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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The Wood Family

Sneak Peek: The Woods Family

JHillis Photography met up with Glen and Cristen to celebrate Mackenzie’s first birthday with a family session. It was a beautiful afternoon at Red Gate Farm Trail in Savannah, Georgia. Mackenzie loved the attention and I think Mom and Dad had a little fun too!

Glen and Cristen were high school sweethearts and now have grown into a family of three with their little princess at the center of it all. I can attest that Mackenzie has her Daddy wrapped TIGHT around her little finger! It truly is exciting to see this family and the love they share.


We wish Mackenzie a ‘happy birthday’ and a full year of firsts!

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Cameron & Kayla’s Engagement

Sneak Peek: Cameron & Kayla’s Engagement Session

JHillis Photography had the pleasure of spending an afternoon at the Old Freeman Family Farm in Coopersville, Georgia with Cameron and Kayla. Cameron proposed this past July and the two are excited tie the knot next September here at the farm with close friends and family.

Sunset on the farm is a beautiful place. From the pecan trees, tire swings, long dirt driveway, and a front porch with rocking chairs; this venue has everything to offer. Even a barn with old wooden pews!


We are so excited for these two and can’t wait to celebrate with them in September.

Join me in congratulating the future Mr. & Mrs. Corbin as they embark on this journey together!

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Mr. & Mrs. Fairbanks

Sneak Peek: Mr. & Mrs. Fairbanks

JHillis Photography had the great honor and joy to take part in Alex and Elizabeth’s special day. We first met the couple during their engagement session and were excited to see them tie the knot.

Alex and Elizabeth chose the beautiful Lucy Belle Farms in Pembroke, Georgia as their venue. Simply astonishing! The couple walked down the aisle settled under an Oak tree on the front lawn. Traditional pews, Canon in D played on the strings of a violin, surrounded by close friends and family made everything picture perfect.

These two were surrounded by those they have know for years, some a lifetime. Seeing them all interact; encouraging, reminiscing, and caring for one another, truly expressed their friendship and love to the bride and groom.

Alex and Elizabeth know how to throw a party. The evening was filled with laughter, corn-hole, giant Jenga & tic-tac-toe, and dancing into the night. I think the guests loved the many cake choices and glow sticks after dark.

JHillis Photography wishes the newly, Mr. & Mrs. Fairbanks a happy, long, and loving marriage. May you forever seek the spark that we see here.

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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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Marc Evan & Katy’s Engagement

Sneak Peek: Marc Evan & Katy Engagement

JHillis Photography had the pleasure of spending a Saturday afternoon in historic Savannah, Georgia with the newly engaged couple- Marc Evan and Katy. Marc proposed this past December to Katy. They are looking forward to a summer wedding in Dahlonega, Georgia.

One thing I always find myself asking is, “So, how did you meet?” The two chuckled and Katy responded, “My crazy dog!” From what I’ve learned Katy’s dog, Joey, is  friendliest dog you’ll ever meet and doesn’t know a stranger. In this case we will say that Joey is man and woman’s best friend.


Join me in congratulating these two on their recent engagement. JHillis Photography wishes you years of blessings!

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Chase & Becca’s Engagement

Sneak Peek: Chase & Becca Engagement

JHillis Photography had the joy and pleasure of ringing in the New Year with an Engagement Session. The sleigh bells are gone, and I can hear those church bells! This one is a little more special though, it’s my little brother!!! How is this even possible?

We spent the morning with Chase and Becca at Griffin’s Lake in Guyton, Georgia. These two like to spend time there fishing, riding the dirt roads in Chase’s truck, and trying to catch Pokémon to make any trip an adventure.

These two haven’t been Facebook official for long but if you ask anyone who truly knows these two, they were dating years before they ever realized. Chase and Becca met in 2010 while attending high school at Savannah Early College. That budding friendship became something more this past year, and we are excited to be a part of it.


We wish Chase and Becca the best!

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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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