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and support the artistry and integrity of professional child photographers. To accomplish this mission, NAPCP provides the most comprehensive resources for its members, bringing together a community of passionate artists committed to growth in their skills, their artistry, and their businesses.

NAPCP.com (formally pronounced “NAP-C-P”) is a place where professional child photographers can come and connect, learn, teach, aspire and grow. It is also a valuable resource for parents who are looking for a professional child photographer in their area, and want to be inspired and educated about our specialized industry.

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  • Feb 12, 2018

    The February 2018 International Image Competition is Here

    Since its inception in 2009, NAPCP has created a collaborative community that educates and inspires child photographers. Our success lies ultimately in the success of our members, whom we greatly value.

    As you prepare to enter the February 2018 International Image Competition, make sure you review the Competition Rules & Guidelines.

    We could not be more excited about our talented panel of 2018 judges, including Kirsten Lewis, Becca Wohlwinder, Diogo Loureiro, Barbara Griffin, Anne Simone, and Michael Howard.

    THE COMPETITION

    NAPCP recognizes the accomplishments and creative excellence of its child photographer members. Image competitions reward talent with medallions, priority listing on our directory, vendor endorsements, member points, titles and professional recognition.

    Our prestigious Photographer of the Year award will be decided based on specific defined criteria, as well as combined scores from both the International Image Competition, and Inspired by NAPCP Gallery Event. Congratulations to 2017 Photographer of the Year, Ashley Berrie!

    WHEN & HOW

    The NAPCP February 2018 International Image Competition is open as of 12 Noon EST February 5, 2018 and closes at 11:59 PM EST March 1, 2018.

    Members receive a total of 2 Competition Credits per Competition with their membership. Additional Competition Credits can be purchased for $25 each. Competition Credits can be used in any single competition, and cannot roll over to the following competition. A critiquing fee of $25 will apply to any member who wishes to receive professional feedback on submitted photos.

    This is NAPCP’s only digital competition in which you will receive scores and (optional) critiques this year.

    CATEGORIES

    There are eight categories available for submissions, outlined below. Entrant should choose the category with recommended age guidelines that best suits the overall feel, impact, and story of each image.
    1. Maternity
    2. Newborn (Up to 6 weeks)
    3. Baby (6 weeks to one year)
    4. Toddler (13 months to 3 years)
    5. Child (4 years to 15 years)
    6. Seniors (16-18 years)
    7. Siblings
    8. Family

    HOW TO PLACE

    1. Impact (40%) – the sense one gets upon viewing an image for the first time. Compelling images evoke laughter, sadness, anger, pride, wonder or another intense emotion. Story Telling also plays a part in overall Impact. This refers to the image’s ability to evoke imagination. What message does the viewer read, and what story does the image depict?
    2. Creativity & Style (30%) – important to the design of an image, bringing all of the visual elements together in concert to express the purpose of the image. The photographer’s style can be defined simply through their use of light, color, or any element that enables the audience to connect with the image. Creativity is the original, fresh, and external expression of the imagination of the maker by using the medium to convey an idea, message or thought.
    3. Technical Merit (30%) – the quality of the image itself as it is presented for viewing. Retouching, manipulation, focus, appropriate depth of field, sharpness, exposure, composition and correct color are some items that speak to the qualities of the image.

    As a NAPCP member, we know you can’t wait to submit your image. Try out an image critique this round to rev up your motivation and keep you on top of your photography game! Submit your best images HERE!

    Have a beautiful week!

    Your Cheerleaders,

    The NAPCP Team

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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.

  • Feb 08, 2018

    #NAPCPNew Round-Up

    We rounded up a few of our favorite #NAPCPNew Instagram submissions to inspire you get clickin’ for February’s #NAPCPXOXO tag!

    Elise Travis Photography
    Samantha Sloan Photography
    Cheryl Groff Photography
    Mandy Johnson Photography
    Tina Krafts Photography
    Jenny Perry Photography
    Michele Zakeri Photography
    Keri Jones Photography
    Sharon Neves Photography

    Visit the #NAPCPNew tag on Instagram to see more from these accounts and all of the creative submissions and beautiful images. And of course, follow @napcp on Instagram and use #NAPCPXOXO this month for your chance to be featured!

     

     

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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.

  • Feb 05, 2018

    NAPCP is Hiring!

    NAPCP Friends and Members,

    We’re thrilled to announce we will be adding to our team! We’re seeking a positive, energetic, and highly motivated team member to coordinate our Member Community and communications.

    This role involves collaborating with all team members (editorial, creative, administrative, marketing, tech) to meet organization goals and metrics while keeping NAPCP’s mission at its core. This a great opportunity for a work-from-home professional to help build and scale this incredible organization.

    The ideal candidate must be positive, highly organized, engaging, self-motivated, and have exceptional writing skills.

    We look forward to your recommendations and applications!

    Job Description: Part time Member Coordinator, working in partnership with all team members (editorial, creative, administrative, marketing, tech) to meet organization goals and metrics while keeping National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP)’s mission at its core.

    Skills/Requirements:
    1.
    Background in photography is a plus, but not required
    2. Excellent communication and writing skills
    3. Problem-solving attitude
    4. Must have positive attitude, even when dealing with challenges
    5. Proficient in Excel, Google Forms, list management, email management

    Job Responsibilities:
    1.
    Oversee incoming member application process
    2. Coordinate incoming member requests, challenges, concerns
    3. Coordinate renewal process for members
    4. Participate in organization of NAPCP Image Competitions
    5. Coordinate and manage various lists for NAPCP events
    6. Professional communication in NAPCP Member Community as needed
    7. Participate in weekly Skype team meetings on an as-needed basis

    Additional Details:
    1.
    Location in Atlanta preferred but not required
    2. Compensation is $10/hour to start
    3. Flexible, variable work schedule with expected commitment of 5 hours a week to start, could grow to 10+ hours based on skill level and NAPCP growth.

    How to apply:
    Send resume and cover letter to admin@napcp.com.

    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.

  • Jan 31, 2018

    What to Wear – Lifestyle Newborn Session

    After a client books a session, the first question that they ask is “What should we wear?” I really love documenting lifestyle newborn sessions because clients can incorporate themselves into the session … their home, their colors and of course their style. These sessions are candid, relaxed and if done right, truly showcase the new love that has entered into the home. Below are some tips on how to dress yourself and your family when booking a lifestyle newborn session, where to shop, and how to be successful.

    Tip No. One: Neutrals

    While I always encourage clients to pick clothing that they feel comfortable in, communicates the style they have, and that complements their home decor – I do always suggest starting from a neutral palette. Newborns should be the star of the show when it comes to the session, so dressing in bright colors or busy patterns often is distracting to the viewer. Neutrals does not have to mean a plain white t-shirt. I consider neutrals as a palette of likeness (gray, navy, tan, white, ivory, soft blue, soft pink, etc.) The most important part for me is that the colors all complement each other and there are three -four (if including denim), max. Men can sometimes have a hard time finding shirts without patterns in which case a solid sweater over top can be a nice complement, to break up a pattern.

    Tip No. Two: Flow & Texture

    Fabric that moves or has texture is always my preference. Women who have just delivered a baby do not feel like the most beautiful versions of themselves (although they should). Fabric that moves and flows is a flattering option, especially when choosing ivories and whites for your color choice. Textures are also wonderful as they add visual appeal but don’t distract the viewer. It is a great way to add interest.

    I also love the look of a dress on a woman after childbirth. I don’t suggest wearing a maternity dress that is tight around the waist. Instead, pick a dress with movement. Maternal, classic and beautiful.

    Tip No. Three: Avoid Black

    While most women feel that black is the most flattering color choice for clothing, as it is “slimming”, I find it a hard color for lifestyle photographs unless B&W (black and white) images are preferred. My personal style of indoor photography is light and airy, so having dark clothing creates a moodier feel in the imagery. There is nothing wrong with moody – in fact it really adds emotion to the image; be conscious about this when you make your color selections. The other thing to consider is your home palette. If your home is mostly white, wearing black will again make for strong B&W imagery, but might feel disjointed in color.

    Tip No. Four: Proper Fit

    Babies are teeny tiny and most clothing (even 0-3 month size) is still too big right after birth. If choosing an “outfit” to document your baby in, make sure it fits! You don’t want your little one swimming in their garments. I suggest shopping in the newborn section, and trying the clothes on your baby before the session. If nothing fits, never underestimate the beauty of a baby that is swaddled. There are adorable swaddles out there now, with endearing prints and patterns. If the rest of the family is dressed plainly, the baby will shine in a sweet swaddle with some spunk. Or, select a simple and timeless swaddle for that classic imagery that you’ll never tire of seeing.

    Tip No. Five: Incorporate Something Personal

    The beauty about being in your home is you have the chance to incorporate bits and pieces of yourself. Whether that is a favorite knitted blanket from Grandma, or imagery in the nursery – you have control over what is captured (light permitting – see further tips). Here is a link to a recent lifestyle newborn session that incorporated a lot of their beautiful home in the details – Hinsdale Newborn Photography Session.

    Tip No. Six: Where to Shop for the above

    Here is a list of some of my favorite stores for finding clothes for mom as well as baby. They have a great mix of textures, colors and choices for every size.

    Anthropologie

    Madewell

    Free People

    Spearmint Love

    Monica and Andy

    Feather Baby

    Pure Baby

    Lou and Grey

    Tip No. Seven: Declutter & Light

    Non-wardrobe related, the two other success factors are having adequate light and de-cluttering the background. Light makes or breaks the images, so don’t get your hopes up on shooting in a room with no windows. Look at your space at all times of the day and study the light. Exposure direction matters when shooting in the AM and PM and should be communicated prior to the session. I have a pre-consultation call scheduled with each client to ensure I know what I am walking into, and to set expectations for both the parents and myself, the photographer. I also ask clients to send iPhone pictures of both their wardrobe and home.

    De-cluttering is also key. I know parents are tired and cleaning is impossible, but books, Kleenex boxes, bottles, magazines, empty glasses, breast pumps, etc. should be removed. You don’t want to remember that half consumed beer on the nightstand!

    About the Contributor: Marena is a natural light photographer, who specializes in photographing maternity, newborn, baby, children and families in the Chicago area. Her natural ability to connect with children allows The Genuine personalities of each and every family

  • Jan 31, 2018

    January Inspired Magazine: The Summit Recap!

    This month’s issue of Inspired features all the details from the 2018 Marketing Summit in Atlanta, Georgia! Click here to see all of the beautiful details, learn more about how you can get the materials from the Summit in the NAPCP Store … and get a sneak peek at the judges for the 2018 International Image Competition (opening soon)!

    Print your copy of Inspired straight from MagCloud! 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 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.



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    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! Print your copy of Inspired straight from MagCloud! Share your favorite pieces with friends, family and clients. Save

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    Click here to read our November magazine featuring Hannah Drews Eggert! See Hannah’s beautiful work, learn more about the 2018 Marketing Summit and read about the NAPCP 2017 Photographer of the Year! Print your copy of Inspired straight from MagCloud! Share your favorite pieces with friends, family and clients. Save Save

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    You’re invited to register for our January 17-19, 2018 Marketing Summit in Atlanta, today! Registration is LIVE. We’re talkin’ setting and accomplishing goals, the best way to market yourself through blogging and email campaigns, and anything and everything you need to know about growing your social media presence organically (read: in the best possible way). […]