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March 31, 2014

Outdoor Sunset Maternity Photos

A stunning couple. A beautiful location. This outdoor sunset maternity session was just perfect with these two, who are expecting their first baby in April. They were up for walking around, so we made stops by the elegant eucalyptus trees in the grassy spring field…

carmichael spring maternity photos

And stood in the river, surrounded by the blue-gray river rocks…

william b pond maternity portrait session images

And waded into the grassy field, being bathed in the gloriously warm and golden sunset light..

beautiful pregnancy portraits at sunset in the tall grass

Can’t forget a little close-up of her darling hot air balloon necklace!

hugging belly with hot air balloon necklace

We topped it off with a family picture of them and their first “baby” under the budding spring trees.

family portrait with the dog in a spring field with the sun setting behind

What a fun couple! I’m so happy for them and the new addition to the family!

March 27, 2014

Pretty Little Princess Pictures

You may remember some of these beautiful faces from their previous maternity and newborn sessions with me. My brother-in-law and sister-in-law are expecting their second child (a little boy) in April so we celebrated the occasion with a fun maternity session by the river on a cloudy day in March. We thought we’d sneak in a few cute pictures of my niece, Olivia, in her stunning little princess dress, and then this happened…


crouched down in a marilyn monroe pose

And we played a little “Let it Go” on the iPhone to capture some of her sweet dance moves.

dancing to "let it go" in her princess dress

Olivia is still so little (she turns two at the end of March) and seeing her standing alongside her mommy here, just makes my heart do a little flip.

family portraits with mommy and daughter and a navajo blanket

Since my family is from LA, we wanted to pick a spot that they wouldn’t be able to easily find down there. The river in town is so low these days that we can walk right out in to the middle of it and include the beautiful rocks and water.  It made a perfect spot for some family portraits and playing by the water’s edge.

daughter being thrown in the air with pregnant mommy at william b pond

daddy cuddles and kisses by the river family portraits

pregnancy pictures in sacramento

wild little niece doing the splits for family pictures

Looking forward to visiting them in LA next month for their newborn portraits!

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 or call 916.933.8352.

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 19, 2013

Best of Maternity + Pregnancy Portraits

Wondering if a maternity photography session with Jill is right for you? Here is our “Best of Maternity + Pregnancy Portraits” to give you a look at what your own session could be like. Feel free to also view our maternity portfolio by clicking HERE.

Jill could be the right photographer for you if…

You imagine your pregnancy portraits taken by a river or lake during sunset…


You’re thinking about doing an Anthropologie inspired maternity session with your husband (and fur-kids)…

anthropologie inspired maternity session

You bought yourself some beautiful french lingerie for your intimate maternity portraits to show off your new curvy shape…

using a bed for pregnancy maternity pictures

You imagine your maternity portraits in a relaxed, outdoor setting with natural light streaming through…


See yourself walking down a lane of flowering spring trees with your honey…


All of your friends are telling you that you look AMAZING and that you MUST document your pregnancy (you won’t regret it)…

pregnancy portraits at sunset old sacramento

You want to capture a truly unique moment between you and your husband that will look incredible when printed on a big canvas for your living room…


You are looking for a photographer who will wholeheartedly join in with quirky, silly and fun ideas for your maternity session (I’m totally your girl)…


You want to incorporate a few special clothing items and props into your pregnancy portraits

indian sari pregnancy maternity pictures

You are hoping that you can get the kids involved do some family portraits during the maternity shoot as well…

family portraits included in maternity session

You dream of capturing your pregnancy photos in a magical place (cherry blossoms – yes please!)…

in the cherry orchard maternity pictures

You’d love to have some glamourous and stylish pregnancy portraits taken in your home…

using a bed for pregnancy portraits

Or you’ve been waiting your whole life for this moment and you want to celebrate your pregnancy by capturing this moment in time.

belly shot for pregnancy session

And here’s one of our stunning pregnancy clients whose image was chosen for the May 2013 cover of Sacramento Parent Magazine:

published maternity issue sacramento parent magazine 2013

Whatever you’ve been dreaming of, Jill can help you create it. Here is a recent testimonial and review from one of our beloved clients:

“Dearest Jill,
Too late to call but I have tears in my eyes as I write to you. Words cannot describe the gratitude we have for capturing the love that we feel in our family. Your gift for this work continues to astound us. We are overwhelmed by the magnitude of your talent to bring us to life in pictures and capture the essence of each of us to hold onto forever. We are so lucky to know you! You are forever embedded in our family and we will always think of you with joy when we look at our stunning pictures year after year.
Our hearts are filled to bursting for you!”
– Jennifer and Mike

We offer a special discount when the maternity session is booked along with a newborn session. The best time for a maternity session is around 32-36 weeks along in your pregnancy. Don’t wait until you’re too far along!

Call or email today to book your maternity session — find us at or 916.933.8352.