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Jill Schneider is a freelance photographer based in San Francisco, California. Jill received a B.S. from the University of Arizona and a M.F.A in Photography from Academy of Art University in San Francisco. 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 and her photographs have been on display at various galleries in the Bay Area.


Jill’s photography has been represented by National Geographic Image Collection and Getty Images since 2011. In 2012 she photographed the National Geographic Traveler: Sydney guidebook and regularly wrote articles and contributed photographs to the National Geographic Intelligent Travel blog.

Since 2011 Jill has been teaching photography to high school students. She has taken them throughout Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam for Rustic Pathways, and Ecuador & Galapagos, Iceland, San Francisco, Prague and Barcelona for National Geographic Student Expeditions. She also has led adult expeditions with National Geographic Expeditions in Switzerland and Italy. In addition, Jill also has developed photo workshops in Morocco, Mongolia, Japan, Nepal and Yosemite National Park.


At home in California, Jill photographs lifestyle and corporate portraits, event and architectural photography and provides private/group photography workshops, mentoring, portfolio reviews and lectures at local high schools and colleges.

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