Meet Annika | Playground Garden Senior Portraits in Denver

Annika... one of my boy's first friends in 6th grade...


Allow me to start by saying that I adore this young woman. I have adored her since knowing her as a precocious, hilarious and strong young middle schooler. She has always possessed a keen sense of comedic timing, immeasurable talent, and the kind of grounded, fiercely independent strength that you know will drive her to all kinds of interesting places in life. An actor, friend and beautiful young woman, she’s got it going on.

I had always pictured her wanting an edgy urban session so it was unexpected when we met for her consultation and she revealed that she wanted to do her senior session in the gardens at her old elementary school. She wanted to revisit who she was through the lens of who she is now. Being a senior is full of different kinds of nostalgia for different people, and what a wonderful opportunity senior photos are to explore where you’ve been as a diving board for jumping into the unknown.

And out of this very personal desire, a warm and fun photographic story was born as we discovered different sides of Annika’s personality amidst the sunflowers and summer light.

And then there's silly Annika... still so beautiful.

A few months ago when I was chatting with Annika about plans for what's next, she answered that she was “ready to be scared again.” I love that.

Here’s to that attitude of bravery and bold choices as the perfect approach to graduation. And life, really. Cheers to honoring where you’ve been and boldly writing new chapters into the unknown. What an exciting time to be a high school senior.

Annika… Gabe and I are thrilled to know you (and your family!)

NOW BOOKING Senior Portrait Sessions for CLASS of 2019! Session times are booking quickly so don't wait (sessions are first come first serve, currently booking summer and fall photoshoots).

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER: I’m a fun-loving, Award Winning Denver high school senior portrait photographer specializing in bringing out connection and personality in the eyes of my clients. I strive to do more than just take senior pictures for yearbook. Instead my focus is on creating an unforgettable experience. Together we are telling a part of your story with pictures. I collaborate with each of my clients to design an immersive and empowering portrait experience, custom tailored around his or her personality, style and interests. I’d love to tell a high school senior story about YOU. Let’s grab a coffee and chat about designing an amazing high school senior photo shoot for you!

Maya | Senior Pictures with Pure Urban Joy

It’s the relationship building part of what I do that I think I love most of all. The opportunity to meet people with whom I might not ever otherwise cross paths. My camera takes me places and introduces me to bright, interesting people of all ages and walks of life. I’m constantly reminded by my clients of how many incredible people there are in the world (and that reminder of the GOOD of humanity goes a long way to fill my soul, especially these days!) The high school seniors I get to work with seriously blow my mind with talent, kindness and generosity, and they fill me a sense that our future is going to be in good hands.

Natural, urban Senior Pictures Denver, photographer J. Koskinen, Merritt Portrait Studio

Maya was among the first of this past season’s amazing humans. From the first moments of our photo consultation, I absolutely adored this intelligent, radiant young woman. I try not to blow my “cool” (if I even have any!) especially in front of people I’ve just met, but I honestly I almost jumped with joy when she and her mom looked at each other and said, “let's do it!” at the end of our consult! This young woman’s warm personality is the epitome of endearing: joyful, wise, grounded, adorable and positive.

Not surprisingly, it was such a pleasure it was to spend time with her on her photo shoot, wandering around the area near the Denver Art Museum in downtown. I’m not exaggerating to say that if I was given the chance, I’d photograph her every day! She has a completely infectious giggle, and we all had more and more fun the longer we photographed her senior session. Watching people warm up to being in front of my camera is always deeply satisfying for me. Maya’s grounded, joyful glow started brightly, and was nearly blinding by the end, in such a beautiful way. I don’t think I stopped smiling for days after her session.

It was one of those perfect days working together. Beautiful, flattering light everywhere we went, inspiring location and wonderful people. Man, I am so lucky to have the honor to photograph so many wonderful humans!

Natural, happy senior pictures, photographer J. Koskinen, Merritt Portrait Studio

Oh man I still can't look at this last photo without smiling! Thank you Maya for lighting up the world with your bright spirit and joyful smile!


ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER: I’m a fun-loving Denver 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. 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!