Conquering the Comparison Game as a Creative

I’ll never forget the first time I compared my work to someone else’s.  Up until that point, I’d just been exploring the world of creativity, snapping pictures as a side hustle.  I very much remember the feeling of standing behind a lens and wondering what the heck I was doing. I barely knew how to […]

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Photo showing Jillian holding a camera. Being a mom and a photographer and entering the holiday season can sometimes lead to burnout.. i've been there.

Ever crashed onto your couch at night, exhausted from what feels like countless hours of holiday shoots and fresh out of holiday cheer? Yep. It’s just as you feared: the burnout monster has come to crash your Christmas party. But don’t worry. I’ve been there, so I can coach you through it. Together, we’ll make […]

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I’ve seen tons of truly stunning photos over the years – but the images that have stuck with me for the long haul were those rare snaps that take things from “stunning” to storytelling.  Isn’t it amazing that as photographers, we have the ability to tell stories without saying a word? We get to do […]

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I remember in my early photographer days just how nerve-wracking photoshoots could be. It’s not like you can just show up and take a few pictures and call it a day! There are so many things to think about to run smoother photo shoots, from gear, location, and lighting to making sure your clients feel […]

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Photo showing Jillian holding a camera. Being a mom and a photographer and entering the holiday season can sometimes lead to burnout.. i've been there.

After 10 years of doing this photography business thang, there are certain questions I get again and again both about the profession and the craft of photography! People wonder about the camera settings, how to master editing, and what my advice might be to start their own photo biz. And truth be told, I LOVE […]

The 10 Most Important Photography Questions: Answered

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One thing I always talk about with my photography students is that a fab photo comes down to so much more than the editing. It’s the mood, the environment, the lighting, the emotions, the camera settings, the subjects’ faces, the style, and the whole vibe of the scene. However, a great edit can take an […]

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When you first get a DSLR camera, I know that it’s tempting to set your camera to “auto” and just run with it. After all, these are nice, advanced cameras that aren’t exactly cheap! You’d think they would have the capacity to take incredible photos without you having to mess with them much. But… there […]

5 Reasons to Shoot in Manual

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Just like the clothes we gravitate toward, the home decor we naturally love, and the hairstyles that make us feel most like ourselves—we all have a unique sense of style that translates to our photography practice. But unlike clothes or throw pillows, to uncover your unique photography style, it requires a bit more soul searching […]

How to Uncover Your Unique Photography Style

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I didn’t always know I wanted to be a photographer. In fact, if you know my story, you know I spent a few years teaching kindergarten and first grade before ever picking up a professional camera. But there are so many reasons why I decided to pursue photography, and the truth is, I’ve never looked […]

The 10 Reasons I decided to Pursue Photography

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I remember starting out with my photography business and feeling so confused about how and where to consistently find clients. Slowly, I began working with friends and friends of friends in order to just build a starter portfolio to have something to show for my style of work and experience. Of course, it’s evolved over […]

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 I’m going to share with you the 5 secrets to capturing emotional and authentic images of your clients, no matter what. I’ve spent the last 10 years building my photography business based on these principles, and they’ve landed me shoots with celebrities and influencers who I never could’ve dreamed I’d meet.

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