About Jill Marie
I was born in Philadelphia, so art has always inspired me. In 1996, my senior year of high school, I had the opportunity to practice dark room photography. Equipment was pricey back then and I didn't have the resources to get a camera and pursue my passion for being behind the lens. Life got busy with marriages, chasing three children, running a household as well as businesses. I have been a self taught, serial entrepreneur since 2003. 6 years ago, after closing my two boutiques down, I became depressed and was looking for something to occupy my mind and time. Thanks to my husband, I finally got my first digital camera in 2019.
At first, I dabbled with landscape and wildlife but soon found myself longing to add people into my work. I have been harassing family and friends, building my portfolio and skills ever since. Photography doesn't feel like work. I truly enjoy freezing time and the nostalgia that comes from a photograph. I love to take pictures of human connection. Candid moments are my favorite thing.
Fun Facts about Jill Marie
I worked the service industry for over a decade before running my first business!
I worked in bars and restaurants most of my young life. I held every position from bartender, waitress, counter-girl, delivery, hostess and food preparation.
I'm an adventurist!
I have been sky diving, swam with dolphins, climbed 50 feet out of a Mexican cenote, visited the Turks and Caicos Islands 8 times, love snorkeling, riding my Yamaha wave runner in the ocean and riding a motorbike through the islands. I have a boating license here in New Jersey and I love fishing, crabbing and docking and dining at my favorite local summer spots.
I'm an inventor!
I hold a patent from the United States government but have yet to manufacture the product.
I love philanthropy!
In 2020, right before Co-vid, I was bringing donated books to the children of the Turks an Caicos Islands through the non-profit organization, The Little Free Library. It was the first registered book sharing unit in TCI. Unfortunately, the unit is no longer there but I do have one here at my home in NJ. Take a book, leave a book!
I'm a mom and wifey!
I have 3 teenagers ages 14, 16 and 18 and an amazing, supportive hubby who spoils me rotten.