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.
Its been a while since I have last done any composites and tried to really push my ability in Photoshop, but when my middle boy, who just finished reading The Tale of Desperaux , asked me to make him like the mouse (who loves reading like him) in the book, how could I pass on the chance to co-create with him?!
I have always wanted to try to miniaturize a subject, but never had the right concept. So, I picked the book, and he came up with the concept, including the pose and we compromised on the clothes 😉
The first shot was the book, the foundation of the photo. I picked my very favourite book, and turned to my very favourite play in it, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I thought it would be perfect because it is such a whimsical play full of magic and fairies, kind of like the final product we created.
I knew I wanted to have dimension and interesting elements in the book, so I added the magnifying glass. Small details like the difference in print between the large book and what would be in the magnifying glass if it really was that size, was important for me to consider. I simply took the picture holding it in one hand myself. The only thing I was interested in was the inside of the magnifying glass and getting the whole title in it. As a playwright, Shakespeare often wrote of plays within the plays, so I thought it was totally appropriate to visually do the same thing and play with the idea a bit.
The next thing I shot was my subject. Originally I thought it would have been cute to have him dress a little differently, a little more old fashioned, but in the end, the clothes place the whole scene more into a modern era, which to me, speaks to how timeless and enduring Shakespeare’s works are. It adds to the fact that books have the ability to transport us to so many different times. I did want plain neutral clothes. I chose a dark blue and white top as the blue would make E’s hair pop to create a contrast and make him stand out. You notice I wasn’t concerned about the clutter on the floor, but I did want to make sure it didn’t interfere with the shadows as I knew I had to use them later as a base to put back into the book. E is left handed, so I was also very explicit on how I wanted to hold the magnifying glass . What I really paid attention to here was the direction of the shadows and trying to get the one of him and the book in the same direction, shot at the same time so the light didn’t change that much.
The final product took some work, many layers and blending in PS, but he is thrilled with the final picture. What do you think?
Now of course his brother has asked for one too….
A few months ago, I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Santa Barbara for the NAPCP Retreat to teach about setting (and achieving) inspirational goals for your photography business (no, they aren’t mutually exclusive) and underwater photography. Underwater photography is an incredible passion of mine, which may ben odd for a photographer in land locked Alberta, but I have found and shared with another local photographer, an amazing indoor pool location.
The whole event was just incredible and I shared some of the maternity session I did here. I also got lucky enough to photograph a little girl, who was an incredible swimmer and much faster than me! It was a struggle to keep up to her as I discovered just how slow of a swimmer I REALLY am. The challenge here believe it or not, was that this was not a full sized pool, but a dipping pool, which means that while the skin tones were easy to work with, it was overall MUCH more difficult to shoot in.
Here are some of my favs….
See you later Santa Barbara….
If you are looking for fun dewater session this summer, I will be hosting our “Pool Party” Sessions again with Barb Toyama again. For more information and to be put on our waiting list, contact me at email@example.com
Wouldn’t you like to dive in that water?
This is from an underwater maternity session I did as part of our “Pool Party” sessions last summer. What drew me in was the rays of the sun streaming down through the water and the moment. That mere hesitation before you push away from the side, a safe harbour, to explore the water. To me, it was much like the waiting for a new little one, and the waiting before you launch into something new. Both literal and metaphorical.
Part of underwater photography for me is learning to see the possibilities that exist in each picture and find my own way of seeing. Having a strong vision and learning how to execute it allows you to stay ahead and relevant. Copying what you have seen others do, is, well just that. Copying. And you trail when you copy.
If you are interested in differentiating yourself in a competitive market, finding your own way of seeing, learning the skill, art and business of underwater photography join award winning photographer Barb Toyama and myself this summer. You’ll hone your technical skills, including post processing, learn how to work with clients and set your vision free. To help support your learning, we are also including after the workshop support and business coaching for a total experience. Registration details can be found here.
For those of you who are interested in our “Pool Party” Sessions, which were just incredible last year, registration will be opening soon and we cant wait to get back in the water and show you how incredible your family is!!
Find your own voice always. Let us help you get there.
A little before and after so you see what I mean.
See you in the water,
The beginning of the new year in Calgary really was a little bit of a baby boom for my business! I loved all of it, but now that it has died down a little, I wanted to share some if my favourites. And this is one of them…..
Someday you will have your own hopes and dreams, not knowing that once upon a time I closed my eyes and dreamed to have you in my life.
This quotes really gets to the heart of how I feel about this session. And it happens to be on one of the cards mom received when this little one was born too. It perfect. It’s truth. It says more than I ever could about this session. Take a look at the maternity session here, and you can see how close of a family they really are.
I hope your little family is every dream come true for you. You so richly deserve this.
Here are a few of my favourites….
I am so thrilled to share with you some exciting news I received not long ago! If you follow me at all, you know that I am active in participating in the photography industry in a number of ways, one of which is through competitions. I find that competitions are great ways to really hone your skills as a photographer and push yourself to try a little harder. I recently found out I placed an “Honourable Mention” in the International Color Awards . This competition is always really tough, if nothing else, simply because of the sheer number of photographers who enter from all around the world – over 6,000 this year! As a photographer, its so easy to get stuck in your own little continent, your own little piece of the world, and wrapped up by the trends and personalities that dominate it. And when you do, you can quickly forget there are incredible artists to be found everywhere. I find when competitions attract wide and diverse groups of photographers, it becomes that much harder of a competition, and you end up finding and being inspired by some incredible artists you might not have connected with otherwise.
A little bit about this image. This was an image I shot as part of a 365 project I was completing. It’s a personal image, of my own children. For me, it was a case of anticipation. Kids, baths, and bubbles. Yes magic and fun would be bound to happen. Yes I got lots of the “typical” shots with bubbles and a bath you might expect. What was interesting to me though, was what I captured below. Completely unexpected and unscripted, to me, it shows two very different reactions of brothers to “blowing bubbles” and it really captures the essence of who they are in one frame. Unscripted because life isn’t scripted :).There’s more I like about the image – the blue and green bottles as little pops of colour, the shark floating in the bathtub – but really, its what happened, the timing of the photograph and the honesty of it that really interests me.
What draw you into pictures? What makes you stop and think? What elements appeal to you in photographs or art?
Official Press Release.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
10TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS HONORS PHOTOGRAPHER (NAME) FROM (COUNTRY)
LOS ANGELES March 8th, 2017 – Professional photographer Jennifer Kapala of Canada was presented with the 10th Annual International Color Awards Honourable Mention in the category of Children of the World at a prestigious Nomination & Winners Photoshow streamed Saturday, March 4, 2017.
The live online gala was attended by 9,575 photography fans around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the industry’s most important event for color photography.
10th Annual Jury members included captains of the industry from Christie’s, New York; Contemporary Art Society, London; Sotheby’s, Paris; ING Collection, Netherlands; Y&R, Malaysia; Preus Museum, Norway; Art Beatus, Hong Kong; Ogilvy & Mather, Amsterdam; Whitechapel Gallery, London; and J. Walter Thompson, New York who honored Color Masters with 723 title awards in 33 categories.
“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 6,178 entries we received this year,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. “Jennifer’s “Different Interpretations of Blowing Bubbles,” an exceptional image entered in the Children of the World category, represents contemporary color photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present her with the title of Honourable Mention.”
INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in color 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 color photography. www.colorawards.com
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Sometimes good things do come to those who wait.
When I was first contacted by Sue, I immediately felt like I was talking to an old friend. She had travelled and lived in some pretty exotic and tropical places, and pretty soon we got talking about underwater photography, which Sue pointed out, was totally weird for a photographer in Calgary to be drawn to. What can I say ;). As it turns out, this little one was very much longed for, and they wanted something very special to celebrate. So we worked together to plan the session, and really include elements that were important for them. What I loved was how relaxed and together she and Gary are as a couple, and I really loved how he took care of every little thing for Sue . She deserves nothing less.
I thought I better share a few since they have had the sweetest little girl in January – one of my first newborn sessions in the new year and I would love to blog those ones soon too!
Sometimes good things come to those who wait…this I know for sure now….
You have been there for your kids all the way. From holding little hands as they take their first wobbly steps, wiping tears away from falls off bikes, helping to pack up for school, or being the first person called when your baby brought their new one home. It’s time to celebrate moms of all ages. One of my favourite connections to photograph is the bond between a mother and child, no matter what the age. I am so thrilled to put together this event to really celebrate moms.
Creating a total experience for you, there will be mimosas, light snacks and some specials treats. I’ll help you pick the perfect wardrobe before hand and the session will take place at my gorgeous new studio on Saturday, May 6th from 10-4 pm and are 20 minutes in length. Packages start at $250 for 5 beautifully edited files and an incredible 8X10 fine art print of your favourite picture from our time together. This is an event to celebrate you, your littles, your older ones, mom, or even your baby on the way
Additional prints, package options and gift certificates available.
Let me help you celebrate you.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-608-1875 for to reserve your session time. Spots are limited.
I got to spend my Saturday morning with THE sweetest little baby. Seriously. I can hardly pick which photos to process because she is SO stinkin’ cute. I got chatting with mom and asked her which she preferred black and white or colour. Now usually I ask because I like to know which a client prefers out of curiosity, but her husband is a photographer. Actually an amazing one. Really check out , Jeremy Calow Photography . See what I mean?
Anyways, I wanted to see if there was a difference between what they preferred, and yup, there is. She likes colour, he prefers black and white. SO, I thought it would be fun to show the same image and see what you think!
Black and white or colour? Tell me which one draws you in. It will be interesting to see with this one which mom and dad prefer 🙂
Black and white…
Which do you prefer? I’d love to hear from you!
So far, these pictures are a few of my favourites from a recent Calgary family session in the studio. Mom waited a long time for these pictures, and I can only hope she loves them as much as I do.
If you are in the Victoria area, or know someone who is, and looking for a session, I will be traveling there in April and would love to chat with you about an exchange! Please contact me at email@example.com!!
Whats a post without pictures?
More to come soon….