Since I just finished up photographing their newborn session, I wanted to share Katherine’s and Casey’s amazing afternoon winter session at Bebo Grove. I love when clients are willing to explore places and knew from talking to them, that they both loved the outdoors. Although the timing wasn’t great for the mountains, I wanted to choose a place the represented the beauty that only Calgary has to offer and a little reprieve in the middle of the busy city that feels as special as their little one does. In case you are wondering, this is the same couple who won my end of the year give away and I cannot wait to see the final display they put together with the maternity and newborn sessions!
A few of my favourite games from our time together – thanks for trusting my vision and for allowing me to capture such an incredible time in your lives. I cant wait to share some more of little Quinn :).
I thought I would start my new year off right by posting my first session of the year! I spent a few hours with the sweetest little family soon to become a family of four and I cannot wait to meet the newest little one :). Thank you for having me. I am so blessed to be able to do what I do.
A few from our time together…
Just before christmas, I found out that the two pictures I entered to the Black and White Spider Awards received a nominee award! As always, I am thankful to the judges and organizers of these awards as I know its a lot of work and I truly value the time they have taken. And a huge congratulations to my fellow winners – there is such talent in photography that I am always amazed and inspired.
The Official Press Release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
10TH ANNUAL BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS HONORS PHOTOGRAPHER JENNIFER KAPALA FROM CANADA
LOS ANGELES December 23, 2015 – Professional photographer Jennifer Kapala of Canada was presented with the 10th Annual Black and White Spider Awards Nominee title in the category of Children of the World at a prestigious Nomination & Winners PhotoShow webcast Saturday, November 21, 2015.
The live online gala was attended by over 10,000 photography fans around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the industry’s most important event for black and white photography.
10th Annual Jury members included captains of the industry from Bonhams, Random House, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Stockholm City Museum, Annenberg Foundation, Leo Burnett, FTM Art Advisory and Fratelli Alinari who honored Spider Fellows with 505 coveted title awards and 943 nominees in 31 categories.
“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 7,686 entries we received this year,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. “Jennifer Kapala’s “,”Falling” and “The Boys of Summer” exceptional images entered in the Children of the World category, represents black and white photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present her with the title of Nominee.” Jury member Diane Ruggie from Velocebella agency added, “The gallery of winners and runners up has true stopping power.”
BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in black and white photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in black and white photography. www.thespiderawards.com
What’s a post without the pictures?? Here they are – thank you again to the judges and organizers. I am incredibly honoured.
“The Boys of Summer”
Happy Holidays from our home to yours! Wherever in the world you are, wishing you the brightest and best of the holidays!!!
I just returned from a trip to Madrid where I was asked to teach a class and speak at the Babyf congress. It was an amazing time, and I cant wait to give a full blog post once I am finished processing the images. While I came home with a full heart and head, I also came home renewed. The trip made me realize a lot of things that have been swirling around me for a while. How much passion I have for this incredible field of photography, and how much love I have for the craft and art of it, and for sharing that passion with others. For me, creativity is a well where the more you use, the more it fills up, and the more you have and I certainly had a lot of inspiration coming home. The image below was my first inspired by my trip to Madrid where I spent an afternoon slowly falling in love with Spain at the Museo de arte Thyssen-Bornemisza. While I love all art, old world paintings, rich in meaning and symbolism, are some of my favourites. I definitely was going for a painterly feel, reminiscent of my first love, oil painting and also wanted to try a technique in water to add to the feel. Of course, the medieval reference, a nod to my history background, is there as always ;). I am all about pushing limits and trying new things in my work. For me its the only way to grow and stretch, and I would encourage everyone to do the same. There is no fear in failure if you define success by your effort. And it doesn’t have to take forever either. All of these materials were around my home and the total session lasted no longer than five minutes and was taken just before I headed out to another session. I am a firm believer in being creative on the spot with what you have on hand and drawing on your inspiration and your vision. As a bonus, I was very honoured when this image was recognized by Child Photo Competition Inspiring Monday.
As the new year approaches, what will be your goals and growth areas? How will you push yourself?
I would love to hear your thoughts….
I have thought a lot lately about personal projects. Somewhat because I am about to leave for Spain in a few days to a photography conference in Madrid and its the topic of my speech, at babyf. But more about how much they have impacted my journey as a photographer. We all make decisions and for me, following my gut, despite all the excuses I could have found not to, and making the commitment to shooting personal projects, well, to say life wouldn’t have been the same if I chose to watch TV instead, is an understatement. Limitations, both real and self imposed have been lifted, and I have found a way to work around some very difficult situations.
Preparing for this experience next week has been a lot of fun and challenging and rewarding all at the same time. To illustrate some of my materials, I shot the series below all with one lens, one that you wouldn’t typically use in portrait sessions, but I love how it turned out. Although I love gear, and its easy to get into collector mode, I have found that sticking to a few lenses and shooting with them all the time, has been the most rewarding experience. You get to know which tool to pull out to get that vision out of your head and into the real world. And for me, thats what personal projects are all about.
Oh, and overcoming fear…..more on that in Madrid 😉
Any guesses on which lens I used?
See you soon Madrid and babyf.
A few of my favourites from a fall session in Fish Creek Park, with one of my favourite families! True story when we met for family pictures last year, we got out of the car to a very large “bear warning” sign. It was the first time I have ever had to move locations because of bears, moose yes, but never bears! Luckily this year was uneventful by comparison 😉 I loved seeing how much the kids grew this year, and am so thrilled that you had me photograph your family again!
Here is some of our time together! I have tried something new in uploading it as a video, I am a little late to the party, but will (finally) be offering video sessions in 2016 and am starting to prepare for it! Would love to know what you think!
Who here doesn’t like those bad “good” dad jokes? You know the ones I am talking about! The ones you have heard a million times, or some variation of it a million times, and they make you roll your eyes and burst out laughing all at the same time? Yeah, those ones. I am not sure what exactly dad said here, but I do know that he had his family in tears, in a good way, more than once throughout the session. Based on her reaction, I think what he said to mom, might have been, well, slightly shocking…When I asked each of his family members, without hesitation, they all said that’s what they loved most about him, his ability to make them laugh. What an incredible gift he has!
As your photographer the most meaning from my job comes from being able to capture these moments for families and show them what they value most in each other. When I think of what matters most to me in family photography, it’s those little things, like a hug, a smile, or a jokes that I would always want to remember. What’s something you will always want to remember about the ones you love?
It’s been a really busy fall season in Calgary photographing a number of wonderful families and I treasure all the time I get to spend with them. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for asking me to spend some time with your family. That connection and time with you is what matters the most to me in my profession and I am always so honored to be apart of it.
And I would love to hear from you. Cheers!
I think I have found the fairest of them all :).
One of the reasons why I love family photography is seeing families grow and change over time. Meeting the newest little additions is something that I never tire of and always feel so privileged to be able to capture this incredibly short (though sometimes it doesn’t feel like that) time in your life. I can’t wait to show you all the pictures – thank you for inviting me back to meet your beautiful baby girl
p.s. Mom did an amazing job on the nursery, from the chandelier to the mirror and the clouds….sigh…
One from my 365, one of my personal projects. What I value most about this project is that it has allowed me to capture small details of my boys, from the freckles to the hockey hair….and even his little pout. Of all my kids, he is the poutiest (the other two aren’t even) and thats what makes him both exhausting and charming all at once 😉
What do you find exhausting yet loveable about your family? I hope you get to spend lots of time with yours this weekend!