Urban Senior Photoshoot in Northern Virginia

April 18, 2022

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When this mom and daughter first contacted me about doing senior photos, I was so excited because they wanted to do something in downtown Leesburg. They were looking for a bit of an urban feel. Mind you, I love the rolling hills of Virginia and the beautiful blossoms of spring. But I also love the change that a downtown location can bring.

Senior smiling in urban parking garage setting

Bring the dance shoes to your senior photos

Through my questionnaire that I send my families, I get to know my families. Here, I learned that she is a dancer and wanted to bring her ballet point shoes, yes!! I love when seniors bring something that shows their personality. It makes them unique and adds something to let us know who they are. Immediate visions of images started flowing through my mind...pirouettes across the main street of downtown Leesburg. Thankfully mom was there to keep an eye on the cars and traffic while we quickly danced, hopped, and leaped across the street.

Senior dancing and leaping across intersection
Senior dancing ballet in urban alley
Senior girl smiling urban downtown Leesburg
Senior ballet point shoes

Urban textures

Brick walls and concrete stairs were on the request list, and Leesburg delivers this in abundance. An added bonus, was the Tally Ho movie theater and I didn't even realize until that moment that she also loved theater. Between the alleys, theater and the parking garage, I think we definitely accomplished what we set out to do.

Senior in garage with concrete textures
Senior walking in front of downtown theater

Before I ended the session, I said that I have one more idea. There are several beautifully painted walls and murals located throughout Leesburg, but one in particular made me think that is senior would like. The colors are gorgeous and the late afternoon sunlight cooperated right on queue. 

Senior girl laughing with painted urban mural in background


Jenny Sessoms is a professional family photographer with a BFA in photography from RIT in New York. She has over 20 years of experience and has won awards and been published on billboards, in magazines and online. She offers photoshoots that are relaxed and stress-free for everyone. She services the Northern Virginia area including Ashburn, Leesburg, Chantilly, Middleburg, Fairfax and more.

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I’m a Loudoun County, Virginia photographer for businesses, entrepreneurs, professionals and families. I’m dedicated to listening, to making a difference, and to reminding people that their story is important.

I'm Jenny Sessoms.