with the locations of Cheyenne Cañon up through sections of Gold Camp Road and then Garden of the Gods. Jon was able to weave in wonderful storytelling throughout his photography, and even Mason’s dog was a part of the adventures. You’ll notice snow in some of these portraits. Thanks to a Spring semester due date for the yearbook submission, we had a rare opportunity to photograph senior portraits in the winter months. Not too many seniors get to have the luxury of that timing!

For our rising high school senior families, keep in mind that the majority of our area high schools have due dates early on in the fall semester of senior year, so now is a great time to start the photography experience with us for your new senior!

Enjoy some of our favorites from an adventurous and outdoorsy senior photography session. Congratulations, Mason on officially becoming a high school GRADUATE. We know your family is incredibly proud!

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Jonathan Betz Photography – Colorado Springs High School Senior Photographer