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There are many things I love about e-sessions, but my favorite thing is getting to know my clients on a personal level. Not only did Emily and Phillip fill me in on all the fab details about their upcoming wedding at Biltmore, but we were able to connect on a level that will
create a photographic familiarity for next time. We had a gorgeous evening and waited for that ‘golden light’ to shoot some of my faves from this session. I am super excited to be working with this fun Asheville couple. Gotta love local!

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I thought it was super cute when Phillip told me the only photograph he really wanted to have was one like this…


  • Emily Keenan - We are so thrilled with these pictures!!! Great session and Jill was the best! We are so excited for our wedding day pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Angie - Wow, these are fabulous! You two are a beautiful couple. The pics look like a storybook fairy tale, just gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Keenan - Wow…Wow..Wow! Love all the photos and the variety of beautiful settings! Emily and Phillip, you both look awesome. Can’t wait to see more!ReplyCancel

  • Seldon Jones - Absolutely beautiful photos! xoReplyCancel

Thomas called me about photographing his proposal to Abby at Biltmore Estate. After hearing his story, I was not only moved, but I really wanted to help this couple who had endured so much already.
This is not only a love story, but a true testament of the strength of two amazing individuals. Five months ago, Thomas was in a horrible car accident where he broke his back, sternum, both sides of his clavicle, leg, both ankles and caused major damage to his feet. He even had significant damage to his spinal cord but with no paralysis. Only seconds after a Good Samaritan managed to pull him out of his burning vehicle, the truck exploded. Abby has been by his side thru it all. Seems so fitting that during our session, a rainbow appeared.

I am a strong believer that my clients are drawn to my photographs because of an emotion they feel when they look at them. I’m so happy and filled with gratitude that this couple chose to work with me, in such a beautiful location.

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  • Abby Boyd - Jill, these are fantastic! I cannot say enough wonderful things about this whole day. Jill went above and beyond, capturing one of the best moments of our lives. She worked with us so well, and we were able to just enjoy the moment. Thank you Jill so much!!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Stephenson - Jill,
    Thank you so much for helping our son, Thomas, make this surprise proposal as special as he wanted it to be. After all he and Abby have been through and how special we know Abby to be, he really wanted to do this right. Your work is stunningly beautiful and we appreciate the “extra mile” you went to make his dream come true!ReplyCancel

Ginny and Rick were married in Asheville at her hometown church. We went to the North Carolina Arboretum for their first sight and fun couple’s session before their ceremony.

Things I loved about this wedding…

Gorgeous light.
They said their wedding vows in English and then in Spanish.
The speech that Rick’s Mom made to them about being as ONE family now made me cry.
Happy kids were everywhere.
Smiles were a plenty.

Loved her gorgeous bouquet by Blossoms at Biltmore Park.


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  • Ginny O'Kelley - Jill – your photos are just spectacular! Tears come to my eyes as I look at the photos and remember what a wonderful and happy day it was for Rick and I. We will never forget it, thanks to your amazing photographs.ReplyCancel

I have a special bond with this family that I have known for 10 years now. I photographed both daughter’s weddings and now their growing families. I always do lifestyle sessions at the home of my clients, because it depicts a true story of the moments they want to hold on to. A moment in time.
Their cabin is nestled in the heart of the forrest in Cashiers and it was truly remarkable. We hiked a short way to get to their private waterfall. Their four dogs really enjoyed that part of the session best!














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  • James Donaldson - Wow, these look amazing! We had so much fun with you up in the mountains. Thanks for working with our pack of crazy dogs!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie Word - As usual, you didn’t disappoint. You have a true gift for capturing the real moments. We were discussing last night how your photos bring to light how beautiful our lives really are. They will be cherished.ReplyCancel

It’s Valentines weekend and our session was perfect timing for the golden light at Biltmore Estate. It was chilly but Ginny and Rick were a lot of fun to work with. I wanted to do some different things at Biltmore for this session. Every time I go there, I find a new hidden gem.

Things I loved about this session…

1. G + R smiled a whole lot.
2. They filled me in about the details of their upcoming wedding. Love to hear all the fun things I’m in for.
3. Valentines weekend with amazing light really made my heart warm. Can’t wait to design their guestbook using these images.

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Venue:: Biltmore Estate

  • Ginny - Rick and I had a wonderful weekend at Biltmore with Jill doing our engagement photos. Jill was wonderful to work with and we found it very easy to relax and enjoy the photo session. Jill is very creative and I love that we did unique things during the shoot. When I look at the photos, I am so happy to see visually the love that both Rick and I share coming through in a timeless memory. These photos we will cherish all of our lives.ReplyCancel