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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!

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

CENTRAL ILLINOIS FAMILY AND NEWBORN LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHY Baby A | Carried

I am SO excited to finally be getting to share this beautiful little girl on the blog!  I just recently shared her parent’s maternity session…and then sweet baby A arrived about 4 weeks early and suddenly it was time for her newborn session!  She joined the sweetest family and her new best friend (her dog!) […]

October 28, 2020

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Online Wedding Guest Books and Invitations

ELEGANT WEDDING GUEST BOOKS WITH BASICINVITE.COM Online Wedding Inviations | Wedding Planning Help

I’m so excited to share a new-to-me resource for all the brides reading along!  I have stumbled across a new and amazing online site that offers elegant wedding guest books and online wedding invitations (and much much more!).  I have to admit, back when we got married (10 years ago!) there weren’t a lot of […]

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October 26, 2020

CENTRAL ILLINOIS SURPRISE PROPOSAL PHOTOGRAPHY Ryan & Kyndell | Proposal

Sometimes an opportunity comes up that is so special you just cannot say no and then are excited for weeks until it happens…and this was one of those for me.  I have gotten to photograph Kyndell a few times this year and creatively enjoyed every one of them so much.  But when her long term boyfriend, Ryan, […]

October 23, 2020

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CENTRAL ILLINOIS INTIMATE FAMILY FALL WEDDING Austin & Hannah | Married

Even while creating this blog post, I found myself scrolling again and again through the photos because I just love them…I loved this day…so much!  I shared a lot of this when I blogged their engagement session just a couple months ago, but this couple, Hannah and Austin, represent so much for me.  Hannah sought […]

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October 22, 2020

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