we do it like a clothed model shoot. location shoots are common for seniors.
i think nancy poole does a nice job:
kirk voclain is well-known:
some folks trick it up (flaming footballs, collages with the year numbers, etc.) you can find templates for things called memory mates.
some seniors have bad acne so there's some extra work for those folks.
here's our gallery:
http://www.twohartsphoto.com/portfolio- … em-oregon/
regarding props i'll suggest to mom that she could bring matching flowers, balloons, etc. we usually haul a chair along. we had one shoot where dad brought two dogs along to be in some of the shots.
sky's the limit on senior shoots. some people go nuts and have seniors standing on jeeps in the water and all sorts of craziness. but sometimes mom just wants some good headshots for her mantle and grandma (often mom chooses most of the photos and maybe lets the senior choose one).