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  • Jan 17, 2018

    An Emotional Documentary Newborn Session & Film

    Inspiration

    I was inspired in this session by the emotional connection between the mom, dad, and baby. From every angle, there was an emotional connection and strong bond. A sense of pride, excitement, and deep love came pouring from this family. I really did not have to do much directing — these are my favorite sessions.

    Favorite Element

    My favorite element was the shadows and depth of the light in this particular room, which I did most of my shooting in. I started in the nursery and then went into this room and instantly fell in love with the low light situation. For me, shadow tells a story of deep emotion. It portrays so much to the viewer.

    Biggest Challenge

    My biggest challenge for this session was a fussy baby. We talked for about 45 minutes before we really found our groove in shooting. Baby did a ton of nursing, too. All of this I am more than okay with and is why I love documentary photo shoots the best. They capture real life, and removed is the pressure for perfection. The images tell a story and bring the parents back to that moment when they had a one week old precious baby boy.

    Final Thoughts

    I love being a fly on the wall for sessions, giving as little guidance as possible. I find the raw emotions speak much louder than prompted ones. These sessions truly speak to my soul and I find the clients often cry when viewing their images.

    About the Contributor: I was on the path to be a stay at home mom when one day, I fell into the wonderful world of photography. Then I discovered the artistic nature of newborn photography. This led me to pursue my passion to be a newborn photographer.

  • Jan 10, 2018

    Golden Hour: A Family Session at the Beach

    The inspiration for this photo session was to capture my two favorite things: children and the beach. And not any beach … Redondo Beach, California. It’s my happy place; to me it’s pure magic, and the sunsets here are stunning! In California, the land of “forever summer”, sunset beach sessions are a daily possibility.

    My favorite element is the expression on the children’s faces when experiencing the beauty of a sunset and the fun of being at the beach. When photographing children at the beach, I love simply letting the kids be kids. No need to ask them for poses. Instead I let them run and play, all the while watching in awe behind my lens as they draw in the magnificent beauty and energy that the beach has to offer.

    The biggest challenge of this sessions was catching my breath while running after three kids. The beach has no walls! You’ve gotta be quick, and ready to pull out all the stops to gather the children together for some candid moments.

    When photographing any family session, keep it simple and go with the flow. Beach sessions will get sandy and wet. Roll up your sleeves and pant legs and try it out. The golden hour never disappoints.

     

     

    Trish is the owner of The Boho house. She specializes in lifestyle newborn & maternity photography.

    Trish is a mama of two incredible boys and a wife to her high school love. All the mamas out there, she gets it; she’s right in the thick of mommyhood with you! Trish hasn’t gone pee alone in three years, she’s a proud wearer of the “mom bun”, & most of her clothes are covered in spit up. She can’t start her day without coffee or end it without a large glass of wine.

    Trish loves to capture the essence of a family. Those candid, organic moments that happen behind closed doors. The laughs, the smiles … the jumping on the bed moments. She truly loves what she does & feels blessed to call this her job. After a session, Trish can’t wait to upload the photos & get the first look at the moments she created with her clients.

    For more from Trish, and for booking inquiries, please visit her website, Like The Boho House on Facebook, and Follow along on Instagram and Pinterest.

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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.

  • Jan 09, 2018

    A Joyful, Refreshing Family Session

    1. Inspiration
    My newborn session style is soft and airy, and I would love my outdoor family sessions to match them. I always advise my clients to wear light, monochromatic, neutral colors to coordinate the color palette of the whole family, because they look best in the field. This family looked perfect from head to toe — even the fur color of their puppies matched the overall palette!

    2. Favorite Element
    Authentic interactions. I loved seeing the toddler playing with the puppies, flying in the air, standing in the field all by himself, tickled by daddy, holding mommy’s hand, etc – all of these candid, joyful moments captured in a 20-minute mini session. I couldn’t wait to see these refreshing portraits printed on their holiday cards and sent out to their family and friends.

    3. Biggest Challenge
    The location itself was the biggest challenge. As much as I love shooting in the field, because of its natural feel, the shoot location was actually next to a huge lake. Water and children together always raise a red flag for me. My assistant and I kept our eyes on the toddler and made sure he didn’t get too close to the water. However, once the family released the leashes, one of the puppies ran straight to the lakeside! Fortunately, we rescued it just in time, as no one would want a wet puppy in their family photos.

    4. Final Thoughts
    My sessions are always casual and relaxing. Although mom came to the session super well-prepared, she was still worried about all the details. Once we started shooting, the atmosphere was filled with giggles and laughter. I knew the session would turn out gorgeous. I kept showing mom how the images looked from the back of my camera. She felt more confident and looked more relaxed. She walked away with a big smile on her face, feeling relieved and excited to view her gallery.

     

    With neutral and soft palette, pure light, and layers of texture, Teresa Yiu creates artistic images to display the natural beauty of maternity, newborn, baby, and family. Her brand speaks for itself in the simple, elegant, and authentic style portrayed, as well as the fine art custom experience she delivers to her clients. Teresa’s photographic vision and style is especially influenced by her role as a mother. She graduated from the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston with a Ph.D. in Genes & Development in 2008 and was working as a researcher. In 2015, Teresa was called to leave her full-time job in order to focus more on her family and her photography business. She lives in Houston, Texas, a place she’s called home since she married her husband in 2005. With her mother’s heart, she established Teresa Yiu Photography to capture the pure joy and beauty of motherhood, newborn, baby, and toddlers.

    For booking inquiries, and for more from Teresa, please visit her website, Like her Facebook page, and Follow her on Instagram and Pinterest.

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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.

  • Jan 02, 2018

    The Art of Photographing Older Children

    1. Inspiration

    I truly believe that so many have portraits taken when their kids are young. It feels natural to have them done every 6 months or so. They are changing so much when they are little. As children get older, they don’t seem as though they are changing as much, but they still are. Encouraging my clients who have older children to continue portraits has been a fun adventure, and anyone who books a portrait session is quite pleased!

    2. Favorite Element

    Moments snuggled with mom are a favorite element for me and are always treasured and allowing the parents to be used as “props” is perfect for a great image. Dads also have a lot of fun, but might need engaging conversation before they feel more comfortable.

    3. Biggest Challenge

    One of the biggest challenges with older children can be them feeling awkward in front of the camera. Really engaging with them, learning what they like, spending time talking with them … this helps them to relax and enjoy their time in front of the camera.

    4. Final Thoughts

    I promise that working with an older child is so much fun, and they are cherished memories for many years to come. It’s always a bonus to give them confidence in how beautiful they are, just as they are. Summertime is the perfect time for older children, as they don’t have issues with staying up late for the wonderful evening sunsets. It is so important to continue your relationship with your clients even as their kids go through phases like lost teeth, braces, growing into a teen, and more. This also naturally leads these clients into being senior portrait clients if that is something you specialize in. Thank you for taking the time to read about The Art of Photographing Older Children! I truly love it!

    About the Contributor: I am a wife and mom. My kiddos are 6.5, 4.5, 2.5 and 4 months. I LOVE spending time with family. I LOVE giggling.

  • Dec 29, 2017

    December Inspired Magazine: Featuring Kristen Montgomery!

    This month’s issue of Inspired features Kristen Montgomery of Kristen Montgomery Photography. Click here to see her beautiful work, learn more about the 2018 Marketing Summit and get a sneak peek at the 2018 NAPCP Image Competitions!

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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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