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Cardwell Aukerman Photography has always celebrated the uniqueness of the human spirit. We applaud those who cherish and pursue their dreams.


The Senior Session has always been about the EXPERIENCE.


The Experience:  We provide an unforgettable experience that reflects your personality and tells your story.

Our Goal: We strive to create compelling works of art that document your free spirit, your love for life, and your individualism.

What We Love: Capturing the moments of seniors being themselves and showing them how truly beautiful they are!


Cardwell Aukerman Photography only accepts a limited number of high school seniors each year in order to provide our clients with a one-of- a-kind completely customized storytelling experience.

We can't wait to create something amazing for you! 



Supermodel Session

Because your beauty is truly astounding!

The Supermodel Session is our most popular senior photography session.

We want you to feel comfortable and confident during your photo shoot, and most importantly, we want you to have a great time! That’s why we start by learning more about you in a 30-minute pre-session consultation to envision your perfect senior photo shoot.

The actual photo shoot is a 4-hour session that includes professional hair, flawless magazine-style airbrush makeup, and unlimited locations and outfits within the allotted time. We will help you choose the best look and ideal locations that make you shine!

After the photo shoot, we will schedule a 1-hour premier ordering session where we will look through your photos together and help you decide which images best capture your true beauty and unique spirit!

We can’t wait to bring out your confidence and create an unforgettable experience for you as you take this next step in life!

(no minimum)

(Please note, the session does not include digital files or printed products. 
Please contact us for product and digital information)


Because we believe you are worth it!

This is our most comprehensive senior photo shoot… And it’s the most fun! We want you to have an amazing experience full of fun, laughter, and adventure… All you have to do is relax and let us guide you through the process.

The Ultimate Style Shoot is truly the most personalized senior photography experience you can get. We will schedule a 1-hour pre-session consultation where we will meet one-on-one, relax, and get to know more about you! Then we’ll plan the perfect senior photoshoot that keeps your goals and vision in mind.

This personal photoshoot with Carol is a full 6 hours, and it includes professional hair, flawless magazine-style airbrush makeup, unlimited outfit changes, and unlimited locations. During the photoshoot, Carol or Tiffany will redo your hair and freshen your makeup whenever necessary to make sure you look fabulous for the entire 6 hours. We promise you will always look perfect during this session!

This package also provides lunch for up to three people. You decide where to eat whether you are a Durango local and have a favorite spot to eat downtown that’s full of memories, or whether you are traveling away from your hometown for this photo shoot and want to try something new.

After the photo shoot, we will schedule a deluxe 2-hour premier ordering session where we will help you decide which photos best represent the true you! Selecting your photos can be the most confusing part of a professional senior photo shoot, and we want to guide you through the process.

(Minimum Investment: $1500 Portrait Purchase)


(Please note, the session does not include digital files or printed products. 
Please contact us for product and digital information)


The Guy Session

Because simplicity is key!

This package is for the all the guys out there! We begin with a 30-minute pre-session consultation so we can plan the best possible senior photography session for you.

The photoshoot is 1.5 hours and allows for unlimited locations and wardrobe changes within the allotted time. We can photograph you in one of Durango’s beautiful natural locations or we can have a modern downtown photo shoot. You decide the best location for you.

After your photo shoot, we will schedule a 1-hour premier ordering session to help you decide which photos best capture who you are and what makes you awesome.

We can’t wait to photograph you!

(no minimum)


(Please note, the session does not include digital files or printed products. 
Please contact us for product and digital information)

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"My senior shoot was a blast! I really loved being the center of attention and being photographed in my favorite clothes. Carol is so funny and extremely easy to relate to and talk to, she’s a true professional. My pictures were fantastic. Carol never ceases to amaze me, I truly saw my personality in my photographs, and I’ve never felt so beautiful." -Katie Doughty


"Photographing with Carol and her team is truly amazing! Carol is absolutely amazing. She is spunky, witty, and funny! We get along so well and she makes posing and felling comfortable so easy! ! I loved diversity of the session.  I am absolutely blown away by my pictures and I get sooo many complements on them! Carol not only helped me recognize my outer beauty but also my inner beauty and confidence as well!" -Bridget Nistler


"I had so much fun taking my senior pictures with Carol! Carol made me feel really comfortable in front of the camera.  I love that Carol took pictures of me with my dog Coco because my puppy is very important to me.  My senior pictures are something that I have looked forward to for such a long time! Now that my turn finally came, I could not have asked for a more enjoyable experience.  The pictures are amazing!  I can hardly wait to take more pictures with Carol with my family.  I will absolutely recommend Cardwell Aukerman Photography!" -Emily Bauer 


"My experience with Cardwell Aukerman Photography has been life changing. Every photo shoot is a new adventure within itself and is super fun and thrilling.  Some of my favorite parts about the sessions was when I walked knee deep into the freezing cold animas river and splashed around while Carol laughed and took pictures of me. Another favorite memory of mine was during a model photo shoot at Purgatory  when she had a couple models and myself walk up a hill in high heels linking arms. The laughter and the struggles we all experienced walking up that hill made me laugh and made it one of my favorite memories. I felt so thrilled to have my senior pictures be done by her. The environment she provides is always so welcoming and is full of laughs and giggles during every minute.  When everything was said and done, my pictures were so beautiful and I instantly fell in love with them. The way she put the lighting and the different angles made them so unique. I would highly recommend Cardwell Aukerman to my friends.  She is such a wonderful person with such a bubbly personality that I would recommend her to everyone I know. " -Whitney Huckins


"It was so cool to work with a professional photographer like Cardwell Aukerman Photography! I’ve never done anything like this before and it has been so fun being able to work with someone as amazing as Carol! Working with Carol was amazing and her pictures are absolutely breathtaking! I would definitely recommend Cardwell Aukerman to my friends. The pictures are incredible and amazing! Cardwell did an amazing job with my pictures and I was very impressed with the quality and the overall turnout."-Callie Huckins


"I had so much fun taking photos with Carol! We were giggling and laughing the whole time, but there were also a lot of serious moments that Carol captured. We laughed a lot about how when I was changing one of my outfits during my senior session, my shirt was on backwards! Carol pointed it out while she was photographing, and we laughed about it even later when we were looking at the pictures. Carol was the sweetest too...we laughed a lot and made a lot of jokes throughout the session, and she has an amazing eye for pictures.  I had a great time and the pictures were incredible and it was awesome because my mom and I both got to choose pictures that we loved. I would definitely recommend Cardwell Aukerman to my friends, because I had such an amazing experience and I know that with Carol, they would too!"-Natalie Sewre