Are you looking for a
Located in downtown Petersburg IL on
the historic square,
this bright beautiful natural light studio is the perfect simple backdrop for those updated family memories!
2 Options: I offer full studio newborn sessions (details below) and also Simple Newborn Mini-Sessions. Click HERE for details on those!
"Our session with you was more like a play-date-- you were able to effortlessly capture our family beautifully! And not just their smiles, but their personalities! We got amazing photos that we will treasure forever!"
After easily booking online and choosing a date that works for you, you’ll receive a custom Session Planning Guide to help you plan every part of your session (especially outfits!). We are a resource for you through planning, and can help narrow down outfit choices, help you find a hair and makeup person if you want, and will share lots of helpful tips for the day of your session!
Feeling awkward in front of the camera? Don’t worry– helping people feel at ease is one of our specialties! Sessions fly by and mini-sessions are as short as 10-20 mins (easy for even the most devoted photo-complainers!), and will feel like an easy, planned-by-someone-else family fun event. Your favorite people will enjoy each other and play–coached by photographers who have years of experience helping families feel comfortable, confident, and happy in front of the camera.
Within two weeks, you will receive a bright, timeless, and true-to-color edited gallery of your photos that you can download, share, and print as you want! You can order prints from wherever you want, or order beautiful professional-quality prints and wall art from within your gallery. You can also add on an heirloom family album that can be passed down through generations...because your photos should be on display far beyond the 'gram!
Whenever I receive the email that our gallery is ready, I get so excited and then am almost in tears of joy when I see how they turned out. I am forever grateful to have these memories to hold onto and cherish because the years truly are so short. Jill is an amazing person and photographer, and we keep going back to her so she can continue to capture my children’s sweet little faces and so they will always have pictures to look back on through the years. I highly, highly recommend her to capture your precious moments too!
Q: What is a session with Jill Gum Photography like?
A: We strive to create a highly interactive and yet calm environment where you can all be yourself and enjoy your time together, and we can capture the moments. We aim for it to feel like quality time together than constant never ending instructions, but also keep things very guided so you know what to do! It will feel more like a fun play date than a photo session.
Q: How do I know which photographer will photograph my session?
A: We will definitely make this clear during booking! While all emails go through Jill and studio sessions are shot mostly by Jill, Sarah is the main outdoor portrait photographer for JGP and will photograph all new clients and most regularly scheduled sessions. Jill will offer mini-sessions throughout the year for returning clients, and will determine the overall style, location, and editing for every session–so all clients will get that distinct, JGP-style gallery at each session! Please reach out at email@example.com with any questions!
Q: Do you offer other types of portrait sessions?
A: YES! Sarah also shoots senior sessions, and Jill shoots anniversary, newborn, and branding sessions. You can click on the links below to learn about each type of session (or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info):
Q: What do we wear to our session?
A: After you book, I will send you a customized guide with lots of details about this question, including ideas of where to shop or how to put together outfits from what you already have, and choosing a color scheme! Clothing can make a HUGE difference in the final look of your photos, and I LOVE fashion and love to help you find the perfect look for your family photos.
Q: When and how do I pay?
A: For full sessions, a $100 deposit (that is a part of your total) will be paid when you sign your contract to reserve your date, and the balance can be paid the week of the session. All payments can be made by check, paypal, credit card, or cash.
For Mini-sessions: Because the amount is less than full sessions, we automatically collect full payment up front when you reserve your time. If this is an issue, reach out and we can work out a 2 payment plan for these as well.
Q:Will our final images be edited, and how long will it take?
A: I take an approach to editing that corrects for perfect color and exposure. However, I am not a photographer that believes in editing out every blemish and line-- I believe in capturing you and your loved ones as you are, not as photoshop can pretend you are! Feel free to ask me for more examples of this. I reserve a 4 week window from your session to get your gallery to you, but usually get it to you much sooner!
Q: What printing/use rights do I get with my gallery?
A: You will get the full high-resolution download, and a release to print/share as you wish (though I do ask for credit when you share your photos online- you can just tag me!).
We are so excited to hear from you about an upcoming session or questions!
We photograph a limited number of sessions each year so that we can give each family an unparalleled experience- you are so much more than just another client to us, and we can't wait to meet you!
For more information, please fill out this contact form and we'll get back to you soon!
* are required questions