National PPOC Image Competition

Last month I was competing in the Professional Photographers of Canada National Image Salon competition. I had four images in the competition with all of them receiving great marks through the judging process. The photo that is attached to this blog post was awarded Excellence which is the highest possible result.

Of the four images that I entered I was awarded two Excellence awards, one Merit and one Accepted and now I have been forwarded to the national finals for the category of Commercial Photographer of the Year.

The results of that will come out in a month or two.

Video Work for Rocky Mountain Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Video work for Rocky Mountain Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Video work is another area of creative outlets that we offer clients. Media requirements can differ from business to business. We have found that by being able to offer both high end photography in Calgary and also videography this has been a benefit to clients.Read More

CTV Morning News Katherine Calnan Photography

CTV Morning News Katherine Calnan Photography

Last week Katherine Calnan and Leah Hennel were both on CTV Morning News Calgary Promoting a photography event. The event was a Pecha Kucha 20×20 put on by PhotoED magazine. The website for PhotoED Magazine is “Canadian Photography in. Brand New Light”

Here is a quote from

What is PechaKucha?

“PechaKucha’s 20×20 presentation format shows your 20 chosen images, each for 20 seconds. In other words, you’ve got 400 seconds to tell your story, with visuals guiding the way. PechaKucha means “chit chat” in Japanese. This creative outlet began as nighttime get-togethers in Tokyo in 2003 by two renowned architects. Since then, three million people have attended PechaKucha events worldwide.” (quote from

Leah Hennel is a photojournalist from Calgary Alberta here is a link to her website and a quote copied from her about page

“Leah Hennel, a native Calgarian, is an award-winning photojournalist. In search of stunning visuals, she’s traveled the globe — yet she’s also managed to uncover some of her most arresting shots in her backyard. In particular, Leah’s work documenting rural life is captivating stuff. A graduate of SAIT, she’s worked for more than 20 years for daily newspapers in Calgary. Leah has covered two Paralympic Winter Games, Sochi and Rio and the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games for Postmedia.”

Katherine Calnan is an award winning Fashion, Corporate, Commercial and portrait photographer from Calgary Alberta. She is an accredited member of the Professional Photographers and Canada and has worked across Canada, the USA and Europe.

The Pecha Kucha event was organized as part of the exposure photography festival. Here is a quote from their website

“The Exposure Photography Festival is a registered non-profit society established in 2004. Exposure is run by an enthusiastic Board of Directors who are devoted to photography. The festival’s mission is to generate participation in photographic image making and to engage practitioners, photo professionals, and audiences in dialogue about the medium, its past, present and future. Like photography itself, Exposure embraces a broad audience, including beginners and experienced image makers, amateurs and professionals, and photographers of all ages and interest levels. Exposure seeks to expand awareness, to educate, inform, and delight.

2020 will be the 16th year of Alberta’s photography festival. The Festival hosts over 30,000 attendees annually. Most events and activities are free and open to the public. The Board of Directors looks forward to welcoming the community to an exciting and inspiring festival, celebrating photography and photographers from near and far.”

Work from Katherine Calnan Photography shown on CTV News Calgary
A sample of Katherine Calnan’s works shown on Calgary CTV News
Work from Katherine Calnan Photography shown on CTV News Calgary
A sample of Katherine Calnan’s works shown on Calgary CTV News
Work from Katherine Calnan Photography shown on CTV News Calgary
A sample of Katherine Calnan’s works shown on Calgary CTV News

Finalist Best Calgary Photographer 2020

Last week I received the incredible news of making the finals for Best Photographer in Calgary! This is such a great honour being born and raised in Calgary and also doing what I love, Photography.

Best of Calgary’s mission is to celebrate the people, places and voices that make Calgary an amazing place to live and call home. This is such great opportunity to explore talent and businesses that are voted the best in our city.

Please show your support by voting for me at

Every vote counts and means so much! The contest closes on February 15th, so make sure to cast your vote today. Thank you in advance for all the support and local love.


Calgary Photographer Leaves Town then Comes Back

Lots of travel and different locations over the last three months for this Calgary photographer. Neglected blog posts were a result of that : )

There are some videos that are almost ready to post and lots of fun things happening. Until then I thought I would update a little about things iv been doing.Read More

Luxury Handbag Photoshoot Behind The Scenes

This is a luxury handbag photoshoot we did a few months ago with a model named Taylor Mccaroll who is an international model and works all around the world right now.
The shoot was styled by Vanessa @pricelessvices with her contact details listed below. I have worked with Vanessa lots of times and she does wonderful work.

The location was all shot in studio using a white cove as the backdrop and using Broncolor lighting and modifiers.

The main modifier on the shoot was the Broncolor Para 133 then I did use a small octabox to add some fill when it was needed. I wanted to create quite a lot of shadow on floor of the cove and also on the model at times so I used the Para in a harder light setting to help make that happen. Taylor has a lot of dance experience so she moves and flows really well making it a lot easier to create the shapes I was envisioning in my mind.
Dena was in charge of hair and makeup with her instagram linked below. She works a lot of varied work including movies and fashion so I recommend her if you need and artist.

Then myself on the lighting, photography and retouching which was all taken care of in Capture One and Photoshop.

I wanted to say a big thank you to @luxedujour for supplying the luxury handbag s which included some beautiful pieces from Dior and Chane for the shoot and to Maison Simons in Calgary for supplying the clothing.
Video was captured and edited by Simon @alignedfilm

PHOTOGRAPHER – instagram @katherinecalnanphotography

MODEL – instagram @taylormccaroll

VIDEO – instagram @alignedfilm

STYLING – instagram @pricelessvices

HAIR AND MAKEUP – instagram @allthingsdena2

CLOTHING – Dior, Chanel, Maison Simons, @LuxeDujour

EQUIPMENT – Broncolor, Canon, Tether Tools, Apple, Capture One,

Copyright Katherine Calnan Photography

Fashion and Headshot Photography BTS Video

Fashion and Headshot Photography BTS Video

This is an high energy promotional video edit of a few different Headshot Photography, Fashion Shoots and Model Portfolio Shoots from the last year or so.
There aren’t any images in the video and its all motion pictures. Sometimes its a lot of fun just to play around with video and get creative with shots, music and editing.Read More

Calgary Photographer Katherine Calnan

Calgary Photographer Katherine Calnan

I am a Calgary Photographer and recently a model / talent agency I work with a lot asked if I could send them a short video that they could use for promotion on their Instagram page. There is a Western Canada model and talent convention later in the year where agencies around the world come to see talent and I will be the official photographer for the event.Read More

CBC Actress Yvonne Chapman Photoshoot with Katherine Calnan Photography

CBC Actress Yvonne Chapman Photoshoot with Katherine Calnan Photography

Earlier in the year I did a photoshoot with Actress / Model / Celebrity Yvonne Chapman for a magazine article in “I’m Here With Mag”. At the time of the shoot the CBC show Street Legal was just being aired on Canadian television which she is one of the actresses in and Yvonne was doing a lot of interviews and promotion hence this shoot.Read More

Katherine Calnan Photography Education

New this month is going to be my first instalment of my monthly photography educational series. Starting local in Calgary I am holding monthly educational classes of various levels to fellow creatives whether just starting, hobbyists or if photography is your profession. The best thing is the calgary photography class is $20+gst while we are starting up!Read More

katherine calnan photography
Katherine Calnan is an award winning published fashion photographer and an Accredited Professional Photographer with the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC). Specializing in Fashion photography, Portrait photography and Commercial photography. She regularly works with some of largest model agencies in Canada and also agencies in America. Katherine has both a Business and Economics degrees from the University of Calgary. She then furthered her education in photography taking courses in Canada, USA and the UK. She spent a large part of her life in advanced competitive figure skating, ballet and dance. Katherine is also a black belt in Shotokan with further training in Ninjutsu and close quarter combat. After many years in the oil and gas industry she transitioned into the world of professional photography. She is based in Calgary Alberta and she travels extensively across Canada and the USA following her passion for photography and also covers assignments in Europe.


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