• 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!

Low Key Lighting in the Studio – Calgary Portrait Photographer

This image was from an impromptu session with my oldest son during a break from editing.  I love shooting high key images for its clean look, but I equally love shooting low key and the drama and mood that comes with bringing shadows into play.

I didn’t use a studio backdrop for this image.  In fact, Aidan was standing in front of a shelving unit that had a pile of junk stuff on it.  And believe it or not, but this was taken on a mid-afternoon with quite a bit of afternoon light coming in courtesy of the studio’s west facing windows.  The solution was a simple one light setup.  One monolight fitted with a 20 degree grid on camera left, beside Aidan and just out of the frame.  This lit Aidan’s face with minimal spill and prevented light from hitting the background.  I shot with a very small aperture.  I had to stayed at about 1/200 sec shutter speed (sync speed) but this was fast enough to kill the ambient lighting.  With the light focused on my son’s mug, it helped take away attention from the rather distracting temporary tattoo on his hand!

It’s really fun to use (or not use) different light sources to create an image where it would otherwise not be possible if you had to rely on available light!

Cheers.

©2012 Joel Yana Photography

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Autumn Colours – Calgary Family Photographer

It’s been quite some time since my last blog post – summer and fall have been busy and eventful for our family.

Autumn is such a special time for me.  It is a change in our physical world and is symbolic for change in so many facets of our lives.  The changing of the season also brings out some of the best colours for environmental portraiture!

I still have some spaces available for Fall 2012 family photo sessions – if you are interested in creating some amazing wall art for your household, please contact me at joel@joelyanaphotography.com or call me at 403.472.8329.

If you are a Facebook user (in this day and age, maybe the question is, who isn’t?) and would like to be kept updated on my studio’s latest projects, please visit my Facebook page and click the “Like” button.

I really liked this capture from a recent family shoot – the sun created an nice rim light on this photogenic family.  Thanks for stopping by!

©2012 Joel Yana Photography

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Calgary Headshot Photographer – Claire

Claire has had many years of experience in the performing arts and will soon be adding acting to her resume.  Her parents commissioned me to capture some images for her acting portfolio.  Claire was a natural in front of the camera!  Good luck with your future auditions, Claire!

©2012 Joel Yana Photography

©2012 Joel Yana Photography

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Calgary Family Photographer – Smiles

I shot this handsome little dude, his cute baby sister and his parents recently.  Looking at his face puts a big smile on mine!  More images from this session to follow in a future post.

©2012 Joel Yana Photography

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Calgary Lifestyle Photography – Ray’s Skate Session

Ray is easily one of the most laid back, likeable dudes you’ll ever meet.  He has a love for music, art, snowsports, skateboarding and is a great photographer in his own right, but Ray’s biggest passion (aside from his family) is surfing.  I have no doubt he will end up in California one day getting in a surf session with little Hux on the daily!!!

Here’s a frame from one of Ray’s sk8 sessions.  Cheers.

©2012 Joel Yana Photography

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