My passion for photography started back in high school. I hope this doesn’t make me sound too old, but I was a huge fan of goofing around in the darkroom. It wasn’t until years later while attending the University of Texas at Austin that I really developed a creative eye and passion for storytelling.
I feel incredibly fortunate to call myself a wedding and portrait photographer because it allows me to share in some of the most joyous times of my clients’ lives. From capturing your partner’s happy tears as you read your wedding vows, to preserving a small glimpse of life with your precious newborn, I find joy in encapsulating your life’s most significant moments. For me, earning your trust to capture such incredible memories for years to come is a pretty big deal and lots of fun!
You should know that we are going to have a great time working together! While I have your attention, I wanted to share a little bit about myself with you. I’m married to my best friend Donnie, and we have two sweet yet spicy, little girls who keep us wrapped around their fingers. We also have a 17 year-old-cat that totally bosses around our gigantic Rhodesian Ridgeback. It’s a bit of a circus around here but stick with me!
In my downtime, you will likely find me binge watching ALL of The Real Housewives (Yup, I’m admitting that), Handmaid’s Tale or Unsolved Mysteries. Most importantly, I will always say yes to a top shelf margarita and some bomb queso! I am slightly obsessed with zodiac signs (Cancer here!), a huge fan of old world architecture and an avid world traveler. I know people say they love to travel, but I seriously live for it! I love to research countries, learn about foregin cultures and enjoy the thrill of seeing such unique places around the world. It wouldn’t be surprising at all to find me doing a little research for my next adventure while I’m on the current trip!
I was once a double spanish major and even lived in Argentina for a bit. Although I am no longer completely fluent, I can still hold a conversation and understand most of it! I like to sometimes use this power to spy a bit or surprise people by unexpectedly jumping into a conversation.
Ok after many years of weddings, this was really freaking hard but here goes!
1. Mr. Brightside by The Killers always gets everyone jumping around and screaming.
2. I love it by Icona Pop because it’s simply the best and helps release the crazy in all of us.
3. Ice Cream Paint Job by Dorrough is probably played the least but when it is, you’ll find me right in the middle of a packed dance floor, reliving my college days in Austin. Couples that request this and DJs that play this instantly become my favorite :)
Although I am pretty adventurous, I am somehow terribly afraid of heights. This includes jumping off of small cliffs ( I know that’s sad), being near the edge of tall buildings and flying in general yet somehow I was once conned by a family member into skydiving. I didn’t sleep for the three nights leading up to it and I will never, ever do it again. I have the video to prove it and that’s all that matters now.
Jillian was my FAVORITE vendor of our entire wedding. I knew the minute I saw samples of her work that she would be a great fit for my vision and dreams for my wedding, but working with her sweet spirit far surpassed even my highest expectations! She is kind, easy going and such a pleasure to work with both on the planning side and also during the execution of engagement photos, bridals, and the wedding! Her work is top of the line, so bright, airy and beautiful! If you are looking for a great photographer anywhere in Texas, she is your girl and SO worth it!
From the very first day I contacted Jillian with an inquiry, she has been extremely responsive and professional. Jillian made us feel extremely comfortable in front of the camera and brought light and laughter to our shoots. She expertly fused key moments of each day with candid and unexpected moments that were such a surprise for us to see later on. Looking back at our wedding galleries, we're amazed at how Jillian captured every moment we experienced and every emotion we felt into a collection of still images. We couldn't have imagined, much less found, a more talented, trusted, and incredible photographer.