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September 27, 2015

Fall Family Photos in McKinley Park

I’ve had the pleasure of photographing this family many times over the years, and I just had to share this session taken in McKinley Park in Sacramento, where I got to meet little Leo. The fall colors of the trees make such a beautiful backdrop…

Fall family photos in McKinley Park Sacramento 

I think these big sisters are pretty crazy about their new baby brother…

Fall family photos in McKinley Park Sacramento little girls with newborn baby brother

A squeeze from dad always brings laughter and smiles…

Fall family photos in McKinley Park Sacramento dad with young daughters

Such beautiful girls in their colorful fall clothes…

Fall family photos in McKinley Park Sacramento young daughters

Mom and dad look regal in blue with the soft green backdrop…

Fall family photos in McKinley Park Sacramento mom and dad with newborn baby

Call 916-933-8352 or email to book a session for your family! I know a ton of great spots in the outdoors, perfect for autumn family pictures in the Sacramento region.

September 26, 2015

Meet Michelle!

Michelle is a lifestyle photographer, a mama to three kiddos and a former elementary school teacher (needless to say, children love her). She found her passion with photography in 2011 and has been capturing beautiful moments for families ever since. We are thrilled to have her on board here at Jill Carmel Photography — we love her fun and bubbly personality!


Your 30-minute “Petite Session” with Michelle can take place at one of four locations (shown below): Folsom, The State Capitol, Old Sacramento or Land Park. Take a peek at these samples of her beautiful work and let us know which spot you’d prefer for your Petite Session.














July 31, 2015

Sacramento Parent Magazine | August 2015

I’m super honored and excited to have my images displayed for the cover and feature story of the August issue of Sacramento Parent! It was a blast to work with Cassandra and her family at the fire station where her husband works. I have to say, it’s pretty fun being a photographer and having a big, red, shiny firetruck as your main prop (not to mention the four gorgeous people in front of me)! Cassandra and her family are super inspiring! You can read the full article below or hop on over to the Sacramento Parent Magazine website.

family photography firetruck sacramento parent published

family photography firetruck firefighter sacramento

firefighter family in front of firetruck for portraits and magazine

brothers hugging in front of firetruck in firefighter gear for sacramento parent

July 31, 2015

Sweet Summertime Lighting

Probably my favorite thing about late summertime in Sacramento is the lighting. That hazy light flatters every skin tone and makes colors pop.

What a sweet family of three sitting in the cool shade of a willow tree.

Mom and dad with newborn baby sitting in the shade of a willow tree in Sacramento

The American River is the perfect place to cool off…

Maternity portrait at the American River in Sacramento

Such a beautiful backdrop for this beautiful family…

Family standing in front of colorful artwork in Sacramento

She just radiates sunshine…

Teenage girl with daisies in her hair in a grassy field

Quintessential summertime…

Little girl in yellow pants walking with mom along the American River

If you’d like to take advantage of this incredible time of year for your own portrait session, just call 916-933-8352 or email




June 28, 2015

Studio Sessions

This upcoming week is booked full, all with studio sessions! As the weather heats up, the new studio is becoming more and more popular, being a cool, calm space, away from the summer weather.  It’s been fun, exploring the light in the studio and trying out new backdrops. The light is a little different each hour of the day, and it’s been inspiring to form a new sort of intimate relationship with it.

During construction, this fun family wrote in and asked for a studio session. We set a date and I crossed my fingers and hoped the studio would be done by then… It was finished just a few days before (whew!), and everything fell perfectly into place. So, here’s a small sample of some of the first pictures coming out of the studio. I’m super happy with them and excited to see where things go from here!

graceful tween portraits in the studio

funny faces on a gray backdrop in studio

brother and sister hugs on gray studio backdrop

funny faces in the studio with white backdrop

humorous family photos in the sacramento studio

natural interactive studio family portraits in sacramento

paper airplanes make a great additional to this fun and quirky family session

brother and sister sibling pictures in the sacramento studio

If you’d like to book a studio session for your family, kids or brand-new baby, just give us a ring at 916.933.8352 or send us an email to