February 9th, 2012

Little Grayson was born in early January and I had the honor of photographing him at just 7 days old. I happened to be in Half Moon Bay the weekend before and found this cute little cart that I purchased at an antique store and it was perfect to photograph him in. I traveled to his parent’s home near Murphys to make it easier on the tired mom who has 3 other little ones. I am happy to travel as short a distance from my studio in Rescue to El Dorado Hills or anywhere in the greater Sacramento or Roseville areas.

Grayson is such a sweet little boy, it didn’t take long for him to fall asleep after a good nursing. I assured his mom that he would pee (at the very least) and he didn’t disappoint.  Lucky for us, he was lying on his tummy when he let go! Grayson’s grandmother is also my source for crocheted hats, and she finished the hat with the braids (which I now have for other babies) while we took the first few images. Newborn babies are so fun to be creative with! You never know what you will get as far as expression, and they have no clue what you are dressing them up in! These image will be darling in a babies first year (baby program) album!

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February 2nd, 2012


Have you decided on your wedding, anniversary, birthday or Valentine’s gift for your husband, boyfriend or fiancé?

Have you tried picking out the perfect greeting card and spent hours in the card aisle reading all the cards hoping for just the right sentiment?

Forget the card- Why not surprise them with a boudoir portrait?

Imagine his surprise when he opens that package to find images of YOU looking super sexy just for him!

What should you wear?

His shirt and tie, props from his hobbies or profession such as construction hard hat, firefighters turn out jacket, or golf clubs.

Take a shopping trip to Victoria Secret for something new or how about wearing that little string bikini?

Makeup for your session should be applied heavier than you normally wear with a more dramatic look. Think “Smoky eyes”. Consider wearing false eye lashes as they make your eyes look even more seductive. You will also want to have your makeup professionally done. We can recommend some awesome makeup artists.

These sessions are held in our private Rescue CA studio just 10 minutes from El Dorado Hills CA. Our 100% female staff will make you feel comfortable and pampered. For a complimentary consultation call (530) 363-0138.

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September 9th, 2011

The first day of “Train Days” in Old Sacramento was a stirring success! We captured a bunch of giggles, grins, and cute expressions, but this more solomn expression is one of my favorite images! Gavin was a pleasure to photograph, and very excited to be on a real caboose! We have a few openings for sessions Saturday…

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August 31st, 2011

I’m excited to be doing this portrait special in Old Sacramento! It’s the first time the California State Railroad Museum has done this type of thing, and I’m honored to be the first photographer to host such an event.

 Here’s how it works: The sessions are every 30 minutes, which should give you enough time to get your child/children into the provided striped overalls, bandanas, and train hats, and then have an assortment of images professionally photographed of your “little engineer(s)”. Please allow another 30 minutes to look at the images right after the session. You will choose your complimentary 5×7 as well as order any additional prints that you wish. Christmas cards and other art pieces are also available. Most orders will be delivered by mail within four to six weeks of your order.

Mom, dad, grandma, or grandpa call Quintessence Photographic Art at (530) 363-0138 and make an appointment for a time on Friday, Sept. 9th, Saturday Sept. 10th, or Sunday Sept. 11th between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm. I will try to give you a time that works with your schedule, as long as it’s available. The fee is $47 for the session (paid at the time the appointment is booked). Along with the session fee, you get a 5×7 print of your choice.

If desired, you may also email for a session appointment: gail@Qphotoart.com.

As mentioned above, 20% will be donated to the California State Railroad Museum to help pay to repaint the caboose!

These sessions will fill up quickly, so be sure to call today! Your little one will love it! (530) 363-0138

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August 12th, 2011
The following senior portraits were photographed all around El Dorado County. Haily, who is a high school senior at Oakridge High School in El Dorado Hills, wanted photos in several locations, as well as at our Rescue Studio. We visited some train tracks and an old caboose in Shingle Springs, tromped through a field down the road in Rescue, and returned for some images in the Quintessence Studio where we listened to music and “played” in her cheerleader uniform while taking some great shots of Hailey, jumping, making faces, and dancing. Below are several pictures from Hailey’s senior portrait session. Thank you Hailey for being an awesome model!

Hailey requested images on train tracks. She looks beautiful anywhere!

Our Tuscan courtyard is a great place of senior pictures!


This old train car is a fabulous backdrop for Hailey.

Does this girl have beautiful eyes or what?

Hailey in our garden gazebo



In a Field in Rescue, CA


Hailey, Cheerleader at Oakridge High School in El Dorado Hills


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July 3rd, 2011

I photographed these fireworks on July 2nd, 2011. What a beautiful display over Cameron Lake. Let’s remember why we celebrate Independence Day. This is my first attempt at photographing fireworks, but not my last! Fireworks over Cameron Park Lake, CA

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