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Weddings will always have my creative (and teenage girl!) heart in photography- I just love every part of them and believe it is for sure my biggest contribution in the photography world.  But the further I get into my own motherhood journey (which I can’t even say at all is new now!), the more my heart is pulled towards the work of capturing these milestones for new families!  I always say I love it when my brides and grooms come back to me for family photos if they start a family– it means SO much to me.

But this family holds a special place in my heart because they are actually a bride and groom of MY wedding photographer, the incomparable Beth Laurren, whom I completely blame for falling in love with photography myself and getting my business off the ground from her guidance.  They moved from her neck of the woods to mine, found me through her, and have been with me since– and I have LOVED watching them grow from loving puppy parents to time with their newborn, and now with their 4 month old baby girl!  They are just a beautiful family and I am so thankful to get a little view of their life together.  Timmy and Amanda are so enamored with their beautiful little Blaire, as they well should be- she is just as sweet as sugar!  They love her SO well and are so nurturing and loving with her and I can’t wait to watch them with her as she gets older!  Sweet Blaire is one lucky little lady!!

Look at her smile! Favorite on the left!  They are just the sweetest! Favorite!!

To see sweet Blaire’s newborn session, click here!  Timmy and Amanda, your full gallery is coming soon- I can’t wait to see you in a few more months!

**Special thanks to my sweet friend Tara (of Tara Long Photography) for letting me use her beautiful studio space for these winter sessions!  She is an amazing local photographer with a huge heart for giving, and I am SO grateful for her friendship!

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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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