Talented, beautiful, and possessing a personal style all her own, Kenya is an incredible young woman. I feel so lucky to have been the photographer for her senior portrait session in Denver. She’s another one of my beloved seniors from Denver School of the Arts, a theatre with major arrestingly beautiful eyes, incredible talent, and an undoubtedly bright future!
She wanted a more edgy, urban vibe for her session (perfect for her style). I’ve been wanting to explore a few areas near my north Denver Studio including all of the fantastic street art that is becoming the backdrop for a whole new vibe around the Five Points area.
After grabbing some rooftop photos at my studio (above), we headed to one of my favorite old buildings on Brighton Boulevard. Vintage brick washed in pool-blue and matching painted metal caught my eye each time I passed this truly gorgeous vintage mechanic's shop. We lucked out as it was closed and quiet on this particular Sunday… and hello? Just as perfect as I’d hoped!
[ CONTEXTUAL AFTER NOTE: I drove by here yesterday and apparently they weren’t as fond of the incredible vintage feel as I was, as they PAINTED OVER this AMAZING BLUE!! With a boring, flat new brick color! Kenya, your session is now immortalized as the one and only time this shop was used for a portrait session (at least by me)! Thank you for letting me photograph you here as I really wanted to see your eyes against that color -- and it was amazing! Such is the nature of change, I suppose, and a good reminder to SEIZE opportunities as you see them come along! ]
Moving on... Our next location: Larimer Street Graffiti!
I’ve also been craving shooting portraits with some of the incredible urban street art and graffiti of the Larimer Street area of Denver, and my goal was to try to photograph it in a slightly different way than I've seen. So we played more with finding great compositions and ways to blur, frame and highlight the juxtaposition of her style with that of the colors of each location. It was a BLAST.
Oh but first we stopped for a refreshment and I had to snap this coffee shop portrait. How I love window light!
This young woman is incredible inside and out (and I loved having her mom and sister on our shoot -- also awesome people!) I'm so lucky to have spent this time with Kenya, and can’t wait to hear about her next adventures (including being part of cast in the recent Denver School of the Arts production of Spring Awakening that just qualified as one of only 5 high schools in the nation to be performing on the mainstage at the Thespian National Convention this summer!! CONGRATULATIONS to you all!)
All the best in your next chapter, Kenya!