Generations – Calgary Family Photographer

I love it when clients ask when booking a newborn session, “Is it ok if I bring my mom too?” There is nothing in this world more closer to my heart work than to be able to capture precious generations of old and new together, especially when they are long awaited and longed for as these little ones. More to come soon, but for now, one of my favs……




A little chaos in your soul – Calgary Underwater Maternity

You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star

         Friedrich Nietzsche

As an artist, everything I do is centred around the belief of challenging the status quo and rethinking what is possible. Underwater maternity sessions are like a mystical dance where light plays with movement, bubbles and the unexpected. It’s a place where the chaos of creation meets universal magic and anything is possible.

As soon as I found out I was pregnant with my third, and last baby, I knew I wanted to have a special maternity photo shoot to celebrate. I wanted something that could bring out the beauty of the pregnant body, and feel timeless but also modern. I love the uniqueness of underwater water photography…The session itself felt physically as well as emotionally refreshing…

 Crystal Mercredi

What brings a little chaos to your soul?

Its time to re-think maternity sessions and explore whats possible.  If you are interested in co-creating with me, and scheduling an underwater maternity photography session, I would love to hear from you. I am based in Calgary  and available for world wide travel.



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Exist – Personal Projects

If you follow me at all, you know I am HUGE believer in personal projects. If you want just one way to grow and develop as a technician, artist and human being, embark on one. Some of the biggest growth and development for me has come as a result of  my 365 projects and I cherish everyone of them. But here is the sad truth, despite the number of pictures I take of my family a year, I am rarely IN them. Its like I don’t exist. Seriously. Consider,  just for a moment, you look back on your childhood pictures, and no where in sight are your parents. EVER. They were ALWAYS behind the camera, because their hair was too messy, they needed to loose weight, they wore the wrong pants that day, they looked to old or their hair needed to be dyed. If you could turn back time, what would you tell them? How do you feel?

I know what I would say. I would say, “I want to see what you liked, what moved you, what you dressed like and what you loved. I want to see how your face lit up when you hugged me, how you pushed the swing for me, chased me through waves, carried me up so high, or just held my hand.” I would want to be taken back to that time when it was just us, or see who you were before us.  Where I felt safe and all was right with my world.Imagine you could give that gift to your kids. Its a gift you can give your kids, and I would say its way more meaningful than anything they got for Christmas this year.

So this year, I decided that I would undertake a Project 52 called “Get in the Frame”.  52 weeks, 52 frames and 52 pictures to prove that I exist. And show my kids a little of who I am. Its’ only three weeks in, and I am posting what I have already. Why? Because its not too late to start. Start now. With what you have and with where you are. All that matters is that you start.

Exist. Because you matter.



You’ve Got This – Tips to Execute Big Goals

Whew! It’s the end of January, and you’ve done your homework, gotten over yourself, and set some incredibly inspiring goals that you are super excited to work on, and then WHAM. That niggly little voice in the back of your head starts taking over and telling you how its impossible to succeed, or the kids get sick, or clients start to ask where their pictures are, and then there’s the appointments, the call backs, the ordering products, never mind even eating a decent meal (where have all the veggies gone?!) and doing that mountain of laundry on the floor you’ve been walking over all week.

The routine takes over. And like anything, when you are starting a new habit, its really, really hard (and overwhelming) to know where to begin. You may be clear on WHY you are doing what you are doing, but all of those overwhelming details of life can sometimes suck us down and stop you from achieving your goals. The devil is after all, in the details.

I get it. It’s my reality too. As an entrepreneur and a mom, it’s so easy to get swept up in the routine,not only with all that “has” to get done, but, if we are honest with ourselves, it’s also where our comfort zone is. It’s often where we get validation from. Our people “need” us. And those big scary goals? Well, they aren’t in that zone at all.

The hard truth? If you want to move past where you are now, and accomplish your goals, you are going to have to start to pull back, look at your life differently, and then do things differently. There is an old saying, I am sure you’ve heard before about the definition of insanity….no? It’s doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

There I said it. Its honest. It may not be what you wanted to hear, but there is no magic fairy dust. Just you. And just you doing the work. There are some tips though that can help you.

You may have even thought of them yourself, you’ve given this so much thought. Just in case though, here are some ones I have found to be most helpful…

1.Stay Committed

Reaching goals require commitment and dedication. There’s no other way around it. I love the saying “Goals don’t work unless you do”. It’s true. When you have a goal, write it down. Committing to it even at that level starts the process, and what gets recorded has a higher degree of getting done. And then post those goals somewhere you can see them. It’s your line of sight. When you make decisions or take actions, look at that goal and ask yourself “will this bring me further away or closer to this goal?” And then be honest. The only person you’re cheating is yourself here.

2. Chunk it Out

I think it’s awesome to have incredibly huge, OH MY GOD I CAN’T POSSIBLY DO THIS goals. I call mine WIGS (Wildly Impossible Goals) and I set a few each year. Sometimes they seem impossible, but if you pull back and look at your goal as a journey, there are usually smaller goals you set, like baby steps, which get you there and move you to the direction of your big goals.

3. Enlist Supporters

Whether you have someone who holds you accountable, or people who have skills that will help you reach your goals, or even, god forbid, people you can simply delegate things to, take a moment and think of all the incredibly wonderful people you know. Here’s a little secret, people love helping at their core. They are usually thrilled you asked THEM out of everyone you know. So, who can you draw on from your supporters to make your goals come true? Everyone needs cheerleaders – who are yours?

4. Course Correct and Check In

Nothing in life goes to plan. You know that. In fact you may experience it every time you try to leave your house with the kids. Someone always has to go pee just as you get the car packed. So it goes with your goals. Just because things don’t go exactly as planned, doesn’t mean you’re doomed to failure, it simply means life happens. It’s what you do with those moments that matter, so dust yourself off, check–in and course correct!

5. Let It Go

Seriously, I could write an entire article, or maybe even a novel about this incredibly scary word – its called DELEGATION. You have a goal. You are doing new and different things. Ask yourself what can you let go of? It’s about focusing on what will bring you closer to what you want, and unless you have found a way to warp time, you only have 24 hours in a day, so, what are you prepared to give up or delegate? I gave up dinners and laundry and you know what? I have three boys who help out now and are learning how to cook.  And despite the protests, no one died when they had to do their laundry either. I use this time to accomplish my goals and we are all better for it.

6.  Grow

Life is all about change. You are not going to be the same person as you were when you started this process, and that’s not only ok, that’s pretty damn exciting. So, be prepared when you have your check ins, to ask yourself if your goals still matter, or do they need a little tuning up? Make them matter and don’t be afraid to let them change and grow, just like you will.

7.   Its Hard to Live a Positive Life with a Negative Mind.

Like attracts like and you always have a choice in how you handle things when crappy things happen, or even if they don’t happen. Mindset is key to getting to those big scary goals. Even when you might feel like taking all your toys out of the sandbox, step back and think what you can take from this and how you can reframe it. A positive mind allows for possibilities to be seen. A negative one ignores the silver platter right in front of you.

8. Celebrate Your Success

This is my favourite one, and it’s so often what we forget to do. When you hit a milestone, never mind your HUGE goal, look back. You will discover how far you’ve come. And it’s a long way. So crack open that champagne, take a bubble bath or go for a walk and celebrate!!!! You did it!!

Pause just for a moment and think of the goals you have set in the past that you have been successful in achieving. How did you reach them before? What did you do? Success breeds more success and you’ve done this before. Seriously you have. Whether its riding a bike, driving a car, or registering your business….all those are skills you learned. You did it before. You can do it again.

You’ve got this…..



I would love to hear what your favourite ones are!!!

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…

JK 1-5



JK 1


jk studion

JK 1-4

JK 1-9

JK 1-10

JK 1-11

jk studio

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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)

Jennifer Kapala newborn (1 of 1)-7


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.




mat3 (2 of 1)

mat3 (1 of 1)




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?


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