College Grad Portraits | Sacramento State University

Probably the most satisfying moment of my life was walking across the stage at my graduation from Sacramento State University in 2007 – nearly 10 years after I graduated high school.  Sheesh!  Between transferring schools, moving out of state and changing my major a few times, it took a VERY long time for me to get through college.  Throughout my college journey, I worked at Chili’s with this beautiful lady – both of us a part the Design Department and working our tails off.  She too had a long journey through college and absolutely worked harder than anyone else I know.  Staying up nights to complete projects, having to miss work to finish her portfolio, and working an internship as well as her paying job at Chili’s.  All for the ultimate triumph of graduating from college and getting that degree.  Now she’s done and has found a job in her chosen field and I couldn’t be happier for her!  She deserves every bit of success she is now enjoying.  To commemorate the end of this important experience, we went out near campus and captured some truly stunning portraits of her.

Sac State Senior Portraits


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Gabriela Herrera - Thank you so much Crystal!! Your hard work did certainly pay off as well :) I love my pictures they turned out great!!

3 reasons why you should definitely be in photos with your kids

You’ve gained a few pounds and really don’t want to be in front of the camera right now.  Or, you just got a bad haircut or your hair color isn’t right.  Or, you don’t have anything to wear.  Or, this is about the kids, it’s not for me.  I get it.  The kids come first and it’s easy to forget about your needs, your importance in this world and even your importance to your children.  But, let’s just take a second and set aside all these very valid reasons for not wanting to be a part of your upcoming photo shoot and discuss the many reasons why it would be a fabulous idea for you to be in at least some photos with your kids.

1.  You will never ever regret having a beautiful photo of yourself with your precious child(ren).  Ever.  I can’t tell you how many times I have forced parents into taking a couple shots with their kids only to have them thank me just a few weeks later when they come in to order their photos.  I think it is absolutely worth jumping in for a few photos just to see what we can get, even if you aren’t prepared or are dead set against being in pictures right now.  If you hate them, you don’t have to buy them and no one will ever see them again, but if you love them, then you have something really special to enjoy in your home and to pass on to your children that they will love and cherish, too.

2.  If you have hired a true professional to take your photos, you can guarantee that you will look amazing -  no matter what.  Photographers use their talent, creativity, awesome lighting, flattering angles, flattering posing and Photoshop to create wonderful portraits of you and your loved ones.  I have plucked moms out of the background and thrown them into photos so many times without any preparation whatsoever and created images that they not only loved but shared on social media and purchased to hang on the walls of their home.

3.  Your kids will adore the photos they have with you more than they will love photos of themselves alone.  As much as we love baby photos of ourselves and as important as they are to have, nothing is better than pictures with the people we love the most.

Here are some perfect examples of parents I’ve coaxed into photos over the years.  Enjoy!


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professional business headshot special | monday, march 24th 2014

Say good-bye to your boring headshot and replace it with an engaging and flattering portrait that shows off your personality!  This is a simple 15 minute solution to your portrait problem.  I can have you in and out of my Rocklin studio on your lunch break without sacrificing any of the quality that you deserve.  Our annual headshot special will be taking place on Monday, March 24th from 11am to 1pm.  Your appointment will include one outfit, your choice of a gray, white or black backdrop, and 10 minutes to shine in front of the camera.  I will direct you and pose you in the most flattering way while always paying attention to your hair, clothing and expression to ensure you look your best.  After your session, you will be given a link and password to view your photos and pick out your favorites.  The $99 session fee includes one fully retouched digital image delivered right to your inbox.  Need more than one photo?  Additional photos may be purchased for $25 each.

There are only 10 spots available, so call (916) 827-5955 to reserve your place!  Look below for examples of stellar 15 minute headshots!

Headshot Special March 2014


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family portraits in your own backyard | roseville & rocklin area

It’s Grandpa’s birthday and the whole family is gathered to celebrate.  We have children, spouses and grandchildren all together in one place – finally!  There’s been BBQ, wine and cake and now everyone is ready for the big surprise – a family photo shoot!  That’s when I show up!  How often do you have everyone you need for an extended family photo shoot together in one place?  It’s pretty rare, which is why I am so happy to travel to you on these special occasions.  Especially when your home creates such a spectacular backdrop for your portraits.  Look at this!

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