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May 24, 2015

Maternity Session in a Mid-Century Modern Home

When Dana first emailed me about booking a maternity session, I was so excited to meet her and her husband (and her two pups, of course, because that’s how I roll). She told me all about her beautiful Mid-Century Modern home, right by the American River and I was already visualizing how the session would play out. I mean, how cute is this with these amazing MCM bricks, bright orange planter and that skylight above them… I was in heaven!

out on the front porch with designer mid-century bricks and bright orange plant pot

We ventured inside for a few pictures, only to discover that they have designed the interior of their home beautifully, complete with an organized-by-color bookshelf. Omgeeee.

mid-century home makes the perfect backdrop for maternity session

It was really important to them that we include their fur-kids (some people call them “dogs”) in the pictures since they were the first babies on the scene. Throwing pups into the mix for a photography session is always a “let’s see how it gooooes!” kind of proposition, but they were so good and posed for the camera like they do this for a living.

everyone dog-piled on the sofa in this mid-century home with color coordinated books

They even give kisses on command. Lol

snuggles with pups for their family maternity shoot in sierra oaks

It makes me happy to know that her daughter will be able to look back on these, when she is a mother herself, and see what an amazing, powerful mother she had.

denim top and hugs from husband

Since they live by the river, and it’s such a big part of their lives, we went for a walk as the sun was going down.

family walking along the american river in sierra oaks with dogs

I love this color palette, from the deep yellow to the hints of turquoise. If you guessed that Dana is an artist, you guessed right!

ocre yellow shirt with caring hands on belly

I book maternity sessions all throughout the year, but the spring and summer is a particularly popular time for them! Give me a call at 916.933.8352 or shoot me an email at info@jillcarmel.com to book your maternity session today.

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.

 

winter sacramento family portraits davis

 

October 21, 2014

Six Peas in a Pod | Fairfield Maternity Portraits

If you’ve been a faithful blog reader, you’ll recognize this beautiful family. I’ve been photographing them every year since 2010, starting with the pregnancy of their first daughter, Dylan, and they recently welcomed their second daughter, Petyon, into the world. This is the kind of relationship I love. We are like, well, six peas in a pod, now (counting their first baby, Armani, the Pomeranian). I know them and they know me and our shoots unfold simply and naturally.

fairfield vacaville maternity photo (3)

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fairfield vacaville maternity photo (5)One of my favorite things about them is that they love to play and have fun. This is a real team. You really get the feeling that not one of them would rather be anywhere else than right here, in this moment, with one another.

fairfield vacaville maternity photo (1)

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fairfield vacaville maternity photo (6)Already looking forward to the next shoot with these awesome people!

September 29, 2014

Maternity Portraits in a Kimono in Elk Grove

I just loved this picture-perfect park in Elk Grove for maternity portraits. The weeping willow and gazebo make a beautiful background for this sweet moment.

pregnancy pictures with mom and dad in front of gazebo in elk grove

We timed it perfectly so that the sun was just behind them as they walked hand-in-hand along the path and through the late-summer foliage.

walking hand in hand through the trees for maternity photography in elk grove regional park

The park, complete with pond, streams and bridge, frames this portrait beautifully.

maternity portraits on a bridge in elk grove

As we walked through the park, they shared their story of how they met and what their plans were for the little girl that is about to join them. We laughed and photographed, talked and walked. It was an all-around good time with these two.

deep blue maternity blouse is perfect for pregnancy portraits by the fence in elk grove

I was loving the soft greens of the weeping willows, the muted brown of the dock on the pond and the contrast of the deep purple blouse and her luxurious dark brown hair. When my clients have hair like this, I’m always trying to show it off. I just love long hair!

elk grove park was perfect for maternity photos on the dock

As the sun set, the light turned pink and we captured “snuggle-photos” on the lawn between the trees. I think I just invented that word, but you totally know what I mean…

glowing sunset pictures for pregnancy at elk grove park

Ling told me that she wanted to take some pictures in her kimono and I think they turned out perfectly! She looks so feminine and strong, ready to walk the path that she has laid out before her: Motherhood.

pink kimono maternity photographs in elk grove park

September 23, 2014

One More Makes Four | Folsom Maternity Pictures

This is one of my favorite spots for maternity pictures in Folsom. The grass is long and golden. The sun shines through the trees at just the right angle. And there is this glorious light that bounces around, making faces glow and smiles shine.

Can I just start by saying a big “thank you!” to this mom for bringing this AMAZING lace dress to her session. She told me she found it at Free People. It’s just beautiful!

mother daughter maternity portraits in folsom

It was quite hot that day in the middle of summer, but Mom, Dad and daughter powered through it and I love what we came away with.

gauzy lace anthropologie dress for maternity portraits

big sister smiles with her pretty pink dress

How perfect is her little baby-bump?

striped outfits and a pink skirt while big sister kisses mommy's pregnant belly

Dad was always ready for fun. It was such a joy watching these two play together.

I have to give mom a hand for the outfits. Between her beautiful maternity dresses and her daughter’s fun wardrobe, she nailed it!

pretty tutu dress for family pregnancy photos in folsom