Feature Friday//Jill Seely Photography//30 June 2017

Today we bring you Jill Seely of Jill Seely Photography, she is the winner of last week's theme and she shared such a raw and vulnerable image. This week she is letting us get to know a little bit about her and her photography journey while also sharing her gorgeous work. 


Please tell us about yourself…

Hi!!!!  My name is Jill and I reside in Paducah, Kentucky. It is a great little { not so little } town, full of culture, art, and coffee shops. While I have grown up here, I am originally from New Lenox, Illinois. I still maintain bits of my northern accent and I am proud of it. I will always be a city girl at heart....bright lights and the busy city are calling my name, although I am quite happy in my little nook I call home. I am a stay at home / work from home mom to two kiddos, a boy 5 years old and a girl almost 2 years old. I have been married to my forever best friend for 7 years. I am beyond obsessed with the Chicago Cubs. My days are spent raising and trying to make good humans out of our 2 children and drinking copious amounts of coffee.


Can you describe your style in 3 words? Why those words?

Raw. Imperfect. Moody. Even when shooting family sessions, I like to bring those aspects into them. I shoot what I see...the in between moments, the raw moments. I cut off limbs and I don't care one bit. I am drawn to moody light. Just give me all of it. I seek it out. I am not a bright and airy kinda gal, and I am totally okay with that. Dark shadows and pockets of light call my name and draw me in.

What sparked your passion for photography?

Having my first kiddo, my son. My mom gifted me a Canon Rebel. Being able to freeze in time those moments brought something out in me. I had always had an interest in photography, but never let myself get into it. So, I am a momtog. And proud of it.

What's in your camera bag right now?

I have a Canon 6D as my primary camera, and a Canon 60D as a backup. While I have a Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art, I prefer my Sigma 30mm 1.4 art. I can't bring myself to get rid of my Canon 50mm {the nifty fifty}, even though I rarely use it. I also have an old Helios 44-2 lens that makes the best lens flare and grain.

What is your dream shoot or project?

Oh man. Hmmm....Wrigley Field. It totally isn't my style, but I would love to shoot a session there. Nothing spectacular...just my kiddos, or a client...Snuggling their children with the ivy wall behind them. Sitting in the stands eating Chicago style hot dogs. There is SO much history there.

What are some of the misconceptions you had about photography and photographers at the beginning of your photography journey? Have they changed, and how?

Hmm. I thought this would be an easy way to stay at home with my children and make a living. I was wrong. This isn't an easy profession. It is hard. When I first started, I had no real style.. it just looked like other's work. I was trying to fit into this mold of what I THOUGHT my work should look like. So, I started to break the rules. Do you. Stand out. In the beginning, I just didn't realize that I could do that and be successful.

What advice would you give to newbie photographers? What advice do you wish you'd been given at the very beginning?

Stick with it. You will want to quit, resist that urge. Don't buy into the notion that other photogs who are local to you have to be competition. Make friends with them. This industry is SO much easier if you have like minded individuals by your side who will listen to you vent at midnight. Take your camera out of Auto....do it now. Shoot what YOU want to shoot. Don't want to shoot a cake smash because you don't enjoy it? Don't do it. Learn quickly how to politely say no or you will be stuck in a rut and your love of shooting will diminish. I WISH someone would have told me how important balance is, in this profession or any. Sometimes work will have to be pushed to the side in order to make time for family. I have finally found it and I plan to hold on to it.