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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!

Choose your own adventure below!

Are you a Photographer?

Start HERE! 

Are you a mom/hobbyist?

Start HERE! 

You're in the right place!  As a past high school teacher, educating others is my life's work and a HUGE part of my business!  I have been teaching moms and hobbyists how to use their camera from first purchasing it all the way to coaching them into businesses of their own, and I'd love to help you as well, wherever you are (and whatever camera you have!).

I'm so glad you are here!  Teaching Photographers and other small business owners how to run more joyful, successful, and profitable businesses is one of my favorite parts of my business!  I specialize in working with photographers to make their goals a reality (or figure out what their goals should be in the first place!).  

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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. 

JILL GUM PHOTO UNIVERSITY

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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!

JILL GUM PHOTO UNIVERSITY

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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 $19/month paid annually
or $21/month paid monthly.

JILL GUM PHOTO UNIVERSITY

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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

Click HERE to visit the classroom

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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

JILL GUM EDUCATION

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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.

JILL GUM COACHING

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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. 

JILL GUM COACHING

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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)!

JILL GUM COACHING

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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!

JILL GUM COACHING

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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!

JILL GUM COACHING

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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!

JILL GUM COACHING

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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!

JILL GUM COACHING

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Claire

"Your shooting in manual class corrected my self-taught mistakes, and after a year of your Photo University membership, I have more confidence than ever with my camera.  My family and friends are indebted to you my new ability to preserve these fleeting moments in our lives."

"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

"Your shooting in manual class corrected my self-taught mistakes, and after a year of Photo U, I have more confidence than ever with my camera.  My family and friends are indebted to you for preserving these fleeting moments in our lives. "

Claire

"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

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