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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 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

Photo University 2020 Learn to use your camera in an online membership class!

After spending our previous years teaching around moms how to use their cameras in in person workshops, we took that content online last year with the Jill Gum Photo University.  I have spent the last year in close contact with my 50 members who have been learning everything it takes to take great photos– some […]

November 25, 2019

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ILLINOIS STATE FAIRGROUNDS EARLY WINTER ELEGANT WEDDING Brandon & Mary | Married

Over and over again, the theme came up: Selflessness.  Mary and Brandon as individuals, as a a couple, as a part of their larger circle…they are selfless.  They put other people first, and really think about how they can help others and make someone else’s day better.  They add beauty and function to other people’s […]

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November 21, 2019

CENTRAL ILLINOIS FARM COUNTRY ENGAGEMENT SESSION Katie + Steven | Promised

This has got to be in my top few favorite blog posts ever…because my absolutely beloved niece Katie has found the love of her life, and they are getting married soon!  And after sharing her senior photos quite a few years ago, I am so thrilled to share her here again. This session just includes […]

November 19, 2019

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CENTRAL ILLINOIS FALL FARM ENGAGEMENT SESSION Kaylee + Colt | Promised

If you’d have told me 10 years ago that I would be riding on the back of a gator across someone’s beautiful farm property to take photos of them and would feel completely comfortable and in my element, I wouldn’t have believed you for a second!  That’s a part of what made this session so […]

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November 8, 2019

SPRINGFIELD IL URBAN DOWNTOWN SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHY Chloe | Graduated (Class of 2020)

My earliest memories of this beautiful senior are surrounded in a huge decision we made in my last year teaching to combine the HS and MS musical and do Shrek with both schools.  It was my 8th major musical, and the first time we considered that move but it just felt like the right year.  […]

November 4, 2019

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SHEEDY SHORES WINERY ELEGANT NEUTRAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY Brenden & Robyn | Married

Among some of the most heartfelt speeches, one statement stuck out to me in a way I couldn’t forget.  Their dear friend told all of their loved ones that they are the type of people who are always present when you spend time with them– always focusing on you, looking you in the eye, engaging […]

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October 31, 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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