Elk River Senior Portrait Photography

{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!

Scheduling Your Senior Portrait Session | Twin Cities Senior Photographer | Elk River Senior Pictures

When should I schedule my senior pictures? I get asked this question quite frequently and wanted to shed some light on the subject.  Officially, my senior season begins in the Spring of your JUNIOR year.  If you are graduating in 2020, your senior photo session should be booked no later than June or July! And that may be cutting it short for a busy senior photographer.  I start booking in February and am usually full for the season by the end of July.  This does not mean your photos need to be done that early, but I highly recommend you book by July.  I get calls every year in September looking to book fall senior photos and unfortunately, I have to turn them away because I am full. I start shooting in May and go up until the following March. If you are looking to book your shoot for fall, DO NOT WAIT until fall to book. You will have a difficult time finding a good photographer who is not full.

Most high schools require you to have your yearbook photo submitted by October or November, and I have seen it as early as August or September.  I keep a list of yearbook deadline dates for the local schools every year so I am kept in the loop. All of my packages include yearbook photo submission. It's my job to know when your yearbook photo is due. 

Not sure what season you want?  Here are a few pointers for you….

Graduation Pictures in Spring

Spring weather in Minnesota is beautiful! May flowers are blooming, the air is cool, and it is almost literally bug-free. Fun, beautiful sundresses and light clothing is the norm! Those who get their photos done in May or June are able to enjoy their summer and not have to worry about their senior photos!

teenaged girls getting their senior portraits taken in summer.
fun senior girl pictures at mill ruins park in downtown minneapolis, minnesota

Summer Senior Pictures

Summer is definitely the most popular season for senior photos. Summer is hot. I’m not gonna lie. I shoot in the evenings so it is a little cooler, albeit more buggy. The golden hour lighting of summer cannot compare! It is the season of wide-brim hats and tall grass! Some of my favorite photos have been shot in the summer!

teenage girl with summer dress and hat getting her senior portraits taken at henry’s woods park in rogers
summer senior pictures in minnesota

Senior Portraits in Fall

Fall. What can I say about fall? My favorite time of year. “October is my favorite color.”  The season of sweaters, boots, pea coats and beautiful scarves.

If you are involved with after-school activities, please keep in mind that once school starts seniors are BUSY. Homecoming, sports, homework deadlines, college applications and visits, etc. Not to mention I am also very busy in the fall. My normal editing time is 2-3 weeks. Once August and September hit, it moves to 3-6 weeks.  Please keep that in mind for yearbook submission deadlines.  If we are in a pinch for editing time, I have edited the yearbook photo and sent it on through.

teenagers getting their senior portraits taken in the fall in minnesota.

Winter Senior Pictures

Winter. Ah….Winter in Minnesota. I have to say my favorite senior session to date was shot in February. It was 12 degrees outside but you would never know it. There is something to be said for beautiful winter snow pictures. The lighting is absolutely fantastic in the winter and the snow? Well, that speaks for itself!

senior girl in elk river getting her portraits taken at woodland trails park, elk river, minnesota.
teenage girls getting their senior photos taken in winter, elk river, anoka, snow, minnesota

Whichever time of year you choose, I have beautiful locations to compliment the season. Just remember to book your session early!

Minneapolis Senior Photographer | {Bailey} Fun Winter Junior Model Session with the Class of 2019 | From Moments to Memories Photography & Design

I am on a roll today in catching up with my junior winter model blogs!  Next up is the beautiful Bailey!  

black and white photo of a pretty senior getting her photos taken in elk river, minnesota

Bailey is a member of the Class of 2019 and attends Elk River High School. Bailey describes herself as kind, confident and fun to be around!  She was such a fun addition to our session!  What does she like to do outside of school?  Bailey plays softball and volunteers with the Special Olympics. She also loves to read and paint. 

group of teenaged girls getting their senior photos taken in winter at a park in minneapolis

What is Bailey looking forward to most her senior year? "I'm looking forward to all my new classes I'm taking. Also, to spend the year with my friends and seeing where my future takes me."

winter senior girl photos at woodland trails park in elk river, minnesota

After graduation, Bailey plans to attend college and be successful!  After meeting her, I know that she will definitely achieve that goal! Thanks for participating in my junior model session, Bailey! 

winter senior portraits taken at woodland trails park in elk river

If you are interested in booking a session with us, Contact Us soon! My spring and summer are booking fast! 

senior group of girls for a fun winter photo session at Woodland Trails Park in Elk River, Minnesota

Until next time!

Sheila

Senior Pictures in Princeton, MN | {Lacee} Fun Winter Junior Model Session with the Class of 2019 | From Moments to Memories Photography & Design

Hey all! It has definitely been a busy spring with sessions, editing, and sickness (unfortunately)!  A rain day today means I can catch up and finish my blog series with my winter junior models from this past March, along with a couple of more senior sessions I've not blogged yet!

senior girl laughing and posing for winter senior pictures in elk river minnesota

Next up is Lacee!  I have a special place in my heart for this beautiful girl, as I've known her since she was about 6 years old!  I cannot believe she will be a senior next year!

princeton high school senior girl portraits in winter at a park in elk river minnesota

Lacee is a member of the Class of 2019 and attends Princeton High School. Sami describes herself as perky who loves to chat with people and make them happy!  I'm in agreement with that one! She's a very outgoing girl!  What does she like to do outside of school?  Lacee has always been very active, and at the moment she participates in track, dance, archery, student council, leo club, girl scouts and band! Whew!

teenage girls in a winter senior group photo session at a park in elk river minnesota

What is Lacee looking forward to most her senior year? "I'm looking forward to spending time and making memories with my friends and taking fun classes! I can't wait for all of my activities and adventures my senior year will bring me!"

pretty high school senior getting her portraits taken in princeton, minnesota

After graduation, Lacee plans to join the military. She is unsure whether she will fully enlist or do ROTC while attending college. WOW! Ambitious! Thanks for participating in my junior model session, Lacee!  I am sure you will be fabulous with whatever you choose!

senior group of girls for a fun winter photo session at Woodland Trails Park in Elk River, Minnesota

If you are interested in booking a session with us, Contact Us soon! My dates are booking fast! 

Until next time!

Sheila

Senior Pictures in Elk River, MN | {Sami} Fun Winter Junior Model Session with the Class of 2019 | From Moments to Memories Photography & Design

Have you registered for all of my giveaways yet on Instagram? Head on over to do so! @frommomentstomemories. Lots of gift cards and goodies to be had!  I mean, who doesn't want free stuff?!  Be sure to follow ALL of the instructions in order to be eligible! Only 3 days left!

fun senior girl getting her photo taken in winter at a park in Elk River

More of my fun winter model session, this time with Sami!

fun winter senior session girl with i love my melon hat on in snow at a park in elk river

Sami is a member of the Class of 2019 and attends Elk River High School. Sami describes herself as caring , funny and ditsy.  Ditsy? Sami, you are far from ditsy!  What does she like to do outside of school?  Sami is on the girls hockey team at ERHS and loves to hang out with her friends.

Group of teenaged girls getting their senior pictures taken in winter at a park

What is Sami looking forward to most her senior year? "What I'm looking forward to most my senior year is spending it with my best friends and enjoying every moment because it's gonna go by in a blink of an eye! Football games, hockey season and prom all for one last year!"

happy senior girl getting her portraits taken in winter at a park in elk river, minenesota

After graduation, Sami plants to attend college and major in psychology. I'm sure you will excel in whatever you do! Thanks for participating in my junior model session, Sami!

senior group of girls for a fun winter photo session at Woodland Trails Park in Elk River, Minnesota

If you are interested in booking a session with us, Contact Us soon! My dates are booking up fast! The best time to do it is during Senior Days, as I am offering 10% off senior session packages from May 14-23rd*  Only three days left to get in on this! Your deposit and contract must be received during this time frame to receive the promotion.  Also during Senior Days, I am having giveaways on my Instagram page starting May 24th! Gift cards, t-shirts and other goodies! Head on over to my Instagram profile page to find out how you can win! @frommomentstomemories 

Until next time!

 

* Senior session must be booked, deposit paid and contract signed by May 23, 2018.

** Must be a member of the Class of 2019 to register for the drawings.