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June 3, 2014

Studio Newborn Portraits

This spring, I celebrated my one year anniversary with my natural light loft studio! Both my clients and I love working in it because it’s just the perfect spot for studio newborn sessions.

This darling family visited me last week and I got to meet their newest beautiful baby, Quinn. Mom warned me that she had dimples, and I was not disappointed…

newborn baby with the sweetest dimples

Everything about her was adorable, right down to her little toes.

newborn cuddles with mom and sweet baby toes

And her delicate hands…

tiny little infant hand holding on to daddy's thumb

She just had the sweetest little expressions!

newborn baby smiling for her pictures

I think some of my favorite pictures are of fathers with their new babies.

newborn baby studio portraits with dad and mom

At just under five pounds, she is proof that good things come in small packages.

newborn pose on a purple soft blanket

And here’s everybody, big brothers included! They did such a good job for their photo-shoot!

family of five together on the bed for their family portrait


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.


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 We would love to help you document your big life moments.

October 7, 2013

newborn twin portraits

I’m just putting the finishing touches on this family’s newborn twins gallery tonight and thought I’d share this scrumptious pair with you all. Cuteness overload…

newborn twin brothers rest sleepily on one another

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!

June 21, 2013

Best of Newborn Baby Portraits

Doing some research to find out who could be the best photographer in Sacramento for your newborn baby portraits? Jill could be the right photographer for you if…

You’re looking for sweet, curled-up, bare pictures of your newborn baby…

sweet baby girl with soft pink hat

You want to capture those timeless intimate first moments between you and your brand new daughter…

first moments with dad are so special during the newborn session

You’re hoping you can include the whole family in the newborn session…

include all of the family in your newborn portraits

You have been waiting a long time for that first “family portrait” with the three of you…

snuggling outside with mom and dad

You have a hip, modern home that would look great as a backdrop to your images…

hip modern trendy newborn portraits in the home with a french bulldog

You want to be able to smell the baby-yummy-goodness right through the images…

squishy red head newborn baby being held in mom's arms

You’re looking for a photojournalistic style of photography for your newborn session that incorporates your lovely home…

photojournalistic newborn portraits in the family's home

Your husband has some awesome tattoos that would look perfect when combined with a super-cute newborn pose…

newborn baby in daddy's arms with tattoos

You want to document that fleeting time when when your baby is oh-so-tiny…

daddy holds his new baby's tiny hand

You want to record your first family portraits in the darling nursery that you designed…

their first family photo in their beautiful nursery

You have a stunning location right near your house that would be perfect for your portrait session…

on location in tiburon ca in front of a little white church

You’re a sucker for intricate baby poses that you’re happy to leave to the pros…

newborn baby doing a thinker pose with a blue elf hat

Or you’re wondering if your French Bulldogs (aka fur-kids) can be involved in the portrait session (yes!).

two french bulldogs on the bed with their new baby brother

Jill Carmel has made a specialty out of photographing newborns — she creates sweet, affecting portraits that have moms and dads linking up for her services.” — Sacramento Magazine, March 2010

interview for the march 2010 issue of sacramento magazine with jill carmel

Feel free to visit our full newborn baby portfolio by clicking HERE. Whatever you may have in mind for this big moment in your lives, Jill can help you capture it. Here are a couple of recent testimonials from newborn session clients:

Jill, there are not enough words to express to you how beautiful the pictures turned out!! You are an amazing photographer! So talented and such a doll to work with. We could not be more pleased. The slideshow and music took our breathe away! Thank you again for all of your hard work. We love the photographs!” — Susan

I just wanted to thank you again so much for the beautiful photos of our family. We could not be happier with everything. You have an incredible talent and I love that we will have these memories forever. We will definitely be having you take our family pictures as our family grows. A thousand thank yous from the bottom of my heart.” — Bobbi

We offer a special discount when you book your newborn session along with a maternity or six-month session.

Call or email to book your newborn session today! Find us at or 916.933.8352.