• We are so delighted that you are here. The National Association of Professional Child Photographers is an association whose mission is to promote and support the artistry and integrity of professional child photographers. To accomplish this mission, NAPCP provides the most comprehensive resources for its members, bringing together a community of passionate artists committed to growth in their skills, their artistry, and their businesses.

    NAPCP.com (formally pronounced "NAP-C-P") is a place where professional child photographers can come and connect, learn, teach, aspire and grow. It is also a valuable resource for parents who are looking for a professional child photographer in their area, and want to be inspired and educated about our specialized industry.

    Erin McMannessErin McManness

    NAPCP Thankful Instagram Round Up

    November 26, 2014 | Posted by Erin McManness | filed in: Member Spotlights, Photography


    Happy Thanksgiving! We hope all of our members and readers have a wonderful, memorable holiday with your families and friends. Thank you to all who submitted photos with the #NAPCPThankful hashtag – we are thankful for YOU! Here are some of our favorites:

    Milk and Honey Photography | Grow and Shine Photography | Felicia McTernan Photography
    Dawn Graves of LuxPictures | Abbe McCracken Photography | Kerri Nelson of 1026 Photography
    Crystal James of Tiny Heart Studios | Alice Park Photography | Jessica Lacey Photography

    And don’t forget to follow NAPCP on Instagram!

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    DIY Mini Tree Advent Calendar!

    November 24, 2014 | Posted by Kristen Smith | filed in: Decor, Fun Essentials

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    This adorable advent calendar is the perfect way to count down to December 25th! The little trees come in 3 sizes and open on the bottom like a box so goodies can be stored inside. The larger trees are perfect for knick knacks and toys, where as the tiny trees can store tasty treats. The templates for the trees are FREE to download and the detailed instructions are below!

    What You Need

    • Scissors/Exacto Knife
    • 1″ Circle Punch (optional, but helpful!)
    • Double Sided Tape/Glue
    • Bonefolder/Pen
    • Cardstock (white, 18-20 sheets)

    STEP 1 – Print out the templates below. Print 8 copies of the small/medium tree template and print 9 of the large tree template. This will give you 25 trees total.

    STEP 2 – Print the Advent Numbers file onto a sheet of cardstock. Here is where the 1″ punch is very very helpful, but you can use scissors if need be. With the punch just cut the sheet of numbers into strips with space above and below each row. Slide the punch upside down so you can see how the circle lines up on the under side of the punch. Once lined up correctly punch number out.

    STEP 3 – Assemble! Cut out and score all trees. You need to score along each line highlighted so that the template can easily fold once cut out. This can be done with an exacto by lightly grazing the surface, but not trimming through. You can also use a bonefolder or the back of a pen to fold. Once trimmed and folded, glue or double stick tape along the edge marked “glue.”

    STEP 4 – Glue or tape numbers to the front of each tree.

    STEP 5 – Fill with goodies and close the bottoms to each tree.

    Click below to download each template you need and enjoy! Happy Holidays!






    Erin McMannessErin McManness

    Happy Fridays: Thanksgiving Traditions

    November 21, 2014 | Posted by Erin McManness | filed in: Food & Such, Fun Essentials

    ThanksgivingTraditions_blogWe are so excited for Thanksgiving here at NAPCP, and we are so thankful for our incredible members and readers! We’ve put together a few Thanksgiving Traditions, DIYs, and ideas for your holiday today! And did you check out our Thanksgiving Placecard Free Printable?

    We love these traditions:
    1. The Turkey: This blogpost from Design Mom is a super helpful, step-by-step guide for brining and preparing your Thanksgiving Turkey! Gobble gobble!
    2. Does your family go around the table and say what they’re thankful for? This cute printable booklet from Oh Happy Day is a perfect favor for your guests!
    3. We’re already drooling over this stunning Pumpkin Pie! Get the recipe here!
    4. What would Thanksgiving be without the Pilgrims and the Indians? These Free Printable Crowns are an easy and fun craft for your kids!

    And as always, our NAPCP Pinterest Boards are brimming with DIYs, Printables, Recipes, and Inspiration! Be sure to follow us on Pinterest!

    Kristen the designerKristen the designer

    November 2014 Newsletter featuring Mandy Blake!

    November 20, 2014 | Posted by Kristen Smith | filed in: Fun Essentials

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    Click here to read our November newsletter!

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    Countdown to Whistler: 2 Months!

    November 19, 2014 | Posted by Erin McManness | filed in: Fun Essentials




    Our NAPCP Retreat to Whistler, British Columbia is now only 2 months away! Have you registered yet? Join us for an snow-filled retreat of learning from one another!

    In preparing for our trip, here is an adorable Birch Ornament DIY from Design Mom! Not only will these get you in the woodsy spirit, you can use them as tags for your Christmas gifts! For more inspiration, be sure to visit the 2015 NAPCP Retreat Pinboard!

    diyornamentPhoto Credit: Design Mom

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