About

I’m Jill!jill shantz

I’m an award-winning portrait photographer with over 18 years professional experience. My passion is creating images where my clients look natural and at their best.

My portrait sessions are done on location at beautiful sites in the greater Edmonton area. I know many of the hidden gems in the local area and I’m confident we’ll find the perfect spot for your shoot, as studio sessions are limited to very special requests only.

My sessions are relaxing and easy going. I get that the presence of the camera can be a bit unsettling for some people, so my goal is to put you at ease and ensure you get great results. I’m always open to input and feedback from my clients – because I’m happy when you’re happy. Let’s just say as a business owner I’m on a mission to revive the lost art of customer service.

I have a long standing passion for the visual arts, this led me first to complete my BA degree in Art History at the University of Alberta before going on to complete the NAIT photography program. Since then I’ve continued to take advantage of educational opportunities in the field, most notably completing my Master of Photographic Arts through the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC). I’ve taken some amazing images over the years but I truly believe that my learning and growth will never end.

Giving back to the local community is a priority for my business. I’m an animal-lover at my core and my charitable focus is supporting local animal rescue organizations. I do this through silent auction donations and providing in-kind photography services for groups in need of adoption photos for animals searching for their forever families. I also host an annual fundraiser where a portion of the sales of my pet sessions goes to support local rescue organizations.

Organizations I’ve had the privilege of supporting in the past include: Edmonton Humane Society, Second Chance Animal Rescue, Underdogs Rescue, Pit Bulls for Life and Infinite Woofs Animal Rescue. I love to do what I can for animals in need, so if you know of a group who could use a hand please get in touch.

I value taking time away from work to unwind and have fun. When I’m not working on my business you’ll find me enjoying time with my family, zipping around town in my Mini Cooper or walking my two crazy dogs. I also love to travel – everything from extended weekends up in the mountains to several weeks spent relaxing on tropical beaches.

I live my life with the knowledge that in the end all we have is our memories, and this is a driving force in the work that I do. I’m passionate about creating images that capture a moment in time – creating a memory to last a lifetime.

Pet photos are actually one of my specialties – in addition to families and headshots. To learn more about my pet sessions please visit my new website: www.crittercollections.com.

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Jill has National Accreditation with the PPOC in the following categories:

Animal Portrait

Portraiture

Wedding/ photojounalistic

Portrait/ Environmental

Portrait/ Studio

Portrait/ Child

Portrait/ Glamour

Maternity

Boudoir

Canine /dog portrait

Feline/cat portrait

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