The Senior Portrait Experience | Magazine

Welcome, Class of 2018 (upcoming) SENIORS!!

(or, Welcome, Class of 2017 senior who is about to graduate and missed out on wonderful senior pictures and still wants to book an amazing, once in a lifetime portrait session before heading to college!!)

I'm excited to share this magazine which I designed to visually walk you through the process of the senior picture experience in a bit more depth. We'll discuss all of this in person at your consultation. I hope this provides some inspiration for things you want to try in your senior portrait session. In it, you'll find ideas for locations, styling, a bit more on how the process works, and lots of pictures to get you excited to tell YOUR story.

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Hopefully if you're reading this we've already set up your consult, but if you've found this post on your own and would like to know more, please click this link to drop me an email:

Or call me at 970.708.2065, and let me know a good time to reach you! Let's grab a coffee and you can tell me how YOU imagine your senior pictures.

I'm so excited to start our creative collaboration to celebrate your senior year with artful portraits!!

Cheers,
Jennifer

Class of 2018: WHAT?! It's YOUR TURN for Senior Pictures!!

As everyone who knows me is aware, this class has a special place in my heart: my son is in this class! Which means I’ve watched these kids grow from round little toddlers, through awkward middle school years, into the soulful, fascinating, filled-with-potential upperclass high school students that they are now. I love these people. They inspire me, they make me laugh, their collective wisdom, creativity and talent astounds me, and their aspirations for their world give me hope.

HOW DO YOU WANT TO TELL YOUR STORY?

Now Booking High School Senior Portrait Story Sessions for Class of 2018 in the Denver area. How will you tell YOUR story?

So... YOU GUYS, CLASS of ‘18, I’m talking to YOU:

I'm super excited for you all, and it would be such an honor to work with you guys! I've got fresh new ideas, interesting locations to check out, and I can’t wait to hear YOUR ideas for senior pictures to celebrate your style, interests and personality.

I'd love nothing more than to bring your dream senior portrait session to life.

And if you don’t know where to start, that’s ok! We’ll sit together long before your session and design the details together over a coffee or tea. Every part of this process should be super fun: the consult, the prep (new clothes?), the photo session itself, the reveal of your proofs (which you'll see as big, gorgeous PRINTS!), and the final story-telling products if you decide to invest.

With past seniors I've explored locations far and wide -- from the graffiti covered streets of downtown Denver, to mountain trails, to wilderness preserves, vintage buildings, Botanic Gardens and other destinations and locations far and wide, including an incredible geological treasure hidden in the plains near Colorado Springs.

THE SENIOR PORTRAIT EXPERIENCE:

The Senior Portrait Experience - check out Josette's "Sex & the City" inspired fashion story photo session in downtown Denver with photographer Jennifer Koskinen, Merritt Portrait Studio

And so here we are, and it's time to announce it officially:

THE SUMMER / FALL CALENDAR is OPEN and NOW BOOKING upcoming Senior Pictures in Denver!!

Booking early gives us plenty of time to plan your session, secure any necessary shooting permits or book space and/or makeup artists. It also allows for preparation time of your printed proofs, and turnaround time for your order. And importantly, it gives you time to reschedule comfortably in the case of severely inclement weather (doesn't happen often, but good to be prepared!)

Booking early is especially important if you want a late summer or early fall session. These will book first and once they’re gone, as much as I’d like to be able to bend the space-time continuum, at present, I’m still bound by the laws of physics. Every year it kills me when I have to turn down late booking inquiries because all remaining space is filled.

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INTERESTED IN BOOKING?

Great! I can't tell you how excited I am to work with you!!

If you're definitely ready to book or if you would like to set up a consultation, click the link below to send me an email.

Please include parent/guardian's name, senior's name and high school, phone numbers, a note saying you saw this blog post and that you're ready to set up a consultation or ready to book. If you have a preferred window for your session, please feel free to include that as well.

As a special reward for my early actors, if you decide to book by May 1 (with $150 deposit) and mention that you saw this post, I’m offering a BONUS print credit of $50 which can be applied to your final storytelling portrait order!

SESSION INFO:

Senior Style Guide HOT 100 Award Winning Senior Photo | Merritt Portrait Studio

Senior Style Guide HOT 100 Award Winning Senior Photo | Merritt Portrait Studio

OK... now it's your turn! Tell me: how can I help you tell YOUR story?  I can't wait to speak with you!!

Jennifer c: 970.708.2065

 

AWARDS | HOT OFF THE PRESS:

Merritt Portrait Studio was recently awarded status as a nationwide HOT 100 SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER by Senior Style Guide.

Denver Voters also awarded Top 10 status for the past 2 years in a row with DENVER'S A-LIST for Portrait Photography.

 

ABOUT JENNIFER:  I’m a Denver based high school senior portrait photographer specializing in bringing out connection, personality in the eyes of my clients. I strive to do far more than just take senior pictures for yearbook, instead my focus is on storytelling with pictures. In collaboration with each client I design an immersive and empowering portrait experience, custom tailored around the personality, style and interests of each awesome senior. Let’s grab a coffee and chat about designing an amazing high school senior photo shoot for you!

We Just Had To | 2nd Annual Spring Blossom Portrait Fun!

I mean, we didn’t really have a choice, did we?

I think of this as his "Stephen Colbert face" -- pure ridiculous and full of joy

I think of this as his "Stephen Colbert face" -- pure ridiculous and full of joy

Last year’s flower photo session with my son was such a blast, and with the threat of snow in the forecast, it didn’t take too much arm twisting to get Gabe to model for me again this year. I didn't even have to bribe him with pizza this time.

When we first arrived, he posed for a few artful and more cinematic feeling photos.

I should note there were about 400 people arriving as we started, drinking beer and setting up for sporting events right behind us. Gabe just did his thing as if they weren't even there. The focus of an actor...

And then it was time for him to just be a boy. The "personality" shots... all him.

And a few more... a touch less ridiculous... a little closer in...

The conditions were the incredibly similar to our cherry-blossom-play-time last year, but I tested out a few different lenses out there this year. My normal go to lens is out of commission at the moment, and I'm actually enjoying testing the limits of two other lenses I've had but not used as much. I quite love them! Always learning...

Gabe even snapped a few shots of me -- he's got a fantastic eye!

Creative Outdoor Portraits in Denver in Natural Light. Photographer Jennifer Koskinen

If you missed last year’s post it was equally silly, creatively inspiring and totally fun. HERE it is if you'd like to see! Man... I just realized this kid of mine is going to be needing his high school senior pictures this upcoming season!!

Despite the "snow" (which wasn't as big a deal as predicted), there's still color out there with which to play. If YOU would like some creative spring flower portraits -- buzz me asap!

This incredible wonder of nature in the city will go quickly and is a spectacular backdrop for child, family or personal fine art portraits!! I'd love to photograph YOU out here before it's all gone!

Gorgeous, Geological Location for Unique Senior Pictures

For 55 million years these selenite clay and sandstone spire formations have been evolving and eroding in a magical, little known and remote location east of Colorado Springs.

Senior Pictures Colorado location with Denver photographer Merritt Portrait Studio

Nestled just out of site, below the windy prairie, this geological treasure of a location was mined by natives over 5,000 years ago for the chromatic characteristics found in the pink, yellow and purple hues. This spot is now known as the Painted Mines, and one glimpse lets you know immediately that you’re someplace special. Rich in geological and archeological history, this place is hauntingly beautiful and an incredible location for a hike… or for unique photos.

I’ve been wanting to visit this amazing place and do a photo session here since learning about it a few years ago.

So... when Hannah said she wanted something different, specifically something that not everyone else would have for the location of her high school senior pictures, this was one of the first locations that popped into my mind.

I was THRILLED when she said she loved the idea!

And Hannah…

Oh man... this incredible girl is a force of nature herself, a unique and extraordinary human. She’s a survivor: a fiercely intelligent, talented, strong, kind, generous and beautiful young woman with an infectious laugh and grounded spirit of individualism that inspires me deeply.

Hannah’s gorgeous, deep blue eyes and dark hair, beautifully moved by gentle gusts of “model hair wind,” were stunning in this setting. The contrast of her striking look against this surreal geology was almost overwhelming for me as a photographer (seriously, I kept laughing when I’d look into the camera because it was all so incredible)!!

This naturally unique location was an absolute joy to explore together for this senior session. Overwhelming geological history calls out from the rich layers of undulating surfaces, leaving its mark of chalky dust if you touch the soft canyon walls. And the natural light is amazing -- bouncing everywhere with a color that is completely surreal.

Photographing for hours, we wandered happily to the sound of our laughter echoing off the canyon walls, catching glimpses of wildlife scattering by, from huge jackrabbits underfoot to soaring hawks overhead. And we breathed the scent of ancient clay dust and distant rain on the wind. It was a decidedly magical afternoon playing out there together for her photo session, well worth the extra drive.

a few final behind the scenes photos from our incredible session day!

a few final behind the scenes photos from our incredible session day!

As you can hopefully tell, it was a dream for my son and I to be out there photographing Hannah. Her session also made for an absolutely gorgeous storytelling Fine Art Album, my favorite new way to tell a story like this that families can keep forever.

And as with all of my most-incredible-senior-clients-ever, I’m crazy excited to see where this amazing young woman goes next!!

Now accepting bookings for Class of 2018 High School Senior portrait sessions. Summer and fall sessions will book up quickly, so contact me now (link above) if you'd like to set up a consultation!

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER: I’m a Denver based high school senior portrait photographer specializing in bringing out connection, personality in the eyes of my clients. I strive to do far more than just take senior pictures for yearbook, instead my focus is on storytelling with pictures. In collaboration with each client I design an immersive and empowering portrait experience, custom tailored around the personality, style and interests of each awesome senior. Let’s grab a coffee and chat about designing an amazing high school senior photo shoot for you!

"Sex and The City" Fashion Themed Senior Pictures in Denver

Gah!! This downtown senior session was crazy satisfying and so much FUN!! For starters, this amazing high school senior told me she wanted a stylish, urban, Carrie Bradshaw themed senior session -- what a dream this was for me! 

Urban Senior Pictures in Denver with Denver photographer J. Koskinen, Merritt Portrait Studio

I watched every episode of Sex & The City as they aired in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, so this request was right up my alley in every way. AND she arrived with a rolling suitcase (perfect!) and completely prepared to carry out her entire vision.

PLUS… It's Josette. I mean, this girl ROCKS. Absolutely gorgeous, to be sure, but she's also bright, passionate, talented, incredibly present when talking with you. She positively owns her strengths and lights up when she talks excitedly about them (she also hilariously owns her dislikes… Ask her how she feels about math sometime… It's kind of adorable, and I’m honestly a little envious of her ownership of this, too).

We headed to a different part of downtown Denver for her senior photo session, seeking a more metropolitan-Manhattan vibe than I find in most of my more traditionally “go-to” parts of our little metropolis. Anyone who watched Sex & The City knows that NYC was the fifth character of the show -- Carrie even referred to it as her “boyfriend.” So to capture the feeling of the history of our city felt critical to really capturing the vibe she wanted for her pictures.

Everything she brought, from the red and pink tulle skirts (which she found just for her senior pictures) to the leather pants and jacket, to the dripping pearls -- it was all PERFECT in the urban setting (and watching her enjoy crossing the street in the giant red tulle skirt was a blast!). I just love the juxtaposition of old and gritty, with her feminine and stylish wardrobe. FABULOUS. This girl has STYLE and capturing her light was a blast. Girl, making this kind of art out of senior pictures is infinitely fun!

I'm thrilled to know you, Josette, and can't wait to see where you go next with your talent and passion!

 

SENIOR PICTURE SEASON IS NOW BOOKING : Class of 2018, you're next!!

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER: I’m a fun-loving Denver high school senior portrait photographer specializing in bringing out connection, personality in the eyes of my clients. I strive to do far more than just take senior pictures for yearbook, instead my focus is on storytelling with pictures. In collaboration with each client I design an immersive and empowering portrait experience, custom tailored around the personality, style and interests of each awesome senior. Let’s grab a coffee and chat about designing an amazing high school senior photo shoot for you!