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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

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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

October 22, 2010

El Dorado Hills Senior Portraits

I couldn’t have asked for a more stunning subject for these El Dorado Hills senior portraits. She was a natural in front of the camera with her easy grace and gorgeous eyes.

we found perfect light in el dorado hills for her senior portraits

Every time she laughed, she get these wonderful wrinkles in her nose. What a great smile!

it was all about giggles for these el dorado hills senior portraits

Perfect light, perfect dress…what more could we ask for? I’m completely in love with this set of pictures. The hardest part of my day was just trying to narrow down the images to include in this blog post!

out in a field for her el dorado hills senior portraits

Senior portrait season is in full swing! Give me a ring or drop me a line at to schedule your senior portraits.

October 15, 2010

Sacramento Sample of High School Senior Portraits

Early in my career, I used to do only high school senior portraits.  I loved photographing teens but always felt I was missing out on the special quality of outdoor and natural light portraits.  Now I’m bringing the two together and offering on-location high school senior portraits.  There’s something magical about capturing these seniors as they really are, in a place that is meaningful to them. Judge for yourself! Here are some pictures from recent high school senior photo sessions around Sacramento.

Senior posing for portrait in the wildflowersThe red accent in the clothing brings out the deep colors of the wildflower fields. View the full photo shoot here.

Folsom teen leaning on a rail with urban hat
We threw in an urban vibe for this teen to mix a little outdoors and the city. El Dorado Hills has great scenery to work with. View more photos from El Dorado Hills.

Folsom teenager in front of blue Ford truck
In this Folsom senior portrait session we found a killer Ford truck.

Classic senior portrait the family will cherish forever

We couldn’t go wrong with black and white. She posed beautifully.

Raves from local seniors

“I LOVE them, I am so happy we found you, and you are A-MAYYY-ZING! My mom saw the others today and her heart just melted! You have a nice way of connecting with your clients. And I hope everyone feels like I do… you are MY photographer…  for a long, long time! Keep up the great work, and I’ll be sending as many people as I can your way!”

Contact Jill to Book a Session

Now is a wonderful time to have your senior portraits done! Email me at if you’d like to reserve a spot. Please be prepared to prepay a session deposit with a credit card to hold your reservation.

Jill Carmel is an on location senior portrait photographer serving Sacramento, CA and nearby suburbs. We hope to make your high school photos stress-free and come out perfectly.