• 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!

Michelle & Kevin Engagement Session – Calgary Wedding Photographer

Michelle and Kevin are great people with big hearts.  They got together a couple years ago when they volunteered their time in Rio Azul, Guatemala as part of a team of 12 who raised funds and put in a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to start a major water project for the people in that area.  Phase One, which is completed, involved building catchment tanks to collect the spring water up at the source, digging a 3 km trench to bring the the water to Rio Azul, and the construction of a distribution tank that would distribute water to the residents in Rio Azul.

What an amazing story and start to a relationship!  It’s an honour to have met such generous indivduals and I’m looking forward to photographing their wedding.

Here are a few frames from their engagement session.  Cheers.

©2011 Joel Yana Photography

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Married! Isabel & Colin – Calgary Wedding Photographer

They say you never forget your first.  Well, this wedding was no exception.  When I opened my studio, I was primarily a family portrait photographer.  It wasn’t until the fall of 2010 that I decided I wanted to extend my coverage to include weddings.  I’m glad I did.

Isabel and Colin’s wedding wasn’t the first wedding that I shot, but it was the first where I was the primary photographer.  And as the primary, you are entrusted with the huge responsibility of documenting the special moments that occur during your client’s big day.  The buck stops with YOU.

Let’s face it – weddings can be hard work.  It can be a long day of shooting, and you need to have a strong grasp of the capabilities of your gear so that you can create that image you envisioned in your head on demand.  So what’s the payoff?  The payoff is when you see moments like “the first look”, the walk down the aisle, the bride and groom’s vows, the exchange of rings – and you see the emotions on your client’s faces that are telling you that at this is the biggest moment of their lives.  It brought me right back to when my wife and I got married 6 years ago.

Such was the wedding day of Isabel and Colin, from a wedding photographer’s perspective.  A day that was full of emotion.  My personal faves from the day are the images of their first look.  They decided that they wanted to see each other prior to the ceremony.  Isabel was standing at the top of the stairs, with her back to the front door.  Colin was standing just inside the front door at the bottom of the stairs, facing away from Isabel.  They turned to face each other and that’s when the tears started to flow.  I loved how Colin attempted to diffuse the situation by pointing at her, as if to say “It’s your fault that this is happening!”. Their family and wedding party were all on hand to witness it.  What an awesome moment.

Much to my delight, Isabel and Colin’s wedding day was blessed with warm weather and some rather dramatic skies.  This made for some great outdoor opportunities.  The ceremony went smoothly, the day went off without a hitch, the wedding party was a breeze to photograph and Isabel and Colin were open to any of my ideas.

When I was packing my gear the night prior, I must have gone through every single piece of equipment at least 10 times.  Extra media cards?  Check.  Batteries fully charged?  Check.  Camera sensors cleaned?  Check.  Lightstands and strobes?  Check.  Pocket Wizards?  Check.  Tripod?  Light meter?  Lenses?  Battery pack?  Cords?  !!!  I was READY for this wedding!

The ultimate payoff when you photograph a wedding is in the feedback you receive from the couple.  I received a fantastic thank-you card from Isabel and Colin and it was very satisfying to read the words “the pictures are AMAZING”.  Mission accomplished.  I’d like to extend a big thank you to Jeff Cruz for assisting and second shooting for me on my maiden voyage as a primary.

Isabel and Colin – thank you again for trusting me with your special day.  Wishing you all the best on your life journey together.  Cheers.

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Bikini – Calgary Physique Photographer

Remember Dr. Amanda?  Here’s another frame from a series of images of her when she was 12 days out from a bikini category competition sanctioned by the Canadian Bodybuilding Federation.  She looks great!

I usually don’t get into the technical aspects, but today I will.  I shot the images high-key on white seamless.  3 light set-up (2 to blow out the background and the key light in a 53″ Octa). Some tileboard from the hardware store provided the ground reflection on her feet.  A couple foamcore cutters (you can get 4’x8′ sheets from an art store) to help prevent spill from the background lights.  I like the ground reflections because it gives some dimensionality to the image – otherwise your subject might appear like she is floating in space.

We also shot some images for an exercise & wellness book she is authoring, but those images may be the topic for a future blog post.

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Dance Dance Dance! – Calgary Dance Photographer

Even though  my wife co-owns a dance studio, up until now she hasn’t been successful in convincing our 4 year old son to take a dance class.  Well, that time is NOW!  Two of Aidan’s best preschool buddies recently moved on to different facilities, but their mothers signed them up for a boys’ dance class at Meaghan’s studio.  So Aidan decided that he wants to take the class too, as long as he gets to stand beside his two friends.  Done deal!  (I don’t think their dance teacher will know what hit her!).

A blog post is always better with images, so here are a few from Absolute Dance‘s Nutcracker performance last winter.  I shot these images in a dark theatre, with available light (flash not permitted).  It’s times like these when you are thankful you are able to shoot at ISO3200 to ISO 6400 and can still come away with useable images.

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Isabel & Colin E-session – Calgary Wedding Photographer

Isabel and Colin were a pleasure to photograph during their engagement photosession.  Isabel and Colin are a young, laid-back, whimsical couple.  But they are also a couple deeply in love with each other and happy to have found one another.

I recently photographed their wedding, and witnessed first-hand the emotion they felt for one another.  With that in mind, I decided to place the focus of the images in this post on those frames that I felt captured a young couple at the doorstep of jumping into a huge new chapter of their journey together.

We were fortunate to enjoy some great weather and together we were able to create some great images from various locations in Calgary.  We ended off their shoot in Kensington where they shared a coffee at Higher Ground, the place where they had their first date.

Enjoy these images from their e-session.  Cheers.

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