Spectrum High School Senior

{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!

{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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