Motherhood isn’t for the faint of heart…
it’s hard and messy and the days often feel
But then you finally get them to bed…
and then scroll through photos of them,
But getting those photos that you scroll through while smiling after a
long day doesn’t have to be a super
chaotic high-stress event!
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, 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! Your session can be as short as 20 minutes (easy for even the most devoted photo-complainers!), and will feel like an easy, planned-by-someone-else family fun night. 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!
"As a toddler mom I immediately put her advice to action and now I have gorgeous photos of my fast & furious little boy who will not stop for photos- but with Jill’s tips I now actually have frozen some pretty amazing iPhone photos!”
*sessions locations included in pricing are limited to Springfield and surrounding areas (email for a travel quote!)
"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!"
"I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our sweet girl's pictures. Your photos are worth EVERY penny and so much more. I’ve always known how beautiful she is but your pictures are unbelievable. I cannot thank you enough!".
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, Sarah is the main 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com for more info):
Q: If we book a full family session, where can the session take place?
A: Locations included in the pricing listed here must be in the Springfield IL area, but please reach out if you live out of the area and would like a travel quote or with any questions about where exactly is included!
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 $150 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!).
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!
We are so excited to hear from you about your 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!
"...we instantly felt comfortable with Sarah. She was very sweet, friendly, and knew exactly how to navigate photographing our two young children, which is definitely not an easy feat! She kept our girls engaged during the entire shoot, which allowed for some beautiful candid pictures that really encapsulated our family dynamic. This, combined with Jill's skillful editing, gave us a gallery that has received numerous compliments from our family and friends. I can guarantee that I will be displaying many of these photos in our gallery wall at home very soon. JGP has our business for any future family photo sessions!"
"I have gotten quite a few family photos from locals around, but NONE of them took the time to go through the poses as Sarah did.
She was so fun and kind! My kids thought the session with Sarah was so fun!!"
"Our session with Sarah was great! We were worried that it was going to be very awkward. Sarah helped us feel comfortable, so we were able to enjoy the session. When we saw our pictures, we were so happy with the outcome! They are so beautiful!
Our favorite thing about our session...was that the kids were able to be kids without it making us stressed to have perfect pictures. Sarah took matters into her own hands and managed to capture absolutely gorgeous pictures of my family."