I Took A Leap- Jill Krause Photography

Remember when our government shut down? Good times.

My husband works for the federal government, and he was sent home. For the first week of the shutdown, we didn’t know if he’d get paid for that time off, and we didn’t know when we could expect his next paycheck. It was a bit scary.

We are very fortunate that we were in a position that we could still pay the bills and buy groceries throughout the uncertainty, but I definitely felt the pressure to ramp up my income in case it extended beyond a point where we could live off of what we had in savings.

I’ve been toying with the idea of launching an official photography business for a while. Mainly, I just want to make everything official and legal for the few sessions I do for friends and family. But I’d also like to start expanding a bit. I truly love the act of photographing other families. I want to do more of that.

So while Scott was home, we swapped roles. I poured myself into setting up Jill Krause Photography, as he managed the kids full time. And then I took a leap.


Jill Krause Photography is officially up and running! I have one round of holiday mini-sessions planned for November 9th. If you’re local to the north Dallas area and looking for some pics for your holiday cards, I still have a few spots open.

HolidayMiniMarketingYou may recognize that lovely, purple-haired lady. She’s a blogging friend. Jenny from Conscientious Confusion. You can see more of their session here.

I have grand dreams for where I want this to go, and a lot of work to do to get there. For now, I’m starting slow, dipping a toe into the water. I won’t be able to offer many full sessions, but plan to carve out time for at least 2 a month at this point. I have no plans to shoot weddings, and my newborn photography will be more lifestyle (or “real life” to be more specific) and less posed with props.

If you’re interested in following me as I grow this little branch of my creative tree, you can follow my blog posts over at JillKrausePhotography.com, and like my photography page over on Facebook.

And no, I’m not giving up blogging over here! I have grand plans for this place, too.


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  1. Awesome, good for you! My husband doesn’t work for the government, but his job in uncertain right now. They like to lay off people by surprise several times a year. So even though he is at work full time, we’ve managed to finally launch our photography business too! I’ve been photographing for about 16 years, but only under 2 completely in manual mode. I love it so much and relieved we finally have a website, insurance, etc, and a wedding booked in less than 2 weeks!

  2. I wish you lived closer. I’m looking for a photographer for next summer when my firstborn will be 5-6 months old. I live on the east coast and the pictures will be taken at my parents in the Midwest (IN). Too far from Dallas but best of luck in your exciting new venture.

  3. Congrats, Jill! I recently took the leap to start my own business as well (a quilting/sewing boutique in Houston) and it is so scary and exhilarating. Best wishes for your family and new business!

  4. Emily Jankowski Newton on

    When my mums and was furloughed I started pouring myself into building a Doula (and yoga) client base. The furlough was so stressful, but I’m kind of thankful for the time and motivation it provided. If you have any Baltimore/Washington readers send them my way! I will be sure to send my Dallas family and friends to you!

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  6. Yay, for grand plans!

    And I like the real life infant photos so much more than staged with props. Babies are so naturally breathtakingly beautiful, they don’t need any “make up” so to speak.

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