Joel Thomas Growing Up

Sneak Peek: Joel Thomas Growing Up

When our son was born on September 18th 2013, I decided I would take monthly pictures of him and document his first year of life in pictures. I had a fairly decent camera and we didn’t have the money for professional photographer each month. So early morning photo sessions became something Joel and I did.

I couldn’t just buy the cute stickers and pose him with a teddy bear; I went all out! Little did I know the task I was undertaking! Joel was an early riser, so each month I would wake up extra early, set up a mock studio in the living room, and take his pictures. Most of the time all before my wife Bailey got out of the bed.

I learned a lot about my camera as the months progressed. And learned a lot about Joel. We had to stop at times. There were times when we had to try another day. Wardrobe changes had to be made. Sometimes, only one picture looked half decent. I can say, with all the negative, I don’t regret taking the time to document this brief moment in his life.

Joel is four now and just started his first year of school. It’s harder to get him to be still, and I have to bribe him to take a picture. Having a kid of my own makes family pictures fun. I understand that sometimes you just have to stop and ask them how they want the picture to look. It’s okay to take a silly picture, they are always the one right before the perfect shot!

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Senior Photos: Jacquelyn Harn

Sneak Peek: Jacquelyn Harn

JHillis Photography happily introduces you to one of The Habersham School’s seniors- Jacquelyn Harn. We had the opportunity to spend a beautiful Savannah morning downtown around historic Jones Street. All I can say is Savannah NEVER disappoints.

Jacquelyn enjoys serving on her school’s leadership team, singing in the choir, and participating as the Captain of the Science Bowl Team. This young lady’s leadership has granted her acceptance into Georgia Tech. Jacquelyn is seeking to study International Affairs and pursuing law school after her undergraduate studies.



JHillis Photography wishes Jacquelyn the best as she pursues higher education, but ultimately, her dreams!

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Senior Photos: Ashlyn Ricks

Sneak Peek: Ashlyn Ricks

JHillis Photography first met Ashlyn Rick and her family during a session in December. Ashlyn is a senior at The Habersham School in Savannah, GA. She loves her city and the beauty that surrounds it. This makes it an ideal place for Senior photos.

Ashlyn enjoys serving on leadership at The Habersham School, tutoring and engaging with other students, and leading as captain on her varsity basketball team. She plans to attend the University of Georgia in the fall where she will be pursuing a PA degree.

Congratulations on a job well done! JHillis Photography sends well wishes as you embark on this next chapter in your life and education.

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Mr & Mrs William Chase Hillis

Sneak Peek: Mr & Mrs William Chase Hillis

Well, it happened. My little brother got MARRIED! JHillis Photography  was there to capture all the day had to offer. We first introduced this couple back in January after their engagement,it seems like yesterday. Click here to see their engagement session.

Chase and Becca were surrounded by close friends and family as they exchanged their vows at the beautiful and versatile Demere Center in Savannah, Ga. From the shotgun casings boutonnieres,to the wooden cake stands-the decorating and styling was flawless.

Join me in congratulating the newlyweds as we wish them a lifetime of happiness!

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Senior Photos: Valya Purtell

Sneak Peek: Valya Purtell

JHillis Photography would like to introduce you to Butler Christian Academy senior, Valya Purtell. We met Valya at her home in Savannah, GA for a more personal shoot. Their lovely home backs up to a quiet small pond with bamboo and oak trees. Simply beautiful.


Valya is quite the young lady. Math is one of her favorite subjects to study at  Butler Christian Academy. She has attended Butler from a young age, and she has made friendships that will last a lifetime.


We wish Valya the best as she completes her senior year and begins college.

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The Ricks Family

Sneak Peak: The Ricks Family


JHillis Photography had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with the Ricks family at Savannah’s historic Wormsloe Plantation and State Park. Casey and Elizabeth have been married nineteen and a half years, and they are the parents to four beautiful children; Ashlyn, Emma, Casey Jr., and Mary.

jhillisphoto_2649Ashlyn, age 17 is the eldest of the bunch and a senior at the Habersham School in Savannah, Georgia. This young lady excels in academics and strives to be a leader on and off the basketball court. Emma, age 15 enjoys basketball and volleyball in her free time. Casey, age 12 is a young man who enjoys all that the outdoors have to offer. His favorites are hunting, fishing and basketball. Last, but not least, we have Mary, age 7. This young lady may seem shy, but I learned she has a little sass in her! Mary enjoys playing with her dolls and My Little Ponies. As a family,  they all enjoy being outside enjoying nature and the company of one another.

JHillis Photography would like to congratulate Ashlyn on her upcoming graduation and wish her well in the next chapter of her life as she embarks on her college years.

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Senior Photos: Hannah Jordan

Sneak Peek: Hannah Jordan

JHillis Photography recently joined Hannah Jordan for a photo session at Savannah’s Ogeechee Canal and Nature Center. I have known Hannah and her family since she was in elementary school. Hannah is a senior at Calvary Day School and enjoys cheerleading on the sidelines at the schools football games. She also enjoys reading, music, drama, and a good laugh from Tim Hawkins.



She is excited about embarking on her new adventure in the fall… COLLEGE! Hannah’s mom said that she might cry during the photo session. I can report that there were no tears. Just smiles and giggles! She is hoping to study either education or psychology.

Join us in congratulating Hannah in her accomplishments and wishing her the best as she prepares for college in the fall!

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The Taylor Family

Sneak Peek: The Taylor Family

JHillis Photography had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with the Taylor family in downtown Savannah. All the way from Memphis to Savannah; Jason, Timberly, and their son, Roman, are now forming roots in the beautiful Coastal Empire.


Jason serves our country in the United Sates Army and Timberly is a local teacher. Roman is in the first grade and his favorite subject is Math. This seven year old was so funny. Everything from his poses to the things he would say… Timberly assured me that their was never a dull moment in their home.

JHillis Photography welcomes the Taylor family to Savannah and would like to thank you for your service and sacrifice.

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Benchmark Properties of Savannah

Sneak Peek: Benchmark Properties of Savannah


(Left-Right, Top Row: Jeff Welch, Jim Strickland; Bottom Row: Kate Welch, Susi Strickland, Meg Everette Welch, Hal Brodmann.)

Benchmark Properties of Savannah is a full-service Real Estate company to both residential and commercial properties in the greater Savannah area. JHillis Photography had the pleasure of taking a few head shots on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Troup Square.


Savannah native, Jeff Welch and his wife, Kate, work as a team alongside two full-time agents, one part-time, and their office manager. This team brings years of experience to the table with many different backgrounds.


For all you reality needs, make sure you check out Benchmark Properties of Savannah!

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Senior Photos: Marisa Hendrix

Sneak Peek: Marisa Hendrix

JHillis Photography had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with Marisa Hendrix, a high school senior at Jenkins County High School in Millen, Georgia. Marisa has a very fun and charismatic personality. She may be short in stature but she serves up a tall glass of fun!

Marisa enjoys shopping just like any teenage girl, but also enjoys camping with her younger siblings, Mason and Emma. Join us in congratulating this beautiful young woman as she completes this milestone in achieving her diploma!

Best wishes,

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