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April 3, 2014

Natural Graduation Pictures

Almost every single one of my graduation picture clients come to me because they are looking for someone to photograph them in a natural way, not stiffly posed and drowning in heavy makeup and retouching. Sammy and I were the perfect match. She showed up with a boatload of beautiful outfits, a fresh face and the willingness to have to fun. It was a windy day, but we used it to our advantage and captured some playful pictures that really reflect who she is.

windblown hair outdoors for graduation pictures

less makeup and natural expressions for senior portraits sacramento

pink maxi dress by the river with sunset light

The water was pretty cold, but she just waded right in. My favorite kind of girl!!

candid natural images for teen graduation senior portraits

Fields of grass, obliging streams, and fresh spring flowers make the best props.

bouquet of purple flowers in the spring forest

Sammy, you were so much fun! I wish you the best for all of the exciting plans you have ahead of you!

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.

May 15, 2011

High School Senior Portraits with Horses

A few weeks ago, I was thinking that it would be awesome to shoot a set of high school senior portraits with horses and a few days later, Morgan emailed me saying that she wanted to take her pictures with her horse, Luna. Perfect!

So we met out at the barn in Granite Bay, found some beautiful outdoorsy spots nearby, worked in a whole bunch of outfits and came away with a set of images that made my own little heart do a little flip. Oh, if only I could have had pictures of myself like this when I was 17! Morgan was such a joy to photograph, so confident and so beautiful both inside and out.

horse senior portriats

teen-with-horse

barn senior portraitsIsn’t Luna a lucky horse? She is so loved.

a girl and her horseIf you go to Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills and would like to book your high school senior portraits or teen portraits, send me an email letting me know that you saw this blog post and I’ll take $50 off your portrait package for being referred by Morgan!

To book your teen portraits, call 916-933-8352 or email info@jillcarmel.com.

October 22, 2010

El Dorado Hills Senior Portraits

I couldn’t have asked for a more stunning subject for these El Dorado Hills senior portraits. She was a natural in front of the camera with her easy grace and gorgeous eyes.

we found perfect light in el dorado hills for her senior portraits

Every time she laughed, she get these wonderful wrinkles in her nose. What a great smile!

it was all about giggles for these el dorado hills senior portraits

Perfect light, perfect dress…what more could we ask for? I’m completely in love with this set of pictures. The hardest part of my day was just trying to narrow down the images to include in this blog post!

out in a field for her el dorado hills senior portraits

Senior portrait season is in full swing! Give me a ring or drop me a line at jill@jillcarmel.com to schedule your senior portraits.

September 21, 2010

Folsom Outdoor Senior Portraits

It was a beautiful and cool afternoon in Folsom for these outdoor senior portraits and Skye was up for anything. He was super easy-going, confident and a natural in front of the camera.

this guy was a natural for his outdoor senior portraits in folsom

natural smiles come easy for this high school senior
Towards the end of the session, I often end up discovering a whole new set of expressions. We get to know one another a little better — it’s a collaborative thing.

tall grass and a warm sunset complete this outdoor senior portrait
I had a blast on this shoot — can’t wait to show them the rest of the pictures!