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  • Jun 07, 2017

    June Printables!

    Our June Printables are here! This month’s theme is tasty summer treats. These FREE downloads are adorned with yummy popsicles and ice cream cones to help put you in a summer state of mind. Download the printable Menu template here, and the printable June Calendar here!

    Cheers to summer!

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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!  

  • Jun 06, 2017

    Glitz and Glamour in the City | Top of the Rock NYC Family Photos

    I love photographing families in the suburbs but every time I go in to New York City for a family session, I get super excited. New York is my favorite city in the whole wide world – and I’ve been to A LOT of cities! The energy, people, movement, textures, colors – so many things that I love about NYC. When I was asked about doing a family session at the top of the Rock (at Rockefeller Center, 70 stories up) you can imagine that I got a bit excited … then I got nervous (not only do I have a fear of heights, but the top of the Rock State building can get pretty crowded, as you can imagine) … and then I got excited again. I was a ball of mixed emotions (mostly fear of heights and excitement) when I showed up for the session. Fortunately, it went great!

    Inspiration

    The inspiration for this session came from my clients and from the city itself. The mom had a very clear vision of the photo shoot – high glamour meets NYC. She had a beautiful red evening gown that she wanted to use for the photo shoot and then built on that – so there were also sparkly dresses, fancy suits, and even a top hat!

    I wanted to capture the beauty of NYC skyline but also the noise and the craziness and the energy of it – I thought that using a Lensbaby and a fish-eye lens for some images would help capture that.

    Favorite Element

    NYC skyline, evening dresses and top hats. I cannot pick just one.

    Biggest Challenge

    My biggest challenge was ALL THE PEOPLE at the top of the Rock. If you think New York City is crowded, you can imagine how crowded one of its most famous landmarks is. There was a lot of waiting around for people to pass, working very quickly, creative cropping, and some people removal in Photoshop.

    Final Thoughts

    I loved this session. Sure it was a bit stressful and exhausting. Maneuvering among hundreds of people in a pretty tight space, while carrying what seemed like a 50 pound bag full of equipment, is never easy. But it was fast paced, full of great energy and just so much fun! Capturing this family’s first visit as a family to my favorite city – the kids’ first reaction when they saw NYC skyline from the top of the Rock, parents having a quiet moment together, ever changing light, and skyline at sunset – was really priceless for me. I cannot say how happy it makes me knowing that MY images grace the walls of this family’s home and will always be treasured as memories of their first family trip to NYC. New York is busy and loud and crowded but makes for a stunning backdrop for family photos!

    About the Contributor: Lena Antaramian is an award-winning photographer located in Bergen County, New Jersey. She specializes in children and family portraiture and excels at capturing quiet moments, tender connections, toothy grins, belly laughs and all in between!

  • Jun 05, 2017

    The 2017 Best New Emerging Child Photographer Contest

    The National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) is ecstatic to announce our third Best New Emerging Child Photographer Contest! NAPCP admires the spirit and tenacity of the upcoming greats in our professional child and family photography community, and aims to recognize brilliant newcomers who are sure to be stars. With only a few minutes of your time, YOU can help us find this year’s Best New Emerging Child Photographer! Nominate a professional child or family photographer who’s new to the scene, and you’ll be automatically entered to win a $100 gift card!

    Nominate your favorite(s) by midnight (EST) on June 9th. NAPCP will review all nominations and announce the group of semi-finalists to move to the judging process. Then, our esteemed panel of judges will narrow the field to six finalists, who will be announced the week of June 19th. You vote for your favorite finalist June 19th-23rd. We tally up the votes and spoil the winner.

    The winner of our 2017 contest will be handsomely rewarded with the following:
    1 – Expense paid trip to Atlanta, Georgia for an amazing experience. Our winner will spend time with the NAPCP team and the Shootproof team so we can celebrate them! This will include airfare (provided by ShootProof), plus lodging, meals, and live interviews (provided by NAPCP and Shootproof).
    2 – NAPCP Membership – 2 Years
    3 – ShootProof Account – One Year
    4 – Musea – One Matted & Framed Print of Choice
    5 – Miller’s Lab Signature Album
    6 – Fundy Pro Account – One Year
    7 – Animoto Professional Account – One Year
    8 – One Hour Mentoring Session with Rob Greer – Photographer & SEO Expert
    9 – One Hour Mentoring Session with Alice Park – Co-Founder of NAPCP
    10 – One Hour Mentoring Session with Courtney Zerizef of Creative Homeroom
    11 – One Hour Branding Consultation with Renee Swigert of Ribbons of Red
    12 – Professional Hair & Makeup by Molly Todd and headshots by Alice Park Photography
    13 – Digital Seal for Website – Best New Emerging Child Photographer 2017
    14 – Promotion from NAPCP, ShootProof, and sponsors on all social media and online websites

    Thank you to our sponsors!

    Click HERE for the full details, to read about the judges panel, and to nominate an inspiring and talented photographer who needs to be discovered!

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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.

  • Jun 01, 2017

    New in the Store: Free Father’s Day Animoto Slide Package

    Our FREE Father’s Day Animoto Slide Package is the ideal quick and meaningful way to say “Thanks!” to the special dad in your life. Including 8 slides for dad and 8 slides for grandpa, so you can simply create custom videos. Use all the slides, or select your favorites. Photographers, you can also use these slides to create a promotional video, with client images, to share on social media!

    If you don’t already have an Animoto account, creating a Father’s Day video is the perfect way to give it a test drive. PLUS, NAPCP members can log in to our vendor discounts page for a special 20% off code to use toward yearly membership!

    To complete your gift and give him something he can keep for years to come, pair your custom Animoto video with our Mini Photo Book Template. Designed to match, it’s the perfect addition to your special video. We’ve partnered with our friends at Artifact Uprising so you can use these templates to make a special 5.5″ x 5.5″ photo book for dad this Father’s Day! The set includes 10 uniquely designed JPGs, plus a cover you can upload and mix and match with your photos, to make a book that is just for him. There are even 5 bonus images so you can customize your book for grandpa too! The designs can be uploaded and ordered through Artifact Uprising here! Artifact Uprising has also extended a special discount code, for 10% off your next order, that is included in your download folder.

    Also check out our Father’s Day Dress Your Dad craft for your kids! Make sure you take a photo of your kid’s work, post it on Instagram, and tag #NAPCPDressYourDad for your chance to be featured in the NAPCP Instagram feed!

    Happy creating, everyone!

    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.

  • May 30, 2017

    Summer Birthday Pack: Printables, DIYs and so much more!

    Summer is officially upon us folks! Time to soak up some sun, enjoy the longer days and hunker down for the wave of birthday invites to soon flood your inbox. But fear not! If you have been tasked with planning an epic summer fling, it just so happens that we have an equally epic birthday kit perfect for you!

    Our Summer Birthday Kit includes 7 items to be mixed and matched however you choose! The full kit –

    • 5×7 Party Invite Template (purchasable in the NAPCP store here)
    • A2 Thank You Card (included with above invite in the store here)
    • Cake Box Favor DIY (Template downloadable here with instructions below)
    • Tassel Party Hat DIY (Template downloadable here with instructions below)
    • Printable Party Stickers (PDF here)
    • Printable Favor Tags (PDFs here)
    • Custom Photo Wrapping Paper (purchasable in the NAPCP store here)

    First up, let’s get crafty with some super cool birthday DIYs!

    Cake Favor Box + Tassel Party Hat

    Both items include a printable template with easy to follow trim and scoring  guides. For the cake box you will need the following supplies:

    • 8.5 x 11 cardstock (white)
    • scissors/exacto knife
    • ruler
    • gold party straw
    • red tissue paper
    • hot glue gun

    Step 1 – Trim out the top and bottom of your favor box and use a ruler to score along the dotted lines to allow for easier folding. Before folding the lid of the box, cut out the small circle on the top with the exacto knife.

    Step 2 – Cut a piece of red tissue paper measuring 2.5″ x 1.5″. Fold in half vertically and fringe like the picture shown above. Be careful to not cut too close to the center. Now roll along the side not fringed and cinch the bottom.

    Step 3 – Cut gold party straw down to a 3″ piece. Dab a bit of hot glue on the fringe and tuck the cinched end inside the top of the straw. Now slide the straw into the hole through the center of the lid. You can secure with hot glue if you like but should not be necessary.

    Step 4 – Fill with delicious candy!

    Our next DIY item is this flashy party hat!

    Supplies needed for the Tassel Party Hat –

    • 8.5 x 11 cardstock (white)
    • foil gold tissue paper
    • white thread
    • double stick tape
    • regular tape
    • scissors/exacto knife

    Step 1 – Trim out the party hat template and score where you see the dotted line with your exacto knife. Set aside.

    Step 2 – Cut out a section of foil tissue paper 8″ x 4″ and then fold in half vertically. Fringe the non folded side every half inch as pictured above. Unfold and roll tightly. Cut a piece of thread 8″ long and tie directly in the center of your fringe roll, leaving tails of thread on both side.

    Step 3 – With tape, secure the tails to the inside surface of the hat (not the side with the stripes) so that only the fringe is visible on the outside. Once secure, roll hat into a cone shape and double stick tape the scored flap to close.

    Step 4 – Use a hole punch to add holes on opposite sides and secure to head with string, elastic, or ribbon!

    Sticker and Favor Tag Printables

    Our Party Sticker Printables are the perfect accessories for drink ware, favor boxes, balloons, you name it! They are 2.5″ in diameter and are designed to be used with a craft punch and full sheet label paper like this (be sure to purchase either Laser or Inkjet based on the printer you plan to use). Simply slide your printed sheet into the craft punch, with the clear bottom side up so you can check alignment, and then punch!

    The favor tags are 10 to a sheet and easily trimmed with scissors or a paper cutter. The “Sending Thanks” tags can be found here, and the “Happy Birthday” tags here!

    And don’t forget this adorable matching wrapping paper! The template is editable so the paper can be designed as a gift from your little one, or altered to be for them as well!

    Party Invite and Thank You set

    The final two pieces are certainly the key ingredients! In order to set the tone early for your festive affair, you need the perfect invite! Our Summer Birthday invite is bright and bold and completely customizable! Get it in the store here along with it’s matching thank you!

    Wishing everyone a fabulous summer!

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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!  




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    Click here to read our June magazine featuring the winners of our First Half 2017 Image Competition as well as the 25 semifinalists for the 2017 Best New Emerging Child Photographer Contest! 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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    Summer is officially upon us folks! Time to soak up some sun, enjoy the longer days and hunker down for the wave of birthday invites to soon flood your inbox. But fear not! If you have been tasked with planning an epic summer fling, it just so happens that we have an equally epic birthday kit perfect for […]

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