{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.

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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!

{Julie} Senior Cheer Session | Rogers, Minnesota | Rogers High School

Catching up on blogging with this beautiful senior! Julie is a cheerleader for Rogers High School in Rogers and is a member of the Class of 2019. She describes herself as having a sparkly attitude and a caring personality. Julie also is an avid weight-lifter, is a member of the National Honor Society, and participates in DECA.

We first started at the Rogers High School football stadium for her cheerleading photos. She brought her Letter jacket, pom-poms, and an assortment of hair bows. The weather was beautiful, however it was very windy and sunny, but we were able to work with it!

Rogers Minnesota Cheerleader getting her senior photos taken

We then headed to Anoka, and utilized the three different locations in the Anoka area. The park is right on the Rum River, and has a lot of great nature scenery for backdrops. The downtown area also has great backgrounds, but these have more of an urban-feel. 

Senior girl getting her pictures taken in Anoka, Minnesota

Our last spot was also in Anoka, and it brought a more rural/country setting. The feed store has awesome farm-like backdrops that include a red brick building, some silos, and a few corn cribs. 

Rogers senior getting her photos taken in Anoka, Minnesota

All of Julie's outfits were very cute and worked very well with her locations! Julie chose to accessorize her outfits with pieces that had meaning to her. She got her hair done by Katie at Xtreme Salon in Otsego and had her nails done at Turbo Nails, also in Otsego. Julie's advice for those preparing for their senior session? 

"Wear what you feel comfortable in. Make sure you don't wait until the last minute to finalize outfits, hair, and makeup."
Senior girl getting her photos taken in Anoka

Julie plans to attend North Dakota State University. She would like to major in architecture!

I also asked Julie what her overall experience was with her senior session. Her response? 

"Super, duper, duper fun!"

Good luck in all you do, Julie! I know you will succeed in reaching your goals!

{Allison} Country Senior Session | Buffalo, Minnesota | Annandale High School

Allison attends Annandale High School in Annandale and is a member of the Class of 2019. She describes herself as happy, funny and kind. After meeting her, I would have to agree! I would also add beautiful, inside and out!

Senior pictures being taken in Buffalo Minnesota

When Allison's mom, Leesa, contacted me for senior portraits, we had several different parks in mind. Allison was looking for a rural setting with a field of tall grass and wildflowers. She also had mentioned she wanted to bring her own wooden chair to use as a prop. A few days before Allison's session, her mom texted me photos of their yard and her brother's property. It all looked amazing, so we decided to use her family's property!

We started out at Ally's house on Sugar Lake. She wore a super cute floral two-piece dress, and we took some photos with her dog, Ollie. Ally got her hair and makeup done at Ulta, and they did a fantastic job!

Senior girl getting her photos taken in Buffalo, Minnesota

We then moved on to Leesa's brother's property. We had so much fun riding around on the ATVs to different locations on his property. We also made use of his neighbor's hobby farm, with permission of course! 

Girl getting her senior photos taken in Buffalo

All of Ally's wardrobe choices were gorgeous! She chose to accessorize with dainty jewelry, because she didn't want anything too noticeable. Ally's advice for those preparing for their senior session? 

Know what kind of pictures you want before you start!
Teenage girl getting senior pictures done at a farm in Minnesota

Allison plans to attend Grand Canyon State University in Arizona. She would like to study Biomedical sciences. On her summers off, she will work at the Annandale Care Center! 

What was Ally's overall senior photo experience like?

Amazing!! I love how they turned out.
Senior girl getting her senior portraits taken in rural Minnesota

Everything about this session was amazing. I have to say it ranks in the top three of my all-time favorite sessions I have ever done! The golden hour lighting was fantastic!