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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!

LIFESTYLE NEWBORN BABY PHOTOGRAPHY IN SPRINGFIELD IL Palmer | Carried

Oh this sweet family!  Truly one of my favorites.  I have been friends with Morgan and Damien for over TEN years (all of which they have been together, and many more than that!) and just loved watching them in absolutely every season of life…but this is my very favorite to see them in.  They are […]

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September 11, 2019

FIRST TIME HOME BUILDING TIPS: THE HOUSE PLANS Personal | Building the Gum Farmhouse

It is way past time for another house update!  I’m going to share lots of updated pictures of the continued drywall process…but this post is about something different!  Today, I’m sharing about some of the mistakes we made– and tips for other potential builders–in the early stages of our project!  I will share another post or two […]

September 10, 2019

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ADLER PLANETARIUM DOWNTOWN CHICAGO WEDDING Jon + Annie | Married

The hustle, the noise, the pace, the fun, the energy…there is a lot about the beautiful, large, crazy city of Chicago that draws me to it.  Annie and Jon’s wedding had elements of all of that and so much more.  From the moment we got there to the moment we left, we saw act after […]

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September 4, 2019

SPRINGFIELD ILLINOIS FAMILY AND KIDS PHOTOGRAPHY Joey | 8 months

You guys…I’m just not sure I have ever photographed a more smiley little 8 month old than this one!  Sweet Joey was happy at his 4 month session too (and that one is often a bit tricky for babies) but he was a total start this time (along with his darling 2 older brothers, BOTH […]

August 29, 2019

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ILLINOIS SUMMER COUNTRY ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY Ellie + Ryne | Promised

When I think of these two and what I know of them, I think of adventure and fun and friendship and really fully living.  In between when Ellie, Ryne, and I took these photos just 2 weeks ago, they have jumped out of planes!  While I just met Ryne for the first time, I have […]

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August 27, 2019

CENTRAL ILLINOIS LIFESTYLE NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION Cohen | Carried

From the first day I met Maggie and Blake, I was immediately drawn to them.  They are friendly and kind, super easy going and don’t fret about pointless things in life…but I know that’s not the only reason.  We also share a love for the simple country life and I know that draws me to […]

August 22, 2019

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WHY I’M NOT OK TODAY… (but will be tomorrow, or maybe the next day!)

School starts today. For E1, we have been doing this for a few years.  I miss him when he’s gone and miss the time with him, but the days when I got all his time are quite far removed, and it feels like riding a bike again after a long break when the school year […]

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August 18, 2019

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 […]

August 14, 2019

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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 […]

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August 13, 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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