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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!

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 […]

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November 25, 2020

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 […]

November 24, 2020

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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 […]

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November 23, 2020

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 […]

November 13, 2020

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JIM EDGAR STATE PARK FALL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY Sarah + Toby | Promised

Sometimes I just meet people and instantly know that we could be real life friends…and these two are so like that for me!  I met Sarah and Toby for a front porch session in the spring, and instantly adored them.  But seeing them together (and getting to meet Sarah’s parents too!) for their engagement session […]

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November 11, 2020

DOWNTOWN SPRINGFIELD ARLINGTONS FALL WEDDING Noah & Brooke | Married

2020…what a year!! I will always remember this day so fondly as my last 2020 wedding– and an absolute showstopper for me!  Just a week beforehand, Brooke and Noah thought they were going to have to change their whole day with new restrictions, but they were able to proceed as planned and I am just so […]

November 11, 2020

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SPRINGFIELD ILLINOIS FALL MATERNITY SESSION The G Family | Carried

I’m not sure where to begin with this one even!  This beautiful family is not just clients of mine (honestly, I don’t feel that way about all of my clients), but dear friends.  Our families became connected through our kids– these two sweet girls of theirs are the same ages as my two oldest kids, […]

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November 10, 2020

CENTRAL ILLINOIS IN HOME NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER Carried | Baby A

From engagement, to wedding, to baby # 1 and now baby # 2, I have gotten to follow this family through so much– and we got to do this session at Kelsey’s parents home, where she got read on her wedding day, which was so special!!  When they had their first baby boy, I had […]

November 6, 2020

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CENTRAL ILLINOIS SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER Bailey | Class of 2020

When my teaching career ended for me to be home more with my kids and pursue my business more full time, I clung to my senior sessions as a way to still connect with my students and past career that I loved so much.  But once my directing career ended a couple years later, before I […]

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October 29, 2020

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