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June 11, 2013

Photo-Ready Outfits in Old Sacramento

When I pulled up to the meeting spot, I knew this was the family I was looking for because they were looking amazing in their awesome photo-ready outfits. They did such a great job at “coordinating without matching” which I’m always encouraging my customers to do. They picked a blue, yellow, white and gray color scheme which had just the right amount of pop for their Old Sacramento family photography session.

Here are the three brothers showing off their awesome posing skills — they did this on their own — how cool are they???

brothers showing off their handsome smiles during their old sacramento photoshoot

And cracking up over giving the camera some attitude. Ha!

three brothers giving some attitude to the camera

Mom is on the left with her sister on the right. Loving her bright pink lipstick!

two sisters together for their photo shoot, perfect in pink lipstick and a yellow dress

Love the colors against the red brick.

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These five pull off this candid walking shot like old pros.

family walking casually for their candid photos

The boys love their auntie — but she’s pretty cool so it makes sense!

perfect in their color combination of blues, grays and yellows

Their clothing color scheme was just perfect for taking pictures in front of the bridge, a Sacramento landmark.

with the sun shining behind them, the family poses for their picture in front of the bridge

And then the light turned green and the cars started rolling up (while I was standing in the middle of the intersection). Ha! What a fun moment!

but then the cars came and they all were laughing and running out of the crosswalk

I had such a blast with this family!

October 15, 2012

natural, organic senior portraits

I admit it…it’s a crime how long it has been since I last posted a session on here. It seems these days that the amount I blog is a sign of how busy things are around here. It’s definitely been a year of growth for me so far and there’s no sign of slowing down by the look of my fall calendar, lol! That being said, I just had to take a moment this evening to share this session with you all.

I’ve known Sam for probably about four years now. I photographed her family soon after I opened my business in 2008 and then did her older sister’s senior portraits a couple years after that. For Sam, we picked out a pretty spot in Folsom and had an amazing time. I wanted to do something very natural and organic for Sam: something that complimented her long blond hair and (seriously) stunning green eyes. She was so confident and stylish — she makes my job look easy.

The rowing crew passed right behind us as we took this shot. Love that.


July 11, 2012

natural and relaxed high school senior portraits in sacramento

I’ve been dying to blog these natural high school senior portraits since the moment I downloaded them to my computer. Everything was perfect – the late afternoon light, the lakeside location, but most of all — Nicole. She brought her beautiful smile, bubbly energy and great sense of style to the session. I’m thrilled with the results!

Nicole lives out in Montana but often spends her summers in Auburn. This year, we coordinated so that she could have her senior portraits taken while she was in town. When we first talked, she asked for what almost every teen requests when they come my way: natural senior portraits that don’t look fake or over-retouched. I guess there are a lot of studios out there doing really heavy retouching, which is too bad because girls are just SO beautiful at this age, it would be a shame to distort that with photoshop after-effects. I try and take pictures that I would have wanted for my own senior portraits: natural, fun and relaxed. I love using light and angles (instead of a bunch of Photoshop) to show these girls just how stunning they truly are.

When I arrived, Nicole had about ten outfits laid out on the floor, color-coordinated and complete with all of the accessories we could ever want. I’ve only included a few of them in this post, but she definitely gets some extra “points” for being so creative!

high school senior sitting in a blue old fashioned truck for her portraits in sacramento

This amazing vintage turquoise truck was parked on the property, so we HAD to take pictures with it. This image is one of MANY that we took with that truck. I couldn’t get enough of it, lol!

big bright smile from this high school senior in her natural relaxed senior portraits

Love those waves! Nicole had her hair and makeup done just before the session and she looked stunning.

found an old red vintage trailer which went perfectly with the denim shirt in this senior portraitWe also got to use a vintage trailer that was on the property. The rusty reds go perfectly with her denim shirt.

high school senior in Auburn sitting on the dock with the sun glowing behind herGoodness…she’s so beautiful! Her smile, the dress, the light — love it all! She looks like she’s straight out of an Anthropologie catalogue!

We took a little side-trip into Downtown Auburn. There are so many great little spots hidden away in town like this old brick wall that made a nice textured backdrop for her pictures.

a hot-pink shirt and a beautiful smile for her sacramento senior portraits

And this lattice wall was a great visual element for some fun, relaxed images.

done for the day in her pink blouse and a cool lattice wall behind her in sacramento california‘Tis the season for high school senior portraits! If you’d like to book a session with me, shoot me an email at or call us at 916.933.8352. If you liked this session, check out this fun and relaxed teen session.

Thank you, Nicole, for being your amazing self! I love these pictures of you. :)

Update: Nicole sent me this after seeing her pictures: “We are so happy! I love them all :) They are exactly what I wanted! You are such an amazing photographer. You’re definitely the reason they turned out so good!”

And then a few weeks later her mom wrote: “We just received the pictures, disc and cards today. Thank you sooooooooooo much. We just love everything and are so pleased with [the] pictures. You are just wonderful and we are certainly spreading the word to our friends back in California. Good luck in your business although I don’t think you really need luck. You have the talent and spirit to be successful. Take care and we hope to meet again some day.”

Haha – they are so sweet!

October 18, 2011

el dorado hills senior portraits | kailey

You might recognize this stunning girl from her sweet sixteen portraits in 2010. This year, I’m so, so lucky to be able to work with her again for her senior portraits in El Dorado Hills.
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She has an ease and grace in front of the camera that comes through in every picture.   sacramento-senior-portraits-el-dorado-hills (5)I caught this one below slightly out of focus to add to its dreamy, soft quality. I had so many favorites from the shoot, but this is definitely one of them. sacramento-senior-portraits-el-dorado-hills (3)
Just before sunset is one of my favorite times to shoot, and you can see why here…
sacramento-senior-portraits-el-dorado-hills (2)I like to ask people why they came to me for their photography, and Kailey and her mom said that they were looking for someone who could capture images that showed Kailey just as she is, without the ubiquitous heavy-handed retouching you see being done on so many senior portraits these days. I couldn’t agree more. Why distort the image to make her look like someone she isn’t? She’s beautiful and perfect just the way she is.

May 15, 2011

High School Senior Portraits with Horses

A few weeks ago, I was thinking that it would be awesome to shoot a set of high school senior portraits with horses and a few days later, Morgan emailed me saying that she wanted to take her pictures with her horse, Luna. Perfect!

So we met out at the barn in Granite Bay, found some beautiful outdoorsy spots nearby, worked in a whole bunch of outfits and came away with a set of images that made my own little heart do a little flip. Oh, if only I could have had pictures of myself like this when I was 17! Morgan was such a joy to photograph, so confident and so beautiful both inside and out.

horse senior portriats


barn senior portraitsIsn’t Luna a lucky horse? She is so loved.

a girl and her horseIf you go to Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills and would like to book your high school senior portraits or teen portraits, send me an email letting me know that you saw this blog post and I’ll take $50 off your portrait package for being referred by Morgan!

To book your teen portraits, call 916-933-8352 or email