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and support the artistry and integrity of professional child photographers. To accomplish this mission, NAPCP provides the most comprehensive resources for its members, bringing together a community of passionate artists committed to growth in their skills, their artistry, and their businesses.

NAPCP.com (formally pronounced “NAP-C-P”) is a place where professional child photographers can come and connect, learn, teach, aspire and grow. It is also a valuable resource for parents who are looking for a professional child photographer in their area, and want to be inspired and educated about our specialized industry.

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  • Oct 02, 2017

    NAPCP Gatherings Round Up: Fall 2017

    We are so excited that our Fall 2017 Gatherings were successful! At this Gathering, NAPCP Ambassadors around the world led their groups in discussions on teaching DSLR photography classes to increase revenue, as well as many more topics! Thank you to Sweet Shots: Photography Classes for Parents, for generously sponsoring NAPCP’s autumn get-togethers.

    We asked our NAPCP members and friends to capture imagery of their Gatherings. Here’s a small selection! Be sure to visit #NAPCP on Instagram to see more.

    Visit the NAPCP Gatherings page for up-to-date information on our upcoming holiday Gatherings!

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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.

  • Sep 26, 2017

    September Inspired Magazine: Featuring K.C. Crow!

    Click here to read our September magazine featuring K.C. Crow!

    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: 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.

  • Sep 24, 2017

    Announcing Our Second Half 2017 NAPCP International Image Competition Winners!

    Hello friends!

    After much excitement and anticipation, we are absolutely thrilled to announce the winners of our Second Half 2017 NAPCP International Image Competition. Uniquely focused on child photography, the NAPCP International Image Competition features a range of image categories, including Babies, Newborn, Children, Family, Maternity, Siblings, Toddlers, and Seniors. Thank you to our amazing judges who dedicated days to scoring, deliberating and judging the hundreds of submissions. Our acclaimed panel of judges, Barbara Breitsameter, Rob Greer, Jennifer Kapala, Julia Kelleher, Summer Murdock, and Michael Taylor scored based on technical merit, creativity and composition, and impact.

    The following images received the highest scores in our International Image Competition:

    To view the complete listing of winning images, visit our Award Winning Image Gallery.

    The purpose of our Image Competitions is to recognize the creative and technical excellence of our child photographer members, reward talent, and serve as a vehicle for learning and improving our craft.

    Winners will receive:

    (1) Highlighted listing in our Member Directory, (2) Our coveted award winning NAPCP seal for website placement, (3) Their winning images published in both their Photographer’s Profile and in our Award Winning Image Gallery, (4) Individual press packets to distribute to their local media, (5) Increased exposure and promotion to our Vendor Partners, (6) Recognition as an Award Winning Photographer, and (7) Eligibility for our coveted Photographer of the Year title. For more information about our International Image Competitions, click here!

    Thank you to all who participated in our Second Half 2017 NAPCP International Image Competition, and congratulations again to our winners!

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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.

  • Sep 20, 2017

    A Beautiful, Blooming Newborn Session

    Rya Duncklee is an award-winning children’s portrait artist based in Jacksonville, Florida who specializes in first year milestones and video storytelling. She has been recently awarded as one of the Top 20 Newborn Portrait Artists in Jacksonville, and has been the recipient of ten NAPCP International Image Competition Awards.

    Rya graduated from the University of Florida where she earned a double degree in advertising and marketing, with a special concentration in international business. Until 2011, she worked at an advertising and publishing agency as a copyrighter and art director before pursuing her love for photography full-time.

    Rya is a proud member of the National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) and is the interviewer for the NAPCP Video Interview Series. She is also an accredited member of the Professional Photographer’s Association (PPA).

    When Rya’s not documenting moments in time for families, she enjoys traveling, cooking and DIY projects with her husband in their new home.

    For more from Rya, and for booking inquiries, please visit Rya’s website, Like her Facebook page, and Follow her on Instagram.

    Inspiration

    My inspiration for this portrait session was definitely the nursery itself. Mom wanted a very boho style to her portraits, so I was sure to incorporate lots of whites and light into each photograph. We made sure to utilize a few of the items from the nursery into the session to give it an even more personal touch, like the adorable little floral crown. You will notice the printed b+w framed portraits adorning the back walls of the space – these are prints from her maternity session from the month before! I love it when clients value the end result, and make the investment to print their portraits. This added to the inspiration.

    Biggest Challenge

    The lighting as well as the temporary space this client currently calls home were the two biggest challenges for this portrait session. To add to that, it was a very rainy day so it continued to get darker as time went on. The saving grace was when I opened the door to the nursery and was astonished about how beautifully-decorated, and how beautifully lit, the room was. Upon seeing this, I made the decision to shoot the entire session in this small space.

    Favorite Element

    Mom’s touch. I personally am in love with anything white, organic and boho, so when mom communicated to me her vision for her nursery, I knew I was in for a treat. I loved all of the little personal touches mom made throughout the space. I also loved how she incorporated printed portraits of the family throughout. When this lucky little lady grows up, she will feel so loved surrounded in memories!

    Final Thoughts

    One of the best things about custom portraiture is being able to walk away with something tangible, something to hold on to that fleeting memory. A photograph is a way to freeze a moment in time otherwise lost. Take this idea home by printing your work, even if with your local lab. Get those images off of your device and enjoy them!

     

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    About the Contributor: Rya Duncklee is a full-time professional child photographer working in Florida. Rya\'s work is known for it\'s fresh, airy look and her children\'s portraits are often called whimsical. Rya has been published nationally and is a NAPCP award recipient.

  • Sep 11, 2017

    A Rainbow Baby Maternity Event

    I’m so excited to share with you about the Rainbow Baby Maternity Event I hosted in Louisville, KY. I collaborated with The Wave Salon and Spa of Shepherdsville, KY for this event. We both donated our services to 7 lucky Rainbow Baby mommies that were pregnant with their Rainbow! A Rainbow Baby is the pregnancy after a miscarriage, still birth or infant loss. I originally set out to just bless one local mommy, but after all of the entries came in, I couldn’t do only one! I decided to go with symbolism, so an invitation was extended to 7 mommies for the 7 colors of the rainbow.

    I donated photography services to these lucky mommies! Each went home with 8 digitals from the event, along with some awesome swag bags from amazing vendors that donated goods or coupons!

    I had the pleasure of meeting all 7 of the Rainbow Mommies and putting a face to each of their stories. We met at the brand new studio Light Box Louisville, which finished renovations the night before our shoot! Once all of the introductions were out of the way, we had the hair and makeup artists from The Wave Salon and Spa to work their magic! The Wave’s styling team made quick work of making each mommy-to-be feel beautiful after all of their pampering. After everyone was camera ready, we handed out the swag bags! (Editor’s note: For more information about the swag bags, please click here.)

    My goal for this event was to make these women not only feel pampered and beautiful, but to know that it’s ok to talk about their losses. I know that the more we shine a light on this sensitive subject, the more awareness we will bring to our community. In turn, they’ll know how to respond when hearing about infant loss through one of their loved ones in the future. (Editor’s note: You can read about each mother’s individual story here.)

    Although I set out to bless these mommies with something to make them feel special, this event ended up blessing me in ways I didn’t imagine. Getting to know each of these women, and now having watched all of them have successful pregnancies and healthy deliveries, it gives me such joy to now call these lovely ladies my friends. I look forward to watching these rainbow children grow and am going to do a follow up piece next spring to show off all of their cuteness!

     

    Jennifer Rittenberry Photography is an award winning newborn and maternity photographer, and was named 2016 Parent’s Choice by Beauty & Lifestyle Mommy Magazine. Based in Mount Washington, Kentucky, 6 minutes from Louisville, Jennifer Rittenberry Photography quickly became renowned for her premier newborn and baby photography. She is largely considered one of Kentucky’s most sought after children’s photographers, with clients often traveling well over an hour to attend for sessions with Jennifer, who owns & runs the studio. Jennifer has been specializing in newborn photography, and creating beautiful works of photographic art for her clients, since 2010. After branching into 6 month old sitter sessions, and baby’s first year plans, Jennifer Rittenberry Photography has grown to create meaningful portraits and lasting memories of your little one as they grow throughout their baby milestones.

    Please visit Jennifer’s website, Follow her on Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter, and Like her Facebook page.

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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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  • September Inspired Magazine: Featuring K.C. Crow!

    Click here to read our September magazine featuring K.C. Crow! Don’t forget, Inspired is now printable! Print your copy straight from MagCloud, and share your favorite pieces with friends, family and clients. Save Save Save

  • Announcing Our Second Half 2017 NAPCP International Image Competition Winners!

    Hello friends! After much excitement and anticipation, we are absolutely thrilled to announce the winners of our Second Half 2017 NAPCP International Image Competition. Uniquely focused on child photography, the NAPCP International Image Competition features a range of image categories, including Babies, Newborn, Children, Family, Maternity, Siblings, Toddlers, and Seniors. Thank you to our amazing […]

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    Free Custom Wallpaper — Competition season is here and today we want to share this free custom wallpaper with you, to download! Download and use this wallpaper for your own personal use. Set it as your device wallpaper or share it via social media. Scroll down for clickable download buttons at the bottom of this […]