I'm so happy you've found me! Turns out, I was born to work with people in this way; to design space* for my clients to feel amazing and give them an experience that goes beyond just creating beautiful portraits...
It’s my love of people -- our stories, our challenges, our stumbles and our triumphs -- that makes me feel so connected to my work as a portrait photographer.
That... and the fact that I see beauty. Everywhere. In people. In the light. In shadows. Seriously, I can't turn it off. My point is this: my superpower is in seeing you and helping you find your radiance. Together we will capture the best portraits you've ever seen of yourself. And you'll love being reminded of how gorgeous you are through this one of a kind portrait experience. I'd love the opportunity to SHOW you what I mean...
THIS is why I love what I do... and this is WHY I want to work with YOU.
* for the length of a masters degree in architecture and 10 years working in the field of architecture, I interpreted my mission of “designing space” to mean something else entirely. My time as an architectural designer was an incredible experience which informs my approach to composition, light and the art of photography to this day.
Jennifer Merritt Koskinen is an Award Winning Portrait Photographer based in Denver Colorado. She is also an internationally published architectural and theatrical production photographer, a former architectural designer, a mountain-girl / urban enthusiast, a wanna-be theoretical physicist, and an AVID tree-hugger.
Most proudly known as “Gabe’s mom” for the past decade and a half.
Jennifer M Koskinen | Photographer
Merritt Portrait Studio + Merritt Design Photo
c: (970) 708.2065 (NOTE: if you leave a message and don't hear back right away, please drop me an email as I am often out with clients for business hours and can get back to you via email to arrange a phone call)
e: firstname.lastname@example.org (click below)
awards + honors
2016 HOT 100 WINNER
10th place in Black & White category of Senior Style Guide (out of 7,012 entries from all over the world)
THANK YOU to all of my amazing clients, friends and family who took the time to vote and leave wonderful, soulful comments on Denver's A-list...
Merritt Portrait Studio made the TOP 5 (out of 137 nominated photographers) for BEST PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY, 2016!!
fine art prints [ landscape | urban | iphone ]
I'm asked often about camera gear, and I absolutely LOVE my Canon 5D MkII (and backup original Canon 5D).
But I'm also a super enthusiastic iPhone camera lover! I've been instagramming (@merrittphoto) what has become an almost daily visual journal since Jan 2011. Documenting daily keeps my compositional skills sharp... and I love it!
You can find my collection of Fine Art prints (landscape, urban and more) in my FINE ART PRINT GALLERY where prints are available for purchase.
take a glimpse behind the scenes on a shoot with jennifer:
in case you're curious...
HOW did I go from a career in ARCHITECTURE to becoming a PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER?
’93 | Bachelor Arts, Colgate University [ Art + Art History ]
’96 | Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania
’97-’04 | Architectural design work in Telluride, CO + Taos, NM
’04 | Merritt Design is founded [ originally as a freelance architectural design firm ]
’04-’05 | First landscape photographs are shown in galleries and event photos are published, and the evolution into Merritt Design Photo begins
’09 | Merritt Design Photo expands to Denver market [ initially as architectural photographer ]
’12 | Discovered my true life's mission and passionate LOVE of empowering clients through the portrait experience