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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!

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 […]

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November 25, 2019

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 […]

November 21, 2019

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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 […]

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November 19, 2019

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 […]

November 8, 2019

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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.  […]

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November 4, 2019

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 […]

October 31, 2019

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SPRINGFIELD WASHINGTON PARK FALL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS Clare + Brian | Promised

When you work in the online world and do a lot of communication through social media and email, there are some people you just connect with before you even meet them.  Clare was one of those people for me!  I could tell from the first communication between us that she is joyful, positive, and juts […]

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October 25, 2019

ABRAHAM LINCOLN HOTEL SPRINGFIELD ILLINOIS FALL WEDDING Ryan + Brittany | Married

Brittany and Ryan’s wedding day started with endless sun and the distinct chill of fall in the air.  It was crisp and cool and refreshing, and their wedding itself was full of all the warmth needed for the day.  These two are such a strong example of joy and happiness in life, and of course showed […]

October 16, 2019

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SPRINGFIELD ILLINOIS LIFESTYLE NEWBORN SESSION PHOTOS Griffin | Carried

I admit…this is a challenge to sum into words for me (like usual, I know.  My heart is in this work!).  A couple weeks ago, I got to see a sweet friend of mine as a mama.  She has wanted to be a mama for a long time, and I have seen her brilliance with […]

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October 15, 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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