Class of 2018 in Denver: Senior Portrait Season!

Senior portrait season is in full swing! Since early June I’ve been photographing and editing as fast as my shutter, eyeballs -- and computer processor -- will allow. I'm working with such a fun, fascinating and diverse breadth of high school senior clients every day that it has become quite the challenge finding the time to blog. But I’m still here, and I'm dying to introduce you to the first (better late than never!) senior pictures that I photographed for the amazing Class of 2018...

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Adding to my warm feelings on this set of photos, this senior portrait session was a personal one. My son and I have known this gorgeous green eyed girl since they were in 6th grade together at the Denver School of the Arts, and you just can’t help but adore her! Ellie is a bright beaming light: talented, kind, and possessing an adorably infectious laugh and fun sense of humor. She is the embodiement of the expression, "Beautiful inside and out."

Having grown up near Wash Park, this outdoor location, a wild geese-filled, luscious public green space nestled in the heart of Denver was a natural fit to capture Ellie’s senior pictures. And it was a fantastic complement to her relaxed, fun personality and her natural, welcoming look.

I’ve photographed at Wash Park several times over the years, although not for a while, and never in some of these parts of the park. As with so many great locations, on this day, with these clouds and this green eyed young woman, everything looked different.

Everything was… perfect.

Given my approach to portrait work, as I tell my clients often, choosing a portrait location is mostly about where you’ll FEEL comfortable. My goal is always to create magical photos anywhere there’s good light. Compositions can change dramatically with the tiniest shift of perspective, even when you’re surrounded by trees and water, as you can see in the different kinds of photos we got during Ellie’s session. Often it’s the simplest move -- a small tweak of my footing or bend of knee, combined with the tiniest shift of her shoulder, and suddenly: BAM. Breathtaking. We had a lot of that on this session. What a blast!

Ellie's stack of finished products upon delivery! Custom Image Box, luxe USB with her accompanying digital files and a Fine Art, Deep Matte Print!

Ellie's stack of finished products upon delivery! Custom Image Box, luxe USB with her accompanying digital files and a Fine Art, Deep Matte Print!

Delivering Ellie’s photos and experiencing HER joy as she adorably hugged her finished Image Box and prints reminded me to my core why I do this. Photographs freeze an incredible slice in time in a young person's life. And it's a moment that will then get to be cherished as a marriage of art and memory for generations. They represent a piece of a story of a beautiful soul on the brink of her great next adventure!

Ellie, thank you for the honor of taking your senior pictures!! Your grounded spirit and authentic joy are positively contagious, and I smiled A LOT editing your photos.

I'm so excited for your senior year and the next chapters that await you and your awesome DSA Class of 2018!


VERY LIMITED SENIOR PORTRAIT SESSIONS for CLASS OF 2018 are available, starting in mid October. Inquire immediately via email (button to right will open your email browser) if you're interested in booking a session for this season. Please leave your name, school, yearbook deadline and phone number -- thank you!

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

Autumn Family Pictures in Denver

I adore days like this: perfect weather... just enough fall foliage left to compose gorgeous autumn photos. And the chance to work with a family comprised of amazing people and treasured friends.

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We’ve known this family for years (funny how being a parent has made me start to believe that all the cliches are true... time really does fly). Our kids have shared the thespian experience and art school, as well as having shared the rather unique experience of being in professional theatre together (that’s a unique kind of bond, to be sure). This wonderful mom has become a treasured friend of mine and is part of my “tribe” of art-inspired book lovers and mothers. In addition, she is an incredibly talented artist… check out her website to see her beautiful, evocative and life-filled paintings!

For this collection of family portraits, we wandered around the always-makes-me-happy Wash Park, just southeast of downtown Denver. It's a great spot to capture relaxed, loving and warm portraits on a quintessential autumn day.

What a treat is is to get to play and witness another side of my friends when I photograph them. One of my favorite things about family sessions is watching them enjoy the excuse to focus only on the act of connection, laughter and experiencing together-time… all outside on a lovely day. This family is as good as it gets -- kind, intelligent, talented, respectful and ready to laugh together.

When I started working with families I remember thinking that teenagers might not be always on board for all of the “family connection” stuff, but honestly, we always end up having fun! That leaf photo is a great example of the kind of silliness that I just adore. And by the way, I believe those are Cypress leaves and they are my new absolute favorite in fall. Seriously -- next time you see one of these huge beauties on the ground, pick it up and breathe it in -- such a lovely aromatic autumn scent. But I digress...

Truth be told I often wonder whether it’s the memories that we create during a photo session, or the portraits themselves that are most valuable in the end.

Either way is ok with me!

Thank you guys for letting me photograph you!! I adore you!

I’m a Denver based family portrait photographer specializing in creating relaxed, natural and timeless heirloom photographs to last for generations. Your family pictures will be styled around YOU, and the actual experience promises to be a fun and memorable one for kids as well as parents. Drop me a line to find out more!

Joyful Family Fall Pictures | Denver

Talk about FUN! My assistant (who happens to be my teenage son) and I talked about this session for days -- filled with happiness, love and togetherness -- we felt that connection long after this quintessential autumn family session.

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In part, that feeling was owed to the luminous quality of autumn itself which was on full display. Anyone who has ever tried to take a walk with me in fall (or followed my instagram feed in fall!!) knows I'm more than a little bit obsessed with the magic of fall: warm tones, perfect breeze, incredible backlit foliage everywhere as trees prepare for their slumber, sunlight glowing with a warmth so beautiful it always makes me ache a little for how fleeting my favorite season really is...

But the thing that pushed us over the top with joy was this amazing family. As cliche as it may sound, it was like their love, their genuine enjoyment of each other, and their mutual respect spilled over into the world around them. These amazing children are at that perfect age to still be playful -- and to want to explore and play with each other. In fact, I got the feeling these siblings will be friends forever.

When they held hands it was not directed; when they played and ran and spun cartwheels, it was because they wanted to. I mean… even the SQUIRRELS in the park wanted to be with these children! (THAT was a fun moment... see the last photo in the series above... that's a squirrel on it's way up to join the kids!!)

Sometimes -- I’d dare say often (at least when I’m with my clients!) -- my job really does feel like play. I was enormously grateful to get to go outside and play with this beautiful family! And the emotion I felt from this bright and gorgeous mom when we had our photo reveal session further strengthened the feelings I had at the session.

It’s hard to overstate the importance of this kind of relaxed, fun family session… both as a shared experience for your family, AND to capture this moment in your family’s story. One to be written and saved in the collective core memories and hearts of your loved ones... and their future kids as well!

ABOUT JENNIFER: I’m a Denver based family portrait photographer specializing in creating relaxed, natural photo session experiences and timeless heirloom photographs to last for generations. Your family pictures will be styled around YOU, and the actual experience promises to be a fun and memorable one for kids as well as parents. Drop me a line to find out more!