I feel truly blessed to be able to follow my dream of being a photographer. I absolutely LOVE what I do! From the time I picked up a camera, I was obsessed with taking pretty pictures. After 12 years, my focus has shifted… I have come to realize that one of the most important parts of my job is telling your story through my lens. If I’m photographing your wedding day, I focus on authentic, natural and real moments. If I’m photographing your senior pictures, your personality and inner beauty will shine through! These are the moments that you will forever cherish and remember. Welcome to the blog. I can’t wait for the opportunity to capture YOU and tell your story!
Meet Jillian McKenzie, Class of 2020 senior from Washington Community High School! I am in awe of this girl’s talent and passion for dance.. she is simply amazing!! There are many days when I get to pinch myself because I have the best job ever, and spending the day with her was definitely one of them! We had the very best time together!
After high school, Jillian plans on attending St. Francis School of Nursing and wants to be a labor and delivery nurse. When she was a little girl, she wanted to be a horseback rider. This year, she is most looking forward to her senior prom because she loves getting dressed up, going out with friends.. and their is so much excitement at school leading up to the big night! Her favorite teacher throughout the years would have to be her 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Uftring who really sparked her interest in science and she was the only teacher of Jillian’s who ever had a class pet. Jillian’s favorite school event is Community Night because the Pantherettes get to perform at the end and it’s so much fun to dance in front of the whole school. She also the loves the bonfire afterwards. Besides bring a Pantherette at school, Jillian spends hours practicing and competing at Miss Laura’s School of Dance. She volunteers at Allentown Union Hall, and works at Elevate in East Peoria. Advice to incoming freshman: “Make as many friends as you can because if you don’t then it will be harder for you to feel comfortable in your classes later on.”
Jillian would describe her “perfect day” as waking up with a cat in her bed (I don’t even had a cat but I really want one) Then I would eat pancakes with the entire family at the table. After getting ready for the day, I would get my nails done with some friends followed by lunch. Of course later, we would go out for dinner and the day wouldn’t be complete without hanging out with my little nephew, and watching a movie with him because I love him with all of my heart!
Three things on my bucket list would be 1. Scuba Diving 2. Horseback riding on the beach 3. Backpacking in a different country
Something that Jillian is most proud of is a moment when she was younger and obsessed with horses and her grandma had a horse along with her neighbors. She was 7 years old and allowed to ride the horse without any leading and I remember it being the best feeling!
Here are some FUN facts and favorites of Jillian
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