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May 21, 2014

Lifestyle Newborn Photography Portraits

What’s big at the moment is “lifestyle newborn photography.” Lifestyle photography in general has been a pretty hot item for a while now, but it’s not very well understood by the general public. You’ve probably heard of it, but I get asked all of the time, “What is lifestyle photography?” Wikipedia defines it as:

“A style of portrait/people photography which aims to capture and document real-life events, situations, or milestones in an artistic manner and the art of the everyday.”

Incorporating the “art of the everyday”, this style of photography aims to portray a glimpse into a family’s life, veering away from the formally posed family portraits that we all grew up with and know well (thank you, Sears).  For those of you looking for “natural”, “unposed” or “candid” pictures, this may be right up your alley.

Lifestyle photography concepts carry over beautifully into the newborn session. A shoot like this one is perfect for anyone wanting to do a newborn session for a baby is that is a little older (2+ weeks old), since no special posing is required. For this family, we focused on moments at home between mom, dad and the kids.

Dad giving his little girl a tight swaddle to keep her happy:

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Big brother showing off his brand-new baby sister:

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Mom having a sweet moment in the nursery (love the little bird mobile):

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Darling little baby girl, along with a close-up of her itty-bitty toes:

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I love these little teepees they are selling for kids now!

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And those big blue eyes!

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The whole family cuddled on the bed (one of my favorite places to take pictures):

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Big brother getting familiar with his little sister (one of my favorite shots from the session):

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Lifestyle newborn sessions are perfect for families with homes that they would like to showcase in their pictures.

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Or if they like to showcase their pictures in their pictures… Ha!

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And it’s always good to end with a little silliness!

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If you’re interested in reserving a spot for your own newborn session, give us a call at 916.933.8352 or shoot us an email at info@jillcarmel.com. We would love to help you document your big life moments.

March 28, 2014

Brother + Sister Loft Studio Shoot

When Alex called me to schedule a secret photo shoot of the kids for his wife’s birthday, I was like, “Yessssss!” A few times a year, I’ll be made part of a special birthday surprise, and they are just my favorite! We decided to do a brother and sister shoot at my loft studio in Midtown Sacramento. Dad was a superstar and brought a whole bunch of outfits to try and we just whizzed around the modern studio and had a ton of fun.

little boy laughing red converse in modern eames chair

We have a bed in the loft which can be the perfect prop/background for fun playing sibling shots or soft and cozy newborn pictures.

cuddles with brother and sister

Because the studio is flooded with natural light, we aren’t weighed down with big artifical strobe lights and can just travel around, taking pictures all over the place.  I love this modern Eames-style chair with her hot-pink polka dot dress.

bright pink polka dot dress with white chair and window light

And I can’t leave out the adorable belly-laugh tickles that happened that day. These two get along so well!

brother and sister like to wrestle on the sofa

Things baskets are good for: keeping babies from running away, being giant teething rings, etc.

baby in a basket in the loft studio

There’s that toothy grin! She is just the cutest!

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Having done newborn sessions for both of these beautiful children, it’s so fun watching them grow and turn into their own little people. In the picture below and on the left, she is just so close to standing up and walking away, giving us the sweetest little scrunch-pose.

learning to walk and funny expressions with kisses

sweet smiles from brother hanging out on the bed

I just adore these children — thank you for letting me be a part of this birthday surprise!

March 27, 2014

Pretty Little Princess Pictures

You may remember some of these beautiful faces from their previous maternity and newborn sessions with me. My brother-in-law and sister-in-law are expecting their second child (a little boy) in April so we celebrated the occasion with a fun maternity session by the river on a cloudy day in March. We thought we’d sneak in a few cute pictures of my niece, Olivia, in her stunning little princess dress, and then this happened…

ADORABLE-NESS!!!!

crouched down in a marilyn monroe pose

And we played a little “Let it Go” on the iPhone to capture some of her sweet dance moves.

dancing to "let it go" in her princess dress

Olivia is still so little (she turns two at the end of March) and seeing her standing alongside her mommy here, just makes my heart do a little flip.

family portraits with mommy and daughter and a navajo blanket

Since my family is from LA, we wanted to pick a spot that they wouldn’t be able to easily find down there. The river in town is so low these days that we can walk right out in to the middle of it and include the beautiful rocks and water.  It made a perfect spot for some family portraits and playing by the water’s edge.

daughter being thrown in the air with pregnant mommy at william b pond

daddy cuddles and kisses by the river family portraits

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wild little niece doing the splits for family pictures

Looking forward to visiting them in LA next month for their newborn portraits!

December 9, 2013

Sacramento Family Portraits at the River

Even though I’m up to my eyeballs in work, headed for the Christmas finish line over here, I had to pause a moment to share this darling family session at the river. We shot here in the last week of November and it was relatively warm with some leaves still on the trees. The water was low enough that we could walk right out into the middle of the river and have some beautiful water in the background – something that is not always possible when taking pictures by water – there are so many variables that come into play but everything worked just perfectly here: the soft light, the low level of the river, the warm fall colors… I love it! And on top of all that, I had this GORGEOUS family to work with! I’ve been photographing them since the birth of their first baby and now they have two!

dad holds baby daughter in air with her brown ugg boots and corduroy dress

It was little Miss Kate’s time to shine for this session, so we made sure to capture her with Mom and Dad as well as on her own. So many smiles from this little ladybug! She was such a happy baby!

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brother and sister sit together on a blanket at the river with water in the background

We have been working together long enough now that we’ve become a real team, making it easier to really nail the most important shots. (One of the unseen values to keeping a relationship with a photographer you love.)

classic family portrait with the sacramento river in the background

One of my favorite images of the day: father and son throwing rocks on the river.

father and son throw rocks together at the river with trees and water in the background

Then we headed over to the park. I have a feeling they’ll end up using this one for their Christmas card this year…

mom and dad back to back with two kids laughing and kissing at the park with fall colors

And I don’t want to forget Luke! In between all of the energetic buzzing around (like all little boys his age), he lets us capture some real gems in those in-between moments.

little boy on a vintage chair at the park and walking with mom down the shaded path

 

November 4, 2013

Best of Fall Photography Sessions

Here is a fun “Best of Fall Photography Sessions” post for all of you out there who have been thinking about booking a photo shoot for your family this autumn. Sacramento is such a beautiful city for capturing the colors of the changing foliage. It truly is quite magical when the temperature starts to drop and the leaves turn yellow, orange and red…

Let’s go run around this Midtown park in the afternoon sunlight…

brother and sister holding hands and running through the autumn trees

Or maybe you’d like a local session walking around your own neighborhood?

family portrait in front of red volkswagen on a fall day and red sweater

Visit your kid’s favorite playground and get some candid pictures with dad

daddy pushing his son on a swing on a crisp fall day

For all of you dog-lovers out there, autumn is the perfect season for having a pet photography session with your pups.

autumn pet portraits in front of colorful yellow tree

Childhood almost doesn’t seem complete without apple orchard family photos!

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Play fun games with dad, running through the fallen leaves…

daddy chasing his son through the autumn leaves

Incorporate your pumpkins from Halloween…

baby with big orange pumpkin for her portraits

It’s not quite Sacramento, but maybe you’d like to capture some family portraits in front of the Golden Gate Bridge?

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What better way to celebrate your pregnancy than with pictures? Capture your baby bump this fall with stunning autumn colors.

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Who wouldn’t love to get all of the cousins together for a fall kids photography session on a farm.

ring around the rosy with cousins

Let’s meet up Downtown at the State Capitol for your baby’s one-year session.

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Don’t forget our fur-friends! Capture some fun family autumn photos that include your dog.

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Do you have some ADORABLE outfits you’ve been dying to dress the kids in?

brothers at the apple orchard sweaters and hats

Document your kids’ natural expressions for their photo shoot at Apple Hill

brother and sister in the orchard picking apples

Show the world how much you love each other with some cozy family portraits in a big pile of leaves…

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Kick your shoes off, relax, and let those smiles shine…

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Let’s scamper off to your local park where all of that great fall color is just waiting to be captured!

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If you’re looking for examples of beautiful fall family outfit ideas, here’s a great one to check out:

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If you’re due to have your baby in the fall, why not incorporate the lovely colorful surroundings at the same time? We used this darling vintage basket and walked around the family’s property, working the fallen birch leaves into the pictures.

newborn baby in a basket in the fall leaves

Get cuddly in front of the stunning fall foliage and add some color to your walls!

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If you’ve been thinking about doing senior portraits, El Dorado Hills offers some beautiful fall colors.

senior portraits in the orange sunset sky

Want to see more? Here’s another fun autumn family portrait session in El Dorado Hills.

Recognize these two? This image was selected for the cover of the November 2012 issue of Sacramento Parent Magazine.

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And who could resist this adorable family in front of the Volkswagen? They were selected for the October 2012 issue of Sacramento Parent Magazine.

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Here is a recent love note from a long-term client:

“AMAZING!!!….that’s all I can say! One would think after working with you for 5 years and knowing your talent and dedication, I would still not be surprised by your talent every time we receive the gallery but I am. You never cease to amaze me. I love them all!  Thank you for being a part our lives and capturing our kids special personalities. It means the world to me! Thanks again for all of your hard work and dedication to providing us with exceptional pictures and service!”  – Jaime

Call or email to book your fall family portrait session today! Connect with us at info@jillcarmel.com or call 916.933.8352.