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Shanahan Ridge South Boulder Senior Photography

October 11, 2023

Senior Photos at Shanahan Ridge Trailhead in South Boulder and at Viele Lake

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of photographing this young man’s older sister’s senior photos at this very same location. Now it’s his turn to go through the rites of being a senior and one of those rites here in Colorado is to get some professional photos created for the yearbook. I love that he decided to go with the same location of Shanahan Ridge that we used for his sister. Her session at Shanahan Ridge was actually my first time photographing at this beautiful spot and it was because of the strict rules during covid prevented us from using another trail in South Boulder that I used to use much more often. So what started as a somewhat stressful last minute location change ended up being one of my favorite places in Boulder to photograph clients at. On the night we went, it was such a nice beautiful September evening and the wildflowers were still hanging on in full bloom. We also ended with the wide open gorgeous mountains views at Viele Lake next to Fairview High School. I managed to narrow down my favorites to the ones below.

Senior portrait at Shanahan Ridge Trailhead with Greenery Backdrop in CO
Senior boy leans up against a rock at Shanahan Ridge Trailhead in Boulder CO
Colorful plants in the backdrop for a senior portrait at Shanahan Ridge Trail in South Boulder
Pine Tree backdrop for senior portrait at Shanahan Ridge Trailhead in Boulder
Beautiful Boulder Mountain Backdrop for Senior Portrait at Shanahan Ridge Trailhead
Senior portrait with the tall grasses at Shanahan Ridge Trailhead in Boulder
Senior Boy with City of Boulder off in the distance from Shanahan Ridge Trailhead in Colorado
Beautiful mountain backdrop at Viele Lake in South Boulder senior photo at Sunset in Colorado

If you’re looking to get your own senior photos created, please be sure to take a look at the SENIORS page of my website and reach out. I’d love to see if we can squeeze you in before your yearbook photo is due!


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