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Choosing the Right Accessories for Your Senior Portraits | Twin Cities Senior Photographer

senior girl with hat and scarf accessories for winter senior photography

Getting ready to book your senior photo session?  This is Part 3 (you can check out Part 1 and Part 2 at the respective links) in a series of blogs from by daughter, Baylee, to help you prepare for your upcoming senior pictures. Baylee is my go-to person for anything regarding style, makeup and accessories. 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 pictures with hat, scarf and necklace for accessories 

You’ve got your outfit planned, you know exactly what you’re doing with your hair, and have already spoken to the makeup artist about that wicked cat eye. Now it’s time to consider your accessories, which can make or break your outfit. Here are six things to keep in mind.  

senior girl picture in summer field on Houlton Conservation Area in elk river
  1. Don’t let the accessories wear you. Too big or too zany can overwhelm your face and body, taking away from the overall image. This is about you. 
  2. Choose accessories that mean something to you. Maybe you want to wear a ring your mother gave you, or those earrings that always earn you compliments. 
  3. Try not to choose anything that’s heavily ornamented. In a few years, ultra trendy items can look really, really dated. Funky and fun are A-OK, of course, but be thoughtful in your decisions. 
  4. Make sure your accessories all work well with your outfit. For example, a thin belt may flatter your figure more than a thick belt. And those dangly earrings may look best with your hair up while the studs look good with your hair down. 
  5. Get a second, and third opinion. Wear everything you plan to put on for your session day and ask for someone else’s advice. Take some pictures, even, and ask your friends and family if they have any suggestions. Send them on over to us so we can take a look. One of the things I love doing is picking outfits for each location!  We are here to help!
  6. Statement pieces are cute, but can be overwhelming. If you are going to wear a statement necklace, scarf, or big earrings, make sure your other accessories are smaller, yet coordinate. 
senior girl wearing fashion accessories for high school grad pictures

After reading all of my preparation blog posts, you should be well on your way to feeling confident in knowing you will look amazing for your senior portraits!  Now all you have to do is book your senior session!  Give us a call, we'll hook you up!

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Until next time!


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

11 Beauty & Fashion Tips for Your Senior Portrait Session | Senior Photography in Minneapolis | 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!

Preparation Tips for Senior Pictures | 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!


summer girl senior pictures in downtown anoka, minnesota
girl senior pictures on an abandoned farm, albertville, minnesota

Why Hire a Professional Photographer? | Minneapolis, MN Senior Portraits

"Thanks for the info, but we found someone with a good camera who will do it for free."  

"Susie said she would take my senior photos, and put all 150 of them on a CD for me."

Would you trust your husband to cut your hair? After all, he's got a great pair of shears. How about your teenage son doing your landscaping? He mows exceptionally well!  And why not have your best friend's cousin's sister's aunt do professional senior photos? I mean, she has a great fancy camera, right?


Just because someone has the right camera, does not mean you should entrust an amateur to capture the milestones in your life. Even if it's a nice, expensive one. 

As a student, you’re busy with school, sports, college visits, etc., and if you’re a parent of a student, you’re equally as busy. I take the hassle out of process to make your senior  photography session enjoyable and stress free.
I have several years of experience specializing in senior photography. I know how to capture these moments in ways that are special and memorable. "A picture is worth a thousand words" has subtle nuances. To capture them, it is essential to have a trained eye and perfect timing. Having hundreds of photos under my belt doesn’t hurt either.  

I have the camera and technical skills to capture your best you!  It is NOT the camera that takes the picture. It is the photographer! To consistently take beautiful portraits, you need more than fancy gear. You need to know how and when to work with that fancy gear on whatever lighting circumstance you’re in. It’s much more than pointing and shooting. Even on the most perfect days at the perfect locations, lighting can be tricky. I have seen many senior portraits online that make me cringe at the lighting.  The hottest, brightest, sunniest time is NOT the best time for pictures. Shadows on faces and eyes squinting does not make a perfect portrait.

Want a fun, hip, urban Downtown Minneapolis location?  Or would you prefer a beautiful park in Elk River? I have many location options in the Twin Cities area for your senior photo session, taking the stress of finding the perfect spot off your shoulders!  With that being said, I'm also open to a session at your choice location if you've happened upon the perfect place!  Another part of my job as an experienced senior photographer is to pose you in ways that are flattering, put you in the best light (literally) and make you feel at ease.

Plus, there’s much more that goes into making your senior photography session so much fun and worthwhile!

The quality of your photos should be the number one factor you consider before even thinking about price. My photos speak for themselves. My portfolio is the purest reflection of me, and how I capture your fondest memories. 


{Jordan} Sports-Baseball Senior Session | Elk River, MN Senior Photos

As we wind down to the last few weeks of the school year, I'd like you to meet Jordan!  Jordan is a member of the Class of 2017 at Spectrum High School. He is on the Spectrum Baseball team, and enjoys fishing, camping, hockey, football, video games and hanging out with friends.  He describes himself as fun, creative and disciplined.  After spending the morning with him, I would have to agree!

We kept Jordan's session simple and stayed in Elk River and Otsego for his shoot. He wanted some at Handke Pit. Fun fact, Jordan works at Handke Pit during the winter :) Jordan brought his baseball jersey and equipment with to get some baseball images on the field.  My favorite part of the session is to capture seniors in their element.  He was very photogenic and a natural in front of the camera.  

Jordan was looking to incorporate baseball and nature into his photoshoot, and I think we took care of that. The outfits he chose were easy and casual. When I asked him what was one piece of advice to give upcoming seniors to help with their photo shoot, he said, "Have an idea of what you want it to look like and what to wear".

After high school, Jordan plans to attend Anoka Ramsey Community College and major in sports-related business.

Good luck in the future, Jordan!  Thank you for choosing me to capture your senior pictures!

Elk River Senior Photographer

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