John | Colorado Springs Senior Photography | Widefield High School

John was my first senior student that I had the privilege of working with this season, and he was a fantastic student to start with! I really really enjoyed getting to meet and talk to John, who is a student at Widefield High School. I love how he incorporated his professional side, as well as his athletic side. It’s fun to have students who dress up and look like they are already ready to go into the business world. John was also one of the kindest and sweet seniors that I have worked with.

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Colorado Spring Senior Photography

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John went from pose to pose with ease, and I loved it when his natural smile would come through. In talking with John, I learned about his hopes and dreams for the future and how much he cares for his school and friends. I am sure that his senior year will be unforgettable. After school, he is looking to study either accounting or possibly get into Personal Training, both of which I could see him excelling at easily.

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I am so glad that John also chose to bring his Varisty jacket with him. I love when students in general incorporate the hobbies, sports, or activities that they are a part of because they often times help to shape the student into the person that they are. For John, this was no different. He attributes much motivation, encouragement, and friendships through him being involved in sports. John is a part of the cross-country, track and field, and wresting teams.

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I am so glad that I had the opportunity to meet and work with John. I wish him all the best in his senior year and many new adventures in his future! In his senior questionnaire, he wanted to give a special thanks to his mom, stepdad, and grandparents. There is no doubt that with such a loving support system, that John will go on to do many amazing things and meet many new friends along his journey.

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And these are some of my favorite of John - sitting on the picnic table with all of the green foliage around him. It was the perfect day and setting for senior photos, we even got Pikes Peak in some of them!

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Grand Rapids, Michigan Senior Photography | Darren Senior Session | Sparta High School

This summer has been a busy one, for sure! In the span of the last 3 months, I have left my day job working at the local university, traveled to Italy and Michigan, and have started to create the life that I have pictured for quite a while.

During my travels to Michigan, I had the privilege of taking senior photos for my cousin, Darren. I can’t believe that he is going to be a senior this year! Of all of the grandchildren on my mom’s side of the family, he is the youngest, so it seems that we are now all grown up and moving on to the next stage in life.

I really enjoyed taking photos for Darren because I am really proud of the person that he has become and am excited for him in his future endeavors. We started the session at the high school to celebrate first all of the sports that he enjoys playing and the fact that being a part of the football and rugby teams has played a huge part of his life. This also took my down memory lane, as I also went to Sparta High School, but he is in a much newer building than I ever was!

Stacy Carosa Photography Grand Rapids Michigan Senior Photography | Michigan Senior Photographer | Sparta High School Senior
Stacy Carosa Photography Grand Rapids Michigan Senior Photography | Michigan Senior Photographer | Sparta High School Senior

Sparta High School Senior Photos - Sports

Stacy Carosa Photography Grand Rapids Michigan Senior Photography | Michigan Senior Photographer | Sparta High School Senior
Stacy Carosa Photography Grand Rapids Michigan Senior Photography | Michigan Senior Photographer | Sparta High School Senior
Stacy Carosa Photography Grand Rapids Michigan Senior Photography | Michigan Senior Photographer | Sparta High School Senior
Stacy Carosa Photography Grand Rapids Michigan Senior Photography | Michigan Senior Photographer | Sparta High School Senior
Stacy Carosa Photography Grand Rapids Michigan Senior Photography | Michigan Senior Photographer | Sparta High School Senior
Stacy Carosa Photography Grand Rapids Michigan Senior Photography | Michigan Senior Photographer | Sparta High School Senior
Stacy Carosa Photography Grand Rapids Michigan Senior Photography | Michigan Senior Photographer | Sparta High School Senior

After being at the high school for some photos, we went to downtown Grand Rapids to take the rest of his photos. I loved this setting because Darren is looking to go to college of Engineering.He is unsure which kind of Engineering yet, but Engineering nonetheless. I am very excited for him, as this is a lucrative career and one that I know he will work really hard at doing well in. There are so many school options, so once he does choose a university, he will definitely take flight and learn so much in his new line of academia.

Stacy Carosa Photography Grand Rapids Michigan Senior Photography | Michigan Senior Photographer | Sparta High School Senior
Stacy Carosa Photography Grand Rapids Michigan Senior Photography | Michigan Senior Photographer | Sparta High School Senior
Stacy Carosa Photography Grand Rapids Michigan Senior Photography | Michigan Senior Photographer | Sparta High School Senior
Stacy Carosa Photography Grand Rapids Michigan Senior Photography | Michigan Senior Photographer | Sparta High School Senior
Stacy Carosa Photography Grand Rapids Michigan Senior Photography | Michigan Senior Photographer | Sparta High School Senior
Stacy Carosa Photography Grand Rapids Michigan Senior Photography | Michigan Senior Photographer | Sparta High School Senior
Stacy Carosa Photography Grand Rapids Michigan Senior Photography | Michigan Senior Photographer | Sparta High School Senior

I think that is one of my favorite parts of being a Colorado and Michigan Senior Photography, is that I get to meet all of these pretty amazing students and hear about all of their plans for the future. That was always my favorite part about teaching too, to help guide students towards choosing their life path after high school. It is a big decision, and yet one that doesn’t have to be so planned because things can also change, but overall, the idea is to have the student’s interest be piqued and their hopes and ambitions help to lead them onto a path that they are proud of themselves for taking.

I hope all of this and more for Darren. I hope that my once little cousin makes himself proud of the things that he intends to accomplish both in high senior year and in college. No matter where he chooses, he will be a great addition to that university and their Engineering program. I am so glad that I was able to help commemorate this time in his life. I can’t wait to work with more students, especially some more from Michigan too!

Stacy Carosa Photography Grand Rapids Michigan Senior Photography | Michigan Senior Photographer | Sparta High School Senior
Stacy Carosa Photography Grand Rapids Michigan Senior Photography | Michigan Senior Photographer | Sparta High School Senior
Stacy Carosa Photography Grand Rapids Michigan Senior Photography | Michigan Senior Photographer | Sparta High School Senior
Stacy Carosa Photography Grand Rapids Michigan Senior Photography | Michigan Senior Photographer | Sparta High School Senior
Stacy Carosa Photography Grand Rapids Michigan Senior Photography | Michigan Senior Photographer | Sparta High School Senior
Stacy Carosa Photography Grand Rapids Michigan Senior Photography | Michigan Senior Photographer | Sparta High School Senior

I love that we went to this blue and white bridge (I can’t remember the name of it, but I am sure it is probably important in Grand Rapids) and it was perfect because it is the school colors for Sparta High School. We also really liked this spot because of the industrial feel to the photos that we were able to create. As a future Engineering student, the structure of buildings and was the perfect setting, not to mention that the lighting was gorgeous that morning.

Stacy Carosa Photography Grand Rapids Michigan Senior Photography | Michigan Senior Photographer | Sparta High School Senior
Stacy Carosa Photography Grand Rapids Michigan Senior Photography | Michigan Senior Photographer | Sparta High School Senior
Stacy Carosa Photography Grand Rapids Michigan Senior Photography | Michigan Senior Photographer | Sparta High School Senior
Stacy Carosa Photography Grand Rapids Michigan Senior Photography | Michigan Senior Photographer | Sparta High School Senior
Stacy Carosa Photography Grand Rapids Michigan Senior Photography | Michigan Senior Photographer | Sparta High School Senior
Stacy Carosa Photography Grand Rapids Michigan Senior Photography | Michigan Senior Photographer | Sparta High School Senior
Stacy Carosa Photography Grand Rapids Michigan Senior Photography | Michigan Senior Photographer | Sparta High School Senior
Stacy Carosa Photography Grand Rapids Michigan Senior Photography | Michigan Senior Photographer | Sparta High School Senior

This last picture is one of my favorites!

Stacy Carosa Photography Grand Rapids Michigan Senior Photography | Michigan Senior Photographer | Sparta High School Senior

Staying True to You | Colorado Springs Photographer & Coach

Staying True to You | Colorado Springs Photographer & Coach

As many of us embark on reaching goals for the new year, what seems to come up for you? Is it instant excitement and focus to get what needs to done, done? Or is it more like, where you sit at the table, couch, or desk and stare blankly at your goals wondering, “how the hell am I actually going to accomplish this?” I am definitely in the latter, and even more so, I find that sometimes my goals or the ways that I plan on trying to reach my goals doesn’t always fit with who I am, but I am rather trying to do it in a way that everyone else is doing it because it looks and sounds good. Let’s explore what comes up for you and how you can stay true to who you are in the process.

Jacob senior session | Colorado Springs Senior Photography | Cheyenne Canyon

I had the privilege of meeting Jacob and his family in Cheyenne Canyon for his senior photos. We started near Helen Hunt Falls and worked our way up to Gold Camp Road where the road runs through the rocks. We ended at a section of Cheyenne Canyon where we had access to some of the running water from the creek and a stone bridge. Jacob was fun to work with. As the session continued on, we chatted more about some of his goals for the future, and is was easy to tell that he was adventurous - which is how I imagine him to continue on in his future.

Colorado Springs Senior Photography | Widefield High School senior session in Cheyenne Canyon | Stacy Carosa Photography | Colorado Springs Senior Photographer

Two things that stuck out to me about Jacob was his passion for playing in band and his career goals. He is planning on joining the military to follow in the footsteps of his dad, a person that he truly admires. Throughout his senior questionnaire, Jacob mentions the military often and his desire to travel the world. I think these two things together will bring him many great experiences and opportunities to do just that, adventure and explore the world in a variety of ways. In regards to band, one of his favorite memories in high school was going to his first marching band competition and performing.

Colorado Springs Senior Photography | Widefield High School senior session in Cheyenne Canyon | Stacy Carosa Photography | Colorado Springs Senior Photographer

Some of Jacob’s best advise to other students in high school is to be proud of who you are and brush it off if someone is picking on you for being different. This is such good wisdom, for really anyone of any age. He would also tell his peers to turn in their school work, that even though it can be tough at times, they can still do it. With an attitude like that, I can see how Jacob will be successful in staying true to who he is, move forward with confidence, and knows what work needs to be done to reach his goals. He thanks his family for helping to shape him into the person that he is today. Jacob has such a great spirit and his outlook on life will help him go far.

Colorado Springs Senior Photography | Widefield High School senior session in Cheyenne Canyon | Stacy Carosa Photography | Colorado Springs Senior Photographer

I loved how Jacob climbed and walked around among the trees. He loved the new perspective of his surroundings, and it was fun to work with a senior who was adventurous and appreciative of the things around him. I can’t wait for him to take hold of all of life’s opportunities ahead of him!

Colorado Springs Senior Photography | Widefield High School senior session in Cheyenne Canyon | Stacy Carosa Photography | Colorado Springs Senior Photographer

New Year Declarations | Colorado Springs Photography

New Year Declarations | Colorado Springs Photography

What comes to mind when you think of the New Year? Many will think about resolutions, but those haven’t worked for me too well in the past. Instead, I have been reflecting on the things that I would like to embrace and the things that I would like to change to help me grow both in my business and in my life. What will you do today that will bring magic into your tomorrow?

Colorado Springs Senior Photography | Aurora Senior Session | Cheyenne Mountain High School

Colorado Springs Senior Photography | Aurora Senior Session | Cheyenne Mountain High School

Even thought we only met for a mini session to get headshots, those few minutes were so much fun to work with Aurora. She is not only going to be a senior, but she is also going to be a part of the Miss Teen Colorado pageant this fall! I am cheering her on in this new adventure, and there are sure to be many more to come her way in the future!