Redthreaded | Worth Gown in the Clocktower, Denver

Sometimes work really does just feel like play. As in, giddy, crazy fun, can’t-believe-I-get-to-do-this, PLAYTIME. Which is probably why it took so long for me to blog this session. This was too much fun to be considered work, wasn't it? Well regardless of where this falls on the work/play spectrum, I’m really proud of this session and it’s high time to share it here!

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It all started when Boulder-based seamstress and costume designer Cindy Settje, founder of the incredibly successful corset shop, Redthreaded, painstakingly recreated this fashion masterpiece by hand. Originally designed in the 1890s by the House of Worth, it is known as the Ironwork gown, and is legendary in design and historical costuming circles.

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I’ve known Cindy for a few years now, and it is my observation that this incredibly talented woman never stops creating. Ever. Watching her process, from deciding to take on this huge historic undertaking, to actually painstakingly recreating this sensational gown was extraordinary. She hand appliquéd every stitch of the black “ironwork” on the white fabric, every piece needing to ultimately line up perfectly. This was nothing short of a Herculean task. Her level of dedication, craftsmanship and the integrity she puts into every stitch inspires me to no end.

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I’ve been wanting to photograph a session in the Daniels & Fisher Clocktower here in Denver for years, and the pairing of this gown in this location could not possibly have been more perfect! Even in challenging backlight, this fabric soaked up light like a dream.

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SEE ALSO: my first collaboration with Redthreaded, with our dreamy Styled Corset Session (teaser images shown, right).

To learn more about the creator of this historical recreation Cynthia Settje, please visit Redthreaded.

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Jennifer Koskinen is an award winning Denver based portrait & theatre production photographer. Comprehensive personal branding packages and couture fashion shoots are custom styled around each client’s specific needs, and sessions are designed to be enjoyable and empowering.

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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!)

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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!