Anyone can take a selfie with their phone. But it takes years of experience and skill to craft an engaging portrait that really tells a story. Portrait photographers are dedicated to the art, with the technical knowledge and artistic flair to make magic happen.

As the capital of Colorado, Denver is a hub for many of the state’s most talented portrait photographers who specialize in everything from family to fine art portraiture. In this list, we’ll highlight 10 of the best whose work we think stands out.

Meredith Soy Photography

A stylish urban portrait by Meredith Soy [Meredith Soy Photography]

Meredith Soy describes her photography as “timeless and romantic imagery for the contemporary couple”. Her photography journey began in middle school when she received her first point-and-shoot camera and she soon developed a passion for documenting people and the connection between them. She uses her tools and talents to bring out the best in her subjects, with natural poses and a lifestyle approach to portraiture that we absolutely love.

Ellie Mandeville Photography

A street portrait by Ellie Mandeville [Ellie Mandeville Photography]

Ellie Mandeville says that photography has always been a creative outlet for her, ever since she got her first point-and-shoot camera in 7th grade. She spent the next few years figuring out how to get the “right shot” and has transformed that passion into a profession capturing life’s most special moments. Ellie is a master at storytelling through imagery and she has a knack for subtle styling, without it ever being too much.

Bloom Portraits

Three siblings throw leaves during their fall portrait session [Bloom Portraits]

Bloom Portraits is a Denver photography studio that’s based in the Historic Highlands neighborhood. It’s owned and operated by David, who has been in the photography industry for 18 years, and he’s assisted by photographers Kaylee and Bri. Together, they photograph everyone from newborns to high school seniors and families, either in their studio or on location throughout Colorado. Bloom Portraits’ style can be described as fun and fresh and they love creating experiences that are as unique as the clients they work with.

Mile High Captures

A black and white couple portrait by Tina Soare [Mile High Captures]

Mile High Captures is owned by Tina Soare, a Denver-based photographer who is happy to travel worldwide to document love stories. She believes that each and every couple has “a unique love story that was curated just for them” and she feels privileged to document them. Tina strives to capture her clients’ authentic selves in her images, with genuine smiles and real emotion. We love her use of light to give her portraits an artistic edge, as well as how she incorporates Colorado’s stunning landscapes into her sessions.

Jenni Summer Studios

A couple walk hand-in-hand through a bamboo grove [Jenni Summer Studios]

Based between Southern California and Denver, Jenni Summer has garnered a reputation for her “editorial photography in luxury destinations”. She specializes in dreamy portraits, fashion editorial images, and intimate destination weddings through photography that has a distinctly fine art edge. In her approach to portrait photography, Jenni says that she tries to find beauty within each of her subjects - “what makes them laugh and how their nose scrunches up when they do”. It’s these moments she aims to capture and transform into enduring memories.

Kim Carrier Photography

One of Kim Carrier’s dream-like portraits [Kim Carrier Photography]

Denver-based portrait photographer Kim Carrier’s work is like no one else. Her fine art portraits are inspired by her childhood in suburbia and a love of fantasy novels that taught her to “see the mind as a sanctuary from which magic stems”. By focusing on portraiture, she uses the “human element as a canvas for the mystical elements I wish to portray”. There’s a dreamy, sometimes whimsical aesthetic to her images, many of which are taken in spectacular natural landscapes.

Lora + Ted

A beautiful black and white portrait by Lora + Ted [Lora + Ted]

Established in 2009, Lora + Ted is a husband and wife photography team that works between Kansas City and Denver. Their motto is: “Handcrafted portraits for families in love”, with their gorgeous images capturing the joy and beauty of raising kids. Lora says: “Life truly happens in the blink of an eye and we are here to capture it.” We love their use of “golden hour” light in their portrait sessions and the connection you can feel between the parents and their children.

Kelly Weaver Photography

An environmental portrait by Kelly Weaver [Kelly Weaver Photography]

Based in historic Littleton, Kelly Weaver is a professional portrait photographer who specializes in headshots, dating, and personal branding. She helps her clients capture engaging portraits to connect with their target audience or gift to a special person in their lives. Kelly Weaver Photography has been in business for the last 17 years and helps each and every one of their clients to feel comfortable in front of the camera while having a lot of fun at the same time.

Mark Woolcott Photography

One of Mark Woolcott’s business portraits [Mark Woolcott Photography]

Specializing in commercial photography and business headshots, Mark Woolcott says that he doesn’t stop until his clients are happy. He leads a team of video and image editors, producers, assistants, and shooters who have been working together for almost 10 years. Marks says that “honest collaboration” and “open communication” have been his business’s key to success and he’s worked with clients that include Health and Wellness Colorado, USA Cycling, and the University of Denver.

Candice Baker Photography

A mother and her child in the “golden hour” light [Candice Baker Photography]

Candice Baker discovered her love of photography at an early age and she says that she always had a disposable camera in hand for documenting life’s every moment. She’s now dedicated to working with families to do the same, capturing loving moments through her gorgeous lifestyle imagery. It was while studying photography at art school that Candice realized she was most drawn to photographing people and sharing their stories with the world. While she does capture occasional posed portraits, she’s more inspired by documenting natural moments as they occur.

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