• 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

    What’s In Her Bag: Christy Johnson

    August 21, 2014 | Posted by Erin McManness | filed in: Fun Essentials, Photography

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    In Her Bag, On the Web:

    1. Awesome Canon 5D MIII Camera!

    2. Try new lenses and find favorites, like this Canon 50mm 1.2L.

    3. Always have room for more photos with SanDisk Memory Cards.

    4. This is genius! Clean out pesky smudges with a Lens Pen.

    5. Everyone always has their iPhone on hand. Dress yours up with these colorful cases from Emily Rickard.

    6. And finally, store it all in a gorgeous Kelly Moore “Kate” Bag!

    Sara HarrisSara Harris

    Making the Most of Your Family’s Vacation Photos

    August 20, 2014 | Posted by Sara Harris | filed in: Helpful Articles, Photography

    Making the most of the boatload of family vacation photos:

    Now that every member of your family has incredible picture-taking power at their fingertips, your vacation images are likely spread out across multiple devices and have been liked, pinned, tweeted and hashtagged across a half dozen social media accounts.

    But with just a little bit of time and thought, there’s so much more you can do with these pictures as you’re taking them and after you get home.

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    vacation napcp sara harris photography
    vacation napcp sara harris photography

    Start with the end in mind.

    Think about how you would like to “live” with your memories. So many options… An album, framed prints, a wall of gallery-wrapped canvas, a slideshow set to music. You can in fact do all of these with photos you took with your phone as well as your camera.

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    vacation napcp sara harris photography
    vacation napcp sara harris photography

    But as you are in the moment, living and documenting, here’s a tip for the moms. Make sure you include yourself in the moment, historically as well as literally. You may end up behind the camera most of the time. But whatever it takes, make sure that you all appear together and individually coupled off at least a few times in your printed memories.

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    vacation napcp sara harris photography

    So what’s the best way to do that? Learn the art of the “selfie” or the “ussie” by mastering the self-timer and the hand extend. You could stalk that random person who looks friendly and appears that they know what they’re doing, or better yet, learn and get creative with the self-timer. Remember that the self-time is your friend — as are mirrors, plate glass windows, and water with reflection. At the end of the day, no one is concerned more about your family pictures more than you, so take control of it.

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    vacation napcp sara harris photography
    vacation napcp sara harris photography

    Here’s the one that the nice well-intentioned stranger offered to take.

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    Here’s the self-timer, a beach chair, and a creatively positioned book.

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    vacation napcp sara harris photography

    How do you want to remember this moment?

    Round up all the images to one central location.

    Once you get home, it’s all about the gathering of the images and what to do with them.

    First, figure out where all the pictures currently “live.” Then create a single folder on your computer and start dumping all the vacation pictures in it. Most importantly make sure you create at least one redundant copy of the folder, in a different location!!

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    Hashtagging in advance can make gathering much easier. A tip: while you’re on vacation, create a family hashtag and have all your people use it when they are sharing images socially. Ours is #harrisagogo, and it makes it really easy to go back and search for images. If you didn’t use one at the time, no problem – you can always go back to Instagram, Facebook, etc. and add a comment with your new family hashtag later.

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    vacation napcp sara harris photography
    vacation napcp sara harris photography

    The idea is to figure out all the great images your family captured that you may not even know about yet!

    So what’s really the ‘best’ thing to do with your pictures?

    The right answer is that it doesn’t matter as long as you get them off your devices, and actually do something with them.

    You may not yet feel all nostalgic about what happened last week, but I promise you that in 10 years, 5 years, and probably even next year you will — after your kids have changed and so much water has continued to flow under life’s bridge.

    You will be so ever grateful that you invested a couple hours to get the digital pictures off the family iPhones and cameras and on to the walls and family coffee table in priceless tangible keepsakes that you will cherish for years to come.

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    vacation napcp sara harris photography

    Erin McMannessErin McManness

    NAPCP 2015 Retreat: What To Do in Whistler, BC!

    August 19, 2014 | Posted by Erin McManness | filed in: Fun Essentials, NAPCP News

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    Join the 2015 NAPCP Retreat | Visit Whistler’s Tourism Guide | Our Pinterest Inspiration Board

    Snowy mountains, hot chocolate by the fire, cozy mittens, and maybe even a reindeer sweater… Welcome to Whistler! Located in the breath-taking Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Whistler is an amazing winter destination and (we think) the perfect spot to get to know and learn from one another at the 2015 NAPCP Retreat!

    We are so excited, and have put together a guide for what to do in Whistler! In the coming months, we’ll also be sharing our Countdown to Whistler, so keep your eyes peeled on the blog!

    1. Walk The Stroll in Whistler Village and feel the falling snow!

    2. If you love outdoor sports, enjoy your free time on the slopes at Whistler or Blackcomb Mountains. The mountain air will be amazing, don’t forget to start a snowball fight or lay down and make snow angels.

    3. If wandering around town and discovering new places is more your style, be sure to check out the shops at Whistler.

    4. Did we mention that Whistler offers Sleigh Rides?!

    5. Finally, book you and your girlfriends a relaxing afternoon at one of Whistler’s Spas.

    Get ready to have some winter fun and don’t forget to sign up for the 2015 NAPCP Retreat at Whistler early!

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    NAPCP August Newsletter 2014 Featuring Anna Pociask!

    August 18, 2014 | Posted by Kristen Smith | filed in: Member Spotlights, NAPCP News, Photography

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    Click here to read our August Newsletter!

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    Happy Fridays: 5 Tips for Thrifting

    August 15, 2014 | Posted by Erin McManness | filed in: Decor, Fun Essentials, Helpful Articles

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    1. Thrift often and thrift early: the best time to get to the thrift store is in the morning! Not only will it be less crowded, but you’ll get first dibs on all of the new items for the day!

    2. Shop the better parts of town for nicer items: this seems like a no-brainer, but many people will only go to the thrift store that is closest to them. While it’s more convenient, driving a little further to a nicer part of town will yield more high-quality items… and often, the best deals!

    3. Thrift while traveling or on vacation: thrifting while you travel can be an exciting experience, especially if you’re in a different culture or region from your hometown. You can often find unexpected treasures or items that are not typically native to where you live. If you find something that won’t fit in your suitcase, many thrift stores can set you up with shipping, or can at least point out the nearest post office.

    4. Look for upcycling potential: we love sites like Apartment Therapy and IKEA Hackers because they give great advice and tutorials for updating a really unique find. When thrifting, don’t overlook that beautiful sidetable because it is an ugly color, or pass by that armchair because it has an ugly carpet-bag pattern. Roll up your sleeves and bring those amazing finds back to life.

    5. Consult a professional: we love Blue Eyed Yonder’s “Pick With a Pro” Retreat! In this retreat, Krista will accompany you to The World’s Longest Yardsale and provide instruction on how to find unique, beautiful items, as well as offering tips on the values of items and their rarity.

    Good luck thrifting and be sure to follow us on Pinterest!


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