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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!

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

APPLE WATCH: LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT AND WHY? Personal

I can’t believe it has actually taken me years since I first got an Apple Watch to share this post…but better late than never, right? I first got an Apple Watch Series 1 2 years ago for Christmas.  I heavily debated whether I wanted one because I sometimes feel “over connected” with just my phone.  But […]

January 16, 2020

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BUILDING OUR GUM FARMHOUSE | FUNCTIONALITY WITH KIDS The Drop Zone

Well, it’s time I share what my very FAVORITE secret of our home build is. It’s that when we spent months (literally, months) designing and then perfecting EVERY single square foot of our floor plan…one of our TOP priorities that we focused on was functionality with our kids.  As a busy family of 5 with 3 littles […]

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January 6, 2020

SPRINGFIELD ILLINOIS NEWBORN BABY LIFESTYLE PHOTOS Carried | Evelyn

Ohhh what a PERFECT way to end 2019 sessions!!!  2019 was definitely the year of the babies for me (sharing more about that soon!) and I enjoyed it so deeply!  Ending with the sweetest little Miss Evelyn and her darling parents was so fun for me! Evelyn’s mama is the sister of one of my favorite 2018 couples, […]

January 3, 2020

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SPRINGFIELD CHILDREN AND FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER Baby J | Carried

Trust me when I say that this little sweet man, baby Joey, might be the overall happiest, smiliest baby I have ever photographed over the course of a year!!  He was way too busy loving every single donut of his donut smash to give me too many smiles at his one year session but as a […]

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December 17, 2019

BUILDING OUR GUM FARMHOUSE (PART V) We actually LIVE here!

Blame it on the busy photography season…or how we packed up, moved, sold, and closed on a house during the busiest part of that season and also celebrated a few holidays right around it all…but it’s been 3 months since my last house build update! And we have been in our new house for about […]

December 16, 2019

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CENTRAL ILLINOIS OUTDOOR FALL FAMILY PHOTOS Parker Family | Kindred

You have seen this family before a few times between their beautiful sunny maternity session, engagement session, gorgeous fall wedding.  This is a couple that I completely adore, and seeing them as parents to their sweet little man just adds to it all!  Morgan and Nathan are so so sweet with little Jayce who clearly, even for his […]

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December 5, 2019

Photo University 2020 Frequently Asked Questions Learn to use your camera in 2020!

I wanted to pop back in today after yesterday’s new class pre-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!  Click here if you need all the details about the […]

December 4, 2019

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DOWNTOWN SPRINGFIELD EARLY WINTER ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY Leanna + Zach | Promised

Oh these two!!! I absolutely love photographing past students because there is always some sort of connection between me and one or both of the couple and that makes it extra special.  But this lady (and her family!) was just SO SO dear to me for so many years.  She took every class I could […]

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December 1, 2019

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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