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  • Dec 30, 2016

    Free Printable Recipe Cards

    Watch out, culinary world! NAPCP team members are giving away all of our tried and true holiday and winter recipes. Cookies, pies, and stews. Yum. To help us spread delectable delights to clients, family, friends and neighbors, we hit up our NAPCP Design Assistant Deanne for her creative skills! Get ready to watch your favorite people ooh and aah over these charming cards when you hand over your super secret recipes.

    What You’ll Need:

    Recipe Cards PDF
    quality card stock
    printer (make sure your ink cartridges are full)
    a favorite recipe or ten
    pretty pens & penmanship (optional)

    Instructions:

    Download your free Recipe Cards PDF, print, and cut.

    Fill in your recipe cards with directions for special drinks, entrees and other delights.

    Gift! (Preferably with the prepared food or drink attached!)

    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.

  • Dec 29, 2016

    DIY – New Year’s Eve Photo Props!

    It’s hard to believe, but it’s already time to say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017! With New Year’s Eve just a few nights away, we wanted to give you a few essentials to make your festive affair one to remember!

    These DIY photo props are a super easy way to add a little glitz and glamour to your camera roll. There are a range of designs (mustaches, top hats, tiaras, oh my!) that can be traced and trimmed out of the paper of your choosing. We chose to use some sparkly card stock from Michael’s Crafts, but any sturdy paper stock will do!

    Supplies we used:

    • Gold glitter card stock (2) 12×12 sheets – $1.29
    • Silver glitter card stock (2) 12×12 sheets – $1.29
    • Black glitter card stock (2) 12×12 sheets – $.99
    • 1/8″ wooden dowel rods (4) – $.35
    • Plain white 65# card stock (2) 8.5×11 – $.49
    • Hot glue gun (already had!)
    • Exacto knife/scissors

    Truthfully I only needed 1 sheet of each card stock listed above, but I always buy an extra in case there are any trimming disasters! I traced each shape on the back of the desired color (the glitter papers are plain on the back) and used an Exacto knife to cut them out. For larger shapes you can definitely use scissors, but for the smaller shapes I would recommend an Exacto!

    I included several options, some trickier to cut then others, so feel free to skip a couple if they seem a bit too complex. The top hat and champagne glasses require a second piece to be cut so be sure to see the included notes!

    After everything has been cut out, take a 9″ piece of dowel and hot glue about an inch of one end to each prop.  I found that adhering to the back right side of the props looked the most natural when being held. If you would like the dowels to be longer be sure to grab a few extra to have enough for the entire set of photo booth props!

    Below you will find a zip containing various files for different printing types. One file contains outlines for all shapes to be traced and trimmed while the other has files to be printed and trimmed if you so choose.

    We also threw in a couple bonus files for those hardcore craft-aholics out there! If you have a Cricut machine there are .svg files for you, as well as a separate .jpg for those with a Minc Foil printer looking to add even more sparkle and shine!

    Happy crafting … and have a safe and Happy New Year!

    NYE Photo Props

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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!  

  • Dec 22, 2016

    Simple Ways to Dress Up Your Holiday Table

    With Christmas and Hanukkah this weekend, and New Year’s and Valentine’s Day around the corner, now is the perfect time to make sure your tablescape plan is ready! Maybe you’ve searched high and low through every feed on Pinterest and just can’t find the perfect setting. Or maybe you’ve finally finished editing and, hooray!, you’re also hosting a holiday dinner this weekend. NAPCP co-founder Alice Park of Alice Park Photography is here to help with some real-life inspiration.

    Our creative leader worked to keep her holiday table simple but festive. We think you’ll love this celebration as much as we do. Keep reading for Alice’s styling tips!

    1. Start with a color palette and work your decor around that. Often times, the simpler, the better. This holiday season, I used a clean white backdrop and added splashes of red and gold to it. Adding elements to spruce it up after was easy!

    2. Choose favorite bottles of wine and add a finishing touch. I used Pinhole Press to create custom wine labels to adorn the table. They were an instant conversation piece that brought a festive personal touch to the table.

    3. Create a stunning dinner menu. Minted helped me create a custom dinner menu for the table. Their endless library of designs make it easy to add a beautiful design element to your table.

    4. In lieu of a place card, consider wrapping a special gift with custom wrapping paper using their family images. I just happened to have photos of each guest that was arriving, so I used this template to create a simple and fun collage that I printed on my home printer. I added a simple red ribbon, and it immediately added a sweet touch to everyone’s setting.

    5. Send your guests home with personalized favors! To finish the evening, I had Pinhole Press create custom favor stickers with our family photos that I added to some holiday treats and mini bottles of champagne. It was the perfect finishing touch to our holiday party!

     

    Happy Holidays from all of us at NAPCP!

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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.

  • Dec 20, 2016

    December Newsletter: Featuring July 2016 Image Competition Winners!

    Click here to read our December 2016 newsletter featuring the winners from our July 2016 International Image Competition!

    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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    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.

  • Dec 20, 2016

    The Borrowed Boutique Founder Emma Hostetter

    We love The Borrowed Boutique for many reasons, and not least among them is founder Emma Hostetter’s heart and passion for young girls in seemingly impossible circumstances. Oh, and because the product she stocks is BEAUTIFUL! (Not to mention, The Borrowed Boutique is a sponsor of the upcoming January 2017 NAPCP Retreat.) After Emma left her job as a family physician following the premature birth of her daughter, she found herself wanting to do more in the non-profit world. The Borrowed Boutique originally started as a small Facebook group that exploded into a profitable business. Now, Emma’s telling us more about The Borrowed Boutique. We have so much to learn from this mompreneur who wants to change the world, and we hope you enjoy reading about her business as much as we did!

    Click here to see The Borrowed Boutique in this month’s edition of Inspired.

    NAPCP: Your young company is making its name allowing photographers (and parents) to rent luxury items for children, benefiting non-profit giving partners. Tell us a little bit more about how you got started, and your STYLED TO GIVE campaign!

    Emma Hostetter (EH): I have always had a passion and compassion for women and children’s health as well as international health. That is what led me down the medical path. I was interested in making a difference and investing in lives. I had always shown my compassion by getting involved with local and international missions trips. What I didn’t realize initially was that I was getting involved in public health efforts. That realization inspired me to become a physician and public health specialist.

    If you asked my family and friends if becoming a doctor was a natural career choice, they would have all agreed that entering the world of science and math was quite the pivot for me. I loved the arts. I was the little girl buried in Tolstoy, Jane Austen, and Edith Warton. Theater, literature, story telling, and writing were favorite past times. And, while I’m not a professional photographer by any means, I love the art form and became obsessed with capturing images while traveling abroad and then when we had our daughter. I knew that I wouldn’t have a traditional medical career. I wanted to incorporate my creative side with my desire to help women and children in need. So, public health and then social entrepreneurship made sense.

    In 2012 my husband and I moved to Indiana. I had been in private practice as a family physician and was finishing up my Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins. I was pregnant with our daughter and gave birth 2 months early. We lived in the NICU for 2 challenging months. After that I decided to be a stay at home mom for a while. After we got through the hump of our preemie time I had the urge to do something in addition to caring for my daughter. I started freelance writing and had my own column in our local Hamilton County Family magazine. I also wrote for Indy’s Child, Dayton Parent, and Cincinnati Parent Magazines and started my own blog, The Mom in Me, MD. I enjoyed writing, but I still wanted to do something more that partnered with non-profits and giving back.

    One little dress hanging in my daughter’s closet was the life changer that has sent me on this amazing journey with The Borrowed Boutique. I purchased a tutu du monde dress for Ayla’s second birthday, and she didn’t get to wear it because it was freezing that day and the party was outside. I eventually used it for family photos but felt a little guilty since I had spent so much on something she only got to wear once. When I tried reselling it without success my husband actually suggested that I try renting some items out. I started the group page on Facebook as a trial and things exploded.

    After several months I turned things into a full blown business, but I knew I wanted that business to have a big heart. I thought long and hard about who I would partner with and how our giving would be structured. Esther’s Children was a natural choice. They do amazing work helping to rescue and protect young girls from sex trafficking. Their prevention program was a public health worker’s dream. I traveled to Brazil a year ago in July to see them in action and was convinced that their efforts were priceless and worth every penny we could send their way. I come from a family heavily involved in non-profit work. I have seen first hand the struggle to raise money. Creating a sustainable solution for fundraising by partnering business with non-profit was my goal. Our current set up donates 10% of our rental proceeds. So for every item rented we are donating funds to Esther’s. I still felt like that wasn’t enough to raise awareness or funds. That is how our Styled to Give Campaign was born. I wanted to take something beautiful like fashion/tutus and use them to bring beauty into the lives of less fortunate children.

    Our Styled to Give Campaign is a series of styled shoots or shoot outs. I style the shoots from wardrobe, makeup, hair and props and come up with the concept design. I then partner with a photographer and offer mini sessions at a set price to the public, or I partner with a host/mentoring photographer and sell tickets to photographers for a styled “shoot-out”. 100% of the proceeds from these events go directly to Esther’s Children. Our plan is to offer these events on a monthly basis as we continue to grow, traveling to different locations across the country. It is a great opportunity for photographers to build their portfolios and connect with other photographers while supporting an amazing cause.

    As we expand our boy lines we are planning on partnering with another non-profit, International Justice Mission, to help rescue young boys from slavery. My heart will always be focused on women and children’s health. Leveraging my business to make an impact will always be one of my primary objectives as we continue to grow. I’m less excited about how much I can make from the business but more about the impact we can make.

    NAPCP: We’re thrilled to welcome The Borrowed Boutique as a 2017 NAPCP Retreat sponsor. What do child photographers mean to your business, and how did you ultimately decide that ‘we’ are your niche?

    EH: We adore child photographers!!!! They are the perfect clients! Not only are they repeat customers, but they are willing to spread the word about our business to their clients. I believe that our business has been so successful because of the support that we have received from the child photography community. Styled shoots can cost a ton of money. We are able to ease that cost. In addition, we love being pivotal in helping photographers re-brand themselves. Many are wanting to get into styled shoots but are intimidated by it, or don’t know where to start. Renting is an easy way for them to test the idea. We help put looks together and have a variety of styling options from more traditional to fairytale, and even more urban trendy.

    We also love child photographers because we get to see our pieces in action. The images that they capture using our pieces are sometimes the selling point for another customer to rent. We are happy to cross promote with child photographers across the country who rent from us. Our “mom client” list is quite extensive as well and many of our customers are asking for photographer recommendations. We can easily direct our clients to photographers in their part of the country. So, it is a win-win for everyone involved.

    Photography takes something like a dress and makes it magical. I’m like a little girl on Christmas morning when I get to see sneaks from the shoots using our items. I truly do value the art of photography and couldn’t be a bigger fan of child photography.

    NAPCP: Thank you, Emma!

     

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    If you’re a NAPCP member, visit the Member Community for an exclusive discount from Emma & The Borrowed Boutique!

    See more from The Borrowed Boutique and all our elite sponsors at the January 2017 NAPCP Retreat. Register now!

     

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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.

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