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  • 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.

  • Apr 07, 2017

    Our 2017 Member Survey Results

    Happy Friday, NAPCP! As our member readers know, we recently conducted our annual member survey, and (as always) had such a wonderful response!

    We feel so lucky to have such an amazing member base. This feedback in positively priceless, allowing us to continue to grow and move forward as our association flourishes.

    Here’s a peek at some information about our members. Interested in joining us? Apply here.

    Interested in hiring a NAPCP member photographer? Visit our directory here.

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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 05, 2017

    #NAPCPGatherings: March Highlights!

    We are so excited that our first Gatherings of 2017 were a success! At this first Gathering, Ambassadors from around the world led their groups in discussions covering a wide range of topics!

    We asked Ambassadors and Gatherers alike to snap photos of their get-togethers. Here are a few of our favorites! Be sure to visit #NAPCPGatherings on Instagram to see more.

    Visit the Gatherings page for constantly updating information regarding our next NAPCP Gathering dates! (Hint hint: Our next Gatherings will be the week of May 15th-22nd.)

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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.

  • Apr 03, 2017

    See Your Work in Print: Why You Should Enter Print Competitions

    We consider ourselves professional photographers, right? I know I do. I have a great full frame camera, decent lighting, amazing backdrops and some fun props. I have great relationships with my vendors as well as my sponsors. I am a proud member of multiple associations and I pay my dues religiously every month. My clients are happy with my work and I am proud to showcase the numerous awards, accolades and publications that I have acquired over the past few years. Recently, though, I have felt that these weren’t enough for me. Is it enough to only take and edit amazing portraits? Is it enough to enter a digital photo competition and to win a digital award?

    Two years ago I decided to enter print competition, with WPPI. I wanted to prove to myself, and my clients, that my printed work was just as awesome as my digital work that they saw on my social media as well my website. At this point I had entered and titled in PPA, WPPI and NAPCP competitions through digital entries. I was also offering Shootproof galleries that my clients were ordering prints through, and having those prints mailed directly to their homes. None of this was a print, in my hands. So this print competition was going to be different.

    I chose 5 photos that I believed were incredible, and not having a professional printer of my own I researched the best of the best of our current Print Masters. I found Jonathon Penny, and spent the time getting to know him, and talking about my prints, my ideas and what I was wanting from my prints. Was this cheap? Not at all. I believed this to be an investment, not only in myself or my business but in my future endeavors as a photographer. Jonathon printed my prints and sent them to WPPI.

    I was able to sit through the judging, and I have to say it was one of the hardest moments of my career. To sit in the same room as the judges as they critiqued your portraits was so nerve wracking! Two of my 5 images received a silver award from judges like the amazing Kelly Brown. Two out of five!! I was so pleased, and the best part, those prints came back to me and my studio. I now proudly display them on my walls, with their award winning ribbons, for my clients to see. Printed proof of my hard work. Printed proof that my portraits were great!!

    I took so many notes during the judging, notes that I brought back and incorporated into my work. I have seen my work grow by leaps and bounds. I also went viral around this time with a pretty amazing photo of 10 amazing military moms that were breastfeeding in uniform, and that made waves for me and my business. I have seen my photo on numerous websites, news outlets and printed publications. I edited that photo in Photoshop (PS) and until recently I had never seen that photo printed larger than an 8×10. The importance of this I’ll get to in a bit.

    Last year I attended WPPI again, this time with no prints. A military move and the holidays made it impossible for me to be able to enter and I went with every intention of watching the judging again, to learn as much as I could for this year. I sat through all of the newborns, children, seniors and creative portrait judging. Once again I had pages of notes, and ideas like never before running through my head. Canon Professional Services was there and offered a large format print to each member, and I took this opportunity to have that famous breastfeeding photo printed larger, at a 14×17 size. Watching my print come out of the printer was like watching cookies baking in the oven as a small child. The anticipation was too much and I was so excited, thinking of all of the many different places I would be able to display this print … only to realize once it was printed large that I could now see the small imperfections and issues that my editing in PS had caused. I’m including a photo so that you can see those yourself. At first I was super embarrassed. This portrait has literally been around the world!! How could I have missed this? How could I have not seen this. It was then I realized just how very very important a printed portrait is.

    I made the decision then to start learning everything I could about how to print on my own. I spent hours talking to Epson during the trade show, and recently acquired the Epson P800. I also learned that NAPCP is doing their first print competition and I quickly entered. What an amazing opportunity to learn, grow and to showcase all that I’ve been learning. This year I’ll be able to print my own competition prints right here at home. (Editor’s Note: NAPCP has partnered with Musea Lab for print fulfillment and shipping to the Inspired Gallery Event. Click here for details.)

    I encourage each and every one of you reading this to take advantage of this amazing opportunity. Over the past two years I have had a change in mindset on printing and what I offer my clients. If I, as a professional photographer, do not understand how to print my own work or if I do not print and see my own work — and there are details that you can see on a print you can not see digitally … how will I be able to offer the best of my best to my clients?

    I had a previous client bring her daughter back into my studio to capture a portrait of her daughter holding the 2nd place win from last year’s NAPCP International Image Competition. How awesome is this? How many times does this get to happen? The look on her face is sheer pride. Not only was she able to see that we won, but I was able to plant a seed on how important printing portraits is. Our current generation is so engrossed with digital images, online media, and they are quickly forgetting just how important a printed portrait is. They are not growing up with the idea of combing through old photo albums and reliving the memories that flood your mind. How sad … and to know that we can change this.

    As I sit here today, printing 40 packages from a military ball, I’m completely convinced that to be a true professional we need to control our own prints. We need to see our work in print, not just on a screen. If you can not print at home yet, decide on a great print lab and work to print your own images and hang them in your home. You might be surprised, like I was, at the final result of your images. A digital image may or may not live as long as us; digital images might go the way of the cassette tape or the floppy drive. But a print …. It lives for generations.

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    About the Contributor: Tara Ruby Photography is a boutique studio offering custom photography and unparalleled portrait services with a focus on a combination of maternity, newborn, children and family portraits.

  • Mar 30, 2017

    April Printables and Art Print Pack!

    With April right around the corner, we want to help our readers get a jump start on the month with our brand new April Printables and Art Print pack!

    Our April Menu is perfect for spring brunches, lunches, picnics, you name it! They are sized 5×7 and easy to print and customize at home!

    Our April Calendar is here to help you keep track in style!

    And to round out our spring pack, you can purchase an accompanying “April Showers” print in the NAPCP store here!

    April Calendar | April Menu | April Art Print

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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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