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  • Feb 09, 2016

    NAPCP Retreat: Live Portfolio Review

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    Today we have a special treat for you — a video of the Live Portfolio Review, hosted by Dan Brouillette, and 2014 Photographer of the Year Jennifer Kapala,  from the NAPCP Retreat.

    This video has wonderful tips for submitting your images in the January 2016 International Image Competition (open now!, and ending February 18th). Submit your most striking work now; we encourage you not to wait until the last minute.

    Log in to NAPCP’s member-exclusive Video Resources page with your NAPCP credentials to view this fantastic resource!

    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!  

  • Feb 03, 2016

    Valentine’s Day Printable: DIY Bunting!

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    Looking to dress up your digs for Valentine’s Day this year? Be sure to download our handy DIY bunting printables below! The full set includes individual letters to spell out “Happy Valentine’s Day” as well as decorative flags to be used as spacers and  accents.

    Instructions

    Gather these supplies before you start –

    • Printed flags (4 sheets)
    • Twine or string of some kind
    • Hole punch (we used an 1/8″ punch)
    • Push pins or mounting tape
    • Scissors or exacto knife

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    1 – First step is to print the 4 flag sheets. You can do this on a home printer or through a local shop like Staples/Fedex.

    2 – Now trim each flag out either using an X-Acto knife paired with a ruler, or cut out with scissors.

    3 – With your hole punch, add a hole to the top corners of each flag. The 1/8″ punch is great because it leaves very small holes that will not cut into the design.

    4 – String your twine through each flag, with the string hidden in the back. Be sure to leave space on each end to hang.

    5 – Attach to the wall with either push pins or mounting tape!

    Click here to download your printables!

    Happy Crafting!

     

    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!  

  • Feb 02, 2016

    NAPCP is Hiring!

    NAPCP Friends and Members,

    We’re thrilled to announce we will be adding to our team! We’re seeking a part time Design Production Assistant. Please see the requested list of attributes, qualifications, and skills, below. The ideal candidate will have a design aesthetic that is inline with current NAPCP branding, possess photography skills, and will be a people person with a heart for the association!

    We look forward to your recommendations, and applications!

    Desk Image (NAPCP)

    Job Description: Part time Design Production Assistant, working in partnership with Lead Designer and NAPCP team to fulfill design and production work for the National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP).

    Responsible for:
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    Time sensitive weekly design projects that are inline with the overall brand, aesthetic, look and feel of NAPCP.2. Creation of beautiful and tasteful design elements for NAPCP blog, Instagram, Pinterest and email promotions.
    3. Assistance with design and copy for various marketing pieces, newsletter and store products, as needed.
    4. Assisting Lead Designer in finishing design files and uploading products to the NAPCP storefront.
    5. Attending weekly (virtual) meeting to communicate and plan for deadlines.
    6. Communicating with NAPCP Team for collaboration of ideas and forward progress on all projects.

    Attributes we are looking for:
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    Enthusiastic, positive, and eager to work in a team environment.
    2. Self-motivated, goal-oriented, with fantastic time management and organization skills.
    3. Strong people, interactive, and communication skills.
    4. Can work under short deadlines, last minute, and time-sensitive projects. Deadline-oriented.
    5. A quick learner and a creative thinker.
    6. Attention to detail.
    7. A people person.
    8. Professional approach to time, costs, and deadlines.

    Skills and qualifications:
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    Graphic Design skills, and proficiency in: Adobe Creative Suite – Photoshop CS, InDesign, Illustrator
    2. Knowledge of and experience in transferring large batches of photos and finished files via FTP, Dropbox, etc.
    3. Technically savvy. Can set up system profiles, web and email accounts, etc.
    4. Basic digital photography skills required.

    Hardware and software requirements:
    Design Production Assistant must possess their own laptop or desktop, and design software required to complete job.

    How to apply:
    Send resume and cover letter to admin@napcp.com

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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.

  • Feb 02, 2016

    Meet the Photographer: Emily Williams of Emily Williams Photography

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    Favorite Movie: I love movies in general so it may be hard to pick just one  … A few that I can watch time and time again would be Good Will Hunting, Braveheart, Meet the Parents, What Lies Beneath, and We’re The Millers. If I had to choose a favorite TV show, it would be The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Not only is she hilarious, but her show promotes being kind to one another, and that is something we need much more of in today’s world.

    Favorite Book: The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer. This book has inspired me on so many levels. It is a brilliant read!

    Favorite Lens: For sharpness it would have to be the Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art, but for bokeh I would choose my Nikon 135mm 2.0 DC lens.

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    Favorite Magazines: National Geographic, Cooking Light, and for a lazy read, People Magazine.

    Favorite Website or Blog: Humans of New York pulls me in with every story line! I also love checking out DIY projects on www.hgtv.com or www.marthastewart.com.

    Favorite Music: My husband is always teasing me for listening to boy band music in the car (guilty!), but I really enjoy all types of music. My go to artists are usually Michael Jackson, Coldplay, The Verve, Adele, and Michael Bublé.

    Favorite Store: Urban Outfitters. I could spend hours in their store and/or on their website.

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    Favorite Local Spot: We have a beautiful state park in our town called The Quarry. There are miles of trails for hiking, rock climbing, as well as little beaches with swimming spots. It is one of my kids’ favorite spots in the area.

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    Photographer Idol: I don’t know if I have an “idol” per say. But I really enjoy the work of Elena Shumilova, Jessica Drossin, and Adrian McDonald (to name a few!)!

    Favorite Instagram Accounts: Two of my favorites to follow are @hilvees and @eljackson; they are a married couple that travel the globe and share the most amazing images of their adventures.

    Favorite Pinners on Pinterest: Ordinary Traveler, Steph :: Modern Parent Messy Kids, Christine Martinez Loya.

    Favorite Quotation: “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” – Unknown

    Most Interesting Place I’ve Traveled: Out of all the countries/states I’ve traveled to I would say the most interesting is when I lived in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii for a few years. The island has so many beautiful and unique things about it such as volcanic tubes to hike through, green, black and white sand beaches, hot springs, hidden waterfalls/pools … I could go on and on!

    Favorite Family Vacation Spot: Any vacation where we are by an ocean/water.

    Guilty Pleasure: The TV show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. I am addicted. And wine of course.

    If money were no object, my occupation would be: A movie critic.

    What Makes Me Memorable: I would like to say I’m memorable because I am charming and exude professionalism. But in reality it is probably due to the weird accents I talk in and because I laugh way too loud.

    Favorite Personal Photo: I always smile when I look at this photo of my dad and I. I think I was about 5 or 6 years old. I had a wonderful childhood, and even at a young age I knew I was lucky to have such kind and caring parents. My dad is very musical and used to play the piano for my brothers and I every night as we drifted off to sleep. We loved to sit on his lap and pretend we were playing right along with him.

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    Favorite Professional Photo: I had to choose two favorite images. The first I love because of the simplicity. The little boy’s eyes just draw you in and it almost has a peaceful quality to it.

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    The second photo has always been one of my favorites and I can never pinpoint exactly why. It just makes me happy and reminds me of how beautiful childhood is. I don’t like to force expressions, but rather just capture children as they are. I love being able to provide a family with memories that they will cherish and that showcase who they are at a specific moment in time.

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    Thank you for the introduction, Emily! For more from Emily, and for booking inquiries, visit Emily’s website, Like her Facebook page, and follow her on Instagram.

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    About the Photographer:
    Emily is an award-winning, featured, and published photographer that specializes in family and child portraiture. After spending the past 10 years living in Hawaii, D.C., and New York, Emily now resides in central Minnesota with her husband and 3 children (ages 8, 7, and 2).

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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.

  • Jan 29, 2016

    January with #NAPCP

    When it comes to classic photography with a creative edge, look no further than #napcp. Professional photographers, hobbyists, and memory makers create a tag feed overflowing with compositely beautiful, real-life portraits that seem to stop time at its most clever and frame worthy. Here are a few of our favorite selections from January.

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    From left to right, top to bottom:

    Anna Aromin  @seldabelda
    Hayley  @th3littlestavenger
    Meg  @meg_nlo
    Jamie Olsen Photography  @jamieolsen7
    Laurie  @lauries_little_ones
    Anastasiia  @velvet_whales
    Elena Blair  @elenasblair
    Sara Garcia  @saracgarcia
    Julie – Urban Grace Photography  @urbangracephotography

    Be sure to tag your photos with #napcp for a chance to be featured!

    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.

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    NAPCP Retreat: Live Portfolio Review

    Today we have a special treat for you — a video of the Live Portfolio Review, hosted by Dan Brouillette, and 2014 Photographer of the Year Jennifer Kapala,  from the NAPCP Retreat. This video has wonderful tips for submitting your images in the January 2016 International Image Competition (open now!, and ending February 18th). Submit […]

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    6 Ways to Prepare for a Newborn Session

    Hi! I’m Natalie Balen-Cinelli, owner and operator of Lolabean Photography. I’m in my 5th year as a full-time newborn photographer and, like many of you, I discovered my love of photographing newborns and children when my oldest daughter was born. I quickly became obsessed with documenting her every move. Fast forward two years, and I […]

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    Holiday Wine Label Printable!

    Looking for a last minute DIY gift? In need of a holiday party favor? Download our Holiday Wine Label printables below! We have created two festive designs that are easy to print, peel and stick! After downloading, make sure to purchase the correct corresponding Avery templates that we used here! We chose bottles with smaller labels […]

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