You guys…I have known this bride for truly half her life (and not that far from half of mine).  She was one of my first students when I began teaching, in a beloved class that I got 2 years with before they graduated.  She was talented, vibrant, and fun– but also so much more than that!  She was a teacher’s aide for me and while I’m sure I shouldn’t say it, I truly thought of her as a friend– I spent so much time with her while she was in my classroom and shows and just grew to love her and her family SO much.  Katie was a special student to me, and I don’t think she ever saw all the potential and beauty in herself that I and my co-directors saw in her…but I certainly know Max, her fiance, does, and it is so beautiful to see them together!  This girl who became so special to me has found such a great guy to spend her life with and they are building such a beautiful life together and I couldn’t be happier for them!  I love that this has given me a chance to reconnect with Katie and I truly cannot WAIT for their wedding!  And also to share these photos because we had just the most beautiful night and I love these SO much!  Meet Katie and Max (and their 2 pups!)!

I could photograph in this spot all day every day! Katie and Max, I can’t WAIT for your wedding! Full gallery coming soon!

I am booking 2023 weddings now– please reach out at jill@jillgum.com if you are planning your 2023 best day ever!

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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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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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