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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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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!

SPRINGFIELD IL LIFESTYLE IN HOME NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY Baby M | Carried

There are just certain sessions where everything…everything…gels and magic happens.  This was one of those sessions for me!  A beautiful baby girl who slept wonderfully and was so sweet, a gorgeous home with lots of light and beautiful spaces to photograph, and parents who I feel like I could just sit and have a drink with […]

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August 14, 2019

SPRINGFIELD ILLINOIS AREA TREE FARM MINI-SESSIONS Central Illinois Family, Senior, Couples, and Anniversary Photography

I am SO excited to announce 2019 Tree Farm Mini-Sessions!  These mini-sessions will get photos back to you within 2 weeks so it is very possible to use them for your family Christmas card, and such a fun way to get updated portraits!   These mini-sessions are perfect for families, seniors (class of 2020!!!), and couples!! Here […]

August 13, 2019

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CHATHAM ILLINOIS LIFESTYLE NEWBORN BABY SESSION Baby P | Carried

I’m SO excited to share that lovely Becca and Matthew have had the sweetest little baby boy, named after Becca’s maiden name! This couple is one I have adored for years and even in my few hours with them, I know they are SO perfect for their sweet boy.  They are giving, and kind, and […]

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August 12, 2019

SPRINGFIELD FALL MINI-SESSIONS Central Illinois Family, Senior, and Anniversary Photography

I am SO excited to announce fall mini-sessions!!  I haven’t done many regular portrait sessions this year as an attempt to create some big margin with the house build, three kids, and also to give extra time for the educational side of my business…and I have been missing them!  Fall mini-sessions will have two dates […]

August 8, 2019

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CENTRAL ILLINOIS COUNTRY FARM ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY Kristyn + Dustin | Promised

It’s been way too many weeks since I have shot an engagement session during my little summer break and this was the perfect way to start again!! Kristyn and Dustin are a couple I knew of from many people but had not yet met.  But I was immediately in love with them.  Easy going, super friendly and […]

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August 7, 2019

OUR GUM FARMHOUSE (PART IV) We have walls (and so much more)!!

This house building journey has been filled with SO much fun and yet so much pressure all at the same time!  This week, our electricity got turned on…but that’s AFTER all of the walls were hung and patched…and if something hadn’t worked, those walls would have been taken down to fix.  And the plumbing…they ran […]

August 5, 2019

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SPRINGFIELD CHATHAM FAMILY AND KIDS PHOTOGRAPHER Baby H | 1 Year Old

This family…I just could not think of 2 kinder, nicer people to have this unbelievably sweet baby boy– and it makes sense!! Little smiley Harrison is his parents, through and through.  Harrison has stolen my heart every session I have had with him, from his super sleepy newborn session (he was SO easy to photograph) […]

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August 1, 2019

OUR GUM FARMHOUSE (PART III) Personal | We have a roof and windows!!

I am still a little behind on these updates, but if I posted this 2 weeks ago, it would be 100% accurate!! Regardless, I want to take you on this whole journey with us, so hopefully I will get totally caught up in the next couple of weeks. Well, first the framing happened in the […]

July 11, 2019

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BRIDESMAIDS GIFT IDEAS FOR BRIDES Wedding Wednesday | Where to find Great Gifts

One of details about wedding planning that can really sneak up on a bride and groom is finding thank you gifts for their wedding party (and every wedding I have ever been a part of or photographed has done this, so I think it’s pretty much a must do!).  For people who love gift giving, […]

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July 10, 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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