Meaningful and Honest Photography

Wedding Photography that is more than a collection of conventionally pretty, static and overly styled images. Experience the difference with meaningful photographs that are mindfully crafted, intimate, timeless and honest; created from a place of understanding, love and meticulous observation. Images that celebrate the beauty of life, the strength of human spirit, complexity and dynamics of relationships and diversity of experiences.

Behind the camera

Meet the artist Cedna Photography

My name is pronounced C h e d n a and I am a Calgary, Alberta based wedding and family photographer. I have a wild ambition and dedication to convey individuality and diversity through honest and authentic storytelling. I believe there is something infinitely beautiful in creating memories filled with meaningful elements and genuine moments that celebrate the big as well as the unassuming and seemingly ordinary. My raw perspective of the world allows me to see things through a different lens and to craft compelling images where emotion, the spirit of my subjects and dynamic lighting converge. I naturally gravitate to the beauty and grit of reality. I think that what is real is true and what is true is ultimately beautiful. My clients describe me as having an effortless ability to capture the essence of who they are. Being able to recognize and portray that energy means they trust me in order to enable me to see those aspects and because I know that trust is earned I work like hell to earn it. Most of all I have a genuine love for what I do and where there is love good things happen. 

My love language is Acts of Service  and I display love through commitment and unfailing presence to the people who entrust me with documenting those stories. A great deal of things move me and I cry at all of them, I dance too much, I am an extroverted introvert, a lover of classic romance, poetry and metaphors, hand written letters, red lipstick and great shoes. I am excited that you have found your way here. If my approach and images resonate with you in any way we are likely a fantastic fit and it would be wonderful to explore and create together. 

My Approach      About Cedna

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Kind words from clients

ZAHRA AND MARK

Phenomenal. Can’t say enough good things about Cedna. Her photographs have a warmth and expressiveness that is missing from many of the formulaic wedding photos provided by other photographers we considered. She is an excellent and creative photographer who is focused on her client’s needs. She spent a lot of time ensuring she was creating what we wanted in all aspects. She was very responsive and we really appreciated her experience and guidance in choosing/planning.

CHERRI & NATHAN

Cedna has a very special style of photography, which I loved! Her unique style and eye for capturing special moments is what made her standout amongst the many other photographers. I did a lot of research when trying to find my wedding photographer and I could not be happier that I stumbled into her. She’s extremely talented with using natural light to create such interesting and beautiful photos, my husband and I just loved her!!!

CAITRIN & JOHANNES

My husband and I are utterly content with our wedding photos. I cried the first time we went through them, I was so happy that all these wonderful moments were preserved forever! At the beginning, not only was Chedna easy to reach but excellent at communicating exactly what she would provide us with. As an artist she is entirely aware of where she excels, and what sort of work she just isn’t a good fit for. Our wedding had a lot of children and Chedna captured a lot of amazing moments of the kids and their families that we were thrilled to find. She has a wonderful eye for beautiful moments that evoke memories very distinctly. My husband and I said this several times: I kept looking over and seeing something and thinking “gosh that would make a great picture” and she had already caught it, or was in the process of doing so. Chedna took our suggestions (more family and friends candids, fewer portraits) and requests, worked her butt off on our wedding day, and gave us back a finished product we’ll treasure always. While we were initially not sure about the portraits, they turned out beautifully and we are really glad she was so firm about getting them. Cannot recommend her highly enough!

Irene Rasetti

Not only is she extremely professional and efficient, Cedna has the unique ability to capture unexpected moments and feelings in every shot. She knows how to capture the essence of the moment, effortlessly. She has photographed not only my family, but also my art work and could not have been happier. Hire this woman. She’s the bomb!

PHIPPS FAMILY

Cedna provided our family with a snapshot in time of some very special moments. The end of my pregnancy and the first days with our new baby went by so fast, but I can always look back at our photos and remember all the smells, touches, struggles, joy and exhaustion that happened in that short time. Her photos captured our life, it was not a staged photoshoot of awkward family photos. They feel authentic and raw, true to our lives. I’m so glad I did both these shoots, even if I was hesitant about the maternity photos at first;) On a professional level, working with Cedna was easy and fast. She is approachable and quick to respond. She understood what we wanted out of the photos and also provided her own creative input. Especially working with our young boys she was great, and we all know how hard it is to get a 7 year old to do anything other than the “cheese” smile. We couldn’t be happier.

Junker Family

When we got back our wedding photos from Cedna one of the first things I said to my husband was: “when we have a baby I absolutely want to do a family shoot with her!” I knew we could all relax with Cedna because there was no question in my mind that she would capture beautiful images of our family. There are many photographers who can take beautiful posed shots – but not quite so many who can capture the essence of family interaction and candid moments. When I am old, I will be able to look back fondly at how hard my baby could make her grandparents laugh, how calming her auntie was when she cried, and how in love my husband and I were with our daughter. My family will treasure these photos forever.

Russo / Sonnichsen Family

We have hired Cedna three times for family photo sessions and will continue to use her in the future. She somehow has the ability to capture the essence of our family each session in unique and honest ways. Our family will forever cherish her beautiful photos. Her casual yet professional approach comes highly recommended and her work speaks for itself.

Katie & Geoff

Cedna was a wonderful photographer! My husband and I split up our ceremony and reception on different days and she was amazing and flexible with us! Not all photographers were willing to make that happen. We did an engagement shoot to get used to working with her and she was great at putting us at ease. She did a wonderful job capturing our special moments as well and we are so pleased with the photographic memories!