The Bouwman Family

A house full of natural light. A brand new little one. And all that red hair.

Love these sessions, and loved my afternoon with the Bouwman family, celebrating their newest edition, baby Ethan .

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California that’s what’s up

It’s taken me a while to get to this post because it feels like one of those sacred experiences. You know those trips you come home from and everyone asks you about it and you just don’t have the words? This is that.

About a month ago I had the opportunity to take a (much needed) trip to California for Photo Field Trip; a gathering of nearly 400 photographers from all over the world at El Capitan Canyon, a campground (glampground), to share in community, learn from each other, and stay up late drinking whiskey. Magic happened.
Like a lot of others there, I barelyyy picked up my camera the whole time (go figure), but no regrets, I had an amazing time and got to hang with and meet some really rad people. Afterwards I spent a few nights in LA with two of the best girls around (Kelsey & Jill - yeah, you’re gonna wanna go ahead and follow them). These two are amazing. Seriously some of the funniest and most talented people I know, or to borrow their own phrase; the babest babes who ever babed. Yup, between bike riding to the beach and walking the hills in Santa Barbara, dancing my heart out (maybe on tables), wandering around Venice and Malibu, and cozying up next to some great pals, I’m feeling refreshed, and real grateful.

My words don’t do this experience the justice, but that’s where photographs come in.

P.S I posted hella photos from this trip on my instagram, if you wanna.

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mali-booyah.

ahh beautiful!! That sunshine, those caves!! AWESOME!

Katie Mac

These are awesome !

Jillian! These are so amazing!! Glad you had such a wonderful trip! P.S. Good to see ya the other night :) xoxo

Kirstin and Khoi

Ohhh guys, seriously. I am so ready for this snow to be gone and to be back in the throws of wedding season. Like. So ready.

In the spirit of thinking warm I’m sharing this little beaut from last July. Kirstin and Khoi were married in downtown Grand Rapids at Fountain Street Church and had the most beautiful reception (with the help of the lovelies over at Pearls Events) at the UICA. Thanks to Bryan Dale of Bryan and Mae for having me along for this one.

And that Marchesa gown? Let me shoot you forever.

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Love Jillian, beautiful!

killer. killer. killer work jillian.

Wedding Giveaway!

What up newly engaged couples!

I am so excited to finally share something that has been in the works for a while now »

WEDDING GIVEAWAY » JILLIAN BOWES PHOTOGRAPHY

Yes! I am giving away one FREE travel wedding to any engaged couple planning a wedding outside of the midwest between October 2014 and April 2015. You just have to pay for me to get to you! Though spring is coming slowly but surely, my weary bones are dreaming of travel, so how about I’ll trade you a free wedding for a trip to your town, deal?

To spice it up- I’m making this a CONTEST.

That’s right, I am only accepting creative submissions as a way to get to know you a little better, and you know, to make you work for it. What’s a creative submission? The beauty is- it’s up to you. Have fun with it, get into it, but do NOT stress. Simple is good, guys.

Ideas:

- a video
– a poem (I love me a good limerick)
– a drawing
– a rap (channel your inner Biggie)
– a flip book

Give me a sense for you as a couple and tell me why you should win free wedding photography. Make sure to ‘like’ Jillian Bowes Photography on Facebook, and share this link with your engaged friends!

Along with your submission please include:

- a photo of the two of you
- your wedding date & location
- your contact info

WHAT YOU GET IF YOU WIN:

» All day coverage of your wedding, up to 12 hours.
» Disc of images + shared copyright
» Online proofing gallery
* Travel rates apply, but wedding coverage is 100% free of charge

The deadline for submissions is March 19 at 12:00am EST. The winner will be announced on March 21 at 12:00pm EST!
Email pickme@jillianbowes.com with submissions (and questions).

I cannot WAIT for your submissions, good luck everyone!

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Louis and Gwynn

Nearly ELEVEN years.

That is how long these two smiling faces have been staring back at each other. A seventh grade romance blossomed into a life shared together. They’ve weathered years of long distance  going to different colleges, and built a love that is strong as ever today, eleven years later.  Pretty incredible. These two are so fun and laid back and I’m so honored and excited to be a part of such a special day this coming August.  Meet Louis & Gwynn »

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