Wildflower Senior Session in the North Hills

“You belong among the wildflowers.  You belong somewhere you feel free”

– Tom Petty

Photographers frequently get requests for sessions with wildflowers but it’s not always so easily accomplished.  Fortunately, we planned far enough ahead and we were able to schedule her wildflower senior session in a beautiful park as well as over at Hartwood Acres.

Tips for Planning a Wildflower Senior Session

  • SPRING WILDFLOWERS are hard to find.
    First off, it can be difficult to find wildflowers in April or May.  Even June might be pushing it.  The best time for wildflowers is from mid-July to August.  That’s when you’ll find cone-flowers, black-eyed Susan, daisies, Queen Anne’s lace, etc.  So while I am not a botanist at all and this is just from what I’ve observed, if you are hoping for portraits with wildflowers, wait until summer.
  • UH-OH, BUGS and ticks.
    Be prepared for bugs.  Bugs and ticks are like photographers and seem to love that time around sunset.  For any outdoor session during the year, I recommend wearing tick spray and always check for ticks after the session.
    Don’t forget the many beautiful flower gardens in and around Pittsburgh!  Phipps, of course, is always a beautiful, flower-filled place but there are also lovely spots in Mellon Park and Hartwood Acres.  The flowering trees in spring are some of my favorite spots for images.  Just let me know and we can plan.

However you plan your session, remember that YOU (or your child) are the ultimate focus of the session and the background, even with wildflowers, is just that, background.

Wildflowers in the North Hills

When Miss G contacted me for her senior portraits, she had two requests-

  1. She wanted flowers
  2. She wanted photos with her dog

Not a problem at all.  I sent her some images from locations with wildflowers and she loved one of my favorite spots.  That’s where we hit a little snag.  The park with the flowers does not allow dogs.

Well, I proposed a simple fix.  We could simply split her session over 2 days at 2 locations.  Day one was wildflowers at sunset.  Day two was Hartwood Acres with April (the dog).

Vincentian Academy Senior | Class of 2020

Senior portrait collage of images. Senior girl is wearing a white top standing in a field of tall grasses and coneflowers in a North Hills Park.


Collage of images of a senior portrait session. Senior girl is wearing a white top and pink striped skirt. She's in a park in the North Hills with tall glasses and wildflowers.Image of a senior girl standing next to tall grasses and wildflowers at sunset.

Hartwood Acres

Collage of images of a senior girl with her black and white shepherd dog in the gardens at Hartwood Acres, Pittsburgh.

A collection of portraits of a senior girl with her dog by Jodi Walsh Photography. She's sitting in the gardens at Hartwood Acres with her dog.

Senior girl at Hartwood Acres

Senior girl in striped shirt with dog at Hartwood Acres

senior girl at Hartwood Acres

Senior portraits are a big milestone and they should represent you at your best, with the things that you love whether it’s a special location, special activity, or special pet. Contact me to schedule yours!

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