Beryl's Senior Session | Senior Pictures in Downtown Minneapolis | Minnesota Senior Photographer

Beryl's Senior Session | Senior Pictures in Downtown Minneapolis | Minnesota Senior Photographer

I love catching up on blogging later in the season, going back to fun sessions! Beryl's downtown Minneapolis summer session is no exception! Such a fun evening and a beautiful senior!

Shayne's Senior Session | Downtown Anoka Senior Pictures | Portrait Photographer in the Twin Cities

Shayne's Senior Session | Downtown Anoka Senior Pictures | Portrait Photographer in the Twin Cities

It's a blogging kind of snow day! I'm sure Shayne is gearing up for graduation! Only a few short months away now! Congratulations, Shayne!

11 Beauty & Fashion Tips for Your Senior Portrait Session | Senior Photography in Rogers, Minnesota | Twin Cities Graduation Portraits

11 Beauty & Fashion Tips for Your Senior Portrait Session | Senior Photography in Rogers, Minnesota | Twin Cities Graduation Portraits

This is Part 2 of a fun series of blog posts by my daughter, Baylee, geared toward helping you prepare for your senior photo session!

Fun Family Session | Winter Family Pictures in Elk River | Family Photographer in Minneapolis

 family pictures at woodland trails park in the snow

Hi again, everyone!

Let me begin by saying that I am seriously the luckiest photographer in the world. My clients are always so wonderful to work with. That's true of my session with the Palmieri family, too!

The Palmieri family consists of Joe and Kristin, with Ashley, Ava and Joseph. They love to travel and camp together and always enjoy fun family time!

We set up the session for the last Sunday in October. Who would’ve thought that we would get some snow on Saturday night!  We talked in the morning and I asked Kristin if she wanted to cancel. It was chilly, in the 20’s, but no too bad for Minnesota standards. Since all of our upcoming schedules were difficult, not to mention the fact we were heading into November, we decided to go for it.

We were so happy we did!  Location, Location, Location!  I have to say it was pretty amazing! Along with the snow, and of course the wonderful family, this all made for some beautiful photos!

 winter family pictures after the snowfall at woodland trails park in elk river, minnesota

I met up with the Palmieri's at a southern corner of Woodland Trails Park in Elk River, the entrance being down the block from their neighborhood. I absolutely love this park for winter sessions.

The outfits Kristin chose for the session were casual, and she tried to make them coordinate colors and patterns so they didnt distract. She also was going for a warm, cozy feeling.  She did a great job!

 children at a park in the snow in elk river, minnesota
 children winter portraits against trees, woodland trails park, elk river

When I asked Kristin to tell me their favorite parts of their session and why they enjoyed it so much, she responded with, "We enjoyed our session because it was near our house and we love Woodland Trails, so it was nice to capture the trail we use so often as a background for our shoot, plus the snow added a beautiful backdrop!"

 married couple holding hands at woodland trails park in elk river, minnesota in the snow

While the location and snow were great, it was the Palmieri family that made this shoot such a treat!  

 mother and children, father and children winter portraits in the snow

I could only hope that there is a snow storm before all of my family sessions!  One can dream, can't they?

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Preparation Tips for Senior Girls | Senior Pictures in Anoka | Minneapolis Senior Photographer

 senior photo session, henry's woods park, rogers, minnesota

Getting ready to book your senior photo session?  My daughter, Baylee (pictured, during her own senior sessions almost two years ago), is my go-to person for anything regarding style, makeup and accessories. She will be posting a series of blogs on all of the above to help you prepare for your upcoming senior pictures.  In fact, when you book with us, you may be chatting with her leading up to your session. She is a huge assistant to me during your session, as well as posting your behind the scenes on From Moments to Memories' Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook stories.

 senior girl cheerleading pictures school mascot bleachers elk river minnesota

I never did a blog post on her session (my bad!) so I thought I would share some of her pictures in this post. She had several sessions throughout summer and fall, at many different locations ;)  She really does know what she is talking about!

 fall senior girl pictures, henry's woods park in rogers minnesota

Hey all! I'm Baylee, and I am here to hopefully put your mind at ease for your senior session! Follow these guidelines in the weeks leading up to your session and we’ll take care of the rest!

  1. Choose 2-5 outfits (depending on your package choice) to wear during your session and lay them out so they are ready to go. Make sure they are clean and wrinkle-free.  I will give you some tips in my next blog post on what to wear.
  2. Don’t forget to pack any accessories you’ll want for each outfit – jewelry, scarves, headbands, etc. Bring matching socks/tights, and shoes for each outfit if one pair won’t go along with all of them. Pack a good pair of walking shoes if we are going to be walking in any downtown areas for your session.
  3. While you’re at it, if you plan on bringing any props – your ballet shoes, favorite book, softball gear, sports uniform, etc. – go ahead and lay that out as well. If you are going to bring your car to the session and want it to be in photos with you, be sure to wash it the night before/day of your session.
  4. Get a good night’s rest the night before so you can look well rested for your session. Make sure to eat a healthy meal beforehand. Try not to carb-up, because you don’t want to feel bloated.
  5. Get your hair cut about one to two weeks prior to your session. Don’t drastically change it from your normal style in case you don’t like it, all you need is a trim to clean it up a bit. Have the hair stylist show you some easy styles you can do during outfit changes to switch it up a bit. 
  6. Practice your makeup the week leading up to your session so you can get it just right the day of. 
  7. If you plan to have a professional do your makeup and hair, make these appointments ahead of time for the morning of your session.
  8. If you wake up two days prior to your session, or the morning of, and acne has appeared on your face – don’t pick at it and make it worse while trying to get rid of it. Apply some skin-toned concealer over the area (not too heavy) and leave it at that. We offer basic retouching, which includes blemish removal; so don’t even worry about it. 
  9. Paint your nails or get a manicure the day before or morning of your session to ensure your nails look their best. Don’t forget that the color needs to match all of your outfits. For this reason, and to keep a clean appearance, we suggest going with a nude/light pink color, a French manicure, or a basic clear coat.
  10. Practice a nice natural smile and cute poses in a mirror or send us over some of your favorite things we can talk to you about that will help you relax – your favorite movie, your boyfriend, etc.
  11. If you are doing a session with your BFF or BF, don’t forget to coordinate an outfit with them so you guys don’t clash. Only one person should be wearing a pattern, and the other person should wear the “statement piece.”

It may seem overwhelming now, but we really try to keep it as simple as possible!  

Until next time!


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 girl senior pictures on an abandoned farm, albertville, minnesota