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Motherhood isn’t for the faint of heart…
it’s hard and messy and the days often feel
so long.

 But then you finally get them to bed…
and then scroll through photos of them,
amiright??


Can we chat, mom-to-mom?

Your photos are the only way to freeze the magic of your favorite people.

When you hear the words “family photos,” you might feel:

 like they are so needed and important
    like it might be a fun time… but also likely chaotic
    filled with dread about asking your spouse for a(nother) round of photos
downright stressed out

As mamas, we have been there!



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!

            instead of an anxiety-inducing event, your session was a
breeze and your gallery included
photos that:


• You can both see and feel.
• Help you remember how she giggles when you throw her into the air and how his little warm hand feels in yours.  
• Capture both their smiles AND their personalities.  
• Are natural, comfortable, and show how much you love each other.  
• Create memories for a lifetime.





What if

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Here's How It Works...

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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!

Pre-Session Prep

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!

The Day of your Shoot

Gallery Delivery

families • newborns • maternity •
seniors• couples • brands

"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!”

“Oh my goodness Jill has gone above and beyond in providing an insane of value in this course about how to use your phone to take better photos!"

-Dolly Delong Photography

Features

Details

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Family Portrait Session

45-60 Minute Session

Allows the family to choose a location* that is meaningful to them.  

$30 Print Credit
included

Gallery of 40+ Images with a print release

Our full family sessions allow us to really dive into capturing your family in a slower-paced, personal way. These sessions include a wide variety of poses and spots within your location, and give time for a very full gallery. We include those smiling-at-the-camera style photos and also a wider variety of photos of your family just enjoying each other and interacting (with help from us on what to do!), and photos of each parent with each individual kid.  

These sessions are full of variety and a give you very full story of who your family is at this moment!  Your photos will be delivered in a beautiful online gallery and your credit can be applied directly to print professional quality photos and wall art through your gallery store.  


Professional photo ordering available through gallery (though clients can choose where they want to get prints made)

Contact to book

$300

Returning Client Discount for #jillgumfamilies!

*sessions locations included in pricing are limited to Springfield and surrounding areas (email for a travel quote!)

Features

Details

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Family Mini-Session

20 Minute fast and easy session

Gallery of 10 images with a print release

20% off Print ordering coupon included

JGP is known for family Mini-Sessions. While super quick and easy, these sessions include all the must-have photos without pushing anyone too much on time. We highly recommend these for families with younger kids because they are so easy and quick! 

Mini-sessions include a couple family poses, individual shots of the kids, kids together, a photo of just the parents, and some more candid shots as well. 

We choose the location to maximize what we can do in the 20 minute time slot! Mini-sessions can be booked any time of year on select dates each week.

if you decide you want your full gallery after seeing it, you can choose to upgrade to receive all the files for an additional fee.



Professional photo ordering available through gallery (though clients can choose where they want to get prints made)

Contact to Book

$198

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Details

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Extended Family Sessions

45-60 minute session

$30 off Print ordering coupon included

Our Extended Family Sessions give Grandparents and their kids a chance to gather their kids and families (multiple generations!) together for a truly special, frozen moment in time!

We focus more on those smiling-at-the-camera shots here to get all of the groupings wanted (full groups, each family individually, kids only, kids with grandparents, etc) and also grab some candid moments in between!

These sessions are such a great lifetime gift for the full family!



Professional photo ordering available through gallery (though clients can choose where they want to get prints made)

CONTACT TO BOOK

$300 for grandparents plus up to 3 nuclear families

$400 for grandparents plus 4+5 nuclear families

Reach out for more than 6 nuclear families

Allows the family to choose a location* that is meaningful to them.  

Gallery of 40+ Images with a print release

NEWBORN/
maternity

Senior

branding

We also frequently photograph newborns, brands, maternity, couples, and seniors- click below for info or email jill@jillgum.com!

Sarah is JGP’s main portrait photographer. Sarah has been a photographer for over 5 years, and has worked as an integral part of Jill’s business for each of those years. She has been entirely trained to photograph by Jill and shares an identical shooting and posing style. Sarah is a talented, warm, and calming presence on the JGP team and will capture beautiful memories of your family!
Sarah is a wife, a mom to an Elmo-obsessed toddler, and has been a big part of the JGP team for over 6 years as a virtual assistant, editor, and second shooter for weddings.  She loves spending time at home with her family, listening to Audiobooks, playing board games, and diving into a new TV series on Netflix. 

Meet the jgp portrait team

As owner of JGP, lead photographer, and educator, Jill’s main focus is on teaching moms how to photograph their kids and photographers how to run the business of their dreams.  Jill also photographs weddings, newborns, and brands. Jill is the client communicator, blogger, and editor-in-chief for JGP, and photographs returning clients for seasonal mini-sessions.
Jill is wife to her favorite person and personal chef Michael, and mama to 3 amazing kids and an energetic Aussie.  Jill loves outdoor time with her family, bike rides, statement earrings, and fruit pie!

Sarah

Jill

"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!" 

"Not just their smiles, but their personalities!"

-MaryKate

"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!".

“YOUR PHOTOS ARE WORTH EVERY PENNY AND SO MUCH MORE”

-Jennifer

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.


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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 jill@jillgum.com with any questions!

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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 jill@jillgum.com for more info):

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Senior

branding

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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!).

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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!

"I am forever grateful for the memories to hold onto"

-Jessica

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!