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

Elaena | Pine Creek High School Senior Portraits | Class of 2018

Elaena counts herself among Pine Creek High School’s most recent graduates! Her family has made us their family’s photographer for the past 8 years, and we absolutely love capturing each of their milestones and important moments.

Elaena is intelligent, great with kids, and an accomplished athlete. While she has played most sports over the years, she finished high school focusing on basketball and track. Within track, her favorite events include the high jump and triple jump. We loved showing her athletic side during her senior portraits done in Red Rock Canyon. We love the variety of southern Colorado landscape found at this location, and many of our Colorado Springs local families enjoy this location for photography because of the smaller crowds found there.

As her next steps unfold, Elaena plans to pursue a degree in business or economics. We wish her our best as she begins all these new life chapters.

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Jonathan Betz Photography – Colorado Springs High School Senior Photographer

Catherine - May 22, 2018 - 11:09 pm

Gorgeous. Well done!

Sara | Colorado Springs High School Senior Portraits | Class of 2018

We loved photographing Sara’s high school senior pictures! She chose our one-hour Senior Session and loved choosing Manitou Springs as the setting for her photography. Manitou Springs boasts colorful backgrounds, quaint mountain-town shops and activity, and an eclectic array of textures and settings. Many of our artsy, creative high school seniors love choosing Manitou Springs for all these reasons.

Sara is excited to pursue her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. She’s already been working at a nursing home with her Certified Nursing Assistant license. When she completes her full nursing degree, Sara would love to be in the hospital setting, working with a wide variety of patients.

During high school, Sara competed in volleyball and cheerleading. Outside of school, she loves hiking and fishing in the outdoors. While she loves all the beautiful places in Colorado, she embraced the opportunity to experience the beauty of Canada. We can imagine a little of the awe she felt – our family had an amazing trip last summer through Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and Grand Teton National Park. While in Glacier, we made it all the way into Canada. While we will always be partial to our Colorado landscapes, the majestic beauty of the mountains and glacial lakes in Montana & Canada truly inspire.

Congratulations, Sara, on your high school graduation! We’ve loved creating your senior portraits!

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Jonathan Betz Photography – Colorado Springs High School Senior Photography

Nayeli | Palmer High School Senior Portraits | Class of 2018

Nayeli is one of the newest graduates of Palmer High School. She’s outgoing, bubbly, caring, and helpful. She loves spending time with friends and family and loves her two cats. Nayeli has lived in Colorado Springs her whole life and loves the natural beauty of our Colorado landscape. She chose Cheyenne Cañon as the location for her photography session because of her love of Helen Hunt Falls, flowers, and the natural streams.

Nayeli’s family and ours have the shared connection of the loss of a deeply-loved family member. We share this because our small business serves families with their photography needs, yet, so often, a relationship results. I know that there were conversations we shared with this family on such deep levels, and I believe that those conversations spoke a little bit of healing into both of our journeys. To us, clients are people. We photograph and serve people that are loved by families. We want to make sure we love well as we serve well. We’ll never be perfect, yet we’re going to give that our best efforts.

Perhaps the relationship will just be for a short season, yet we’re blessed to be in our 12th year of business and seeing families returning to us over the years as each new milestone comes. Our lives become interconnected with theirs, and it’s always an honor to continue to be entrusted with a family’s important moments, memories, and milestones.

Congratulations, Nayeli, on your high school graduation! Know that your entire family is so very proud of you. May you endeavor to tackle your dream to be a veterinarian and continue to place family and friends as the most valuable parts to life.

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Jonathan Betz Photography – Colorado Springs High School Senior Photographer


Alaney | Cheyenne Mountain High School Senior Portraits | Class of 2018

Alaney counts herself among the newest graduating class at Cheyenne Mountain High School. She’s an accomplished musician, playing flute in the symphonic and wind ensembles. She’s also an avid reader and has years of dance experience. These past two years of high school, she’s focused on music and academics. While she describes herself as a “closet introvert,” she is caring, intelligent, and responsible – all qualities that will serve her well as she pursues a career as a Nurse Practitioner.

Prior to becoming her photographer for senior portraits, our families have connections both through another Cheyenne Mountain High School client family and through Adventures Out West. We’ve had such fun photographing commercial images for this company and family portraits for the owner. Alaney has the adventurous job working on their zipline experience in the Manitou Springs area of Colorado Springs.

For her high school senior portraits, she matched well with our one-hour Senior Session and loved Red Rock Canyon as the setting for her photography. Red Rock Canyon boasts southern Colorado landscape without the same crowds of places most popular in town. This quieter location has great variety from fields and fences to trees and red rock formations, and when we have enough moisture, a quarry. For seniors and families looking for a session that stays active and provides a walking-tour, this is a fantastic location for an outdoor photography session!

We’re excited to share favorites from her senior portraits, and we wish her our best with all the next steps she takes!

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Jonathan Betz Photography – Colorado Springs High School Senior Pictures Photographer