Hi. I’m Gillean and this is my face.

Nice to meet you.

I’m the photographer and creative mind behind Gillean J Photography and associated services.

Photos are my thing and lifestyle and documentary are my styles.

Much like this photo taken on the floor in front of my couch balancing the camera on my knee, my documentary sessions are simple and relaxed without an elaborate setup while my lifestyle photos are bit more on the creative side. With both, I don’t like to focus hard on posing or Photo-shopping the reality out of a photo.

Documentary –

My shoots may be set in front of a busy airport background, a colorful wall here in Houston, a living room floor, my couch or even yours but it’s the time, the events and the people in them that make the photos grand, colorful, bright. That’s where I like to focus most in documentary shoots.

I’m sure you’ve heard it before but there isn’t a single person alive who doesn’t have a story and I’m endlessly fascinated by that fact. Even though we may not feel like our’s is anything other than ordinary, truth is, it’s so worth telling and no one can tell that story better than you.

That busy morning routine that you have? Worth it!

An evening at home? Still worth it!

Playtime, library time, cooking and sharing a meal? Again, all worth it! Why? Because these are what make up the years of your life. When you look at your photos down the line, you’ll be right back in that moment and it will be, wait for it, yes – worth it yet again.

And that’s why I love being right in there with my camera. Small moments are big things to me.


Lifestyle –

I like to play around and be creative where possible and lifestyle shoots allow me to do that. After all, what is the point in choosing your outfit and an awesome location when you can’t have a little fun with it?

I’m not a huge fan of telling people how to smile or the exact pose to take so you wont find that with me. What you will find is that it wont be all about my camera either. Nope. It’s going to be there of course, don’t worry, but my main goal is to get everyone comfortable because that is what makes for the best candid photos. No matter how elaborate the setup, true smiles are always the best smiles and the only way to get those are to let you be you. If you take a look at my portfolio, the majority of them are not posed and yet they work, right? Comfort is key!

If you’re looking for either a relaxed documentary session highlighting your family and telling your story or a lifestyle shoot that leaves out the “cheese!” Contact me here. I would love the chance to hear about you!





See that face? That is the face of the J in Gillean J Photography.

You’ll see photos of him throughout the site and when you work with me, you’ll likely see that face in person too.

J is my assistant as well as my son but more than that, this kiddo has been my muse since his birth.


Just had to introduce you to my second half.


If you’d like to know more about how I work, the products I offer and the full client experience, I’ve written an informative blog post here. It tells you everything!

To get in touch with me, you can email me at info@gilleanjphotography.com or you can hop over to my contact page and fill in the form. It all comes right back to me and I tend to respond within the day. 

And if you’re here in town and you see my face or his, don’t hesitate to say hi. We’re always open to chat!