Peyton // Camptonville Academy// High School Senior Portrait Photographer

I always adore working with high school seniors, and this session was especially fun because 1) Peyton is one of the sweetest girl around and 2) because she opted to use a wardrobe stylist to make her senior portraits exactly the way she’d envisioned. I offer four different session options to my senior clients to accommodate every need and budget, and the one with hair+makeup+styling is definitely my favorite! It makes the whole process fun and easy, because girls put together a Pinterest board of the looks they want, and then they show up to my studio for their session and have a rack of clothing and accessories waiting for them so they can choose their faves for the shoot! Easy peasy – and so fun! I love the variety of clothes Peyton chose and how each outfit shows a different side of her personality! Along with professional hair and makeup, everything was just perfect! Thank you so much for choosing me to capture your senior year, Peyton, I had a blast!

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Kacie // Photo Shoot for Fall Hair and Makeup Trends for Senior Style Guide Magazine

It’s always fun to shoot for a publication, and I loved working on these images of Kacie to showcase Fall hair and makeup trends for Senior Style Guide Magazine. Kacie goes to Lincoln High School and has such beautiful features to showcase a variety of beautiful teen looks. Jessica Palmer of Polish and Pout rocked the hairstyling and makeup, and wrote a great article about each one in detail, which you can check out in Issue 13 of Senior Style Guide here.
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Camille / Placer County Teen Photography

I met Camille at my son’s swim team this summer, and I was immediately struck by her effortless beauty. When another mom on the team told me she thought Camille should model, I decided to go up to her and ask if she had ever considered it. Camille’s mom was with her, and it was a pretty comical thought to them, because Camille had just turned 13 and was a total tomboy with no interest in makeup and fashion. But I snapped some quick phone pictures of her and sent them to the talent agent at Cast Images, who loved her look and asked them to get in touch. Soon after, Camille got a modeling contract, and is now one of Cast Images’ lovely new models! I couldn’t be happier for her and am so excited to see where this adventure takes her! Check out her modeling profile here.
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Earlier this month I photographed her at my studio, and when she mentioned that they had a pond on their property with chickens and sheep, we decided to go to her house and finish the shoot there. We quickly threw together a couple of outfits and spent golden hour photographing Camille at home, in her element. It was so much fun, and just goes to show that sometimes a spontaneous shoot can be better than one that is planned weeks ahead.
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I’m already excited for our next shoot in the spring, when the sheep have little lambs for us to play with and photograph!

Huge thanks to Olga Pirmatova for the beautiful hair and makeup.

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Lexy / Del Oro High School Senior / Beach Shoot at Folsom Lake, Granite Bay

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If you know me at all, you know that I adore the beach and everything about it, so any time I get to do a beach shoot is a good day!

Jessica Palmer of Polish & Pout has done Lexy’s makeup and hair in the past, and we all loved working together so we re-teamed again for this shoot. Lexy’s hair was done in unstructured, soft waves and Jessica started with soft makeup of pale pinks and shell tones. Lexy brought clothing in pinks and grays, and I brought along a vibrant yellow dress by Kate Moss for TopShop. On the way out the door I spotted some pretty roses blooming outside of Jessica’s studio, so we snipped a few and headed to the lake. Once we got to the lake we realized that it was a lot harder to keep rose branches in someone’s hair than you’d think! They’re heavy and kept falling off, so Jessica ended up having to hold them in place for most of the shots, and I had to frame Lexy with a super close crop to keep Jessica’s hands out of the picture. I’m sure we looked ridiculous, but we made it work! (See an outtake of this silliness at the end of this post!)

It was a breezy evening so we loved having Jessica on set to fix hair and do makeup touchups! At one point she changed Lexy’s lip color to a more glam look to tie in with the yellow dress, and we just loved the way it gave Lexy a totally different persona – it’s amazing what a little lip color can do!

Here are some of our favorite images from the shoot:
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Jessica changing Lexy’s lip color in between outfit changes. Having the makeup artist at on location during a session is a definite perk!

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Jessica trying to save the rose branches from falling out of Lexy’s hair. It was a losing battle! del-oro-high-school-senior-photographer_0058.jpg

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Gemma // Granite Bay High School

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Gemma is an athlete and soccer star at Granite Bay High School, but seems just as comfortable in front of the camera…and I have to say, the camera just looooves her! It was great getting to know her and her mom while we explored some new shooting locations like this pretty overgrown greenery, which reminds me of a lush rainforest. It’s been such a dry summer in Northern California as we’ve experienced the worst drought in over a century, so this location was definitely a score!

Special thanks to Jill Briggs of Beauty Box Makeup Arts for the beautiful makeup and hairstyling, and Katie Hughes for the assistance at this shoot!
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Family Portrait Session // Granite Bay Beach

The bulk of my photography is focused on high school seniors and teen girls, but every now and then I break out of that and do a family session. Especially when it’s for the family of a high school client, like this session! I had photographed Francesca a couple of times, so when her mom asked about family portraits I was more than happy for the opportunity to work with them again! With her son going away to college, she wanted some pictures of the three of them together to bring back memories of their summer, and we decided to do them by Folsom Lake in Granite Bay because of the pretty scenery and yummy evening light. What we didn’t plan on was a giant windstorm that seemed to hit us from every angle, which made hair, sand and skirts fly in every direction! But in the end it just added to the fun and laughs, and made for a fun and carefree session for these three.

Here are some of their favorites from the shoot!

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Makeup by Jill Briggs of Beauty Box Makeup Arts

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Lexy / Del Oro High School Senior

A few months ago, Lexy and I got together at the Polish & Pout studio on a cold, gloomy day for this session. As she was getting her hair and makeup done by Jessica Palmer, the three of us put together an outfit for her and brainstormed a location. Jessica knew about this great spot and when she was telling us about it we were pretty excited to try it out – and I’m so glad we did! It was a hidden gem that felt like we were visiting an old property in Ireland or something…with the moss covered rocks and stone structures, it was definitely not something I’d expect to see in our area! Lexy was a joy to photograph and I love that she has a great serious face but also just lights up an image with her beautiful smile. Here are some of our favorite images from the quick shoot!

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Jade / Colfax High School / Senior Portrait Photographer

Jade and I had been emailing about her senior session for over half a year so I was thrilled to finally meet her and shoot her senior portraits! We started the session with makeup by professional makeup artist Jessica Palmer of Polish and Pout, and Jade opted for a dramatic eye while keeping the rest of her look more natural. After her makeup was done, we headed to the American River Confluence in Auburn and found so many great spots that we didn’t want to stop shooting and finished up just before dark. With her ombre dreads and striking blue eyes, Jade has such a unique, beautiful look that showcases her personality perfectly. Loved working with her! Here are some of her fave images:

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Maya / Placer High School / Auburn Senior Photographer

Maya is an incoming senior at Placer High School and before I met her, I kept hearing about how beautiful she was – and clearly everyone was right! With her striking black hair and gorgeous blue eyes, the camera absolutely loves her. I was so happy to be able to photograph her and am especially excited because her mom is a florist so we’re going to try to follow up this shoot with another one where Maya can wear her mom’s floral design in her hair. Can’t wait!

// Makeup + hairstyling by Jessica Palmer of Polish and Pout

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Francesca // Roseville High School // Professional Photographer

I met Francesca at the model search we held with Cast Images earlier this year, and she’s one of the girls they signed to a modeling contract! When her mom hired me to take some portfolio pictures for her, I jumped at the chance to work with her, and had the best time! She’s so natural in front of the camera and one of the sweetest girls I’ve had the pleasure of shooting with. Shortly after our shoot she was hired to model for MAC cosmetics, and I’m betting she has a bright future in the industry! Congratulations, Francesca!

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