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October 7, 2014

Simple and Natural Family Portraits

You go on Pinterest these days and it’s all about styled shoots with LOADS of props and it often becomes more about the “stuff” in the photos than the family. For me, it’s all about the people and, personally, I find a beautiful set of simple family portraits to be actually quite refreshing. I’m not talking about boring, stock-still, “grip and grin” (as many of you have heard me call it) type pictures, but ones that really show the FAMILY, that show the LOVE and show the natural CONNECTION. If I fail to show that, then I’ve failed myself and my clients. That is what I work for in every shoot. And look how cute this family is!! They don’t need a single prop to help them show how much they are a family.

baby tickles and giggles with mom and dad by the riverThis little guy had just learned how to walk so I wanted to make sure to capture that in their session. This is the one time when I wish I had a videographer leaning over my shoulder…

learning to walk on the grass photosBig Sis was doing her best to help him. Love this shot.

big sister holds her little brothers hand at the parkWhat a beautiful family! Mom did such a good job on the clothes! Sweet, simple, beautiful. Perfect.

cuddled up together being family for their summer portraitsNo father son duo is going to escape my demands to kiss and tickle!

father and son natural summer portraitsUmmm… What can I say? ADORABLE. Look at that sweet smile!

mother and daughter summer portrait

parents with their children by the river taking picturesWe ended off the morning with some wet feet and big smiles. I’ll take it!

sister is showing off her pretty dress while little brother walks shirtless in the water

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!

November 20, 2013

November Family Pictures in the Rolling Hills

I adore this family. They bring it all to their session: fun ideas, personality, intimate moments, stories, silly games for making their daughter giggle… That, plus of the little details that mark this moment in time as different from the others. I’ve been working with them since their little girl was still in mommy’s belly and it’s been such a joy to get to document their growth as a family year after year.

We always try out a new location together and this November we went for a little hike up in the rolling hills of Fairfield. The sun was setting and the light was skipping off the trees and dry grass in the most delicious way.

princess hands with daddy up on the hill

We discovered a fun bridge along the way, perfect for running on!

running on the bridge at rockville park in fairfield

They never fail to make each other laugh. I swear they are secretly models and just haven’t told me yet…

mommy makes her daughter giggle for their family portraits in fairfield

 

fun natural candid family portraits

Taking a little break at the top on an obliging picnic table. Look how the sun washes down in little rays from the right. It’s a small little detail but one of my favorites.

chin in hands, dylan relaxes with her pomeranian pup armani

Cuddling in the tall grass… Can you believe how cute their Pomeranian is? His name is Armani and he easily wins the prize for the easiest dog in the world to take pictures of. He listens well and always looks perfect when it’s his turn. Armani, can you tell all of the pups out there to be just like you???

the family cuddles together in the tall grass at rockville park fairfield

They always get their Seattle Seahawks picture in – I love it!

seahawk fans family portraits

Can’t wait for next year!

November 11, 2013

Learning to Walk | Family Portraits

You may recognize this family from their magazine cover and their darling family photography session from two years ago. Since then, they’ve added another awesome member to their crew: sweet little Eva who was just learning to walk when we did their family portraits this fall.

one year old learning to walk with pink dress

She would walk a few steps and be so proud of herself — that big smile and clapping hands are just adorable.

little one year old girl claps with a smile while she stands in her pink dress

Gorgeous family and a gorgeous home. What a stunning example of old California style architecture.

family portrait in front of their  old california style home

Their front door archway made the perfect little alcove for cuddling up next to one another.

family sits in archway of their old california style home for their family portraits

The property in the front of the house was a beautiful park-like setting that was perfect for a little game of football with Dad.

Father and son play football in front of their house

The autumn leaves were just beginning to show on these Japanese maples, making the perfect backdrop for this casual family portrait.

lounging by the pool for a family picture with chinese maple tree in background

I’m always trying to get kids to kiss each other — it’s too cute not to — but Wilder took it to the next level with a big two-handed smack-er-roo right on the mouth…

big kiss on sister's face with parents staying close by

And he was so pleased with the results! Oh my gosh – how I adore this child!

brother laughs after kissing sister

 

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!

family fall photographs at the orchard with apples

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?

san francisco fall family pictures

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

tree leaf over pregnant belly and orange dress

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.

yellow sweater fallen leaves wagon

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

family pictures with pup in front of red tree

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…

cozy family picture in the fallen leaves

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

feet kicked up in the afternoon sun

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

autumn colors fall leaves with sweaters for fall

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

great outfits for fall family photo

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!

white fence yellow leaves autumn

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.

magazine cover for sacramento parent mag jill carmel 2012

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

red and stripes for sacramento parent  magazine jill carmel 2012

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.