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Chelsea Chorpenning

Chelsea is a professional lifestyle photographer whose work includes a blend of editorial portraiture, fine art, and photojournalism. Her passion for photography began with her first film camera in high school, which led to her work at the International Center of Photography in New York City and her photo studies at the San Francisco Art Institute. She is drawn to documenting both the details and scope of the environment and finding unique beauty in the natural and material world. Chelsea's clients include Cosmopolitan Magazine, Under Armour, Natalie Uhling Fitness, Vita Coco, The Little Nell, UC Health, Westword, Olay, Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa, Chameleon Cold Brew, Vita HUAWEI Global, Taza, Puma, Halcyon Hotel, Quaker Oats.

Recent Clients


I chose Chelsea to take my professional headshots and to develop my consulting website because a colleague recommended her highly. Chelsea’s style is approachable, reassuring, and client-centric. Her mission is to deliver a successful product through collaboration. For my website, she listened to my ideas and either incorporated them immediately or gently steered me in a better direction. My headshots were just what I wanted. Her experience and creative intellect resulted in completely satisfying end results - I have received numerous compliments on both.
— Elizabeth Worthington, Principal at EA Worthington
Chelsea & I started collaborating for my fashion blog, Stolen by Sara, about a year ago. Ever since Chelsea became my official photographer, my social media engagement exploded. She put a lot of effort in understanding my brand and the overall style I was looking for, and delivered a product that went beyond my expectations. She’s also been extremely creative in finding original locations for photoshoots that enhanced the outfits I styled. She’s also extremely easy to work with: she’s friendly, relaxed, and makes me comfortable every time. Since I started working with Chelsea, I’ve been invited to collaborate with several local and national brands on the fashion scene.
— Sara Maude Tsahakis, PsyD, I/O Psychologist & Fashion Blogger
Chelsea is responsive, organized and creative. Her photos are beautiful whether of architecture or head shots. She is easy and comfortable to work with. She has a strong eye for settings and angles. I have never liked a professional photo of myself and I had hard time choosing out of the ones Chelsea delivered.
— Emily Chaney, Real Estate Broker at The Kentwood Company
I have known Chelsea for several years. After seeing her professional photography, including head shots of some colleagues, I decided to hire her myself to do the same. Not only is she technically talented (photography is beautiful), she cares to get it right for her clients. She scouted the locations I was considering for my photo shoot and made great recommendations, including best time of day for lighting (outside in January!). Chelsea is a personable professional with enormous talent and I enthusiastically recommend her. I look forward to using her photography services again!
— Joanne Napper, Director of Communications, Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver
Chelsea Chorpenning is a phenomenal photographer, whose work ethic is of the highest standard. She has created plenty of designs for me, such as flyers and album covers, and even snapped my headshots. Chelsea has a unique skill set, enabling her to balance out her creative side with business and is brilliant at knowing when to utilize either trait. I have been significantly pleased with the work she has created with me over the years and highly recommend Chelsea Chorpenning for any type of photography, branding, design, and or website building employment.
— Alex Warzel, Audio Engineer and Animator
I loved working with Chelsea! When I left my big corporate financial services CMO job to start up my own consulting LLC business, I’d spent literally decades working with creative people across the biggest agencies in the world. I would put Chelsea up against any of those people. Seriously. She worked with me as part of a small team that included a graphic designer and a copy writer. She is smart, collaborative, a team player, has great ideas, loves to work with others and produces an absolutely first rate, stellar product! Not only did she build the architecture of my site, but single-handedly incorporated the design elements of the graphic designer to create the entire look and feel and bring my website to life! In addition, being a professional photographer, she also took a portfolio of head shots from which I selected the one that’s on my site now. I could not be happier with the finished product and, because she’s such a complete delight to work with, I hope we have the chance to work together again soon. Chelsea has my highest recommendation.
— Joe Greene, President at Greene Marketing LLC
Chelsea is amazing to work with - she is creative, responsive, and does a great job learning about my business and creating a website that truly represented my business. She did everything from creating the look of the website to taking pictures that captured in real life my business and clients
— Anna Conrad J.D., Principal at Impact Leadership Solutions