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  • Dec 31, 2018

    We’re Loving This Newborn Session with an Older Baby

    studio photography session with slightly older newborn

    Though most newborn photographers subscribe to the 7-10 day ideal for posed newborn photography, some of my best and most successful newborn sessions take place when the baby is closer to 2 weeks old. A few days isn’t going to make a huge difference in the sleepiness or flexibility factors, but those extra days can greatly contribute to a few other things that will help your session:

    1. Mom has had more time to recover and isn’t in as much pain. Relaxed mom = relaxed baby
    2. If nursing, mom’s milk is fully “in” and the baby is getting more efficient at eating. Full belly = relaxed baby
    3. The parents are starting to figure out the parenting thing and are getting more comfortable with baby’s needs. Relaxed parents = relaxed baby

    newborn baby in white bucket
    newborn baby wearing yellow striped knit hat
    newborn baby wearing knit green bonnet, cradling plush football
    newborn baby wearing gray crochet hat
    newborn baby wearing knit gray skull cap
    newborn baby hands
    newborn baby on white fluff, in gray blanket
    newborn baby toes
    newborn baby on white fluff

    The baby from this session was 13 days old for his session and was an absolutely perfect little model for me! We did the family photos in my all-white studio bedroom, which uses natural light, and then moved into another room for the newborn portraits, which I design exclusively for newborns and babies. I use Westcott studio lighting in this room.







    The white sleeper hat and fluff layer in the sled are by Baby Le Cradle, as are the blue cable-knit hat and wrap.

    Rebecca Danzenbaker is a newborn photographer in Northern Virginia, with over 10 years of experience photographing families and babies.

    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.

  • Dec 21, 2018

    December 2018 Inspired Magazine: Featuring Megan Gonzalez!

    NAPCP’s December 2018 issue of Inspired magazine features Megan Gonzalez of Upon Waves, a feature article by newborn photographer Jessica Lynch, information about the 2019 Educational Summit and more! Snuggle up with a warm blanket and dive right 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 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

     

    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 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

    one-year portraits

    one-year portrait experience

    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

    one year portrait

     

    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.


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    NAPCP’s December 2018 issue of Inspired magazine features Megan Gonzalez of Upon Waves, a feature article by newborn photographer Jessica Lynch, information about the 2019 Educational Summit and more! Snuggle up with a warm blanket and dive right in! Print your copy of Inspired straight from MagCloud! Share your favorite pieces with friends, family and […]

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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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    NAPCP’s October 2018 issue of Inspired Magazine features our Inspired Gallery Event winners. Dive in and see what holiday items are available in the NAPCP shop, learn more from our most recent Marketing Mondays and much more! Print your copy of Inspired straight from MagCloud! Share your favorite pieces with friends, family and clients. Save