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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 our everyday life!

WOMENS CLUB OF EVANSTON NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY Daniel + Stephanie | Married

Stephanie and Daniel’s Northwestern Campus spring wedding began bright, crisp, and beautiful for us with an early drive to Chicago.  I was so excited for their day because I have known Stephanie’s mom for a long time, and I was so honored that they chose me for their day!  We were also so excited to […]

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April 21, 2022

INDOOR NEWBORN + FAMILY LIFESTYLE SESSION Baby R | Carried

I am SO excited to share this darling family!!!  It was just the perfect mix of beautiful sweet new baby, adoring older sister, and loving parents (mixed with a beautiful home!).  And it was the perfect reminder of why I’ve been shooting lifestyle in home newborn sessions for the past 8 years…it is just easy for families […]

April 20, 2022

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PHOTOGRAPHY FOR MOMS 101 is LIVE! An Online Starter Course for beautiful photos in UNDER 3 hours!!

It’s no secret…teaching mamas how to take better photos with whatever camera suits their fancy has been one of my FAVORITE parts of my job for half a decade now!  After years of in-person workshops, creating the Cell Phone Photography course, and teaching our Signature Course, the Jill Gum Photo University, I know just what […]

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April 19, 2022

ILLINOIS MAUVE ROMANTIC SPRING COUNTRY CLUB WEDDING Taylor + Chelsea | Married

Chelsea and Taylor’s wedding day was full of sweet moments, joyful laughter, and electrifying energy.  It would make sense because those qualities pretty much define this couple.  Chelsea is the ultimate hype girl, and just brings this amazing energy to every moment you spend with her.  Taylor grounds her and yet joins in the excitement […]

April 14, 2022

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AUTO VS MANUAL (AND WHY IT MATTERS FOR PHOTOS) Moving Your Camera from A to M

I wonder if your story is like mine.  I saw beautiful photos all the time…photos other people had taken.  Oftentimes professional photographers and formal family pictures, but sometimes on social media it would be another mom’s photos of her kids, or someone’s pictures from a vacation that made me feel like I was there with […]

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April 12, 2022

10 HACKS TO GET YOUR KIDS TO SMILE FOR PHOTOS with a free cheatsheet to help you take great photos of your kids

As we discussed before, getting your kids to smile for photos can be really difficult if you are asking them over and over again to just give you ONE good smile!  So I shared my favorite activity ideas with you (see them HERE!) to engage your kids in photos– and I definitely recommend starting there! […]

April 8, 2022

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IN HOME LIFESTYLE BABY BOY NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY Baby C | Carried

I truly love photographing newborns, especially in their own homes which is why I’ve been photographing that way for almost a decade…it is so special!  But I can truly admit that photographing dear friends and their new babies, their story into parenthood, which has truly been my most favorite season of life, is meaningful to […]

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April 8, 2022

DOWNTOWN ENGAGEMENT SESSION IN SPRINGFIELD ILLINOIS Brittany + Cord | Promised

This sweet couple is one that I’ve been excited to photograph since the moment Brittany reached out to me about their wedding.   Brittany was a student of mine back in my teaching days, and I was so thrilled when she reached out to me. It truly is always extra special when my couples are people that […]

April 7, 2022

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TIPS FOR WRITING YOUR OWN WEDDING VOWS Wedding Wednesday | Advice for brides planning their dream wedding

I knew long before Michael and I were even engaged (over a DECADE ago…now I’m really aging myself!) that I dreamed of us writing our own vows for our 10/3/10 wedding.  I don’t think Michael was as crazy about the idea, as an introverted guy who definitely saves his emotion for the most key moments […]

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April 6, 2022

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