{Colton} High School Senior Session at Henry’s Woods | Rogers Senior Photographer

Next up for the Class of 2019 is Colton! Colton attended Rogers high School and was a member of the Class of 2019. He describes himself as smart, nice, and funny! After getting to know him, I would have to agree! Colton was a member of the National Art Honor Society and is an amazing artist.  Colton’s mom, Tracee, and I work together. I had done Colton’s sister’s (Cailyn) senior portraits the previous year. 

Colton wanted a much simpler setting other than Downtown Minneapolis, so we went to Henry’s Woods Park in Rogers. We went during the Minnesota Education Association (MEA) weekend in mid-October, which is always the prime weekend for fall color. It did NOT disappoint!  Cailyn had some of her photos taken here, and Tracee wanted some images at the red barn.

What is one piece of advice Colton has for other seniors getting their picture taken?

It isn’t that hard to take senior photos, so do it for the family memories. 

Great advice!  I agree! Many boys cringe at the thought of having portraits taken, but in the end, it is always about preserving your memories!

We starting the session at the red barn that is a short walk from the parking lot of the park. This is a very popular area for photographers in the fall. I was happy that there weren’t too many people at the park at that time. There were a few shots Tracee wanted to get for the vision she had of both kids’ canvas prints hanging on her wall.

Rogers High School senior boy getting his photo taken in front of a barn at Henry’s Woods Park in Rogers, Minnesota

We then walked the beautiful path covered with fall foliage down to the bridge over the stream. The fall color was spectacular. This is absolutely one of my favorite locations to shoot in the fall. Senior or family! I book so fast for the fall, I am almost always booked by the end of July for the season.

high school senior pictures in rogers, Minnesota fall foliage

Some advice Colton has for senior portrait preparation?

Dress nice and be appropriate to others!

Colton’s overall senior photo experience?

I loved how we explored around the area to find the best places to shoot.

Rogers teenager having senior pictures taken at Henry’s Woods Park in Rogers, Minnesota

Colton will be attending Gustavus Adolphus College in the fall, where he will major in mathematics and astronomy.

Good Luck, Colton! I am sure you will do amazing!

{Hailey} Fun Senior Country Session | Elk River Senior Photographer

What a fun country-themed senior session this was in Elk River!

Hailey is a senior at Spectrum High School, and is a member of the Class of 2019. I should say “was”, as Spectrum has already had their commencement ceremony!  Hailey was on the Track and Field team for four years, and the Cross Country team for one. She describes herself as ambitious, strong-willed and dependable! 

high school senior having portraits taken at Houlton Conservation Area in Elk River, Minnesota.

Hailey wanted a natural look, and is not a big city girl, so she chose to go to a local farm/park and park reserve. We started at the Houlton Conservation Area in Elk River. This location is set on several acres on the Elk River and has a great old barn/out building on the property. It’s a great country location that many seniors choose. Hailey was also going for a very casual look and wanted to “just be myself.”  She chose a look for her makeup and hair similar to what she does every day just for that purpose!

teenage girl getting senior photos taken in Elk River, Minnesota park

What’s one piece of advice Hailey has for other seniors getting their pictures taken?

Don’t get stressed out about little things, they won’t matter as much as you think!


Hailey also advises to have everything planned out early in preparation for the session. Don’t wait until the last minute! I agree, Hailey!

black and white photos of a spectrum high school senior at houston conservation area in elk river, minnesota.

We then headed over to Bailey Point Nature Preserve just down the street. This park is my all time favorite park to shoot at. It is set right on the acreage where the Elk River runs into the Mississippi River. Lots of great options for back drops here. 

beautiful teenage girl having her senior portraits taken in elk river, minnesota

Hailey brought her track/XC spikes, team jersey and her letter jacket. She wanted to have her sports included in her pictures.

spectrum track teenager getting photos taken at Bailey Point Nature Preserve.

Her biggest fear about the session was that she would be awkward.

I’m definitely not a natural when it comes to this sort of thing. It was better than I thought it was going to be.

The sun was setting about that time, and the wildflowers were in bloom.  We were able to capture some beautiful golden hour photos! 

golden hour and wildflower senior photos taken of a girl in elk river, minnesota
golden hour sunset senior portraits taken of a girl at bailey point park reserve in elk river, minnesota.

Hailey’s overall senior photo experience?

Fun, it went by fast. I’m not someone that loves having pictures taken, but this wasn’t bad at all!

Hailey will be attending the College of St. Benedict in the fall. She is still exploring potential options for majors! I am sure whatever you choose, Hailey, you will excel!

Congratulations on your high school graduation!

{Lindsey} Urban Downtown Senior Session | Elk River High School | Photographer in Anoka, Minnesota

Up next for the Class of 2019 is Lindsey!

Lindsey attends Elk River High School and is a member of the Class of 2019. She describes herself as outgoing, friendly and hard-working. Her hobbies include spending time with her family, hanging out with friends, and listening to music. She loves working and being around little kids so she spends a lot of time with her niece! 

We decided on downtown Anoka for Lindsey’s shoot, because it is such a versatile location. It is a “3 locations in 1” location for seniors. In Lindsey’s words:

We chose Downtown Anoka because the scenery is amazing and there are so many places to go that are walking distance so you get different looks to chose from. The park is right on the Rum River, and has a lot of great nature scenery for backdrops.

senior girl getting her portraits taken in downtown anoka along the rum river.

Lindsey brought a sign that said “I’m done 2019”. She chose to bring this prop because it’s a huge achievement for her to be graduating high school. It’s her last year of mandatory school, and it represents that she feels accomplished.  We started at the park near the Chamber of Commerce, along the Rum River. The fall color was starting to pop and made for some amazing photos!

We then headed to the downtown area and Rum River dam for some urban shots. I absolutely loved Lindsey’s outfits for her session. The purple color was a spectacular choice! Lindsey wanted a more natural look for her session and I believe she nailed it!

Senior girl getting her pictures taken in Anoka, Minnesota along the Rum River downtown

What’s one piece of advice Lindsey has for other seniors getting their picture taken?

“Go for a natural look, don’t dress up too much, but don’t under-dress either. Dress for the occasion and be yourself!”

beautiful teenager getting senior portraits taken in downtown Anoka, Minnesota.

Our last spot was also in Anoka, at the feed store and along a park trail. It threw in a little bit of country into Lindsey’s session.

Elk River High School senior getting her photos taken in Anoka, Minnesota
Teenaged girl getting senior photos taken in Downtown Anoka, Minnesota.

Teenaged girl getting senior photos taken in Downtown Anoka, Minnesota.

Lindsey's advice for those preparing for their senior session? 

"Pick out outfits that go according to the weather and make sure you have everything the day before, so you are not rushing the orning "or day of. Go with a natural look so you look like yourself!“

I also asked Lindsey how her overall senior photo experience was.

“My overall senior photo experience was amazing! My photos turned out so good and I love them all! Sheila and Baylee had so many good ideas and they were very helpful through the whole process!” 

We love to hear that! We always strive to make your senior session fun and amazing!

Lindsey plans to attend Anoka Ramsey Community College and pursue a degree in Elementary Education.

Good luck in all you do, Lindsey! I know you will succeed in reaching your goals!

{Alexa and Avary} Senior Portrait Session | Princeton High School | Minneapolis Senior Photographer

Hello! I am super excited to bring you Alexa and Avary on the blog today!

Alexa and Avary are twins if you hadn’t guessed! They are seniors at Princeton High School and are members of the Class of 2019. Alexa describes herself as compassionate, fun and outgoing. Avary also describes herself as outgoing, along with funny and driven. Both are amazingly beautiful, inside and out! They are both involved in many extracurricular activities, including the National Honor Society and on the Student Council. Alexa is also a member of the Cross Country and Track teams, while Avary is involved with SADD and on the Prom Committee.

After a couple of cancellations due to weather, we were able to meet up just after school started last fall. The twins decided on three locations, Downtown Anoka, Henry’s Woods Park in Rogers, and Otsego Park for the golden hour sunset. The weather was extremely warm and windy!

We started off in Downtown Anoka, where we took some great urban shots. Alexa liked this location because it was “edgy” and had a lot of cool architecture and scenery.

A Princeton High School Senior having her senior portraits taken in Downtown Anoka, Rogers and Otsego Park, Minnesota.

I take a lot of seniors to Downtown Anoka in the summer and fall. This is one of my favorite locations. It is so versatile. So many different types of brick backgrounds. It has a heritage-type feel and look to the downtown area. There are also some great parks and the beautiful Rum River Dam.

We then headed to another popular area for families and seniors, Henry’s Woods Park in Rogers, Minnesota. The location has a great red barn, along with a beautiful bridge over a stream tucked back in the woods. It is by far my favorite place to shoot in the fall!

Alexa chose to accessorize her wardrobe with a great wide brim hat to go along with her dress. She was looking for a natural and fun look!

A teenage girl from Princeton High School getting her senior portraits taken in Anoka, Rogers, and Otsego, Minnesota.

I asked Alexa how she would advise someone else on how to prepare for their senior photo session. She responded:

Pick your outfits out ahead of time. Also, have a back up date because you can’t control the weather!

Avary’s advice was similar!

Choose outfits that would work well with the scenery you want!

I couldn’t agree more! From Moments to Memories helps with this as well. I have several blog posts on how to prepare for your senior session, from outfit ideas to accessorizing. I also have a Senior Client Guide I will provide when you book with us. You can follow us on Pinterest for lots of tips on preparation as well!

Avary was also going with a natural look, more so to show who she really is. She based her accessories off the look she was going for. Very natural and simple. All of the above made for some amazing images.

High school senior girl having her Class of 2019 senior portraits taken in various locations in Minnesota.

We then headed to Otsego Park in Otsego where the golden hour sunset lighting was spectacular and made for some gorgeous backdrops! Both girls are beautiful, and the lighting only added to the ambiance. Avary wanted photos in a grass field, and they were gorgeous!

A Princeton, Minnesota high school senior having her senior photos taken at Otsego Park and Henry’s Woods Park in Minnesota.

Avary’s overall senior photo experience?

Good! It was a little warm, but it was better than rain!

How about Alexa?

I enjoyed it. It was pretty warm out, but overall was very fun!!

If you want to check out some fun behind the scenes of this session and others, you can check out From Moments to Memories Instagram highlights (under “BTS”)! Make sure you follow us on Instagram: @frommomentstomemories!

Twin high school senior girls getting their senior pictures taken in downtown Anoka, Minnesota.

The girls will be attending college in the fall. Avary will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where she will major in Marketing; Alexa will be going to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where she will study Exercise Science. Both girls have a bright future ahead of them!

Best wishes to Avary and Alexa with all of their future plans!

{Ellie} Senior Portrait Session | STMA High School | Little Log House Pioneer Village | Hastings, Minnesota

Hello! I am super excited to bring you Ellie on the blog today!

Ellie is a senior at St. Michael Albertville (STMA) High School and a member of the Class of 2019. She has managed the boys hockey team for three years. Ellie describes her self as friendly, smart and stubborn. I have to laugh because I know her mom, Lynne, and she is the same!

After a cancellation due to weather, we met Ellie and her mom at their home, where my daughter Baylee did her makeup. Ellie loved the look so much! Baylee does a fantastic job with makeup and is something we offer all the senior girls for an additional fee. If you need your makeup done, Baylee is your gal!

Ellie was going for a “mix of everything” for her senior portraits and that is exactly what she got! She chose an amazing wardrobe for the location and accessorized accordingly!

Ellie chose her location because “it had everything”. And it did! Saying the Little Log House Pioneer Village in Hastings, Minnesota was amazing was an understatement. This was a new location for us and we were so excited to shoot there! For more information on this location, you can visit the website link above.

a STMA high school senior getting her senior pictures taken at Little Log House Pioneer Village in Hastings, Minnesota.

This location had a little bit of everything! Old buildings, vehicles, a flower garden, an old train and tracks, etc. I can’t even begin to tell you how much was here. It was fantastic. I was so excited to find a new location that I had never been to. I do offer sessions here, but keep in mind they charge $25 for use, and it is an hour away from the NW suburbs of Minneapolis/St. Paul.

a STMA high school senior girl in a blue dress with yellow shoes getting her senior portraits taken at the Little Log House Pioneer Village in Hastings, Minnesota.

I asked Ellie how she would advise someone else on how to prepare for their senior photo session. She responded:

“Plan far in advance!”

I couldn’t agree more! From Moments to Memories helps with this as well. I have several blog posts on how to prepare for your senior session, from outfit ideas to accessorizing. I also have a Senior Client Guide I will provide when you book with us. You can follow us on Pinterest for lots of tips on preparation as well!

STMA Class of 2019 senior girl getting her senior portraits taken in front of an old building at Little Log House Pioneer Village in Hastings, Minnesota.

We are in love with locations with old wooden buildings and barns. There were so many different ideas! I know we missed several spots because of the size of the place! We had so much fun exploring the property, and could’ve spent all night at this location!

A St. Michael Albertville senior girl having her senior pictures taken on a train and fire truck at the Little Log House Pioneer Village in Hastings, Minnesota.

What’s one piece of advice Ellie has for other seniors during their senior session?

“Don't wait until the night before to pick out your outfits.”

The golden hour lighting was spectacular and made for some gorgeous backdrops. Of course Ellie is beautiful herself and really made our job easy!

An STMA high school graduate having her senior photos taken in and around cars, trucks and a phone booth at Little Log House Pioneer Village, Hastings, Minnesota.

Ellie’s overall senior photo experience?

“It was amazing! I had such a fun time!”

So did we, Ellie! She and her mom are such down to earth people. Baylee and I were talking for days on how much fun we had at her senior session. If you want to check out some fun behind the scenes of this session, you can check out From Moments to Memories Instagram highlights! Make sure you follow us on Instagram: @frommomentstomemories

STMA senior pictures for senior girl being taken at Little Log House Pioneer Village in Hastings, Minnesota.

Ellie will be attending the University of Minnesota-Duluth this fall, where she plans to major in Chemistry.

We wish nothing but the best for Ellie in all of her future endeavors!