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August 30, 2016

Fresh, Natural, Organic Senior Portraits in Folsom

Caitlyn and I were the perfect match for a fresh, natural, organic styled senior portrait session. We agreed on a spot in Folsom with golden grass and picked a time of day when the light is just right, all buttery and soft. She arrived with a variety of dresses, which is great because then we could go through them together and pick out the pieces that will work the best for the setting. This darling little burgundy lace dress couldn’t have been better, set against the neutral tones of the backdrop. If you’re looking for what to wear for your senior portrait session, keep reading!

what to wear for your senior portraits burgundy lace dress and hair down |  Jill Carmel

Set against Folsom Lake, I love her natural smiles.


This green cardigan went perfectly with the neutral bark tones and the green of the oak trees in the background.


Some of my favorite images from the shoot. We chatted and told stories and laughed right up until the very end. And look at this hair… Doesn’t she have THE BEST hair?! Those waves are completely natural!


Another darling cream-toned eyelet dress that has beautiful texture when paired with the soft and blurred background.

Here’s a fun email I got from mom after the session: “I am speechless.  In a good way!!  WOW!!!  I have never, ever, ever seen Caitlyn look so wonderful.  This is my highest praise:  That is EXACTLY what she looks like (on a really good day).  It’s the prettiest, most natural-looking version of her.  And the background and posing are fabulous.  Such a great look.  All of the colors are beautiful together.”

Jill covers the Sacramento, Roseville, El Dorado Hills, Folsom, Davis, Carmichael and Elk Grove areas. If you’re interested in booking a senior portrait session, just give us a call at 916.933.8352 or email us at

July 23, 2015

Sacramento Senior Portrait Season

It’s almost the start of another school year, which naturally makes me start thinking about high school senior portraits! I love that I can offer an organic option for this momentous life occasion, and that more and more seniors are choosing to reflect so much of their personalities in their portrait session.

I mean, you just can’t capture beauty like this in a studio…

high school senior portrait on a dirt road under a large oak tree

Her personality is just as bright as those poppies…

high school senior portrait in front of a wall painted with large red poppies

Such a natural beauty, no retouching needed…

high school senior portraits at a red barn with girl wearing cowboy boots and holding hydrangeas

What a lovely idea to incorporate her violin…

high school senior portrait in Sacramento's capitol park with violin

I can only imagine the dreams she has for her future…

high school senior portrait in a green grassy field with lens flare

Beautiful brother and sister portraits in Old Sacramento…

brother and sister high school senior portrait in old town sacramento

Of course, we had to incorporate his letterman jacket…

high school senior portrait with letterman jacket

And I leave you with this stunner…

anthropologie inspired high school senior portrait with big black hat

If you would like to book a natural and organic session for your own teen, senior or graduation portraits, give us a call at 916.933.8352 or email us at

June 1, 2015

Christian Brothers High School Senior Portraits

I managed to squeeze in a few last minute high school senior portrait sessions for Class of 2015 this month and it’s really sinking in that I just LOVE shooting these sessions! I’ve been trying to work more into the schedule and every one of them is just so much fun. My high school clients probably know this already because their sessions have a tendency to run a little long… Ha!

Katie was such a classic beauty, gracefully moving through every set up like she’s secretly a model.

christian brothers high school senior portrait with blue flowers

There’s something about the contrast of her dark hair and light skin that is really stunning in these pictures.

christian brothers high school senior portrait grassy field

We still had a little bit of green grass left to nestle into. I really like how the lines of the blades seem to be circling around her.

christian brothers high school senior portrait tall gras lying down


christian brothers high school senior portrait floral dress by the water


christian brothers high school senior portrait wide shot in a field

Summer is around the corner, meaning it’s time for Class of 2016 senior portraits! Don’t put it off! We still have a few spots remaining so contact us today to book your spot! 916-933-8352

March 26, 2015

Bohemian Senior Portraits

Anna was just stunning for her Anthropologie-esque bohemian senior portraits. We found the perfect grassy field by Lake Natoma in Folsom and went to work — but it didn’t really feel like work since Anna was such a natural.

anthropologie inspired bohemian senior portrait

Hats like these big floppy felt hats make the perfect accessory for a senior portrait session. They frame the face beautifully and draw attention to the eyes.

floral blouse and floppy black hat for bohemian senior portrait outfit

These front braids are really stunning. I often recommend having your hair and makeup professionally done for senior portraits. It gives that extra little kick to your pictures that can otherwise be missing.

braided hair senior portraits

Her lace dress was perfect for the setting and looks so dreamy with the golden grass.

sitting in a sacramento grassy field and by a lake for senior portraits

One of my favorite images from this session… So simple, yet so her.

lace dress and black floppy hat look bohemian for senior portraits

If you’d like to book a senior portrait session for 2015-2016 senior, give us a call at 916.933.8352 or shoot us an email at and we’ll get to work on suggesting the perfect location and outfits for your session!

March 22, 2015

Natural Outdoor Senior Portraits

My love for photographing senior portraits grows with each new session and this was one of the best yet. Lizzy arrived, open for anything, with a fresh face, bright eyes, and several gorgeous lace dresses.

natural outdoor senior portraits at Gibson RanchAs you can tell, this session was done in the fall and Gibson Ranch made the perfect setting for it, with it’s long, wooden fences, fire-red trees and glowing backlight.

senior portraits in the fall with a lace crochet dress at Gibson Ranch

lace lavender dress at Gibson ranch for sacramento senior portraitsThe red horse barn creates a nice color pop in the background for her white, lace dress and dark boots. Love these outfits!

senior portraits in a bard with an old wood fence at Gibson RanchLizzy rides horses, so the cowboy boots made a perfect addition to the session.

Gibson Ranch senior portraits on a grassy fieldStopped to include a few obliging horses. If I could include horses in every session, I would…

Gibson Ranch senior portraits with horsesThank you, Lizzy, for being your beautiful self for your senior portraits!