Personal projects – Calgary boy having fun on mom’s bed

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 hug,


Fall Family Session in Fish Creek Park Calgary

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!



Dad jokes are the best – Calgary Teen Photographer

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!

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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?Dad jokes Jennifer Kapala-2

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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!


Mirror, mirror on the wall – Calgary Newborn Photographer

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 :)

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p.s. Mom did an amazing job on the nursery, from the chandelier to the mirror and the clouds….sigh…



Hockey hair, lashes, freckles and a pout – Calgary Family Photography

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!

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I refuse to believe fall is over – Calgary Family Photographer

Just a few weeks ago, the weather was warm, the leaves were falling, and now snow??  I refuse to believe fall is over, and by the look for the week ahead, it seems I was right ;). And I promise to blog this whole session soon – I just loved it all they are such an incredible family! Hope you are enjoying the little bit of fall we have left and getting outside before the snow is here for good!



Jennifer Kapala Family and Child Photography

Much love,


One for Mom and one for Dad – Calgary Newborn Photography

You are four days old and already Mom and Dad are so in love. You are four days old and fit into Dad’s hands only for a little while.  You are four days old and you truly are a miracle.

This is one for Mom who loves little ones held by Dad and one for Dad who loves little dangling baby toes…

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Thank you for inviting me into your home to document your first few moments as a family. I am grateful for the opportunity.




What I love – Calgary Family Photographer

What I love about sessions where kids get to be kids, it’s the natural moments, like this sweet series of a brother and sister, well, being a brother and sister :). To me, there is nothing like being able to capture these types of memories for longer, you know when they are both older and will be embarrassed by it all 😉

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What are some of your favourite moments between your children, or to capture between children?


Quiet Strength – Calgary Family Photography

I loved this whole session, and will blog it all very soon, but for now one frame that has had a huge impact on me. There is something so quietly strong about it. She is at once serene and resolute and all wise beyond her years. I may have made mom cry when I asked her to tell her something that she was proud of her for. I feel there’s the story in her eyes if you look long enough…


Jennifer Kapala Calgary Family Photography

It got me really thinking about my art and the dichomotmy that I often find myself in with it.  It’s that soft yet strong contrast.  What’s the most profound thing anyone has said to you about your photography? Something that really stuck with you? Mine, was so simple, it would have been easy to miss it, but it opened up a new world to me…. “there’s softness there, so pay attention to that”.

Of course I have also had some really hard teachers who made the world of difference, but that softness comment changed me. Because I am the type of person who takes those things to heart if they resonate with me, and it did….

What’s your story? What experience have you had that has changed you? Life will change you if you are brave enough to let it….


Black and white – Calgary Maternity Photography

Simple. Elegant. Timeless. These are words which come to mind with this couple. When all the world is  running rampant with colour, I wanted to show this session in all it’s back and white glory.  The simplicity, elegance and timelessness of black and white reminds me of them And I wanted to show more about their relationship and the time they have together than the distraction colour can bring. What do you think?

Here are a few of my favourites…







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I cannot wait to meet their little one soon…




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