Happy New Year! – Calgary Family Photographer

First, I want to wish my clients, my friends, and my website visitors a very happy 2011!  It’s been several weeks since I’ve posted on my blog.  December was a very hectic month completing post-production on November client shoots, entertaining out-of-town relatives, getting back on my snowboard and enjoying the Rocky Mountains, and basically “unplugging” a little to spend some quality time with my extended family during the Christmas holidays.

2010 was a big year on many levels for me.  I left the corporate world after having spent nearly 17 years immersed in it, and entered my first year as a business owner.  It’s been scary but exhilarating all at the same time.  During 2010, I’ve met some fantastic couples and families and have been blessed to have the opportunity to create some great images for my clients.  2011 will continue to bring more exciting changes.

Wedding Coverage in 2011

I’m excited to announce that I will be expanding my photographic services to wedding coverage!  Please contact me for more information on my wedding coverage packages.

I’m a Member!  Professional Photographers of Canada

I was recently admitted as a Member (New Observer) of the Professional Photographers of Canada and will be starting the journey to seek accreditations in various areas of photography.  Kinda reminds me of my articling student days way back when I was training to receive my Chartered Accountant designation.

The PPOC’s website states that the PPOC is “…is a diversified group of creative artists dedicated to the highest standards in professional imaging.”  I firmly believe in continually honing my craft and so it’s great to be part of a professional association like the PPOC, to share ideas and learn from other members, and to have my prints evaluated by photographers who have spent decades in the profession.

The Emotional Impact of a Print

In my portraiture business, I’m also going to be moving away from digital files as my primary deliverable and focusing on creating some beautiful wall portraits for my clients.  I have the good fortune of working with a professional lab in Calgary to help me fulfill my print orders.  One of my good friends told me that the digital files he and his wife receive from a photographer typically stay in one place – on their computer.  Sure, they occasionally share the images on various social media, but other than that, the files go nowhere else.  We’ll see how he feels once he sees a large print of family framed and mounted on his wall.  I think it will change his mind as to the importance of a photograph.  People underestimate the emotional power of a beautiful print of their family mounted on their walls.  The best art isn’t necessarily a painting or a reprint thereof by a famous artist.  In my view the best “art” is an image that captures the emotional connection of a family.

Just before Christmas, my brother and his wife moved into their house.  Earlier in the fall, we were fortunate to spend some time capturing some fantastic images of them with their then-9 month old son at Fish Creek park.  I surprised them with a housewarming present that exists as a large framed print in their new living room.  It felt great to see my sister-in-law’s eyes well up when she saw the print, and I am so happy my present has helped to make their new place feel even more like home.

©Joel Yana Photography

To me, the greatest compliment is when a client tells me that they love the images from their session.  One of my clients got, in her words, “all choked up” when she saw an image I shot at her mother’s 65th birthday celebration.  Her mother never used to smile in pictures but I was able to get some images of her smile after she had undergone some dental work.  My client wrote me and said “It’s awesome!  And it might be the nicest photo I’ve EVER seen of my mom!  No, seriously.  Really.”  It’s feedback like this that reminds me why I love to photograph people!

I’ll end my first post of the year with some more images from 2010.  Due to time contraints and a busy life as a father of two little boys, I don’t get a chance to put up a full post of every shoot that I complete.  But here are a few images that made me smile as I looked back at them.

Happy 2011!

©Joel Yana Photography

©Joel Yana Photography

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