Elk River Senior Pictures

{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!

{AJ} Senior Baseball Session | Elk River Senior Pictures | Elk River, Minnesota

Hello and welcome back to my blog! This week I am featuring AJ!

AJ is a senior at Elk River High School and a member of the Class of 2019. His extracurricular activities include baseball and basketball. He enjoys the outdoors and skateboarding, as well as hunting with his dogs. I had a great time hanging out with him and his parents and those dogs! He describes himself as funny, outgoing and friendly. I agree wholeheartedly! He was so fun to talk to!

AJ wanted his senior pictures to represent all sides of him in his natural every day look. One that showed his love of sports and also a bit classier look. Hales Field in Elk River is (and was) a huge part of his life with lots of memories, so we started out there for baseball shots. He brought all of his baseball equipment to “accessorize”. The lighting was fantastic this late summer evening.

a teenager getting his senior baseball photos taken at Elk River Hales Field.

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

“Figure out places you would think make good backgrounds as well as great outfits that show who you are.”

He is absolutely correct! From Moments to Memories helps with this as well. We have taken seniors all over the Twin Cities area and have great locations we can suggest. From urban to country, we know some awesome locations. We are always looking for new locations as well!

senior boy getting his baseball pictures taken at Hales Field in Elk River, Minnesota.

We then headed down the road to Bailey Point Nature Preserve which is an amazing park. AJ’s opinion of the park? It is one of the most beautiful outdoor places in his home city of Elk River, Minnesota. I frequent the park quite often for my nature photography and love when my seniors pick this park. The sunsets here are fantastic and we even run into deer often on sessions at this location.

As I mentioned, AJ also brought his pups along. They were so fun and friendly! At one point, one even jumped into the river! So much fun!

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

“Be yourself. Don’t wear something that doesn’t express who you really are each day.”

AJ’s overall senior photo experience?

“I had a fantastic time taking pictures as well as talking with Sheila. I believe my photos came out better than expected, and I loved how they all looked.”

AJ plans to attend the College of St Scholastica, major in secondary education, and pursue his dreams in baseball.

I am sure that AJ will do well! His future looks very bright! Thanks to AJ and his parents for entrusting me with his senior photos!

{Bridget} Country Senior Session | Elk River, Minnesota | Elk River High School

Hello and welcome back to my blog! This week I am featuring Bridget!

I was so excited when Bridget’s mom, Nancy, contacted me for her senior session! I have known Bridget”s sister for many years, as my daughter had danced with her since kindergarten. Bridget is a senior at Elk River High School and a member of the Class of 2019. She is involved in archery and robotics. She loves programming and designing new things! Bridget describes herself as kind, quiet and giving.

Bridget wanted her senior session in a natural, outdoor setting so I suggested both Bailey Point Nature Preserve and the Houlton Conservation area in Elk River. We started at the Houlton Conservation area, which is one of my favorite parks for senior sessions. It is along the river, and has an old barn-type building for great backdrops.

Teenager getting her photo taken at an Elk River park in the country.

Teenager getting her photo taken at an Elk River park in the country.

I asked Bridget how she would advise someone else on how to prepare for their senior photo session. She responded with,

“Look at the photographer’s other senior shoots and make sure you have an idea of what you want with your session.”

She is absolutely correct! When choosing a senior photographer, make sure you check their portfolio/gallery for their photography AND editing style. This ensures a good fit with your senior photographer.

Bridget brought a chair and some daisies along for her session. She brought the chair because she checked out the landscapes before hand, and thought the chair would look good with the back drops. She was right! And the daisies are her favorite flower.

senior girl getting her senior photos taken at Houlton Conservation Area in Elk River, Minnesota

We headed down the road to Bailey Point Nature Preserve which is an amazing park. I frequent the park quite often for my nature photography and love when my seniors pick this location. The sunsets here are amazing, as well as the wildflowers in season. I loved that Bridget brought her own props.

senior-shoot-girl-chair-country

Bridget did her own makeup because she knew what she wanted and how she wanted it done. When in doubt! She went to Simonson’s Salon to get her hair done because it was less stressful to have someone else do it! She didn’t want any big or crazy accessories and chose a simple necklace and bracelet. I loved all her outfits, and the daisies made it all come together with her country theme.

senior-shoot-sunset-flowers

Toward the end of Bridget’s session, a few white-tailed deer even stopped by for a visit. Twins, even! Bridget was coaxing them in with her flowers, however they kept their distance. I was wishing I had my long lens to capture some close ups of them!

senior-shoot-park-deer

Bridget’s overall senior photo experience?

“Amazing! Sheila made it very easy and fun. It was very cool to see all the deer at Bailey Point!”

Bridget plans to attend Bethany Lutheran College in the fall where she will major in Chemistry.

I know you will do well, Bridget! Thank you for trusting me with your senior photos!

{Sam} Elk River Senior Session | Elk River, Minnesota | Elk River High School

I have a lot of catching up to do with blogging my senior and family sessions! I’m going to try and do two a week until I’m caught up! What a season I had!

Starting this week with Sam!

Sam is a senior at Elk River High School and a member of the Class of 2019. He also plays baseball AND basketball, and is a member of the National Honor Society. Sam describes himself as funny and self-loving!

We started out at Handke School and the Pit near Downtown Elk River. Sam was looking for a suburban look for his senior session, but not overdone. He wanted nice and simple! And I believe that’s what he got! He chose Elk River because it’s the place he calls home. Its his last year here, and wanted to show the place some love!

senior boy at Handke Pit for senior pictures in summer

I asked Sam what one piece of advice he would have to other seniors getting their picture taken. His response?

“Don’t try to be a “model” or pose for the camera. Just relax. They’re YOUR photos, so just relax and BE YOURSELF.”

handke pit senior photography in downtown elk river minnesota

We moved on to the Downtown Elk River area off Main Street and the river. Sam says his biggest fear about the session was that he wouldn’t be comfortable and honestly ended up and having so much fun. “Honestly, I felt like I was just walking around with my own little group of paparazzi, and it felt amazing!”

teenaged boy getting senior pictures done in downtown elk river

He advises other high school seniors to prepare in advance for the session. “Get your clothes picked up as soon as possible, don’t wait like me choosing two days before!” I would have to agree! There is less anxiety if you prepare well in advance!

senior urban pictures in downtown elk river minnesota on the mississippi river

Sam said his overall senior session experience was fun. “I loved having my mom follow us around. Overall, I had more fun than I thought I would.”

Sam’s future plans?

“Go to college, have fun in life, and see where it takes me!”

Good luck in everything you do, Sam! Thank you for trusting me with your senior photos!

{Lexi} Softball Senior Session | Elk River, Minnesota | Elk River High School

Featured on the blog this week is Lexi!

Senior getting her senior photos taken in Minnesota.

Lexi plays softball for Elk River High School in Elk River and is a member of the Class of 2019. She also participates in Elk Buddies, which is a club at school that focuses on bridging the gap between special education students and those in general education classes! Lexi describes herself as outgoing, kind, and athletic.

We first started at the softball fields in Elk River. Lexi brought her bat and a softball to use as props in her photos. They are an essential part to her sport, so she wanted them to be featured!

Softball player getting senior photos taken in Elk River

We then headed to the Downtown Elk River area. Lexi wanted to stay in her hometown and have familiar backgrounds featured in her photos, because it is where she grew up! The weather was quite warm, but beautiful!

Senior girl getting her photos taken in Downtown Elk River Minnesota

We ended our night at The Houlton Conservation Area and Bailey Point Nature Preserve in Elk River. These parks always make for such gorgeous photos! The sunset was beautiful. It made for another gorgeous golden-hour session!

Teen girl having her senior photos taken at parks in Elk River Minnesota

We asked Lexi what advice she would offer to seniors preparing for their session. Her response?

"Bring a comb. Make sure you’re comfortable in your outfits. Make sure you have all your clothes set out and props. Also what locations and poses you want."

Girl getting her senior photos taken in Elk River Minnesota.

Lexi plans to attend college and possibly major in Social Work or Special Education.

Good luck in your endeavors, Lexi! Thank you for trusting me with your senior photos!