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January 12, 2015

Announcing… New Birth Announcements!

Just thought I’d share a little peek of a couple of the new announcements available to our Baby Club members. Pretty cute, huh?


The Baby Club is perfect for families who are interested in documenting the whole experience surrounding the arrival of their little one. We offer a savings for those clients who are interested in booking multiple sessions at once: your choice of several stages from maternity all the way through to one year.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Baby Club or reserving a spot, just give us a call or shoot us an email and we’ll get started with helping to advise on the perfect timing for capturing your baby’s story.

January 8, 2015

Our Family Photography Fine Art Album

Another stunning example of our Fine Art Album and one of the most wild and fun and beautiful sessions I’ve ever shot. I’ve been photographing this family at least once a year for seven years. Every year, I can’t wait to see what we’ll plan for the next.

For the sake of not including the longest post in history, I’ve subtracted a few spreads from the album, but this will give some of you a basic idea of what a family session in the mountains is like. Lots of fun. Lots of action. And lots of beautiful images.














July 18, 2014

The Fine Art Album

I haven’t featured any of our products in a while, so when this lovely Fine Art Album arrived at the studio this week, I thought you all may want to take a peek.

This 10″ x 10″ album is just stunning with its fine detail, vivid colors and creamy matte pages. I just love it.

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October 13, 2011

new holiday cards and birth announcements!

I’m a sucker for cards: holiday cards, birth announcements, birthday cards, thank you cards…really any excuse to send a card via “real mail” is a good enough one for me. And who doesn’t love a card with pictures of your kids’ sweet faces on it? It gives that personal touch and turns it into something more than just a card, but a keepsake that your friends and family will hold on to forever.

holiday_cardsOver the last few years, my customers have given me lots of helpful feedback. They have asked for more paper options, more designs to choose from and pre-addressed envelopes…

Soooo, new for this year, we have partnered with Tiny Prints to give you all of these things and more! Tiny Prints has designed an ingenious system which allows me to upload images to their site for you, so you can design your card just the way you like it, using the pictures from your session with me. How cool is that?

PLUS, they offer:

– more paper options
– more card shapes (including cards that double as ornaments!)
– rounded corners
– pre-addressed and pre-stamped envelopes
– a HUGE selection of beautiful designs
– customizable text and colors
– fast turnaround time
– great prices
– excellent customer service

Not only do they have beautiful holiday cards, but they also have an enormous selection of birth announcements:

birth_announcementsIf you’re interested in using the images from your (past, present or future) photography session with me to create your very own custom cards, just shoot me an email and let me know. I’ll walk to you through the process – it’s pretty easy. And, depending on the time of year, I may even have a coupon for you!

– Jill

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January 8, 2011

Valentine’s Day Cards & New Year’s Cards

Before I start in on the exciting news about Valentine’s Day cards and birth announcements, I apologize for being away from the blog for so long! This recent holiday season was a VERY busy one for Jill Carmel Photography and I’m just now finding some time to devote to the blog. I have TONS of sessions to share of some seriously lovely newborn babies, teens and families. So stay tuned!

But first, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, I recently changed the look and feel of my website, blog and packaging to something that I felt was just more “me”. It became a little more playful, a little simpler in design and a LOT more eco-friendly. Most of my current packaging is now either made from recycled products or is compostable in itself (even the gift bags are made of pulverized limestone and you’d never even know it!).

Then I started hearing from my clients that they were looking for more environmentally friendly options in greeting cards and birth announcements. Well, “That’s wonderful!” I said, so I started surveying to find out what else they were looking for and here are just a few common client requests:

– modern designs
– very heavy-weight matte paper
– rounded corners
– fast turn-around
– address service
– affordable price point

So I’ve spent the last few months researching all of the card companies out there to find the very best one, and, finally, I discovered Paper Culture — and they’re even better than what I was hoping for!

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Six Reasons why making photo-cards with Paper Culture is just plain awesome:

1. They have oodles of super cute and modern designs for everything from Valentine’s Day to Birth Announcements to Holiday Cards. (They even have special announcements for twins as well as New Year’s cards!)

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2. Not only do they use 100% post-consumer recycled paper and packaging, but they will plant a tree in your honor with every order and manufacture everything using wind power!

3. Who-hoo – they have rounded corners!

4. They are a local company, based out of California and can get your cards out within 3-12 days = super fast. Plus, they have expedited options which are perfect for those of you who like to order your Christmas cards on December 22nd, lol!

5. They have FREE mail and addressing service. Just upload your addresses and, for only the cost of the stamp, they will send your cards out for you!

6. I can send pictures from your session directly to Paper Culture for you to use on your card design.

Okay, if you’ve read this far, you’re likely thinking that I’ve recently accepted a PR job with Paper Culture, but no — I just love their products and think that they will help to make the card-ordering process a fun experience for all you card-lovers out there.

Just so you know, I’m not the only one who loves them! They’ve been featured in Daily Candy, People Magazine, Real Simple, Urban Baby, Design Sponge, etc. The list goes on and on.

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Shoot me an email or give me a call if you’d like to schedule a session to have prints ready in time for Valentine’s Day OR let me know if you’d like use any of your pictures from a recent session for use on your Valentine’s Day cards. I’m still offering the same line of cards that I’ve always offered IN ADDITION to this new line of cards, so you have lots of options!

My next post will be on our upcoming Valentine’s Day Mini-Sessions on Friday, January 21st, specially timed to have prints ready in time for Valentine’s Day gift giving. Can’t wait!