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    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!

Veterinary Students Have More Fun! – Photobooth

A short while back I received a call from Alissa, a veterinary student at the University of Calgary.  She was referred to me by one of my old high school friends, Dr. Tom Leboldus.  Tom also happens to be one of the owners of Woodlands Veterinary Hospital and Animal Dental Centre which is a great facility if you are looking for quality animal health care.  Alissa was organizing “Vetball” which was meant to be an informal grad of sorts for the Calgary Association of Veterinary Students (CAVS) third year class who would be heading off into the real world for their final year.  Alissa hired my studio to set up a photobooth and to provide coverage of the evenings events.

The evening was filled with viewings of various CAVS students’ video contest entries (there were some truly hilarious videos!) and some great humour by the two co-MC’s.  There were many finely dressed DVM’s in-training, and some individuals that were both uniquely dressed and well dressed!  Throughout the night the co-MC’s handed out many awards and it was clearly evident that CAVS was quite a close-knit group.

Here’s a photobooth frame of some of the many awardees.  I’ll update this blog post hopefully later tonight with a link to the rest of the booth images.  Alissa and her crew did a great job in organizing a fun evening for her fellow students.

Special thanks to Natalie for assisting me with setup/takedown and for second shooting the event.  What a fun night!  Cheers.

UPDATE:  CAVS members – the rest of the booth images are online.  To access them:

  1. Visit my Facebook page here (and click the “Like” button on your way in!).
  2. Once you’ve entered my Facebook page, click on the VetBall Photobooth – Calgary Association of Veterinary Students” photo album.  From there CAVS Vetball guests are free to tag themselves, share the image, or post it to their own profiles as long they keep the original image intact (no cropping or alternations).
  3. Laugh, giggle, and enjoy the images!

©2012 Joel Yana Photography

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Happy New Year! – Calgary Family Photographer

Happy New Year!  2012 is here and Calgary continues to be greeted with mild temperature.  Here’s an image from my first shoot of the year.  Fittingly, it’s an image of one of my favourite couples:  Meaghan’s folks.  They are heading home after a great Christmas visit in Calgary, so I thought I’d take advantage of the great weather and shoot some images for them in Fish Creek Park.

They’ve been together for 45 years and still going strong.  It just goes to show you that when you commit to a life journey together, every year brings more memories and new beginnings.  Cheers.

©2012 Joel Yana Photography

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Merry Christmas! – Calgary Lifestyle & Wedding Photographer

If your household was anything like mine earlier this morning, it was filled with the sound of kids waking early (wayyyy too early!), chomping at the bit to get at the presents under the Christmas tree.  Now that the morning mayhem has subsided, I thought I’d post up a few images from yesterday evening’s get together.  It was our second annual Christmas Eve family fondue, steak and prawn fest, and this time I thought I’d spice things up with a family photobooth and even my sons, my nephew and my niece joined in the fun!

The stars of the show were my Dad and my father-in-law.  My father-in-law quickly embraced the spirit of the photobooth and created some truly outstanding looks (and gestures!) that had us in stitches.  I put together a slideshow later in the evening and we all had a great laugh.

I liked the idea of the photobooth because it gets everyone to loosen up and have fun.  With all of the running around and stress that everyone seems to carry during the build-up to Christmas, I think it’s important to remember that Christmas isn’t really about presents and having everything perfect and “just so” – it’s about getting together with family and close friends and appreciating the great people, the fantastic experiences and the valuable life lessons that have blessed our life journeys.

Merry Christmas, and I hope you and your family enjoy a memory filled 2012.  I’ll leave you with a just a few of our crazy family’s photobooth pics. As for me, I’m resting up for another family get-together, this time at my brother’s place.  Turkey anyone?  Cheers.

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Absolute Dance – Calgary Commercial Photographer

I’m a bit behind in blogging – I was in New York City for a fantastic family wedding with my wife and two sons. It was nice to be a wedding guest for once not be behind a camera at a wedding for once!) It was an adventure for sure – Manhattan got hit with their first snowstorm of the winter while we were there!!!

Now that I’m back in town, there will be more posts to come very soon.  Stay tuned!

Before our trip I shot some new website and promotional content for Absolute Dance.  Absolute Dance is located in NW Calgary and offers fantastic dance and fitness classes for children as young as 3 years old as well as offerings for adults!  Here are a couple frames from that shoot.

©2011 Joel Yana Photography

©2011 Joel Yana Photography

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Autumn Weddings…and Giggles – Calgary Wedding Photographer

Enter Luc swooping in for a kiss.  Cue Jacquie giggling.

Here’s a frame from yesterday’s giggle session er, um, I mean wedding.  Cheers!

©2011 Joel Yana Photography

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