About Hillary Jeanne Photography
You are passionate, adventurous, and understand the value of high quality images. Whether you are looking to take your business to the next level or you’re excited to freeze time and make memories in your personal life — you know that an image can be worth 1000 words.
You know images are important but frankly, you’re ready to retire your boyfriend from his Instagram husband duties (and let’s be honest, he STILL doesn’t know your good side). You’re finally looking for someone who can help you capture the important moments in your life.
Do you have a vision, but can’t figure out how to best execute it visually? Do you often feel awkward and uncomfortable being in front of a camera?
Here’s where I come in.
I create high quality imagery that tells your story.
Through years of experience and trial & error, I understand the best light and angles to ensure your vision is executed properly. I know how awkward it can feel to be in front of the lens, so I’m here to tell you that I’ll also be IN it with you. I will direct you through example and continue to coach you through an entire shoot — (hint: this may mean I will dance, and ugly laugh to get you through it).
My goal is to truly capture and bring out the best version of you.
Three years ago I was sitting in a desk at a corporate sales job that drained me. I knew there had to be something more to life and I knew I wanted to pursue something I loved.
I have always been a creative person, so I immediately signed up for a ceramics class, met for coffee with web designers, and volunteered at a cooking school trying to figure it out.
Somewhere in that process, I realized I had been playing with my boyfriend's DSLR for the last year and really enjoyed it. I thought why have I never thought of doing this as an actual job? The minute that clarity hit, I invested. I dropped lots of my savings to pursue it full force and reached out to other photographers trying to learn as much as possible.
And well, the rest is history — fast forward to today and I’m working with clients full time to take pictures and do what I love.
Since picking up my first DSLR three years ago....
I’ve had the pleasure of working with companies like LinkedIn, The Wing, and Dannijo.
I’ve been able to support many other women pursue their dream jobs by providing images for their businesses.
I’ve had the honor of capturing many weddings.
I’ve checked off my bucket list of attending and photographing New York Fashion Week.
And... I can’t wait to continue this dream life by being able to capture your story!
Before finding photography, I decided to try learning a bunch of new things — I’ve done ceramics classes, cooking classes, and jetpacking! I literally had a journal called “Hillary’s Diary on Learning”. No joke! :)
Before my 25th birthday, I never had the opportunity or financial means to travel outside North America. Since my 25th birthday, I’ve traveled to Peru, Italy, China, Thailand, Costa Rica, London, and Paris. If you love to travel, I promise you will make it happen. I am 30 now and have come to realize how much can happen in 1 year!
I’m half Filipino and half Dutch (first generation Filipino). I grew up in two cultures that were vastly different from each other. I absolutely love having a big family with a wide range of traditions!
I am horrible at memorizing lyrics and saying phrases correctly. "Nip it in the bud" was "nip it in the butt" for quite a while until my friends corrected me. I apologize in advance.
Jeanne is my middle name. It's my grandmother's name and is pronounced like Jean.
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WHAT CLIENTS ARE SAYING
Hillary surpassed every expectation of what I imagined a photographer is. She was imaginative, encouraging, kind, attentive, prepared and could not have nailed our vibe any better. When we got our wedding photos back we gazed at them for hours tearing up as we relived the day. She captured everything. The big moments. The small moments. The in-between moments. We could not have been happier. Thank you, Hillary, for your magic -- we are so grateful we get to experience it for the rest of our lives.
- Kevin and Lindsey
I couldn't have dreamed of a better photographer for my website and marketing photos! Hillary asked all the right questions before our shoot to make sure she really understood my style and what I was envisioning for my photos, and she helped me figure out the right outfits and locations to get the perfect shots. Most importantly, her warm and calm energy made me feel so comfortable and at ease while we were shooting, which allowed me to really get into it and let my personality shine in my photos. I absolutely LOVE the final photos and get compliments all the time on how awesome they are. You won't find a better photographer!
- Sara Groton @ Be Balanced Wellness
We cannot tell you how much we absolutely ADORE these beautiful photos!!!! We are blown away by your talent, and these will be treasured by us always. You are insanely talented, and we feel incredibly lucky to have met you and to have you capture this very special time. Thank you for turning these around so quickly. I am officially going to be distracted on my computer this week as I keep looking at the photos over and over again.
- Megan and David
Hillary was very easy to work with to organize employee headshots at the office for a work event. Hillary is super nice, professional and reliable. Although I don't understand photography very well, she made sure to explain things to me in layman's terms. The photos turned out great and employees were very happy. I would definitely work with her again for a similar type of event.
- Rebecca Roberts @ LinkedIn
Hillary was amazing! The photos turned out beautifully, she was prompt with editing and delivery, and made the shoot fun! We will definitely be in touch to work together again!
- Kate Kirby @ Mini Magazine
I saw Hillary's work on the Facebook page of a friend, and immediately contacted her! I flew into San Francisco for my session. Prior to that, throughout the shoot, and post-shoot, Hillary was friendly, courteous, responsive, and professional. Everyone who saw my photos said I looked "happy" and I was "glowing" - like I was loving life! I'm sure that perception is in no small part due to Hillary's great photography skills! I've already recommended her to several people who inquired about my photos, and would definitely utilize her again in the future!
- Sonja Mackey @ Unleash the Beast
My first time shooting with Hillary was a few weeks ago. When we first met, she made me feel completely at ease – something hard to do with a new photographer. Not only is she insanely nice and kind, but she's wildly talented. For someone who somewhat clueless when it comes to do with moving my body, Hillary was so helpful in providing direction that was thoughtful! Can't wait to work with her again!
- Aimee Rancer @ The Ohio Transplant // Pinterest
Working with Hillary was an absolute dream. I knew I wanted to do a photo shoot in San Francisco. I actually found her by doing #SanFranciscoPhotographer on Instagram. She responded promptly and sent me a helpful link to check out her pricing. After confirming that I wanted to work with her- she sent me helpful links to make the process smooth since we had never met. We corresponded via email and text. I ended up inviting a business friend of mine and so she did a shoot for both of us. It was so much fun to work with her. After checking out my Pinterest boards for my inspiration- she came up with the PERFECT locations that I wouldn't have even known about. She got right into my vibe and created the DREAM photo shoot. Not only were the locations killer- but she got the pictures to me quickly and they were drop dead gorgeous! She created a VERY professional and dreamy, on brand pics for me that have resulted in many new sales for my online marketing business. On top of all that she's friendly and fun putting us at ease from the moment we met her. She even shot us in the POURING rain at the Golden Gate bridge sacrificing her warmth and dry clothes to give us a dream photo shoot. I can honestly say I've worked with a ton of photographers through my music career as well as my marketing career. Not only for myself, but helping my clients book their photographers. Hillary was by far the easiest and most fun to work with, plus kept to the vision of my brand. I highly recommend her and will be referring her to my clients who are local in my Inspired Mommy Boss VIP tribe.
- Tiana Gustafon @ Inspired Mommy Boss
PEOPLE I'VE PHOTOGRAPHED
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi / LinkedIn / American Express / New York Fashion Week / Dannijo / The Wing / Palm House SF / Qualcomm / Eva Chen / Rachel Cargle / Amore Pacific / Google Pixel / Meena Harris / Pramila Jayapal / The Dorian / Article / The Landing SF / Advice from a Twenty Something / Minted / Mini Magazine / Plaid Inc. / Andrea Posadas Creative / DWA Media / Apartment 34 / No Whey Lady / Havenly / Samsara Inc. / San Francisco Mayor - London Breed