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  • Jun 27, 2017

    The 2017 Best New Emerging Child Photographer Winner!

    We are overjoyed to share with you the winner of NAPCP’s 2017 Best New Emerging Child Photographer Contest. We received hundreds of nominations and were blown away by the caliber of new photographers brought to our attention. From 25 semifinalists, our esteemed panel of judges narrowed the field to only 6 finalists. Voters submitted tens of hundreds of votes for their favorite artist — a photographer who epitomizes the qualities we were looking for in our 2017 Best New Emerging Child Photographer: passion, breathtaking work, an eagerness to learn and foster best business practices, commitment to community, and a creative and unique vision.

    It is our honor to announce K.C. Crow of Crow’s Nest Photography as the National Association of Professional Child Photographer’s 2017 Best New Emerging Child Photographer!

    K.C. Crow is an attorney turned stay at home mom, turned professional photographer. She is located in Orange County, California. Her photography passion is turning an everyday childhood moment into a work of art to be cherished and remembered for years to come. K.C. is constantly in search of beautiful light and authentic interactions, and embraces all that goes along with letting kids be kids.

    We encourage you to visit K.C.’s website, Like Crow’s Nest Photography on Facebook, and Follow Crow’s Nest Photos on Instagram. K.C.’s feeds are full of so much beauty!

    Special thanks to our judges, and to our sponsors.

    Click here to see K.C.’s prize package.

    Thanks for your involvement in this year’s Best New Emerging Child Photographer Contest! Click here to learn more about the National Association of Professional Child Photographers!

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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.

  • Jun 23, 2017

    Meet the Photographer: Aly Elliott of Roots and Wings Photography

    Welcome, welcome to the blog, Aly! Aly lives and photographs in Bloomington, Indiana. In her adorable studio on the square, or in a variety of locations in and around Bloomington, Aly strives to create memories and preserve fleeting moments. We’re so excited to get to know her better. Meet Aly!

    Favorite Movie: I’m a movie lover, but also a creature of habit so I end up watching the same movies over and over. Holiday Inn, The Family Stone, and Steel Magnolias are my favorites. Now, guess what my favorite time of year is!

    Favorite Book: I love historical biographies, usually, but The Middle Place, by Kelly Corrigan, was pretty amazing.

    Favorite Lens: 70-200 never leaves my camera (if I have the space to back up)!

    Favorite Magazine: Martha Stewart holiday specials!

    Favorite Website or Blog: Facebook is addicting and I can call it “work” so that gets a lot of my attention, but I also have a secret Zulily addiction.

    Favorite Music: I named one of my babies after Bob Dylan, so there’s that. I love lyrical and soulful music most of the time. Right now, Beta Radio and This Wild Life has been playing a lot while I edit.

    Favorite Store: Banana Republic for my clothes! Although, as most mamas, I do love my Target time. I’m pretty sure they recognize me at Restoration Hardware, too.

    Favorite Local Spot: I will tell you this … I love to look at all the typical spots but turn them around a bit. There’s one very famous place in my town where EVERYONE has their photo taken, and I like to stand where the subjects usually do. I feel like I discovered it and it has gorgeous light. That’ll be our little secret.

    Photographer Idol: I don’t know how to put this other than saying the photographer I hope to be someday. I think there are ways to portray familial bonds that haven’t been produced yet and I’m constantly striving to do so. Maybe one day, I’ll feel like I’ve gotten there. I love the industry leaders who’ve managed to create a fresh and creative brand so unique to them – like Ben Shirk and Sue Bryce.

    Favorite Instagram Accounts: I’m not on Instagram. Please don’t make me learn a new social media platform!

    Favorite Pinners on Pinterest: I do love Pinterest and Pin lots of crafts I’ll never do (see Martha Stewart reference above), but I rarely take note of who I’m pinning — I should probably start.

    Favorite Quotation: Obviously, “The best things we can give our children are roots and wings.” It encompasses almost everything I believe in life into one succinct line.

    Most Interesting Place I’ve Traveled: A cross country road trip with my husband and kids in a Yukon. It wasn’t so much where we went (although San Francisco was fun!), but how we got there and all the little places we found along the way.

    Favorite Family Vacation Spot: Disney World! We head there every other year and I start the countdown on our drive home.

    Guilty Pleasure: Vanderpump Rules, and Justin’s peanut butter cups. Always coffee too, but I don’t even feel guilty about that!

    If money were no object, my occupation would be: Still a photographer, still with my studio in my town with my clients. That’s how you know you’ve got the right job.

    What Makes Me Memorable: Well that’s a loaded question! Some people remember me for my many children (6!). Some people remember me for my daughter that died (she would be turning 10 in April). I do hear quite often that people remember the 52 weeks photo project I do every time I have a new baby – each week my husband, my kids, and myself take a family photo (and we include our daughter who passed away in a different way each time). That’s been, and continues to be, a very special project.

    I hope that people remember me for how I made them feel – for the images I created for them that they look back on, and their grandchildren will look at and feel amazing, beautiful, full of life.

    About the Contributor: Aly is a wife, mother to 6, marathon runner, coffee drinker and terrible cook. But what you really need to know is that she has a college degree in Fine Arts and approaches every photo shoot with excitement, ready to record a precious moment for you

  • Jun 21, 2017

    New in the NAPCP Store: Snapshot Travel Guide

    Have you been looking for that perfect summer travel buddy? Someone who will inspire you, push you to explore your surroundings and take it all in?

    Well, we’re here to tell you a secret … you don’t need one! We’ve created the perfect travel buddy for our photography-loving friends (that you can print)! Introducing the Snapshot Travel Guide!

    Use this guide for image inspiration through a new place, adventure or even your own backyard. See the world around you in new ways and add fun to your travels.

    Select a card from the deck and photograph what it says. Some cards are meant to be inspirational, while others ask you to photograph something very specific about your trip that will help you create a great travel storybook once you return home!

    We’ve also included a DIY box to match. You can print it at home on card stock so you have a safe place to keep your deck as you travel.

    Perfect for sharing, the Snapshot Travel Guide is a great gift to send to clients or to other photographer friends! Wrap it up in cute packaging, send, and enjoy their Insta “overshare” that is sure to follow marking their trip!

    The Snapshot Travel Guide is a great activity for families to do together, so we also have a FREE printable deck for for kids! Just download the PDF and print. Use an instant camera, phone, or an iPod to capture all of those fun moments with friends and family – they have full creative license! A new way to beat that summertime boredom.

    This deck of 50 cards can be printed at home or through Moo.com for a more professional look and feel. Instructions included in your download!

    For a limited time, get the Snapshot Travel Guide for only $10 as part of our summertime savings in the NAPCP Store!

    We hope you have a marvelous time on your next trip! Make sure you tag #NAPCPSnapshots on Instagram when you use your deck so we can share your amazing travel photos. Most importantly, capture moments for the memory book!

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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.

  • Jun 19, 2017

    2017 Best New Emerging Child Photographer Finalists Announced!

    Our judges spent time getting to know each and every one of the 25 semifinalists and have chosen the top six photographers for NAPCP’s 2017 Best New Emerging Child Photographer!

    Your 2017 Best New Emerging Child Photographer finalists are here and we couldn’t be more excited to share these awesome artists with you all (from top row, left to right)!

    K.C. Crow of Crow’s Nest Photography

    Tanya Limb and Shonagh Stockdale  of Gray Dot Photography

    Kate Greenbacker of Quiet Side Photography

    Kaitlin Brantner of Kaitlin Brantner Photography

    Teresa Yiu of Teresa Yiu Photography

    Marie Monforte of Marie Monforte Photography

    Now it’s up to you! Visit our Voting Page this week to vote for your favorite 2017 Best New Emerging Child Photographer finalist! We can’t wait to see who wins so we can award them this amazing prize package!

    Stay tuned on our @napcp social media pages to learn more about our finalists this coming week.

    Cast your vote!

    Let’s continue to encourage these photographers with votes! Congratulations to our finalists and good luck!

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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.

  • Jun 19, 2017

    June Inspired Magazine: Featuring the First Half 2017 Image Competition Winners!

    Click here to read our June magazine featuring the winners of our First Half 2017 Image Competition as well as the 25 semifinalists for the 2017 Best New Emerging Child Photographer Contest!

    Don’t forget, Inspired is now printable! Print your copy straight from MagCloud, and share your favorite pieces with friends, family and clients.

     

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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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