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  • Mar 06, 2017

    The Inspired NAPCP Gallery Event is Here!

    *UPDATED*

    There’s nothing quite like a print competition. And we’re giving photographers the opportunity to experience a new aspect of their artistry in this way. Announcing the Inspired NAPCP Gallery Event! A creative competition and gallery reception followed by a business-focused Day of Learning.

    Through this event we hope you are inspired to take time to develop your skills and your business. We certainly are! We feel it is especially important to give our member and non-member photographers alike the opportunity to explore creativity in new ways.

    Right now the NAPCP team is hard at work planning your Inspired NAPCP Gallery Event and would love to see your work entered. Please click here for registration and more details about submitting your work into this unique competition!

    Registration is now open to non-members! Remember, a limited number of 100 entries will be accepted for inclusion. Less than 20 spots remain! You do not have to be present at the Gallery Event to enter or win.

    It means the world to us to provide you with this opportunity. We’re looking forward to 2017 being the best year yet for 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.

  • Mar 01, 2017

    Newborn Photos at Home

    Inspiration: Pure, sweet, tender, love. Whenever I’m shooting a newborn session, I’m recalling that intoxicating love I felt for my son those first few weeks after his birth. There really is nothing like it. Evoking those intense emotions I felt really helps me see everything about the baby from the perspective of the new parents. That’s totally my inspiration in my newborn sessions, but really it goes beyond and inspires my family and maternity sessions too.

    Favorite Element: I loved the high ceiling and large, tall window in their bedroom. It brought in beautiful natural light and we ended up doing most of the session in there.

    Biggest Challenge: I have to admit, this session went so smoothly. Seriously, baby was amazing! If I was still struggling through posed baby sessions, I would have had a heart attack because he was awake the entire time and just wanted to be in moms arms. But if I have to list a challenge, I’d say when we moved into the nursery my working space got a little tight. Having a 35mm 1.4 helps a lot in those situations!

    Final Thoughts: If there is one thing I learned, or was reinforced for me, it’s that once I found and started shooting in my own style–what feels right for me–then all my sessions became a lot more fun and relaxed for both myself and my clients.

    I just love how this session turned out and my clients gave me a wonderful review. They booked a 6 month and 1 year session too so I’m looking forward to seeing this little guy grow!

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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.

  • Feb 27, 2017

    Hayley Johnson’s Office Space (at Plywood Place!)

    The Hayley Jo Photography founder and photographer, Hayley Johnson, gives us a tour of Plywood’s Atlanta offices. Tips and more about Plywood Place from the creative girl boss are below!

    NAPCP: Any pieces of advice for photographers looking to share their skills with other creatives?
    Hayley Johnson (HJ): One of my mentors once told me that no matter the level of experience, industry, or audience, you have something to offer other entrepreneurs and they have something to offer you. I love brainstorming with other business owners to figure out how we can collaborate (i.e. “I like you … how can we work together?”). Our offerings may not be similar, but there’s usually a fun way to link up and surprise our clients. Getting creative minds together always ends in cool things and I’m really thankful for the photographers and entrepreneurs that have poured into me along the way.

    NAPCP: Do you have any favorite programs or apps for business management or workflow?
    HJ: My most recent find for streamlining business management is Square Appointments. I use Square Register for invoicing, so it was really easy to upgrade. Appointments allows my school portrait and mini session clients to book themselves and pre-pay their session fees. The app also sends clients a confirmation email with a link to my pre-session questionnaire and terms of service, and sends them a text reminder of their appointment the day before.

    NAPCP: Share a few tips for photographers wanting to move into a space of their own.
    HJ: If you’re like me, you need to get out of your house and around other people a couple days a week. Even with my nose down into work, I am an extrovert, so the constant coffee shop hopping, plug-fighting, not-talking-to-anyone-all-day days were rough. I quickly realized what I really missed about my previous job was the community I had built – the people I could call on for quick tidbits of advice or to laugh at a random YouTube video. I knew having a space all to myself didn’t suit my personality (or wallet), so I looked into shared studio spaces and co-working spaces around Atlanta.

    NAPCP: How did you go about obtaining your space at Plywood Place?
    HJ: A friend of mine who is also a small business owner and part-time working mom was renting a desk at Plywood. I approached her about potentially sharing since I work part-time as well. It was a win-win because we work opposite days of the week and are able to split the rent. What I didn’t realize was that many of the co-working spaces allow renters to share their space if they’re not using it everyday – making it financially doable for many of us.

    NAPCP: What is your current favorite photo from your photography business?
    HJ: My current favorite is actually not even a child, family, or newborn image. I recently carved out time to visit this one bridge in Atlanta with a spectacular view of the city’s skyline. I took a photo right at dusk with a 25 second shutter and lots of pretty light trails of the passing cars. It’s certainly not the only photo like this out there, but it was a fun first for me.

    NAPCP: Are there any photography trends you’re loving right now?
    HJ: I am loving incorporating negative space into my images – especially in those macro detail shots of newborns. It’s a fun way to create focus and turn an average photo into an exceptional one.

     

     

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    About the Contributor: Hayley is an atlanta native and currently resides in virginia Highlands with her husband, Kramer, and daughter, Emery. She launched Hayley Jo Photography in January of 2014 and specializes in newborn, maternity, child and family portraiture.

  • Feb 22, 2017

    Making (Competition) Magic

    This year (Or last year, since that’s when I bought the ticket!) I made the decision to attend the NAPCP Retreat, no matter what life kept throwing at me! However, talking with lots of my fellow attendees, I was really surprised to hear that not everyone was using their 2 free image credits to enter Image Competition. When I asked them why, I was met with a the same response, just said slightly differently. “I didn’t feel like my images were worthy.” “No way are my images good enough to enter.” “I didn’t have anything I thought was good enough.” The same thing. Over and over and over.

    We still have a full day until the deadline. (Editor’s note: The 2017 First Half International Image Competition closes Thursday, 2/23, at 11:59 PM EST.) I challenge you now to pick up your notebook and plan your Image Competition entry. Submit something completely out of your comfort zone or shoot something tomorrow that you’ve been wanting to, but never got around to!

    This image won first place in the July 2016 Competition. Let me tell you something: I’ve photographed maybe four seniors in my entire career! I wanted to try something different, found a willing teenager to come play with me, and we made magic happen! (Okay, what actually happened was we pulled up to the location and it proceeded to rain HARD and storm for the next 45 minutes! But we stuck it out and I’m so glad we did!)

    So get going! Get out there tomorrow and photograph something amazing and enter it! Go through your favorite sessions, find a stunning portrait, and enter it! It’s always hard to put our work out there, but if we don’t do that, don’t get constructive criticism from peers, how are we supposed to improve and grow? You got this!

    About the Contributor: Fun loving children's and family photographer in Alamogordo, NM.

  • Feb 21, 2017

    Touring the Loft of Brandy Inkelaar

    You guys. The sweetest studio space showed up in our inbox and we couldn’t be happier about it. Brandy Inkelaar, of NicCole Photography, calls Charlotte home and we loved perusing her vintage space. Brandy shares more about her loft below:

    NAPCP: Where did you get the idea for the space? Where did you find inspiration for the design and feel?

    Brandy Inkelaar (BI): I am an outdoors, country girl at heart and the space is very much a reflection of who I am. I love things found organically in nature (the stone wash bowl) and anything with a past (my vintage cabinet and vanity). My family and I vacationed many moons ago at a little farm house in Asheville, NC that had vintage dressers in every bath as vanities. I instantly was in love with the idea of re-purposing antiques. The dings and bruises of old pieces tell a story. In my mind I imagine stories about who owned the piece, where they lived, and what they stored in it. Sometimes there are items left behind in drawers that help stitch a story together. Nerdy, I know.

    The antique cabinet that I store my newborn blankets in belonged to my builder’s grandmother. Shortly after we began building the studio, Mr. Bill (the contractor) caught onto exactly what feel I wanted for the studio and brought me the little jewel of a cabinet. I added some chalk paint and put it at the entrance of the studio for more storage. I get inquiries to buy the piece often. I am currently working with a local vintage boutique consigning some of their similar items in that spot. As they sell, we replace with new items. It keeps things fresh. I love working with others to promote our businesses.

    The barn door is one of my favorite things in the studio. It does serve as a door for us, but also a backdrop. Mr. Bill designed a few concepts and I chose the one I liked best. We added a tiny lock at the top because children do like to slide it.

    NAPCP: Where do you see your photography business in 1-5 years?

    BI: This question was hard for me. In the next year I am hoping to hire on an assistant to handle some of the backside of my business. I mean emails and early correspondence with potential clients.

    Wow, in five years? Gosh that will be a big time for our family; we will be sending our baby to college and have plans to sell our home with my sweet little loft. My guess is I will be designing myself another little space to continue shooting maternity and babies. I also have been dabbling in still life portraits for editorial work. I think I would like to incorporate that into my work by then.

    NAPCP: Tell us about your average day.

    BI: An average day …… On shoot days I get over to the loft around 9:30 to prepare props for newborn/child shoots. I like shooting children in the morning. I feel like they are happier and in general better in the early part of the day. After our session I am back over to my office, in my home, to download images. I choose my top 25, create a quick sneak peek for the blog and then I’m out the door to grab my 14 year old from school. He is going to drive next year and I am not looking forward to it. The best part of my day is 3pm when he gets in the car and we chat about his day … THE BEST!

    Late afternoon I prepare dinner, answer any homework questions and then I am back out the door for an evening shoot. I end my day downloading the images from my evening shoot and maybe returning a few emails/calls. Needless to say, I don’t have trouble sleeping. I have two shoot days a week. I may add another this year.

    NAPCP: What are your favorite small business tools and resources?

    BI: The products that help me save time are the ones at the top of my list! Here are three of my favorites.

    Hands down, 17Hats has been a game changer! One of the things I enjoy least is constantly emailing clients! I know, I can’t believe I just admitted that, but it’s true. 17Hats has made me look professional to my clients and kept me on schedule and consistent with my workflow. Clients love it too, because they become familiar with what to expect from me as far as emails, contracts, prep sheets etc. Game Changer!

    Hootsuite is another time saver. I can schedule a month of social media posts to all my social media accounts in about 2 hours. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

    WordPress plugin: Duplicate Post. Y’all, this thing will duplicate your post on your blog to keep things clean and consistent. Just don’t forget to change your blog title, post wording and images on the copied post. It saves you from having to repeat tags, any links you have built in etc. I have a generic template for newborn, child, and family set up.

    NAPCP: What is the most challenging aspect of running a photography business, to you? What is the best part of running a photography business?

    The most challenging part of my business is by far the business end of things. I am a true artist and those pencil pushing type activities have never interested me; this is why I am so in love with 17Hats. 17Hats handles so much of that online work for me.

    The best, most amazing part of my photography business is the people. I am privileged to see the best in families. I believe the camera can see your soul. After every session, as I am cleaning up for the next, in my heart I always think, “ There are beautiful people in this world and I am happy to know them.” I do feel honored to be a part of their lives for a brief time.

    About the Contributor: HI! I am maternity, newborn baby and child fine art photographer in Charlotte NC. I shoot on location and in the studio. I like to think outside the box & my glass is always half full........of coke!



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