• Welcome to the Blog for Joel Yana Photography!

    My name is Joel Yana and I am a Lifestyle & Wedding photographer based out of Calgary. You can view a sample of my portfolio here.

    My main focus is on family lifestyle photography and new for 2011 I am now offering engagement sessions and wedding photography coverage.

    Check the blog frequently for updates and to view some of my recent work.

    Thanks for visiting. Enjoy!

Katelyn & Matthew – Calgary & Airdrie Family Photographer

I had a fun afternoon session in Airdrie with Katelyn, her little brother Matthew, and their parents Janice and Jason.  Katelyn and Matthew were quite the athletic siblings, as you’ll see in a subsequent post.  Here’s a frame of the two in a subdued moment, just before they started leaping off of benches, racing each other, and frolicking in the leaves.

@2010 Joel Yana Photography

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Autumn Family Session – Calgary Family Photographer

I had the pleasure of capturing images of Marilou, Marvin and their two super-cute children recently.  Here is a two frame sneak peek.

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Liu Family – Calgary Family & Children’s Photographer

I shot Mike, Gennie, and little Tiana on a day full of crazy, ever changing weather.  Waitasec, most summer and fall days in Calgary have been like that this year!  Just a couple hours prior to this shoot,  I was working through another shoot, and it was cold, wet, and windy outside.  This time I was on the receiving end of good weather.  When we showed up to our shoot location, the rain had stopped and we were treated to a variety of lighting conditions due to the wind.  At some points we had some nice diffuse light, and at other points the sun came out in its full glory.

Nevertheless, I was able to capture some family images and Tiana, the little pixie, was the star of the shoot.  Tiana is such a happy baby, such a treat in front of the camera, cooperative and always smiling!  I was able to capture quite a few keepers in this session!

Thank you, Mike and Gennie, for the opportunity to photograph your wonderful family.  Cheers.

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James & Brooke-lynn Sneak Peek – Calgary Children’s Photographer

I had the recent pleasure of photographing Brad and Terri-lynn’s 3 year old and 1 year old.  Their kids have such different personalities, and yet so fun!  James was the ultimate super-model.  Seriously!!!  He followed all of my posing instructions (this is a luxury when my very own 3 year old is one of those little beings who just won’t sit still!).  Brooke-lynn was a feisty little munchkin and hands down one of the cutest babies I’ve ever photographed!  Here’s a 2 frame sneak peek.

©2010 Joel Yana Photography

©2010 Joel Yana Photography

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Louisa & Craig – Calgary Wedding Photographer

A short while back I was the second shooter for Louisa and Craig’s wedding in Medicine Hat.  My friend Eiko Riley of Photography by Eiko was the primary.

Two weeks prior to the wedding, Louisa and Craig’s photographer advised that he could not shoot the wedding due to uncontrollable circumstances.  Eiko was scheduled to head to Manitoba for a series of photoshoots but was able to squeeze in this wedding because it was scheduled on a Friday.  I was also free that day so I drove to Medicine Hat on Friday morning to help document the day.

The wedding was a beautiful fusion of cultures.  With Louisa’s Chinese heritage, the wedding day started with a traditional Chinese tea ceremony.  Louisa’s bridesmaids were dressed in colourful Chinese dresses.

The weather forced us to shoot primarily indoors, and so we used the beautiful interior of the Esplanade in downtown Medicine Hat to capture most of the formals.

Louisa and Craig exchanged vows in what was mainly a Western ceremony.  The highlight for me (and most likely for Louisa and her side of the family) was when Craig delivered his vows in Cantonese.  It was a great moment too, to see Craig become emotional during his vows and to see him embrace his wife’s culture.

Here are some of the images I captured for Eiko.  You can view more images of their wedding day and see more of Eiko’s fantastic portfolio here.  Congratulations Louisa and Craig!  Always a privilege to see a young couple, their family, and friends celebrate the start of their lifetime journey together.  Cheers.

© 2010 Joel Yana Photography

© 2010 Joel Yana Photography

© 2010 Joel Yana Photography

© 2010 Joel Yana Photography

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