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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

 *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


June 10, 2014

Bohemian Graduation Portraits

How do I get so lucky to have such beautiful girls in front of my camera? Hannah came to me because she was looking for something natural and organic, and in this case, bohemian (yay!). She is smart, kind and beautiful — the perfect trio.

sunset light lace dress tall trees graduation pictures


splashing in the american river for graduation pictures

Hannah’s super-sweet boyfriend joined in, too.

senior portraits include her boyfriend with yellow wild flowers

I just love the way the light is falling down through the trees like feathers on a breeze…

bohemian senior portraits in a field with tall grass

Hannah came to the session with some ideas of her own (which I love) and this was one of them (below). I think it turned out perfectly with her soft white dress and pink tulips.

letting her flowers trail behind her in her natural graduation portraits

I don’t know what this flower is called, but it just makes the dreamiest pictures, all soft and blurry in the background.

bohemian graduation pictures in white flowers and dress

And because you know I love to end a shoot (and a post) with silliness, I thought I’d include these fun ones for you all.

Congratulations, Hannah! Good luck at Santa Clara University!

If you’re reading this post and would like to book a fun and natural session for your own teen, senior or graduation portraits, give us a call at 916.933.8352 or email us at

April 3, 2014

Natural Graduation Pictures

Almost every single one of my graduation picture clients come to me because they are looking for someone to photograph them in a natural way, not stiffly posed and drowning in heavy makeup and retouching. Sammy and I were the perfect match. She showed up with a boatload of beautiful outfits, a fresh face and the willingness to have to fun. It was a windy day, but we used it to our advantage and captured some playful pictures that really reflect who she is.

windblown hair outdoors for graduation pictures

less makeup and natural expressions for senior portraits sacramento

pink maxi dress by the river with sunset light

The water was pretty cold, but she just waded right in. My favorite kind of girl!!

candid natural images for teen graduation senior portraits

Fields of grass, obliging streams, and fresh spring flowers make the best props.

bouquet of purple flowers in the spring forest

Sammy, you were so much fun! I wish you the best for all of the exciting plans you have ahead of you!

March 14, 2014

Teen Birthday Present Portraits in a Field

It’s a brilliant girl who asks for a portrait session with her closest friends for her 14th birthday. How fun is that???

girlfriends together for birthday picture fun

That’s Maggie (the birthday girl) on the left — love this fun and candid shot!

best friends hug with natural smiles for this girls portrait session

This group of girls was the best! They were up for anything, including climbing trees… (see below)

natural candid group picture for teenage birthday shoot


friends together in a big field for birthday pictures

This field was an ideal location, complete with good climbing trees and lovely golden grass.

the girls climbed a tree for their birthday group picture

There giggling smiles are the best!

shot from above for an aerial group photo

I just said, “How about some hair-flipping pictures?” and they were all about it! Lol The perfect closing to this awesome birthday shoot.

flipping hair is fun in the field

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.