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  • Jul 28, 2016

    Free Printables: Lemonade Stand!

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    If you’re looking for a fun activity to do with your kids these last days of summer — look no further! We created a free set of lemonade stand printables for you!

    First, have your children color the banner letters, and sign.

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    Next, help your kids cut out their lemons, and string their banner!

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    Let them decide on a price for their lemonade … maybe with a little input from mom or dad.

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    When their crafting is complete, they’ll need help making lemonade. This is the really fun part! Making a memory!

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    Make sure you take photos of your kiddos and their lemonade stand, and post to Instagram using #napcp for a chance to be featured in our feed! We can’t wait to see how cute your lemonade stands are!

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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 28, 2016

    NAPCP Retreat: Venue!

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    Our team members are as busy as bees, planning the 2017 NAPCP Retreat, in sun-drenched Santa Barbara, California. We’ve been sharing peeks with you to get you as excited as we are, and we are thrilled to share another with you today!

    The 2017 NAPCP Retreat will take place at the exquisitely chic downtown Santa Barbara hotel, the Canary! This stunning boutique hotel is filled to the brim with luxe details that will make you wonder … Have you been transported to Spain? But above-and-beyond accommodations and amenities that focus on well being (a farm-to-table menu, in-room yoga mats, and Santa Barbara’s only rooftop pool, among others … ) will assure you you’re in fabulous Southern California.

    More dreamy details coming soon!

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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 27, 2016

    Beginner’s Guide to Underwater Photography

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    I recently got into this, and it is so fun and addictive! I feel like a lot of us dry land photographers are overwhelmed by the thought of this but it doesn’t have to be scary! Here is a step by step guide to getting started, from gear to editing.

    Gear
    There are a lot of options here. And you can drop a lot of dough. But you don’t have to. When I started researching underwater houses for my Nikon D800, the one that came up most often and seemed like the best reviewed is the Ikelite. They make housings for Nikon, Canon and more, and this is what I would have gotten:

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    This is an obviously expensive option. When you are talking about protecting your “baby”, expensive is probably a good thing. Based on my research …

    PROS: Least cumbersome of underwater housing models and easy to use. Easy access to your camera’s settings buttons. TTL or “Through-The-Lens” flash metering for proper exposure. Easy viewing and metering. Easy grip and handling. Easy lens zooming. Amazing quality images.

    CONS: Really just the price here.

    The price for me was a non-starter. I had no idea if I would even enjoy underwater photography! Another popular and well reviewed option was this one:

    EWA Marine Underwater Housing

    This is the one I went with after extensive research. THE MOST IMPORTANT thing for me was that it didn’t leak and this one passed with flying colors in that regard. There are lots of cons though:

    PROS: Low cost, no leakage, lightweight and easy to travel with, fits most larger DSLR cameras. It is very functional and does what it says. It’s easy to load and unload once you know what you are doing, and the images are unaffected by the plastic and pretty amazing.

    CONS: Cumbersome to use – it’s really just a plastic bag, so it’s difficult to access and adjust camera settings. There is a groove for your finger to adjust camera functions, but it is not easy to use. Again, it’s plastic, so it’s not as durable. The lens must be flush up against the lens house, so you need to make sure you have the correct adapter. It is difficult to see through the view finder. It is difficult to zoom within the housing. It is buoyant, so it is difficult to hold underwater. It’s best for shallow photography.

    Yet another option, the cheapest and most safe, is to buy an underwater digital camera like this one:

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    PROS: Pre-designated underwater settings. This is a biggie! Your images don’t come out with blue skinned smurfs! No cumbersome housings. No worries about leaking or ruining an expensive camera. Easy to travel with, light, small.

    CONS: It’s not a DSLR. The images are not as spectacular and you lose control over many DSLR functions that would be helpful underwater, such as continuous shooting mode (this is a huge CON for me).

    So there you have it. I went with the EWA housing and couldn’t be happier. It’s not the easiest to use, but the images are still amazing. So now what?

    Shooting Tips

    – I recommend shooting in continuous shooting mode, particularly if you are capturing an action shot. Underwater, most subjects are moving, so this is your best bet.
    – Try to get pretty close to your subject. Water tends to dull the contrast and sharpness of your image.
    – If you are using natural light (like I do!) try to shoot closer to mid-day than you typically would, so the light filters into the water and to your subject. You can get some nice light rays diffusing through the water in the right conditions.
    – Use a high shutter speed for high contrast/sharpness and to capture action.
    – Get creative! Some of my favorite shots are split captures, with the camera half in the water and half out. This is a very simple trick to master.
    – This is a no-brainer, but the clearer the water, the better for image quality.
    – Don’t forget about composition. Negative space can look beautiful underwater and add a sense of depth. Look for where light is reflecting – maybe in interesting patterns off the bottom of a pool, or if you have bubbles you can get some pretty cool bubble bokeh.
    – Shoot in RAW. It will make post processing white balance and color temperature corrections so much easier.
    – Get your settings as accurate as possible for underwater shooting. You want the lowest ISO possible for a reasonable shooting speed (fast is good here) and you also want to adjust your white balance/color temperature for underwater conditions. A good starting point is 9,000 K (kelvin) but will depend on your conditions and the sun. Your best bet is to use a grey card underwater.

    This is an example of how much setting your white balance can help your image. 5,000 K is the temperature you would use during the daytime for proper exposure of subjects (out of the water!):

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    Editing

    Probably the most daunting aspect of underwater photography is editing. The images have a blue tint that takes some work to correct on skin. So here are some tips to help. If you get your settings right, the less you will have to correct in post-processing, but I have “fixed” the most atrocious images, so it can be done! Some basic steps:

    – Try to shoot in RAW so that you have more control with post fixes.
    – Your first step is to correct skin as much as possible in Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw before importing to Photoshop. I use Adobe Camera Raw, but the same principles apply to Lightroom. You’re going to want to take the blue and green down significantly.
    – Run any presets here. I typically use a VSCO preset.
    – Up your contrast and clarity.
    – Import image into Photoshop.
    – The first thing I do in Photoshop is fix the skin. I use brushes with masks and layers to selectively correct the skin tone and brighten up the exposure. Some rules of thumb using CMYK curves (these are starting points, and will vary):

    Caucasian skin:
    Cyan = 1/4 – 1/3 Yellow
    Magenta + (0-10) = Yellow
    Black values ~ 0

    African American skin:
    Cyan = 1/3 – 1/2+ Yellow
    Magenta + (0-10) = Yellow
    Black (K) values higher than 0

    – After I fix the skin, I up the contrast more and A LOT. I also play around with tone curves to get the most out of contrast adjustments (try upping whites and reducing blacks). This adds more depth that is often lost underwater.
    – I start with my creative edits. I might deepen the color of the water by increasing saturation of blues or greens, or selectively bringing down the exposure around the subject. I sometimes enhance any light sources that are there with brushes and masks. If I have a split image, I might enhance the curve of a wave using the Liquify tool. Have fun with it!

    Some fun Before and Afters:

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    About the Contributor: Erica, of Erica Eldridge photography, is a newborn, child, family, and maternity photographer in nashville, TN.

  • Jul 26, 2016

    15 Pictures to Take of Your Children This Summer

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    As summer is in hi-swing, it is the perfect time to capture those fleeting blissful moments of your little ones. Whether you are enjoying a summer vacation, local festivities, or lazy days, attempt to capture the simple things that become indelible childhood memories. Here are some simple ideas for 15 photographs to take of your children this summer.

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    Enjoying a BBQ
    Summer is peak BBQ season, and specifically peak hot dog consumption time. Capture a quick shot of your child enjoying summer bbq. Funny faces often ensue in this super simple capture.

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    Time with Friends
    Our little ones will have so many friends come in and out of their lives, but childhood friends hold a very special place. Bring your camera along on your child’s next play date and have the children huddle and attempt to come up with their funniest joke or phrase while you click away and capture their time with friends.

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    Enjoying Cousins
    Similar to time with friends, if there are other littles in the extended family, take the opportunity to photograph them enjoying each other. And while it may be challenging to photograph several small children all in the same frame, you will find it much easier if you can incorporate an interesting element for the children to sit on, climb on, hold onto, etc. Grandparents cherish photos of all their grandchildren in the same place.

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    Ice Cream at the Fair
    Summer is synonymous with ice cream! Photograph your child getting ice cream at the fair or enjoying a cone at the local creamery. Any way you attempt it will be sweet.

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    Playing with Bubbles
    Showcase your child’s bubbling personality and add interest to your photos with simple gleaming elements. A bubble gun, wand or maker is always a child win, especially outdoors in the summer.

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    By the Pool
    There are few images more quintessential for summer than children in or by the pool! In the northeast we have a very limited pool season, so these moments are absolutely capture worthy. Have your kiddos make their own rafts out of noodles (while adding fun color and pop to your imagery).

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    In the Sand
    Digging summer sand castles is one of the easiest ways to capture childhood merriment.

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    Running on the Dock
    If you live by the water, you’re likely to find open docks that are perfect for running races. My kids love when I time them and as I count aloud I can click away. Be extra cautious and ensure boundaries are safe and secure.

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    Twirling at Sunset
    Summer sunsets are my favorite and enjoying them with children is magical. If your little ones love to twirl, hop, skip, run, have them move toward the direction of the sun. I shot this image as my daughter told me she was pretending to be a seagull.

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    With Their Lovey
    If your little one has a lovey from which he/she is inseparable, capture this now!

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    In the Sunshine
    Midday sun can create harsh light that is hard to negotiate, but with careful positioning the effect can be crazy beautiful, especially when children are happy playing. Try flying a child helicopter style on your feet while lying in the grass; position the child so she is blocking the sun and photograph up toward her.

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    Playing Together
    Above all else, the best moments are when children are playing together nicely, and specifically when it’s with their sibling(s). Photograph them together in very simple play. This does not have to be heavily orchestrated, the simpler the better; a breezy game of patty cake or more sophisticated hand song game works brilliantly (think “Down, Down, Baby, Down by the Roller Coaster”).

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    Watermelon
    Host a private backyard watermelon eating contest and shoot away; the messier the better!

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    Carnival Rides
    Summer carnivals create the perfect backdrop for color and luminous photos of your children. Bring your camera along as your children ride (or join them too!). Position yourself so that you will capture their joy and natural expressions.

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    Flying a Kite
    Bring a kite along on your next walk, beach trip, or park visit! Take shots of your child as she attempts to launch it in flight.

     

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    About the Contributor: Tracy, of Élan Studio, is a maternity, newborn, child and family photographer in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

  • 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.

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