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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
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who let me tell their stories through images,
as well as a little peek into my life!

CENTRAL ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD WEDDING ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY Best of 2019 Couples

My FAVORITE favorites post comes last, because you all know the heartbeat of my photography business is my couples!!  These people grow to mean SO much to me and I just am extremely thankful to them all for their trust.  These photos are so important…and it means so much to me that they trust ME to […]

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February 18, 2020

CENTRAL ILLINOIS LIFESTYLE NEWBORN BABY PHOTOGRAPHER Best of 2019 Babies

I’m not sure I can dream of a more appropriate post for Valentines Day than all the BABY LOVE you are about to see!!! 😍 While we are pretty sure we are done with the newborn stage in our house, there is nothing that ignites #babyfever in me like a newborn session!  As my business changes […]

February 14, 2020

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HOW CAN YOU KEEP AN AFTERNOON BREAK WHEN YOUR KIDS ARE DONE NAPPING? Mamahood | Quiet Time

I’ll just call a spade a spade: for parents, naptime is a GODSEND.  Yes, I do sometimes spend naptime scrolling through sweet pics of my kids on my phone.  Yes, there has been a few days we have just been waiting for them to wake back up either to head to an activity or just […]

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February 11, 2020

SPRINGFIELD ILLINOIS ENGAGEMENT AND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY Best of 2019 | Wedding Details

While I will always lead people first in my business and my biggest source of joy is from the people I work with and the relationships I get to build as a result of it…I am SUPER girly and I also loooooove all of the “pretty” that comes along with this job!  Flowers, jewelry, dresses, […]

February 10, 2020

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PHOTOGRAPHY EDUCATION: LEARN TO TAKE BETTER PHOTOS OF YOUR KIDS AND LIFE Jill Gum Photo University free Trial

If you follow along with me closely at all, I know you’ve heard something about the Photo University from me.  It has been one of the biggest parts of my business during the past year, and is a HUGE passion project for me because it combines both my loves: Photography AND teaching! However, I have […]

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February 6, 2020

CENTRAL ILLINOIS ENGAGEMENT AND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY Best of 2019 | Engagement Sessions

So…I know that 2020 has been going for 30 something days now, but our exterior Christmas decor is still up (with the exception of 2 days, it has been way too cold to deal with that…so yes, we are those neighbors!  Don’t worry, we aren’t still turning on the lights at least….but maybe that would make it […]

February 5, 2020

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CENTRAL ILLINOIS BABY AND FAMILY MILESTONE PHOTOGRAPHER Cecilia 8 Months

When thinking about families that are just engrained in the heart of my business, few reach as deep as the family these 3 wonderful people are a part of!  They mean so much to me and I am SO fond of their babies and watching them grow!  I began photographing Adam’s (dad in these photos) […]

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January 29, 2020

SPRINGFIELD BABY MILESTONE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY Blaire 4 Months

Weddings will always have my creative (and teenage girl!) heart in photography- I just love every part of them and believe it is for sure my biggest contribution in the photography world.  But the further I get into my own motherhood journey (which I can’t even say at all is new now!), the more my […]

January 28, 2020

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SPRINGFIELD IL WINTER BURGUNDY AND NAVY WEDDING Kevin & Casey | Married

The love story I am going to share today is among my absolute favorite that I know.  And of course, this is just a little tiny sliver of it…a little piece to remember it all by, to remember the day these two officially became a family…but the story is so much deeper and wider. It […]

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January 22, 2020

ROMANTIC BLUSH AND BLACK SPRING WEDDING

NAVY + SILVER WINTER WEDDING, ILLINOIS

Downtown Late Summer Engagement Session

CLASSIC PURPLE SUMMER WEDDING

PEACH AND NEUTRAL SUMMER WEDDING

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