Who says studio sessions have to be boring? I was honoured to be asked to photograph this family’s last session before they packed up and headed onto new digs down south. They were FUN. Like seriously fun! The girls were full of energy and really playful – just the sort of family I love to get in a family studio session! We danced, hung upside-down, read books, jumped really high and topped it off with a walk outside. Mom said she really wanted to capture how close they are as a family and to remember their time in Calgary. I think we got that in spades. Here are a few of my favourites, which I had a hard time narrowing down…
I hope you enjoyed your family’s last session in Calgary and I wish you all the best in your newest set of adventures.
Whether you are traveling to visit the Rockies, or live in the Foothills, mountain sessions in the Banff and Kootenay areas offer a wonderful way to capture your family in one of the most spectacular parts of the world. Experience and capture the beauty of the Rockies forever with a an experience your family will never forget.
Mountain sessions are some of my favourite ways to spend time with families and capture their summer vacation memories. And Moraine Lake is one of my favourite spots. It never disappoints and as a bonus, it isn’t as cold as it was last year….yes I am in the water almost to my waist for this photograph 😉
I just saw this video by Cottage Life about the oldest living maple tree in the world, the Comfort Maple. It was this tree I used as a location in two pictures which placed in the National Association of Professional Child Photographers International Image Competition. I remember seeing it in the field as I drove past on a visit to my family, and immediately knew I had to photograph a family there. One of pictures I took that night ended up in New York Times Square when I won the 2014 Photographer of the Year.
I knew the tree had a long history and was aware of some of its original owners, including Laura Secord, a Canadian heroine of the war of 1812. It was really the why I wanted to photograph a multigenerational family under it. I was looking for the meaning of family, and I felt the family would tell the story of the tree, and the tree would tell the story of the family, and all the roots and branches which make up both their histories. The tree is by far the biggest maple tree I have ever seen, and you can almost feel all the families that have had picnics beneath its canopies, the kids who have swung on the rope that is still there, and the history it has seen, including the birth of a nation. And yes it is held together by wires and cement, but its still an incredibly beautiful tree with a lot more stories to tell.
There is magic and mystery and stories all around us and I am awed that this tree, once owned by someone who helped define a nation, continues to provide inspiration and ultimately ended up wrapping its branches around another family, and ended up in New York Times Square., adding to the tree’s rich and varied history.
The images I took that night.
Take a look at the video – let me know what you think!
I am looking for a number of moms who will be about 28-36 weeks pregnant in August for a very special underwater maternity project I am working on. Must be comfortable in the water and available in the evenings. Please feel free to pass this along to whoever you know might be interested in this unique opportunity.
Let’s make some art together!!
Cant wait to meet you (and your little one!)
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I just loved this sweet little family session in Edworthy Park in Calgary from earlier this summer. Its always an honour when I get commissioned to work with families and even more so when I speak with mom before hand and she tells me how much she has been searching for a family photographer and just loves my style, and that I have “full creative freedom” to co-create with her little family, including an cute little Boston Terrier and an oh so sweet toddler.
A few tears, a few wardrobe changes, and lots and lots of sweet moments.
Life with a toddler is never boring;)
There are moments like this with a few tears….
Followed by moments like this a few seconds later…
There are times you get this reaction from a toddler…
When this is really what you wanted….
And lots and lots of sweet moments in between….
I just love these glorious summer sessions this time of year! Thank you so much for asking me to be apart of capturing your memories.
I have limited bookings for the remainder of this year, so if you are looking to have your session, reserve soon!
A few months ago, I entered my second print competition, the NAPCP Inspired Gallery, and I learned a ton, which I want to blog about when I get the images back. Winning, or even placing, at a print competition is so much harder than a digital competition. I find as there are more factors which go into a winning image, paper choice, editing etc to name just a few. I find it a challenge and I learn so much more about the value of the printed image and how important the quality of my work is. There is something so satisfying about taking a vision in your head all the way into reality and holding it in your hands, never mind putting it out in the word to be judged and having others examine it, flaws and all!
Here are the two images.
Third Place in the “Movement” Category
Second Place in the “Light” Category….and one of my favourites that was shot at our last year’s “Pool Party” sessions, proving to myself at least, that you CAN take winning images at any time and place if you are observant and looking for the opportunities!
Here is the official press release!
The National Association of Professional Child Photographers Honors Winners from The NAPCP Inspired Gallery Event
(April 26, 2017) – The National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) is proud to announce Jennifer Kapala from Calgary as one of the esteemed winners of the NAPCP Inspired Gallery Event.
The National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) recognizes the accomplishments and creative excellence of its child photographer members. In contrast to our bi-annual image competitions, the NAPCP Inspired Gallery Event was creative in nature and was participated in by both members and non- members who had the chance to place in one of three categories.
As an Inspired Gallery Event winner, each member will receive our coveted award winning NAPCP seal for website placement, increased exposure, and NAPCP member points, titles and professional recognition.
For more details on the NAPCP Inspired Gallery Event, please visit: https://www.napcp.com/blog.php/napcp-inspired-gallery-event/
The National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) is a member-based association representing and promoting the community of professional child photographers. The NAPCP provides a valuable platform for seasoned veterans and rising professionals alike to share their experiences, hone their craft and raise their professional visibility.
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You really do get to meet the most amazing people and families in my job. On Friday, I had the absolute honour of taking family pictures for a young family when the grandparents were visiting from Mexico. Not only did I leave the session with an offer of a place to stay anytime I was in Mexico, but I also got to hear an incredibly beautiful talented mom sing to lull her little one to sleep. Babe was fussy and a little tired, so I asked mom to snuggle her. In the most incredibly pure and beautiful voice I have ever heard, mom started to sing . I have goosebumps just thinking of it and wanted to share the talent with you.
Press play for an amazing treat…
And it settled her right down.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for asking me to capture sucI cant wait to share with you the rest 🙂
I was so thrilled to capture this session for this lovely little family. A first birthday celebration in Calgary’s Pearce Estates Park was a perfect way to spend a Friday evening in my books. I loved how thoughtfully this family had planned for the session – from everything from a big pink balloon to their amazing outfits! Little E is such a super sweet girl and has the best expressions too 🙂
Take a look at a few of my favs for yourself!
Thanks for asking me to capture such a special time!
Thought I would post a quick before and after of an underwater picture of my youngest boy, who as you can tell, just loves the water.
Underwater sessions are such a unique way to capture your family and are so great for kids, maternity and even graduation sessions too! Our Pool Party Sessions last year where such a hit that I am opening up a few dates for them this year too! Information will go out to my newsletter subscribers first, and any remaining times will open up after that!
Its finally feeling like summer. Well, it was until today. I am still here, sessions, lots of sessions, and life, as usual, has a way of sneaking up on you and I have been so busy I haven’t posted for a while.
When times get crazy and there is barley room to breathe, I always try to make some room for my creative space and some quiet. It used to be the first to go, but I found that the more I pushed myself, the more I stayed creative and the better the rest of life was. For everyone in it, but most especially for my ability to be creative on the job.
You may have read a previous post on getting in the frame and existing in pictures here. Its been my solace, this project. A little bit of sanity carved out just for me. I am trying to avoid just showing up in picture with my children, though I feel thats terribly important, I also feel that its equally important to just be who I am, part of thats a mom, but not all of it. Long before I wanted children, I read reams and reams of poems and old english literature, and tons of history texts. And long before that, I was a young girl with a big imagination and a fascination with knights and castles, witches and fairies, though for the record, I never was a princess in my dreams. I was always wanted to be a knight out on horseback racing to my next victory. If you know me at all, thats probably hardly surprising.
The point is, its as much a project to show them how they fit into my arms, as it is also a chance to rediscover who I am and what interests me. Both are equally valid and both deserve my time and attention. As life changes, as my kids grow, I want to grow too. Otherwise all my pictures will be of me, waiting like the princess of yesterday, to be rescued. And we all know the knight made for a way more interesting story.
Keep getting in the frame. For you and for them.