Summer Minneapolis Senior Portraits with the Cello

I don't often photograph seniors, but when someone approaches me looking for the less traditional senior portraits, I get excited. When I was asked to work with someone who plays the cello and didn't want her portraits to look just like everyone else, I knew we'd get along well. We played some tunes and we walked around downtown and hiked along Minnehaha Falls. It was a long morning, but totally worth it!

What I Loved about this Session

I loved that everything we did was in Minneapolis! I hadn't visited the graffiti area since I took my own maternity photos with a tripod some six years ago. I'm glad this senior was up for the hike. But my favorite part about the session was taking the candid shots next to the musical notes wall. I loved playing around with the angles.

Senior girl playing the cello next to a brick wall of musical notes in downtown Minneapolis
It was difficult for me to try to choose a favorite photo from the session, but this one is near the top! I had a vision to make her look cool and calm and give the photos a moody vibe to match her personality. This one nailed it.
senior girl standing next to gated tunnel with her arm on the gate gazing outward and graffiti wall beside her
This is one of those shots that I wasn't 100% certain about while taking it, but rolled with it and totally fell in LOVE with it after the fact. We were shooting near a gated tunnel surrounded by graffiti walls and the light was shining directly on her face, but there was significant haze. I wasn't sure how bright the light would be, but it turned out wonderful. I love her gaze outward, the arm placement, and the graffiti wall next to her.

Session Challenges

These senior photos were taken when Minneapolis had the worst air quality on record. There was a significant amount of haze, and the light didn't stay the same for longer than 10 seconds at a time. In the city, we worked in the shade in lower light. Down at Minnehaha Falls we were bouncing around between shade, side lighting, direct lighting, and all of the above.

We also hiked quite a ways to get to a less traveled area where there was a cool cave-like structure and a graffiti wall. Everyone was sweaty at the end!

If you're looking for senior photos, I love working with young women with unique visions and are up for something different for the photos. If that's you, hit me up! You can email or call/text 612.599.8349.

Hi there! I'm your Maple Grove Newborn Photographer. Fun fact: I was a writer before I became a family photographer! I've got a couple of books under my belt. Stories are my JAM.



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