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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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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