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July 30, 2016

Field of Flowers Family Portraits

Everybody dreams of a field of flowers for their family portraits, but wildflowers come and go with the weather and they can be hard to predict. I had just completed this family’s session and said goodbye as we drove away in opposite directions. On the way home, I spotted this patch of wildflowers on the side of the road, so I quickly called the family and asked them if they’d be willing to turn around and come back. I’m so glad they did because we got some beautifully spontaneous pictures with the light just right, natural smiles and a little breeze in the air.

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Little Joseph is raised on a farm, so he fell right into place in this field of poppies and lupines.

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I’ll never stop loving pictures of daddy snuggles.

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I’m so thankful for families that are willing to play along with my wild ideas!

where is there a field of flowers for portraits in sacramento

April 13, 2016

Spring Portraits

Hooray! Spring is HERE and the flowers and green grass are just beautiful!

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Spring is one of the prettiest times of year to schedule a portrait session. Everything seems to be blooming and the light is incredible, both morning and afternoon.

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I had so much fun looking through photos from last year and couldn’t resist sharing some with you… so much lovely light and happiness.

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I’m currently booking sessions for May and June, so if you’re thinking of scheduling something, don’t wait! And moms, if you’re pregnant and expecting in the next 2-3 months, get in touch so we can get some time on the calendar while there’s still room.

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Looking forward to seeing you soon!

February 9, 2016

Outdoor Family Portraits in Los Angeles

I was in Los Angeles recently and had the good fortune to photograph this stunning family at Paramount Ranch. What luck to spend the afternoon at such a beautiful location, with a family full of incredibly stylish people!

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I just love this sweet photo with the sunlight peeking behind the hill…

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The happy grandparents!

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Picture perfect family…

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The handsome guy below is the proud uncle — love these smiles!

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They couldn’t have done a better job picking out their clothes for this session!

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I shoot in Los Angeles at regular times through the year, so if you’re interested in scheduling a shoot in the area, give me a call at 916.933.8352 or email at info@jillcarmel.com.

August 28, 2015

First Birthday Portraits and Cake Smash in the Studio

Little Joseph was getting ready to celebrate his first birthday, so we decided to do some portraits and a cake smash in the studio. It turned out to be one of my favorite sessions of the whole summer!

I’ve been photographing this little guy since the beginning, so it was a lot of fun to see how much he has grown.

The look on his face just makes me giggle… the anticipation!

Uh-oh… the cake’s been smashed and I’d love to know what he’s thinking…

He looks so proud of himself…

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We had a smashing time documenting this huge milestone. Here’s to many more happy birthdays!

If you would like to document your child’s milestones with a fun photo session, give us a call at 916.933.8352 or email us at info@jillcarmel.com.

Beautiful birthday cakes created by Sweetologie.

April 22, 2015

Breakfast at Tiffany’s First Birthday Party

I wanted to share these adorable pictures with you from Audrey’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” first birthday party. Her mom (and a few other amazing and creative people) really went above and beyond with Audrey’s dress and the party decorations.

We wanted to do a cake smash so we set her down in front of the cake and at first, she was very lady-like, touching it gently with her tiny little finger. Her mom encouraged her by getting it started off and putting a little her mouth, and after that…

audrey smashes her blue cake for her breakfast at tiffany's themed birthday party

There was no messing around!

a tiny blue cake and a black tulle dress are perfect for this first birthday cake smash

We took the cake away and grabbed a quick “after” picture. I think it’s my favorite from the day. Ha!

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The decorations were amazing! From the framed pictures of Audrey Hepburn to the Tiffany blue macarons and the glitter-topped cake, everything was perfect.

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This cute little blue cake was made especially for smashing… I wish more cakes were made just for that… Ha!

The sunglasses and mini-tiaras were a amusing addition to the group photos.

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The macarons look too good to eat, all perfectly tied up with black satin ribbon.

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Mom had this poster created for the wall, documenting all of Audrey’s milestones from her first year. The “licking tattoos” thing is for real and the fact that they named their cat “EDM” makes me like them even more, if that’s possible.

audrey's accomplishment poster from her first year for her birthday

I photograph a select number of birthday parties a year. If you’re interested in having me along to yours (or just want to do a cake smash session in the studio), give me a ring at 916-933-8352.

Birthday Cakes by Sweetologie