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  • Sep 19, 2018

    September 2018 Inspired Magazine: Featuring Jaye McLaughlin!

    Our September issue of Inspired features Jaye McLaughlin of The Life in Your Years Photography! Read her exclusive interview, download your free motivational desktop wallpaper, access helpful resources and learn how to manage your time better in the busy season.

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    About the Contributor: Deanne is a graphic designer and photographer. She graduated in 2005 from Northern Illinois University with a BFA in Visual Communication . Before joining the NAPCP team, Deanne worked at a small advertising agency for ten years where she grew as an artist. She also started her own small photography business in 2010 and has a passion for photographing children and documenting life. Currently, she is working for NAPCP and is excited for new opportunities to bring her love of design and photography together. Deanne resides in the Chicagoland area with her husband and two kids. When she is not working, you can find her photographing or doing multiple home improvement projects.

  • Sep 09, 2018

    What’s in Her Bag: Heather Davidson-Meyn

    Tell us a little about what’s inside.
    My bag includes different things for every type of session or age group I’m photographing that day. This bag is packed for an outdoor session with a mom, a dad, and an 18 month-old! I have my Canon 5D Mark 3 together with my 24-70 2.8L and 70-200 2.8L Canon lenses to capture the action and the portraits. I threw in my macro lens to grab some still-adorable long eyelashes and chubby fingers and toes. I leave the hoods at home.

    I love my Capturing Couture scarf strap because it’s cozy and looks great — it’s attached to my camera body with a Camera Strap Buddy that fits into the tripod mount. This is so the camera lays cross-body over my shoulder rather than hanging around my neck (which I find to be really inconvenient).

    My monkey goes with me on every session that involves children under the age of 8 — he’s a Shutter Hugger so he fits right on my lens. Oddly, he always seems to have the same name as the child I am photographing. I also bring stickers for “bribes” and rewards, and tissues for tears and little noses.

    I bring an extra memory card and battery for insurance.

    The lip gloss makes me feel great, and my iPhone is my map, navigator, timepiece, and mode of communication. It’s protected from drops with an Otterbox Stardust Glitter Case, which looks great and has rubberized edges to absorb shocks.

    My bag is an Ona Capri, in Field Tan — it’s brushed leather.

    Which lens is your go-to?
    My 24-70 2.8L Canon goes to every single session with me. Somehow it keeps me creative, and I love shooting with it in its sweet spot of about f/3.5 or 4. My choice from other lenses depends on the session – my 35mm 1.2L or 50mm 1.2L for indoor sessions and newborns, my macro 100mm for newborns, and my 70-200 2.8L for everything outside. I love my 16-35mm, too, but it needs service so sadly it’s been sitting lonely in the cupboard for many months.

    Most used item in your bag?
    Before a session? My phone! During the session? My camera! After the session? Those stickers!

    Least used item in your bag?
    If I’ve prepared properly, my extra battery; if I’m not ridiculously overshooting, my extra memory card … and if I’m lucky, the tissues!

     

    Thank you, Heather, for showing us what’s in your bag!

    About the Contributor: Heather is an internationally renowned family, baby and child photographer offering a luxurious and complete experience for those looking to capture and preserve their memories. She is also a connoisseur of coffee, bicycles and warm socks.

  • Aug 29, 2018

    Announcing the Inspired Gallery Event & Print Competition Winners!

    Hello friends!

    After much excitement and anticipation, we are absolutely thrilled to announce the winners of our Inspired by NAPCP Gallery Event. In contrast to our annual International Image Competition, the NAPCP Inspired Gallery Event was creative in nature and gave both members and non-members the chance to place in one of three categories — Color, Water, and Explore. Thank you to our amazing judges who dedicated their time and expertise to scoring, deliberating and judging one hundred submissions: Ashley Berrie, Jennifer Kapala, and Rachel LaCour Niesen. Learn more about our judges here:

    The following images placed first in their respective categories:

    To view the complete listing of winning images, visit our Award Winning Image Gallery.

    Thank you to all who participated in our 2nd annual Inspired by NAPCP Gallery Event, to our Gallery Event attendees, and of course to our judges and sponsors! Gallery event photos by Alice Park Photography.

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    About the Contributor: Katie, our Editorial Manager, is our wordsmith and communications extraordinaire!  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.

  • Aug 20, 2018

    August 2018 Inspired Magazine: Featuring Heather Crowder!

    Our August issue of Inspired features Heather Crowder of Heather Crowder Photography Studio! Read her exclusive interview, get your FREE printable lunch box notes, and see which photos we have featured this month #napcp hashtag on Instagram.

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    About the Contributor: Deanne is a graphic designer and photographer. She graduated in 2005 from Northern Illinois University with a BFA in Visual Communication . Before joining the NAPCP team, Deanne worked at a small advertising agency for ten years where she grew as an artist. She also started her own small photography business in 2010 and has a passion for photographing children and documenting life. Currently, she is working for NAPCP and is excited for new opportunities to bring her love of design and photography together. Deanne resides in the Chicagoland area with her husband and two kids. When she is not working, you can find her photographing or doing multiple home improvement projects.

  • Aug 17, 2018

    A Day in the Life of Kimberly Tank: A Homeschooling Photographer

    I completed my first personal project, a Project 52, in 2014, which was also the year I really started working to build up my business. The more my business grew, the less I was picking up my camera for personal photos on a daily basis. After that first project, though, I was hooked on personal projects and wanted to make sure I made the time to continue to document my own family. Each year I plan a personal project or two (sometimes three), which really helps me not only to focus on documenting my own family, but also to really dig in and practice a skill or play and be creative with my photography.

    Last year I hired fellow NAPCP member and NAPCP Ambassador Willy Wilson of Life Unstill Photography to document a day in the life of my family so that I could be in most of the photos (header image courtesy of Willy Wilson, Life Unstill Photography). It was my birthday/Mother’s Day present and I’m so so glad we did it. I love having these everyday photos with me in them. This year we officially started homeschooling and I wanted to try documenting a regular day in my life to show what a day in the life of a homeschooling photographer looks like. Getting in front of the camera for this one was a little more challenging. I was ready to mess with a tripod and timer for some of them, which I did, but my son, who’s 6, ended up taking some great photos of me that I’ve also included.

    I can’t say that this is a typical day for us because every day is different. We have a weekly routine and a flexible daily routine, but every day looks different. The day I chose to document was the day my son has piano lessons. For this day of the week, this is pretty typical.

    I try to start my day with yoga at least 3 times a week. I’m not an early riser by nature (I’m more of a night owl), so sometimes I can do this before my son wakes up and sometimes he gets his breakfast or plays a little while I do yoga. He will occasionally join me if I end up doing it later in the day instead of first thing in the morning.

    My son is in charge of feeding the dogs in the morning and I get my morning tea ready. Then we sit down to eat breakfast with our homeschool stack for the day. I’ve found, for us, it works best to do most of our table work while we’re at the table for breakfast if we can. I often start by reading aloud and then we work on reading and word study.

    My goal is usually to try and at least get reading and math done at the table but I also like to give choice in what we do, so this morning we moved from reading to science. We’ve been working through an Earth Science unit so we were demonstrating seismic waves. We needed a six foot rope so we used a dog leash and our dog thought we were going for a walk, haha!

    Next, we moved to the living room so my son could swing on our door swing while I read from some books about history. Many kids actually absorb information read to them better if they are doing something else while they listen, especially boys, so I don’t require that he sits next to me quietly while I read to him.

    We didn’t have time to finish everything in our pile before we needed to head out, so we’ll come back to finish later. We head off to the library to pick out new books and pick up requests that have come in to supplement the topics we’re learning about. My son loves checking out the books on his own with his own card.

    After the library, we head to the music studio in town for piano lessons. While my son does his lesson, I get a little time to read a book. We head from there to my chiropractor’s office for my adjustment and then back home.

    We grab a late lunch and I do some meal prep if needed. My husband gets home sometime in the early afternoon most days (he goes in super early) and will work on his college classes while we finish up our homeschool day. (Note: My son was taking the photos of me meal prepping when my husband came home and insisted he needed a photo of us kissing, which he says is his favorite!)

    If the weather is nice, we’ll do some stuff outside if we can. This day, we finish up with math outside while we eat a snack. Then my son will play outside (or sometimes inside), while I sit down and get some work done. On this day, I added a new page to my website for commercial photography, emailed session reminders, and worked on a blog post.

    It’s time to make dinner. Since getting to shore duty, my husband has slowly taken over cooking dinner most days, which is so amazing. I head out to the garden to pick some greens to have with dinner. The weather is gorgeous, so we eat outside.

    After dinner, we head to the ball field to do t-ball pictures, which I do just for my son’s team. Back at home, it’s time to get ready for bed. My husband and I tag team helping my son get ready for bed and reading to him, depending on how tired we are and how much work I need to do that evening. My husband typically goes to bed early because he gets up early in the morning and I stay up after everyone is in bed to get editing done. Usually once a week and on weekends, he’ll stay up with me so we have some alone time together and we plan regular date nights, too. Finding a balance with this and our varying schedules is a challenge but we embrace this season of life we’re in and we know all too soon, our son will be grown and we’ll have tons of alone time again.

     

    Thank you for following along with my day!

    About the Contributor: Award winning Natural Light Lifestyle Photographer Specializing In Maternity, Baby, Child, And Family Photography; Providing An Exceptional Customer Experience And Helping You Turn Your Memories Into Works Of Art.


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  • September 2018 Inspired Magazine: Featuring Jaye McLaughlin!

    Our September issue of Inspired features Jaye McLaughlin of The Life in Your Years Photography! Read her exclusive interview, download your free motivational desktop wallpaper, access helpful resources and learn how to manage your time better in the busy season. Print your copy of Inspired straight from MagCloud! Share your favorite pieces with friends, family […]

  • Announcing the Inspired Gallery Event & Print Competition Winners!

    Hello friends! After much excitement and anticipation, we are absolutely thrilled to announce the winners of our Inspired by NAPCP Gallery Event. In contrast to our annual International Image Competition, the NAPCP Inspired Gallery Event was creative in nature and gave both members and non-members the chance to place in one of three categories — […]

  • August 2018 Inspired Magazine: Featuring Heather Crowder!

    Our August issue of Inspired features Heather Crowder of Heather Crowder Photography Studio! Read her exclusive interview, get your FREE printable lunch box notes, and see which photos we have featured this month #napcp hashtag on Instagram. Print your copy of Inspired straight from MagCloud! Share your favorite pieces with friends, family and clients. Save

  • July 2018 Inspired Magazine: Featuring 2018 International Image Competition Winners!

    This month’s issue of Inspired features our February 2018 International Image Competition Winners! Click here to read their exclusive interviews, learn more about the 2018 Best New Emerging Child Photographer, and see the photos we have featured this month from our #napcp hashtag on Instagram. Print your copy of Inspired straight from MagCloud! Share your […]