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  • Apr 25, 2017

    Mother’s Day Paper Flower Bouquet DIY!

    Springtime is here, which means you have likely been totally bombarded with florals! ‘Tis the season! In that spirit we have a floral-y DIY for you today. Paper flowers are great for a range of occasions: bouquet for Mother’s Day, group craft for girl’s night, baby shower decor! The list goes on and on …

    To start you guys down your inevitable paper floral addiction, we have instructions for three different blooms: a peony, a poppy, and a wildflower.

    Supplies Needed – 

    Crepe paper (colors listed in PDF here)
    18g floral wire (wrapped)
    Floral tape
    Hot glue gun
    1” styrofoam ball (optional)
    Scissors
    Wire cutters (optional)
    Included templates (in PDF guide here)
    Mixed greenery (can be from the store or from your yard)

    The full instructions can be found in the PDF guide here!  Crepe paper usually needed to be ordered online as it is rarely available in local craft stores. My favorite places to order from are Carte Fini, Paper Mart and Castle in the Air. You can also find titles for a few of my favorite paper crafting books in the PDF as well!

    The instructional guide is just to get you started. The best part about paper flowers is experimenting and making something new and totally different. Add more petals, layer colors, create a whole new bloom!

    When all your blooms are finished grab some greenery to create a more realistic looking bouquet! Add water in the bottom of the vase for the real stems, and then cut the wire stems from the paper flowers short enough so they won’t touch. That way the greens last longer and the wires won’t rust! The flowers will never die or fade (hooray) so you can swap out new greens whenever you want!

    Happy crafting everyone! Click here for the instructional guide! And don’t forget to tag us @napcp and using #napcp when you display or gift your beautiful creations!

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    About the Contributor: Kristen Smith is a graphic designer and illustrator residing in Augusta, GA with her fiance Jon-Michael and two fur babies, Desmond and Penelope. She knew from a very young age that she wanted to do something creative and began taking design classes in high school. After receiving a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Georgia, she worked hard to establish a freelance career and officially launched her own company in 2011. Kristen is an award-winning designer, a celebrated creative for Minted.com, and has been working with NAPCP since it's inception in 2009.  She has a passion for fresh and beautiful designs with subtle feminine hints and a dash of whimsy.   Her passion for design is rivaled only by her passion for animals. She has been an avid animal rights supporter for many years and presently works with a local rescue organization fostering and rehabilitating cats. When she is not designing or sketching, you can find her crafting or in the garden!  She is also an entertainment junkie and watches entirely too many movies and television shows. Kristen looks forward to the extraordinary possibilities each new day brings!  

  • Apr 24, 2017

    Rustic Lifestyle Maternity Photos

    I’ve always been terrified of lifestyle sessions. There are so many elements you can’t control: lighting, décor, paint color … Enter this gorgeous mama whose design style is straight of a Pottery Barn catalogue. I met this remarkable woman 7 years ago and we completely hit it off and she’s now one of my very best of friends. Having her ask me to take these photos was not only an honor but it was a bit intimidating since I don’t normally offer these styles of sessions. I know she trusts me so I think that’s one of the things that helped the most since I went in to this session knowing the lighting, angles and general feel of the photos I wanted to capture. She has a rustic chic theme in everything she does so I decided to start from there.

    Inspiration: The inspiration for this session came right from the inside of the house itself; plus being in the Chicago burbs in January doesn’t allow for the outdoor creativity that I’m used to! There was so much natural light and beautiful architectural lines in their craftsman style home. Even their pooch, Betty (named after Betty White, of course) blended in!

    Favorite Element: My favorite element throughout the entire time we photographed wasn’t an actual physical thing but the warmth and love that was felt the second I stepped through the door.

    Final Thoughts: These excited parents-to-be have a wonderful conception story that just makes me smile all over again looking at these images. Their love for each other and baby boy is so incredible. I was happy to photograph this moment for them and I know mom will treasure them forever!

  • Apr 18, 2017

    Announcing Our First Half 2017 NAPCP International Image Competition Winners!

    Hello friends!

    After much excitement and anticipation, we are absolutely thrilled to announce the winners of our First Half 2017 NAPCP International Image Competition. Uniquely focused on child photography, the NAPCP International Image Competition features a range of image categories, including Babies, Newborn, Children, Family, Maternity, Siblings, Toddlers, and Seniors. Thank you to our amazing judges who dedicated days to scoring, deliberating and judging the hundreds of submissions. Our acclaimed panel of judges, Barbara Breitsameter, Rob Greer, Jennifer Kapala, Julia Kelleher, Summer Murdock, and Michael Taylor scored based on technical merit, creativity and composition, and impact.

    The following images received the highest scores in our International Image Competition:

    To view the complete listing of winning images, visit our Award Winning Image Gallery.

    The purpose of our Image Competitions is to recognize the creative and technical excellence of our child photographer members, reward talent, and serve as a vehicle for learning and improving our craft.

    Winners will receive:

    (1) Highlighted listing in our Member Directory, (2) Our coveted award winning NAPCP seal for website placement, (3) Their winning images published in both their Photographer’s Profile and in our Award Winning Image Gallery, (4) Individual press packets to distribute to their local media, (5) Increased exposure and promotion to our Vendor Partners, (6) Recognition as an Award Winning Photographer, and (7) Eligibility for our coveted Photographer of the Year title. For more information about our International Image Competitions, click here!

    Thank you to all who participated in our First Half 2017 NAPCP International Image Competition, and congratulations again to our winners!

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    About the Contributor: Alice is a passionate creative who loves photographing childhood, planning meaningful events, and dreaming big. Kyu is a an entrepreneur who believes in living a life full of integrity and serving others. Since starting Alice Park Photography in 2006, Alice and Kyu's business has blossomed into one of the premier boutique studios in Buckhead and the Atlanta area. They consider themselves to be especially blessed having the freedom to run a business they love while raising their two young children, Lyon and Elise. In 2009, the couple’s love for the photography industry sparked them to create the National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) – bringing together a community of passionate artists committed to growth in their craft and this unique industry. The thriving organization is their way of giving back to the global network of specialized child photographers that have supported Alice and Kyu so kindly over the years.

  • Apr 11, 2017

    April Magazine: Featuring Helene Button!

    Click here to read our April magazine featuring Helene Button!

    Don’t forget, Inspired is now printable! Print your copy straight from MagCloud, and 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 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.

  • Apr 11, 2017

    #100DaysOfHimAndHer – Top 5 Reasons You Need to Start One

    It’s 2017, we all know what that means. A few months ago I was motivated to make some changes in my life. The new year is refreshing – a chance to make a difference in your life or challenge yourself in a new way. Over the last 6 years, I have written plenty of personal goals. Some fail and some succeed, but I have learned that the best way to gauge what kind of year you had as a photographer is by looking back at your work and seeing growth.

    I used to hate this because I saw it as an inconsistency in my work, but through the NAPCP Member Community and other photography groups, I now know I am not the only photographer out there who has embarrassing photos from my beginning years. Each one of us grows. The more experience you have, the longer you shoot, the more you take time to own your craft – the further you push yourself away from that someone you once were. That’s what we all want, right? (Or maybe we want to just hide all of those photos in a dark corner somewhere and never admit that we took them?)

    This year, I wanted things to be different. I have been really longing to learn and expand my knowledge of light and experiment with the restrictions of both my camera and my situation. It is a personal goal of mine not to be afraid to shoot anywhere and everywhere. I want to be able to take out my camera and not feel restricted by the situation around me or by the limitations of what I hold in my hands. Shooting once in awhile is not enough to give me confidence to do this. Client shoots do not give me the freedom to do this either.

    I needed a different way. I wasn’t ready for a full 365 commitment, but when I found Willy Wilson’s 100 Days of 10 Facebook Group, I fell in love. The idea was to do something creative for 10 minutes a day for 100 days straight. If you have ever read “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin (read it!), you will be able to easily understand the type of person I am. Gretchen and I are basically one in the same. I try and try and try again to make habits, be more organized, follow a schedule, but usually on Day 1, I fail. Holding on to the hope that this project would not only improve my creativity, create a habit, and help me to expand my knowledge, I joined.

    At first I wasn’t sure what I would shoot, but soon enough I decided that shooting photos of my kids every day was something I already basically did. What I DIDN’T do often was get in front of my camera…especially not with my husband.

    And so, #100DaysOfHimAndHer was born.

    My project was a way that I could bring back photos of us which, let’s be honest, stopped happening when our kids came along. I envisioned a perfect photo book in my mind – my prize at the end of our 100 days. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to capture at first, but over time it has became more clear.

    Personally, I think everyone should do a #100DaysOf10 project. In fact, I think everyone should do an #100DaysOfHimAndHer project with their partner! Below are my top five reasons why you should.

    1. It forces me to be creative every day.

    2. The project makes me think outside the box so that each photo is different and forces me to experiment with different types of lighting, cropping, etc.

    3. It tells the story if our lives for our kids to look back at. I think as an adult it would be amazing to have this kind of view of your parents at this point in their lives.

    4. It forces you to do something together every day. It’s easy to get caught up in your every day and not take time for each other. The days are long and stressful, but even spending a minuscule amount of time focused on one another can make a huge difference in your relationship.

    5. It helps me to embrace imperfections in my photography. When you are taking photos in low light with self timer, something is bound to go wrong. Not to mention, most of these are taken at 12AM when we are both sleepy and ready for bed after a long day. You have to be OK with some “not so perfect” shots. But (if I’m being honest) sometimes the not-so-perfect photos turn out to be my favorites.

    Thank you Willy for being such an inspiration to my creativity, to my husband for being a willing subject, and to everyone that follows my project and supports me through your likes and comments. It’s working (yay)! Who knows, maybe next year I will be able to commit to a 365!

    You can see more images from my project or follow along with it’s conclusion on Instagram and on my personal blog. I look forward to seeing all of your #100DaysOfHimAndHer posts!

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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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    Hello friends! After much excitement and anticipation, we are absolutely thrilled to announce the winners of our First Half 2017 NAPCP International Image Competition. Uniquely focused on child photography, the NAPCP International Image Competition features a range of image categories, including Babies, Newborn, Children, Family, Maternity, Siblings, Toddlers, and Seniors. Thank you to our amazing […]

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