Denverstylemagazine Post! Boho-chic past and present, summer of 2017

This is my blog post for Denverstylemagazine and the photos!

Boho-chic past and present, summer of 2017

When I got on Instagram and reviewed my feed, I started to see tons of photos of bohemian, hippie looking clothing and sunny photos I was really drawn to. Boho-chic, hippie, bohemian, it seemed these terms were used interchangeably. A look that felt very familiar and from the past, but with a new flair. I felt most attracted to the feeds with sunny photos of girls and women in movement wearing boho-chic looks. The clothes looked relaxed, fun, colorful, feminine but still edgy and the women and girls who wore them had attitude. They wore hats, lots of jewelry, had messy hair and didn’t always smile, but if they did they were mostly laughing, jumping or running. Always on the move move move! It suddenly came to me that one reason many of these looks were frequently photographed in movement is the same reason I ask my customers not to wear loose dresses or tops to their senior photos. When standing or sitting still, they didn’t always photograph as well and could be taken for maternity wear.

But to me the attraction and trend went deeper than that. Without wearing a masculine suit, short hair, shoulder pads and flats, it still had a subliminal feminist message. It said, I’m feminine and strong, and I don’t need to show cleavage and wear tight skirts and heels to get attention. I’m interested in the environment, our planet, my friends and family, job, music, keeping my body healthy and strong, and I’m working toward my goals. My clothes show I’m an individual and creative, my hair is loose and shiny, my clothes and shoes are comfortable as I’m going places. Look at my face when talking to me, I have things to say and do!

Since I didn’t know exactly what boho-chic meant, I looked it up. I summarize and quote parts of Wikipedia: “Boho-chic is a style of fashion drawing on various bohemian and hippie influences. Features include floaty skirts, notably long ones, furry gilets, embroidered tunics, cropped jackets, large faux-coin belts, large sunglasses, loose jumpers, sheepskin boots and cowboy boots, baggy cardigans, hobo bags and leggings. Many elements of boho-chic became popular in the late 1960s, date back much further, for example, with pre-Raphaelite women of the mid-to-late 19th century.” Other terms for boho-chic include “ashcan chic”, “bobo chic”, “hobo-grunge” and “luxe grunge”.
Personally, I love boho-chic because it suits any body shape, age and occasion! I bought myself a dress that I wore to my kid’s very hot field day and loved it! Much more comfortable and pretty than the tight jeans, tennis shoes and t-shirt I’d worn the year before. I then wore the same dress to a party, just took off sunhat, put on more jewelry and platform sandals.

I decided to write this post on boho-chic and organize and photograph a fashion shoot in Morrison using local girls and boutiques! It seemed more personal to use local boutiques than large retail stores, and thought collaborating could be more useful to all. Plus, the girls were all really excited and it helps me to photograph them once before their senior photos. I picked Morrison as I wanted to depict Colorado, great view of the mountains, and lots of long sunset backlighting at the end.

I’ve always loved the Berkley area as it seems quaint and can find parking. Plus love shoots there as it’s got colorful murals, easy parking, and is closeby (finding color in Denver is tough).
Everyone at Insypre was helpful and nice! And the woman in charge of getting the looks together and approving this was open and enthusiastic and I loved that! When I went to pick up the clothes, they gave me a lot of useful information on current trends and trends coming soon. Keep an eye out for cactus inspired jewelry and corduroy paperboy hats. They told me Insypre is an environmentally friendly company, so hats, jackets, necklaces and trim are faux suede, felt and faux leather. Plus, many looks are less expensive than their competitors and they keep everything in the store under $100. They carry Flying Monkey jeans and Billabong among other cool brands. The looks they loaned us included a lace top with cami, flare dark jeans from Flying Monkey, top made into a dress by popular demand, vegan leather jacket, ruffle winged sleeve dress with cute cord waist, felt hats and necklaces made of faux leather and recycled materials.

Billie had original and unique clothes that I really liked. Brittany, co-owner and curator told me Billie started off as a pop up shop, that everything in the shop is hand-selected by them, and we chatted about how the Berkley area is thriving. She told me boho-chic just felt right in Colorado, with it’s free spirit and outdoorsy feel. Perfect for a Red Rocks concert or city event. Without knowing her, she seemed to have just the right Colorado vibe. One of their most popular dresses is the wrap dress as it cinches at the smallest part of the waist and flatters and wraps the female body. We photographed a beautiful gold wrap dress with intricate embroidered flowers in pastel tones, lined through mid-thigh and with a high/low hem. Also a Lovestitch satin blue challis cocoon dress with pockets and adjustable straps, one of the most popular silhouettes they’ve ever sold as it’s flattering to everyone and can be worn belted too for another look. And lastly a modern boho blouse with oversized tiered sleeves, off the shoulder and with bohemian embroidery which is super popular this summer and among my teenage customers! She refers to the comfy Banjara jeans as pajama jeans as they’re so soft and comfy!

For Fifth and Maple, we photographed a red floral chic maxi dress that is really pretty and comfortable! With a natural waistline and ankle-length, can be worn year-round, super versatile and made of easy care materials. Plus a boho split leg maxi in earthy turquoise and beige tones, with button-down closure, ankle-length, with great movement and super versatile.

The photoshoot was spectacular! Morrison was gorgeous with its green tall grass and beautiful view of the mountains. All of the girls who modeled the clothes were adorable and rocked the outfits!

I now know a lot more about boho-chic and why I’m drawn to it. Plus, I now own five maxi-dresses, cool necklaces, a hat, and am ready for the summer!

By Magdalena Arbat-Pennington, Photos by Magdalena Images

Magdalena Arbat-Pennington, Magdalena Images

Billie 4162 Tennyson Street in the Denver Highlands

Insypre Boutique 171 Detroit Street in Cherry Creek North, 4170 Tennyson Street in the Denver Highlands, 8441 S. Yosemite Street, Suite #1 in Lone Tree, 8501 W Bowles Avenue #1060 in Littleton and 1810 30th Street in Boulder

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Last 2 marketing photoshoots. May 16 or weekend of 20th & June 7

Last 2 marketing photoshoot before busy summer season!
Depending on weather:
May 17. 5:30-7:30pm Boho-chic vibe, sunset, golden lighting. Might move to weekend/week of 20th due to weather.
June 7. Pretty dresses, wildflowers or tall grass.
Shoots will be in Morrison and near Boulder.
If a minor, parent has to sign minor release.
Photos will appear in Denverstylemagazine blog and in Magdalena Images social media
Have some modeling experience or feel comfortable in front of camera and take
direction well. Cooperate with $20 to help pay assistant and basic photographers expenses.
Very active in social media and willing to post photos on instagram, and if on:
facebook, snapchat and/or twitter, plus tag Magdalena Images
Have a availability around 5:30-7:30pm.
Students, please fill out Model Program application at If already have, please email.
If a professional model, please email: [email protected]
Please specify what days you are available and conflicts of schedule,
include agency name and phone #.
Boutiques, must be willing to bring clothes to photoshoot
3 free edited digital images and 20% off any additional images.
Have a group of girls from past applications, so only a few
spots available, if you aren’t included and book Magdalena Images
for senior photos, get 10% off deposit by applying.

Instagram posts, some of my fave instagram posts and testimonials and comments!

From instagram: 2017 seniors and 2016, 2017 photoshoots

Jaden M: Aww this made me smile so big!! Absolutely loved taking pictures with you, Thank you for everything, you’re amazing Magdalena, Happy new year ♥!
Emily R: Thank you very much Magdalena, what a sweet post!
Courtney M: Of course!!! Love and miss working with you!!
Lindsay B: Aww thank you! Loved this shoot! 💕
Nick H: This was such a blast! Thank you so much Magdalena
Gigi B: Thank you so much! I had such a blast!! 💓 you’re so talented! Hope to get to work with you again soon!! 😍
Delany R: i have loved working with you, thank you magdalena ♥ i also love my pictures!!!
Elena D: It was so wonderful to work with you! Thank you for making this shoot so much fun! I truly appreciate it and hope everything in your life is going well!
Mackenna L: Thank you! ♥ I was so happy with my photos, you are amazing!
Jana M: Aww thank you so much Magdalena! ♥
Avery H: Thank you Magdalena! 😍
Brynna P: I had so much fun!! It was so nice to get to know you!!!
Brittin L: Thank you magdalena images, it was lovely working with you!
Kendall M: oh my gosh! so much fun! you’re amazing!
Abby W: Thank you for everything!! ♥
Maddie B: Thank you so much for everything! ♥
Blayke B: Thank you!!!!
Lauren R: Thank you!!
Brittin L: Thank you magdalena images, it was lovely working with you!
Maddie B: Thank you so much for everything! ♥
Blayke B: Thank you!!!!
Lauren R: Thank you!!
Emily O: Thank you! ♥
Monique : 💓 ♥ ♥
Nicki P: Thank you ♥
Ieva M: Thank you! ☺
Bella DS: Thank you!😃 💕
Taylor D: Thank you 😁
Ellen P: Thank you so much for the amazing pics! ☺


Magdalena Images, Nxt models and Paul Mitchell

Diana S came to the Winterwonderland photoshoot and we got some amazing photos for her portfolio! The black lace poncho was mine and the leather jacket was a junior from Golden, but we mixed and matched, had a great time and came up with some great images!

Magdalena Images Paul Mitchell Winterwonderland photoshoot

We might use a few of these in the Paul Mitchell Magdalena Images calendar that will be sold for charity. Awesome styling, makeup and fun!

Magdalena Images Berkley/Crown Hill winter photoshoot

This was so much fun!!! We goofed around Berkley area first, tried on tons of hats and jackets for some fun photos. Then went to Crown Hill for some sunset, somewhat cold sunset photos. Great group of friends, plus a model from Nxt! A few were just there helping their friends so snapped a couple of cute photos. Thank you to all that came to this!

Magdalena Images Senior model and modeling portfolios

Fill out application located at top of menu and apply to be a 2018 Magdalena Senior model! Also if interested in expanding your modeling portfolio. Appreciate anyone who applies! Can only take a few girls from each school and spaces are limited, so apologize if can’t take all! But get 15% off the deposit just by applying. No selling or obligations other than sharing free images with logo. You will get 2 high resolution images for free too! Thank you!

Magdalena Images models

2018 Model program photoshoot

Lakewood 2018 senior. Part of the Bear Creek photoshoot! One of the dresses is mine, love, yellow lace. Other clothes were hers, the red boho chic top was beautiful! We got beautiful photos and I got to meet her and her mom! 🙂


Brittin L Nxt Models

Model portfolios! The lighting was spectacular. Model portfolios plus brought along a junior Rep from Lakewood HS, was a blast! See more of my work at

Rep program – Santa Fe Art District

We took tons of clothes and played around to get urban/edgy photos. These are Nicki’s photos, will upload other 3 girls soon, including 2 juniors that are part of my current Rep photoshoots!

Ieva M from Nxt models

Working on model’s portfolios after senior season has been super fun! Coming up with fun clothes, poses and lighting ideas! 🙂 See my photos at

Ashton G Nxt models

Model portfolios! This girl actually got in a the freezing Bear Creek river!! Super tough, but photos are worth it! See more of my work at

Open call for model portfolios

For anyone who is working on their modeling portfolio, please contact Magdalena Images. Will be doing outdoor fall photoshoot soon!

Open Call: Morrison Photoshoot, Fall of 2016

I’d like to do a fall photoshoot before the leaves fall in Morrison! Vibrant colors, beautiful nature setting, backlighting, boho-chic, maybe ethereal vintage dresses too! Might ask Class of 2018 or professional models (or both). Contact Magdalena Images if you’re interested!

Beautiful outdoor photoshoot

It started with hail and rain, yikes and the sun came out and and we got this gorgeous photoshoot :).

Gorgeous photoshoot in the lake

Everything about this photoshoot was beautiful!

Summer photoshoot and great lighting!

Fun hair and makeup photoshoot

This photoshoot was so fun! Some original hair and makeup by Paul Mitchell stylists and senior girls that came along!

Golden light at last!

This senior was a joy to work with and actually worked as my assistant on a bunch of photoshoots! 🙂