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Welcome friends!

I'm Jill, a wedding and portrait photographer based out of Chicago and Central Illinois, and available world wide! I'm also a photography educator, wife to my favorite person on the planet, mama to 3 little loves and an energetic aussie, and obsessed with statement jewelry and fruit pie!

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New students can join anytime, and all members begin with a bonus Shooting in Manual Mini-Course and then see content following a specific theme about photography each month. Some themes including dealing with all different types of light, telling the story, composition, camera settings, focus, editing, etc. 

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Each student is given access to a membership platform where each month's content is released. Each month, students will get: a 30-60 minute video covering the content (either with me photographing live or teaching to the camera), a pdf or worksheet to supplement the content, and a live online Q+A in the exclusive facebook group for Photo U Students.

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Once you are a member, you can watch (and rewatch again and again) the content whenever you choose and review as often as you need.  You can access every month's content again and again (but you do lose access if you stop your membership at any point). This setup is perfect for the busy mom, student, or traveler-- it's perfect for YOU!

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The BEST part? The membership model allows this content to be offered at an extremely affordable rate.  For the price of a couple cups of coffee per month, you could finally take the pictures you dream of your family and life!
The membership is just $24/month paid annually
or $27/month paid monthly.

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The Jill Gum Classroom is an online space where you can find many digital products, both free and paid, to help you on your journey! After being a teacher in the High School classroom for 8 years, this is one of my favorite parts of my business.  Check back regularly for more educational content for you!

Online Classroom

JILL GUM EDUCATION

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There is one thing that changed my business from a little side gig that I loved to a full time career that supports my family (and allows me to spend half the weeks home with my kids): 
OUTSOURCING
Because of how much it changed my business and how hard it was to figure out on my own...

Online Course

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I have made an online course to teach other creative business owners ALL the ins and outs. 

We cover ALL the important steps, all the way from dreaming of having some help in your business to having someone hired and what to do with your new extra time to either gain more margin in your life,  or more business!

It's a 5 Lesson Video based course with an extensive workbook that can allow you to start NOW!

Online Course

JILL GUM EDUCATION

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These sessions are designed for photographers who want to take their photography business to the next level! I offer 2 coaching sessions a month, and book a couple months out.

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Your session is custom designed for what areas you want to grow in. After initial details and booking, I send you a questionnaire that helps you decide and prioritize exactly what areas you want to work on, and helps determine how we will spend our time together. 

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The topic possibilities are endless! We can talk about using your camera, post-processing and editing, work flow, equipment and gear, posing, lighting, composition- you name it, we can cover it. The session also includes professional head-shots for your portfolio (which also allows you to experience my posing in action!), and can include a live mini-session, photographing beside me, with a subject that fits your photography passion (couple, senior, or family)!

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You will leave with an action plan to move your business or passion forward and practical steps to get there- and access to the exclusive Jill Gum Education facebook for community and ongoing support from others in similar shoes as you!

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Half day Sessions are 2.5 hours, set at a time that works for us both. The investment is $400, and the sessions take place at my home near Springfield, IL.

Not local to Illinois or able to travel? Facetime or skype sessions are available as well- contact me for more info!

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Most photographers are looking for a more in-depth look at their business.  Because of this, I also offer full day coaching sessions, or a plan with 2-3 sessions over the course of 2 months to give you time to work on the action plan we create in between- email me for details on these options!

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If you are interested in more information or want to book your coaching date, please fill out the contact form below!

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from Jill Gum Students

"Jill has a wonderful way of targeting insecurities with equal doses of encouragement and constructive criticism. She took my questions and concerns about my business and gave me tangible, manageable advice in each area. She helped me extract the panicked feeling that had leaked into my "business plan"and see things for what they really were. She helped me build a more simple and consistent brand. She has great ideas, she listens well, and ultimately she made me feel empowered to do the things I've been dreaming about. My website looks better, my communication with clients is more focused and appealing, and most importantly-- I'm excited and not scared by the future of my business!"

Morgan

"Jill's workshop really inspired me to dive into my passion of photography. I learned a lot of techniques and tips on using my camera and editing my photos, and the practice photo shoot was extremely helpful (and fun!)- Jill was so helpful and enthusiastic throughout the entire workshop, which made the experience even more amazing!"

Katie

"My mentoring session with Jill was fun, informative, and has already allowed me to see improvement in my photography. She was relaxed, down to earth, and let me direct what areas I needed to spend more time focusing on. Thanks, Jill! 

Cara

"Before I attended Jill's beginner workshop, I always LOVED flipping through her blog and admiring the pictures she took with the "fancy blurry" background and beautiful sunflare. I always thought that those types of photos were impossible for me to take...UNTIL I learned from Jill! Her breakdown of camera settings, posing suggestions, and loads of encouragement has motivated me to delve deeper into my own photography and take my camera off the auto settings!!! And I have been LOVING the results of the confidence JGP's workshop has given me!"

Sarah

"The workshop completely changed the way I look at my camera! I can actually take it off automatic mode and know what I am doing. Jill was so willing to help me with any problems I was having and set up great situations for us to practice our newly learned skills"

Kelsie

"Before I met Jill,  I was obsessed with her work and her Blog! I have been a HUGE fan of hers since I first laid eyes on her talent. When I saw she was teaching, I was ecstatic!!! I have been a photographer for a while now, but I just needed that extra push and knowledge to make it even better! I am so glad I coached with her! She is not only an amazing photographer, but is also a wonderful teacher! She is laid back, easily approachable, and willing to answer anything she can! I would, without a doubt, sign up for any workshops Jill offers! I encourage anyone to do the same! Thank you Jill! You are truly gifted!"

Amber

My coaching session was one of the best investments I have ever made! I learned SO much and received a lot of information! I love having Jill as a mentor and feel I am able to ask her anything! I am excited for more educational opportunities with her!

Tiffany

"Jill has a wonderful way of targeting insecurities with equal doses of encouragement and constructive criticism. She took my questions and concerns about my business and gave me tangible, manageable advice in each area. She helped me extract the panicked feeling that had leaked into my "business plan"and see things for what they really were. She helped me build a more simple and consistent brand. She has great ideas, she listens well, and ultimately she made me feel empowered to do the things I've been dreaming about. My website looks better, my communication with clients is more focused and appealing, and most importantly-- I'm excited and not scared by the future of my business!

Morgan

"Jill's workshop really inspired me to dive into my passion of photography. I learned a lot of techniques and tips on using my camera and editing my photos, and the practice photo shoot was extremely helpful (and fun!)- Jill was so helpful and enthusiastic throughout the entire workshop, which made the experience even more amazing!"

Katie

"My mentoring session with Jill was fun, informative, and has already allowed me to see improvement in my photography. She was relaxed, down to earth, and let me direct what areas I needed to spend more time focusing on. Thanks, Jill! 

Cara

"Before I attended Jill's beginner workshop, I always LOVED flipping through her blog and admiring the pictures she took with the "fancy blurry" background and beautiful sunflare. I always thought that those types of photos were impossible for me to take...UNTIL I learned from Jill! Her breakdown of camera settings, posing suggestions, and loads of encouragement has motivated me to delve deeper into my own photography and take my camera off the auto settings!!! And I have been LOVING the results of the confidence JGP's workshop has given me!"

Sarah

"The workshop completely changed the way I look at my camera! I can actually take it off automatic mode and know what I am doing. Jill was so willing to help me with any problems I was having and set up great situations for us to practice our newly learned skills"

Kelsie

"Before I met Jill,  I was obsessed with her work and her Blog! I have been a HUGE fan of hers since I first laid eyes on her talent. When I saw she was teaching, I was ecstatic!!! I have been a photographer for a while now, but I just needed that extra push and knowledge to make it even better! I am so glad I coached with her! She is not only an amazing photographer, but is also a wonderful teacher! She is laid back, easily approachable, and willing to answer anything she can! I would, without a doubt, sign up for any workshops Jill offers! I encourage anyone to do the same! Thank you Jill! You are truly gifted!"

Amber

My coaching session was one of the best investments I have ever made! I learned SO much and received a lot of information! I love having Jill as a mentor and feel I am able to ask her anything! I am excited for more educational opportunities with her!

Tiffany

Why Teach ?

After being the child of 2 teachers, teaching private music lessons from age 14 on, and spending my summers working with kids, education was an easy and obvious first career choice for me- and I truly loved everything about teaching HS choir for 8 years.

More than anything, I love seeing the "a-ha" moment, when someone finally just gets a concept they have been struggling to understand before. Whether it is in the music classroom, or now, during coaching sessions or online Q+A sessions for my online courses, I love that moment of recognition.

I believe very strongly that we only make each other better by sharing and being in community- therefore elevating the photography industry as a whole, and giving all families, couples, seniors, and brides better images. And doesn't everyone deserve that?! The most wonderful recording of their memories, their story, as possible? 

My clients don't just choose me for my images, and neither do yours. They choose me for me. So helping others, teaching others how to run their businesses more effectively and profitably and smoothly so that they can serve their clients better (and therefore live their lives better) is at the core of who I am as an educator, and as a person. I want to love and serve others in every aspect of my business, and this is my favorite way to do it.

In addition to teaching others, I have a huge heart for community over competition among small business creatives, which is why I am so passionate about what the Rising Tide Society is doing. I am the Springfield, IL Tuesdays Together leader as a part of the RTS, meeting with local creatives every month to figure out how we can serve our clients and each other better, and how we can work together in a community that makes us and each other better. Those meetings are 2 of my favorite hours of the month.

I would love to chat with you about teaching, growing community, and about your photography, small business, or camera education. Please fill out the contact form below for more info on mentoring and workshops, and join me and so many other creatives around the world, making each day just a little brighter.  

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