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Hi friends!  I'm Jill and I'm so glad you stopped by.

 I'm a wedding and portrait photographer based out of Chicago and Central Illinois.  Grab a coffee (or my favorite, a coke!) and take a look around this site at the beautiful people who let me tell their stories through images, as well as a little peek into my life!

MY NEW PELOTON DUPE Schwinn IC4 first impressions

I’m SO excited to share this post with you (I know, like usual!) because it is the beginning of a story that has been unfolding the last year, and the culmination of a lot of research that I am happy to share with others in my position!  If you have been following along for a […]

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January 7, 2021

LEARN TO GROW YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS TODAY Jill Gum Photo University Business Builder

After lots of requests from my Photo U students over the last couple of months, and a lot of dreaming and planning, I’m excited to be offering my first group program for PHOTOGRAPHERS who want to grow a fun and thriving business!!!  I’ve been working with photographers for years in one-on-one coaching sessions and in […]

December 17, 2020

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SPRINGFIELD IL OUTDOOR WINTER ENGAGEMENT SESSION Abby + Tyler | Promised

This is my LAST 2020 engagement session, and I am so happy that it was with Abby and Tyler!!!  They live in Chicago but were coming to visit their family family in Springfield and asked if we could squeeze in their engagement mini-session and I am SO glad we did– I just absolutely loved meeting […]

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December 14, 2020

FAVORITE CAMERA AND PHOTOGRAPHY ACCESSORIES Christmas Gift Ideas for the Photographer in your Life!

Christmas is almost here and I know there are some who are still compiling their lists for Santa and their loved ones, or gift-givers who are looking for the perfect surprise gift for the photography enthusiast in their life! Well, I’ve compiled a list of some camera accessories that would be a wonderful present for someone […]

December 8, 2020

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SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES IN 2020 A super easy way to support without buying!

As a small business owner, my work, job, and livelihood depends directly on my clients choosing to hire me.   When you purchase from a small business owner (or hire them to take your family photos, etc!) you are literally paying for their life to happen–for us, it’s E2’s dance lessons, and E1’s piano books, for […]

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December 3, 2020

JILL GUM PHOTO UNIVERSITY FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Learn to use your camera in 2021!

I wanted to pop back in today after yesterday’s Photo University launch with some questions about this Membership, how it works, and who it applies to that I think might come up to try to answer anything you might want to know ahead of time!  I am so excited to welcome all the new students who […]

November 25, 2020

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THE PHOTO UNIVERSITY is OPEN!! Learn to use your camera in an online membership class!

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 two years ago with the Jill Gum Photo University.  I have spent the last couple years in close contact with my 50+ members who have been learning everything it takes […]

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November 24, 2020

CENTRAL ILLINOIS FALL COUNTRY ENGAGEMENT SESSION Kelsey + Kellan | Promised

From the first instant Kelsey contacted me, I just knew that not only did I adore her, but that we just HAD to work together on her wedding!  Her energy, warmth, and excitement came through her words and were certainly echoed back in mine– and I have adored every interaction with her since!  We had to […]

November 23, 2020

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SPRINGFIELD FALL FAMILY AND KIDS PHOTOGRAPHER The D Family

Well if these two didn’t hit the absolute baby jackpot, I just don’t know who has!  Little Renna is the absolute sweetest, happiest baby and is just so chill and easy going!  She didn’t show off her smiles as much in this session because she was busy showing me her model faces instead, but my […]

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November 13, 2020

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