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NAPCP Exclusive Interview: Artifact Uprising and Jenna Walker

As an organization that is 100% focused on capturing the moments of our lives forever, we at NAPCP can relate to the core values of Artifact Uprising. A bright and beautiful company that supports the industry of photography, and they have been a huge supporter of our International Image Competition and search for the 2014 Photographer of the Year! You will love this interview with founder Jenna Walker!

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NAPCP: We love the distinct style and beauty of the Artifact Uprising brand. Tell us about your core values, and how they have shaped your company.

Jenna Walker: It’s funny, when we set out to create this company – it was a side project. We were professional photographers – and for all practical purposes, had arrived at a place in life that felt great. However, there was this side of us that wanted to create something bigger than ourselves. We wanted to build something that could be an example to generations to come on what good business looks like. Because of this, we created different versions of this business over and over again – until our hearts felt aligned with our heads. What resulted? Products we believe in. This is why you see 100% post-consumer waste pages in our photobooks. This is why you see fallen Colorado beetle pine in our wood products. This is why we create products every person can make beautiful with their own photography. This is why we keep moving on – we remember that a great business is only as great as the passion behind us. To have real passion – you have to believe in what you are building. You have to believe in the parts with potential to be bigger than yourself.

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NAPCP: As we move forward in the digital age, with images overflowing on all of our devices, can you give us your best tips for choosing when and what to print?

JW: To me, the great images of our life are those that make us feel something. They aren’t necessarily pixel perfect. They don’t have perfect composition perhaps. But what they do have is emotion. These images make us remember a place, they remind you of the way a person makes you feel. They move you. They bring you back. My advice is to be ruthless in eliminating the images that don’t move you. Three images that tell the story of your life is so much more powerful than 300. Chose those 3 – and find ways to make them a part of your story for generations to come.

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NAPCP: Your new website is stunning! We love how you have incorporated your tribe of followers in everything you do. What would you like to tell all of those people?

JW: This is a question that feels a bit emotionally overwhelming to be honest. The simple words, thank you. But the feeling is so much more. The honest truth is that this ENTIRE business was built by our community. It’s something that makes me feel so much gratitude toward the numerous people who don’t even realize what they’ve done. Because of this, we feel a tremendous sense of loyalty to our customers. It’s our job to be obsessive about adding value to their lives. It’s our job to give back in ways that we know how and to keep listening and building for the path ahead. I will never have enough words of gratitude for the photo community that has rallied behind us. You are simply amazing.

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NAPCP: What part of your business has inspired you the most?

JW: I think one of the most inspiring things for us has been to create product with purpose across so many levels. For example, if you take our wood calendar product. The wood comes from our Colorado forests that have been ravaged by the pine beetle. The wood is then crafted by a local woodworker who is on a mission to turn this fallen wastewood into beauty. These planks are then sent to a non-profit whom works with developmentally disabled adults whom assemble the hardware. This provides meaningful employment and it’s amazing to see. And then photographers from around the world use this product to share their art and stories. When we look at the entire product creation process – we realize we have a chance to impact the world at every turn. Learning how to take responsibility for every turn of our product’s creation has been incredibly inspiring and continues to guide us into the future.

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A HUGE THANK YOU to Jenna Walker for taking the time to speak with us a little about Artifact Uprising and share her insights! Read more about Artifact Uprising here!

Photography Spotlight: iPhone Photography

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The iPhone and other Smartphone devices are becoming an extremely powerful tool for the professional photographer or photography hobbyist. Smartphone cameras are ever-increasing in quality and usability; and with social media platforms like Instagram and Snapchat, taking pictures on the go is becoming a part of everyday life. As photographers, we believe these everyday, fleeting moments can be just as beautiful and well-captured as the images shot with our DSLR cameras, and we’ve put together a list of tips and helpful articles for making the most of your Smartphone camera.

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1. Take a Skillshare class on Mobile Photography – here’s a great one to start with!

2. Use your iPhone in the same way you use your DSLR – look for good compositions, use the Rule of Thirds, and make sure you have great lighting.

3. You can use exposure on the iPhone as well – simply tap the screen on different subjects to expose to that area. Clicking on a bright window will underexpose the rest of the shot, while tapping a darker area will overexpose. Here is a great article with some good examples.

4. There are a number of great apps to use with Instagram, like Square Ready, which instantly formats photos for the square format without cropping out any important visual information.

5. Try new attachable hardware like Olloclip, an iPhone attachment that gives photos different effects like fisheye, wide angle, and macro lens.

6. Taking a little extra time to style your photos can make a big impact on your Instagram and on your business. Styling even everday shots can make them more interesting and more engaging. Here are a few Styling Tips from the Etsy Blog.

7. Check out this article on the HelloBee Blog, which gives a long, helpful list of all the iPhone Photography Apps you can use to get different photo effects.

8. Many times what we’re photographing (on the iPhone) are the people in our lives, and in NAPCP, a lot of times it’s our kids! Here’s a great article on getting the best pictures of your children.

9. Since much of iPhone photography results in sharing to Instagram, here is an informative article on Using Instagram to Grow Your Business.

10. And finally, once you’ve mastered all these iPhone photo tips and tricks and are ready to bring them off of your device, we highly recommend Artifact Uprising’s gorgeous Instagram-friendly books. These make a beautiful keepsake!

* Be sure to follow NAPCP in Instagram and comment below to share your account!

What’s in Her Bag: Molly Garg!

 

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What’s in Her Bag:

1. Nikon 610,  50 1.4 lens, and 35 2.0 lens.
2. Go smudge-free with the Nikon Lens pen Molly uses!
2. The iPhone is becoming such an essential part of our everyday “toolkit” – make sure it reflects your personality with a gorgeous case! We love these picks on Beauty & The Beard Blog.
3. Sometimes our genius ideas come when we’re least expecting it. Always have an ideas notebook in your bag! Molly’s awesome “Hey, Girl” Ryan Gosling Notebook is hilarious (and perfect).
4. Always, always business cards. We highly recommend the cards over at Moo.com. Did you know they come in squares now? Nifty!
5. If you’re photographing little ones, take a tip from Molly and have some rattles or playthings in your bag. We’re partial to this adorable Bee Rattle!
6. And last but not least, tuck it all away in a sturdy bag, like Molly’s Red LowPro Bag!

A very big THANK YOU to Molly for sharing her Bag with us! Be sure to check out Molly’s amazing work on her website and on Facebook!

Why You Should Consider Sharing a Creative Work Space with Local Artists

We start a creative business because we love creating.  We underestimate how much “stuff” comes along with running a business, and often, we find ourselves feeling overwhelmed and a tad bit lonely.  For the first six years of my business, the bulk of my office work had taken place in my home, alone (well, with a husband, two kids, and too many pets walking in and out of the room)

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My workshops for local moms and indoor photo sessions were held in rented rooms in the community.  I spent a lot of time carrying equipment into my makeshift spaces, and too many emergency calls were made to my husband: I forgot a power cord at home, my keurig broke, I cannot get my projector to work, etc. How stressful!

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I dreamed of my own space, but could not imagine the financial burden of running my own studio.

A local photographer invited me into his studio last summer, and my jaw dropped.  Huge windows, beautiful shootings spaces, a client meeting space, a prop closet, and space for desks!  He invited me to join the loft, along with another photographer.

After reviewing the rent specifications, I could only say yes.

I have learned a lot over the past nine months.  My time at the studio has been inspiring.

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Three Reasons to Join a Studio with Creative Professionals

  1. Community:  It is lonely when you are in business by yourself. Liking your studio mates is key! Collaborate with people that you love.  It makes communicating much easier if you are comfortable.
  2. Education: We can all learn so much from each other! Consider joining with colleagues who have different specialties than you.  You will not be competing with each other and you will learn a lot from their varied experiences.
  3. Prestige without the Price Tag:  My current clients have been incredibly excited to check out my new space. New clients are impressed, and they often start an inquiry with similar wording to this, “I love your work and your studio looks AMAZING!!”
    You can control, the look, the ambiance, music, snacks, the temperature (this one alone is worth it’s weight in gold)!

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Have you ever shared a studio? What worked for you? What tips would you add?

Happy Fridays: Back to School Organization

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Back to School is such a busy time for you and your kids, and with everything going on, it’s important to stay organized. In that spirit, we’ve put together a few ideas to help keep your school year running smoothly.

1. With sports, extracurriculars, and weekend activities, we turn to Minted.com for gorgeous Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Planners.

2. These printable, alphabet lunch box notes are adorable and smart.

3. With a few corkboards, frames, hooks, and marque letters, you can turn a cozy corner of your home into a tidy, organized homework and chore center. Here’s more inspiration.

4. NAPCP Designer Kristen created these amazing, customizable Morning Chore Charts to help your kiddos stay on track in the morning. Download them FREE at the NAPCP Store!

Finally, we’re always pinning to our board, “Staying Organized” with tons of great ideas, DIYs, and printables. Be sure to follow us on Pinterest!

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