While visiting Manassa, Colorado (my hometown), for the 24th of July Manassa Pioneer Days, I got to do some family photos as well for the wonderful Atkinson family.
As some background, Manassa is a small farming town in the middle of Colorado’s southern border (you can see all 1-square-mile of it on the satellite image below). It was established by Mormon pioneers from Georgia (and a few other southern states) in about 1878 which is why they continue to celebrate Pioneer Day.
What Manassa lacks in urban amenities, it makes up for in gorgeous vistas and picturesque farmland.
For our family photo session, we first hit up an old corral on the south end of town that was a beautiful backdrop and then went a couple miles south of Manassa along one of my very favorite back roads.
It’s on this same back road that I took these two photos:
I consider it one of the most beautiful places on earth, so it seemed like a great place for family photos.
The Atkinsons were great to work with, and we had to work quickly to take advantage of the good golden hour light. And speaking of golden, their little girl’s hair was amazing. My favorite shot from the whole session was spur of the moment as she was running past me and happened to look at the camera. I snapped a quick shot, and it turned out to be my best. (It’s about halfway down the page in the gallery below.