Because I can't remember the last time I introduced myself & told you all a little more about me, here is part of my "about me" from my website...it will give you a glimpse into who I am & why I love photographing families so much. It's kinda personal, so be kind:)
Hi, I'm Jillian and it's true--I'll hug you when we meet, I believe the most connected relationships make for better photos than Pinterest perfection, and I'm a lifestyle family + wedding photographer based in Sacramento, CA.
Whether your kids are showing me their room or exploring with you outside, I bring the warmth + care of 10 years teaching kindergarten + first grade to every shoot. But mostly, I bring my way of seeing the world--a way that's full of those moments in between, when the real love shows up in glances and her hair falling down around her shoulders cause she's growing up so unbelievably fast. I believe love surfaces best in simplicity--give me a blank wall and yummy window light over a pottery barn catalog room any day. Let's photograph your sense of adventure and fun over meticulously chosen brands, the comfort of snuggling on your couch over the pose-and-pretend-like-I'm happy, the uncontrollable giggles at your oldest's quirks over coercing camera smiles.
Because the darker truth behind this idea of love-as-you-are is that my parents split up when I was seven years old. That vulnerability and lack of control is one of my earliest, strongest memories, and it forever shaped my life and my view of family. It’s the reason I work hard on my marriage--genuinely trying to put my hubby’s happiness before my own and making sure our littles see us kiss, lots. ;) It’s why I make sure I’m present with my kids and home after school, why I still do homework with them and why we prioritize simple things like eating dinner together. So seeing families--whole, “ugly” moments full of joy, connection and happiness--fills me up far more than just pretty pictures because it’s my chance to rewrite the stories of brokenness in my own past and tell the new story: an imperfect but complete, secure, never-breaking-up family. ❤️