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I wanted to pop back in today after last week’s Photography for Moms 101 launch with some common questions about this course, how it works, and who it applies to try to answer anything you might want to know ahead of time!  I am so excited to welcome all the new students who have joined, and want to help you make the right choice for you if you are considering it as well!   Click here if you need all the details about the course!!

On to the most frequently asked questions!

Q: I don’t have a DSLR (or maybe even know what one is)…is this for me?

A: This course is for anyone who wants to learn photography with ANY type of camera!!  We will discuss topics that are more applicable to cameras that can change lenses (DSLR or mirrorless cameras), BUT anyone with a digital camera or even a good iPhone and some creativity could benefit from this course!  It may make you want a “fancy camera” in the future though!!

Q: I have a camera but am a TRUE beginner…will this course be too advanced?

A: This course was built as a true beginner’s introduction to the world of using a dslr or mirrorless camera, focusing on quick-to-learn changes you can make that will make a big impact on your photos.  This is perfect for a true beginner!  My signature program, the Jill Gum Photo University, is built for an extremely comprehensive dive in every facet of photography, and is an option to consider if you want to learn more at the end!

Q: The course is called Photography for Moms 101…do I have to be a mom to join?

A: Of Course Not!!!  Absolutely any camera beginners are welcome– I only chose that name so that moms with cameras were extremely clear that it was built with them in mind. I do share examples of me photographing my kids as the main content– but the lessons would be applicable for any photography subject (whether you like to photograph nature/pets, want to start a business and photograph couples, or anything else– learning to master your camera settings is the same!).  This course focuses on core skills to take beautiful photographs and understand your camera– and that is for anyone who loves to take photos of any sort!

Q: Do I have access to the content forever, and can I join anytime?

A: Yes! Students purchase forever access to the content. You can log in and watch anytime you want! At this point, I am allowing open enrollment but the price that you see is a sale price that is not the same price year around– so I suggest you jump in now and use the payment plan if you aren’t able to pay the full amount now!

Q: What sort of technology do I need to access this course?

A: You will need a computer for this course with a good internet connection.  That’s it!

Q: I have taken an in-person workshop. Is this still for me?

A: Yes, my friend! In fact, I created it just with you in mind! After seeing how HELPFUL it was for some of my students to take my workshop a second time a few years ago, it inspired me to create a way where everyone could learn this content –shooting in manual, shooting with great style and lighting and composition– over and over again in each module! This isn’t the sort of topic you learn once and master–it takes recurring guidance and practice! The workshop content is just 1 module’s worth of content in this course!

Q: I have more questions about the course before I can confidently say “I’m in!”  How do I ask?

A: Please email my support team at and we will get back to you.

Q: Is this a course or a membership? 
A: This is a COURSE–which means you get immediate access to ALL the content at once…so you can binge-watch Netflix-style or you can go at whatever pace you want!

Q: Can I give Photography for Moms 101 to someone as a gift?
A: YES! You can easily gift Photography for Moms 101 to a loved one! Just reach out via email at and I will get you taken care of!

Q: Do I have access to the content forever?
A: Yes!! Once you purchase the course you will have LIFETIME ACCESS–so you can watch, rewatch, and rewatch again any lesson, any time you want.

Q: What will I get/see in each lesson?
A: Students will be a part of the course site where they will view all the content. 

  • 8 Video lessons that break down all of the introductory skills you need to know, including shooting in manual, what all the settings do, and how to adjust/choose the right ones.
  • Multiple video demonstrations that cover must-know photography concepts such as composition and lighting, so you can photograph like a professional in any situation.
  • Access to an exclusive Jill Gum Photo Education Facebook group, so you can interact with other students and ask Jill all those burning photography questions!
  • A bonus video showing you how to choose the right lighting outdoors so you can take beautiful photos in any situation you find yourself in (including those outdoor kid activities!).

Students will also get access to the exclusive Jill Gum Education facebook group for any questions on the content- I am active in the group and answer all student questions!

Q: I still have a question– how do I ask?
A: Email and we will get back to you asap!

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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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