We Exist:

To spark passion, confidence, and curiosity in kids.

To connect them to themselves, each other, and the world around them.


By providing the tools to find their voice and share their stories through photography.

And building a community of global friendship that celebrates art, life, and self-expression.

And making it FUN!


A world where kids grow up feeling connected to more than technology.

Where they feel they have a place in the world. Their voice matters. And they belong.

They create and experiment from a place of play instead of pressure.

A global friendship where stories are shared and the truth is celebrated.

All ethnicities, backgrounds, and stories matter and are represented, widening perspectives and cultivating curiosity in young people.

Kids celebrate each other and themselves.
And experience the full adventure that life has to offer them.

Janet Pliszka

Professional photographer, creativity expert and the founder of Kids Photography Academy.

JanetJanet’s first experiments with photography were at the ranch where she grew up in southern Alberta.  She was just a kid when she picked up her first film camera and photographed the cows, the crocuses and her orange cats dressed up in her doll clothes.  Her camera always went with her as she grew up and started to travel the world.   It was during her years in Japan when she really discovered her love of teaching, her connection with kids and her passion for photography.  After years in the exciting world of marketing back in Canada, Janet started the journey of doing what was her ‘calling’ in 2006.  She started her own photography company Visual Hues Photography which has grown to a highly reputable business in Calgary.   Working with lots of kids as her clients and raising two of her own, she couldn’t help but notice their interest in what cameras produce.   So in 2014 Janet wove together her love of photography, kids, teaching and self-expression.   And that’s when Kids Photography Academy was born.

Janet is on a mission to invite all children to share their stories and their unique perspectives through photography.   Her passion to empower children with the tools to express themselves and feel connected to the world they live in is what Kids Photography Academy is built on.