Top five backdrops for senior photos in the twin cities.

It’s almost time for the class of 2018 to get their senior photos taken.

These aren’t your mom and dads senior portraits! Let’s get serious about taking senior photos that are unique to you! Here are some ideas for backdrops for great senior photos.

So where should you go for your senior portraits?

One) Your hometown or your favorite location! Every town has a style all it’s own, If you love your area, let’s use it as a backdrop? Maybe you don’t think there are any “good spots” in your city or town, but a professional photographer can create really great images anywhere! It’s my job to see the great spots and use them right.
Two) The Arboretum! The University of MN has the Landscape Arboretum just west of Minneapolis in Chaska. The Arboretum has so much to offer it’s amazing! Woods and prairies, flowers and gardens, buildings and bridges, and so much more, it is a great place to do a session and walk around in a truly beautiful setting. I have been photographing sessions there for so many years that I know almost every inch of it and can create a session that you will love! Professional photographers must have a yearly pass to use the grounds and it gets clients in for free! I have one and I am ready for senior sessions there! Visit my website gallery page to see samples of these sessions.


Three) Downtown MPLS! Colorful buildings and alley grunge, bridges and river front, even nature and flowers, the St Anthony Main area of Minneapolis has many looks in a 6 block area! It is a destination senior session that doesn’t disappoint. Trust a professional to set up your session time during the best time of day for the look you want. These sessions are best during the work week to avoid the weekend bike/walking traffic on the Stone Arch Bridge and other popular spots. Call me for pricing on this fun session!
Four) The Chaska area has nature everywhere! I can get a nature look of almost any kind just minutes from my studio in Chaska. This historic city is nestled right on a river with several small lakes with docks nearby that have a nice outdoor feel. There are woods and prairie grass fields close by for that natural relaxed session you want. Let me know what look you are going for and I will find the perfect spot. I have the experience to do all the work for you!

Five) Chaska! Old buildings and the small town feel! Downtown Chaska is the perfect spot for a senior session. It has almost everything someone could want for a session that is creative and beautiful. Besides the obvious historic Chaska brick around every corner there are fun spots that have so much character and unique style that make for a great senior portrait. You will be amazed at how much it has to offer.

Remember to dress appropriately for the outdoor location you choose.

What you’re wearing and where you’re posing will make a great image if it is all connected. If you want to take your photos in front of graffiti in downtown, wear a trendy dress, jean jacket, or a modern-looking outfit. If you’d rather take photos in a clearing of trees, consider an outfit like skinny jeans and a long flowing top or for guys jeans and a jacket. If you are planning on a session with water, wear a sundress or shorts and consider going barefoot! No matter what, pick a location where you can feel comfortable and you can be yourself. If you need help with what to wear that is something I can help you with!
If there is a specific style of images you love definitely create a Pinterest page to show me or gather a few screen shots to send or bring to your session, It will give me a really good idea of the feel you are hoping for. I love your ideas and creating a session that shows who you are! Communication is the key to the perfect senior photos that you will love!