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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.

August 28, 2010

Mother’s Day Photo Session in Sacramento

I do Mother’s Day photo sessions in Sacramento every year. This year we couldn’t have asked for better weather and the sold-out sessions were tons of fun. Here are some of the shining faces that were photographed this last Mother’s Day. They make me smile just looking at them.

And remember, portraits of your children make the best gifts. Mother’s Day photos are the perfect present for someone who has everything.

Pictures from these sessions also make wonderful holiday cards!

Mom and child smiling for mother's day photos.This mom and her baby had a great time posing for their pictures.

Natural light outdoor photo of a beautiful girl on a park swing.This girl has the most amazing blue eyes. Just stunning!

Family poses in casual white for their outdoor park photo.What a beautiful happy family!

Mother and son enjoying baby's first Mother's Day pictures.His smile just melts his mother’s heart. Mine too!

Classic family photo of a fun walk through the park.What a sweet big brother and little sister!

Adorable brother and sister dressed up in their Sunday best for Mother's Day photos.This brother and sister duo were a little camera shy at first, but their pictures came out beautifully.

Here are the details on my mini-sessions:

Mini-Session Fee….$50

  • 20 minute session for up to four people
  • Each additional person is $15
  • 10-12 retouched images to view and select from
  • Prints and additional products purchased separately

Have your pictures taken and your prints will be ready in time for Mother’s Day gift giving…hint, hint to all you Dads out there. ;-)

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

What others are saying about these pictures:

“I wanted to say THANK YOU! I was so blown away by your presentation of our prints and our digital images that you provided! Everything looked so much better than I ever could have anticipated. You are such an amazing artist. Additionally, the entire experience has been phenomenal! From our fun photo shoot to viewing our gallery and picking photos and of course the final presentation. I would highly recommend you to anyone!”

About me:

Jill Carmel is an on location children’s portrait photographer serving the Northern California, Sacramento County and El Dorado County areas.

Jill specializes in maternity, pregnancy, newborn, infant, baby, children, senior and family portrait photography. Sacramento photographer, Jill Carmel, is the perfect choice for your Mothers Day portraits.