I'm Jill, a wedding photographer based out of Central Illinois! I'm also a photography educator who loves to teach mamas how to capture their families and new business owners how to create success that fits their lives! 

I'm  wife to my favorite person on the planet, mama to 3 little loves and an energetic Aussie, and obsessed with Kendra Scott jewelry and fruit pie!

I'm so glad you are here and hope this page provides you with lots of helpful resources to up-level your mom paparazzi game!!

Welcome, friends!

free download

5 tips to take better photos with your phone

For the moms with cameras

(OR THE CAMERA ENTHUSIAST WHO WANTS TO LEARN TO SHOOT LIKE A 6-FIGURE PHOTOGRAPHER)

free download

3 Simple Steps to get great photos of your kids

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Intro to free photo
editing APP on your
phone

...don't hesitate to grab them all if you want... you will only get the same emails once from me, I pinky swear, grade-school style!

FREE DOWNLOADS

For moms that have no interest in learning photography
with a "fancy camera"...

WHAT IF YOU COULD FINALLY

This next resource is for YOU if your
cell phone
is your favorite camera!

Editing phone photos is hard...

But it doesn't have to be!
 YOUR PHOTOS COULD EASILY LOOK LIKE THIS WITH JUST ONE CLICK ON YOUR PHONE.

The best camera to use is always the one you have on you...your phone!

So then how do you go from dark and dingy cell phone pics to those bright, dreamy, beautiful photos you see others share?

One word: PRESETS!

I'M IN!!

HOW DOES IT WORK?

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Download the FREE LightRoom Mobile App on your phone from the app store.

Follow the instructional PDF or Video to get access to the JG Everyday Presets and to add them to your phone!

Edit your photos like a professional photographer with just ONE click!

It really is that simple!

Edit your cell phone photos with just ONE click to either "fix" an issue or add beautiful "flair" and style to your photo!

JILL GUM Everyday
Fix and Flair Presets

INTRODUCING

Tell Me More!

A 1.5-hour video course designed to transform your pics from “just a cell phone photo” to beautiful, bright, album-worthy pictures.

CELL PHONE
PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE

INTRODUCING

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before    /    after

AND FOR THE MAMAS WHO DO HAVE A
FANCY CAMERA...

WHAT IF YOU COULD FINALLY

BUT HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO REALLY USE IT
TO TAKE BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS of their kids!


Maybe you have read the manual, spent some time learning online, or even taken a class on how to take better pictures.  But real life? Spotlight dance recitals, sunny soccer games, dark band concerts, sunny beach vacations, birds flying through the forest, toddlers in general...that stuff is really hard.  It takes more than just one class or a little reading to master.

taking beautiful pictures IS HARD.

but it could bE  easy for you ONCE YOU LEARN!

It takes regular practice, in little bits of time that you can FIT into yoUR busy life, with help A TEACHER WHO CAN GUIDE YOU THROUGH!

I WANT THAT!

All enrollees will be added to the exclusive Jill Gum Photo University Students Facebook group, where I will do a monthly live booster session based on student questions sent in advance about the lessons.  I will gather questions in the group throughout the month and answer them in a Facebook live Q+A (feel free to attend live to ask further questions!) that is recorded and watchable anytime after for those who can't attend live!

LIVE BOOSTER Q+A

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Each month, you will also get an E-Book PDF or Worksheet providing more content or help towards the month's topic.  This may include activities and checklists to help you put the month's content into practice, a quick-glance guide to help you remember the main points while photographing on your own, or some examples of the photos with settings that I took while teaching.

PDF/WORKSHEET

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Each month includes a 30-60 minute video focusing on 1 specific must-learn topic to help you photograph your life.  
 Depending on what the month's topic calls for, you will see me:
-Teaching to the camera while walking through real photography situations
-Photographing real people showing the topic in action
-Teaching in my "classroom" with my computer

 

VIDEO

1.

every month,
you will get access to...

LIMITED TIME OFFER: Join now to receive immediate access to my Manual Mini-Course where I teach you exactly how to shoot in manual and how to make the choices about settings to get the pictures you dream.  With the membership, each month covers a specific topic about taking great pictures, while reinforcing manual settings as applicable to the topics.

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What topics are covered?

Photographing Inside with Natural Light

Telling the Story with your Photos

Photographing in Sunshine

Photographing at Sunset

Editing your Photos

Live on Location Shooting: Finding Great Light

Behind The Scenes: Photos after you take them

Composition

Posing your Friends and Family

and so much more...

SIGN ME UP!

Join my FREE "Photography for Moms" Facebook group!! Whether your go-to camera is your iPhone or a fancy DSLR, this group will help you take your photography skills to the next level!

with your fellow Mom paparazzi?!

ready to connect

JOIN the facebook group

resources

MORE EDUCATIONAL

resources

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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

3.

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.

JILL GUM PHOTO UNIVERSITY

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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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