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  • Jul 20, 2017

    10 Tricks to Homeschooling, from a Photographer Mom!

    Hi! I’m Jennie, and I have been homeschooling since 2015. Not long, I know! I wanted to share some tricks, or things I have found to work, for working from home combined with homeschooling.

    1. Find a tutorial, if possible. My boys go to a homeschool Montessori tutorial two days a week from 9-2. This is a great way to get in grocery shopping, workouts, and some work or sessions! This is a formal private tutorial, so it doesn’t require me to do anything. It’s also amazing having a co-teacher. The teacher and I work together in many areas.

    2. Year round school. This helps me tremendously. If I fall behind in work, that’s okay, because we can take time off from homeschool. When kids get sick — because that WILL happen — we can take the time to get well, and not feel pressure. We do take time off in May or June, then we start back up July 1!

    3. Homeschool in the car, if needed. Bring it with you! Also, homeschool isn’t always reading and writing. Homeschool can be gardening or field trips!

    4. Remember the balls: Your family is a glass ball. Your work and social life, etc. are all rubber balls. If you drop the glass one, it breaks; it needs a lot more care and needs to be your priority. If you drop a rubber ball, it always bounces back! So, when you’re in a rut, go to this. My kids come first ALL the time, even if I’m behind on galleries.

    5. Find balance, especially the first year. I find it easier to book a lighter schedule at first and not be overwhelmed. Now that we have this down, I feel I can add a little more work to my load.

    6. Make sure you’re getting “ME” time. This is so important. If you’re caring for the house and the kids and the clients, you will start to feel frustrated and won’t have patience for the little things.

    7. Once a day, spend 20 minutes in your child’s world. Maybe they’re playing Legos. Go in their room and be there. You don’t have to be amazing, just be there! Listen to them ramble on and on. They will love it. Fill the love tanks!

    8. In the mornings, I refuse to do ANY work. I solely concentrate on the boys. I teach them, make them breakfast, and I don’t answer calls, texts, or emails. In the afternoon, my work starts around 2 PM and ends between 4 and 5 PM. Then I start dinner. It works for me best this way, because if I start working in the morning, I cannot seem to transition back to mommy mode. I end up staying in work mode all day.

    9. During my work hours, the boys have quiet time. We don’t do screen time, so they listen to Wow in the World Science Podcast or Sparkle Stories.

    10. When you find you’re out of balance: working TOO much or not homeschooling ENOUGH, or maybe your house is a disaster (totally okay and its a rubber ball too!), step back and re-assess and start again. Have grace!

     

    That’s it! I know it isn’t as easy as this list, but hopefully this gives you a good starting point.

    About the Contributor: I was on the path to be a stay at home mom when one day, I fell into the wonderful world of photography. Then I discovered the artistic nature of newborn photography. This led me to pursue my passion to be a newborn photographer.

  • Jul 19, 2017

    July Inspired Magazine: Featuring Ute-Christin Cowan!

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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 as the Design Production Assistant 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 three year old son. When she is not working, you can find her photographing or doing multiple home improvement projects.

  • Jul 18, 2017

    Peach Blossom Session with a Family of Four

    Inspiration: The inspiration for this client session was the peach blossoms; each spring they turn a pastel pink and only last for about a week.  I’ve been photographing them for the past 4 years and every year it is a little bit of a guessing game with Mother Nature, to schedule the session at just the right time, to hit the peak color.  This year was no exception, as we had a rather warm end to winter and the peach blossoms bloomed earlier than normal.  For this particular session, we met at the orchard during the golden hour.  It was so beautiful there with the soft pink blossoms and the light trickling through the blooms.

    Biggest Challenge: The biggest challenge was the fine balance between the sun and very little shade.  Even though the peach trees are fairly tall, they do not provide much shade while the sun is setting and I ran into a lot of dappled lighting.  I found myself needing to relocate the position of the family members to avoid bright spots on their faces or clothing.

    Favorite Element: My favorite element of the session was the beautiful family!  It had been two years since they had portraits taken, and as their kids are quickly growing up, they wanted to freeze this moment in time.  It was fun to watch them interact with each other, and they presented me with many opportunities to capture their authentic expressions.  I also had a fun element of surprise for their daughter.  What the family of four didn’t know is that I brought along some glitter, and at the end of the session, I asked their daughter if she would blow glitter at the camera while I photographed her.  Her dad’s response was, “Glitter?! She loves glitter!”  Instantly their daughter’s face lit up and we topped off the evening capturing some magic.

    Final Thoughts: Peach blossoms are one of the most requested times for client sessions as they provide a beautiful, soft backdrop – absolutely perfect for family portraits!

     

    Danelle Sergent is a natural light, on-location photographer specializing in children and families serving the northern Virginia, Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, and central Maryland area. You will find that she does not use many props. Her goal is to have your eye be drawn to the person in the photograph. Her style is bright, cheery, and loving.

    Danelle’s work has been featured on the cover of Child Guide Magazine, as well as on a popular photography forum, In Beauty and Chaos as a featured photographer. To keep in touch with Danelle, and for session inquiries, visit Danelle’s website, Like Danelle Sergent Photography on Facebook, Follow Danelle Sergent on Twitter, and Follow Danelle Sergent on Instagram.

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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 17, 2017

    The 2017 Second Half Image Competition is Here

    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, whom we greatly value.

    As you prepare your images for submission into the Second Half 2017 International Image Competition, be sure to carefully read the Competition Rules & Guidelines. We are pleased to announce that the submission cap has been removed; you are now free to enter as many unique images as you like!

    We are so excited to welcome back our illustrious judges: Barbara Breitsameter, Rob Greer, Jennifer Kapala, Julia Kelleher, Summer Murdock, and Michael Taylor.

    THE COMPETITION

    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. Additionally, all of this year’s winners will be celebrated at an Artists Reception in Atlanta, during the Atlanta Celebrates Photography festival!

    Our prestigious Photographer of the Year award will be decided based on specific defined criteria, as well as combined scores from both the First and Second Half 2017 Image Competitions. Congratulations to 2016 Photographer of the Year, Becca Wohlwinder!

    WHEN & HOW

    The NAPCP First Half 2017 International Image Competition is open as of 8 AM EST July 7, 2017 and closes at 11:59 PM EST August 17, 2017.

    Members 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 to any member who wishes to receive professional feedback on submitted photos.

    CATEGORIES

    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

    HOW TO PLACE

    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?
    2. 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.

    As a NAPCP member, we know you can’t wait to submit your image. Try out an image critique this round to rev up your motivation and keep you on top of your photography game! Submit your best images HERE!

    Have a beautiful week!

    Your Cheerleaders,

    The NAPCP Team

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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.

  • Jul 12, 2017

    4 Tips for Entering Image Competitions

    Getting the Most Out of Your Image Critiques – Why They Are Important and How They Improve Your Business

    Photographers – we all come from different walks of life. Some of us were professionally trained, some of us are self taught, and still others are a mix of the two, maybe through online schools and videos. There is no right or wrong way to learning the craft of professional photography. Together, we are all artists making a living doing what we love.

    I fall into the third of the above categories. An artist all my life, I went to school for graphic design and upon winning an online competition through Amazon, I finally had the opportunity to buy a nice camera and explore my passion for capturing life and memories … not only for myself, but for others. I love what I do because I am able to express myself and share my talents with the world in ways that people in other professions cannot.

    This does not come without it’s challenges and conflicts. Putting your work on display every day, for all to see, does not come without criticism. Some criticism is uplifting and positive, while other criticism is negative and can hinder creativity. When I look back at my life as a design student, going through critique after critique, over and over again, I realize that these moments of reflection on my work are what turned me into the designer and photographer I am today. If all of my teachers and clients patted me on the back for 16 years, my work today would be no better than it was when I started school. In fact, had I not had that teacher who (literally) pulled my work off the bulletin board in front of my peers, ripped it apart into little pieces, and stepped on it, I probably wouldn’t have passed senior review. Truth be told, years later, he was my absolute favorite teacher. Why? Because he forced me to push my limits and he wouldn’t accept any work from me that wasn’t my absolute best.


    Photo Credit – Megan Drane of Firefly Nights Photography | 1st Place Seniors

    As the NAPCP Second Half International Image Competition approaches, I am reminded of these critiques. I think what I have learned over the years applies in the same way to image critiques during these competitions. As NAPCP members, we are all given two complimentary credits during each competition. NAPCP strives to help its members improve and grow in their profession and I feel this is the greatest opportunity we have for growth and reflection on our work. Since it’s free to enter, it makes sense to spend the money on a full critique from one of the judges so that we can better understand what can be improved. Critiques, good or “bad”, are not meant to force us to completely change our style, but instead are meant to help us improve our technique so we can become better artists. Sure, some parts of a critique may be subjective, but as professionals it’s always important to consider the wants and needs of our clients so that we can make a profit. It’s also good to step back from your work and get an honest opinion from a peer about how you can improve and become better. I don’t think it’s anyone’s goal to stay in the same place from year to year.


    Photo Credit – Emily Williams of Emily Williams Photography | 1st Place Toddlers

    Below are 4 tips for image competitions. We can use these moments to celebrate other artists in our community, while improving our craft.

    1. Remember that you are up against the best. The NAPCP International Image Competitions receive thousands of entries from professional photographers around the world. Some of your competition has been in business for 10+ years.

    2. These are professional judges. Unlike other image competitions, the judges for the NAPCP International Image Competitions are carefully selected seasoned professionals. While others may like an image or give it a high score for showing a cute baby and the latest editing trend, our judges are looking for the best of the best in technical skills and impact.

    3. This is an art competition. When choosing the images you’d like to submit, it’s important to keep this in mind. Unlike images your clients may like most, of their child smiling, our judges are looking for images that make an impact and and stand out from the crowd. When you are considering an image you should ask yourself if this is something they see every day or not. Try and think outside the box, and even shoot photos specifically with Image Competition in mind. Maximize your use of technique in order to achieve the highest possible score.


    Photo Credit – Heather Stockett of HCS Photography | 1st Place Siblings

    4. You probably won’t agree with all of the comments on your images. If you are going into a critique expecting a pat on the back, you are setting yourself up for disappointment! That’s not the definition of a critique. The best advice I can give you is to read your critiques when you get them, then come back a week later and read them again. Chances are the second time you read them you will be more open to hearing what the judge had to say. At this point, you can look through the comments and determine what you can improve upon.

    I hope this helps us all to look at Image Competition with a fresh perspective! Although its main purpose is to celebrate exceptional photographers in our industry, we can all benefit from it. Remember – if no one pushes you to improve, your work won’t improve. Most often, exceptionally successful people and artists are successful because someone along the way pushed them to give 110%. Constructive criticism is a necessary piece of the puzzle of our paths to becoming the very best artists we can be.

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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 as the Design Production Assistant 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 three year old son. When she is not working, you can find her photographing or doing multiple home improvement projects.




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