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  • Aug 31, 2015

    August 2015 Newsletter featuring Heidi Hope Photography!

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    Click here to read the August 2015 Newsletter!

    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!  

  • Aug 31, 2015

    Storytelling: A Fellow Photographer, by Willy Wilson of Life Unstill Photography, with Molly Garg of Molly Garg Photography

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    Documentary photography sessions are always special; they offer an intimate look into the lives of the people we are photographing. I do a lot of work with professionals and I thought it would be interesting to tell the story of another photographer, in this case fellow NAPCP member, Molly Garg.

    Molly and I agreed to share the story from both of our perspectives.

    Willy: I wanted to follow Molly around through a typical afternoon of sessions. We shot on a weekend day when her doctor husband Sumeet, and their two sons Nayan and Talan were all home. I feel like the story of a professional isn’t just about work, it’s about where work and your personal life intersect.

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    Molly: Since it’s not everyday we have an in-home photo session, I sort of thought it would seem staged (should we dress up? play a board game?). Willy made everyone feel at ease and simply said, “Do what you normally would do”. That’s what we did. A little snack, a little chatting, and it was time for us to head off to my sessions.

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    Willy: Molly was doing special sessions with a few of her long-time clients and she was so sweet and genuinely grateful to them for their continued business and support. It was touching to watch her interacting with the families, witness how the kids know and love her, sharing their favorite memories of her.

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    Molly: I was doing a few short sessions for a few of my most loyal clients (I like to call these “thank you sessions” ) in honor of my 5 year anniversary. I know these clients well, and knew that since we have a strong relationship, having another photographer there wouldn’t compromise our session. I explained to my clients beforehand that I would be arriving with my own paparazzi and they were great about it!

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    Willy: As a photographer shooting another photographer, I feel like part of the story is in the nuances of the physicality of our work. The most comfortable squatting position, how she holds her camera, the orientation of the strap on her body, whether she keeps her unused eye open or closed when she’s shooting. We are gymnasts and contortionists, cheerleaders and clowns.

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    Molly: After 5 years in the biz, I finally feel confident in my work. But having another pro watch you work – well, that’s a little nerve-wrecking! Would Willy question my lens of choice? Would she critique my interaction with the families? Would she think to herself, “why didn’t Molly bring a back up card”? (No, no, and yes.)

    Willy: From a directorial standpoint, I found our similarities fascinating, our differences edifying. I hope Molly doesn’t mind me sharing a terrific tip for getting young kids to laugh and look up – have dad (or mom) squat down low behind you and then jump up into the air right when you’re about to shoot – SURPRISE! The kids went WILD.

    Molly: Once I got in my groove, it was almost like she wasn’t there (no, really!). It really made me realize that my confidence has greatly improved, which likely translates into a better experience for my clients. I could imagine just a few short years ago being so nervous having someone watch me work. Now, no problem.

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    Willy: After Molly shot three sessions in a row, we returned to her house where Sumeet had prepared dinner and the kids were patiently waiting. I was impressed by the whole family working together to get dinner on the table and cleaned up afterward.

    Molly: I wouldn’t be doing this today if it weren’t for my husband. He was the one who suggested years ago that I turn this from a hobby to a business. He has a very demanding job, and having two kids makes our life pretty chaotic at times. He has never once complained when I have to leave early Saturday for a shoot — he just happily makes plans to keep our two boys busy. And after Sunday evening sessions, I know that I’ll come home to a home-cooked meal.

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    Molly: When I was first starting out, I pretty much said “yes” to any potential client. Now, it has to be the perfect fit to take me away from my three guys at home.

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    Willy: The most important part of Molly’s story is that she’s a mom first. The love of her family is evident in everything she does.

    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!  

  • Aug 28, 2015

    Fall Marketing Idea!

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    Here we are again! It’s hard to believe another Fall Season is fast approaching and kids are headed back to school already! The NAPCP Team has been working hard to find new ideas to help you fill your Fall Session Calendar fast!

    Announcing our gorgeous hand-lettered Postcard Pack!

    We have partnered with our friends at Artifact Uprising (think discount code) so that you can use these templates to make unique, customized, and memorable marketing pieces to remind your clients to book for Fall!

    Here is your easy marketing plan:

    1. Go to the NAPCP Store to purchase your Postcard Pack templates – and receive your Artifact Uprising discount code.
    2. Pick your best clients from last Fall that you REALLY want to get booked again, and maybe even some clients from the previous years.
    3. Insert one of your favorite images from your client’s last session to one of the provided templates and save the file. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. (You can do up to 20 unique postcards)
    4. Go to Artifact Uprising and purchase a Blank Postcard Set – using the individual files to create a unique postcard for each client
    5. Buy some postcard stamps and wait for these beauties to arrive (drink some coffee, too)
    6. Get super excited when your Artifact Uprising box arrives. Do a happy dance, and then write a personal note to each client and mail the cards
    7. Clients will get the card and immediately ooooh and aaaaah over your beautiful work from their last session, then they will put the card on their fridge so they can see it every single day. And, of course, they will call you to book for this Fall!
    8. Now that your Fall Calendar is all booked – hop on over to the NAPCP Retreat website and book your seat for January! You deserve it!

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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!  

  • Aug 26, 2015

    Back to School with NAPCP!

    Back to school is here, and the members of NAPCP would like to take this time to show you the children of NAPCP! Members submitted photos for a special back-to-school share of what this time of year looks like for NAPCP around the world. We’ll be updating this post through mid-September, so be sure to check back to see more adorable, smiling faces, and be inspired for the images you capture of your own kids!

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    Kelly Dyar, of Amerine Photography

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    Kimberly Tank, of Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

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    Becca Wohlwinder, of Becca Wohlwinder Photography

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    Abbe McCracken, of Abbe McCracken Photography

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    KariBeth Gentry, of KBG Photography

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    Carolyn Ann Ryan, of Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography

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    Lisa Phillipson, of Lisa Phillipson Photography

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    Lisa Dowty, of Lisa Turner Photography

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    Sarah Lough, of Sarah Lough Photography

     

    … want fabulous back-to-school photos of your children or family? Use the find a photographer tool at the top of this page to locate a NAPCP photographer in your area!

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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.

  • Aug 25, 2015

    Meet the Photographer: Kimberly Tank, of Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

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    Favorite Movie: The answer to this can totally depend on the day you ask! I often have trouble determining my favorites of some things. One movie I love enough to watch every year is It’s a Wonderful Life. It’s a great reminder that life doesn’t always go as planned, and we simply need to focus on the wonderful things in our lives.

    Favorite Book: I love to read, and I can’t choose one favorite book because it’s a series that I love: the Harry Potter series. My 11th grade English teacher got me hooked by reading the first book aloud to my class throughout that school year. I have been to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but I haven’t seen the new Diagon Alley and really want to go! I’m thankful I can get butterbeer at Whole Foods, and it’s pretty close to the one they serve at Universal Studios.

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    Favorite Lens: The Nikkor 85 MM 1.8G is my newest and favorite lens. I love the sharpness and compression I get with it. It’s actually not my most used lens though, as the 24-70 MM 2.8 is better for when I’m chasing little ones (which is most of the time).

    Favorite Magazine: I don’t read many magazines anymore, but my favorite would be Rodale’s Organic Life.

    Favorite Website or Blog: My favorite business related blog is Marie Forleo. I love that she incorporates video; it’s much easier to listen to her tips without having to read a lengthy blog post. She’s positive and fun and I love her goal: to help “create a business and life you love.”

    I also want to share another favorite that’s more personal. As an artist and homeschooling mom, I love The Artful Parent. She shares inspirational messages about art and creativity on her Facebook page, and the website is full of great art projects for kids and ways to get their creativity flowing.

    Favorite Music: I like various types of music, but I listen to Country the most. Tim McGraw is one of my favorite artists.

    Favorite Store: Does Amazon count? Amazon Prime has been a lifesaver for me since becoming a mom, especially the first year (when my son hated being in the car). Is it sad that the only actual stores that came to mind were grocery stores (or Target), haha! If you were giving me a shopping spree in any store, then I’d pick Anthropologie.

    Favorite Local Spot: We have a beautiful waterfront park in our historic downtown St. Marys, GA. Events are held there throughout the year and it’s a popular spot for getting photos done. I love to go on a quiet evening and walk around or relax on a swing overlooking the river and watch the sun set.

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    Photographer Idol: I don’t know that I have an idol, per se, but there are two photographers who had a huge impact on my photography and my business. Michele Celentano is the first. Thanks to her I learned the importance of providing quality archival prints and products for clients, and going above and beyond in the service provided. I also learned the importance in understanding how to pose and angle the body to help my clients look their best in front of the camera, even if I’m more of a lifestyle photographer. The other photographer who has made an impact on me is Julia Kelleher. Her Pricing & Sales workshop changed the way I structure my business and has made it so much better. She talked about Simon Sinek and the importance of identifying your “Why.” This has made such an impact on my business and I’ve already seen the effects of communicating my “Why” to past clients who have stuck with me through the change in my business as well as new clients that want to book with me because of my “Why.”

    Favorite Instagram Accounts: Sweet Theory Baking Co is a local gluten-free, vegan bakery that’s allergy friendly. Their goodies are delicious (and my son and I can actually eat them) so I love seeing them post the yummy things they’ve baked for the day.

    Favorite Pinners on Pinterest: I love Lisa Leake, of 100 Days of Real Food, and Food Babe. I am very passionate about clean eating and health and I learn so much from following these two on Pinterest.

    Favorite Quotation: My current favorite quotation is from Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.” Imagine how the world would be if everyone did those three things.

    Most Interesting Place I’ve Traveled: My husband and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary in Punta Cana, Domincan Republic. The city itself is mostly a resort community, and the locals who live there work at the resorts. On one of the tours, we learned that people from Haiti cross over into the Dominican Republic for work.

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    Best Family Vacation Spot: Since I live near the beach, my answer would have to be Disney World. I never went as a child, and had the opportunity to go as an adult, pre-children, which was really fun. It wasn’t until I had my son and we went back that I really fell in love with it. We have a blast every time we go! If you’re looking for something more relaxing, then I’d definitely recommend the beach! It’s one of my favorite places to be.

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    Guilty Pleasure: Chocolate. I LOVE chocolate.

    If money were no object, my occupation would be: … an artist/photographer! I’ve definitely landed my dream job. Launching my photography business has allowed me to bring back my artistic side and allows me the flexibility to be able to stay home with my son and homeschool, and still help provide for our family. I used to teach elementary school so I love that I still work with kids, but without the extra stress.

    What Makes Me Memorable: I’m a kind person with a friendly smile that helps people feel more comfortable around me. This is especially helpful for bringing out personalities during a photo session. One of my daily life goals is to show love and kindness to those around me and anyone I meet.

    A Favorite Personal Photo: My personal favorite photo right now is this one of my son’s toes. It’s one of the images for my Project 52 (that I’m doing with several other fellow NAPCP photographers). This image represents how this project has helped me bring out my creativity and see in new ways. I’m taking more pictures of my family and I love the images I’m getting. I’m not just taking snapshots of my son smiling at me (which I also love), but I’m looking for the details and the things I want to remember about his childhood. When I took this picture, the theme was “through” and he was sitting on his feet on this chair while “working on the computer like mommy”. It was the perfect moment, so I pulled out my camera and captured it. Everyone loves baby toes, but I think they’re still cute at three!

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    A Favorite Photograph From My Business: … is this newborn family image. I asked everyone to look at baby, and big sister decided to kiss the top of her head. It was such a sweet, natural moment and a favorite of my client as well. I love tight crops that leave out distractions so that the true focus of the image is the family.

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    How It Represents My Brand: It’s important to me to capture the whole family and make sure mom and dad are in the photos, and not just the kids. These are the images our children will cherish when they’re grown.

     

    Thank you for the introduction, Kimberly! For more from Kimberly, and for booking inquiries, visit her website, and Like her Facebook page.

    About the Photographer: Kimberly Tank is a professional photographer and artist in Saint Marys, of Camden County Georgia, servicing the areas of Southeast Georgia (including Kingsland & Woodbine) and Northeast Florida (including Yulee, Callahan, Fernandina Beach, & Jacksonville). Using natural light and custom on location sessions, Kimberly Tank specializes in the photography of families and children.

    Image Credits: Title photo courtesy of Amanda Sause Photography. Disney World photo by Disney PhotoPass Photographers, and used with permission.

    img Website: www.napcp.com Email: katie@napcp.com

    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.

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    Here we are again! It’s hard to believe another Fall Season is fast approaching and kids are headed back to school already! The NAPCP Team has been working hard to find new ideas to help you fill your Fall Session Calendar fast! Announcing our gorgeous hand-lettered Postcard Pack! We have partnered with our friends at […]

  • New in the Store: Original Artwork Seal!

    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 […]

  • New in the Store: Client Flowchart + Giveaway! (Closed)

    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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