The Mantonyas | High School Senior and Family Photography | Destination: Colorado Springs

The Mantonyas reside in the heart of the Midwest, and when mom was planning to compete in the race up Pikes Peak last summer, their oldest daughter had the thought that it would be perfect to photograph her high school senior portraits in Colorado.

Each year we work with a nice handful of out of state families who choose us to capture portraits in the mountains – something completely unique from what their home cities have to offer. We have a great time with these families and have created a variety of ways in which we bridge the distance of miles between us for the “before” and “after” steps of our client experience.

The Mantonyas wanted to make sure to give their high school senior a wonderful, dedicated time for senior portraits, so they chose our one-hour session for her. We helped match her to Red Rock Canyon for the location of her portraits. We then helped them add a mini-session for their family photography and were able to match them with Mesa Overlook for the family portraits. The two locations gave them wonderful variety of settings and scenes yet also ones that all complimented each other well. We made sure to help them do the sessions back-to-back as their time in Colorado was limited, yet each type of photography had a dedicated time. We feel it is incredibly important to give each type of portrait a dedicated time to be the focus. With multiple session structures to choose from, we can come alongside every client family uniquely – for this family, it was a perfect combination of a one-hour with a mini-session. We’re excited to share favorites from each of their sessions!

Jonathan Betz Photography: Destination Portraits Photographer in Colorado Springs | Family and High School Senior Pictures

Dvorsky Family | Garden of the Gods Family Portraits

I’m completely partial to Jon’s expertise in photography – there’s no one else I trust with our own family photography – but sometimes even I am amazed by the portraits he is able to create in some of the craziest conditions.

The Dvorsky family is back with us this year for both the next round of senior portraits and also family portraits. Like most families, they have full schedules with kids and parents going in lots of directions each week. It’s not easy to coordinate all those schedules for family photography.

Clouds, heavy with rain, were moving into the city right at the start of their scheduled family session. Rain fell pretty much most of their session, so I actually thought Jon was joking when he texted to tell me he finished the session. He wasn’t kidding! He worked with utmost efficiency and created gorgeous portraits for a family who was more than willing to tough out a little rain to complete their portraits at the originally-scheduled time.

Rest assured, we will never compromise portraits with the weather, but when a family is up for giving it a go, the results are often awesome. This family had an absolute blast, and the precipitation brought a depth of color to the landscape that just doesn’t happen on a perfectly sunny day. Enjoy a handful of favorites from their recent photography session!

Jonathan Betz Photography | Colorado Springs Family Portraits Photographer

Jacob | Pine Creek High School Senior Portraits | Class of 2019

Jacob is an independent and passionate high school graduate with an eye on continuing playing competitive hockey and a career in computer sciences.

He is an avid sports fan and cheers strongest for the German national team. He has a love for hockey and has been the goalie on the Pine Creek High School team during his time there. When not on the ice, you can find him relaxing with video games. He also has a love for his grandfather’s Corvette, and we were so excited that his grandfather brought up the car for Jacob’s senior session!

Jacob matched well for our one-hour senior session and loved a combination of Cheyenne Cañon and a portion of Gold Camp Road as the locations for his senior photography.

Congratulations, Jacob, on graduation, and we wish you the best as you take these next steps!

Jonathan Betz Photography | Colorado Springs High School Senior Pictures Photographer

Trevor | Widefield High School Senior Portraits | Class of 2019

How can it possibly be AUGUST? Goodness! With a move of locations late Spring and the typical busy season underway with the onset of summer, we are so behind in our blogging!

I’ll start catching up with Trevor’s feature. We just love this family and had such a great time reconnecting with them after first meeting when Trevor’s older sister had her senior portraits with us.

Trevor is fun and easygoing and has a sense of adventure. He loves fly fishing, loves his Corvette and the family Jeep, and excels in baseball. He’s a 3rd baseman and has played both club and school teams for years. We loved featuring all of these loves throughout his portraits.

Trevor matched best with a split session: one in the Fall that used areas in Manitou Springs and then the second session in the Spring when baseball was underway. Jon created an amazing set of portraits to truly capture Trevor and spark favorite memories as these portraits are enjoyed for years to come.

Congratulations, Trevor!

Jonathan Betz Photography | Professional Photographer Specializing in High School Senior Portraits

Aaron + Alyssa | Wedding Photography at Wedgewood Weddings in Black Forest, COLORADO

It’s hard to believe that Aaron & Alyssa’s first anniversary is coming up this fall after sharing in their wedding day on September 7th, 2018. We have known the father of the groom for a handful of years and were truly honored to be entrusted with the photography for his son’s wedding day.

Aaron and Alyssa centered their wedding day on their shared Christian faith, and it truly blessed us to see the ways in which they were light on their day to all the loved ones who came and surrounded them. We loved that Alyssa’s dad served as their pastor for their ceremony and the ways they honored all their family throughout the day. We also appreciated the time they wove into their wedding day for special photography with just the two of them. Some of our favorites from their day are portraits created during these moments they gave us.

Enjoy our favorites from a wonderful wedding day that began new chapters of marriage for this special couple.

Jonathan Betz Photography | Colorado Springs Professional Photographer

Wedgewood Weddings in Black Forest