Are you ready to celebrate your love?
Everyone can feel a little uncomfortable in front of the camera. From our initial consultation to hand selecting your images, we join forces to create an unforgettable portrait experience. It’s our job to guide you through the process and make you feel at ease. You won’t be left wondering where to stand, what to do with your hands, how to position your body, or even what to wear! We’ll make sure you look and feel you’re best, all we ask in return is lean into the process and show us your love!
We’ll help you…
+ prep outfits
+ book makeup & hair
+ feel pampered
+ pose & guide you
One of the things I love most about photographing families is documenting the little things that make you love each other. I love to capture portraits that speak to your connection- little moments between you and your children or your partner, sharing a laugh, a kiss, a sweet embrace.
"Desiree is unbelievably talented at posing women's bodies to make you look your absolute best. I never liked photos of myself, till I did a Shoot with Des, I was blown away!"
We Make IT EASY
How it works
01 // Let’s Connect!
We’ll chat in person and talk about what type of session you’re interested in and get everything scheduled. Consultations are available prior to sessions for planning, outfit selection etc..
02 // Be Perfectly prepped
03 // Don't Worry 'bout a thing
During your session, I will direct, pose, and coach you the entire time to flatter your figure and capture your best and natural expressions. We'll have fun, keep things light and easy, and create an entire collection of images you will LOVE. Guess what, turns out you are photogenic!
05 // Create your collection
We will meet at my studio to view and hand select your favorite images. We offer a variety of luxury products so you to enjoy your images for years to come.
With our state of the art software, we can custom design a wall collage, to-scale, so you can actually see what the images will look like in your home. We also offer modern albums, announcements, and fine-art printing options – including custom framing!
Why I do what I do...
My mission is to create an empowering photographic experience that positively impacts your self-view and leaves you with a spark of confidence you can carry forward into the rest of your life.
Do you ever feel like you're not photogenic? Or like you're just awkward in front of the camera? Or maybe like it’s not even possible to get a beautiful photo taken of yourself? The truth is it’s absolutely not your job to be photogenic. It's my job to see you, direct you, and make you feel at ease.
The result will be authentic images where you can feel the connection and see your unique beauty. I’ve spent years perfecting this art so I'm able to focus on your experience – keeping the shoot lighthearted, stress free, and changing the way you feel about being photographed.
Being Photographed doesn’t have to feel Intimidating…
MYTH: “I’m not photogenic.”
As an intuitive person, I’ve honed my skills so I can break down barriers, connect with you, and create a space for you to feel relaxed in front of the camera – that’s where the magic happens.
what’s your style?
Choose by Session Length
SESSION FEE | $300+
MIN. INVESTMENT | $895
– includes 1 outfit
– choose 1 location from
urban, natural & studio
SESSION FEE | $350
MIN. INVESTMENT | $1395
– includes 2 outfits
– choose 1 Poudre Canyon location
SESSION FEE | $500
MIN. INVESTMENT | $2595
– up to 3 outfits
– choose from multiple locations from
urban, natural & studio, or a single Denver, Boulder, or mountain location
Choose by Session Location
SESSION FEE | $300 +
MIN. INVESTMENT | $895 +
downtown vibes with edgy architectural lines & bright street art
SESSION FEE | $300 +
MIN. INVESTMENT | $895 +
classic Colorado scenes – dreamy fields & beautiful foliage
SESSION FEE | $300 +
MIN. INVESTMENT | $895 +
modern, clean, classic
SESSION FEE | $350+
MIN. INVESTMENT | $1395
Colorado’s sweeping mountain views, river beds & magical forests
SESSION FEE | $250
MIN. INVESTMENT | $1200
*limited date options*
+ professional hair & make up
$159 per person
– add on professional hair and makeup from our go-to girl
get in touch!
VIEW THE GALLERIES
& keep binging!
One of the most common misconceptions about professional headshots is that people feel they're not photogenic - and that’s just not true! It’s completely understandable why many people feel this way though. Many of us have taken selfies or had a friend take a photo of us and ended up hating how we look in the photo.
Maybe it was the light, the angle, or just the lack of direction. Whatever it was, experiencing this can be a real confidence killer and may even make you hesitant to have professional business headshots taken! But here's the thing: it’s my job to make you look amazing!
Over the course of my 20+ year career, I’ve perfected making people look incredible in photos through expert posing, using lighting to your advantage, and identifying your best angles. Most importantly though, I help create a fun, engaging, and relaxing environment on set so you can let your authentic self shine and just have fun!
So, even if you don't think you're not photogenic - which is totally not true by the way - don’t hesitate to book a professional business headshot session! A skilled headshot photographer will know exactly how to pose you, how to use lighting to flatter your face, and help you relax and showcase your authentic and beautiful self! You might even be surprised at how much you enjoy the experience!
Over the last 9 years, every PBD team model has said that their confidence increased and they were able to see themselves in a different, more positive light. What a gift that is at this age!
Leading this team with my assistant Fiona, we work hard to create this life changing experience. Our mission is to show the girls the beauty we see in them, how each of us has our own unique beauty, and how we don't need to compare ourselves to others. Comparison is the thief of happiness and learning to believe in our unique individuality is the key to deeper happiness and self confidence.
We have included some photos from our 2023 Model Team to show the diversity of the shoots we do over the year!
This experience is great for ...
- Anyone! Male, female, nonbinary
- We have loved having boys on the team in the past!
- Anyone who is interested in modeling
- You will have a killer portfolio at the end!
- Anyone who enjoys putting outfits together
- and fashion in general!
- Anyone who is looking to get outside of their box
- & wants to be photographed in different styles!
What's the time commitment?
- We understand you are busy and your time is limited
- The Model Team is not a huge time commitment!
- We do 6 shoots over 1 year, including your senior session
- The July shoot is the only all-day shoot that isn't local
- The other shoots can last anywhere between 15 minutes per girl to 2 hours if it's a group shoot
- We also will do a couple of model team dinners over the season
- This is a great way for the team to get to know each other and then deepen their friendships
- Meeting people from other schools and making new friends are some of the things past models have loved the most about the team
Frequently Asked Questions
DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH YOUR SESSIONS IN STUDIO OR ON LOCATION?
Depending on the type of session Desirée photographs sessions both on location and in the studio. Modern Beauty sessions take place only in the studio.
What is a Consultation?
We have two different consultations at our studio. In an initial consultation, you will come into the studio to meet with Desirée and discuss the Photography by Desirée experience and we will select the session best suited to bring your vision to life. In a vision and style consultation, we will go over all of the details to make your portrait session a success. You will bring in all of our outfits and we will discuss your clothing, style as well as hair and make-up.
DOES THE SESSION FEE INCLUDE ANYTHING?
Session fees cover initial consult, photo session, editing and retouching of your images and reveal and ordering appointment. Session fees do not include any photographs or digital files.
WHEN DO I PAY FOR MY SESSION FEE?
Session fees are paid in full at the time of booking to reserve your time at the studio and are non-refundable.
WHAT IF I NEED TO RESCHEDULE MY SESSION?
We understand that unexpected events come up, whether due to illness, weather, travel delays, or emergencies. If you need to reschedule, please call us as soon as possible (at least 24-48 hours in advance). While our session fees are non-refundable, you may use it for a one-time reschedule (if called within the 24-48 hour window) to be scheduled within 1 year of your original appointment date.
WHAT DOES “MINIMUM INVESTMENT” MEAN?
Your minimum investment is the minimum amount a client must purchase from their session. This can be filled from any of our collections or a la cart items. Since the amount of time, outfits, and locations can vary according to our client’s needs, we have a variety of sessions for you to choose from. Sessions have different minimum investments in order to allocate our customer’s time and budget appropriately and in order for us to serve our clients effectively.
WHEN DO I GET TO SEE THE IMAGES FROM MY SESSION?
Purchasing appointments are typically scheduled two weeks after your session. At your in-person purchasing appointment, you will sit down with Desirée and watch a beautiful slideshow highlighting our favorite images from your shoot. Desirée will guide you through the process of choosing and designing a customized photo collection. We have a variety of mediums to chose from for you to enjoy your portraits for years to come. It is very important that all decision-makers are present during this time, as this is the appointment where your final decisions will be made. This is a time where you will want to devote your full attention (ordering appointments take between 1 and 2 hours), we ask that you arrange for a babysitter for children under the age of 12.
HOW LONG WILL YOU KEEP MY FILES?
All ordered and paid for images are archived for a period up to 1 year. We do not archive or save any files which are not ordered at your purchasing appointment.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY ORDER?
Your portraits will be ready for pick up approximately 6-8 weeks after your order is placed. Quality takes time, so please allow us the time needed to provide you with the quality you expect from a custom portrait photography studio.
WHEN IS PAYMENT DUE FOR MY ORDER?
We require 100% of your order total before ANY part of the order is started or picked up. Balances must also be paid in full to receive ANY digital images or yearbook images. Orders are custom-made and are non-refundable.
WHAT PAYMENT METHODS DO YOU ACCEPT?
Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express.
WHAT IF I WANT TO MAKE A COPY OF MY IMAGE?
All images remain the property of Photography by Desirée and are protected by federal copyright laws. Duplication in part or whole (whether by scanning or reprinting) is strictly prohibited and will be prosecuted by law. This includes posting scanned images to social media websites.