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  • Jun 24, 2016

    Meet the Photographer: Debra Poray of Durham Photography


    Favorite Movie: The Princess Bride

    Favorite Book: The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

    Favorite Lens: 24-70mm Canon — I love it for everything!

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    Favorite Magazine: Oxygen; I competed in fitness once.

    Favorite Website or Blog: The Milky Way. She features other photographers I admire and offers excellent video tutorials.

    Favorite Music: 80s

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    Favorite Store: I like comfort and simplicity: Joe Fresh.

    Favorite Local Spot: The Goodberry. It’s a tea and treats place in Brooklin, Ontario. They have a self serve yogurt bar that my kiddies love too!

    Photographer Idol: JAC Photography

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    Favorite Instagram Accounts: Barbie Baby Photographer is absolutely hilarious!

    Favorite Pinners on Pinterest: 5 Minutes for Mom has everything I need, all in one place.

    Favorite Quotation: It’s actually a poem called Welcome To Holland by Emily Perl Kingsley. I have a daughter with Down Syndrome, so it says it all!

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    Most Interesting Place I’ve Traveled: Guatemala. I did some volunteering work there; it was very humbling.

    Favorite Family Vacation Spot: Disney!!

    Guilty Pleasure: I love an excellent vintage red wine with the stinkiest cheese possible.

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    If money were no object, my occupation would be: I would still be a photographer but I would volunteer in third world countries. Life is simple there and people are happy with that!

    What Makes Me Memorable: I am easy going, empathetic, and have ability to make people feel comfortable and relaxed around me — so says my MOM!

    A Favorite Personal Photograph:

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    A Favorite Photograph from Your Business:

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    Thank you for the introduction, Debra! For more from Debra, and Durham Photography, see Debra’s profile, below.


    About the Contributor: As a wife and mother of three I understand the challenges involved in getting the whole family ready for photos at the same time, or the pressures felt by a new Mom-to-be. My style is Fun and Real. Creating Memories Captured in time.

  • Jun 24, 2016

    Newborn Session Share: Baby Tate, from Pamela Gammon Photography


    Hi, my name is Pam, and I own Pamela Gammon Photography, in the heart of the Appalachia and Ohio River Valley Area. My posing team and I specialize in Maternity, Birth, Newborn, & Baby Photography. I could easily be the old woman in the shoe. I LOVE babies, and children, to me they are the most beautiful, innocent, and original beings ever created. My daughter Kaia is my inspiration and wondrous mini me. Kaia motivated me to leave a full time profession in the medical field and be a momtographer.

    Inspiration: My team and I captured this beautiful natural light studio newborn session of baby Tate, who was just 12 days old. Baby Tate was a calm and handsome little guy, and we did not want to work, we only wanted to cuddle with him and stare at him! I knew right away this newborn session would be nothing short of spectacular, and baby Tate did not disappoint!




    Favorite Element: Our favorite part of the session was using the ring of their big sister Adalyn in the photos. Adalyn was stillborn, and we remembered her with these images of her family and brothers. This made their family portraits complete.




    Biggest Challenge: His Big Brother Zane was super shy when they arrived at the studio. We worked our kid magic, using treats and silly animal noises to get him to warm up to us. It worked!!




    Final Thoughts: Their parents were impressed with their experience at the studio. We strive to create a stress free experience, and that often results in sleeping parents in the studio as well. We caught dad catching a nap about halfway through the session. This always makes us happy because we know they are relaxed and fully trust us with their little ones. What a joy to meet such beautiful little people when they are still brand new.

    About the Contributor: I\'m Pam. My Studio is Pamela Gammon photography, and My Team and I specialize in Maternity, Birth, Newborn, and Baby Photography. We create a Stress Free Environment with an Elite Photography Experience Like no other. We Love Babies!!

  • Jun 23, 2016

    Session Share: Free Spirited 5th Birthday, from Melissa Zimmer of MZ Photography


    Inspiration: The idea behind this session was to capture beautiful pictures to celebrate Delaney turning five. I wanted to bring out the birthday girl’s personality, and not be overly themed. In our preparation, Delaney and I worked together to select and outfit that highlighted her personality, something she was very excited to wear and wanted to have her picture taken in. We discussed what she wanted to do in the pictures, which was to pick dandelion seeds and blow them into the wind. A capture of things she likes to do at this point of her life.




    Favorite Element: The colors in the session really draw me in. I love the bright flowers, the changing sky as the sun set. It really adds a layer to the images that I personally enjoy.




    Biggest Challenge: She’s my daughter! This can be a blessing and a curse as a photographer! It was fun to work with Delaney to capture the moments but also a challenge since she has a mind of her own in what she wanted to do. By incorporating elements that worked with her personality, we achieved a great result.




    Final Thoughts: Get creative!! All birthday sessions don’t need to have balloons and cakes (although those are fun too!). Try to involve the birthday boy or girl in the session and they will have fun through the experience and give those genuine moments and smiles. Incorporate their favorite activity, outfit, toy or other special item to let their personality shine!






    About the Contributor: Melissa caught the photography bug from her grandfather - who was an avid photographer. He explained the importance of capturing life\'s special moments. melissa incorporates that Philosophy into each and every session.

  • Jun 20, 2016

    Session Share: Lifestyle Baby Session from Linda Nichols Photography


    Inspiration: Upon entering this family’s home I was completely inspired by their décor; it was clean, crisp, and modern.  It had a minimalist feel, which I love. The house was filled great light that accentuated awesome lines and calm colors. I was most inspired by the fact that they had created their own wall art, and I was fired up to create images that would represent their style and personalities.




    Favorite Element: The family…and the light!  Good light and a relaxed family always makes a session easier!




    Biggest Challenge: Their sweet baby girl is two months old and has learned to love sleeping in a person’s arms.  Therefore, every time we tried to put her down she cried and cried.  It didn’t take me long to switch gears and create a more lifestyle session, but I sensed some disappointment from mom and dad.   When I came home I tried to send them previews as quickly as possible so they could see how well the session went regardless of the obstacle!


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    Final Thoughts: I love the way this gallery turned out.  It is clear how much they love her and love having her in their lives.  She is a lucky girl because mom and dad are so cool and creative.







    About the Contributor: Atlanta Area Child, Family, and newborn lifestyle and portrait photographer. In home, on location, and in studio photographer

  • Jun 16, 2016

    June Newsletter: Featuring Barb Toyama

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    Click here to read our June 2016 Newsletter!

    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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