Meet Jack | Fashion meets Industrial on Senior Guy Session in Denver

My senior guy clients just plain knocked it out of the park this year. And this handsome visual artist major from the Denver School of the Arts is a great example of what I'm talking about!

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

Jack’s senior session came about as the result of a donation I made to the Denver School of the Arts big annual fundraiser and silent auction (I love meeting new clients through these auctions, AND it always feels great to give back to a school that has given so much to my son!) Working with Jack at my Cottonmill Studio location in Denver was such a blast!! You’d never know this gorgeous guy had never officially been photographed before. He was comfortable, open to direction, confident, and relaxed “on set.” As he's a fellow graphic artist, I enjoyed hearing his feedback on the photos and compositions we were creating as we went. I love a sense of collaboration when working with fellow creatives!

If you’ve been following my posts for a while, you know that one of my favorite things about this studio is the fact that it’s set on the campus of a working, industrial factory. So the grounds offer something new and different to offer on every session. This time, we got to photograph inside THE TRUCK -- the one with the opaque roof that lets all this crazy warm light in, and rolls of metal in the back. What a cool set for a one-of-a-kind set of portraits, which just seemed perfect for Jack’s style -- he looked like a high fashion male model in there to me! Moving on from there the stock yards were also full of great textures, patterns and color to complement his session.

Turns out, I learned just a few weeks ago that, sadly, this was one of my last sessions at this incredible location. The factory that owns this historic building has officially ended our lease as they need their space back. So if you see this post and love this location, I’m officially putting out a LAST CALL for booking this location. If you want a session here, let me know right away and if there’s time to fit in a session, let’s do it!

Time to discover new great locations...

I’m a Denver based high school senior portrait photographer specializing in bringing out connection, personality in the EYES by giving my clients more than just senior pictures for their yearbook -- I create an immersive and empowering experience, custom tailored around the personality and interests of each individual client. I would love to chat with you about designing an high school senior photo shoot for you!

Senior Photos on Urban Campus in Denver

There is such an abundance of talent in this generation it almost overwhelms me. Photographing these extraordinary high school seniors always leaves me feeling both humbled and inspired...

Fine Art Senior Pictures in Denver, photographer J.Koskinen, Merritt Portrait Studio

Chris is one of those young men you just KNOW is going to make a difference, no matter what he does. His confidence on the stage, in character, breakin’ it down to a beat, improvising in a comedy skit or simply in his own self reads through his eyes, his body language and the passion with which he pursues his interests (which are many).

After watching him perform over the years at Denver School of the Arts, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to be his senior photographer. The location for his senior pictures was my industrial studio in Denver… which always sounds funny as it’s so much more than just a studio….

One of the coolest things about the “campus” at which my studio resides is the never-ending change. The studio itself is in a loft above a fully functioning factory in an industrial area, and the grounds have an ever evolving life of their own (if you’ve seen a few of my sessions from here, you may already have noticed this). There are different physical attributes of this location every single time I'm there, from overstock building materials to actual construction, to a graffiti wall that is alive with color and always new -- giving each session its own, completely unique feel.

For Christopher's session, new concrete walls were curing on a large new structure under construction, creating a set of “one time only” backgrounds for his portraits. New rolls of sheet metal, construction chain link fence, a gorgeous, graffiti covered vintage train (never seen a train on our out of use train tracks!) Honestly it felt like we were on a movie set that had been designed just for us. Yeah, it was a pretty great day to be there!

The variety we captured during the session is going to make a fantastic session magazine… one of my product offerings that allows my clients to have a record of their whole session (and makes a great, affordable gift for extended family). So excited to be working on the layout as I blog this!

I’m a Denver based high school senior portrait photographer specializing in bringing out connection, personality in the EYES by giving my clients an immersive and fun photo session experience. I would love to chat with you about designing an empowering high school senior photo shoot for you!

Vintage Industrial High School Senior Pictures in Denver

Must be something about the name Maddie…

I’ve photographed several high school seniors named Madison and Maddie now, and every one has been simply wonderful, each in a different way! This adorable young woman was such a joy to work with -- my favorite thing a photo session filled with genuine laughter.

For this Maddie's senior pictures, we photographed on location at my industrial studio in southwest Denver. For those of you who have been following my work, this is my super unique studio located at a working historic factory building -- so her session had a natural, vintage / urban vibe. Don't you just love how this rugged backdrop highlights her stunning smile and spectacular blue eyes?!

It was a blast having her sister and mom along for her senior portrait experience. I know some photographers don’t like this, but I personally LOVE when a family member (or two) can join seniors for their session -- not only is it fun for parents (and a sibling) to witness this fun experience, but they often crack up their seniors during the session, and as a result I get to capture the kind of authentic expression that only the perhaps-slightly-embarrassing comment from a loved one can elicit (trust me, it’s worth it for shots like these). Plus I do like to include them in a few photos if they're game!

Huge thanks to my awesome makeup artist for this session, Ashleigh Franke, Beauty by Ashleigh

I'm a Denver based high school senior portrait photographer who specializes in bringing out connection and personality and my clients' EYES. I do this by giving them an immersive and fun photo session experience -- trust me -- this will be so much more enjoyable than traditional pictures! I'd love to chat with you about designing a high school senior photo shoot for you!

High School Senior Pictures at Industrial Studio in Denver

What can I tell you about photographing this amazing young woman that you won’t see for yourself in the photos from this session? Maybe just how much I ADORE this talented, kind, brilliant and beautiful human!! I could hang out with and photograph Maddie's positive energy, bubbly personality and gorgeous humanity all day long (and nearly did!)

maddie senior pictures traintracks denver

Maddie and I (and her awesome mom, and my son who is becoming such a fantastic assistant on these portrait shoots!) all had a blast photographing her senior portrait session on location in my vintage industrial studio. This unique (and REALLY fun for seniors) studio is located in a factory/industrial complex just south of downtown Denver.

One of the things that makes this studio so interesting is that it's actually a working factory during the week, so there are always new piles of photographically interesting materials to explore as backdrops. And that doesn’t even count the changing natural light pouring in through old windows and vintage glass at different times of day and year. I get so excited walking around with my clients -- the variety allows me to create photos which remain as unique as the person I’m photographing.

I’m telling you, I’m the luckiest girl in the world -- both to get to know amazing people like this AND to get to make them feel this way during their photo sessions! It's an understatement to say that I adore my high school senior clients -- I always end the session feeling like I have a new friend -- someone I wish wonderful things for in their future!

DREAM BIG, beautiful girl... I am so happy to know you and I can't wait to see where you go with your life!!

I’m SO EXCITED to be booking Class of 2016 senior portrait sessions in Denver already! If you or your soon-to-be high school senior kiddo would like to discuss pictures, please drop me a line!

Let’s set up a complimentary consultation and/or book a session to create senior pictures you and your family will treasure for the rest of your life!