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I admit it, this post is my actual new favorites post. It isn’t one I have ever shared before, and honestly, a lot of the photos aren’t photos you will have seen here before.  This post– these photos– represent moments.  Special moments, sweet moments, funny moments…a million make up every wedding day.  Some of them aren’t in the nicest light, aren’t posed at all, unfolded at a time when photo situations weren’t ideal…but on your wedding day, I capture it all.  And these little moments– that might seem insignificant as they pass– they are what make each wedding day so unique and special.  And I would guess that these are the photos that really pull at my couple’s hearts too, just like they do mine.  It’s easy to focus on and share the perfect, most beautiful photos on the blog so those are often what you see.  But I take all these moments and give them to my couples and clients to keep forever as well, and they are so special! I’m so excited to share.

I also have to mention that 2020 had some extra special and meaningful moments.  Moments that wouldn’t have happened in another year.  And you will see a lot of those here.  These moments make 2020 beautiful and special in it’s own way, and they showed me the magic among the difficulty at every single wedding that I shot, and I’m so thankful to have gotten to witness it all!

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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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