Scenic Arizona Senior Session

July 27, 2021

I’m so excited to share this scenic Arizona senior session with you today! Kylie and her family flew to Arizona from Iowa, traveling 1,374 miles, and it was such an honor to have her book such an important session with me! I love working with graduating seniors and I’ve been looking forward to this shoot since she first reached out via email.

Kylie originally had booked another amazing Northern Arizona photographer, Monica, for her session. However, Monica and were her husband were in the process of adopting a beautiful new baby girl. Therefore, she referred me to take over the session. Coordinating our schedules, we found an evening that worked for everyone while Kylie’s family was still visiting Arizona! I was thrilled that the timing worked out.

Immediately I offered some of my favorite Arizona locations for the shoot – due to the Rafael fire, almost everything was closed. Forests, parks, trails…which didn’t leave us with many options. We shared ideas for some beautiful and unique Statewide locations. Due to the monsoon season, most of Northern Arizona was also on a severe thunderstorm watch. Which ultimately led us to the scenic, sunny setting of Papago Park.

I always strive to give my clients an unforgettable experience. With a week to plan before the shoot, my goal was to still provide Kylie with the full client experience upon booking. My exclusive client questionnaire and style guide assisted Kylie and her family in preparing for the shoot with some final tips before the big day. Our excitement for the session built each day as it came closer!

Because of the recent rains, the park was stunning the day of the shoot! The colors of the desert were incredibly vibrant. There were also just enough clouds to provide some glamorous golden hour light and welcome shade from the summer sun. As we began down the trail, I learned a little more about Kylie (getting to know my clients better is always a highlight for me).

One of my first questions for Kylie was why she chose Arizona for her senior photos. Arizona is a long way from Iowa, after all. Kylie wanted something different. Everyone in her town takes their senior photos in a field or creek. She has loved her previous trips to Arizona, especially the red rocks, so she wanted similar scenery in her photos. I completely understood where she was coming from and I couldn’t help but smile learning her answer – I knew the perfect spots at Papago Park for this scenic Arizona senior session.

Being a high school senior, I was curious about Kylie’s after school activities also. There are so many options at that age! Kylie mentioned she has been a dancer since age 4 and started tennis her freshman year. Let me tell you, her grace from both sports definitely shone through during our session. She was a natural in front of the camera!

When we first met, I immediately noticed Kylie’s sense of style! She stated she typically gravitates toward an athletic or dressed-up style. Honestly, for me? That’s the best of both worlds! Look how gorgeous her photos are! I have so many new favorites to share with you today. I hope you love the photos as much as I do!

2022 senior grad Kylie smiles in the sunshine while posing at Papago Park
2022 senior grad Kylie softly smiles in an up-close pose during her portrait session
2022 senior grad Kylie model-walks toward the camera in a cute yellow dress during her senior portrait session
2022 senior grad Kylie softly smiles as she rests in a seated position during her senior portrait session
2022 senior grad Kylie smiles in a close-up in a cute yellow dress during her senior portrait session
2022 senior grad Kylie grins while wearing a cute yellow dress during her senior portrait session, posing pretty
2022 senior grad Kylie cheerfully smiles for a close-up during her senior portrait session
2022 senior grad Kylie smiles as she poses with a prop basket and lemons that match her darling yellow dress during her senior portrait session
2022 senior grad Kylie strikes a pretty pose during her senior portrait session at Papago Park
Kylie, a 2022 senior grad, is caught in a close-up smiling in a cute yellow dress during her senior portrait session
2022 senior grad Kylie poses in a cute blue crop top and jeans during her senior portrait session
2022 senior grad Kylie looking pretty in Papago Park during her senior portrait session
2022 senior grad Kylie smiles off-camera during her senior portrait session
2022 senior grad Kylie smiles softly, looking off-camera during her senior portrait session
2022 senior grad Kylie smiles in a seated pose at Papago Park during her portrait session
2022 senior grad Kylie smiles seated upon the steps at Papago Park during her portrait session
2022 senior grad Kylie admires her beautiful bouquet of flowers during her portrait session
2022 senior grad Kylie smiles in a movie star like close-up during her portrait session
Sweet 2022 senior grad Kylie softly smiles seated in front of the water during her portrait session
2022 senior grad Kylie softly smiles at Papago Park during her portrait session
2022 senior grad Kylie grins as she poses in front of the water during her portrait session
Kylie, a 2022 senior grad, smiles softly while looking off-camera at Papago Park during her portrait session
Sweet 2022 senior grad Kylie sweetly smiles seated in front of the palm trees and water during her portrait session
2022 senior grad Kylie poses amidst the Papago Park palm trees during her portrait session
Sweet 2022 senior grad Kylie gives her hair a volume boost while seated in front of the water during her portrait session
Sweet 2022 senior grad Kylie looks back over her shoulder while standing surrounded by palm trees during her portrait session
Sweet 2022 senior grad Kylie softly runs her fingers through her hair while seated in front of the water during her portrait session
2022 senior grad Kylie stands between the palm trees during her portrait session
Class of 2022 senior grad Kylie whips her hair over her shoulder during her portrait session
Sweet 2022 senior grad Kylie joyfully skips toward the camera during her portrait session
2022 senior grad Kylie softly smiles off camera at her mother during her portrait session
Class of 2022 senior grad Kylie stands amidst red rock and cacti in Papago Park during her portrait session
Stylish 2022 senior grad Kylie gets a close-up in front of the camera during her portrait session
2022 senior grad Kylie twirls toward the camera wearing a short white dress during her portrait session
2022 senior grad Kylie softly smiles down her shoulder during her portrait session
2022 senior grad Kylie runs toward the camera with a broad smile during her portrait session
2022 senior grad Kylie, seated on a red rock, smiles during her portrait session
2022 senior grad Kylie gracefully runs toward the camera during her portrait session
2022 senior grad Kylie softly smiles down her shoulder surrounded by red rock and cacti during her portrait session
2022 senior grad Kylie stands with ankles crossed during her portrait session
2022 senior grad Kylie strikes and editorial pose during her portrait session
2022 senior grad Kylie softly smiles looking off camera toward her family during her portrait session
2022 senior grad Kylie stands showing-off her cute white dress during her portrait session
2022 senior grad Kylie gently adjusts her hair during her portrait session
2022 senior grad Kylie softly smiles  while seated on a round, red rock during her Papago Park portrait session
2022 senior grad Kylie gently adjusts her hair in a close-up pose during her portrait session
Seated on a round, red rock in Papago Park, 2022 senior grad Kylie leans back smiling during her portrait session
2022 senior grad Kylie poses with both arms behind her head during her portrait session

Special thanks to Kelley for being a rockstar second shooter for this session too!

You can catch more images from this spectacular session on my Instagram soon: @BayleyJordan. To see more senior sessions, check out Addisyn, Claire, and Karina on the journal next!

  1. Christine says:

    Lovely photos. Such a stunning senior.

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