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  • Nov 28, 2018

    November 2018 Inspired Magazine: Featuring Pamela Salai!

    NAPCP’s November 2018 issue of Inspired magazine features Pamela Salai of Pamela Salai Photography, holiday NAPCP Gatherings, details on the 2019 Educational Summit, child portrait session tips, 4 Myths About School Photography, and more! Grab a cup of coffee and dive in!

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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 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 two kids. When she is not working, you can find her photographing or doing multiple home improvement projects.

  • Nov 21, 2018

    Happy Thanksgiving

    #NAPCPThankful 2018 roundup

    Happy Thanksgiving! We hope all of our members and friends have a wonderful, memorable holiday with family and friends. Thank you to all who tagged photos with the #NAPCPThankful hashtag — we are thankful for YOU! Here are some of our favorites:

    babyrosephoto | catchiappaphotography | courtneyathome | jennyperryphotography | kateluberphoto | megsausted | osirisphotography | maria_havenphotos | picadillystudios

     

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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.

  • Nov 19, 2018

    Redefining the One-Year Portrait Experience

    Inspiration — My one-year portrait elements are inspired by the parents, with my own neutral flair. For direction, this client asked for “rustic/floral”. She also wanted the look of a tutu in at least one portion, so I incorporated one of my many whimsical handmade dresses to tie in a classic, timeless look with a tulle-like flair. In my opinion, LESS is always MORE! I love to keep things incredibly simple. Try to plan sessions that are timeless in nature. Will a theme-saturated session and cake smash be dated in 5-10 years? Can you adorn your walls in ANY decor style with the images you’re taking? These are critical components I take into consideration during my inspiration planning.

    one-year cake smash

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    one-year portrait with neutral flair

    Favorite Element — My favorite element of THIS cake smash was the actual cake smashing! Miss Delaney was absolutely OBSESSED with eating this cake, and probably my funnest cake-smasher to date! She was full of fun expressions, diving mouth wide open and was, overall, excited about her entire session.

    rustic floral one year portrait

    whimsical handmade dress

    classic timeless one year portrait

    cake smash

    Biggest Challenge — My only challenge with this session? CULLING! Her gallery outcome was SO stunning, and this is only half of the images delivered to the client. Mom and family were over the moon (understandably) as this little one completely nailed it during her session.

    cake smashing

    one year-old eating cake

    funny one year-old cake smash

    one year-old diving into cake

    Final Thoughts — One-year portraits should be treated like every other fine art session. Don’t limit yourself or your client to just smashing a cake! I budget 1.5-2 hours for my smashes — we do 2-3 portrait looks, cake smash, and bubble bath. I allot an appropriate amount of time in order to keep my clients comfortable and stress-free. Little people require patience! I always offer snack and water breaks and go at their pace. This enables me to have a stunning outcome with a comfortable, happy baby and a highly satisfied client!

    stunning one year-old gallery

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    black and white Jessica Lynch Photography

    As an avid lover of documentary and styled art, Jessica Lynch was born to be a photographer. She is an observer, with a perfectionist flair that pushes her to achieve great images. Jessica attends workshops any opportunity she gets, always learning as much as she can and staying up-to-date on newborn photography safety and trends. She has trained under some of the best maternity and newborn photographers in the country, and some even internationally! Jessica’s studio is in the heart of downtown Plymouth, MA, in a bright, fully updated suite.

    While she specializes in maternity and newborn photography, Jessica welcomes all child portrait inquiries.

    img Website: www.napcp.com Email: katie@napcp.com

    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.

  • Nov 12, 2018

    Registration is NOW OPEN!! NAPCP Educational Summit

    Hey, NAPCP!

    We hope you’re feeling refreshed and energized. We hopped right outta bed this morning because we’ve been looking forward to this day all weekend!

    Join us and our 6 amazing speakers, in Atlanta, Georgia, for the NAPCP Educational Summit! January 23, 2019

    Educational Summit 2019 speaker lineup presented by NAPCP

    In one day you’ll learn about how being “discovered” is the result of hard work, how to get your first beginners photography class off the ground, how to provide a great new revenue stream with modern school pictures, how to de-clutter your emotional, mental, and physical space; how to cultivate your authentic brand and attract your ideal clients, and how to make more money creating images for commercial use. It’s the kind of day that will leave you feeling strong, capable, and like you can get so much MORE out of business and life.

    You ready?! Let’s start this week off feeling positive, and ready for MORE in 2019.

    HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

    Our theme for the 2019 summit is MORE!  We don’t want you to work MORE, we want you to have a MORE successful business and personal life by harnessing the gifts you already have!

    The NAPCP Educational Summit is open to NAPCP members and non-members alike!

    JANUARY 23-24, 2019 – ATLANTA, GEORGIA AND WORLDWIDE VIA LIVE BROADCAST

    Here’s what’s included ($700+ value!):

    SIX FABULOUS ARTISTS – Click here to learn more about these amazing speakers. Click here to learn more about the courses.
    2019 MARKETING GUIDE (Digital Download)
    12-MONTH CONTENT CALENDAR (Digital Download)
    EMAIL MARKETING GUIDE (Digital Download)
    CREATIVE COPY GUIDE (Digital Download)

    IN-PERSON SPACE IS LIMITED TO 40 SEATS!

    REGISTER NOW

    In-Person Summit Registration Pricing

    NAPCP Member
    $299 – Early bird pricing through December 31, 2018
    $399 – Starting January 1, 2019

    Non-Member
    $399 – Early bird pricing through December 31, 2018
    $499 – Starting January 1, 2019

    JOIN NAPCP NOW PRICE
    Receive a discount on your first year of membership AND the summit!
    $450 – Early bird pricing through December 31, 2018
    $550 – Starting January 1, 2019

    Additional Add-Ons for In-Person Attendees

    2019 Planning Session & Studio Time – $129
    Park Studios – Jan 24th | 9am-12pm

    Mentoring Session – $200 / hour

    Virtual Summit Attendee Pricing

     NAPCP Member
    $99 – Early bird pricing through December 31, 2018
    $129 – Starting January 1, 2019

    Non-Member
    $129

    Click here for the full list of inclusions.

    REGISTER NOW

     

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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.

  • Oct 25, 2018

    One of the Cutest Lifestyle Sessions We’ve Ever Seen

    dreams baby mobile

    Sharetha Emanuel’s clients are so much cooler than we’ll ever be …

    boho baby boy pillow in crib with tribal details

    split image with baby in crib on left and black and white image of mother in nursery on right

    Inspiration: I was inspired by the details of the baby’s nursery and was so excited to capture some of these in this lifestyle session. In addition to capturing photos of the baby and family, capturing photos of those special little details that we may forget as the children get older are so important.

    Favorite Element: My favorite element of this session was all the beautiful natural light that flowed into their home. This allowed for beautiful portraits in both the nursery and the master bedroom.

    Biggest Challenge: This session was actually a dream. Everyone (including the newborn and big brother) was cooperative and the session went very well. If I had to pick one thing, though, it would be the use of space. Because I was inside a home (mostly the nursery), I had to get creative with composition to have a variety of photos from that space.

    split image with big brother with curly hair, kissing baby brother, on left, and baby on triangle patterned crib sheet on right

    beautiful african american family lifestyle newborn session

    Final Thoughts: This family was wonderful to work with. I truly enjoyed spending time with them and capturing these beautiful memories. I’m so glad that they will have these photos to remember this special time for their family.

     

    Sharetha has always wanted to create “pretty things” and make people happy. Photography provides her with the outlet that she needs to fulfill her creative desire. However, she does more than take pictures. Sharetha’s goal is to capture lasting memories and provide keepsakes that families can cherish forever.

    Sharetha shoots maternity, newborn, child and family sessions, and serves Charlotte, North Carolina, and surrounding areas. Visit Sharetha Monique Photography to book your session with her today!

    img Website: www.napcp.com Email: katie@napcp.com

    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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    NAPCP’s November 2018 issue of Inspired magazine features Pamela Salai of Pamela Salai Photography, holiday NAPCP Gatherings, details on the 2019 Educational Summit, child portrait session tips, 4 Myths About School Photography, and more! Grab a cup of coffee and dive in! Print your copy of Inspired straight from MagCloud! Share your favorite pieces with […]

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    Hey, NAPCP! We hope you’re feeling refreshed and energized. We hopped right outta bed this morning because we’ve been looking forward to this day all weekend! Join us and our 6 amazing speakers, in Atlanta, Georgia, for the NAPCP Educational Summit! January 23, 2019 In one day you’ll learn about how being “discovered” is the […]

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    Our September issue of Inspired features Jaye McLaughlin of The Life in Your Years Photography! Read her exclusive interview, download your free motivational desktop wallpaper, access helpful resources and learn how to manage your time better in the busy season. Print your copy of Inspired straight from MagCloud! Share your favorite pieces with friends, family […]