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Jill Schneider is a freelance photojournalist based in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California. Jill received an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona (2005) and a Masters in Photography from Academy of Art University in San Francisco (2010). For her Master’s thesis project, she spent nine months documenting life in the Himalayas. After graduation she interned and became a freelance photojournalist for the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Jill’s photography has been represented by National Geographic Creative since 2011, and in 2012 she photographed the National Geographic Traveler: Sydney guidebook. Jill regularly contributes to the National Geographic Intelligent Travel blog as well.

Since 2011 Jill has been teaching photography to high school students. She has taken them throughout Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam (2011) for Rustic Pathways, and currently leads National Geographic Student Expeditions programs in Ecuador & Galapagos (2012), Iceland (2013), San Francisco (2013), Prague (2014) and Barcelona (2015). This fall, she also led an expedition with National Geographic Expeditions to the Swiss Alps and Italian Lakes District.


At home in San Francisco and Los Angeles, Jill works as a program director and outreach coordinator for Putney Student Travel and National Geographic Student Expeditions. She photographs events, editorial, lifestyle, architectural and food-related shoots. She also provides private/group and corporate photography workshops, mentoring and portfolio reviews.

Jill has been published in a variety of publications including but not limited to National Geographic Magazine, National Geographic Books, National Geographic India, National Geographic Travel, National Geographic Student Expeditions, Putney Student Travel, San Francisco Chronicle, BBC Travel, USA Today, ELLE UK, Vogue Magazine Turkey, The Guardian, Getty Images, Azamara Club Cruises, GetYourGuide, Departures Magazine, Time.com and Google For Entrepreneurs.