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  • Jul 03, 2015

    Fourth of July Weekend Roundup!

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    We decided to roundup a few f our favorite Fourth of July finds for those seeking last minute crafts, recipes and tips for snapping the perfect firework photos!

    1) Adorable DIY drink flags to add some sparkle to your July 4th bash

    2) Need a last minute side dish? Try this super easy cookie cutter fruit salad!

    3) Struggling to get a good firework/sparkler photos? Fear not…try this simple tips and tricks!

    4) This chic ribbon flag is the perfect last minute decor fix

    5) No need to buy expensive department store threads for the holiday – make a shirt for your little one…and maybe ourself too!

    Be sure to check out our full assortment of July 4th goodies on our Pinterest page here!

    Have a safe and happy holiday!

    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!  

  • Jul 01, 2015

    A Day in the Life of Stephanie Neal

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    I loved Leigha Graf’s introductory A Day in the Life post last month; her priority on putting family first really resonated with me. It’s something we all struggle with, and as I was asked to do this during the first week of summer break … it’s especially timely now! Trying to juggle my two extremely active boys being home all day and get any work done at all is a challenge. Somehow my motivation goes out the window right around the time the neighborhood pool opens up.

    We are enjoying 2 weeks of full-on summer fun before the boys start a variety of camps this summer, so there isn’t really a ‘typical’ day right now. I’m doing a few sessions and a couple of ordering appointments in the next couple of weeks, but will save the real workload (editing) until they’re off at camp. Like Leigha, I’m a very low volume photographer. I would rather pour my heart and soul into 4-6 amazing sessions a month (my happy place) than do a “good” job with twice that many. I’ve gotten better at saying no to jobs that don’t seem like a good fit, and have developed a pretty keen sense for identifying my ideal clients. This has kept my averages exceptionally high and my workload manageable. I’ve gotten closer than ever to finding that often elusive ‘balance.’

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    I am lucky enough to have an amazing husband that also makes great coffee (win-win)!! I wake up to a warm pot, and if it’s clean, hopefully fill my favorite cup (favorite because it is industrial sized). My kids pretty much know not to talk to me until I’ve had at least a ½ cup … then they jump on me and start talking over each other and asking questions, and this pretty much doesn’t stop until bedtime.

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    After I’m somewhat awake, the boys and I make a smoothie. I have a favorite recipe, but the boys like to experiment and take turns trying to top one another’s concoctions from the day before.

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    Next it’s time for hair-cuts! I’ve been cutting their hair since they were babies … not because I have any particular talent for it … I just like doing it, and they both have pretty forgiving hair when I make mistakes.

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    I try and hike every day that the weather is nice. The beauty of the mountains never gets old, and it clears my mind for the day ahead. Sometimes I can talk the kids into going with me … if not, I put on my favorite mix and get a good workout.

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    Next I settle in to answer emails and return phone calls. Pre-session consultations, ordering appointments, and indoor sessions are the only times that I’m at my studio … pretty much everything else I do at home in a little sitting area in our bedroom. I’d much rather be home in my jammies, with Real Housewives on in the background (don’t judge), than sitting in my office all day.

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    After a quick shower and lunch, I head out to scout locations for a session next week. I take my locations pretty seriously … they are a huge part of my style. I try and mix it up as much as possible, so each session truly feels customized and my images don’t get stale. I spend several days each season scoping out new scenery. I’m usually drawn to rustic woods and metals, grasses, trails, water, rocks, and of course mountains … anything that capture’s the rustic elegance of the West.

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    Next up is an ordering appointment at the studio. I use my MacBook Pro, Canon projector, ProSelect software, and Ariana Falerni Wall Display guides to do the selling for me.

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    I head home for some play time at the pool, football in the backyard, Lego wars, and a baseball game. Sometimes our days feel like back to back triathlons!!

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    When everyone is good and exhausted, I head out to my evening session. This beautiful 14 year old, Tara Moser, is training at the Utah Olympic Park to be an aerial ski jumper. She needs head shots to use for press, as well as some images for her modeling portfolio. She’s great in front of the camera, and we quickly move through several locations and clothing changes before the sun goes down.

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    I head back home, get the kids to bed, and watch a little TV with my hubby. Then off to sleep to rest up for another full day of summer fun.

    Stephanie’s Favorites

    Smoothie: Food Babe’s Ginger Berry Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie (I add a bit of Grade B maple syrup to sweeten it.)
    Sunblock: The Utah sun can be brutal — I use this on my face when I’m shooting. Not too heavy or greasy.
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    Wall Displays: Ariana Falerni. I use these all the time with ProSelect, to do in person sales … cute, stylish, effective.
    Apple Watch: I just got this, so I am still figuring out all the bells and whistles, but I can wear it while I’m hiking or working out and it tracks my progress. It also gives me a little reminder to get up and move if I’ve been sitting for more than an hour … which I do all the time when I’m editing)

    About the Contributor: I specialize in creating authentic, dramatic portraiture- in the studio, or in the jaw dropping scenery of the Park City, Utah mountains.

  • Jun 29, 2015

    What’s in Her Bag: Kimberly Tank, of Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

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    Tell us a little about what’s inside.
    I recently received my Jo Totes Missy bag for my birthday and am absolutely thrilled with it! It fits just about everything and is super cute, and fits my brand. I can fit both of my full frame Nikon bodies, a zoom lens and two prime lenses, a speed flash, flash diffuser, my little bag of tricks, and many other little things like extra business cards and lens cleaning items.

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    Which lens is your go-to?
    My go-to lens is the 24-70mm 2.8. I am almost always working with very young children and chasing them around, and I like to have a good zoom that also allows me to get close to interact and get those smiles that parents want. It’s perfect when I’m not sure what I’ll be in for!

    Most used item in your bag?
    My most used item is probably the bottle of bubbles. It’s a good way to get younger kids to think about something other than the camera in their face and interact a bit, whether with me or their parents.

    Least used item in your bag?
    My least used item is the speed flash. It’s one of those things I’d rather have and not need, than need and not have. I just ordered an off camera flash trigger that I need to play with so I have more options if the lighting is less than stellar, especially for an in home session.

     

    Thank you, Kimberly, for showing us what’s in your bag! Using bubbles as an interactive tool for kiddos is such a fabulous idea.

    For more of Kim’s bright, colorful style, be sure to bookmark her web page, Like her Facebook page, and visit her blog!

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    About the Contributor: Katie, our Editorial Assistant, is the newest member of the NAPCP team. 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.

  • Jun 26, 2015

    Meet the Photographer: Kristin Milito, of Kristin Milito Photography

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    Favorite Movie: Stealing Home. Ohhh…quite the love story. It still makes me cry. My other favorite is Dirty Dancing. Clearly, I just can’t help myself. I’m a sucker for romance!

    Favorite Book: I don’t read too many novels; I am more of a non-fiction gal and enjoy books that I can learn from. Two of my favorites are Night by Elie Wiesel, and Creating a Charmed Life by Victoria Moran. My husband and I have a shared adoration for anything written by Mitch Albom.

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    Favorite Lens: 70-200 2.8

    Favorite Magazine: Real Simple, and Click Magazine. Those are the only 2 delivered to my door I will actually find the time to read!

    Favorite Website or Blog: My ultimate dream is to become a travel photographer … so of course this is my favorite! I love the way David speaks about where he travels. I am really able to connect with his thinking, photographic style, and the way he writes. He’s brilliant and inspiring. I love his “think outside of the photography box” kind of style.

    Favorite Music: I absolutely love all kinds of music. It is my calm. My favorite artists are Train, Dave Matthews, Ray Lamontagne, The Fray, and Ellie Goulding.

    Favorite Store: J.Crew, and Amazon. Truly, I love Amazon. I definitely spend more money on Amazon for our family than anywhere else!

    Favorite Local Spot: Country Classics in Glenview, Illinois. I’m a huge monogram gifter, and this place has the best gifts. They can monogram almost everything in their store and wrap your purchases if you’d like. It is definitely my go-to for teachers, clients, and family. Easy, quick, and beautiful.

    Photographer Idol: I have so many, all for different reasons. First, they are all incredibly talented. Second, I am so drawn to their work — each for different reasons — and motivated by them in different ways. A few artists I love are: Meg Bitton, Lissa Chandler, Amanda Campbell, and Jake Olson.

    Favorite Instagram Accounts: @passionpassport, @monaris_, @kirstenalana. These are some of my favorites because they are all inspire me to be creative. Creativity can be hard to cultivate but these help me to think outside the box. They also are the perfect combination of my two favorite things, photography and travel.

    Favorite Pinners on Pinterest: @loveandlemons, @motherhooded (my fave!), @mackidtravel.

    Favorite Quotation: My all-time favorite … “Let us be grateful to the people that make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust. I do have a new favorite clinging to my fridge and stare at it every morning: “Do you have the courage to live a creative life? The jewels inside you are praying you say Yes.” – Elizabeth Gilbert. How profound, it just makes my heart melt. I know there is so much inside of me that is buried deep down, I just have to work hard to uncover it. Sometimes it doesn’t come out because I’m afraid to let it out and be vulnerable. I think there’s a part of that in all of us.

    Most Interesting Place I’ve Traveled: Marrakesh, Morocco.
    I traveled to Morocco from Spain by ferry, and then took a 12-hour bus ride, watching camels sleep on the beach. It is a moment and trip I will remember for the rest of my life. I came home a different human being after that trip. I wish the same type of experience for my kids … for everyone, really. Travel is an amazing teacher if you are willing to use it as such.

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    Best Family Vacation Spot: Long Beach Island, NJ, of course. I am a Jersey Girl through and through. I grew up going to LBI every summer and it has wonderful memories for me. I can’t wait to take my own family there. It’s on our list!

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    Guilty Pleasure: Potato chips, and Chardonnay. Oh, and The Bachelor.

    If money were no object, my occupation would be: Photography. But I would be a travel photographer. That would be like hitting the occupational jackpot for me! I would also photograph more often for my own creative side. When we work so hard for our clients, our own personal projects become secondary, understandably. But if I was not working, I would change that.

    What Makes Me Memorable: I am really very kind and genuine. I can easily place myself in other people’s shoes. In my professional work, I work endlessly to make every family that chooses me feel like they are the only client I have at that time. I put their interests first and form genuine relationships with them. I can see a little bit of myself in each of the moms I work closely with, and I absolutely love that part.

    A Favorite Personal Photograph: This first image is an absolute personal favorite of mine. It symbolizes the love between siblings and happy childhood memories. Here, my younger brother and I (we are 9 years apart) are sitting together as I hold him in my arms. We have a summer tan (wel,l I do), I am in my bathing suit and it was taken at our NJ beach house. I can smell the summer ocean just looking at this image, and I actually remember this photo being taken. In it you can see how happy and proud I am to have him as my little brother. I asked for a sibling for 9 years and he was my gift. Today we are hundreds of miles apart and only see each other a few times a year. But I love him dearly and he makes me laugh like no one else. Through the years we have shared ups and downs no one else could ever dream of, and for that, our bond is inseparable.

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    A Favorite Photograph from Your Business: This is my absolute favorite image right now. I think that when you are a beginning photographer you strive to find your style, your love … you just try to find YOU. After years of studying other photographers and moving past the technical aspects of photography you are able to really allow your creativity to flow. I’m happily at that point, and this image has been a vision of mine for a really long time. It feels wonderful to bring it to life.

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    How It Represents My Brand: I love moody images with lots of contrast, yet I also love images with hazy ethereal light. I love producing black and white photographs, but I also die for those dreamy golden hour images. Having a passion for so many beautiful styles was confusing to me at first. But then I realized that the common theme throughout my images was not the tone or colors, it is the creativity and characteristics in my work. My families know they will get something natural and poignant from working with me. This image is my current favorite for all these reasons. It’s natural, instinctive and poignant. I want someone to stop and think about what they are seeing when they see my work. And I want my families to have that jaw dropping feeling when they see the same types of images I created of their own children.

     

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

    About the Photographer:
    Kristin is a leading Chicago newborn and family photographer. Kristin has been photographing children since 2007 and has an obsession for chasing the rays of the sun, particularly at dusk. Kristin’s photographic style transcends organic imagery. Her photography has been referred to as instinctive, poignant, and natural.

    About the Contributor: When my first was born, I suddenly felt the need to capture every precious and fleeting moment. A passion was born and photography became my way to seize the moment. I revel in each opportunity to capture other parents\' moments of their children.

  • Jun 19, 2015

    Happy Father’s Day from NAPCP!

    As we head into Father’s Day weekend, the members of NAPCP would like to take a moment to celebrate the men of, and behind, NAPCP. Fathers, and those like fathers, are such a crucial part of the emotional support of a family. Whether dad stays at home with his children or travels most of the year, is teaching his little girl how to fix a car, or his son to sing tenor. Whether it was a biological father, stepfather, uncle, grandfather, family friend, or teacher who mentored and supported the wonderful photographers we at NAPCP call family, we just want to say thanks … Thank you, fathers of NAPCP!

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    Lisa Dowty, of Lisa Turner Photography

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    Mary Grace H. Pingoy, of JMOTIVE Photography

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    Brandy Anderson, of Fresh Sugar Photography

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    Lori Page, of Lori Page Photography

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    Kimberly Svenson, of Fanciful Photography

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    Jennifer Kapala, of Jennifer Kapala Photography

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    Kimberly Tank, of Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

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    Molly Garg, of Molly Garg Photography

     

    If you’re looking for a belated Father’s Day gift, or just want to surprise dad with something meaningful, please visit our member directory to find the perfect NAPCP photographer for your family. Happy Father’s Day Weekend!

     

     

     

     

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    About the Contributor: Katie, our Editorial Assistant, is the newest member of the NAPCP team. 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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