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Guanella Pass Family Photography during Autumn

October 15, 2019

Guanella Pass Family Photography During Fall Color Season in Colorado

Today’s journal entry features a beautiful Guanella Pass family photography session.  As much as I love my mountain meadow location on Squaw Pass Road, I also love how gorgeous the fall color looks up near Georgetown, Colorado along Guanella Pass.  Plus, it’s always good to switch up locations to get some fresh perspective and keep the creative juices flowing. Jenny actually first got in touch with me earlier in the summer before anyone but photographers were planning out their fall schedules, haha.  And it’s a good thing she did because she was hoping for a weekend session in late September since that’s when the fall color in Colorado’s mountains is usually right at peak. I do weddings too so it’s not always easy for me to fit in families on the weekends since that’s prime time for weddings, especially during September and early October.  But, I actually had her date open this year so we went ahead and scheduled for a weekend session on Guanella Pass.

Guanella Pass Leaf Peeping Family Pictures near Georgetown

I have actually done weekend sessions along this stretch of mountain road in the past and maybe I was just lucky when I went those other times, but it was pretty quiet and we had the place to ourselves for the most part.  However, this year it was an absolute MAD HOUSE up there! I have actually never seen anything like it. I’m not one to make a special fall drive “leaf peeping” trip since I generally get my fill of fall color just from what I do for a living.  So maybe that’s why I have never experienced crowds like that before, but man, I was not expecting the sheer number of people up there at all. Still, we managed to squeeze our way into parking areas along the road to capture some family photos for them in some incredibly beautiful locations.  It actually ended up being a good thing since it forced us to get creative about which areas to use which I may not have found if all of my normal sections on the pass were free.  

This family was also so easy going and I had a ton of fun hanging out with them and their awesome daughter.  She was quite the trooper too. I always schedule my sessions to take place right before sunset. During fall in the Colorado mountains it can get quite chilly and she managed to last quite awhile.  I love all of the cuddly picture we got of her with her parents. I have my personal favorites all retouched and ready to share with the world below!

Sweet photo of a family of three with the waterfall on Guanella Pass near Georgetown Colorado
A young girl and her mom pose for a photo along a rocky waterfall area on Guanella Pass in Colorado
Family portrait in front of waterfall on Guanella Pass near Georgetown Colorado
Peak fall color family photo on Guanella Pass at the Clear Creek Campground near Georgetown Colorado
A family of three wearing lilac walks in a mountain meadow near Clear Creek Campground on Guanella Pass in Colorado
A girl smiles as her dad gives her a kiss on the cheek during fall color family photos on Guanella Pass
Gorgeous mountain backdrop with pretty yellow aspens family photos on Guanella Pass in Colorado
Parents pose for a couples photo in the yellow aspen leaves while wearing lilac on Guanella Pass
Family of three poses for a portrait with gorgeous fall color backdrop right off the side of the road on Guanella Pass in Colorado
A cute girl wearing lilac dress with boots and jean jacket poses next to South Clear Creek in the mountains near Georgetown, CO
Cute family of three wearing lilac colors get cute pictures near the bridge at Silverdale Trailhead on Guanella Pass in Colorado
Adorable young girl poses in the fall color of Guanella Pass at the Silverdale Trailhead in Colorado
Family wearing shades of lilac snuggles during their fall color family photography session on Guanella Pass in Colorado
Hard to pick a favorite from this session, but I love this sweet moment so much!

To see more Guanella Pass family photo sessions please click HERE and HERE.  To find more information about booking your own family photography session, please head over to the FAMILIES area of my website!

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