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  • Jan 12, 2017

    4 Styles of Photography Explained

    There are many different styles of photography, and if you aren’t familiar with them, it can be hard to know if a photographer’s style is right for you when considering them for your family portraits. It is also useful to know a bit about the photography style you gravitate towards so that you can communicate your vision to your photographer. Here are four of the most common styles of photography used in family portraits.

    Lifestyle –

    Lifestyle photography is exactly what it says it is. It is capturing the subject living their life in their natural environment. This can include the home, workplace or a location in their hometown. These pictures lean towards a more candid feel, but can include some setup or staging. Lifestyle photography can actually encompass elements of the other three styles. I love this style because of the authenticity of it. When a family chooses a location that is meaningful to them, and is encouraged to simply be themselves, is when the real emotion is captured and makes for the types of photos that are enjoyed for generations.

    Documentary –

    Documentary style photography is usually associated with a chronological series of events. It is storytelling of a visual nature. The beauty of this style is that it tells the story while capturing the associated emotions. These type of photos can be both staged or candid, depending on the event or subject. For instance, a staged documentary session would involve setting up an area in the kitchen with all the ingredients and supplies with which to make cookies and then photographing the process of kids making cookies with mom and dad.

    Traditional or Posed –

    Traditional or posed photography is a common portrait style. The subject of the photo is positioned to capture the light or a particular pose. In the past, these type of portraits were usually taken inside in a studio using backdrops and skillfully placed artificial lighting. A welcome change has many of these portraits now being created in natural light. Outdoor settings have become a popular choice for posed portraits.

    Artistic –

    Artistic photography allows both the photographer and the subject the most freedom. They work as a team to create a piece of art with no guidelines or rules to follow. With artful backdrops, costumes, and make-up as well as heavy post-processing to achieve the look of a fantasy, there are also no limits to the creative touches and ideas used to help the vision come to life.

    Selecting a photographer that you are comfortable with is of prime importance. This person will be working with you to create heirloom quality images for your family so clear communication on your expectations as well as familiarity with their style of photography is critical.

    Visit the NAPCP Directory to find a member photographer in your area!

     

    Featuring the images of the following NAPCP member photographers (in order of appearance): Erika Rigger / Erika Rigger Photography, Molly Garg / Molly Garg Photography, Willy Wilson / Life Unstill Photography, Heather Floyd / Floyd Family Photography, Hannah Drews / Hannah Drews Photography, Kerry McFarland / Earthdarling Portraits, Katherine Jackson / The Mirrored Image Photography, Suzanne Taylor / Suzanne Taylor Photography

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    About the Contributor: Before starting my photography business i was an art director in Advertising for 10+ years. I took a break to have my son and never went back! I decided to use my love of children, Art and Photography to pursue my dream of owning my own business.

  • Jan 10, 2017

    Free Printable Fill-in-the-Blank Thank You Notes!

    Something that will never go out of style is a nice thank-you note! Our world is filled to the brim with technology-based communication, so not only does a handwritten card give the recipient warm and fuzzy feelings, it makes the sender stand out, too.

    We’ve made writing holiday thank you cards easier for your kiddos with these darling printable cards you can print at home. They’re super easy and fit in a standard letter size envelope. Simply have your child fill in the blanks, circle an extra affirmation or two, and send! There’s no time like the present!

    Click here to download yours now!

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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.

  • Jan 06, 2017

    2017 NAPCP Retreat: What To Bring

    What’s a girl to wear? Or BRING for that matter? Decisions, decisions.

    If you are wondering what you should wear and bring to the 2017 NAPCP Retreat, have no fear! We’ve created this nifty graphic with essentials for your upcoming trip to Santa Barbara.

    Take a look, go shopping, and enjoy packing! We can’t wait to see you soon!

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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.

  • Jan 05, 2017

    School Photo Booth DIY

    We all know that everyone loves photo booths! Well, our co-founder Alice Park, of Alice Park Photography, is here to show you how simple it is to set up a photo booth backdrop for your next event (especially if that event happens to be at your child’s school)! We guarantee the kids will love it. And the best part is that it. is. EASY. If red isn’t your thing, or isn’t appropriate for the holiday or occasion, any color construction paper will work! So much fun.

    What You Need:

    – A roll of construction paper (You can find this at any teacher supply store.) or festive wrapping paper
    – Painters tape, to hold your backdrop in place- A camera. For added fun, Alice used an Instax Polaroid camera and film, so guests could take photos home!
    – Props. Make your own, or purchase pre-made ones online!
    – Super adorable guests to share the fun with!

     

    Tag us in your photo booth fun, on Instagram @napcp or using #napcp!

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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 04, 2017

    Free Custom Wallpaper: You Go Girl

    It’s the first week of the New Year, friends! The time when everyone is making (and hopefully sticking to) their resolutions for 2017. It’s always wonderful to set new goals and be excited for a fresh beginning, but we frequently break our resolutions when we realize we’re still feeling just as burned out and overwhelmed as a few days ago. This year, we want to encourage you to “do you”. Go all in for yourself. Simplify. Make time for the people in your life, and the aspects of your business that matter most to you. Download this inspiring wallpaper to pretty up the screen of the device of your choice! Size options below.

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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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  • Free Custom Wallpaper: You Go Girl

    It’s the first week of the New Year, friends! The time when everyone is making (and hopefully sticking to) their resolutions for 2017. It’s always wonderful to set new goals and be excited for a fresh beginning, but we frequently break our resolutions when we realize we’re still feeling just as burned out and overwhelmed […]

  • December Newsletter: Featuring July 2016 Image Competition Winners!

    Click here to read our December 2016 newsletter featuring the winners from our July 2016 International Image Competition! Don’t forget, Inspired is now printable! Print your copy straight from MagCloud, and share your favorite pieces with friends, family and clients.   Save

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    We love The Borrowed Boutique for many reasons, and not least among them is founder Emma Hostetter’s heart and passion for young girls in seemingly impossible circumstances. Oh, and because the product she stocks is BEAUTIFUL! (Not to mention, The Borrowed Boutique is a sponsor of the upcoming January 2017 NAPCP Retreat.) After Emma left […]

  • Free Custom Wallpaper: Like A Boss

    It’s the time of year when we are all struggling to wrap up the busy season! Editing for hours upon hours into the early morning can be exhausting, but with this custom wallpaper for your computer to motivate you, you’ll definitely be finishing up the busy season “Like A Boss”. Inspired by our free inspiration […]