Category Archives: Senior Portraits

A Senior Portrait Knee Deep in Sunflowers

August is here! That means sunflowers in Colorado. If you’re a high school senior and you love the look of a big, warm sunflower field, then you need to consider booking your senior session for August. And, it’s a great look for families too!

We had been shooting around Boulder and Erie for a couple of hours. We figured it was worth checking out some open spaces around town for a sunset shot to finish up the session. I’m a big fan of shooting the late evening portrait with big skies, with dark and dramatic lighting…It’s kinda my thing.

We just happened to stumble upon this sunflower field that overlooks Old Town Erie. Okay, the shots in these photos weren’t exactly taken in a sunflower field, but more of a field with some sunflowers. To be honest, it was more like a few small flower patches in a giant field. We definitely made the best of what we had and got a lot of great shots in a short amount of time.

Senior girl in sunflower field

What I love about this photo is how the sun rays are just barley entering the frame, back lighting the flowers and adding a real warm feel to the image. The reflector on camera right bounces the sunlight back into Alisha’s face giving her a natural Rembrandt lighting effect. The reflector also gives her a nice little sparkle in her eyes. Using just the natural light, a camera, and a reflector made this a simple portrait with a natural look and that’s what I love about this photo.


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This is her dad’s favorite. He loves the warm, hazy glow of his daughter standing peacefully in the field of sunflowers . It hangs on his wall as a 20×30 Wall Portrait.

I don’t know that I have actually ever seen a giant sunflower field in Colorado, like they have in Kansas and in the Dakotas, but with some careful posing and lighting, we can make you look pretty darn good standing knee deep in sunflowers.

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Old Cars, Saxophones and Senior Portraits

I had a great senior portrait shoot with Joe. We traveled around Erie hitting up several of my favorite locations in town to get a nice variety of looks for their slideshow and senior portrait album. Erie is a pretty old town that still has a lot of open space that makes for really nice sundown portraits, so we saved that time for the car shots. We did this part of the session a sweet looking 1935 Chevy Roadster. We had to do a little off road driving to get to this semi remote location, but we figured that the Roadster was born for dirt roads and that it probably felt right at home on the dirt.

I really enjoy photographing musicians, so I begged to do a quick studio session with Joe and his sax to finish off the day. It was getting late and I didn’t want to take up too much more of his time, so we made that portion of the shoot pretty snappy. I’ve been known to take the shot then yell out ” just one more shot!”. I know I have a problem and I have been working on it. My name is Tim and I’m a shot-a-holic!

I really enjoyed my time working with Joe and his family. I had a great time and I’m proud to show off his senior portraits that we made right here in our own home town of Erie.

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Outdoor Senior Portraits in Boulder

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The light was warm, but the temperature was not for this senior portrait session

We photographed this senior girl in the fall at Thomas Reservoir. The late evening light was warm, but the temperature was not, so to keep her from getting too miserable, we had to work kinda fast. She never complained, but she had to be freezing, because  she wasn’t exactly dressed for comfort. We walked around and hit a few different locations around the water, but after about a half hour the goose pimples were starting to show. A senior portrait session usually goes for around two hours or so, but we wrapped this one up in record time. Even though we didn’t shoot long, we got enough variety for her yearbook photo. They also picked out a selection of gift prints for her friends and family, and a nice sized wall portrait for mom and dad to enjoy while she is off to collage. 

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Senior Portrait Day – We’re Bringing the Jeep

I asked if they were bringing any props to their senior portrait day and they said “yes, we’re bringing the Jeep!” And I said “awesome!” I was pretty excited because I love Jeeps and I haven’t photographed a senior in a Jeep in quite a few years. Even back then the Jeep didn’t belong to any of us, we just borrowed it from someone in a local coffee shop. We also managed to score full access to a flower shop and a firetruck that day. You’ll just have to see for yourself. (click)

To be able to look back in your senior portrait album 20 years from now and see some photos of you and your old ride, I think would be priceless.  

So if you’re lucky enough to have something as cool as an old Jeep, pickup truck, hot rod, or firetruck, go ahead and bring it…or maybe we can just borrow one.

Erie high school senior with jeep on a fall afternoon

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Senior portrait of guy with his Jeep in the background

Senior portraits at the boxing gym

I’m always eager and excited to photograph seniors pursuing their passion. Sometimes it’s football, baseball, or basketball. I’ve worked with tennis players and swimmers. But this shoot was extra cool – photographing a senior portrait at the boxing gym.

We did the shoot in Brighton, at the Strictly Boxing gym, where the hardcore fighters train. I loved shooting in this gym. It was the perfect place for me to play with my studio lights and cook up that edgy look with the dramatic lighting that I like to implement in my sports portraits.

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Senior pictures in Denver, Colorado {Tim Sutherland Photography | Erie Colorado}

An urban Senior Portrait Session with Kylie

300 sunny days a year in Denver, Colorado…but this day was not one of them. In fact, it was pouring! We spent about an hour shooting Kylie’s senior pictures in and around the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. We got some great shots while waiting for the storm to pass. We could have stopped then, and would have had everything we needed. As a matter of fact, she even chose one of the indoor shots as her yearbook photo. Done, right? Wrong.

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It Must be Football Season (High School Football Portraits in Erie Colorado)

Photographing people doing what they love to do is what I love to do. Whether its football, baseball or chess, I love photographing people doing what they are passionate about. So I was totally psyched when Angelo took me up on my offer to do a session of high school football portraits in studio. Angelo asked that the football portraits have that high contrast, edgy look with dramatic lighting, like he seen in some of my other sports portraits. He loved them and it was a great addition to his senior portrait album.

Angelo’s father is an artist when it comes to restoring old cars and motorcycles. He showed me some pictures of some of his work and it is out of this world. I’m excited to set up a father/son shoot with the bikes and maybe some restored cars as a Lifestyle Portrait Session. Stay tuned…

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Samantha’s Senior Portraits (Erie High School Seniors)

Even though Sam is an Erie High School grad, we started our session on the main drag in Old Town Lafayette, Colorado. I’ve scouted that area before so I knew there were some old building with some killer textures that would be perfect for a high school portrait session.

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Anissa’s Senior Portrait in Broomfield, CO | Tim Sutherland Photography

I had an absolute blast shooting Anissa’s senior portraits. We wanted to do something really cool that would incorporate traditional portraits with  lifestyle portraits. She is a swimmer, so she wanted her album to include pool shots. We pulled out all the stops and  hit three locations in two days. It all started in Broomfield, at one of my favorite parks. You can’t beat a place with plush grass, a little pond, and big, gorgeous trees. Plenty of opportunities for all of the looks and poses she wanted.

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Just like most days, we had an incredible blue Colorado sky. Just a small pop of light from a strobe brings it all out.

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