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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!

TAKE BETTER PHONE PHOTOS OF YOUR KIDS- FOR FREE! New Free Video with my top 5 tips

For over two years, I’ve taught moms how to use their “fancy” cameras to take better photos of their kids and their lives through my monthly membership program, the Jill Gum Photo University!  As a professional photographer, I can’t deny that nothing creates better photos than good quality gear and someone who knows how to […]

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March 3, 2021

DOWNTOWN ILLINOIS WINTER ENGAGEMENT SESSION Emily + Josh | Promised

These two are getting married in 2022 and I truly cannot wait for their wedding after spending this afternoon with them at their engagement session.  I instantly felt like we had been friends for years…the conversation was so easy and fun.  And these two are so easy and fun!  There was so much laughter between them, […]

March 2, 2021

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SPRINGFIELD IN HOME LIFESTYLE NEWBORN BABY PHOTOGRAPHY Baby Archer | Carried

With everything going on in the last year I did not shoot as many newborns as I typically do and as I would like to, making every single one so enjoyable and special to me.  But this little guy would have been so special to me anyways!  His parents are one of my past couples […]

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February 22, 2021

CENTRAL ILLINOIS LIFESTYLE IN HOME FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER The B Family

I am so happy to be back behind my camera again (and to test out my NEW baby, the Canon R6, in some real sessions the last couple weeks!), and this session embodied everything I love about photography!  I got to meet with this beautiful family in their own home and space, where they are […]

February 17, 2021

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DOWNTOWN CHICAGO WINTER URBAN ENGAGEMENT SESSION Anne+Brian | Promised

From the start, I was confident this session would be magic.  And it over-delivered.  Downtown Chicago.  A large amount of snow on the ground.  A dear friend who I haven’t gotten to see in literally years joined and helped us deal with coats and traveling (and hosting me overnight!).  And a couple that has been incredibly kind […]

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February 9, 2021

BEST WEDDING DAY MOMENTS OF 2020 Wedding Moments

I admit it, this post is my actual new favorites post. It isn’t one I have ever shared before, and honestly, a lot of the photos aren’t photos you will have seen here before.  This post– these photos– represent moments.  Special moments, sweet moments, funny moments…a million make up every wedding day.  Some of them aren’t […]

February 3, 2021

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BEST OF 2020 WEDDINGS Engagement Sessions

I absolutely love compiling and sharing these “best of” posts because this work just means so much to me…and seeing some of my favorite images all lined up one after the other makes me so happy!  I also have really enjoyed these posts over the years because I feel like they help me see my growth […]

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February 1, 2021

BEST OF 2020 WEDDINGS Wedding Details

It’s always about the people…my couples and their families…first and foremost for me.  Always!  It’s the part of the day that excites me the most, the thing that keeps me in “wedding wonderland” all throughout the off season…I love love stories, and I adore getting to be a part of them, see them unfold, and […]

January 27, 2021

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BEST OF 2020 WEDDINGS Wedding Portraits

I know, I know…it’s almost the second month of 2021.  But I simply could not skip these favorites posts because they are just so special to me!  My FAVORITE favorites post comes first, because you all know the heartbeat of my photography business is my couples!!  These people grow to mean SO much to me […]

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January 21, 2021

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Downtown Late Summer Engagement Session

UPSCALE CLASSY URBAN DOWNTOWN CHICAGO WEDDING

PURPLE AND WHITE CLASSY ROOFTOP WEDDING

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