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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!

THE COMMUNICATION KEY Marriage Monday

Well, I haven’t published a Marriage Mondays post since before E3 was born…and he’s two.  It’s been a LONG time, but it feels great to contribute to this Marriage Series on my blog again because I think it’s so important, and because I love it!  I actually got the idea for this post while watching the […]

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March 2, 2020

SPRINGFIELD IL LIFESTYLE FAMILY AND KID PHOTOGRAPHER The B Family | Kindred

I’ll say it again and again…ages 1-2 are the HARDEST for photos of littles!  Old enough to have plenty of opinions, but too young for a real bribe! Typically in outdoor sessions, I do a lot of playing with the littles at my sessions but that is a little harder in the winter in the […]

February 28, 2020

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CENTRAL ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD FAMILY AND KIDS PHOTOGRAPHER The B Family | Kindred

You guys…this little man? He steals my entire heart every single time.  While he IS at a tougher age for photographing (parents…it gets better at 3! I PROMISE!) and wanted to explore a little more than take photos, he is such a doll and is the most giggly little man!  I love his parents, I love his […]

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February 26, 2020

BRINGING YOUR DSLR TO DISNEY WORLD: YES OR NO? Mamahood | Disney Trips

While it is hard to believe now after the fact, I did debate this question…for about 5 minutes.  And then I knew for me, there was only one answer: YES! As a mama who absolutely loves to photograph her kids (and as a professional photographer), I just couldn’t not bring my camera on this likely twice in […]

February 24, 2020

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CENTRAL ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD WEDDING ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY Best of 2019 Couples

My FAVORITE favorites post comes last, because you all know the heartbeat of my photography business is my couples!!  These people grow to mean SO much to me and I just am extremely thankful to them all for their trust.  These photos are so important…and it means so much to me that they trust ME to […]

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February 18, 2020

CENTRAL ILLINOIS LIFESTYLE NEWBORN BABY PHOTOGRAPHER Best of 2019 Babies

I’m not sure I can dream of a more appropriate post for Valentines Day than all the BABY LOVE you are about to see!!! 😍 While we are pretty sure we are done with the newborn stage in our house, there is nothing that ignites #babyfever in me like a newborn session!  As my business changes […]

February 14, 2020

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HOW CAN YOU KEEP AN AFTERNOON BREAK WHEN YOUR KIDS ARE DONE NAPPING? Mamahood | Quiet Time

I’ll just call a spade a spade: for parents, naptime is a GODSEND.  Yes, I do sometimes spend naptime scrolling through sweet pics of my kids on my phone.  Yes, there has been a few days we have just been waiting for them to wake back up either to head to an activity or just […]

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February 11, 2020

SPRINGFIELD ILLINOIS ENGAGEMENT AND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY Best of 2019 | Wedding Details

While I will always lead people first in my business and my biggest source of joy is from the people I work with and the relationships I get to build as a result of it…I am SUPER girly and I also loooooove all of the “pretty” that comes along with this job!  Flowers, jewelry, dresses, […]

February 10, 2020

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PHOTOGRAPHY EDUCATION: LEARN TO TAKE BETTER PHOTOS OF YOUR KIDS AND LIFE Jill Gum Photo University free Trial

If you follow along with me closely at all, I know you’ve heard something about the Photo University from me.  It has been one of the biggest parts of my business during the past year, and is a HUGE passion project for me because it combines both my loves: Photography AND teaching! However, I have […]

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February 6, 2020

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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