ABOUT BEYOND BIRTH BY JILL
Welcome to Beyond Birth by Jill
Hi I’m Jill!
Memories are important. I’m here to help you have tangible memories of some of the most important years of your life, raising your family.
Whether that’s a big life event like the birth of your baby, yearly family photos or DNA jewelry for you to wear and cherish for years to come, I’m here to help!
I fell in love with photography at a very young age. I took pictures of my grandpas’ donkeys in his field every time we went to his farm. I always tried to get images of foals nursing and once I was able to capture a donkey birth! So, I guess that was the moment I fell in love with birth photography.
I’ve also had both of my sons births captured, those images are among some of my favourite of my family so far.
DNA jewelry came second. I’ve nursed for almost three years straight and felt like I really needed a way to celebrate that. Breastfeeding is HARD! My husband surprised me with my first piece of breastmilk jewelry on my very first Mother’s Day, I loved it so much. I began to take courses to learn how to make preservation pieces so I could tie it in with my photography.
I hope you enjoy my products and images as much as I enjoy offering them to you. If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to reach out!
Congratulations on your pregnancy! Adding a new family member is always full of so many emotions! Having those emotions and precious moments documented is where I come in!
It is a deeply personal decision to hire a birth photographer so you should feel comfortable with the photographer that you choose. Prior to booking, we can chat to get to know each other and we can talk about what kind of pictures you want and don’t want. It’s a once in a life time experience to have your birth documented (your baby is only born once!) so I want you to be confident you’ll have photos of all the parts you want to remember 🙂.
Your birth story will usually begin when active labour starts. Once babe is born I stay 1-2 hours afterwards capturing all the first moments including weight, height, feed and so many more 🥰.
If you would like to chat further about capturing your birth story or inquire about my availability, please reach out! I would love to hear from you!
I’m available for hospital and home births! In hospital, I do count as one of your “support people”.
You’ll receive as many images as it takes to tell your own unique birth story in an online gallery.
*Every birth story comes with 1 piece of handcrafted DNA jewelry from a selection of 4 choices or a $120 credit towards a piece of your choice (Breastmilk, placenta or hair)
**To be redeemed within 1 year of birth
***No print/session credits can be redeemed in lieu
In my opinion there is nothing better than fresh babies 😍. This is the perfect addition to your birth story or simply in place of a birth story.
Fresh 48 sessions happen while you’re still in hospital or within the first 48 hours of life to catch all those beginning raw emotions. Want to capture an older sibling meeting babe for the first time? This is the perfect way to be able to look back on those memories forever and to be able to show them to your children as they grow!
You’ll receive 60 images in an online gallery.
Lifestyle newborn is done in the comfort of your own home. Sessions vary in length depending on the needs of babe but typically last an hour. Photos include parents, siblings and even pets if you want!
You’ll receive 50-60 images in an online gallery.
Life style or studio cake smash sessions available! Let’s document your sweet little ones first birthday!!
You’ll receive 20 images in an online gallery.
Perfect for anytime in the first 2 years! This type of session is perfect for maternity or any milestone/accomplishment you want to document. Newly sitting, crawling, walking? Reach your breastfeeding goal of 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year? Or maybe you want some tangible memories of your babies toothless smile, or maybe their freshly thoothed smile?
You’ll receive 20 images in an online gallery.
Time to update your family photos? Let’s do it! It’ll be fun!! Sessions take about 45 minutes and take place on location in Airdrie or Calgary. Outside of Airdrie or Calgary a mileage fee may apply. These sessions are for immediate (nuclear) family, if you want photos with extended family please feel free to reach out to discuss!
You’ll receive 30 images in an online gallery.
Price by piece
What is Breastmilk and Memorial Jewelry?
It is the art of professionally preserving elements such as hair, placenta, umbilical, breast milk or even other inclusions like ash from a loved one passed. It could also be a piece of your mom’s wedding dress or sand from your favourite vacation spot that you would like made into a piece of jewelry.
If you’ve ever gone through a significant moment in your life such as the birth of a child, breastfeeding or even the loss of someone, we’re able to take a small inclusion from that period of time and preserve it into a pendant, ring or even earrings. Every piece of jewelry that goes out is hand made and professionally preserved. When the inclusions are set, we go through each piece to ensure it meets our quality standards before it is sent to its new home.