Momtastic – Capturing Memories – Alicja Kalinska

The purpose of my blog has been to share my journey as a parent, and to celebrate motherhood! Not just me, but mommies all around me as well! And with that in mind, I am starting a new section called MOMTASTIC 🙂!  I will be interviewing inspirational mommas who are wearing multiple hats, and managing it all with panache!

My fab femme for February is ace photographer Alicja Kalinska. She has been passionate about photography for a long time; it started as a fun hobby while she used to fly as a purser for Etihad Airways. But it was her move to Qatar three years ago that made her take the leap f faith to become a full-time photographer, And the birth of her son Oliver 16 months ago, encouraged her to step into the family and maternity shoot spectrum as well.

Me - 1.jpegName
Alicja Kalinska

Explain yourself in about 10 words.
Mother, Photographer, Businesswoman, Hard worker, Positive Thinker, Perfectionist, Risk Taker, Grateful, Adventurous, Good and Humble.

But I am talkative, so let me explain it further:

Tell us about your business.
Let us start at the beginning. It all started as a hobby ;). While I used to fly as a purser for Etihad Airways, I used to photograph everything around on my travels. In fact, my colleagues called me ‘little paparazzi’.
And then came a time, where I was wondering if I wanted to stop flying and become a full-time photographer. Was I ready for it? To move from something stable to something like this? To be my own boss?
But life took the decision for me. My husband received a job offer in Qatar, so we decided to go, for me, it meant exiting my comfort zone and becoming a full-time photographer.
me-2 Back then, being a photographer was my only task. Not “photographer slash full-time CEO of the Household, backslash housekeeper, personal chef, head cheerleader of Oliver’s team, champion tickler, toy repair expert, sleep scientist, kiss and hugs expert and lady MacGyver” 😉
At that time, my photography focus was mainly on corporate/family/sport events and weddings with a hint of product, food and architectural photography, now and then. I also started doing some maternity and newborn sessions, however mostly for friends who have asked me.
I was lucky enough to be able to set up my own studio, which offers privacy and comfort. I currently offer custom-made sessions, which include:

I still do some events and weddings from time to time though.

How has the business evolved?
Things changed the moment I got pregnant. I realized how remarkable these 9 months are, how women who come for pregnancy photo-shoot feel, and how unforgettable these moments when the baby is just a few days old, smiles for the first time or when a baby becomes a toddler. They will pass by so quickly, all so remarkable, but un-repeatable. Capturing them will be a unique piece of art, which I desired to create. Knowing what it means to be pregnant, to be a mother and a part of a family, I started to value this type of photography above all.
pregnancy-2So basically at this stage, Alicja Kalinska Photography is mostly about capturing these beautiful moments of family lives, which will never happen again. I love the words taken from my friend’s husband:
“I never thought I would ever be so happy, my love, from the day you gave me the news of your pregnancy I have not stopped smiling. For the way you evolved with our baby over these 9 months, the way you cared for, nourished and loved the soul within you – I say with absolute truth, you have never been more beautiful. To think that in a few hours you will make me a dad, makes me the happiest man alive. My happiness will be complete when he is in my arms and I can see the glow in your eyes. I love you endlessly & I can’t wait to start this family with you <3”

What are your goals for Alicja Kalinska Photography?
My aim is to capture these inner feelings, to see the smiles within, emotions, the beauty – inside and outside. So that one day, when people will look back, they would be able to recall them and feel them again, as if they were real.

Kids - 3.jpegWhat about your own memories? As a child? Do you have many pictures from then?
I wished in “our times”, we had access to technology like nowadays – I would love to see more photographs of myself as a child and my parents – to see how we all were changing and growing up as a family. I actually set up an email for my Son, and I am sending him “progress reports” with his pictures 😉 I hope he will love to be able to see himself and us together as a family 😉

What is it about photography that excites you?
I love meeting new people. I am actually surprised with my answer. But it came to my mind on the spot! Each photo I create is a reflection of a bond between people I photograph and myself as an artist, unique mix captured in one frame, one moment of life which recorded became eternity… So I guess the real answer should be creating eternity from evanescence while meeting new people 😉

How do you find the time to juggle motherhood and your work?
I don’t find time LoL! I literally sleep a few hours a day! 7am – 8pm “baby/cleaner/cook shift”, followed by hours in front of the computer, in the studio or out taking pictures. I actually wonder how I am even surviving 😉 I didn’t have a single day off since 493 days! I guess what keeps me going is staying positive. I applied one thing – while being with Oliver, I focus on US in that particular moment, not on the million things which still need to be done. Eventually they will get done sooner or later, so why spoil our beautiful moments together with worrying about them.

Tell us about the most interesting, enjoyable as well as challenging shoots you have done.Color Run - 1.jpeg
Until now the most interesting and enjoyable outdoor photoshoot experience is during Color Run Qatar. It’s unbelievable how many amazing, different people I meet during this event, and photographing them being happy and having fun is such a pleasure. However, it is very challenging due to the conditions – to get the best shots, you need to be in the middle of action (plus you really want to be in the middle of it!) and while you are there, you need to protect your equipment! Every year I am spending a few evenings trying to DIY best possible camera covers and it never lasts until the end of the run…
Indoors, the biggest challenges are newborns. Every single one of them! They are such incredible, unpredictable miracles, who give you the highest sense of achievement once you have captured their perfectness on camera.
What is the one most important parenting rule you live by?
Grow to explore


To view Alicja’s work and to get in touch with her, visit


  1. Love this new segment on the blog. Her photography is amazing, thanks for introducing her here. I admire moms that are also entrepreneurs. Makes me want to work hard myself.

  2. What a strong and positive woman! I think anyone who has such an intentional and well developed life philosophy as Alicja is sure to succeed in whatever she puts her mind to.

  3. This seems like a super awesome lady! Her outlook on life and motherhood is so positive, plus she takes beautiful photos!

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