Senior Portraits at Empire Mine

SENIOR sessions

SENIOR sessions

2022 fall Senior sessions

senior portrait photographer for Nevada City, Grass Valley, and surrounding areas.


  • Bear River High School
  • Nevada Union High School
  • Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning
  • Forest Lake Christian School
  • North Point Academy
  • William & Mary Ghidotti High School
  • Bitney College Preparatory High School
  • Silver Springs High School
  • Placer High School & More!

Best of Nevada County Photographer

Parents' Magazine Top Choice Photographer

Dr. Leland & Sally Lewis Visual Fine Arts Award Winner

senior portraits by kial james

how it works

Step 1. Sign up and fill out the form with your Senior's information.

Step 2. Decide on the package that best works for you and your senior.

Step 3. Download or ask for the Senior Portrait Guide, which includes common FAQs, tips, and samples.

Step 4. Confirmation. Kial will confirm the date, time, and location of your choice.

Step 5. Let the fun begin, each session is fun, super low-key, non-stressful, and engaging. I work to make your Senior comfortable in front of the camera and guide them in posing, natural facial expressions, and plenty of laughs.

Step 6. Editing and Culling: each photoshoot, depending on time and package, I'll shoot between 200 and 600 photos (yes, that's a lot of photos!) but don't worry, you won't have to spend all day reviewing them. I'll cull the favorites that I feel best showcase your Senior and present these to you in an online, private gallery for selection. Typically it's between 30-100 photos that are edited and prepared for your online viewing.

Step 7: Choose your favs! We make it easy, just "heart" your favorites, and a selection of these photos will be sent as a separate downloadable Gallery link where you can download hi-resolution and web-resolution photos for usage.

A momentous time in life:

Your senior is graduating.

Nevada City, Grass Valley Senior Portraits

The last year of high school is one of the most important times in your senior’s life. We work to capture this important time in your life with unique portraits that show what has been the most shaping years in your senior’s life.

We strive not only to capture their smiles, but their interests, and the activities that have brought them to where they are. We’re here to commemorate the story of your seniors life as they transition into a new adventure.

We’ll make your senior portraits unforgettable!

Every senior portrait is designed to be as unique as your senior is. We pre-plan beautiful and treasured locations, outfit changes, and unlimited props during your senior session. We want your seniors to have the opportunity to really express who they are during this time. You can choose any number of locations or we can help by recommending some places to get started. Mom, dad, or a friend are ALWAYS welcome to the Senior Photo Session.

If you need a traditional portrait sitting in a studio, we can help you with that as well. See more of our work below and start thinking about how we can make your senior portraits amazing! 

Senior Portrait Pricing & Packages

Full Send

120 minute outdoor session. Unlimited outfit and accessory changes during shoot. The ultimate session for your senior. INCLUDES: (5) 8x10 Matted Prints, 35 Digitals, 11x14 Fine Art Mounted Print amd Yearbook Submission.



90 min outdoor session at location of choice. INCLUDES: 20 Digitals of your choice, 11x14 Mounted Fine Art Print amd Yearbook Submission.



Same great photography service, just miniaturized. 45 minute outdoor session at location of choice from list below. INCLUDES: 9 Digitals of your choice and Yearbook Submission.


beautiful Locations and treasured destinations for your seniors' photo shoot.

Hirschman Pond, Downtown Grass Valley, Downtown Nevada City, Empire Mine State Historic Park, Pioneer Park, the Tribute Trail, Yuba River, Sierra College Grass Valley campus, Bridgeport Covered Bridge, Wolf Creek & More.

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Each senior session is unique, just like your senior.

High school girl smiling for the camera
Senior girl portrait in green with red hair and jewelry
Senior boy portrait with amazing sunset
Looking towards the future, high school girl in red and black
Beautiful light showing through on high school senior girl
Handsome high school boy in black jacket with long hair
High school girl with her horse laughing together
Handsome young man looking away from camera
Girl holding her hat in a field of flowers and poppies
High school senior girl competitive wrestler NUHS
High school senior girl posing for portrait
college grad standing in middle of road smiling
senior portrait with soft green background, sitting on log
High school girl at lake touching water in dress and jean jacket
handsome UC Davis College graduate senior photo
Beautiful blonde high school senior girl with long hair
Blonde high school senior girl with arms wrapped around herself
High school senior boy standing tall at Hirschman pond in Nevada City
High School senior girl with outstretched arms at Yuba river
High school senior boy posing with old classic car

Unique, scenic locations in the

Sierra Nevada Foothills

travel outside of Western Nevada County (CA) is available for an additional fee.