Meet Kris | Rockin' the Personal Branding Portrait Session in Denver

Those eyes... seriously, I mean... just look at THOSE EYES!!

( pardon my momentary brown-eyed-girl eye-color envy... but can you blame me? )

I'll get to the purpose of this session in a moment, but first, let me transition from eye-color envy to a quick shout-out to LAUGHTER. One of my favorite things in sessions lately is a moment when, partway through a session (almost predictably now) my client laughs in response to my -- how shall I say -- “overly excited” joy and direction with a remark along the lines of, “Wow! You really do enjoy this, don’t you!”

It's one of those moments that always makes me realize that I've once again lost myself in the sheer joy of what I'm seeing through my lens. And yes, I do realize this means my client is laughing AT me, but …  if we're all having fun, we get great photos... so... I have no plans to hold back my joy any time soon!

OK, laughter aside, this particular session was, in fact, an expanded professional headshot session -- part of my line of Personal Branding Portrait Sessions.

Professional and business headshots and portraits aren't the stuffy, traditional "sit in chair and smile against a backdrop" painful occasions they used to be. These sessions can be full of personality, style, and should reflect your level of approach-ability. This is a golden opportunity to define YOUR brand -- to create your own visual calling card. It's an enormously powerful tool in our short attention span world of social media. As we all know, often that first impression is all you get.

This session was EXTRA fun, because, well, that’s how this woman rolls. Kris commissioned me with the goal of refreshing her professional branding images with a new aesthetic for her real estate business, Dreams by Davis (check her out -- you KNOW you want to work with her!)

During her consultation, we designed and styled her session to bring out her absolutely gorgeous eye color and create a set of photographs she could work with easily to be complemented with text and in different contexts within her business' marketing materials (she also has a graphic design background).

And yeah, that’s a lot of business talk for what was really just a TON of FUN. Mostly we laughed. A lot. Which I believe translates into a sense of joy, approach-ability, and confidence in her photos. I mean, don’t you just want to work with this gorgeous and fun-loving woman?? Can’t you just SEE how much fun she would be as a collaborative partner on a sale?

We had plans to take this session “on the road,” but we ended up having such a great time on location at my portrait studio in Denver that we never felt the need to leave. Thankfully, the studio affords quite a bit of flexibility -- and that rooftop is just too much fun for portrait work, especially for a rockin’ client with a hip, graphic design sensibility.

What a blast it is to be offering these highly personal, couture portrait branding sessions as a more extensive and incredibly customized way for people to expand their digital presence beyond the traditional corporate headshot. To be able to refresh your image with a series of multiple photos that have a style and communicate your brand consistently is an incredibly powerful business tool. The feedback I’m receiving is that it’s WELL worth the investment. Plus, it’s just plain fun!

Finally, I have a talented team of makeup artists to get you “camera ready” (being camera ready is nearly as much about how you FEEL as it is about how you look! ) Adding a makeover to your session will relax you, give me time to plan your wardrobe with our set/location options, and it sets the mood and tone for your photoshoot. It will help you FEEL pampered, prepared, and is a beautiful part of this whole experience. It’s not required, but I do recommend if you have any hesitation about having your photos taken that working with my stylists will be a huge added value to your experience and final resulting photographs!

Hair & Makeup | Sara Duffey

Location | The Studio Denver

Photography | Jennifer Koskinen | Merritt Portrait Studio

I’m a Denver based professional portrait photographer specializing in drawing out personality and highlighting my clients’ EYES; we will be creating images that are far more than just headshots. Your personal branding session will be styled around YOU, and will be an immersive, fun and empowering experience. I would love to chat with you about designing a couture professional branding session for you!

Actor Headshots and Portfolio on Denver Rooftop

What can I say about this amazing young man…


Mateo is a truly unique and talented human. An extraordinarily talented actor; a kind and compassionate advocate for others, a wonderful son (I adore his parents, so I’ve got the inside scoop there) and an incredibly fun person to share space with. He has an intensity (which he totally brought to his actor headshot session), which is balanced by a comedic side which is quirky, different, and delightful. Can you tell I adore him?

His actor/model headshot/portrait session was a blast, located at my studio just north of downtown Denver. Our goal was to produce this set of photographs for his actor portfolio and for talent agents. I just love sessions like this that include varied styling and types of photos (headshots, full body photos) as goals.

We grabbed the opportunity of this perfectly -- and dramatically -- overcast day to explore the urban rooftop landscape above my RiNo/Globeville studio. This summer has been more full than usual of cloudy, moody days in Denver -- a fact that has not been without its logistical challenges (“to postpone or not to postpone” has been the hallmark question of this summer, amidst hail, torrential flooding and tornado warnings. Turns out, tornadoes don’t make for particularly good headshot conditions). But I have to admit, the clouds have been just dreamy for portrait work, and you’ll never hear me complaining about the rain, especially after 18 years living in the West!

Mateo has a wonderful and unique sense of personal style -- I was definitely feeling male-fashion-inspired on this shoot. As a big fan of contrast in photos, the juxtaposition of his tailored suit with the industrial elements of a commercial rooftop landscape was a total win in my book. And combined with the drama in the sky… just awesome. Working with wind can be challenging on a photoshoot, but in this case the wind was (mostly) our friend, especially with the amazing hairstyle Mateo is sporting, offering up so many different looks in a single style -- from rugged masculine to refined and just plain handsome. I was definitely digging that stylistic range! Our session also brought us inside the studio for a few more controlled headshots, and then down to the street level. A loading dock as a backdrop, you say? Oh yes. Looks pretty great, I’d say.

I’m thrilled for this awesome young man and wish him the very best in NYC this year!!

Male Fashion Talent Photos in Denver

I’m a Denver based natural light actor headshot photographer specializing in bringing out connection, personality in my clients’ photos by giving them a highly customized photo session experience. I would love to chat with you about your headshot needs!