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There is so so much to say about this lovely couple that I will never be able to put it all into words!  James and Shelby were my students what feels like both a lifetime ago and yesterday all at the same time.  They were two of my most involved students in my program, both starring in my shows and I had few students over my 10 years of teaching that I adored more.  They are both extremely kind, warm, open hearts — and in this crazy world, in the crazy world of high school, they found each other.  And because of how involved they were in my program, I had a front row seat to it all.  And I will tell you, it was beautiful to see, even when they were just teenagers.  And that has only grown over the years to this– James and Shelby are getting married!! I am so so excited for them, for their families, and for the life time together ahead of them.  I got to know both of their families through their time in my program as well, and it is just going to be such a perfect celebration and such a perfect joining of two families together that have been expecting this day for so so long.

Shelby and James, I adore you both more than I can possibly say.  This day was so fun, and I can’t WAIT for your big celebration next year!  You both are absolute gems and I am so excited for all that is next in your lives!

I can take just a couple more weddings for 2023– email me at if you are newly engaged and looking for your photographer!

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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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