And so they danced – Calgary Studio Session

I love this session, the last of 2016, in my Calgary studio. Every time I walk into my space I feel blessed, by the light, by the space, and most importantly, by the people who grace it.  Thank you so much to this amazing family who wanted to celebrate the cousins first gathering. so, as soon as the last car arrived, off they went to spend some time at the studio.  Gramma bought props and we danced, played, and threw snow (mostly at me).

Here are a few of my favs…

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JK 1-4

JK 1-9

JK 1-10

JK 1-11

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One of a Kind Calgary Underwater Maternity Session

A few months back, my partner in crime Barb Toyama and I decided to host our first ever “Pool Party” Sessions and we had such an amazing time photographing a number of families, and this mom, who came to us for a session to celebrate her last baby, something just for herself, an underwater maternity session.  Each underwater maternity session I have done has been so unique and different, and I have loved every one of them. There was something so special to be able to help this momma really do something that captured how she felt with her last pregnancy – thank you for trusting us!

Here are a few of my favs…

Underwater Maternity (4 of 6)

Underwater Maternity (7 of 6)

Underwater Maternity (3 of 1)-2

Underwater Maternity (6 of 6)

Underwater Maternity (3 of 6)

Underwater Maternity (3 of 1)

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Cozy Calgary Newborn Session

I am way behind blogging all of the sessions I had this year – it was an incredible one for sure!  I really loved getting to meet all new clients and welcome back old ones too. But meeting brand new babies?  Well thats one of my favourites parts of this job. This was such a sweet session from the fall. I remember that this little girl was so so very tired, but she wouldn’t give in and sleep and she loved to snuggle with mom and dad. And mom was so veery sweet – that last picture? Mom’s request. “I know this is cheesy, but can we get a picture of all of us on the couch? It’s where we spent our first week together as a family.” Oh my heart. Of course you can. And its not cheesy. Those reasons are THE reasons to take a picture. So you can always have a memory of how you spent you first week together as a family of three.


Jennifer Kapala newborn (1 of 1)-6


Jennifer Kapala newborn (1 of 1)-2

Jennifer Kapala newborn (1 of 1)

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Thank you for asking me to capture ALL your moments, even the seemingly mundane ones. They all matter.




Black and White Calgary Summer Family Session

I loved this family. This momma contacted me months before we met. Life had changed and time had passed, and she was looking for the perfect beautiful summer’s evening in August to capture her family’s story, how close they are and how unique. Well, you know how last summer in Calgary went and how awful the weather was. Days before the storms rolled in and I thought for sure we were going to have to reschedule. Yet, the day we met was a stunning, warm and absolutely perfect summer’s eve.  Just as she wanted. Proving, at least to me, that despite the stormy weather we might encounter, we can make it to the other side with our family.

Here are a few of my favs. In black and white, because, well sometimes colour can distract. And sometimes when a family is so close as they were, it becomes more about them….












Cozy Fall Calgary Maternity

I love shooting maternity and have been very fortunate this year to be contacted by a number of moms who were looking for something special to celebrate their last babies, their first babies, their babies which were the result of loss, of heartbreak and of love.  This momma wanted to celebrate her last baby with something that made her feel glamorous and special. And so we planned and spent some time on a cozy fall Calgary afternoon.

Here are a few of my favs.




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I cannot wait to meet your little one in the New Year.



Rethink What’s Possible – Unique Calgary Sessions

B L A C K F R I D A Y S A L E \\ 20% off Select Sessions.

Every year I pick a phrase that I try to live my life by for that year. This year I am ahead of the game and already have 2017 lined up. It’s “Rethink What’s Possible” and I would love to share what’s possible with you. A limited number of  select sessions are available at 20% off only for today.  From custom sessions in the studio that will get you rethinking what’s possible for your session, to unique milk bath sessions, or coaching sessions  customized to help YOU have your best 2017.

We all have seen those gorgeous maternity milk bath sessions, but why limit yourself to just that? From nursing sessions, to kid’s sessions (who hasn’t wanted to swim in a tub of Fruit Loops?), to personal portraits, anything is possible! And Sears be gone from studio sessions! They are dynamic, fun and interactive – just like your family!  Finally, if you are looking for help to rethink what’s possible for you in 2017, I am offering coaching sessions to help you get there. When you “rethink what’s possible” the sky really is the limit!

The details – Limited number of select sessions at 20% off for 2017 (only 5 available because this year was my fifth year in business!). For full pricing information, contact me at or 403-608-1875

Discount available from now to until today at 11:59 pm MT





When you rethink – what’s possible for you in 2017?


You Are Invited To A Rustic Christmas!

After a number of enquiries, I am thrilled to be able to offer my first ever Christmas event!!! The holiday season is by far my favourite time of the year and truly magical. Sessions are limited in number and are 20 minutes in length and come with 5 full resolution files for immediate download. I hope you celebrate it with us! Call 403-608-1875 or to book



Ever wondered what a studio session looks like?

I have long waited for the right time and the right partners to do a video for Jennifer Kapala Photography that really captures what inspires me in family sessions and what I see of your life and love for each other. Studio sessions can be the perfect place to capture your special memories and I really worked hard to create a space that is relaxing and welcoming. Many thanks to the amazing team at Parfait Productions – Wedding Cinematography . If you are looking for videographers, I highly recommend them!

Here is the final product – I would love to know what you think of it!




Underwater Maternity – Sneak Peek!

I was so honoured to be asked to help celebrate the talented Crystal Mercredi from Delightful Perception Photography last pregnancy with an underwater session!  Here is a little sneak peek from yesterday morning…

Jennifer Kapala Maternity

I just love underwater sessions and we can still do them through the winter here in Calgary!  Contact me for more details.


Studio Tour – Calgary Studio Photography

Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood

Daniel Burnham

Just over a week ago, I held our studio grand opening, and it was successful beyond my wildest dreams.  If you follow me at all, you know that I often speak of being intentional in all that you do, whether its a lens choice, interactions with clients, all of it matters and all of your small steps add up to a bigger picture if you are intentional and set inspirational goals. The kind of goals that give you goosebumps. And the kind of laser focus intention that removes internal barriers and self doubt. For me, the opening of my studio is just that, a big audacious goal that I pursued with intention for a long time.  All in, including the building of our home, where my studio resides, it was a four year process. I sat and planned and dreamed of the ideal house, in the best location, and it happened. When we moved in, I didn’t rush the process, but I played with ideas and concepts, watched the light in the basement play out day in and day out over two seasons. And I never stopped planning, imaging and working towards my goal. I still have that ratty piece of paper hanging up on my cork board where I wrote down my goals for that year, and right under “Be on a Billboard in New York Times Square” , and “Teach a photography course internationally” was “Build an incredibly successful in home photography studio”.  All of it was intentional. And all of it happened.  I am thrilled to share with you all the little bits and thoughts and plans that went into making my studio a reality. From concept to execution. From dreams to reality. With a lot of intention, inspirational goals and a ton of hard work, anything can happen….

Studio Tour from Jennifer Kapala on Vimeo.

Want to learn more about my process for setting inspirational goals?  Join me at the NAPCP Retreat in January where we will be conducting an exercise in setting powerful goals, or if you are interested in a more exclusive coaching session, read how coaching can help you here, and contact me at 403-608-1875 to book a session.

And now to continue to work on the “incredibly successful” part of that goal ;).

With gratitude,


Calgary Opening Photography Studio Celebrations!

Well, its less than a week until the studio opening and I couldn’t be more excited!! We have a ton of things to check out, from live music from a local band, a chance to see some of the speciality services I will be offering, displays with several product lines we have, crafts for the kids, never mind the giveaways and great food and drinks!

This studio truly has a been a labour of love and wouldn’t have been possible without a few key partners.  I really want to highlight not only our amazing contractor Justin Mendes at Greenstone Construction Management, who helped make my vision a reality, no matter what the challenge,  but also the wonderful Condredge Dole (a fellow Mahogany resident) and the owner of Redemption Handiworks, a woodworker and metal artist who made my signs. In fact, check out the video below for a little bit of what you can expect at the grand opening!

We would love to see you!  Pictures are so important to me, that I thought I would do something different than the usual guestbook to celebrate the opening of my studio…

Fill The Frame from Jennifer Kapala on Vimeo.

Wont you help us fill the frame with your picture?  There is still time to RVSP at


See you Saturday!



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