August 30th, 2013

Gabriella was just over a week old when we photographed her session. What a beautiful little newborn baby! I was thrilled when her mom called me after we met at a Sierra Mom’s Preschool Faire in Folsom. Incidentally, Sierra Mom’s is a wonderful group of mother’s who not only meet in the Folsom or El Dorado Hills area to socialize, but also fund raise and donate to charitable causes (usually pertaining to children).

As a professional photographer, it’s always great when we are able to photograph newborn baby boys or girls in the first two weeks of life. They are much easier to get to sleep and we love to capture those precious tiny features.


Gabriella was a wonderful sleeper (most of the time), so we were able to photograph her in a variety of sets at our Rescue Studio (not far from El Dorado Hills). We are always picking up more props and backgrounds, so that our clients are able to have unique images of their babies and children.


We also provide a variety of wraps and hats or hair bows for our little newborns. Did I say I love photographing newborn babies? We have “secret” professional techniques to help them sleep and stay that way for awhile. Although I must admit, some are better sleepers than others!

newborn_baby_el_dorado_hillsOne of our professional photography services that we offer is a First Year Baby Plan. In this plan (we actually have three options), we try to first photograph mommy and her beautiful pregnant belly with daddy if he is available. Then of course is the newborn session at seven to fourteen days old (7-10 days preferably). Capturing those precious milestones in a baby’s first year is what we love to do for our clients. After the newborn session, usually three months, six months, nine months and then one year are our best times to create beautiful memories for our busy moms and dads. We also design a beautiful album that will help our clients remember those wonderful, cuddly times in their little one’s first year. Below are a couple of pages of Gabriella’s first year album. What a treasured memory to have of that little sweetheart!



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May 16th, 2013

Put a sparkle in her with pretty pastel tulle, sweetheart garlands, and fairy wings. Fairy tales really do come true in our enchanted garden filled with flowers, ribbons, and luscious greenery. Quintessence Photographic Art is now taking appointments for our Limited Edition Fairy Princess Portrait Sessions on Friday, June 7th and Saturday, 8th.


Once upon a time is right now! She will love dressing up in our custom made fairy dresses and “crowns”. She will feel beautiful “modeling” as a fairy princess and holding a butterfly or baby bird. It truly is a magical experience, complete with fairy music!

Quintessence Photographic Art’s studio is located in Rescue, just minutes from El Dorado Hills, Folsom, Cameron Park, and Shingle Springs. Specializing in professional portraits of children and babies, photographic artist, Gail Shoop-Lamy guarantees that your little one will have a magical time, and that you will be thrilled with your creative, artistic portraits of your daughter(s). This session is ideal for girls ages 3 to about 8 years old, although we do now have an adult size dress if you really want to be included! Call today: (530) 363-0138

For more samples of our work, please visit our web site:

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January 3rd, 2013

It’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to give your honey for Valentine’s Day! Give him the ultimate gift! The gift of YOU! Consider a boudoir session with Quintessence Photographic Art. You will be pampered, artfully posed, and our all female photography staff will create images that your man will LOVE! Located only a few minutes from El Dorado Hills and Folsom, you will be in a very private, very beautiful location with tons of different options for backgrounds and props.

 Always tasteful, creative, and fun, too! Feel sexy, be sexy!

Want to do a retro “Pin Up” session instead? No problem!

How about a “Boudoir Party” with your girlfriends? We’ll photograph all of you (one at a time) while you visit, joke, egg each other on, have a little champaigne, get silly, sexy, have a blast and create a gift for your husband or boyfriend at the same time. We’ll throw in a group image of all the girls for each of you.

Sessions fill up fast, so call now (530.363.0138) to schedule your appointment. We are located just 10 minutes from El Dorado Hills and 20 minutes from Folsom in a beautiful Victorian home on 5 acres in Rescue, CA. Give him the best Valentine’s gift ever!

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October 2nd, 2012

I had the honor of photographing Danielle and Dan’s wedding at the Forest House Lodge in Forest Hill, CA ( . What a beautiful couple and what a beautiful location! Danielle looked amazing in her gorgeous dress. She got ready in the Bridal Salon downstairs at the Forest House. What a cool venue!

Danielle is from El Dorado County, not far from El Dorado Hills, and was one of my daughter’s good high school friends from Ponderosa High School. It was so fun to be able to photograph her on this important day!

Before Dan and Danielle did their “First Look” (where they see each other in a very special private way before the wedding), they each read a note that the other had lovingly written for this day. These two are so perfect for each other! It was obvious how much in love with each other they are!

The ceremony site for the Forest House Lodge is a mile from the lodge, and has a large grassy area with a beautiful view of the Sierra’s. Thank you Danielle and Dan for trusting me with photographing such an important day!

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April 13th, 2012

This young lady (six months old) is a member of the Quintessence “Precious Babies”, where we photograph her from shortly after she is born every few months until she is one year old. Her parents will get a beautiful album which will preserve memories of when she was such a little cutie pie! We had fun doing her six month session. She is so expressive! I do have to say, it was tough keeping on the head piece! Gotta be fast!!

Annika loved the pearls. She looked so cute with them on, and the were so yummy to chew on! (Yes, we do clean the pearls between babies!) This session was done at my Rescue, CA studio, which is only 10 minutes from El Dorado Hills. Lori and Nathan, are great parents, and they faithfully bring Annika up for her sessions from Rancho Cordova. This little girl is loved so much! Thank you Lori and Nathan for the honor of photographing your precious little girl!

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March 8th, 2012

We live and work in the best place ever for spring Easter Portraits! Just minutes from El Dorado Hills, the Quintessence Photographic Art outdoor studio (5 beautful acres) in Rescue is perfect. Featuring spring flowers, green grass, and cute little bunnies, this portrait session is a must for the little one. This year we have connected with a rabbit breeder who will be loaning us several 5 week old baby bunnies. We offer Easter cards, as well as many other beautiful print options of your child in time for Easter. Check out some of our Easter Bunny Portraits from past years. Our clients love this limited edition session and cherish the images that have such wonderful expressions on their children’s faces!

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