• 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!

Physique Competitor – Calgary Studio Photographer

Here’s a high-key image from a recent session with a returning client, Amanda.  She is a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine, a personal trainer, and a physique competitor.  We shot a series of images of her when she was 12 days out from a bikini category competition sanctioned by the Canadian Bodybuilding Federation later this month.  We shot many great images and I may post a few others of Amanda in her competition suits after the conclusion of her competition.  Check the blog for updates.

©Joel Yana Photography

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One Fine Day – Calgary Wedding Photographer

Calgary Stampede 2011 rolled in last week, and just like every Stampede, so did the unstable weather systems!  The news reported that 3 tornadoes touched down northwest of Calgary just prior to the weekend.  And, on each of the two nights prior to Isabel and Colin’s wedding, the wind gusts made me think I was going to be in for a wild ride full of rain and wind during their wedding day.  As it turned out, the skies opened up and we were treated to an abundance of sunshine and a nice breeze.

Here’s a sneak peek from Isabel and Colin’s beautiful wedding day.

©Joel Yana Photography

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Happy Canada Day!

For us, Canada Day is not only a day of celebration of the amazing country we live in, but it’s also Meaghan’s and my wedding anniversary.  And this year, it’s our 5th!  I always joke that I selected Canada Day so that I could easily remember my wedding anniversary, but in reality there’s no way I’d ever forget.  Ever.  That’s what happens when I am married to the most amazing gal alive.

We were hoping to spend a part of today hanging out sans our sons so that we could enjoy a nice romantic dinner on the patio of Bonterra, one of our all-time faves.  That plan got squashed because we couldn’t find a babysitter.  As it turned out, our youngest ended up having a stomach bug and all the fun consequences that a stomach bug entails, so we would have stayed home in any event.

So since we couldn’t visit Bonterra, we brought Bonterra home.  Meaghan and I enjoyed an amazing dinner consisting of:

Polpette di Vitello • veal meatballs, tomato, basil, grana padano, extra virgin olive oil
Agnello • braised lamb shank, cranberry espresso sauce, gorgonzola polenta, apples, walnuts

…and topped it off with some delicious Tiramisu.  Makes my mouth water just thinking about all of this amazing food!

A photography site blog post isn’t really a post unless there’s a least one photo, so here’s one of my oldest son saluting his country.  And yes, hockey gear is never out of season in Canada!

Happy Canada Day!

©Joel Yana Photography

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Quality Chiropractic Care – Calgary Corporate Photographer

Mid-last week, I visited my friend Dr. Corey Fiske owner of 5th Avenue Place Chiropractic & Masssage.  Back in my old life working downtown I had the luxury of being within a couple minutes’ walking distance to see Corey for a tune-up on a regular basis.  Now that I call NW Calgary my work headquarters, I haven’t had a chance to get adjusted by Corey at the same frequency as in the past.  During my recent vacation, I was goofing off on a friend’s trampoline (yes, I realize how foolish it was to be on the trampoline) and the resulting neck crank lasted for a couple days!  So once I was back in Calgary I sought out Corey to perform his magic.  The neck and spine feel great, and I swear I must be 3 inches taller now!  Ha ha.

If you work downtown and are looking for a high quality chiropractic and massage practice, Corey and his team should be your first choice.  As a chiropractor, Corey is an extremely knowledgeable and very personable practitioner.  He will also take the time to answer any questions that you may have.  You get the sense that he really cares for the well-being of his patients.

He had hired me a while back to shoot some environmental portraits / headshots of his great team, which you can see here.

©2011 Joel Yana Photography

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Then and now – Calgary Baby Photographer

I’m back with a quick post after being on vacation for the last couple weeks.  Early in the spring, I photographed Kareen’s outdoor maternity session and at that time, Kareen and Marco were already anxiously awaiting the birth of their daughter.  About 5 weeks later, beautiful little Siena made her entrance into the world.  I’ve posted one frame from the maternity session and one from our recent newborn session.  Congratulations!

©2011 Joel Yana Photography

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