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September 26, 2013

What to Wear | Fall 2013 | Neutrals + Color Pop

Don’t know where to start when it comes to picking out what to wear for your fall photo shoot? The theme for this season is neutrals and, if you’re feeling a little wild, you can toss in a pop of color for some added visual interest.

A few quick tips to keep in mind when putting your family’s wardrobe together:

1) What colors would look good on your walls? Look around your home and think about where you might display your portraits. Notice what colors would complement the decor in those rooms and use that as a starting point for your clothing palette.

2) Pretend you’re creating a single (slightly busy) outfit. Lay all of the clothes out on the bed (or a neutral background like a sofa or your carpet) to make sure everything is playing well together.

3) Use your favorite piece as an anchor. It could be a blouse for mom or dress for your daughter, but you can use it as an anchor for the outfits for the rest of the family. Let’s say it’s a cute blue and white polka dot dress for your youngest daughter; you can build your other pieces off of that: a dark gray sweater for dad, a white blouse for mom and navy blue shorts for your son.

Combining neutrals is a simple, yet classic, option when dressing your family for their photography session. Plus, the resulting images will easily fit in with your home decor.

what to wear clothing outfits wardrobe fall 2013 photo shoot for mom

what to wear clothing outfits wardrobe fall 2013 photo shoot for dad

what to wear clothing outfits wardrobe fall 2013 photo shoot for girls

what to wear clothing outfits wardrobe fall 2013 photo shoot for boys

what to wear clothing outfits wardrobe fall 2013 photo shoot baby

Want to add a pop of color? Pair neutrals with one of these on-trend color options.

what to wear clothing outfits wardrobe fall 2013 photo shoot family emerald green

what to wear clothing outfits wardrobe fall 2013 photo shoot family red


You can also throw in some added color with a hair bow, fun socks or a scarf!

Happy shopping!

– Jill

*Images via Little Nest Pinterest


September 13, 2013

Baby Boy Pictures in the Park

With the last day of summer (September 22nd) right around the corner, I wanted to celebrate the closing of a wonderfully warm season and bring in the busy fall with some darling baby boy pictures in the park.

Today is Bennie’s birthday – he is one year old. I first met little Bennie when he was still in his mommy’s belly (who was one of the cutest pregnant ladies I’ve ever seen). Then I got to see him again for his newborn session, and, most recently, he completely rocked my world with his celebrity smile and baby blue eyes.

mommy and baby having fun and laughing at the davis arboretum

Mom killed it with her on-trend outfits: denim on denim, bright lipstick, lace shorts and strappy metallic sandals. Plus, her name is Jill, so we’re pretty much sisters, right?

taking a few steps with mom and her awesome denim shirt at the davis arboretum

Giggles in the grass. One of my favorite shots.

tickles laughs and fun at the davis arboretum for summer portraits with mom

That smile. It’s KILLS me. Oh my goodness.

little boy in denim overalls sitting on a bench laughing

Yay, Bennie! You are such a handsome stud. Happy Birthday!

jcrew white necklace and denim shirt for family portraits at davis arboretum

September 12, 2013

Family Portraits in a Grassy Field Filled with Oak Trees

Each year I add a few more amazing locations to my “rolodex” of spots, and one my newer favorites is this spot for family portraits in a grassy field filled with oak trees. It’s beautiful all year round, even in the middle of summer when the grass is dry – I think I may even like it best when the grass is dry because of the beautiful golden light that gets splashed all around.

This adorable family first came to me for their maternity pictures and I got to learn all about how they met and their plans for the future. After another session for their new baby boy, I feel so lucky to see them again for their six-month session before they whisked themselves off to their new home near the coast a few days after this shoot.

blue and white outfits for fall portraits in sacramento field with oak trees

It can be fun documenting the interactions between siblings – these two just adore each other!

big sister makes her little brother laugh in his baby tweed suit

Mom did an amazing job on the outfits, perfectly mixing patterns, textures and colors. Her floral dress crossed with sister’s polka dot leggings and brother’s little tweed suit – love it!

big sister runs around and gets a piggy back ride from her dad amongst the oak trees in sacramento

Both mom and dad work for VW, so we had to include some beetles in the pictures (check out the blanket he’s lying on). And that face with those rosy cheeks — oh my goodness!

little brother giggles on a blanket covered with vw bugs

She started off a little shy, but turned into little miss model after she saw how much fun we were having.

gorgeous big sister with curly hair and cute white tank top

Such a fun family! I can’t wait to see them again for their one-year shoot!


August 22, 2013

Announcing Our New Midtown Studio!

If you didn’t already hear about through our popular monthly e-newsletter, we are very excited to announce the THE NEW MIDTOWN STUDIO! Designed with babies in mind, we are now able to offer the perfect setting for newborn and maternity sessions, for both our local and out-of-town clients. Say goodbye to worrying about whether or not your home will be too dark for your session…

midtown sacramento loft portrait studio

This isn’t your average “portrait studio”… Our loft is flooded with beautiful natural light and filled with cozy furniture, officially making it my new favorite spot for photographing brand new babies.

newborn baby with nest headband photographed in studio

Here’s a recent testimonial from a studio client:
“Oh my goodness, Jill!! You forgot to tell me to get out the tissues!! Totally crying. They are SO BEAUTIFUL! I’m in love and not quite sure how I’m going to choose any favorites. Thank you so much for these precious images!!” — BH

The studio is by appointment only, but everybody is welcome. Give us a call or shoot us an email to book your newborn or maternity session in the studio today!

March 27, 2013

sacramento spring portraits at the capitol

It was a perfect day in Sacramento for spring portraits at the Capitol. There is one cherry tree there with the most amazing blossoms that only blooms for about two weeks out of the year and we caught it in its prime. I love this shot — it’s like “Super Baby!” haha

the state capitol is the perfect place for spring portraits with cherry blossoms

There are times when I get really caught up in a session. As I’m going through pictures after a shoot to pick out my favorites, I laugh, I get teary-eyed, I think about my own childhood and the few pictures I have of my own parents when I was a baby…it’s a emotional roller-coaster ride but in all the right ways. It fills me with a grounding sense of love for the people in front of my camera and for humankind in general — it gets me thinking about how much we all continue to care for and love one another in spite of so many apparent reasons not to. We are a pretty special kind of creature, if you ask me.

working hard to balance her new sitting-up skills and oh so cute in her pink cardiganHave I ever mentioned how perfect six-months old is for a photo-shoot??? It one of my favorite times for working with kids because they are happy, they can make eye-contact and…they don’t run away from me yet, lol!

family walking together in downtown sacramento one of the few places you can find palm trees in sacramentoLittle Miss Vivienne was all smiles for her session. It was like she knew exactly what we were doing and she was all about it.

big baby smile with mom and dad for their sacramento family portraitsI think I’ll finish off this post with a little bit of book reading. We used these same books for her newborn session, so it was fun to incorporate them in with her six-month session.

finish off the photography session with a little book reading timeThat’s all for now! I think this family has inspired me to go back and take a look at some of my own family photos…Maybe I’ll just have to blog about those, too.