Hi, I’m Jillian. I might be the most nostalgic person you’ve ever met, and I have a deep love for Lake Michigan, Paul Simon, and great candles. At my core – I’m a feeler. I feel through creating images, which is why weddings became such a natural fit.
My work is about beauty in both the profound and the commonplace moments that make us human. I love a table full of empty plates after a good meal and the happy people with full bellies sitting around it. I love the little quirks and subtle gestures in the interactions between two people, as well as the unbound laughter and wild heartbeat of a large gathering. I seek to create images that are intimate and familiar, yet artful and emotive.
Your wedding is so many things. It’s the biggest and most beautiful commitment you’ll ever make. It’s the day your parents watch their child create a new home with the love of their life. It’s the day your best friend gets to stand up and talk about how happy they are to see you thrive. My aim is to help you remember the joy in the air, the quiver of nervousness in your stomach, the bear hugs from loved ones, the way the evening light danced on the tables, the laughter, the spills, the brief hand squeezes, and the way it felt to have your favorite people gathered in a place that means so much to you. I want to preserve the memories with the kind of authenticity and attention that these moments deserve so that they can be looked at and loved for years to come.
My wedding work is candid and intuitive, I don’t approach a wedding day with a lot of expectations, instead I observe and create from what is happening in front of me, leaving room for the unexpected. My portrait work is organic, but a bit more intentional. I offer direction in order to facilitate interaction and to make sure you feel relaxed and at ease in front of the camera. I invite you to to be vulnerable. To be yourselves. Your free, quirky, playful, quiet, calm or silly selves, simply soaking in some quality time together.
“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living, I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are, I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.”
/ Oriah Mountain Dreamer