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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 amazing kids and an energetic aussie, and obsessed with statement necklaces and FRUIT PIE!

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THE

PORTRAIT

EXPERIENCE

JILL GUM

If you choose me to document your or your family's story, here is what to expect! 

BOOKING

BOOKING

After we settle on the details of your session, we will book you through an easy online system, including a deposit, and then the fun begins! We will start talking location and specifics. You might have a location in mind, or I can work with you to pick one that will suit your vision perfectly.

PLANNING

JILL GUM PORTRAITS

PLANNING

Next, you will be sent my custom Jill Gum Portrait Guide pdf with everything you need to know about your session (specific to your session time- senior, family, or newborn). It will walk you through on choosing outfits, accessorizing, how to prep your kids for your session, what to plan to bring, and timeline (we usually aim for sunset to get the best light!). I will check in with you 2 weeks before the session to finalize details and we will be set to go!

SESSION

JILL GUM PORTRAITS

SESSION

I aim to make your session fun and easy and am so confident it will be both! I will walk you through posing and interacting, but definitely love to capture the natural engagement between you and your loved ones. You won't even feel like you are modeling- it will just be a fun evening together! 

GALLERY DELIVERY

JILL GUM PORTRAITS

ALBUM

If you choose to include a Legacy Album in your portrait experience, I will begin the album design process shortly after you receive your digital gallery. I will start with a custom layout of spreads and images, and you will get to edit each of those until it is perfect. Then we choose cover options and finalize details, and your album will ship to you about a month later.  

BACK TO THE START

JILL GUM PORTRAITS

**I shoot an extremely limited amount of portrait sessions each year so I can focus heavily on each client- contact for availability!**

Families

Family sessions with JGP are relaxed and fun. My goal is to get a few beautiful posed images of you all smiling at the camera, but much more so catch real and genuine interactions between you and those you love most to really capture who you are together! That is where the real story is! 

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Seniors

Capturing this super exciting and fun time in Senior's lives is so fun for me! As a past HS teacher, I love kids this age and love knowing that the best is yet to come for them! I also love grabbing a few images of them with those most dear to them- parents, siblings, or best friends- during their sessions. My senior sessions involve multiple outfit changes and locations, and really focus on showing each senior for who they are- their interests, loves, and most importantly, personalities! Contact me for details!

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Newborns

As a mom who got her first "big-girl camera" after having my first baby, I know how important...and fleeting...those first days (and months and years!) are. It is so important to have them captured and in an authentic and beautiful way. Newborn sessions can happen at my home if need be, but I really love to capture you at your home, in your environment with your history and decor, relaxing as a new family together. I focus on images with mom and dad (and siblings and pets) as well as a part of these incredibly special sessions. Full year coverage available as well. 

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Maternity

The last images of a couple before there is always a baby in their arms...so special and fun! I love maternity sessions and think they are a great gift for your future baby- to show the love and excitement that is waiting for them! I typically shoot them between 32-35 weeks, and these can come as a package with newborn coverage as well. 

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JOYFUL

GENUINE

ENGAGING

from Jill Gum Clients

Grab a coffee (or my favorite, a coke!) and take a look around this site at the beautiful people who let me tell their stories through images, as well as a peek into my life! I’m so glad you stopped by and would love to hear from you.

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