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  • Jul 22, 2016

    July Newsletter: Featuring Megan Dendinger

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    Click here to read our July 2016 newsletter!

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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.

  • Jul 18, 2016

    July 2016 Image Competition – Now Open!


    Since its inception in 2009, NAPCP has created a collaborative community that educates and inspires child photographers. Our success lies ultimately in the success of our members, of whom we greatly value.

    As you prepare to enter the July 2016 International Image Competition we want to make you aware of the new Competition Rules & Guidelines.

    Based on extensive research, member feedback, and many discussions with industry leaders, we have adjusted our guidelines to be more comprehensive and detailed. Here are just a few of the key changes you will find in our new 2016 Competition Guidelines:

    • To create consistency in scoring overall, and especially for our prestigious Photographer of the Year Award, NAPCP will be moving to an annual Judges Panel. This panel consists of 6 people, a mix of certified judges as well as award-winning and respected industry leaders, that will serve for both our January and July 2016 Image Competitions.
    • New detailed guidelines addressing the topics of composites, purchased layers & actions, and copyright have been included.
    • Purchased Critiques are explained in detail and will be formatted in the same way as our judging criteria, touching on each subject. (Impact, Creativity & Style, Technical Merit)
    • Recommended age ranges have been added to each category, with High School Seniors having a single category (no longer combined with Tween)

    There are many more details included in our new guidelines, and we recommend giving them a thorough review before submitting your images. Our hope is that this new platform allows for the continued education and success of our members, as well as the potential for continued improvement as our International Image Competition moves forward for many years to come.

    Above photo credits clockwise from top left: Katherine Jackson, “Seeing My Fairy Self” • Irene Chen, “Basking” • Becca Wohlwinder, “Family Funday” • Emilia Gray , “Quietly Waiting For You”

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    We could not be more excited about our talented panel of judges including Rachel LaCour Niesen, Tim Walden, Luke Edmonson, Deb Schwedhelm, Christine Pobke, and Cheryl Jacobs Nicolai! To learn more you can find bios and portfolio links here!


    The National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) recognizes the accomplishments and creative excellence of its child photographer members. Image competitions reward talent with medallions, priority listing on our directory, vendor endorsements, member points, titles and professional recognition.

    Our prestigious Photographer of the Year award will be decided based on specific defined criteria, as well as combined scores from both the January and July 2016 Image Competitions.


    The NAPCP July 2016 International Image Competition will open at 12 Noon EST July 18, 2016 and close at 11:59PM EST August 18, 2016.

    Members will receive a total of 2 Competition Credits per Competition with their Membership. Additional Competition Credits can be purchased for $25 each. Competition Credits can be used in any single competition, and cannot roll over to the following competition. A Critiquing Fee of $25 will apply for any member who wishes to receive professional feedback on submitted photos.


    There are eight categories available for submissions, outlined below. Entrant should choose the category with recommended age guidelines that best suits the overall feel, impact, and story of each image.

    1. Maternity
    2. Newborn (Up to 6 weeks)
    3. Baby (6 weeks to one year)
    4. Toddler (13 months to 3 years)
    5. Child (4 years to 15 years)
    6. Seniors (16-18 years)
    7. Siblings
    8. Family


    1. Impact (40%) – the sense one gets upon viewing an image for the first time. Compelling images evoke laughter, sadness, anger, pride, wonder or another intense emotion. Story Telling also plays a part in overall Impact. This refers to the image’s ability to evoke imagination. What message does the viewer read, and what story does the image depict?
    3. Creativity & Style (30%) – important to the design of an image, bringing all of the visual elements together in concert to express the purpose of the image. The photographer’s style can be defined simply through their use of light, color, or any element that enables the audience to connect with the image. Creativity is the original, fresh, and external expression of the imagination of the maker by using the medium to convey an idea, message or thought.
    3. Technical Merit (30%) – the quality of the image itself as it is presented for viewing. Retouching, manipulation, focus, appropriate depth of field, sharpness, exposure, composition and correct color are some items that speak to the qualities of the image.


    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!  

  • Jul 14, 2016

    Meet the Photographer: Jessica Silver of Jessica Lee Photography


    Favorite Movie: I would say The Holiday or Sweet Home Alabama. It is always fun cuddling up on the couch for a good chick-flick.

    Favorite Book: I really enjoy reading autobiographies and biographies, but with three little ones at home it doesn’t happen too often. Most of my time is spent reading colorful picture books.

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    Favorite Lens: Hands-down, my 85mm. I use it for every outdoor baby or family session. It gives me amazing, creamy bokeh. Best purchase I’ve made for my business!

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    Favorite Magazine: Pottery Barn – while always out of budget, I love their design and style. I always get inspiration for my own home.

    Favorite Website or Blog: Probably Pinterest! I use it personally to organize recipes and home decor ideas, while at the same time use it professionally to share what to wear boards with my clients.

    Favorite Music: I’m a country girl. Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, and Tim McGraw are a few of my favorites. It is awesome to be able to sing along, and they usually have good wholesome lyrics about family, love, and life.

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    Favorite Store: I love Hobby Lobby. It has amazing props, home decor, and I always feel inspired to be creative after leaving. Although I always spend way too much!

    Favorite Local Spot: NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research) in Boulder. It’s my favorite place to bring visitors. You drive to the top and have amazing views of Boulder and the foothills.

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    Photographer Idol: There are so many incredibly talented photographers. I’m really drawn to photographers who can capture genuine connection between family members. Jessica Hamlin Photography and Jenny Cruger Photography both do that in their own beautiful way, and I love following their work.

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    Favorite Instagram Accounts: Joanna Gaines, from Fixer Upper. The show is great and I love all of their designs and decor. I’m always looking for inspiration for my own home so I love seeing their designs pop up on my feed.

    Favorite Pinners on Pinterest: The Pioneer Woman – I’ve collected all of her cookbooks. Her cooking tips and recipes have been amazing.

    Favorite Quotation: “Enjoy the little things in life for one day you will look back and realize they were the big things.” (Editor’s note: This quotation is sometimes attributed to Kurt Vonnegut; it was first written by Robert Brault!)

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    Most Interesting Place I’ve Traveled: I spent time in the country of Ghana, Africa on a medical missions trip when I was in college. It was an incredible experience to be on the other side of the world. It truly opened up my heart and eyes to a different way of life.

    Favorite Family Vacation Spot: The beach. My family is from Maryland and we grew up going to the beach and feasting on Maryland blue crabs every summer. We have so many great memories walking the board walk and playing in the waves, so we love taking our own little ones there whenever we get a chance.

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    Guilty Pleasure: Probably watching too much TV with my husband in the evenings. Whenever we find a good show that we both really like, it’s hard to be disciplined and watch only one or two episodes. Netflix has a way of getting us both hooked.

    If money were no object, my occupation would be: World traveler and adventure enthusiast. I love learning new things and experiencing life to the fullest. My bucket list is long and I’m always making my husband do crazy things with me like jump out of a “perfectly good airplane.”

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    What Makes Me Memorable: I strive to keep the mood during the session relaxed and calm. Many families bring stress to the session so I want to make the family feel comfortable. That is how we get authentic moments during a pre-planned time. Many people comment “Wow, that was so easy,” after the session.

    A Favorite Personal Photograph: My personal favorite photo is one of me and my husband after he returned from a deployment to Iraq. If you’ve never been to a welcome home ceremony, it’s an amazing experience. When the men return home from their long deployment they have a big ceremony at the hangar. All the families are waiting eagerly to see their loved one after many long months apart. Everyone waits for the airplane to arrive and land. The men get in formation and march through the doors of the hangar. They give a little speech and then release the men to find their loved one. Wives, children, parents, and grandparents all run down to find and embrace their soldier. This was taken during our first homecoming ceremony.

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    A Favorite Photograph from Your Business: This was taken of my daughter in the field by our house, during the golden hour. We are fortunate to live in beautiful Colorado so I try to take advantage of the setting as much as possible.

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    How It Represents My Brand: My brand focuses on capturing authentic moments in a clean and simple manner. This photo captures her innocence and curiosity while soaking in the beautiful Colorado evening.


    Thank you for the introduction, Jessica! For more from Jessica, and for booking inquiries, view Jessica’s contributor profile below.

    About the Contributor: Jessica Lee Photography is a Boulder Family Photographer who specializes in maternity, newborn, and family photography in Boulder, Colorado and surrounding areas including Erie, Broomfield, Lafayette, Longmont, Superior, Louisville, and Frederick.

  • Jul 12, 2016

    What’s in Her Bag: Lisa Dowty, of Lisa Turner Photography


    Tell us a little about what’s inside.
    I love this bag because it comes with a bazillion inserts and lots of Velcro so I can continually customize it how I need. It has an interior side pocket that can hold my 17in laptop – which is hard to find in a camera bag these days! I don’t always carry my laptop with me, but it’s nice to have. The outside also has tons of pockets for things I need to reach easily, and things I tend to lose during a session (lens caps, keys!).


    Most used item in your bag?
    Most used item in my bag would be my Canon 2.8L 24-70 lens. It is the original gangster and has seen some miles (hoping to buy the newer version this year!) but it is my go-to almost every single session. I love getting close up with clients and also being able to capture a scene at wide angle, documentary style.


    Least used item in your bag?
    Least used item would be the Canon 4.0L 70-200 lens. If I have a reluctant toddler, it does come in handy, but wide angle is more my jam. I do use it often for my daughters’ activities – sports and dance. But other than that it rarely comes out of my bag.


    More details:

    I used a $150 gift card I won at the 2016 NAPCP Retreat, plus the 40% off coupon in our swag bags, to get a great deal on my Shutterbag Heirloom … I LOVE THIS BAG!
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    Smarties keep the little ones happy!
    Lens Pen
    Think Tank extra battery holder and Think Tank Pocket Rocket memory card holder (won those at the 2016 NAPCP Retreat, too!)
    Daisy Grip which attaches to my hot shoe and holds Elmo or other toys — it is a must have with kids.


    Thanks for giving us a look into your camera bag, Lisa!

    For more from Lisa, take a look at her contributor profile, below  … and don’t forget to follow Lisa Turner Photography on Facebook and on Instagram!




    About the Contributor: Lisa is a lifestyle photographer who has been capturing the best families in denver for 10 years. When she is not photographing clients, she spends time with her 2 daughters, ages 12 and 14, her wonderful husband and her rescue dog Marley.

  • Jul 11, 2016

    Maternity Session Share: On the New England Shoreline, from Catherine King Photography


    Inspiration: The inspiration for this photo shoot came from mom – she texted me a couple of nights before our session and said, “Hey – I bought this hat because I once saw a photo with a woman in a large hat. Do you think we could use it?” I love incorporating items that clients bring to the session – it’s like a little creative challenge each time. How can I make this look amazing?




    Favorite Element: Hands down my favorite element of this session was the beach that evening. Living in a shoreline community means that I’m always asked to shoot at the beach and honestly, it’s not always a good idea. Between the gnats and the unabridged sun, it can be quite challenging. Add the chilly New England winds and you have yourself a possibly disappointing session. Since this session was done in May I was rather nervous about what Mother Nature would throw at us, but there were minimum winds, a gorgeous sunset and the couple was up for the challenge!




    Biggest Challenge: The biggest challenge for me in this shoot was the wind. I knew that mom really wanted to get a photo with the pink balloons since they’re having a baby girl, but the wind just kept messing with them. Between that and the wind-blown hair (always in the wrong direction, lol) – we had to wait it out quite a bit between each shot.




    Final Thoughts: While I love newborn photography, there is something so magical to me about new life in utero. I find that moms glow with this unforgettable optimism for new life ahead, and capturing this for the parents-to-be is inspiring as well as humbling.



    About the Contributor: Wife. Mother. Photographer. Doggy mom to a rowdy Yorkie and a very energetic Boxer. Wine lover. Recovering shoe-aholic.

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