DOORS ARE OPEN TO THE PHOTO UNIVERSITY!! Learn to use your camera in an online course!

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 a few years ago with the Jill Gum Photo University.  I have spent the last couple years in close contact with my 70+ 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 photos have blown me away!

The Jill Gum Photo University is a 24-module online course that will teach you how to capture beautiful, bright, meaningful photos of your family and life!  This course covers 24 topics related to your photos (starting with Shooting in Manual!) and teaches you how to take the types of photos you dream of in any situation!

Each module will focus on a specific topic related to your photography.  This course covers:

  • 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
  • And SO MUCH MORE! Click here to see a full breakdown of each module’s content!! 

We will cover the easy situations, the hard situations, and everything in between.  The course is delivered 100% online, and each module 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 at least 4 Live Online Q+A Booster Session with me in the exclusive Facebook Community (where you also have access to me for continuous guidance!).

This class is for the busy mom, photographer, student, or hobbyist who doesn’t have the TIME to commit hours and hours to learn how to use their camera bit-by-bit through endless google research on their own, and is looking for a ROADMAP to guide them to beautiful photos with EVERY click!

The exciting part…the doors for enrollment open today…with an early BLACK FRIDAY SALE! New students are immediately enrolled in the course site where they can begin right away and get access to all 24 modules of content at once!  

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


For lifetime access to the Jill Gum Photo University, it will cost a one-time payment of $279 (or 4 payments of $79).  THIS IS THE LOWEST PRICE the Photo U will be offered for, and the Black Friday Sale is only available for a super limited time!  Use the code BETTER-PICS-TODAY to grab the sale price!


I’m  just so excited about this because I have spent three years watching this content transform the photos of so many moms and hobbyists, and even have watched Photo U students start photography businesses of their own…and now it could be you, too!

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 immediate access to all 24 modules of the course–so you can start binge-watching the content like your latest Netflix obsession!

This course is for the mom, photographer, 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 can watch it on your own time, when you can, and rewatch as you need for review!  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 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 course, 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 from 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 one payment of $278 on sale!


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

Edit your cell phone photos with just ONE click to either "fix" an issue or add beautiful "flair" and style to your photo!

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before    /    after

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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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