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WALT DISNEY WORLD PLANNING – WHEN IS IT TIME TO GO? Mamahood

Today I just wanted to share a quick detail and explanation about our Disney World trip that I have been asked about quite a bit.  A lot of people have questioned how we decided it was the right time to go.  As I have mentioned, we brought our older 2 kids only.  They are ages almost […]

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March 11, 2019

MINI-SESSION GIVEAWAY Winner Announced

Last week with sharing a post all about my style of newborn sessions along with the announcement that I am able to book twice as many newborn sessions this year (read all about it here!), I offered a giveaway on that post for a free Spring Mini-Session (or credit towards a newborn session)!  The giveaway […]

March 6, 2019

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THE CONFUSION OF WHAT A SMALL CREATIVE BUSINESS OWNER ACTUALLY DOES Personal

Before I start here, I want to ensure that this post is not meant to be fussy or negative in any way!! But I have been dealing with something over the last couple years that I finally want to share about, because if it is effecting me, I’m sure it is effecting others and I want […]

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March 5, 2019

Central Illinois Winter Formal Engagement Photography Nini+Jim | Promised

I am SO excited to share these photos with you.  This session started a long run of winter engagement sessions on my schedule, and as a winter lover, they are so fun for me!  I see so much beauty in this season of the year– but especially with Nini and Jim.  I cannot believe how this […]

February 28, 2019

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WHAT IS LIFESTYLE NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY AND IS IT RIGHT FOR ME? Why I shoot lifestyle images and what that means!

I admit, I had a LOT of fun digging through 6 years (!!!!!!) of newborn sessions for these photos!  While I do specialize in weddings, I adore photographing newborns (it gives me baby fever EVERY TIME), and it is a part of my business I plan to expand the next few years in terms of how […]

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February 26, 2019

PLANNING CHARACTER MEALS AND FOOD FOR A DISNEY TRIP WITH KIDS Mamahood

The first request of Disney Details to share was all about our meals– what we did for food, and what character meals we booked (I am going to start there).  I have to put the disclaimer out that we did a lot of character meals this trip.  We weren’t sure how much time we wanted to […]

February 21, 2019

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DSLR PHOTOGRAPHY ONLINE EDUCATION TO LEARN TO USE CAMERA Official Launch of the Jill Gum Photo University

Well, I’m PRETTY excited about this official launch…because there is already a strong group of almost 30 students in this membership, waiting for YOU to join them!  And now, you can pay PER MONTH–making it the MOST affordable education I have ever been able to offer!! Over the past 3 years, I have taught over […]

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February 19, 2019

WALT DISNEY WORLD DREAM VACATION 5 General Planning Tips

We returned a few days ago from a week in Disney with our 2 older kids.  I had spent the better part of the last year planning for this trip and suddenly it’s over!!  Where do I even begin? Honestly, it is SO hard to put anything about this trip into words for me.  I […]

February 14, 2019

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SPRINGFIELD MILESTONE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER Harrison | 6 Months

I believe sweet little Harrison was the quietest newborn I have EVER photographed…and 6 months later, he is still a COMPLETE doll! I’m not sure this baby EVER cries…and even if you ask mom and dad, they admit it’s SUPER rare!  I am a baby lover for sure regardless…but that is just extra amazing!  He is happy […]

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February 5, 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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