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 absolutely amazing at what she does! Not only do her pictures look fantastic but she makes the experience just as perfect! 

2023 NC State Graduate

caroline foy

Dakota knows exactly how to make you feel comfortable and confident throughout your pictures.

She knows how to find the BEST lighting and is such a pro when it comes to navigating busy picture locations! A couple of my senior picture locations were quite crowded and rather than waiting for them to thin out while potentially risk losing our last minutes in the sun, she knew how to get the perfect shot while expertly dodging the crowd of people. I will always recommend Dakota and cherish my pictures forever!

Dakota was seriously the best! Going into my senior pictures with her I had no clue what to do in front of the camera...

2024 Senior

lauren summerville

Within the first few pictures I felt so comfortable posing and smiling naturally!

She made this such a fun experience by matching each of my outfits to our picture locations and making sure my personality was shown. I love ALL of my photos!! I would recommend her to anyone for any occasion and I will 100% use her again!

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!

The Dakota Hersey experience is truly an exceptional experience!  Every session I have felt incredibly prepared for every detail of Dakota helping coordinate outfits, props, and locations.

Dakota helped pose me in such a natural way and hi lighted my favorite features so every picture was an amazing picture. I couldn’t recommend Dakota more!

2022 Meredith College Graduate

Leah campbell

I booked Dakota for my high school senior photos and was not going to settle for anyone else for my college senior photos.


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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