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November 30, 2015

Fall Family Photos at the Folsom Powerhouse

The Folsom Powerhouse is a great spot for fall family photos and I’ve been looking forward to sharing this session with you! Over the last year, this family has grown very near and dear to my heart, plus they are always up for an adventure, so this was the perfect spot for them.


The old stone work makes such a great backdrop.


That brick archway!


I just love C’s little pink dress, and her perpetual happy smile!


If you’d like to schedule a photography session for your family at the Folsom Powerhouse, or any other location you see here on the blog, just give us a ring at 916-933-8352 or email us at

January 13, 2011

Valentine’s Day Mini-Sessions!

Didn’t have a chance to send out Christmas cards? This is the perfect opportunity to have some fresh, new images of the family for a Valentine’s Day card or New Year’s card.

valentine's day card

Mini-Sessions are $50 and include the following:

  • 20 minute session for up to four people (each add’l person – $15)
  • viewing gallery of 10-12 images from which to place your order

This month, our mini-session day will be held on FRIDAY, JANUARY 21ST from 10am to 1pm in El Dorado Hills.

Slots are limited so give me a call (916.933.8352) or shoot me an email ( if you’re interested in reserving a spot for your family.

Hope to see your beautiful faces soon!

— jill

November 8, 2010

Classic Holiday Card Photos

It’s time to get your holiday card photos taken!  I can’t believe November is already here and I bet you can’t either. Halloween has past, the clocks have “fallen back” and it’s time to get ready for the holiday card season. Don’t wait until the last minute this year! Schedule your holiday card photo session now (while the Sacramento weather is still good!) and get your cards out early this year!

Here are some of my favorite holiday cards from the last few years. We made each of them with portraits taken on location with each family.

christmas and holiday cards and photography

Classic Holiday Card Photos

Not only are these pictures that the families will cherish for years, the photo sessions are lots of fun and a great family tradition.

Contact Jill at today to schedule your session now!

Here’s what others have said about their photo sessions with Jill:

“Oh Jill!!! They are just so beautiful! I always think that you can’t possibly out-do the pictures from the last session, but you always seem to! I don’t know how you capture the moment and the essence of our family so perfectly, but you do! I can see each of their little personalities in your photos and I love being able to look back and remember what they were like at “that” moment! Thank you for being you and being just so FABULOUS!!!”

About Me:

Jill Carmel is an on location family photographer serving the greater Sacramento area. Jill specializes in working with young children to capture the perfect pictures for your holiday cards. Jill Carmel is the perfect choice for your holiday card photos!

Mini-Session Details:

Twenty minute session for up to four people

(each add’l person $15)

10-12 professionally retouched images to view and select from

One choice from the options below:

(50 custom holiday cards)

(one 11×14 print)

(two 8×10 prints)

All this for only $150!

October 22, 2010

The Little Things

I don’t normally post much about my personal life on this blog, but I think it’s fun to put up a few posts here and there. As many of you know, I was born and raised in Los Angeles and moved to Sacramento two and half years ago. I’ve been going back a lot lately, mostly for work but also for the occasional wedding or birthday.

One morning last weekend, I went to breakfast with two of my favorite people and just sat there…relishing every moment of it. And nothing monumental was happening — just three people sitting and having a meal and talking about not much in particular on a rainy morning. And it couldn’t have been more perfect. It really is the little things. I have to remind myself occasionally not to lose them amidst the hustle and bustle of life.

small moments at breakfast

water pouring from a bottle

toast on the table in the morning
I’m also a big fan of a restaurants that use naturally raised meats and locally grown produce. This little cafe in Hollywood has just that and scrumptious breakfasts — Square One. Check it out next time you’re down there.

September 1, 2010

Perfect Sacramento Teen Portrait Session

Most of you know me as an outdoor photographer, but you may not know that I used to specialize in high school senior portrait photography. I began my path working for a studio in Los Angeles while I was still in college and learning from the ground up. I worked solely in the studio but, after a few years, I grew bored of working indoors with artificial lighting and over-used backdrops.

I’ve always believed that the best teen portraits are taken outdoors, under natural light. Here are some pictures from a recent photo session with a Sacramento teen who reminded me of the thoughts I used to have back in the LA studio. I dreamed of dewy meadows filled with flowers…

Senior posing for portrait in the wildflowersAnd sun-kissed shoulders under the afternoon sun…

Teen enjoying her outdoor senior portrait session

And capturing the person in front of me as they truly are.

Classic senior portrait the family will cherish forever

I had just too much fun working with this stunning young lady. She was up for anything and it was refreshing to get back to my roots in a whole new way.

Fall is a wonderful time to have your senior portraits done!

Email me at if you’d like to reserve a spot. Please be prepared to prepay for your session with a credit card to hold your reservation.

What others are saying about these pictures:

“OMG, they came out better than expected! My mom cried when we gave her and dad their gift book. We could not have been more pleased. We love everything that you do…your touch is as good as gold!!!!”

About me:

Jill Carmel is an on location teen portrait and senior portrait photographer serving the Northern California, Sacramento County and El Dorado County areas. You can see the quality of my work by visiting my full teen portfolio on my website.