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  • May 22, 2015

    Meet the Photographer: Christie Brown, of Christie Brown Photography

    Here at NAPCP, we love our membership. We strive not only to encourage, support, and promote the NAPCP community of photographers, but listen to them, too! Recently, we asked members what they’d like to see more of, here — and we should not have been surprised when everyone said, “More of each other!”

    Great photographers often become local celebrities, of sorts. Everyone knows their name. Everyone wants to book a session with them because their work is amazing. But not everyone really knows much else about them. With our fun new Meet the Photographer series, we’re changing that. The NAPCP photographer wants their client to know them.

    Kicking off our series is San Francisco and Bay Area lifestyle family photographer, Christie Brown, of Christie Brown Photography. Read on to learn more about Christie … Spoiler alert! She not-so-secretly loves Taylor Swift.

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    Favorite Movie: Goodfellas, and Love Actually. Random, I know.

    Favorite Book: I don’t have a personal favorite, but I did enjoy Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.

    Favorite Lens: 85 1.2L or 70-200 2.8L

    Favorite Magazine: Professional Photographer, and Natural Health. I’m more of a web news reader than a magazine reader, but I do like sitting in bed late at night reading about new recipes, fitness and our photography industry.

    Favorite Website or Blog: Humans of New York – About a year ago, my friend Steph posted on Facebook about this photographer, Brandon Stanton. He features real-life daily portraits, and quotations from people in and around New York City. Last summer, Brandon went on an international excursion, and HONY became even more fascinating, with the people he encountered around the world. I love the raw emotion. Such a beautiful community of positive commenters, too. I look forward to his posts every day.

    Favorite Music: I’m a pop junkie. Taylor Swift is catchy. Don’t judge. But I do love Iz, and oldies. I like a little of everything. My favorite song is “Over the Rainbow” as sung by Iz.

    Favorite Store: Paper Source. I’m old school. I love making and sending cards.

    Favorite Local Spot: Penny Ice Creamery, in Santa Cruz, for special dates with my kids. It’s a small shop that makes their ice cream from scratch.

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    Photographer Idol: I have so many, but I do adore Kansas Pitts and her dreamy, colorful skies at the beach.

    Favorite Instagram Accounts: @remodelaholic and @dustylu. I’m not on Instagram much … I’m more of a Facebooker. But I do like seeing Dusty Lu’s open, airy interiors, and Remodelaholic’s DIY projects.

    Favorite Pinners on Pinterest: @designmedaily and @jordanferney. Love these two for inspiration – fashion, design, etc. We are in the midst of a full remodel right now, so I am also HGTV obsessed. Pinterest and Houzz are my addiction. I also love watching Fixer Upper, and Property Brothers.

    Favorite Quotation: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” – Maya Angelou

    Best Family Vacation Spot: Kauai. We’ve been to Maui a handful of times, but went to Kauai for our 10th wedding anniversary a few years ago. That island is downright magical, I tell you. It’s so different from any other Hawaiian island. So colorful, lush and authentic. It was like the last day of summer camp when we left. I cried as we flew away. I didn’t want to leave!

    Guilty Pleasure: Sleeping in!

    If money were no object, my occupation would be …: I would still want to be a photographer, but perhaps would do more workshops, and traveling with my family, documenting our adventures.

    What Makes Me Memorable: I love getting to know my clients on a personal level during sessions – who they are, how they met, what their story is. I like walking away not just as “the photographer”, but as a new friend.

    A Favorite Personal Photograph: My daughter, gleefully jumping the waves in Kauai.

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    A Favorite Photograph from Your Business: I took this image about a month ago, at a family shoot. I’ve had a handful of sessions with his family, over the years. Every year he gets older, he becomes more photogenic (and handsome!). I love the vibrancy, contrast and depth, here.

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    Thank you, Christie! We’re all so glad to ‘meet’ you.

    For more from Christie, and for booking inquiries, Like her Facebook page, visit her website and blog, and follow her on Pinterest.

    About the Contributor: Well, hello there! I\'m a family and child lifestyle photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. My style is modern, fun, relaxed and candid. I\'m all about the candid though, really. I enjoy capturing raw emotion in an artistic way.

  • May 21, 2015

    Inspiration: Album Reveal, with Gabi Moeller Photography

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    The album reveal. Truly one of my most favourite times of the portrait experience. Capturing the beauty of gesture, laughter, and spirit within a photograph is only part of the portrait experience. I know that every time you look at your photographs in your custom signature album, you will be filled with the emotions and memories associated with the day we captured your special moments. The skills and attention to detail that my team devotes to you ensure that your time creating amazing memories is as wonderful as the completed commission. Your images are created to be viewed and admired, not to be tucked away in a drawer on a disc.

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    I think the boys in this family broke a new record in unwrapping their custom signature album! Before I knew it the ribbon was off, tissue shredded, and box on the floor. And within an instant they were all on the couch with big smiles looking through their custom album. Look at their faces. This is exactly why I believe there is no better way to showcase your images than with a custom signature album, designed by your photographer, just for your family. For you to look at again and again. Your family heirlooms!

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    We just adore this idea, Gabi! Thanks for sharing with NAPCP.

    For more from Gabi, and for booking inquiries, visit Gabi’s website, Like her Facebook page, and follow her on Instagram!

    About the Contributor: My art is a unique combination of skills, capturing light and laughter.I specialize in family and child photography and confidently recognize beauty and individuality with every child and family that I work with.

  • May 20, 2015

    Session Share: Maui Vacation Session, with Barb Toyama

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    This sweet family was vacationing on Maui to celebrate their anniversary, and the three kids’ upcoming birthdays. This was their very first photo session as a family, and I’m so honored they chose me to document this fun and busy time in their life.

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    Inspiration: As with most sessions, I let the kids and our surroundings (most often the beach and ocean) inspire me. We started out with some loosely guided activities like walking on the beach and running from the shorebreak. Soon the girls wanted to change into their swimsuits, build sandcastles and run into the ocean, so we just went with it.

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    Favorite Moment: When the girls sneaked up on their baby brother and dumped a bucket of water on him! I love honest, spontaneous, real life moments like that. And I bet you this little boy will get his revenge one day.

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    Biggest Challenge: The sun was very bright and contrasty that day, which can be challenging to photograph, but also brings out the beautiful turquoise colors of the water.

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    Final Thoughts: I really love seeing inside the heart of a family — all the love, connection and happiness present in the big and small moments. Life can be busy and chaotic in these early years, and I love to show families how much love and adoration they have for each other.

     

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    Barb, thank you for sharing this joy-filled session with us! Barb is a lifestyle photographer on the island of Maui, Hawaii. When she is not busy documenting families, you can find her in the ocean, surfing or pretending to be a mermaid. For more from Barb, and for booking inquiries, please visit her website, Like her Facebook page, and follow her on Instagram.

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    About the Contributor: Katie, our Editorial Assistant, is the newest member of the NAPCP team. After college and graduate school, she worked in the nonprofit world, and briefly in politics. She realized she'd be quickly burned out, and started writing for various lifestyle websites. Before landing at NAPCP, Katie shot product photography for Etsy shops and other small business owners. Katie also works with Pinterest, as a member of their Pinfluencer team. She is passionate about making the world a happier, more beautiful place! Katie lives for her husband and two children, updating their totally 90's home, and finding joy in the small things. Even washing dishes.

  • May 15, 2015

    New in the Store: Original Artwork Seal!

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    We are excited to share a brand new download in the NAPCP store this week! Our latest addition is a set of template files that can be used across a range of products to certify your original artwork. The download includes templates that can be printed on a 5″x5″ card, a circular 3″x3″  or 2″x 2″sticker, as well as 2 stamp files sized 2″x2.5″.  The card and stamp templates include a space to date and sign to truly make it a one of a kind piece for clients. The stamp files can easily be ordered with our preferred vendor, Simon Stamps here! Stickers and printed card can be ordered at a printer of your choice, but please let us know if you would like us to recommend one for you. No matter how you choose to use the included files, your clients will love having an original piece of art. Click here to get your Original Artwork Seal pack now!

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    About the Contributor: Kristen Smith is a graphic designer and illustrator residing in Augusta, GA with her fiance Jon-Michael and two fur babies, Desmond and Penelope. She knew from a very young age that she wanted to do something creative and began taking design classes in high school. After receiving a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Georgia, she worked hard to establish a freelance career and officially launched her own company in 2011. Kristen is an award-winning designer, a celebrated creative for Minted.com, and has been working with NAPCP since it's inception in 2009.  She has a passion for fresh and beautiful designs with subtle feminine hints and a dash of whimsy.   Her passion for design is rivaled only by her passion for animals. She has been an avid animal rights supporter for many years and presently works with a local rescue organization fostering and rehabilitating cats. When she is not designing or sketching, you can find her crafting or in the garden!  She is also an entertainment junkie and watches entirely too many movies and television shows. Kristen looks forward to the extraordinary possibilities each new day brings!  

  • May 14, 2015

    Inspiration: Fourteen: A Styled Shoot Shared Birthday Party, with Lisa Turner Photography

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    While the big focus these days is on high school senior photography — an often overlooked market is tweens and teens. In the Instagram-centric world of this generation … pictures are king. This age group is literally obsessed with photos: selfies, styled shoots, you name it. So if you are looking to stretch yourself creatively, or possibly branch into a new market, girls aged 12-16 are more than willing to participate. It’s much easier than when my girls were 3 and 5 and I had to bribe them for one decent picture!

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    On that note, I want to share my daughter and her friend’s 14th birthday party. When your daughter turns 14, you are kind of tapped out of birthday ideas. We have done it all. So I had a thought — what if we hire a make-up artist to make these girls feel really pretty and special, and then do a photo shoot? And so we did … and it was a HUGE hit.

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    I have a shared studio space, and since the weather is typically cold and snowy in February, we did the shoot there. One of the benefits of our shared space is a fantastic collaboration of not just photographers; we have makeup artists, massage therapists, life coaches … so I knew where to look to find a make-up artist for us! Our MUA (make-up artist) was so sweet with the girls, and her attention to detail was unbelievable. She worked so hard to make sure each girl looked their best! And when each girl had her “reveal”, and saw her new look for the first time … priceless.

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    These are just a few of the images we took that afternoon!

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    Thank you, Lisa, for sharing this rad party with us! So creative, and the girls look like they had a blast.

    For more from Lisa, and for booking inquiries, visit her website, and blog, Like her Facebook page, and follow her on Instagram!

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    We are excited to share a brand new download in the NAPCP store this week! Our latest addition is a set of template files that can be used across a range of products to certify your original artwork. The download includes templates that can be printed on a 5″x5″ card, a circular 3″x3″  or 2″x 2″sticker, as […]

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    Brand new to the NAPCP store this week, our completely customizable client flowchart! A great way to stay organized and keep all your tasks and to-dos in one place. It includes 14 unique task columns with corresponding symbols that can be moved, switched and updated to reflect your perfect workflow system. Colors and fonts can […]

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