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March 17, 2015

Sacramento Parent Magazine | March 2015

When the designer for Sacramento Parent Magazine contacted me to do a shoot at the Sacramento Zoo with a GIRAFFE in it, how could I refuse??? Here’s a fun little peek at this month’s cover (photographed by yours truly), as well as a few additional images for the feature article.

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You can read the full magazine on Sacramento Parent’s website here.

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.

 

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October 28, 2014

Six Grandkids Together at the State Capitol

When Grandma wrote in saying that she’d like a full set of portraits of her six grandkids together, I thought, “We’ll see how this goes!” But then they showed up, all smiling faces and just as sweet as can be! I couldn’t have asked for a better set of little subjects to work with. I mean, just look at these cuties:

six cousins all together for their child portraits on the capitol stairsWe giggled, jumped, played and told very silly jokes and had such a fun time.

cousins hug on the capitol stepsThey went with navy blue and white outfits, with some polka dots and denim thrown in the mix, and I think it turned out beautifully.

black and white checkered floor pairs well with their blue and white outfitsThese two below are twins and brother was showing off his strong-man muscles for his portrait.

twins show off their cute poses for the cameraI never had to ask twice for hugs. These kids really do love each other!

big hugs between the cousins for their child portraits at the capitol

climb up the tree for some pictures with your cousin in pretty blue and white dresses Cousins or best friends? I don’t think there is much of a difference in this case!

walking through the shaded trees for their portraits

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!

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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!

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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!