High school senior portrait sessions are a wonderful experience. It’s like a modern-day glamor shoot on location or a Vogue cover shoot. Many of the seniors have their mom attend their portrait sessions. It’s helpful to have someone who knows how their hair should look. They also tend to carry all the outfits and accessories for the shoot.

When doing a senior portrait session I always get a few photographs of mother and daughter. There is a special bond between them.

These moments together will be cherished in future years. Time sure flies and its great to have the images to look back on.

This Loudoun County senior is looking off in the distance during her senior portrait session.

Its wonderful to find some unique locations when planning your senior portrait session.

I love capturing high school seniors in their element. This Northern Virginia senior got dressed up in a tulle gown and black tank top for her portrait session at Morven Park, Leesburg.

Something about this pose reminds me of Alice in Wonderland. It must be the black and white tiles.

She decided to bring her German Short Hair Pointer to the portrait session. They look so elegant together.

I enjoy working with dogs. It’s always great when families bring them to their photo session.

One of the keys to taking great senior portraits is to know how to make the subject relax in front of the camera.

Props also help relax people when they are in front of the camera. This flower is the perfect addition to this senior portrait given the gardens at Morven Park.

Black and white gives a great feel to this Northern Virginia high school senior.

Spring is the best time to photograph at Morven Park located in Leesburg, VA. The gardens and flowers are stunning!

We took some images of her dog and her by the reflecting pool.

Sometimes a different perspective can give a model like pose to your portrait.

Saving the best for last. I love this image and how the camera has captured her soul through the eyes.

This Leesburg high school senior wanted an urban setting for her portrait session. We took our session downtown and hit a variety of locations. When photographing an urban setting it can be helpful to have a driver. You can either hire one or ask a friend or parent to help out. This makes the most of your session time and also avoids parking fees.

I love it when my seniors give me a little attitude when they pose for their portrait.

I encouraged her to bring a few different outfits to change into. This is a great way to have multiple looks during your senior portrait.

We captured some fun poses with a rustic brick wall and a fountain. The water drops give a cool effect to the background of the close-up portrait.

She chose this pose sitting on the rim of the fountain.

It’s always nice when families want to include their dog in their family portrait. I always get them to look at the camera. Maybe it’s because of all the animal noises I make.  Anything for the shot😊

If your children are not fond of getting their photo taken it might be a good idea to include your family pet during the session. Pets put people at ease and provide a distraction from the camera.

Have you ever brought your dog to a family portrait?

Siblings are so much fun to work with. I love how this black and white portrait captures the various ages of these sisters.