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Viele Lake Fall Color Family Photos Near Shanahan Ridge Trailhead

November 9, 2021

Boulder Family Photos at Shanahan Ridge and Viele Lake

I go through phases where I fall in love with particular trailheads or photoshoot locations and then once they get filled up with other photographers I move on to new-to-me, less popular places. My new favorite go to spot in the Boulder area is the Shanahan Ridge Trailhead. I love this place because it’s not too strenuous of a hike. Granted, not all of my clients agree with that, but compared to many locations, it’s just a little bit of a hill and then opens up to a nice evergreen forest with some mountains in the backdrop. So it’s pretty great if you can manage a rocky hill for about a quarter of a mile. The other thing I really love about Shanahan Ridge is that it’s only a couple minutes drive from Viele Lake. I really love the way Viele Lake has a nice wide open view of the mountains plus a pretty small little neighborhood park and lake in the foreground. I recently met up with this great family who have an adorable little boy. We made the trek up the hill at Shanahan Ridge and then took advantage of the absolutely gorgeous fall color backdrop at Viele Lake afterward and I LOVE what we captured that evening!  I had a particularly hard time figuring out which giggling baby photo to share. Below are some of my favorites!

A small family with a cute baby boy wearing plaid at their Boulder Colorado family photography session at Shanahan Ridge Trail
Beautiful fall color family photos at the Shanahan Ridge Trailhead in Boulder Colorado
Photo of a young baby boy standing on a path holding his parents hands during their family portrait session in Boulder
Fall color backdrop for a portrait of a young mom with his sweet baby boy who is wearing a plaid long sleeved shirt in Boulder
Sweet baby boy rides on his dad's shoulders with a pretty Boulder Colorado backdrop
Sweet photo of a baby boy laughing with his parents at their family photography session at Shanahan Ridge Trailhead in Boulder
Pretty fall color backdrop for a family portrait with a sweet baby boy wearing plaid at Shanahan Ridge Trailhead in Boulder CO
Adorable baby boy wearing a plaid long sleeved shirt at his family photoshoot at Viele Lake in Boulder Colorado
Sweet tired baby boy cuddles his dad at the end of their fall color family photography session at Viele Lake in Boulder Colorado
Beautiful fall color portrait of a family of 3 wearing maroon with their adorable baby boy with the fall colors of Viele Lake and the mountains in Boulder in the backdrop

If you’re looking for a Boulder photographer to capture your family portraits, please check out the FAMILIES page of my website and get in touch!


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