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  • Feb 12, 2019

    NAPCP Announces Photographer of the Year: 2018!

    We are thrilled to announce our 2018 Photographer of the Year, Tracy Sweeney of Elan Studio. One of Tracy’s winning images was featured on a digital billboard in New York City’s immense, brilliant, and monumental Times Square.

    In addition to being one of the highest recipients of wins and medallions in both NAPCP’s digital and print competitions, Tracy is awarded as NAPCP Photographer of the Year for the following:

    – Displaying a singular creative vision that inspires the NAPCP member community
    – Professional integrity
    – Consistently producing technically robust, magnificent work
    – NAPCP community involvement
    – All-encompassing representation of the organization

    As industry buzz around, and participation in, our elite competition grows, the NAPCP panel of of photography experts and luminaries critiques thousands of image submissions for creativity, impact, composition, and technical merit across a range of categories including family, maternity, seniors, newborn, tween, baby, sibling, and child.

    “Time after time, Tracy completely amazes me as an artist and a person. We are so fortunate not only to have her as our Photographer of the Year, but also as a pillar of the professional child and family photography community, and an encouragement and friend to everyone around her. Congratulations, Tracy!”
    – Alice Park, Co-Founder of NAPCP

    As if the excitement and thrill of being named NAPCP 2018 Photographer of the Year aren’t enough, Tracy Sweeney will receive a lifetime membership to NAPCP, tons of social media and press coverage and a NAPCP exclusive Seal of Distinction!

    Congratulations, Tracy Sweeney! NAPCP 2018 Photographer of the Year!

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    About the Contributor: Alice is a passionate creative who loves photographing childhood, planning meaningful events, and dreaming big. Kyu is a an entrepreneur who believes in living a life full of integrity and serving others. Since starting Alice Park Photography in 2006, Alice and Kyu's business has blossomed into one of the premier boutique studios in Buckhead and the Atlanta area. They consider themselves to be especially blessed having the freedom to run a business they love while raising their two young children, Lyon and Elise. In 2009, the couple’s love for the photography industry sparked them to create the National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) – bringing together a community of passionate artists committed to growth in their craft and this unique industry. The thriving organization is their way of giving back to the global network of specialized child photographers that have supported Alice and Kyu so kindly over the years.

  • Jan 31, 2019

    January 2019 Inspired Magazine: Featuring Tracy Sweeney!

    Our all-new Inspired is HERE and we’re celebrating! We LOVE this magazine, and we’re so, so excited to share what we’ve been working hard on these past few months!

    Brand new features, a special Black and White issue, and alllll the do’s for sharing your gifts and giving back to the community you love!

    You’re going to be WOWED by this issue. Gorgeous images (and maybe even one of yours, too!).

    We wanted to let you know that Inspired is now FREE for members, as an exclusive member benefit. If you want to access Inspired for free, make sure ya join us! If you are already a member, make sure you check your Inbox for your digital issue!

    You can also purchase your digital or printed copy, here!

    Featured? Don’t forget to send your clients, family & friends the magazine!

    We can’t wait to see your excitement! We’ll be looking for your posts!

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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.

  • Dec 31, 2018

    We’re Loving This Newborn Session with an Older Baby

    studio photography session with slightly older newborn

    Though most newborn photographers subscribe to the 7-10 day ideal for posed newborn photography, some of my best and most successful newborn sessions take place when the baby is closer to 2 weeks old. A few days isn’t going to make a huge difference in the sleepiness or flexibility factors, but those extra days can greatly contribute to a few other things that will help your session:

    1. Mom has had more time to recover and isn’t in as much pain. Relaxed mom = relaxed baby
    2. If nursing, mom’s milk is fully “in” and the baby is getting more efficient at eating. Full belly = relaxed baby
    3. The parents are starting to figure out the parenting thing and are getting more comfortable with baby’s needs. Relaxed parents = relaxed baby

    newborn baby in white bucket
    newborn baby wearing yellow striped knit hat
    newborn baby wearing knit green bonnet, cradling plush football
    newborn baby wearing gray crochet hat
    newborn baby wearing knit gray skull cap
    newborn baby hands
    newborn baby on white fluff, in gray blanket
    newborn baby toes
    newborn baby on white fluff

    The baby from this session was 13 days old for his session and was an absolutely perfect little model for me! We did the family photos in my all-white studio bedroom, which uses natural light, and then moved into another room for the newborn portraits, which I design exclusively for newborns and babies. I use Westcott studio lighting in this room.







    The white sleeper hat and fluff layer in the sled are by Baby Le Cradle, as are the blue cable-knit hat and wrap.

    Rebecca Danzenbaker is a newborn photographer in Northern Virginia, with over 10 years of experience photographing families and babies.

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

    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.

  • Dec 21, 2018

    December 2018 Inspired Magazine: Featuring Megan Gonzalez!

    NAPCP’s December 2018 issue of Inspired magazine features Megan Gonzalez of Upon Waves, a feature article by newborn photographer Jessica Lynch, information about the 2019 Educational Summit and more! Snuggle up with a warm blanket and dive right in!

    Print your copy of Inspired straight from MagCloud! Share your favorite pieces with friends, family and clients.

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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.

  • Nov 28, 2018

    November 2018 Inspired Magazine: Featuring Pamela Salai!

    NAPCP’s November 2018 issue of Inspired magazine features Pamela Salai of Pamela Salai Photography, holiday NAPCP Gatherings, details on the 2019 Educational Summit, child portrait session tips, 4 Myths About School Photography, and more! Grab a cup of coffee and dive in!

    Print your copy of Inspired straight from MagCloud! Share your favorite pieces with friends, family and clients.

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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.


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    Our all-new Inspired is HERE and we’re celebrating! We LOVE this magazine, and we’re so, so excited to share what we’ve been working hard on these past few months! Brand new features, a special Black and White issue, and alllll the do’s for sharing your gifts and giving back to the community you love! You’re […]

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    NAPCP’s December 2018 issue of Inspired magazine features Megan Gonzalez of Upon Waves, a feature article by newborn photographer Jessica Lynch, information about the 2019 Educational Summit and more! Snuggle up with a warm blanket and dive right in! Print your copy of Inspired straight from MagCloud! Share your favorite pieces with friends, family and […]

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    NAPCP’s November 2018 issue of Inspired magazine features Pamela Salai of Pamela Salai Photography, holiday NAPCP Gatherings, details on the 2019 Educational Summit, child portrait session tips, 4 Myths About School Photography, and more! Grab a cup of coffee and dive in! Print your copy of Inspired straight from MagCloud! Share your favorite pieces with […]

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    Registration is NOW OPEN!! NAPCP Educational Summit

    Hey, NAPCP! We hope you’re feeling refreshed and energized. We hopped right outta bed this morning because we’ve been looking forward to this day all weekend! Join us and our 6 amazing speakers, in Atlanta, Georgia, for the NAPCP Educational Summit! January 23, 2019 In one day you’ll learn about how being “discovered” is the […]