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After 2 Sundays in a row of a coaching session and then a Manual Shooting workshop yesterday, this post is SO timely! The truth is, when I began my business, I had no idea what to invest in, how to do it with a newborn, and eventually 2 young babies, and how to decide where to put my money in the start of my business to grow the quickest but also set the best foundation for my business.  But now, looking back, it is quite easy to see. When I meet with newer photographers, I see all that they stand to gain by investing early, and when I meet with photographers that have been in business for years, I see on their face what I feel about the 2 years it took me to invest in education for my business– why didn’t I do this sooner?!   I am sharing what I would have changed if I could go back in time four years in my business, and I also am sharing some options for you if you are really ANYWHERE in your business journey and wondering about learning more about your camera or running your business more effectively and efficiently.  Looking to save more time so you can spend it with your family? Want to streamline your workflow? Want to have a workflow in the first place?  Are you wading through the options…coaching sessions, workshops, conferences, unsure of the benefits of each? This video blog is for you!  It is a little lengthy (if you know me, that’s shocking, right ;-)), but worth it I think!

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  1. Jesi says:

    I completely agree with this! Education is so important! I have grown so much since I started making my photography education a priority!!

  2. Karen says:

    This is great! I learned so much from local workshops and the Academy! Always learning 🙂

  3. Education has been the best investment so far! I still have so much to learn, but I know this is taking me in the right direction!

  4. LOVE THIS. Education is so so sooo important!

  5. Misty says:

    I wish I would have invested sooner than I did!! It helped me SO much!!

  6. Great photography education! Running your business is about more than simply picking up a camera. There is so much that goes into it!

  7. veronica says:

    my biggest advice to beginner photographers is always educate yourself. Love this post so much!

  8. Holly says:

    Oh my gosh, Jill, you and your office are just the cutest! Education, education, education! More important than a lot of people may imagine. Invest in your business by investing in yourself!

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I'm Jill, a wedding and portrait photographer based out of Chicago and Central Illinois, and available world wide! I'm also a photography educator, wife to my favorite person on the planet, mama to 3 amazing kids and an energetic Aussie, and obsessed with statement jewelry and all desserts (especially fruit pies!). 

As a past high school teacher, I have a major heart for education. After going full time in my business, I have built a business I love that gives me an almost 6 figure salary and allows me to be home part time with my kids.  I dream for you to run a business that enhances your life and lights you up, and I believe I can help you learn how to do it with a little hustle and a lot of heart!

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You're in the right place!  As a past high school teacher, educating others is my life's work and a HUGE part of my business!  I have been teaching moms and hobbyists how to use their camera from first purchasing it all the way to coaching them into businesses of their own, and I'd love to help you as well, wherever you are (and whatever camera you have!).

I'm so glad you are here!  Teaching Photographers and other small business owners how to run more joyful, successful, and profitable businesses is one of my favorite parts of my business!  I specialize in working with photographers to make their goals a reality (or figure out what their goals should be in the first place!).  

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