Hello future graduate!!! I know you're so busy making the most of your "lasts" and celebrating the rest of this season...whether it's your last home game or your last exam. 

Dakota Hersey Seniors

for your senior page in the yearbook or for your graduation announcements...though that’s a plus! They are about preserving this special chapter of life before life gets even crazier (yes, it gets crazier!). I’m here to help you remember all of that and to make you feel your most beautiful self while doing it.

Senior portraits aren't just about having pretty photos...

The first step is to reach out and make sure we will be a good fit for each other! I want to make sure that this experience will be once-in-a-lifetime, so that means making sure you have your questions answered and you are excited to work together. Once you’re officially booked, you’ll choose your session date and we’ll get to planning!



When you choose your session date, you will fill out a questionnaire that lets me learn all about you and what you want your session to look like! I will send over location suggestions and we can talk all about your outfits, hair and makeup, and anything else you want to include in your photos.

I'm here to make this perfect, so no question is off limits!



Now it's time for what you've been waiting for...your session day!
We will meet up at your first location, make final outfit and accessory decisions, and spend the next two hours capturing your laughs, beauty, and excitement!! Don't worry if you've never modeled before... I will teach you everything I know to make you look and feel natural in front of the camera! 



This is one of my favorite parts of the process! I will select the best photos from your session, edit them, and deliver them to you in a beautiful, easy-to-use online gallery. From there you can download, share, and order prints. Simple as that!
Now you can share with everyone you love and save this gallery to enjoy for years to come!



My goal as a senior photographer is to deliver more than just beautiful, bright photos. I want each of my seniors to walk away with an experience that makes them feel as confident and natural as the rest of the world sees them.

That is why I make sure to guide you through each step of the process – from deciding on your outfits, to picking out the locations, to posing and making sure you’re represented as your best self.


Dakota is truly amazing at what she does, and it shows through her work and when she is behind the camera in action. 

2021 Senior

Bailey Jones

She knows just how to get the perfect shot by giving you poses, angles, and adjustments that bring out your inner natural beauty. Her love for her craft has brought upon some lifelong connections for me. 

When planning my session, I wanted more of a Charleston feel; bright pops of color, palm trees, downtown, and the beach. Dakota made my vision come to life and gave me tips on what to wear, scheduling the shoot day, and location ideas. 

These photos now hang in my house, my dorm room, my parent’s offices, my grandparents house, my aunt’s office; I value these photos. I can’t thank Dakota enough for giving me this opportunity that allowed me to have a senior experience like no other!

My experience was beyond amazing! Beginning with photography, Dakota is a master behind the lens. She knows the cutest locations with the best lighting, ensuring that you always looked good!

Dakota and her editing style bring out the natural glow and shine in everyone! Aside from the product of pictures, booking Dakota is a 100/10 experience. Dakota not only takes pictures, but she also fixes hair, fixes attire, helps you pose, and most importantly hypes you up. She is your biggest hype girl!

2021 Senior

Ja’Niyah Williams

Dakota is the full package and you cannot go wrong booking with her. Although I just graduated high school, I have already decided that Dakota will do my college graduation pictures and my wedding because who else? Absolutely love her!

From just a couple of general ideas, Dakota helped find the perfect locations for my shoot. I got a mix of different vibes in the photos, but they were still cohesive altogether. During my individual session, Dakota was very helpful with poses. And as I gained more experience with posing throughout the year on the spokesmodel team by the time we got to the mini session at the end of my senior year, the shoot felt almost like a collaboration, which I think is unique for a photographer.

Another thing that I love about Dakota is that she offers photo albums. Dakota makes the album creation process super easy! We were able to bring together my favorite photos from my individual session, the spokesmodel sessions, and my mini session that we did at the end of the year at my high school. I’m so thankful that I have a book of memories from my time as a DHP Senior that I can always look back on.

2021 DHP Senior/Spokesmodel

Kayla Spier

Dakota is an amazing friend, mentor, hype woman, and photographer, and I am so thankful that she was my senior photographer. 


Meet the Dakota Hersey seniors


Senior Session Vibes & Locations

Wrightsville Beach has so much to offer for locations – gardens, boat docks, palm trees, colorful piers, and whimsical landscaping. This is one of my absolute favorite locations because we can make it fit to your personality, whether it’s bold and fun or delicate and sweet.

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Coastal and colorful

I do have my favorite college campuses (looking at you UNCW, ECU, Barton, and NC State) but I am happy to photograph whatever university you call home. Walking around campus as you point out the landmarks and places that hold your favorite memories is always fun and so personal.

Your College Campus

collegiate and sentimental

For my girls who want funky colors and cool architecture, downtown Raleigh is usually my go-to. There are a ton of options to match your outfits, from giant mirrored walls, colorful murals, and even pretty gardens. This is also a favorite for the fall and winter because we see so many oranges and reds.

Downtown Raleigh, NC

Edgy and city chic

Wilmington isn’t just about the beach...we have a gorgeous, historic downtown too! This is my favorite during the spring, summer, and fall because there are florals everywhere. The houses are so diverse, chances are we can find whatever look you’re going for – from low country Charleston to textured Spanish stucco. 

Downtown Wilmington, NC

floral and historic

The Dakota Hersey Photography senior Experience begins at $650

The Senior Experience includes:

- A personalized experience with Dakota Hersey
- Up to 2 hours of shooting at 2-3 select locations
- 3-4 outfit changes
- An online gallery where you can easily download, share, and print all of your fully edited, high-resolution digital images.
Senior albums and prints are available at an additional cost.


I am so looking forward to hearing from you and capturing some incredible memories of your senior year.

Because I only accept a limited number of senior sessions during the week, dates fill very quickly. I highly recommend reaching out as soon as possible because I’m currently booking about 2-4 months in advance.

Fill out the contract form to inquire about a session, or contact me directly at dakota@dakotaherseyphotography.com.

For more information about senior sessions, please inquire. I can’t wait to hear from you.

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