{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!

{Palmieri Family} Fun Family Winter-Fall Photo Session | Family Pictures in Elk River | Minneapolis Family Photographer

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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High School Junior Model Call | Elk River Senior Pictures | Winter Photo Session

Junior Model Call | Elk River Senior Pictures | Winter Photo Session

I am super excited to announce a fun session I am planning for the end of February!  It will be so much fun!  If you are a high school junior and are interested in a super fun AND FREE winter photo session, please apply below! Deadline is February 1, 2018!

I am looking for 8-10 fun and outgoing high school junior girls to spend a couple of hours  having a blast with us on the afternoon of Sunday, February 25 (weather permitting).

I will take individual photos of you, and also a few group shots. This is an awesome way to make new friends! You will receive 5 watermarked images for social media*, a personal online image gallery, a mobile app of images and a great swag bag of goodies. This is all free to you. You will also be featured on my website, blog, and social media. The entire session will be on my Snapchat story.

One of my favorite senior sessions was in the middle of winter. Check out Kate's session at Woodland Trails Park in Elk River here!


1. You must be a current high school junior, Class of 2019.

2. You must follow me on Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and Facebook (if applicable). 

3. You must be available on Sunday, February 25 for the photo shoot. No cancellations, please!

4. You must be outgoing and love to have your picture taken!

5. You must be active on social media and willing to share your session experience and images and tag From Moments to Memories. When I post photos of you, you will be expected to share the images.

6. Recommend me to your friends when you post the images that you share.

7. I also ask that you send me a little blurb about what you are most excited for in your upcoming senior year.

8. Parental consent is required.

9. Models and a Parent/Guardian must sign a contract with full model release for advertising purposes.

10. Makeup, hair and clothing will not be offered; however, I can provide names of places to help in that regard.  

* The social media images you receive are not printable, but you can purchase high resolution images with a print release at a discounted price!


It’s important to note this session does not replace your senior portrait session. It is simply a fun photo shoot! If, after the session, you wish to use me as your senior photographer and book before or during my "Senior Week" (May), you will receive 20% off your senior session price (valid for Emerald and Diamond packages with deposit paid). *offered only to junior models of this session.

I have 7 years of experience photographing seniors and was just Voted Best Photographer in the 2018 Elk River Star News Readers Choice Awards.

If you want more information on my senior portraits or want to check out my gallery, click below!

Contact me if you have ANY questions! I am looking forward to hearing from you!  

The Dead of Winter | Minnesota Portrait and Fine Art Photography

Minnesota. Gotta love it.....Or do we?  Some of us do, and there are those who don't.  I do. I love the seasons. Fall is my favorite, with winter a close second. Spring comes in at #3, and dead last is summer.  What?  Summer is last?  Yes.  Don't get me wrong, I like summer. But the heat of summer kills me. For whatever reason, I melt in the summer. The 90+ humid days, hot sun and the bugs. Oh for the bugs. I enjoy the green landscape and the beautiful sunsets, but the heat is unbearable. Give me a nice winter day in place of it and I'm a happy camper.  HOWEVER, there is a limit to what I can even bear. And that is the frigid cold temps that we have had the last couple of weeks. I love the snow, but you can have the below 0 temps.

At any rate, you can imagine how difficult it is being a portrait photographer in Minnesota without a studio. Although I personally love winter portraits, not everyone can be convinced to brave the frigid temps. So what do I do in the dead of winter?  

First of all, I do have two other jobs. HA. I have to support us somehow. But right now I am working on bettering my business.  I am in the middle of taking two online photography courses, Real Estate and Fresh 48. Not sure if either are something I want to get into, but in my "down time", I can freshen my skills up a bit. I have taken part in several webinars on business management, web presence, SEO, posing, printing, pricing and anything else you can imagine. I am playing "catch up" with my blogging and social media accounts. I am updating my website and implementing a new brand with my marketing materials.  It seems I have had a hodge podge mix of brochures, ads, etc. I want to create a uniform look. I am gearing up to start booking for this senior season and working on a new newsletter system.  And confound it, I WILL figure out this social media algorithm thingy. It sounds like Facebook does not bode well for us small business owners this year.

I finally launched my fine art print store that I have been promising for years. That has been a huge undertaking and I am so glad that it's done. As time permits, I will be adding new content often. 

I have a few senior winter shoots  coming up, along with a couple of corporate headshots. I have also had fun taking some dance competition photos of my daughter's former high school teammates and a cheerleading competition. Needless to say, just because I'm not shooting 24/7 doesn't mean that I have been lax in my duties. 

Aside from all of that, I have been trying to keep warm in the frigid temps with my daughter; playing with my two cats, Charlie and Chloe, watching my Minnesota Vikings win their division, and planning some personal projects as well.

Right now, I am working on my taxes. Oy. Need I say more?

minneapolis pet photography happy caturday
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Year in Review | Elk River, Minnesota Portrait Photographer

2017 was good to From Moments to Memories. So many awesome sessions and clients! I truly am so lucky to have worked with so many beautiful people. I have never dedicated so much time to my business as I did in 2017. At the end of 2016, I graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Web and Multimedia Design to add to my bag of tricks. 

I spent endless hours editing photos, many mornings watching the sun rise. I worked almost every weekend, watched countless training videos and learned more about what I can offer my clients. I implemented a new management system and pricing structure to streamline my workflow, making things so much simpler for my clients. (And lets be honest, myself.)

Too many good things happened in 2017 I can't even list them all!  I was featured on the "Snap Society Featured Photographer" blog, made the 2017 Top Pro list from Thumbtack, and was voted Best Photographer in the Elk River Star News (my local newspaper) 2018 Reader's Choice Awards. I FINALLY started selling my nature, still life and other "non-portrait" images. This has been a goal of mine for at least five years. It has been a long time coming!  I also started offering lifestyle family and newborn sessions, which have been super fun for me!

My plan is to continue to come up with fun, creative sessions for my seniors and families, while continuing to grow and learn. I am looking forward to a great 2018! Thank you all for helping to make this happen!

Happy New Year!