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  • Nov 06, 2017

    Staying Grounded, Encouraged & True to Yourself

    When I started my photography career, I was like most newbies in the industry. I was constantly looking at other artist’s’ work and comparing my photos to theirs. I would try to replicate someone else’s picture and criticize myself for my post-processing flaws. It is easy to feel overwhelmed, intimidated and inadequate when you’re new.

    At my first NAPCP Retreat in 2013, I was told by someone (I sadly can’t remember who) that you shouldn’t spend your days comparing yourself to others; instead you should find who you are as an artist and become the best version of yourself. Now — fast forward four years — I am finally comfortable in my own “skin” with my work. I feel confident, adequate, capable and determined to continue to learn and grow, but not feel out-shined in my picture taking ability.

    Now that I feel more confident as an artist, I find myself having those same doubts and reservations about myself as a business owner. I compare how many Instagram followers I have, where my business falls on Google’s listings, how many Yelp reviews I have, how many featured articles my competitors have written, how many workbooks they have published, etc. I find myself feeling down and insecure all over again, and most of all … I constantly ask (myself), “How do they have the time to do all that?”

    When I feel myself torpedoing into a downward spiral, I try to pause, breathe and remember these very specific pieces of advice that I have received from some of my fellow NAPCPers …

    You Have Different Seasons to Your Life/Career: Mandy Johnson (of Mandy Johnson Photography) told me once, when I asked how on earth she did everything she does, that you have different seasons of your career based on where your life is. I’m in the early motherhood stage of my life. I have my career and my business, and I service my clients to the best of my ability … but I need to remember that I have two kids under three years old and they need me. I specifically gave up my well paying corporate job to have more flexibility and freedom to be their mom – and it’s okay to let that take priority sometimes. It’s HARD juggling work/life priorities. It’s a constant pendulum swing when you’re a mom and a business owner. It is inevitable that one aspect is getting the lesser version of you – and THAT’S OKAY. Like all pendulums … it always swings back. Remember what season you’re in of your life, and be okay with that.

    Every Business Has Different Goals: Jennifer Kapala is incredibly inspiring and grounding when it comes to setting goals for yourself and your business. It is impossible to try to do everything with your business. Especially as a sole business owner and operator, you must make deliberate choices and focus your time, attention and energy on specific areas. When I begin to feel inadequate about a certain aspect of my business that I feel I am failing in, I try to reach back to the beginning of the year when I outlined what it is that I wanted to accomplish, why, and honestly assess how I am doing. You can have yearly goals, monthly goals and even weekly goals. Goals range from financial to personal, and the only way of excelling at anything in the business world is to hold yourself accountable to the progress you’ve made. Often you need to refocus and shift your goals, create new ones, tweak old ones, etc. Goals shouldn’t be stagnant, but they should hold you accountable.

    You Can Be An Average Photographer & An Amazing Business Owner: Like any business, you have the product and then the business acumen. Sometimes, products sell all on their own with little help and direction (that is few and far between). Other times, you can have a product that sells like hotcakes because the person selling it is an incredible salesperson. Wherever you and your business lie, it is important to remember that you need both areas of this business to survive. It takes HARD WORK for clients to find you, trust you, book you, talk about you and use you again. That hard works comes for you, the business owner. When I am having a month that isn’t working out like I want it to, instead of feeling resentful or being full of self pity, I go back to the basics and think about what I can be doing to turn things around. If I need more money, I offer something “exclusive”. I’ll offer a model call if I need some new pictures to promote. Think creatively about how you can earn a bit more money outside the world of photography, too. Our talents carry to other places. If you let yourself get in a rut, you will be in a rut. Try to pull yourself out and ignite some fuel to fire up your business again.

    Only You Can Control Where You Go: Sometimes you’ll swing and miss, and that’s okay. I’ve been working really hard over the past few months to try to get picked up locally with a media channel. The resources at our disposal within NAPCP are unbelievable. So far I haven’t met this goal – but I have a running list of new approaches, people to connect with, areas to explore, etc. It’s always my end of the week project to tap into when I finish all of my “must do” tasks. It’s good to push yourself and it is also good to fail. I know that when something finally connects, it will be that much sweeter!

    You Are Not Alone: This job can be isolating and lonely if we let it be. Luckily, there are groups and organizations like NAPCP, Facebook communities, Rising Tide, etc. that help us to not feel so alone. If I’m having an off day/week or month, chances are I have someone in my support network that can kick me back into gear and help direct me to where I need to go. Whether I need advice, support or just a hug, I have to constantly remember that I AM NOT ALONE.

     

    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

  • Nov 03, 2017

    2017 #NAPCPHalloween Roundup!

    We just loved all of this year’s submissions to our annual #NAPCPHalloween Instagram tag! We’re thrilled all of you had a fun Halloween holiday, and we’re excited to feature some of you here!

    From left to right, top to bottom:

    @applewoodphoto
    @ashleyberriephoto
    @courtneymalonephoto
    @elizabethblankphotography
    @katiebuckphotography
    @marenabeckphotog
    @sablegabrielsen
    @summerlandphoto
    @theinvisiblephotographer_ar

    There are so many amazing and fun Halloween photos within the tag; be sure to check out #napcphalloween on Instagram to see all of the wonderful costumes and images. Don’t forget to follow NAPCP on Instagram, and use #napcpcozy during the month of November for a chance to be featured in our feed!

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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.

  • Nov 02, 2017

    Big Announcement: NAPCP Marketing Summit!

    Hey, friends! We have BIG news to share with you today! We’re here to share a NAPCP event for 2018 … something we’ve been working on very hard!

    January 17-19, 2018, in Atlanta, Georgia, NAPCP members and like-minded creatives will come together for an exclusive marketing summit. Content included will cover:

    – 12-month content calendar
    – Email marketing guide
    – TWO complete marketing campaigns
    – Creative copy guide
    – More!
    – Visit the Summit website here!

    We love each and every one of you and are SO EXCITED about this new event. Registration opens November 15th. If you have any questions, be sure to email us at info@napcp.com!

    Make sure you sign up for our mailing list and receive your complementary PR Media Toolkit HERE.

    The NAPCP Team

    P.S. Follow @napcp and @parkstudiosatl on Instagram for behind-the-scenes peeks as the marketing summit gets closer!

     

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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.

  • Nov 01, 2017

    November Printable Menu and Calendar

    It’s time to give thanks, and we are so excited to share our November printable calendar and menu with you!

    Download the printable menu template here. It’s the perfect way to decorate your table for those upcoming Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving dinners. And our printable November calendar is a great way to keep track of your November goals before indulging in the deliciousness of the season later this month. To download your copy, click here!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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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.

  • Oct 31, 2017

    Halloween 2017: An Escape to Wonderland

    by NAPCP member Melissa Zimmer, of MZ Photography

    1. Inspiration

    We’re in the middle of what many photographers refer to as “the busy season”. It can be easy to lose focus during this time, and I’ve found one of the best ways to regain the passion and energy is to focus on my family for a few days. The small break from client session has always reinvigorated my love for photography and made the second half of the fall season enjoyable.

    I also used this as a great reason to explore a few new spots in my area. Part of photographer fatigue can come from being at the same location week after week and I wanted to use these shots as trial for a new spot. And I was really pleased with the results.

    So, for this year’s ‘break’ I decided I wanted to take my children’s Halloween pictures earlier than normal. This is the first year since my youngest was an infant the two girls were wearing themed costumes and I couldn’t have been more excited. It was the perfect reason for a session. Together, we were going to explore Wonderland.

    2. Favorite Element

    I love the vibrant light from the sunset behind both girls. It was really a great capture of the fall colors (which are finally starting to show here in Chicago) and showcase a magical, dreamlike state. It works perfectly with our Wonderland theme.

    I also love both of my kid’s interpretations of their characters. I let them lead me through the shoot by asking questions. One of my favorite shots is my youngest (the Cheshire Cat) doing her best Cheshire Cat impression. She couldn’t stop laughing after and neither could I. Safe to say, we had a lot of fun capturing these memories.

    3. Biggest Challenge

    Letting the kids lead. I really wanted to capture their real interpretations of these two characters they both love so much. I didn’t want to direct (well, too much), but rather observe and capture those beautiful little moments. It was a lot harder than I thought.

    My oldest (Alice) really wanted to incorporate this tea cup that was my grandmother’s. It’s a very special tea cup to me, and I also thought it would be special to use, but I was incredibly worried about it breaking. In the end, I allowed her to bring it and we found a bed of leaves for her to hold it over. Then, she had the creative idea to grab a picture of the tea cup in the bed of leaves.

    4. Final Thoughts

    It’s so important to let go of control sometimes – you can be really surprised and impressed with the results! That tea cup picture I mentioned above, well it turned out to be one of my favorites. Because it combined two meaningful things in my life – my little girl and my grandmother. It’s a picture I’ll forever cherish.

    Life can get busy and stressful, for everyone. It’s important to take time out and capture personal memories. Sometimes all you need is a quick escape to Wonderland.

    About the Contributor: Melissa caught the photography bug from her grandfather - who was an avid photographer. He explained the importance of capturing life\'s special moments. melissa incorporates that Philosophy into each and every session.



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