in Blog | Senior Graduation

Most of you know me as an outdoor photographer, but you may not know that I used to specialize in high school senior portrait photography. I began my path working for a studio in Los Angeles while I was still in college and learning from the ground up. I worked solely in the studio but, after a few years, I grew bored of working indoors with artificial lighting and over-used backdrops.

I’ve always believed that the best teen portraits are taken outdoors, under natural light. Here are some pictures from a recent photo session with a Sacramento teen who reminded me of the thoughts I used to have back in the LA studio. I dreamed of dewy meadows filled with flowers…

Senior posing for portrait in the wildflowersAnd sun-kissed shoulders under the afternoon sun…

Teen enjoying her outdoor senior portrait session

And capturing the person in front of me as they truly are.

Classic senior portrait the family will cherish forever

I had just too much fun working with this stunning young lady. She was up for anything and it was refreshing to get back to my roots in a whole new way.

Fall 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 for your session with a credit card to hold your reservation.

What others are saying about these pictures:

“OMG, they came out better than expected! My mom cried when we gave her and dad their gift book. We could not have been more pleased. We love everything that you do…your touch is as good as gold!!!!”

About me:

Jill Carmel is an on location teen portrait and senior portrait photographer serving the Northern California, Sacramento County and El Dorado County areas. You can see the quality of my work by visiting my full teen portfolio on my website.

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