Eden Prairie Senior Portraits the Remix

Remix what?

Your Senior Portraits. Yes, that is correct, I said Remix your Senior Portraits. Take an awesome pic – one that has a cool prop, or the perfect attitude – and break it down, add some effects and Remix it in to something outrageously cool.

Eden Prairie Senior Portraits

This portrait started out looking awesome. The shoot took place at the studio here in Eden Prairie. Simple lighting and some props that made sense – country music was an interest so we played that up.

We kept the focus on her by not getting carried away with a background that had a lot of movement.

From there we ran through several different poses. Sitting in a chair, sitting on the floor, standing. Really a solid mix that gave her plenty of images to choose from when it came time make the final selections


Back to Remixing Senior Portraits…

I like to get to know my clients. I am not one of those grind-you-through-the-mill-as-fast-as-possible-so-I-can-move-on photographers. By the time of the shoot, I have a pretty good idea of what makes you, you. This client, did a little modeling, was planning on moving out west, and loved country. She had aspirations to play professionally. How cool is that?

So, when remixing her photo, I took all those ideas, thoughts, dreams and goals in to consideration. Clouds remind me of dreams. They are ever-changing and fun to watch change and take shape. Just like a dream. Country was pretty solid in the pic because of the hat. The guitar made the music interest a no brainer. Here is where I took this pic in a remix…

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Lots of has been added to give this image a surreal feel. Clouds have been layered on. They come across her guitar, hat and skin in a wisped fashion. They are also present in background. On top of the clouds in the background, a pattern that has an impressionistic feel like the movement of music. And some solid blocks for good measure. Very faintly, I added an image of leaves over her shirt. If you look at her shoulder – on the right side as you look at the photo – you can see a maple leaf. I finally punched the blue and did a mess of other tweaks to until I felt it was done.

So their you have it. Senior Portraits Remixed.

Your Year. Your Pics. Your Way.

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Eden Prairie Senior Portraits at the Sculpture Gardens

Senior Portraits and nailing the location.

This post’s title may seem a little confusing. Eden Prairie Senior Portraits, then Sculpture Gardens, which are in Minneapolis. Kinda sorta opposite sides of town. But when it comes to getting the portrait you want, location is everything and finding that perfect location, the one that connects to you, that feels right, looks right, is SUPER important. Do not be afraid to share with your photog, me or some other studio, what feels like the perfect place. Is it water, woods, city, old, new, indoors, out, night, day… there is never a “wrong” location. It should be your call…

Senior Portraits by SMHerrick Photography in Eden Prairie


Take this Senior Portrait for example. We walked all over the place, and got a ton of great pics. One of her requests when setting her session up was that there was a bit of an urban-country feel to her pics, at least some of them. Urban and Country, in the same pic!?

Well, there you have it. Boots, leaves, curved stone bench, stone wall covered with vines, ambered leaves, rich tones and punchy tones all mixed together. Perfect. When you are surrounded by what feels right, it shows through in your portraits. There are tons of areas I can and do suggest for Senior Pictures. But I do not suggest them until I know what you like.

Be Picky! It is Your Year. Your Pics. Your Way.

Check out the rest of this Senior’s Portraits in this Gallery.

Or pick which Gallery you would like to view.

Be sure to check out my Senior Style Page too!

Senior Portraits with Flare

Senior Portraits …

should never be run of the mill, or even worse, fast-food-photography in style. Not sure what I mean? Fast-food always tastes the same, looks the same, is the same. One burger is just like another. Great if you need a quick bite on the go. Not what you would call a dining experience though. Same applies to your Senior Portraits. Who wants the same thing as everyone else? Do you really want your Senior Pictures to look like your best friends? Or any other person in your class for that matter?

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Shannon had a very specific location and look in mind for part of her session. We hit this site and I was instantly overwhelmed by all the possibilities. I was like a kid at a candy store. The one above is one of my personal favorites. Such an amazing shot of the sky and the pillars. Add to that her perfect pose. Just love it.

Make sure you get looks that are as unique as you are. You are different. You are you. Do not let your photographer try to fit you in to the same ole’ same ole’ setting and look as everyone else.

Like the ideas? Check out more of them on my Senior Pictures Ideas and Inspiration board on Pinterest.

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Senior Portraits Gallery of the Month: July 2013

Allow me to introduce Mykayla. Her Senior Portraits were selected as Portrait Gallery of the Month for July. Take a look at a couple of my fav snaps here and be sure to check out the entire gallery by following the link below.

Senior Portraits

Check out the entire gallery HERE!


Like the ideas? Check out more of them on my Senior Pictures Ideas and Inspiration board on Pinterest.

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Senior Pictures Sale | One Week Only

Senior Pictures season is in full swing at the studio. If you are reading this, you have a few short months to get your pics done! What are you waiting for? How about a great sale at a studio that guarantees you will look amazing?

Now is the time!

Senior Pictures come once in a life time. So does my Senior Pictures Sale – more like once a year but you get the idea. Time will run out and you can miss it.

My two most popular Senior Portrait Sessions are on sale; the Vanity Fair (one hour session) and the Times Square (two hour session) , and both are 20% off for ONE WEEK!

Best of all, you only need to make a $25 deposit to reserve this pricing! You can do this by heading over to my Online Store.

Senior Pictures in Eden Prairie, Chanhassen, Chaska, Edina, Minnetonka
As long as you are here, take a couple minutes to tell me a little about yourself!

Like the ideas? Check out more of them on my Senior Pictures Ideas and Inspiration board on Pinterest.

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Senior Pictures Style | Wear This

Check this look out…

Your Senior Pictures are all about your style. This set has a great edgy-urban look. Pick it apart, break it down and make it yours. Use these great visuals to find similar items.

Senior Pictures Style
Until I get there I won’t give up by tracey-mason featuring vegan handbags

Gérard darel
$525 - johnlewis.com

Ted Baker skinny fit jeans
$120 - johnlewis.com

Christian Louboutin suede heels
$820 - net-a-porter.com

Vegan handbag
$105 - modekungen.se

Not liking the price tags on these items. I am sure you can spring from here and find a great deal on something similar. It is not always the label, it is always the look.

Like the ideas? Check out more of them on my Senior Pictures Ideas and Inspiration board on Pinterest.

Want to talk about scheduling your Senior Portraits

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Senior Pictures | Class of 2014

Senior Pictures Sessions for 2014

Spring has finally arrived in the Minneapolis area. We had a few teaser days of nice weather. Now it seems like it is going to last. Let’s get your Senior Pictures Session on the Calendar!

Senior Pictures that show Your style.

A couple of Saturdays ago I met this Senior on location in Minneapolis. We started our session near the Sculpture Gardens and wrapped our way around towards the Basilica, Loring Park and the Walker Arts Center.

We spent a solid two hours walking through the areas and hit tons of locations to create an amazing set of proofs. The set above was one of the last locations we hit for his Senior Pictures. Very unique pics. I added a little color wash to the last in the series to give it a little more edge.

Like the ideas? Check out more of them on my Senior Pictures Ideas and Inspiration board on Pinterest.

Want to talk about scheduling your Senior Portraits

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What to Wear

Keep it cool.

I think it goes without saying that Robert Downey Jr. has no problem conveying coolness. Here is an easily attained look with the Leather Jacket being the key element.

Men's Edge of the World


Gap Mens Black Black Leather Belt

Geoffrey Beene Tie, Dimension Solid

The sweatshirt, tie and Oxford combo give this look the finishing touch. Contemporary. Casual. Friday Business – that may be a bit of stretch but if you can pull it off, do it.

Not a bad look for Senior Pictures either.

Like the ideas? Check out more of them on my Senior Pictures Ideas and Inspiration board on Pinterest.

Want to talk about scheduling your Senior Portraits

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Senior Pictures What to Wear

Summer will get here one of these days. In the meantime, check out this look for some Senior Pictures style inspiration.

get the look blonde salad

T shirt

Superga lining shoes
$69 - bankfashion.co.uk

Like the ideas? Check out more of them on my Senior Pictures Ideas and Inspiration board on Pinterest.

Want to talk about scheduling your Senior Portraits

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Senior Pictures Style Watch

Senior Pictures ideas for Class of 2014

The time is coming for you to get in front of the lens for Senior Pictures. Here is another cool look that you can easily pull off. Or, tweak it a little and make it your own. Remember, these items can be found elsewhere, in similar styles and at price points that may fit a little better too.


AllSaints slouchy top

AllSaints moto jacket



As always, be sure to show your style, your personality, your look. Make sure you feel good about what you are wearing. Then, what you are wearing will look good. If you feel uncomfortable, it will show in your pics.

Like the ideas? Check out more of them on my Senior Pictures Ideas and Inspiration board on Pinterest.

Want to talk about scheduling your Senior Portraits

Read all about my approach to creating amazing Senior Portraits.

Eden Prairie Senior Portraits | SMHerrick Photography

Perfect Locations.

There are so many amazing places to get your Senior Portraits done in Minnesota. So many that it can be really hard to choose just one. I listen to my Senior Portrait clients and have done my homework. You wanted to see locations and get some great suggestions. Sounds good. Let’s start with Three Rivers Park District.

Eden Prairie Seniors to Maple Grove Seniors. Roseville to Chaska. Three Rivers has a location for you. Their parks are located around the metro and are absolutely perfect. If you have a look, there is a park for you. From farm to shoreline to bridges to forests to walkways and on and on and on.

Take a look at the locations and amenities here.

My personal Favs? Gotta be…

Noerenberg Gardens – everything you could possibly want. Small in terms of acreage, huge on options.

Silverwood. Very cool and lots to do.

Gale Woods. Red Barn Included!!!

Really, I love them all. They are perfectly maintained and perfect for Senior Portraits.

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Minneapolis Senior Portraits

Nail It

Your fingertips make a statement. There are countless ways to show off your perfect manicure in a portrait.
Have some fun and show them I personally think the Script (upper-left) is pretty cool!

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Senior Portraits on the Lakes

Minnesota is more water than land so where do we get our Senior Portraits done?

Of course this is an exaggeration, but… how cool is it to be able take advantage of the beautiful lakes and rivers we have here in Minnesota, especially for Senior Portraits.


Lake Calhoun is a perfect example. This Senior Portrait session was amazing. We walked the lake for about 45 minutes, took a mess of pictures and had a really good time in the process. Him lying in the tree has to be my favorite. So awesome that he was willing to climb up there for the shot.

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Minneapolis Senior Portraits | The Arboretum

Great Senior Portraits require…

A great location, but most of all they require enjoying yourself and being yourself.

This Senior Portrait Session was taken on location and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. We spent an hour or so wandering around the gardens. So many great locations to catch so really amazing portraits. From simple greenery in the background to waterfall and just hanging out on the patio. Add in a couple of wardrobe changes and this Senior had over 100 proofs to look through. Perfect!

Thanks again Megan, have a great Senior Year!

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Minnesota Senior Portraits | Locations with an Edge

Your Pics & Your Style

Setting the date for your Senior Portrait session is the first step but not the main priority. Senior Portraits need to reflect your style. Minnesota Seniors of the Class of 2013 have countless options that are absolutely amazing.

Graffiti walls have held a place in Senior Portraits for some time now. If you are looking for something edgy and want a Graffiti wall as a background, make sure you go with a studio that knows where they walls are!!!

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This wall is one of my favorites. 13 feet high and probably 50 feet long, this one is full of color and vibrancy. As an added bonus, no slang that has to be edited out. Problem with some tags is that you will find not only colorful art, but color metaphors. Curse words in the background of your Senior Pics are not cool.

Maybe this is not the look you want. No worries, I can get you where you need and want to be. If this is the look, cool, let’s go shoot it!

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Senior Portraits in Eden Prairie

Summer is slipping by…

Have you scheduled your Senior Portraits?!

You still have time, but it is getting close. These shots were taken at one of my favorite locations within the Three Rivers Park District, Elm Creek Park Preserve.

I met Joe on location and we quickly set out and grabbed a ton of really great pics. We hit perhaps 6 or 7 different spots within walking distance and just shot away. He had chosen my “Run and Gun” Senior Portrait Session. 20-30 minutes on location or in studio with as many poses and wardrobe changes as we can fit in. He managed to swap 4 different shirts as we walked. Really helped create some solid diversity in a super short amount of time. Excellent results. A lot is possible with some great planning.

Thanks Joe! Have an amazing Senior Year!!!

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Senior Portraits in Minneapolis

Nothing beats Minneapolis for Senior Portraits. There are so many amazing locations to use as a backdrop for your Beautiful Pics. Some of my favorite locations? The Sculpture Gardens has to be at the top of the list. This area in Minneapolis has some truly unique settings. The art is obvious. But, within walking distance is where the magic really begins.

Sasha and I spent just over an hour walking around this little corner of Downtown Minneapolis for her Senior Portraits. We took over 300 snaps and she had over 100 final proofs to look through when all was said and done.

Bridges, trees, buildings, art, alleys, streets views and so much more. There is everything you can imagine all at your fingertips.

Have a fantastic Senior Year Sasha!

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Senior Portraits in Minneapolis | the 2014 Sessions

So each year I come up with a theme…

for my Senior Portrait Sessions in Minneapolis and surrounding areas. Why? No real reason other than the fact that I like to and it gets boring doing the same same each year.

New York it is.

This year I have chosen a place I love as the creative pool for my 2014 Senior Portrait Session namesakes. New York. It’s perfect. Fashion, Style, Trends, Arts, Edge, Life and all sorts of stuff that applies perfectly for Senior Portrait Session names. I have 4 Senior Portrait Sessions. Each one a little different. Each one tied with the name. Here they are.

The Cabbie Senior Portrait Session.

Minneapolis Senior Portrait Session - The Cabbie
Fast and Furious is the nature of this Senior Portrait Session. Ever been in a New York Taxi? Believe me, it is a wild ride. This session is not intended to scare you in to next week, but it is intended to get you where you need to be in short amount of time. We are not going to tack on a lot of extras. We are going to get some well-planned, well-thought out, beautiful pics. In a short amount of time on a comfortable budget.

The Vanity Fair Senior Portrait Session

Minneapolis Senior Portrait Session - The Vanity Fair
If you are looking for fashion, trends, a little edge, a little glamour, and a load of style, this is the place to get it. Very cool mag and well worth flipping through the pages. Also makes for a compelling Senior Portrait Session theme. This session will be focused on Style. The looks, the clothes, all the right now and the right locations. A little Vanity goes a long way in making an amazing Senior Portrait. This will be my second session in terms of length of time and price point. Probably the most popular too.

The Times Square Senior Portrait Session

Minneapolis Senior Portrait Session - The Times Square
Let’s talk city. Let’s talk busy and bustling. Times Square has everything. This Senior Portrait Session will be about getting every shot, look and style you can imagine. We will take our time, grab some studio shots, hit the city, the parks, the whatever. Cool all around. Cannot hit the subway, but I do know some amazing railways just the same. This will be the third session in the grouping. Second highest in price point. Still quite popular and will include some perks like free prints and stuff.

The Fifth Ave Senior Portrait Session

Minneapolis Senior Portrait Session - The Fifth Ave
So. Fifth Ave is pretty famous. Pretty notorious for its premiere shops and equally premiere price tags. No worries. This is not my “break-the-bank” Senior Portrait Session. When I was last in New York, I spent a lot of time walking up and down 5th Ave. So much to see and do. Having a cup of Joe was an experience that took some time to truly enjoy. The shopping? Crazy cool stuff everywhere. Very current, very trendy and very fun. This Senior Portrait Session is just that. And we will take our time making sure we get all the looks you want. Another note, 5th Ave is the perfect place to spend a good amount of time with a friend. And so, this is the session intended to be shared and enjoyed with a friend or two as a once in a lifetime experience. This will be the most expensive session, but when shared, it will quickly become the most affordable. Great for groups of three. This session will also include 3 copies of custom Senior Look Books to sweeten the deal.

What do you think? Cool huh? Let me know by commenting!

I am just now wrapping up all the details on these Senior Portrait Sessions. I hope to be posting updates to my scheduling and sign up pages by the end of the week. Look for an update to this post or grab the feed.

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Senior Pictures | Grad Cards and Invites

Senior Pictures Make Perfect Grad Cards and Invites.

Senior Pictures


Spring Break has come and gone. The temps are finally above zero. Soon you will be reaching for your Diploma.

Next up?

Grad Parties. Time to get those invites and save the dates written and in the mail! You best make sure your invites do not fall to the bottom of the pile.

You have great Senior Portraits….

Why not turn them in to eye-catching Grad Cards and Invitations? We can use one of your senior pictures, or several. Each card is custom designed to your liking using colors and styles that accent not only you, but your personality.

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Your Cards will be custom designed. There are several sizes and shapes to choose from. Your Senior Pictures will be the highlight. Front and Back printing. Unique papers and textures. Add a Facebook link to your online invite. And more…

Special Pricing.

All cards ordered before April 15th are 15% off!

All cards ordered between April 16th and May 1st are 10%off.

All cards ordered after May 2nd are 5% off.


It is super easy to order your Grad Cards and Invites. Simply visit my online Store and select Cards from the list of options.

Browse the various styles and shapes. Pick your favorite. Select the options, such as texture, coating and quantities.

Submit your order and use the promo code GRAD CARDS to have the discount applied. Then simply check out.

I will be in touch with you within 24 hours with samples and designs using your Senior Pictures. Once we finalize your card design, they will be shipped to in 3 days or less.

If you had your Senior Pictures taken elsewhere, better check to see if you can use the images freely before ordering cards. You will also need to be able to send me digital versions of your senior portraits.

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Senior Pictures by SMHerrick Photography

Senior Pictures that are stunning.

Senior Pictures in Minneapolis and surrounding areas

Senior Pictures time is just about here. Time to start digging in to what make an awesome senior portrait session. You need to pick a photog, decide on a location and then narrow down your wardrobe selections! I can help with all of that.

Let’s start by picking apart some Senior Pictures

Or at least one for now. Take a look at this senior portrait. Perfect. The natural lighting is warm and flattering. Her pose is very natural and relaxed. Her hair is casual and flows in harmony with her blouse. Nice chunky necklace for a little sophistication that goes perfectly with the pleats in her blouse. The blue on the left cools the photo just enough while complementing the warmth of the rest of the scene.

The eyes have it. For high school senior pictures, I always make sure that my client’s eyes are vibrant and clear. I do not like to go overboard with this as it tends to look unnatural if you are not careful. A quick skin check, and this photo made it to the top of the list in her senior portraits proof book.

Getting creative ideas for senior portraits is not all that difficult. Getting those ideas in to the camera takes dedication and skill. I would love to hear some of your ideas for your senior pictures. Shoot me an email and let’s see what we can make happen! 

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