Summer – Birthday Photo Shoot

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Two blog posts in one week?! I know… crazy!!

So this is a recent shoot I did with a little girl named Summer. I have known Summer’s parents for about 12 years now. We all lived in the same house in college and had some crazy times together. I was there when they got hitched several years later and now through crazy circumstance, live in the same town again.

Summer is one of the adorably sweet little girls that has knack for adventure. She kept me on my toes chasing her through most of the shoot. Which made for some great photos. The last shot in this sequence is quite possibly one of my favorite photos I have ever taken. It reminds me out of something from a movie.

I had such a great time photographing her for her 3rd birthday.

Happy Birthday little one.

XO

Jill

 


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Cindy & TJ — Fenwick Island Beach Wedding

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Cindy & TJ — Fenwick Island Beach Wedding

I spend quite a bit of my time traveling around the U.S. and receive amazing opportunities to photograph weddings. One of my favorite locations will always be beach weddings.

I was contacted by my good friend and go to hair and makeup artist, Caitlyn Meyer, to see if I could photograph her Dad and his soon-to-be bride, Cindy’s wedding in Fenwick Island. So of course I said yes! Not only is Caitlyn one of the kindest people I know, but after spending some time with her wonderful family, I can say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

The entire family was incredibly sweet and kind and welcomed me in like I had known them for years. There was SO much love on this beautiful day. TJ and Cindy both have two children, the day focused around the two families becoming one big one. And I will say one of the highlights was meeting the legendary Agnes Meyer. She is Caitlyn’s Grandmother. And if I could be anyone in the world when I grow up, I want to be her.

She was the perfect mix of Sophia and Blanche from the Golden Girls. Her husband passed away a few years back and there is a photo below of TJ holding his Dad’s dog tags from his military days. But I digress, I could talk about this wonderful human all day, but back to the wedding.

The day was beautiful and it was so much fun to capture a wedding that was relaxed and not rushed. Tj and Cindy were hanging out while she was in hair and makeup, which was a welcomed change of pace from most of my other weddings.

I spent about two hours shooting the prep and ceremony. I will cease my ramblings and move onto some photos from the day <3

Congratulations you lovebirds!!

XO
Jill

P.S. For those of you wondering, Agnes is the lovely spit fire in the coral shaw.

P.P.S. Second shooter for this lovely day was Tony Fonash. It was his first hand at shooting a wedding. I am very proud of him!!!


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Caitlyn — Inked Girls Magazine

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

I was approached by Inked Girls to use some photographs I submitted to them over a year ago in the July/August Issue of a dear friend of mine, Caityln Meyer.

If you follow much of my work, that name will most definitely ring a bell. Caitlyn is the magical hand holding down hair and makeup on the majority of my work since I have moved home and most of my trips home over the years. Caitlyn and I have a long goofy past and I am now most fortunate to label this lovely human as one of my closest and most talented friends. I absolutely LOVE photographing her and working with her.

Here is the spread I shot with her at the top, followed by a few favorites that didn’t get into the magazine. Despite spending the majority of my time on weddings and portraits, I TRULY love getting to work with ladies and make them feel beautiful behind the camera!

Oh and i made it to the contributor page for the issue along with some incredibly talented photographers I know  from my days living out on the left cost <3

xoxo
Jill

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Erik & Shana — Baltimore Engagement

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Erik & Shana — Baltimore Engagement

Good Morning my lovely friends!!!

Here is a session I was so thrilled with! I had the pleasure of working with someone I have known for years. Erik has been close friends with my little brother since early college. I have seen him grow up into a wonderful person and have always considered myself lucky to know him. Fast forward a few years and I was e-introduced to his now fiancé!!!
I couldn’t have been happier that he found such a lovely soon-to-be wife, Shana. So obviously when they asked me to be a part of their special day I jumped at the chance. Here is their beautiful engagement session! We had such a fun day! I cannot wait for their beautiful wedding in May 2015!!!

Here’s to love!!!
xox
Jill

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Kaylee & Trane — An Indianapolis Farm Wedding

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Kaylee & Trane — An Indianapolis Farm Wedding

Kaylee and Trane are one of those couples that remind of a beautiful country song. They grew up across the street from each other and have been together since high school. I got approached to photograph their big day through Kaylee’s sister-in-law, a friend of mine. Once I met the couple and realized how close of a family bond they had, I was so thrilled to be able to capture their big day. The two had a beautiful ceremony in Indianapolis and their reception at Trane’s Dad and Stepmom’s newly built farm. It was a beautiful setting for the lovely couple. This was one of those families that just made you feel like you were a part of their family.

I actually miss the whole bunch of them. And I hope I get to go back and visit. I am truly thankful that I get to work with people like this, it makes my job that much more enjoyable.

Without further ado…

On with the photos!!

XOX
Jillian

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Abdul & Kara — A surprise engagement!

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

This one was a fun shoot for sure. There is something so exciting knowing you are about to capture an event of a lifetime before one of the people involved knows that day will be a milestone for them. This was completely the case with Abdul and Kara.

Abdul and Kara are both friends with my little brother, so Abdul contacted me about photographing the big surprise proposal! Of course I was elated and super pumped to be a part of the planning. Abdul put so much time and thought into this proposal in making every little detail perfect. The guidelines for the day were that Kara couldn’t see a photographer or she would  know what was going on, so I basically had to pull a ninja act and hide in bushes until Abdul was down on one knee, then I could make my presence known.

It took a lot of creeping around and hiding in the vines at a vineyard to make sure I wouldn’t be seen when I saw them approaching the proposal area. When I got close enough to be able to shoot some close up shots from a few vines away, I was so nervous my breathing or my shutter on the camera giving away my presence, but once he pulled out the ring I knew it was go time and I snapped away.

Kara, of course, said yes and I was lucky enough to be able to be the first to congratulate the two! But that wasn’t all, Kara thought they were going to spend the day drinking wine, just the two of them and their trusty ol photographer. BUT Abdul arranged a gathering of all their close friends and family at the vineyard! DOUBLE WHAMMY!

So here is a HUGE congrats to the lovely couple!!!

Fun Fact: We even asked a lovely biker gentleman to allow us to do a few shots on his bike! His wife told me, when Abdul & Kara were posing on the bike, that it was the bike they got married on!! I love my job and the fun people I get to meet!!

Without further ado…

XOX
Jill

 

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Buck, Katie and little Miss Maggie — Beautiful Nashville Wedding

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Where do I begin with this wedding. I know it’s odd to have three names in the title for a wedding blog, but when I am done with this, you will understand why.

I met Katie through a mutual friend and was asked to photograph her beautiful Nashville wedding. Katie was originally from Nashville and was were the lovely couple had originally met. Fast forward to our first meeting a few months later, keep in mind Katie and I were doing all of our getting to know each other meetings via email, I pull up to her mothers house in Nashville. After being warmly greeted by Katie and her mom, I then had the pleasure of meeting Miss Maggie. She is Katie’s 6 year old daughter and one of the most memorable little kids I have ever had the chance to meet. She was so full of personality and I was also told this was also Maggie’s big day too, of course! I left there knowing there would be no better day to start off wedding season than with this bunch.

The wedding weekend finally rolled around and all I can tell you is the group was truly one of a kind. Everyone came from all of the United States to come together for their wedding. The couple rented a beautiful house in Franklin where they spent the days leading up to the ceremony. The rehearsal dinner was held at the historical Franklin Theater and couldn’t have been more fitting for the two. I forgot to mention that Buck works on the hit television show “Two Broke Girls” in California and has been a film buff for quite sometime. The gentleman’s boutonnieres were made from actual film as well!

I could go on and on about how much fun I had spending a few days with this amazing group of humans and one incredibly wonderful six year old, but as per my job I will get to the pictures. I want to send my deepest congratulations and hugs to Katie, Buck and Maggie. It is people like you who make me thankful everyday I get to do what I do.

Without further ado… Let the photos begin <3

XOX
Jill

Take a peak a little way down and check out the “first look” shot I did with Maggie and her mom Kaite when she had the chance to see her mom for the first time in her wedding dress! Loved it!!

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Hair and Makeup: Tarryn Feldman and Meg Boes
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It’s springtime and I am back in Baltimore!

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

Hello hello friends!

Sorry for the long bout of silence! I have since relocated my life back to my home state of Maryland! I have lucked out enough to be able to have a beautiful location to work out of in Canton, close to downtown Baltimore.

I haven’t had much time the last few months to do anything out of my norm as I have been busy working on many different projects with clients and moving. To commemorate the next step in my career, I decided to team up with one of the most talented hair and makeup artists I know, Caitlyn Meyer, to create some new images. I have been scouring bridal magazines and hunting for images that were inspiring and a lot of the images I found that I was drawn to were simple one light images.

I have been wanting to get into the studio and try my hand at a simpler lighting style and was pretty pleased with the outcome. Caitlyn nailed it with the hair and makeup and even stepped up to make the flower crowns shown below. I also want to send a BIG thank you to the always stunning Lisa Ruocco for being my lovely model!

Without further ado… here is what we did!!

Hair, Makeup and Flower Crown: Caitlyn Meyer

XO
Jillian

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Before & After

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Happy Valentine’s Day Friends!
Just wanted to wish you all a very happy day whether you are single or with someone, enjoy today as a day to love yourself and those around you. With that being said, I wanted to show a little love to a few of my beautiful, inside and out, clients. I recently did a “girlie” session in my hometown of Baltimore, MD! I wanted to show you a few before and after images of the girls I had the pleasure of working with. These girls are stunning on their own. Their reasons for doing these shoots are different, whether they are doing this for a loved one or for their own to make themselves feel good, I am thankful a million times over that they allow me to work with them. It’s always fun to plan a day to pamper yourself and be thankful for what you have. We spend too much time as women, talking about what we don’t like about ourselves and not enough being thankful for what we possess. Take some time today to thank your body, all of it!! You will notice I didn’t post photos without any makeup or hair done on these ladies, I pulled an image of them from their everyday life. You can see how naturally beautiful these ladies are. We just play up their natural beauty!

Thank you ladies. You are are beautiful and I am thankful to all of you for allowing me to do what I love everyday!

XO
Jillian

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Katie & Mike at The Noah Liff Opera Center

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Early last year we ended up meeting and getting to know a lovely event planner in Nashville named Sarah Willard, of Music City Events. She runs Music City Events here in our home town of Nashville, TN. Sarah was the connection that introduced us with Katie and Mike. We met for coffee and chatted about life and goofed around and had an instant connection with the couple.

So we were over-the-moon excited when the couple contacted us to photograph their big day. Katie was quite possibly the most relaxed bride I have ever met. She was kind and worried more about the people with her on the her big day than herself. Their wedding was best described as being just a good time.

They had family fly in from all over the United States. The attendance was roughly around 300 people. It was not only a special day due to the amazing joining of the couple but the families whom never get to see each other due to distance got to spend time together.

The Noah Liff Opera Center was hands down one of my favorite venues I have had the pleasure of photographing a wedding at and the background made for some extremely bright and fun images.

Congrats Katie and Mike!

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