the underwater kids team

Brought together by a passion for underwater photography of families and children, Jennifer, Barb and Amy are excited to share their knowledge with hobbyists and professionals alike, and look forward to building a supportive community around this exciting, growing genre of photography.

Jennifer Kapala

Based in Calgary, Jennifer is multiple award winning child and family photographer and the 2014 National Association Child Photographer of the Year (NAPCP) and a NAPCP Ambassador. Always seeking to improve her craft, she maintains an active membership in NAPCP and is a Craftsman Member of the Masters Photographers International. Teaching and sparking a light in others is a passion and she has taught photography courses at  Babyf in Madrid, in Santa Barbara at the National Association of Professional Child Photographers Retreat, and various local camera clubs.  Underwater family and child photography is both a love and a niche and out of wanting to build a community, she founded UnderwaterKids to offer education and resources to the growing field of underwater photographers.

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Barb Toyama

Living the simple island life in Maui, Hawaii with her little family (and hopefully soon a coop of chickens), Barb works as a documentary lifestyle family photographer and dabbles in underwater fine art and many personal and volunteer projects. She enjoys raising her daughter, surfing and playing in the ocean, and pretty much anything else that takes her out into the sunshine. She is a free spirit, lover of life, carefree and happy, characteristics that often manifest in her photography. Current dream: growing their family and instilling their love for the ocean and the 'aina in their children.

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Amy vecchio

From small town to big city, Amy resides in Houston, Texas with her husband and son where they share a joy of food, travel and home improvement projects.  Amy made her way into photography a bit by accident. In 2009, what was supposed to just be a hobby, quickly became a full time affair.  A few years later, a yearning for something a little different to offer her family photo clients led Amy into professional underwater kids photography in 2014.  Self taught with now over 40 underwater photo sessions under her belt, she’s excited to share some of the many things she’s learned along the way.