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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!

ARE YOU A PARENT THAT HAS A CAMERA?! FREE LIVE ONLINE CLASS: tips for TODAY!

Moms, dads, grandmas, aunts, grandpas….all the proud photographers of littles in your lives??? This is for you!!  I am SO excited to invite you to a FREE online class all about photographing your kids (or the kids in your life)!!! I am going to be teaching for just one hour (because I value your time […]

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May 7, 2019

SPRINGFIELD DESSERT RECEPTION COUNTRY THEMED WEDDING Adam & Lindsey | Married

What a beautiful wedding day this was!! I have been excited about this wedding for quite a while, even though their engagement session was just a couple of weeks ago (my last blog post!) and they booked and planned their whole day in just 4 months!  Do you know what I loved from the get […]

May 1, 2019

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SPRINGFIELD FARM ENGAGEMENT SESSION Lindsey+Adam | promised

Well, this sweet engagement session definitely is a first for me…because I photographed it exactly nineteen DAYS before their wedding!!! These two booked me right in the heart of winter and really wanted a spring engagement session (which I 100% get!)…but it happened to finally be nice enough just right before their wedding! I absolutely […]

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April 18, 2019

Springfield IL Family Milestone Photographer Joey | 4 Months Old

Well I’m not sure I have ever seen a more graceful transition into parenthood with 3 young boys than this sweet family who has been with me since the very beginning!  I have photographed each of these fun, sweet, wild boys since birth and it just really gets me RIGHT in the heart!  There is not a […]

April 15, 2019

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BACKING UP YOUR PHOTOS AS A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER Ask Anything/Wedding Wednesday

I’m super excited to get back to some educational blog posts this year as time allows, and can’t wait to share about this SUPER important topic for both photographers AND brides and grooms!  I’m going to write it from the stand point of a photographer to photographers, but at the end will share some details about […]

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April 4, 2019

MIDWEST ILLINOIS WEDDING AND ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS Dana + Tim | Promised

I’m PRETTY excited to share this session!  Not only because I taught and directed this bride (I never had the pleasure of having the groom in my classroom!) and have known her for over ten years as a result and always adored her, but also because it involved SUCH a unique and fun location and my dream […]

April 2, 2019

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CENTRAL ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD LIFESTYLE NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER Baby Carter | Carried

This session was definitely a new favorite newborn session!  As much as I love weddings, there is nothing like photographing a newborn baby with their family in their home…it absolutely makes my heart sing.  I loved meeting this family.  I made friends with big brother right away and he was so friendly and welcoming, but even more, […]

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March 29, 2019

SPRINGFIELD ELEGANT ARTISANS STATE FAIRGROUNDS WEDDING Nic & Whitney | Married

This wedding was such an AMAZING beginning to our 2019 season!  I was super excited for Whitney+Nic’s wedding ever since their engagement session (or, honestly since I first met with them!).  They are engaging, kind, and super down to earth– just really enjoyable people to be around. But they also have great style, and a […]

March 27, 2019

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SPRINGFIELD ILLINOIS FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER Spring Mini-Sessions!!!

Today comes with a fun announcement–my Spring MIni-Sessions are available to book now!!  Between weddings, the online education side of my business, and family life, mini-sessions this spring and fall are my only remaining openings for seniors and main openings for families this year at this point.  I have always loved minis because I get to […]

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March 25, 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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