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October 22, 2015

Beautiful Afternoon Portraits at the Davis Arboretum

So many of my clients have graduated from UC Davis, so it means a lot to them when we can capture beautiful portraits at the Davis Arboretum. No matter the season, it always looks beautiful with its varied gardens and picturesque bridges. Afternoon is a particularly pretty time to shoot there with the sun streaming through the trees and creating that soft, glowing look that flatters everyone.

family standing on the bridge looking at the ducks at the davis arboretum

Playing with bubbles is an all-time favorite!

girl playing with bubbles in front of a bridge at the davis arboretum

I’ll never leave a shoot without doing cuddles with mommy.

mother daughter cuddles in front of the duck pond at the davis arboretum

“1-2-3-SWING!” followed by “Again, again!”

family pictures of swinging daughter in front of a pretty bridge at the davis arboretum

What a fun family! They were up for anything (including piggy-back rides).

father daughter piggy back rides at the Davis Arboretum

If you’d like to schedule a photography session for your family at the Davis Arboretum, or any other location you see here on the blog, just give us a ring at 916-933-8352 or email us at

October 21, 2015

Fun Family Portraits in the Fall

It’s time for fun fall family portraits! In just a matter of a few weeks, Sacramento will be full of beautiful autumnal color!

And who better to show it off than this beautiful family. Their twin sons were just a ton of fun and so good for their pictures!

twin brothers run through the fall leaves

Getting four kids together for a picture isn’t always a walk in the park, but these guys make it look easy.

brothers and sisters holding hands dressed in their best

Lots of hugs for brothers and sisters. Such a bunch of cuties in their perfect fall outfits.

fall family portraits in sacramento sibling pictures

These parents are superstars in my book. What a beautiful family they have created!

family portrait for fall in sacramento

And because every little boy likes being thrown in the air…

autumn leaves are the best for sacramento family portraits

And every mom loves cuddly hugs from her boys.

hugs for mom amongst the fall leaves for family pictures

Loved every minute of this fun fall session! If you’d like to book a session for your family in this location or any other spot you see here on the blog, give us a call at 916-933-8352 or email at

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.

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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