THE PHOTO UNIVERSITY is OPEN!! Learn to use your camera in an online membership class!

November 24, 2020

It’s an exciting day over here…after spending our previous years teaching moms how to use their cameras in in-person workshops, we took that content online two years ago with the Jill Gum Photo University.  I have spent the last couple years in close contact with my 50+ members who have been learning everything it takes to take great photos–some didn’t even have a CAMERA when they began, and some run successful photography businesses of their own.  But their before learning and after learning results have blown me away!

The Jill Gum Photo Universitis an opportunity to take a journey with me and your interest in photography.  It is an online membership where we cover new topics related to your photos each month of the year (starting with Shooting in Manual!) and learn together how to truly take the types of photos you dream of in any situation!

Each month will focus on a specific topic related to your photography.  We will cover:

  • Shooting in manually (including camera settings, focus, white balance, and so much more)
  • How to shoot in all types of outdoor light (shade, bright sunlight, daytime, evening, sunset, etc)
  • Shooting indoors
  • How to achieve beautiful composition
  • What to look for within your editing software to edit your images (and how I edit mine!)
  • How to tell the story–make your pictures look like the moment feels!
  • Photo organization and management (what do you do with your photos AFTER you take them!)
  • Posing and guiding your subjects to catch the real moments
  • So much more bit by bit each month.

We will cover the easy situations, the hard situations, and everything in between.  The membership course is delivered 100% online, and each month will includes a 30-60+ minute video of me teaching the content (often while photographing live), a PDF or worksheet to go along with the video, and a Live Online Q+A Booster Session with me in the exclusive Facebook Community (where you also have access to me throughout the month for continuous guidance!).

This is class is for the busy mom, student, or hobbyist who doesn’t have the TIME to commit hours and hours in one setting to learn how to use their camera.  Learn on your schedule, in your ideal timeframe, and watch again and again for the price of just a couple of coffee drinks a month.

The exciting part…the Christmas sale opens today! New students are immediately enrolled in the membership site where they can begin right away!  

You might be wondering how much it would cost to get online education, on your own time, delivered to you monthly to help you take your photos from this (from one of my sweet students):


It will cost the same amount it costs to get a couple fancy Starbucks drinks a month.  For the Christmas Sale, open NOW, the Jill Gum Photo University will cost only $24/month  or $21/month paid yearly!  You can choose to pay for a full year upfront and get more than one month for free, or pay monthly.


I’m  just so excited about this because I have spent two years watching this content transform the photos of so many moms and hobbyists…and now it could be you too! This is the last time the Photo U membership will be offered at this price, and the Christmas Sale is only available for a limited time!

And the BEST PART?? When you join today, you will get IMMEDIATE bonus access to my Mastering Manual Mini-Course, where I teach you exactly how to shoot in Manual instead of Automatic on your camera, and use your settings correctly so that you can make the decisions about your photos instead of your camera thinking for you!  You also get access to the first month’s content right away (teaching you how to take great photos indoors!)–your photos could be so much better by Christmas if you join now!

This membership is for the mom, camera enthusiast, grandparent, or nature lover who wants to learn to photograph better!  We will cover a lot of topics related to photographing your kids, but also so much more for those who fit into another category.  It is REAL education for REAL life, where you don’t have time to sit in a physical space for hours on end, or watch a hugely long course within a specific time span. You can watch it on your own time, when you can, and rewatch as you need for review throughout the month!  It is education for any level and any type of photographer who wants to improve their photography…whether you are using your cell phone, a point and shoot camera, a mirrorless camera, or a DSLR! It is for you!

And it is the perfect Christmas gift for a loved one or yourself!  Give your family the gift of beautifully captured memories this year– this class will do that for you!  Click HERE to learn more about the membership, but also feel free to shoot me an email at jill@jillgum.com in the mean time with any questions you might have.

You can also click HERE to see testimonials from past students who learned this same content!!!


Here are a few more before/after shots of my students who have learned just a fraction of the content that is taught in Jill Gum Photo U!  Many of these befores and afters are of the SAME subject…just after my students learned how to use their cameras!!  I’m SO PROUD of them!!!

Do you want these results too?? You can photograph like this for just $21/month!!


If you want to see a quick 5 minute SAMPLE LESSON of what Photo U lessons can look like, check out this video below! I am giving you 3 quick tips to take much better photos of your kids today in Photo U format!

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Click HERE for a post with lots of FAQs about the Photo U!


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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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