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PORTRAIT T H E

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SENIOR

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greetings,

GORGEOUS! I’m excited to get to know you! You’ll quickly learn that this is about something much deeper than taking a few yearbook pictures.

THIS IS A UNIQUE STORYTELLING OPPORTUNITY.

My question for you right now is this:

HOW DO YOU WANT TO TELL YOUR SENIOR STORY? Let’s dream together and collaborate to design the perfect photo session to show the world how YOU want to

Designed

to

be

empowering,

spontaneous and fun, this session

be photographed!

awesome. I’ll make you feel like a

- jennifer

star while we wander, laugh, and tell

c: 970.708.2065

is an excuse to celebrate YOU, your style, your quirks and your inner

YOUR story in photographs.

e: jennifer@merrittdesignphoto.com

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TABLE

OF

CONTENTS 5 the INVESTMENT 6 the BOUTIQUE 8 design: LOCATION 12 location: URBAN 14 location: NATURAL 46 location: MOUNTAIN 60 location: PERSONAL 64 location: DESTINATION 76 styling: WARDROBE 84 CLIENT LOVE 94 about JENNIFER 98 about the

PROCESS

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the senior portrait experience:

THE PROCESS

book design prepare session reveal cherish

sessions are booked with a $150 retainer which confirms timing and location, as well as setting in motion necessary location permits, makeup artists, etc. we’ll sit together over a coffee and design your session details, from timing to style and location, and consider any other parts of the story you want to tell prior to your session, I’ll send you a list of wardrobe suggestions and other tips to help you arrive feeling 100% prepared for an incredible photo session your photo session will be spent exploring to find best light. you can expect to laugh and get enough direction to help you feel relaxed and confident you’ll see gorgeous, PRINTED proofs at your ordering session, and you’ll get to hold samples from our boutique line to pick out your story-telling products your order will be created for you with utmost attention to detail, printed on highest quality archival materials, designed to be cherished for generations

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the senior portrait:

INVESTMENT

Your session fee of $295 includes: • • • •

In Person: Design Consultation Photo Session (90) minutes Custom Edit of Approx 50 Proofs In Person: Premiere Portrait Reveal & Ordering Session • (1) Final Yearbook File (printable to 5x7) $150 retainer books your session date & time, and the balance is due on the day of your session. “Sibling Session” fee is $395 for two people, (2.5) hour session and includes above items and (1) final yearbook photo for each sibling (or cousin or best friend)

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the senior portrait:

REVEAL & ORDERING

APPROXIMATELY 2-3 WEEKS

after your

portrait session, we’ll get together again to view your professionally PRINTED

PROOFS.

Plan on at least an hour or so to enjoy your portrait reveal & ordering session. And don’t worry -- I’ve developed a fun system that helps you arrive painlessly at the perfect final order for you and your budget. Be sure to bring any family members who will want to place an order to your premiere portrait reveal and ordering session!

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the senior portrait boutique:

STORY TELLING PRODUCTS

PRINTS

are F O R E V E R

All Print, Image Box & Album purchases INCLUDE the accompanying high resolution Digital Files and as a print release. Please note that digital files should never be considered to be archival. For your investment to last for generations, you need to print your photos!

“what’s a . jpg?”

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- your grandkids


product profile: archivally mounted & framed prints

FINE ART MOUNTED PRINTS available in lustre or deep matte fine art papers, professionally mounted on archival substrate start at $185

NEW!

FRAMED PRINTS

professionally matted and framed with non-glare glass frames are delivered ready to hang start at $385

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product profile: custom image boxes

CUSTOM IMAGE BOXES

start at $825 hand made with custom cover and 14 mounted 5x7 prints

LARGE & EXTRA DEEP CUSTOM IMAGE BOXES

start at $1095 hand made with custom cover with 23 mounted 5x7 prints or 45 mounted 5x7 prints

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product profile: fine art albums

FINE ART DEEP MATTE ALBUMS

start at $1295

hand bound, printed on lucsious, paper in deep matte finish for museum quality feel. purchase includes full set of proofs NEW Companion Mini albums (great gifts for grandparents)

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l o c a t i o n “ photography

is a

l o cAFFAIR a t i o n LOVE l o with c aLIFE” t i o n - Burk Uzzle ( i t ’s a bo ut t h e l i g h t)

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session design | on choosing a

LOCATION

Your location choice is more flexible than you might imagine. If there’s good light and some areas to find shade, I can make almost any location work.

Most portrait locations fall into these general categories:

To a large degree, the background for your photos should be just that: background.

MOUNTAIN

That being said, the most important part of this decision is that it sets the mood for how you’ll FEEL on your session. If you feel good, you’ll rock your style anywhere!

URBAN NATURE & GARDEN

SPECIAL TO YOU DESTINATION The following spreads are designed to show you photos from each category to help you visualize what’s possible.

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location feature:

URBAN

M

y background as an architect

To the right are some examples

shapes how I see light and

from different parts of Denver. In

composition in the city. People now

the pages that follow, enjoy senior

contact me specifically requesting

“stories” which give you an idea for

my urban portrait work.

how much variety is possible in one walking session.

Our city is alive with culture, vibrant color,

light

If you love the energy of the city, if

for

you’re comfortable with the buzz and

unique compositions and gorgeous

the vibe, an urban session could be

portraiture.

the perfect fit for your personality.

My job involves a lot of improvisation

Parts of Denver also allow for hybrid

and therefore it’s less important than

sessions, with natural feeling photos

you’d imagine to pick the perfect

even in the heart of the city. Let me

starting spot. If you have a favorite

know if you’d like an urban/natural

part of town, let’s meet at a coffee

session and I have several location

shop and wander out from there.

suggestions to offer.

and

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texture, opportunity

bouncing everywhere


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location profile: denver theater district

Lights, Camera, Action! Denver’s theatre district is full of color, potential and scale. Close to 16th Street Mall, the Denver Center for Performing Arts neighborhood is ideal for portraits with great light, beautiful chromatic backdrops and also offers less traveled areas to get comfortable in the beginning of your session. AND there are lots of easy places to change. A big bonus.

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location profile: union station neighborhood

Union Station itself requires special permitting and only allows photography during school hours. BUT the entire surrounding neighborhood is a dream for photographing portraits with a hip, urban vibe! Gorgeous historic architecture, great light, urban vistas, cool alleys and beautiful copositional opportunities are found around every corner. See Trinity’s Story for more (next pages).

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location profile: union station neighborhood, continued

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Trinity’s

ART STORY As an aspiring actor with an extraordinary and unique look, we wanted Trinity’s session to have a hint of an artsy, cinematic edge. The streets around this part of Denver provided the perfect backdrop, texture and urban light for her sense of style, and we experienced serendipitously perfect, ever changing light all day. What an absolute joy it was telling her story in photographs. j e n n i fe r koski n e n , photo g rap h e r |

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“OMG

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These are truly gorgeous Jennifer! Thank you for taking such phenomenal pics of my girl - you captured her perfectly.” - Trinity’s mom

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Ryan’s

ROOFTOP STORY Stylish, confident, kind, fun and self aware, Ryan had a great time using this session to experiment with his inner model. Watching him settle in with such comfort made it the session an absolute joy. This is one of my favorite neighborhoods, especially for autumn light, to provide clean, interesting backgrounds which allow my clients to be the star of their story. j e n n i fe r koski n e n , ph oto g rap h e r |

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Bella’s

AUTUMN STORY I first photographed Bella’s headshots a few years ago and fell in love with her classic, confident, breathtaking look. After a few weather delays, her ultimate autumn afternoon session was perfect -- gorgeous light, lots of laughter and beautiful, crisp weather for sweaters and coffee. Cozy fall sessions like this are a dream. 28 |

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location profile: highlands neighborhood

Overlooking Downtown Denver, the Highlands neighborhood is bustling with creative energy and beautiful overlooks. The pedestrian bridge to downtown can be windy, but it is lovely for photographs. And Little Man Ice Cream is right there for an after session treat!

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location profile: riverfront park

Riverfront Park on Little Raven Street is an excellent choice for seniors desiring a “hybrid� urban session with a mix of nature and greenery. Especially beautiful in late summer and autumn, I adore shooting down here to capture a newer urban character in the buildings, along with some Colorado sunshine and trees.

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location profile: street art in five points & santa fe

The best part about photographing with the street art in Five Points is this: the art you see now is painted over every year during Denver’s annual Crush Festival. So the pieces captured for you won’t be seen year after year. If you love color, this is a fan-freaking-tastic place to photograph. Vibrant, creative, always changing and a ton of fun for creative discovery for the colorful personality.

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location profile: 17th street old denver

I first photographed this location when I was searching for more of an “old city” feeling than you can find in most of Denver. The buildings are taller, the details are authentically vintage, and the mix makes for the best kind of bouncing light. Also a bonus: I rarely see other photographers in the area, so your photos will be unlike everyone else’s. See more from this are in Josette’s session (next pages).

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Sylvia’s STREET FASHION STORY

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Vanesa’s

GOLD & MARBLE STORY What a wonderful celebration of laughter, dance and color this amazing, talented woman’s session was, perfectly set against the backdrop of gold and marble in the older, more historic parts of Denver. j e n n i fe r koski n e n , ph oto g rap h e r |

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My deepest gratitude

to Jennifer for capturing the very essence of my New York vision in the Mile High City.

I am absolutly in love with the outcome of my senior session. The photos are proof that even for a second everything can be perfect.” - Josette.

Josette’s

CITY STORY Josette’s vision for her session was inspired by the character Carrie Bradshaw of “Sex & the City.” She actively prepared every detail, right down to special ordering this head-turning tulle skirt! NYC was a central character of the show, so we decided to use a less recognizable and historic part of Denver as the backdrop for her fashionable urban photo shoot.

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location profile: art museum area

The neighborhood surrounding the Denver Art Museum, one of Denver’s true architectural gems, seems to inspire its own art in portraiture, with areas of bright yellows, deep blues, gorgeous green glasses and textural, graphic backdrops everywhere. Anna’s session (the next few pages) is a stylish example of a single session in this location.

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Anna’s

FASHION STORY The art museum district in central Denver was the perfect location for Anna’s stunning, grounded confidence and beautiful sense of style.

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if your

dreams

don’t scare you... they’re not

big

enough

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location profile: Art Museum neighborhood, continued

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location idea:

NATURAL

Oh, Colorado.

Spring sessions present the rare opportunity (for senior sessions anyway)

Sunshine, outdoors, the best weath-

to capture the height of the cherry

er in the country (in my experience

blossoms. If you book early and want

anyway). We’ve got it all so if you

to shoot in spring of your junior year,

love to be out in nature, I’d love to

I’d love to photograph you in the

capture you in your element!

brilliant colors of this season.

We have a great variety of city parks,

A few ideas for locations include:

spectacular all year long. For sum-

Wash Park, Chessman Park, City

mer sessions I like to schedule us just

Park and Civic Center Park. Denver

a few hours prior to sunset to take

Botanic Gardens is also spectacular

advantage of the warm light and

(note permit fee of $100). And finally,

long shadows of the late afternoon

the area near Greenwood Village

and early evening.

along the Highline Canal is quiet and has a wild beauty all its own.

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location profile: highline canal open space

The open space and wilderness that surrounds the Highline Canal (south of Denver) is gorgeous for summer and autumn sessions. Fields, trees, wildlife, dirt paths, and the occasional piece of vintage agricultural equipment. Be prepared to walk a lot and change behind a tree!

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luminous |ˈloōmənəs| adjective physics relating to light as it is perceived by the eye. { of a person’s complexion or eyes } glowing with health, vigor, or an emotion : her eyes were luminous with joy

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location profile: wash park

Luscious in summertime, golden in fall, with bodies of water, colorful gardens (summer months only) and beautiful light, even on days when it rains (as it did during the session to the right)... Wash Park is convenient from all parts of Denver and provides a wonderful, relaxed location for nature lovers.

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location profile: denver botanic gardens

Not gonna lie: it is a photographer’s dream to get to photograph at this location! I go a little nuts here. I mean, there are spectacular colors, natural inspiration and gorgeous dappled light everywhere you turn. A premiere Denver location to be sure. Note: there’s an additional permit fee ($100) to photograph at the gardens. Enjoy more photos from Catherine’s Botanic Garden session in the next pages.

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Catherine’s

BOTANIC GARDEN STORY The magical light of a late summer day fit this graceful, talented, bright and kind young woman in a way that took my breath away. She moved like a goddess in her two absolutely picture perfect tulle skirts, which she made from scratch for her portrait session.

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“

always be on the lookout for the presence of

wonder - E. B. White

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Zoe’s

BOHEMIAN GARDEN STORY The light was magical for this Botanic Gardens session in the height of summertime. Zoe’s classic, beautiful grace fit like a dream in this luscious, vibrant setting. 58 |

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location idea:

MOUNTAIN

I lived in Telluride for almost 13

Lair o’the Bear park is the easiest

years. I LOVE the mountains. They

mountain location to access from

are home to me. And I don’t get

downtown Denver, just up the road

back nearly often enough so if you

from Red Rocks park. It offers gor-

want to shoot in the mountains... let’s

geous alpine scenery year round.

do it!

A small river runs through the park, and there are miles of trail I have yet

Most of the mountain locations

to explore with clients, including a

around Denver do require a special

higher alpine loop if you want more

permit to photograph even portrait

“vista” than you’ll see in the current

sessions. Lucky for you, I happen to

crop of photos I have here.

purchase an annual permit to photograph at any of the Jeffco parks.

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Let’s go for a hike!


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Cooper’s

MOUNTAIN STORY Cooper’s mid-October session was perfect to capture his favorite season, photographed at Lair o’the Bear Park

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location idea:

PERSONAL

If there’s a location that means some-

Perhaps you’re a swimmer, or dancer,

thing to you based on your interests,

or performer. Or maybe you love the

hobbies, obsessions or passions, let’s

art of a certain museum, or your el-

talk about photographing you doing

ementary school garden (both ideas

your thing.

from sessions you’ll see in the following pages).

Personally

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inspired

sessions

I’ve

done include the area around Civic

Whatever your story, your obses-

Center Park for a few clients with

sion or your favorite ritual, I’d love to

political aspirations; the library for a

photograph you in your element, so

senior who was a creative writer; the

please let me know what makes YOU

Santa Fe Arts district for an artist.

spark.

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neon lights, art, music, animals, books, games, roller skating, gardening, civics, design... what makes YOUR heart sing?

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Darr’s FRANCHISE STORY

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Cedric’s MUSIC STORY

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Zoe’s

LIBRARY STORY The public library was the perfect spot for this creative writer with a passion for books. 70 |

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“

I have no special talent. I am only

passionately

CURIOUS - Albert Einstein

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be

FEARLESS in the pursuit of what sets your

SOUL ON FIRE

Annika’s

SCHOOL GARDEN STORY Annika’s elenentary school garden was a delightfully unique, nostalgic and empowering location for this incredible young woman’s portrait session. 72 |

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Isa’s

MUSEUM STORY What a fun request from Isa to photograph her session inside Denver’s Clifford Still Museum. Making art inside a museum is truly a treat. And it’s even better with an awesome woman to photograph with these paintings! (Note: special permission and a permit fee are required to photograph inside the museum) j e n n i fe r koski n e n , ph oto g rap h e r |

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location idea:

DESTINATION

Are you ready for something bigger?

A few destination ideas include:

Let’s go for a ROAD TRIP! Rocky Mountain National Park If you book early enough in the sea-

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Aspen, Colorado

son and you happen to have got a

Telluride, Colorado

location in mind that falls outside

Santa Fe, New Mexico

the Denver area, I do offer a limited

Painted Mines Interpretive Park

number of destination sessions.

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Destination sessions must be booked

Permit and travel fees will apply. I’d

in spring, travel available during

love to get you a custom quote if

summer months only.

you’ve got something in mind!

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Gabriel’s

CINEMATIC STORY An aspiring actor with a lifelong interest in costume design and character, Gabe had a blast designing the elements of his senior session at the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Cinematic landscapes were the backdrop for his surreal and dramatic senior story. j e n n i fe r koski n e n , ph oto g rap h e r |

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“ good be so

you”

they can’t ignore

- Steve Martin

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If you haven’t been to the Great Sand Dunes at the base of the San Luis Valley, you owe yourself a visit. With a snowmelt creek and the snow capped Sangre de Christo mountains in spring, and vast dunes full of wind-swept sand year round, this location is truly one of a kind.

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the

FUTURE

belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their

DREAMS” - Eleanor Roosevelt

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Hannah’s

PAINT MINES STORY I’d had my eye on this location for a while, so when Hannah mentioned she wanted a session in a location that was all her own, this was my first thought. I showed her a few pictures I’d seen, she was excited... and it was perfect.

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CHARACTER INTELLIGENCE

STRENGTH

STYLE

t h a t m a ke s b e a u t y. - Diane Von Furstenberg

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STYLE isn’t what you wear:

it’s how you wear it

designing your session:

WARDROBE & STYLING The most important thing throughout this process is that you feel like YOU. There’s no need to buy a whole new wardrobe; this should be a celebration of who you are, not how you dress! That being said, a little bit of preparation goes a long way towards making you FEEL great in whatever you bring. I’ll remind you of this in your confirmation, but keep in mind as you prepare: you’ll be walking for your session, so be sure to pack your wardrobe items in a rolling suitcase! More specific wardrobe tips in the next few pages...

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styling & wardrobe:

COLORS & SHAPE

COLORS:

SHAPE:

• •

bring colors that compliment

items you bring (don’t bring

tones that bring out your eye

only t-shirts or all similar cut

color are WONDERFUL

dresses, for example)

if you love wearing black, feel

free to bring some, just bring high contrast with your skin

baggy clothing •

items that fit you through the

neutrals (greys, earth tones, off-

body are easiest to flatter (boxy

white and whites) photograph

tops make you look larger in

nicely and tend to focus attention on you quite well •

so that I can best flatter you in posing, avoid loose or overly

another option in case it is too •

vary necklines and types of

your skin tones and coloring

jewel tones work beautifully!

photos) •

that being said, flowy skirts are super fun to photograph!

GENERALLY AVOID: big bold or high contrast stripes, distracting patterns (even a great big floral print, as lovely as it is in person, will often take attention away from you in a photograph)

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styling & wardrobe:

LAYERS & ACCESSORIES

LAYERS & TEXTURES:

ACCESSORIES:

jackets with pockets, yes! (espe-

carefully as it can distract, but if

different textured layers, like

you typically wear jewelry and it

flannel shirts, sweaters, even a

is part of an outfit, bring it

hoodie sweatshirt if that’s your

thing •

texture in fabric of an overlayer

glasses, sunglasses either worn or even held can be nice to give

too distracting try thinking “cozy” for an outfit

scarves and hats are great even if you’re just holding them

adds dimension without being •

jewelry should be considered

cially if you normally wear them)

your hands something to hold •

sunflowers. because: sunflowers

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styling & wardrobe:

SKIN.HAIR.MAKEUP.NAILS

HAIR & MAKEUP:

SKIN & NAILS:

The main objective is that you look

like... YOU. That being said, here are

days prior to your session to

some tips to arrive camera ready:

keep your skin clear •

day, please don’t worry about

definition than you usually wear

blemishes -- I can get these in

to bring out your EYES

photoshop! (mis-matched cov-

a bit of cheek contour is lovely LIPS: guys and girls please keep

erup is actually harder to phoEYEBROWS & NAILS: please trim, clean, polish as you like...

color or chapstick for touchups

just know that nails might be

during the session

in photos and chipped polish

I do have makeup artists to refer

doesn’t photograph great!

ing one to add to your session experience and feel extra fine!

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toshop) •

your lips hydrated and bring lip

you to if you’d like to discuss hir-

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if you wake with skin issues that

add a bit more mascara and eye

to define your face shape •

drink plenty of water in the


styling & wardrobe:

RESOURCES

ON-LINE:

ON FOOT:

I have more resources available on

There’s no need to spend a bunch

my website, including full blog posts

of money to get a great piece to

of many of the sessions featured in

complement a styling idea.

this magazine (and more!) if you’d like to see more photos of seniors

Denver is fortunate to have great

you’ve seen here for inspiration.

vintage shops where you can score great deals on unique items (we love

PINTEREST

is

also

a

fantastic

Buffalo Exchange!)

resource for wardrobe and styling ideas, as is Instagram. It’s also fun to

We will discuss all of this at your

look outside of senior photo sites,

consultation, and if you have any

to fashion magazines for inspiration.

further

I have senior inspiration boards @

hesitate to ask!

questions,

please

don’t

merrittphoto on Pinterest.

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take a glimpse:

BEHIND THE SCENES

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your portrait session:

ON LOCATION

we’ll wander, explore, laugh, improvise, look for light... make memories ... and make some photographs j e n n i fe r koski n e n , ph oto g rap h e r |

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book a session with your

BEST FRIEND, COUSIN or SIBLING These sessions are a bit longer, and function as two overlapping sessions with bonus “together time” during each look. We’ll create photos of each of you individually and both of you together.

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THANK YOU for such a great experience. My girl walked away feeling confident and beautiful, which as a mama, is a dream come true.”

“I am so blown away

by just how beautiful these photos are. We are so glad to have found you!”

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“Jennifer’s work is amazing! We love her

passion

for drawing out

the best in her clients!”

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Now... how do you want to tell

YOUR STORY? In designing your senior portrait session you have a unique opportunity to share with the world a glimpse of who you are in this moment. Your style, your colors, things and places that inspire you can be worked together to weave the tale of YOU, now, at the edge of exciting new directions in your life. My goal is to empower YOU & capture your spark.

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about jennifer:

PHOTOGRAPHER AWARDS: 2016 & 2017 Senior Style Guide HOT 100 Senior Photographer B&W & Urban categories TOP TEN 2016 & 2017 DENVER A-LIST “Best Portrait Photographer” 2016 & 2017 Shoot & Share Contest FINALIST

“ It’s more IMPORTANT

to click with PEOPLE than to click the shutter” - Alfred Eisenstaedt

It’s my love of people -- our stories, our challenges, our stumbles and our triumphs -- that makes me addicted to my work as a portrait photographer. That... and the fact that I see beauty. Everywhere. In people. In light. In shadow. I can’t turn it off. My superpower is in seeing YOU and capturing your radiance. Your personality. Your spark. THIS is why I love what I do... and this is WHY I can’t wait to work with you.

CONTACT jennifer merritt koskinen (970) 708.2065 jennifer@merrittdesignphoto.com merrittportraitstudio.com

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the best

is yet to COME . . .

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Merritt Portrait Studio | The Senior Portrait Experience 2019  

Take a deep dive into the Senior Portrait Experience with Denver photographer Jennifer Koskinen. Explore the process of creating your dream...

Merritt Portrait Studio | The Senior Portrait Experience 2019  

Take a deep dive into the Senior Portrait Experience with Denver photographer Jennifer Koskinen. Explore the process of creating your dream...

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