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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!

audrey's face is covered in tiffany blue cake after her cake smash pictures

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

breakfast at tiffany's table setting for Audrey's first birthday party

 

audrey themed party favors at this breakfast at Tiffany's birthday

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.

sunglasses and tiaras with tiffany blue gift boxes

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

macarons are best in tiffany blue at a first birthday party

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.

January 22, 2015

Winter Session Discount!

Another wonderful holiday season is behind us! It’s always such a whirlwind time of year for me, and it’s possible that I didn’t get the chance to see your lovely faces! If that’s the case, I’ve got a special little treat for you…

 Book a weekday session to take place before February 28th and…

Receive 50% off your session fee!

Making your session just $100!*

 I’ve got lots of recommendations for beautiful locations to use during the winter — don’t let the naked trees fool you! And remember, the winter light is some of the most flattering light of the year — see below for an example of session that was shot only last week! Golly, I love that light…

To book your session, call us at 916.933.8352, or email info@jillcarmel.com.

 *Discount may not be applied to Newborn or Baby Club sessions and may not be used in combination with other discounts. Snow sessions may include an additional travel fee.

 

winter sacramento family portraits davis

 

November 11, 2014

Running, Jumping and Lighting Up the World

Little Mila. I first photographed her when she was just learning to pull herself up and now she’s running, jumping and simply lighting up the world with her big smile, rosy cheeks and outgoing personality.

We picked a fun urban park in Beverly Hills and had a blast. I just love her little expression like she’s seriously considering just jumping right in…

dipping into the fountain with a pink tutu dressI’m so glad that Dad wanted to be in the shoot as well. It’s always more fun to have the whole family there.

sitting on daddy's shoulders and running at the park in los angelesCuddles and smiles are just the best!

sitting on daddy's shoulders is the best spot in the worldSeriously. These clothes that Mila is wearing are amazing. Gray tulle and glittery ballet slippers. I die!

playing with mom and dad on the steps in a pretty gray tulle dress

hugs and cuddles with mom and dad in beverly hillsI had to end with little blooper shot. So cute!

little girl climbing up the stairs in a tutu dress and ballet slippers

 

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!

lifestyle_newborn_photography wall display

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!

toothy baby grin in a basket

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!