Archive for January, 2013

Wow that was a fast month. I still have my Christmas tree up. No joke. Granted I took the ornaments down a few weeks ago, but I haven’t managed to muster up the strength to actually take it apart, pack it into my car, and carry it downstairs to my parents basement. Good thing I’m much more motivated in other areas of my life…

Which takes me to my monthly goals recap and goals for February. Let’s see how I did –

Goals for January

1. Finish assembling sample album/print it.

– SUCCESS! This has actually been done for a while now – I think I completed it within the first week of January. It’s gorg. I love it. I’ll be blogging about it soon – stay tuned.

2. Create an itemized list of all expenses from 2012 for each event.

– SUCCESS! I actually thought I forgot about this one and started writing, “Ooops…” but then I remembered I did it in early January. It’s not completely finalized since I haven’t had a wedding to run through it, but for the most part – it exists.

3. Set up an appointment with an accountant to go over all financials.

– NOT a success. (I couldn’t bring myself to write out FAIL because that doesn’t make me feel very good.) I’ve been pushing this back to February for quite some time now, but I might wait until the end of the year when going full-time photog might seem more realistic.

4. Order new personalized flash drives and packaging.

– SUCCESS! I LOVE these and I can’t wait to send them out to clients. Check them out here.

5. Snowboard at least twice.

– SUCCESS! Even though I completely forgot this was a goal, I managed to snowboard twice! Once at Alpine and again this past weekend at Devil’s Head. Perfect because our annual snowboard/ski trip is in just a few weeks.

DANGIT! The ONE MONTH I didn’t make “Work Out” as a goal I actually do it! I actually didn’t realize I didn’t set it as a goal either. I’ve been so excited to write about how I actually have been working out 3-5 times a week the entire month. And now I don’t get to check it off my list. Haha, maybe I shouldn’t make it a goal for next month either and I’ll actually stick to it. Well, I’m still proud of myself. It’s sadly the longest period of time I’ve worked out consistently since before wedding season 2012. I think I only made it a week during the busy time last year. Maybe I can keep it going this year…

Ok, this is kind of a rambling blog post I just realized (I’m blaming it on the fact that I can’t even hear myself think. The apartment above mine last night leaked dish washer fluid into my apartment so now we have these HUGE industrial fans/humidifiers going. Suffice to say, it’s a little hard to form sentences right now let alone write an entire blog post.

Anyways, I’ll wrap it up since I’m a little scatter brained right now. But first let’s check in on my bigger goals for the year:

BIG Goals for 2013.

1. Book 10 weddings (only a few more to go!)

– Still need 3 more but I have 2 pending brides and 4 consults over the weekend so hopefully I can achieve this soon!

2. Sell at least 2 Wedding Albums.

– I’ve had some interest, but no bites yet.

3. Finalize my business plan and keep track of all financials more efficiently.

– Working on it.

4. Have one wedding published by a wedding blog (theKnotStyle Me PrettyGreen Wedding Shoes, etc.) by the end of the year.

– ACHIEVED!!! Style Me Pretty Illinois actually featured Jackie + Mark’s Engagement Session a few weeks ago! Now all I need is a full wedding

5. Purchase the following equipment by the end of the year: Canon 5D Mark iii, 85mm 1.2L, 135mm f/2, Think Tank Rolling Travelling Bag, and mayyyyyybe a 70-200 f/2.8L

– Well I just decided to get the 5D Mark ii instead of the iii so I think I’ll stick with that for the most part. I also purchased a 580ex which I’m super excited about. Next up on the purchase list? Probably the Think Tank Rolling Travelling Bag – birthday present? hint hint 😉

OKAY – Finally, goals for February.

1. Keep this working out streak going for 2 months straight.

2. Book 3 out of the 6 open weddings I have.

3. Submit an Engagement Session to be published.

4. Plan Danny the BEST BIRTHDAY EVER, ha. Seriously though, this guy puts up with a lot – he deserves nothing less.

5. Plan a photog date with at least one new friend in the industry. I’m looking at you Ryan Moore.

Phew. If you made it through that blog, thank you. That was a long one. BUT, more from the Wedding Inspirations Blog Series coming next week so check back for something a little more thought through 🙂

From glamorous banquet halls to rustic warehouse venues, every wedding is beautiful in its own way. Choosing a venue is a great reflection of the style of the couple, and choosing the right place is one of the best ways to ensure everyone has a great time on your wedding day.

In this post, I’m highlighting some of the best venues I’ve shot at – showcasing the unique features each has, the ambiance each gives off, and of course some great photo spots at each location. There is no BEST or WORST location – it’s all about the bride/groom preference. So if you’re still trying to pick a location for your unforgettable day, here are a few stellar wedding and/or reception venues in and around the Chicagoland area. Contact information for each location is listed below each photo – good luck finding your dream venue!

Jill Tiongco Photography | Lake Geneva Country Club Wedding

 

Location: Lake Geneva Country Club | Lake Geneva, WI /// view the entire gallery from this wedding here.

 

Jill Tiongco Photography | Lake Geneva Country Club Wedding

Location: Lake Geneva Country Club | Lake Geneva, WI /// view the entire gallery from this wedding here.

 

Jill Tiongco Photography | Lake Geneva Country Club WeddingLocation: Lake Geneva Country Club | Lake Geneva, WI /// view the entire gallery from this wedding here.

 

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Location: Lake Geneva Country Club | Lake Geneva, WI /// view the entire gallery from this wedding here.

 

Gallery 1028 Wedding Photos | Jill Tiongco Photography

Location: Gallery 1028 | Chicago, IL /// view the entire gallery from this wedding here.

 

Gallery 1028 Wedding Photos | Jill Tiongco Photography

Location: Gallery 1028 | Chicago, IL /// view the entire gallery from this wedding here.

 

Gallery 1028 Wedding Photos | Jill Tiongco Photography

Location: Gallery 1028 | Chicago, IL /// view the entire gallery from this wedding here.

 

Leroy Oakes Wedding Photos | Jill Tiongco Photography

Location: Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve | St. Charles, IL

 

Leroy Oakes Wedding Photos | Jill Tiongco Photography

Location: Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve | St. Charles, IL

 

Leroy Oakes Wedding Photos | Jill Tiongco Photography

Location: Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve | St. Charles, IL

 

RPM Italian Photos | Jill Tiongco PhotographyLocation: RPM Italian | Chicago, IL /// view the entire gallery from this wedding here.

 

RPM Italian Photos | Jill Tiongco Photography

Location: RPM Italian | Chicago, IL /// view the entire gallery from this wedding here.

 

Exmoor Country Club Wedding Photos | Jill Tiongco Photography

Location: Exmoor Country Club | Highland Park, IL /// view the entire gallery from this wedding here.

 

Exmoor Country Club Wedding Photos | Jill Tiongco Photography

Location: Exmoor Country Club | Highland Park, IL /// view the entire gallery from this wedding here.

 

Eaglebrook Country Club Wedding Photos | Jill Tiongco Photography

Location: Eagle Brook Country Club | Geneva, IL /// view the entire gallery from this wedding here.

 

Eaglebrook Country Club Wedding Photos | Jill Tiongco Photography

 

Location: Eagle Brook Country Club | Geneva, IL /// view the entire gallery from this wedding here.

 

Eaglebrook Country Club Wedding Photos | Jill Tiongco Photography

Location: Eagle Brook Country Club | Geneva, IL /// view the entire gallery from this wedding here.

 

Lincoln Park Conservancy Wedding Photos | Jill Tiongco Photography

Location: Lincoln Park Conservancy | Chicago, IL /// view the entire gallery from this wedding here.

 

Lincoln Park Conservancy Wedding Photos | Jill Tiongco Photography

Location: Lincoln Park Conservancy | Chicago, IL /// view the entire gallery from this wedding here.

 

Belvedere Banquets Photos | Jill Tiongco Photography

 

Location: Belvedere Banquets | Elk Grove Village, IL /// view the entire gallery from this wedding here.

 

The Herrington Inn Wedding Photos | Jill Tiongco Photography

Location: The Herrington Inn & Spa | Geneva, IL /// view the entire gallery from this wedding here.

 

The Herrington Inn Wedding Photos | Jill Tiongco Photography

 

Location: The Herrington Inn & Spa | Geneva, IL /// view the entire gallery from this wedding here.

 

Venue One Photos | Jill Tiongco Photography

 

Location: VenueOne | Chicago, IL

 

Lightology Rooftop Deck Wedding Photos | Jill Tiongco Photography

Location: Lightology (Rooftop Deck) | Chicago, IL /// view the entire gallery from this wedding here.

 

Lightology Rooftop Deck Wedding Photos | Jill Tiongco Photography

Location: Lightology (Rooftop Deck) | Chicago, IL /// view the entire gallery from this wedding here.

 

Lightology Rooftop Deck Wedding Photos | Jill Tiongco Photography

Location: Lightology (Rooftop Deck) | Chicago, IL /// view the entire gallery from this wedding here.

Feel free to shoot me an email at photos@jilltiongco.com if you have any questions on these venues, or click on the links to the full galleries to see more. Next up in the series… cake/cake toppers!

Over the past year, I’ve had the privilege of working with some amazing vendors. It seems like every wedding I work, the details get more and more beautiful. And, as a lot of my clients, friends, and family are getting engaged and trying to plan their weddings this year – I figured why not pull together a few of my resources and help with the process?

For this reason, I’ve created a series of “Wedding Inspirations” blog posts to highlight the various vendors I have worked with to give some of my brides inspiration and ideas as to what their looking for. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to showcase florists, cake bakeries, wedding/bridesmaid dresses, venues, and even just little miscellaneous details that I’ve come across and absolutely fallen in love with (not to mention storing them in the back of my mine for my wedding one day).

 

First up in this blog series – florals. Flowers are probably some of my favorite details of the day. To be quite honest, before shooing weddings, I never really had an idea of how different bouquets can be, the many ways you can incorporate flowers throughout the wedding day, or even the names of many flowers (okay I still don’t know the names but I know what I think is pretty!). Here are a few of my favorite shots of the incredible florals I’ve photographed this past year. I’ve linked the florist name and website if you’d like to reach out to them for your wedding.

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Flowers by: Nancy Krause Floral Design & Garden Antiques

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Flowers by: St. Charles Florist

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Flowers by: ArtQuest

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Flowers by: Anemone Floral Design LLC

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Flowers by: Fleur

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Flowers by: Lily Pots Flowers & Gifts

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Flowers by: Whole Foods Market

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Flowers from Dominick’s
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Flowers by: Lily Pots Flowers & Gifts

JillTiongcoPhotography_0060Flowers by: Whole Foods Market; Succulents by: Culver’s Garden Center and Greenhouse

 

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Flowers by: Deptula

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Flowers by: Nancy Krause Floral Design & Garden Antiques

 

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Flowers by: Deptula

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Flowers by: Fleur

Hope this helps make your wedding day full of gorgeous flowers that I don’t know the names of 🙂 Happy wedding planning!

Check back for the next post in the “Wedding Inspirations” Series. Next up? Chicago Wedding Venues…

Jan 17, 2013
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I’ve finally made the leap from burning images onto CDs for clients to….. Jill Tiongco Photography branded USB Drives. Can’t wait to get these babies out to clients 🙂

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One of the perks of one of your best friends getting married (aside from seeing pure bliss on your best friend’s face) is that you get to experience all the wedding planning fun, without the pressure of actually planning the perfect wedding. To make things even better, being a wedding photographer I get to experience the planning process from a point of view that I’m not accustomed to.

This past weekend I attended the Luxury Bridal Expo at the Marriott Hotel – O’Hare. Aside from just having a great time with my girls tasting wedding cakes, wild mushroom risotto, and wedding favor cookies – not to mention being a bit goofy in more than one photo booth – I thought it would be a great opportunity to connect with other wedding vendors.

I saw some great products, heard some useful information, and of course – snapped a few pics. Here are just a few of my favorite things from the day… (see complete list of vendors listed at the end)

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To see a complete list of all the vendors from the show (some pictured above), click here.

Meet my boyfriend, Danny.He works around my crazy schedule, calms me down when I can’t even see him through the flowing tears, and was actually the one who encouraged me to pursue photography not as a hobby, but as a legitimate business. Two years ago, he knew nothing about wedding photography – or photography in general. But today, he knows who Jasmine Star is – he even knows that her husband’s name is JD, and one time when we were talking about the TV show Dexter, he accidentally said “Jordan Quinn” (the wedding photographer) instead of Jordan Chase (the villain from season 5). And when he really wants to get my heart pumping, he talks about aperture and ISO 🙂

I asked him to write a guest blog post and as confused and clueless he might have been writing it, I think he did a fab job. To Danny, thank you for taking the time to write this, for the kind words, but most of all for being there every step of the way on this unpredictable journey of growing my business.

“Let me start off by saying that this is my first attempt at writing a blog so bear with me. I can’t put into words how proud I am of Jill – my amazing girlfriend – for all of her accomplishments over the past (almost) two years that we have been together. Since we first started dating, I have always encouraged her to pursue her passion for photography. And all of the success she has had over the past couple years could not have happened to a more deserving person. Few people are more dedicated to their work than she is, and I know few people who work as hard as her. I say that after seeing the countless nights she has spent culling, editing, preparing, etc. Not to mention the many mornings I wake up, only to find that she has been editing in the dark so that I can sleep in (something that I definitely appreciate) or the usual Sunday during football season that consists of me watching NFL Red Zone – following my fantasy football team – as she sits on the couch next to me working on photography stuff (unlike myself, she apparently does not believe in the concept of Sundays being a day of rest). In the end though, she always makes a point of finding time for us to spend together (or at least pencils me into her calendar).

The times we do spend together are always memorable. As you’ve seen in some of her work, she is quite adventurous. On the contrary, you will not be seeing any pictures of me walking the edge of a cliff any time soon. She will tell you that making it to Dunkin Donuts before the start of football Sunday is about as adventurous as I get. Regardless, we have always managed to have fun and enjoy our time together. Whether it be snowboarding in Wisconsin (where she first seduced me), leading our co-ed softball team to the championship (Go Team Chicken Fingers!) or playing mini golf, the experiences we have had together are unforgettable. Suffice to say, I am excited to see both her business and our relationship grow over many years to come. If you’ve made it this far, tune in for her next blog b/c (as you’ve noticed) it will certainly be more exciting than this.”

 

I love my clients. I don’t say it enough, but I really am blessed with the most beautiful, supportive, fun, and appreciative clients. The kind words that have been shared with me after shoots via email, text, Facebook, and Yelp! truly make all my hard work worth it in an instant.

Unfortunately, Yelp! uses an inaccurate algorithm that decides which reviews should be filtered and which should be shown on the business page. The filtered reviews do not factor into my business page’s rating, and the reviews are somewhat difficult to access.

The reviews can be found on the Jill Tiongco Photography Yelp! Page ((http://www.yelp.com/biz/jill-tiongco-photography-oakbrook) in the “About this Business” section if you click on the tiny “Read 5 Filtered Reviews” link on the bottom left of the area. Then you have to type in the encrypted code – kind of frustrating, huh?! Well, I wanted to share the reviews here because I am so very thankful that my clients took the time to write these 🙂

Kim C. Chicago, IL | 12/27/2012 – 5 STARS – 
Jill photographed my wedding on November 3rd, 2012. If you have visited Jill’s blog and website, I think her work can speak for itself. She has a fabulous editorial style that captures more than the traditional compilations you might be used to. She has an eye for architecture and landscapes so the perspectives in her photos are interesting and beautiful. She was great at capturing the details some might skip over: flowers, rings, venue, food. After all of the work that goes into planning a wedding, it is nice to have a record of those things. She is very easy to work with and is good at giving the right amount of direction. If you want specific group photos (other than the  wedding party and family), let her know; otherwise, you can trust she will capture the candid moments which really make a wedding special. On that note, Jill is very stealth and can be “in a moment” without being overtly directional/obvious like other photographers I’ve seen. We had a lot of fun working with Jill and would certainly recommend her to anyone. Again, her work can speak for itself and everyone I’ve heard from thinks our wedding photos are simply stunning.
If you’d like to see what Kim’s talking about, check out here wedding photos (https://jilltiongco.com/lake-forest-wedding-kim-andy/).
 
Aubrey P. Woodridge, IL | 11/27/2012 – 5 STARS – 
We have now used Jill Tiongco Photography twice. First for our maternity pictures and second for fall pictures of our new family with our little girl. She is so much fun to work with, it barely feels like someone is taking pictures. She’s able to put you at ease where you have fun with your family and she captures the moments. She did such a great job with our daughter, Kendall warmed right up to her. I cannot imagine that we’ll ever use another photographer in the future. Jill will be capturing all of the moments in our future!
If you’d like to see what Aubrey’s talking about, check out their family photo session (https://jilltiongco.com/playing-around-the-forest-for-some-fun-photos-woodridge-family-session/).
 
Jaclyn K. Elmhurst, IL | 11/1/2012 – 5 STARS – 
Jill is our photographer for our upcoming wedding in May and we recently had our engagement pictures with her as well – we had so much fun & LOVE our pictures. Jill had great tips on how to pose as well as creative ideas to make the pictures unique. Jill has been easy to work with and prompt in communication. Jill is very talented and we look forward to her capturing more special moments on our wedding day! Jill comes highly recommended 🙂
If you’d like to see what Jaclyn’s talking about, check out their e-session (https://jilltiongco.com/it-all-started-with-a-fire-wheaton-engagement-photos/).
 
Kelly M. Wood Dale, IL | 10/20/2012 – 5 STARS – 
Jill did an amazing job at on our daughter’s 6 mos pictures. They turned out beautiful.  She was patient and very good at capturing the right moments in photographing her. Her prices were reasonable and we will definetly use her again!!  I highly recommend her company to anyone needing a great photographer!!

AA W. Chicago, IL | 10/18/2012 – 5 STARS – 
We had Jill photograph our family of 4 for the last 2 years. This year, my son was 2 and daughter, just 4 at the time of the photo shoot.  Needless to say for those with kids, but the challenge of getting a picture with all 4 of us looking at the camera and smiling is not easy! Jill had so many great shots of all of us and especially of the kids together when my 2 year old had a case of the grumpies! She always manages to capture their personalities through the candid shots and am so grateful to have the beautiful pictures.  My in-laws watched the photo shoot and were amazed to see how great the photos turned out after they watched how uncooperative the kids were throughout! Thank you Jill, you are wonderful and amazingly creative!!!
If you’d like to see what AA W.’s talking about, check out their family photos (https://jilltiongco.com/chicago-family-portraits/).

Check out the posts for yourself, check out http://www.yelp.com/filtered_reviews/LO3CwskT4Zv-3XJJfVAf1A?fsid=KtNuznsRGocKVqB-dZ0BvQ. You can access the filtered reviews

A THOUSAND THANK YOU’S TO MY AMAZING CLIENTS 🙂

p.s. My theory on why the reviews are being filtered is because the accounts that created them don’t have a profile picture – but that’s just me. Please fix this Yelp!!

I recently blogged about my photography goals for the new year. But I figured, since the point of this blog is for my past, present, and future clients to get to know the person behind the camera, I should share my personal goals – personal as in, my life outside photography. Hard to believe I know, but it does exist 🙂

I’ve also found that listing out my photography goals every month has kind of held me to keeping those goals – or at least coming pretty darn close to it every month. So I’m sharing these goals with you all in hopes that my goals for 2013 won’t fall by wayside like so many new years resolutions unfortunately do.

I chose to set 13 goals for 2013. The list is personal, close to my heart, and puts my insecurities and inadequacies out in the open – so as hard as this may be for me to share, here I go:

1.) Eat in moderation.

2.) Make working out a routine/priority.

3.) Eat one fruit/vegetable everyday.

4.) Accept what I cannot change.

5.) Run the Shamrock Shuffle again.

6.) Don’t let insignificant things bother me.

7.) Plan a family night once a month.

8.) Do what I want, even if no one wants to come with me.

9.) Plan a date night once a month.

10.) Reach my savings goal/be closer to a downpayment on a condo/townhouse.

11.) Go on one adventure-cation.

12.) Plan a girls night once a month.

13.) Start prioritizing my sleep.

I’m setting some lofty goals this year… we’ll see how it goes 🙂

I can’t put into words how amazing of a year 2012 has been. I’ve seen my business grow more ways than I ever thought was possible in such a short amount of time, and it only makes me incredibly excited to see what 2013 brings. What started out as a hobby two years ago, has now turned into my passion, my life, and hopefully sooner than later – my career. If you want to read about some of my most unforgettable moments of 2012, check out my 12 Moments List.

As I did every month in 2012, I set a few goals for December. Let’s do a recap of how I did.

1.) By request of Danny, take one weekend completely off from photography… meaning no editing, emailing, marketing, or anything related to business. Probably going to be the toughest goal of the month for me.

– SUCCESS! This actually wasn’t too hard since wedding season ended and I tied up most of my loose ends in late November/early December. For those of you that know me, you know how difficult it is for me to COMPLETELY relax, but there was definitely a few weekends where I barely did anything related to photography (okay okay – I may have answered a few emails and updated by blog, but it was only done to kill time so I could let Danny sleep in) 🙂 And actually I took this past weekend off and went up to Lake Geneva for some Dexter marathons, R&R, and snowboarding 🙂

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2.) Add all the new album and a la carte options to my 2013 pricing sheet.

– SUCCESS!

3.) Start working out. Seriously this time. This has been in my monthly goals twice and I’ve failed both times. Now that my schedule is opening up a little bit, I’ve got no more excuses.

– semi-SUCCESS. I definitely did a lot better this month. I went on a few runs and went to a few classes. There’s always more I can do, but it was definitely a great start to the ever popular New Year’s resolution of working out.

4.) Finalize all booked wedding contracts for 2013. Right now I have deposits but am missing signed contracts for 3 weddings.

– I have all except 1 in hand but it is going in the mail today so I’m gonna say… SUCCESS!

5.) Print a sample album to bring to wedding consults.

– I started working on one yesterday. But I’m pretty happy with this goal since I finally chose what company I’m going to be printing through and I played around with designing the albums. I’ve even set aside some time after the new year to work on it… so this will be coming soon!

Goals for January

1. Finish assembling sample album/print it.

2. Create an itemized list of all expenses from 2012 for each event.

3. Set up an appointment with an accountant to go over all financials.

4. Order new personalized flash drives and packaging.

5. Snowboard at least twice.

BIG Goals for 2013.

1. Book 10 weddings (only a few more to go!)

2. Sell at least 2 Wedding Albums.

3. Finalize my business plan and keep track of all financials more efficiently.

4. Have one wedding published by a wedding blog (theKnotStyle Me PrettyGreen Wedding Shoes, etc.) by the end of the year.

5. Purchase the following equipment by the end of the year: Canon 5D Mark iii, 85mm 1.2L, 135mm f/2, Think Tank Rolling Travelling Bag, and mayyyyyybe a 70-200 f/2.8L

Have a safe and happy new year everyone!