Photography of a Whimsical Nature

Photography of a Whimsical Nature



My name is Jill Emmer. I am a photographer who enjoys taking whimsical photos. 

I post photos several times a week on Instagram. You can find me at @shineonyoucraydiamond I came up with my username on a whim - simply because my full name was already taken and I have always loved those lyrics from an old song. The majority of my Instagram photos are taken and edited with my iPhone. 

I also post recent work + life photos on my blog.

In my Art Shop I sell a limited number of canvas wall art. I have shared over 700 photographs on Instagram & most can be made into canvas or photo prints.  

My other passion is capturing families, children, pets and the occasional name-brand in Lifestyle Photography Sessions. For photoshoots I use a Canon 6D DSLR and Lightroom. Click here to learn more.

Jill captures natural moments unlike any photographer I have worked with and turns them into true works of art.
— Kristine M

I am also very active in the local photography and artist community:

In 2016 I started directing a program, called the Art of Edina which places community art in public places such as Southdale, Galleria and Braemar Arena. The project is funded by Tradition Companies. 

I am the creator and co-chair of another community organization called Minnstameets. We organize photo-centric get-togethers and art shows for Minnesota's Instagram community. Our events are usually attended by 100-200 participants. At this time, we are partnering with the following sponsors for 2016: Tattersall Distillery, St Paul Winter Carnival, Art Shanty Projects, Walker Art Center, the Timberwolves and more!

In April 2016 I was asked by the iPhonePhotography School to become one of their three long-term "Master Teachers." I have been writing articles for them for over a year now. It means that every three months, I produce 6 short instructional videos for their students, critique photos and more. Click here to learn more. 

Before becoming a photographer, I worked in Advertising for many years. I worked for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper for over 5 years in Advertising - both in print and online advertising. I have also worked for the Madison Newspapers and the Pioneer Press. And finally, I worked for a worldwide pharmaceutical company for three years.

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with degrees in English Literature and Spanish with a focus in creative writing.  I also was a competitive long distance runner and downhill skier. In addition to those sports, I enjoy biking, waterskiing, hiking, traveling and reading. And of course photography!  I reside in the Twin Cities with my two young sons, husband and puppy.

- Jill

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A portrait of me by my friend Eric at Eric Mueller Photography

A portrait of me by my friend Eric at Eric Mueller Photography