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  • Feb 01, 2017

    Introduce a Friend, Win Mentoring with Kate T. Parker!

    It’s the perfect time to join NAPCP or renew your NAPCP membership! Become a new member of NAPCP or renew your current membership in full by February 15th, and receive a free 2017 NAPCP Marketing Guide digital download as a gift (a $70 value!), plus be entered to win a mentoring session and book from Kate T. Parker! If you’re already one of our incredible members, introduce a friend to NAPCP and you’ll both receive a 2017 NAPCP Marketing Guide digital download upon application approval + be entered to win the wonderful package from Kate.

    Dream Mentoring Session & More!

    Join NAPCP, introduce a friend, or renew your membership in full by Wednesday, February 15th, and be entered to win a one-hour live video mentoring session with Kate T. Parker, author of global, viral phenomenon Strong is the New Pretty! PLUS, a copy of Kate’s book.

    Your NAPCP membership not only includes prestige and continually evolving perks, it also includes 2 entry credits per competition to our distinguished International Image Competition (First Half open for submissions now!) — a respected competition recognized for its professional encouragement, growth of its artists, and industry merit.

    Learn more about NAPCP membership.
    Learn more about Kate Parker.

    Continue your journey. Pursue excellence.

    Become a NAPCP member today. We can’t wait to meet you!
    Renew your NAPCP membership!
    We’re here to guide you as you flourish in 2017!

    The NAPCP Team

    If you’re introducing a friend to join the NAPCP community, be sure to tell them to enter your name in the “How did you hear about NAPCP?” box in their membership application to ensure you both receive your Marketing Guide. For official guidelines and rules, please contact admin@napcp.com

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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.

  • Jan 30, 2017

    Free Valentine’s Day Printables

    It’s the time of year when we begin to think of all the ways we can show love to our friends and family. Nothing is better than getting a little love note, experiencing a loving gesture or (everyone’s all-time favorite) receiving a valentine!

    Because we love YOU, NAPCP, we created 2 different printables to help you do just that! You print them out so your kids can use them in the classroom, or you can give them to your friends and family. The possibilities are endless! Plus, they go great with the new Valentine’s Day Card Templates in the NAPCP Store!

    Valentine Bag Hearts Printable
    Valentine Bag XOXO Printable
    You Rock Valentine Flags

    (We recommend using snack-size Ziplock bags for your goodies! Before taking rock candy valentines to school, please check with your child’s teacher to ensure that a home-wrapped treat falls within classroom/school guidelines.)

    Share your completed creations with us on Instagram using #napcp!

    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.

  • Jan 27, 2017

    Gender Reveal Session for TWINS!

    Inspiration – This client came to me interested in doing a gender reveal session for TWINS! What could be more exciting? I jumped at the chance! We discussed options and decided that we wanted the reveal to be more than a way to announce the babies’ gender. We wanted the reveal to actually capture the once in a lifetime moment when these first time parents learned their twins’ gender!

    Favorite Element – The balloons from Knot & Bow were perfect for the big reveal. I loved that they came pre-filled with confetti and that they were black (so no one could try to guess anything before the reveal). They popped perfectly and rained down a beautiful waterfall of confetti that really made the moment magical.

    Biggest Challenge – Mom brought me the ultrasound results in a sealed envelope immediately after their appointment. I then went straight to the helium station at our local store to have the proper balloons filled. One of the biggest challenges was making sure those amazing Knot & Bow balloons didn’t pop on my way home from getting them filled. I was definitely nervous! The other challenge was making sure I didn’t say anything that would give things away even a moment before the balloons popped!

    Final Thoughts – I can’t tell you how honored I was to be a part of revealing this special moment for these amazing parents-to-be. Watching and capturing their reaction to the news that they are having a boy AND a girl was an experience I’ll never forget!

     

    Southern California photographer Marisa McDonald loves to make beautiful images that reflect your unique personality! It is her goal that your photography session will capture you and your loved ones in this unique moment in time. She is also passionate about helping her clients display these beautiful photographic memories in their homes so they do not languish on a CD in the junk drawer for years to come!

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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.

  • Jan 26, 2017

    Free Custom Wallpaper: Talent. Goals. Work. Success.

    Whether you’re an Image Competition pro or are entering for the first time, relying on your instincts and hard work is a must. Our design team wants to encourage you this upcoming weekend, and help give you the motivation to take a leap and enter your photos in the NAPCP 2017 First Half International Image Competition. As a member, you receive 2 Competition Credits per competition, and we want to see you select your favorite pictures that could lead you down the path to Photographer of the Year.

    There’s no excuse to not enter. Talent. Goals. Work. Success. You got this!

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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.

  • Jan 24, 2017

    The 2017 First Half Image Competition is Here

    Since its inception in 2009, NAPCP has created a collaborative community that educates and inspires child photographers. Our success lies ultimately in the success of our members, whom we greatly value.

    As you prepare to enter the First Half 2017 International Image Competition, make sure you review the Competition Rules & Guidelines.

    We could not be more excited about our talented panel of 2017 judges, including Barbara Breitsameter, Rob Greer, Jennifer Kapala, Julia Kelleher, Summer Murdock, and Michael Taylor.

    THE COMPETITION

    NAPCP recognizes the accomplishments and creative excellence of its child photographer members. Image competitions reward talent with medallions, priority listing on our directory, vendor endorsements, member points, titles and professional recognition.

    Our prestigious Photographer of the Year award will be decided based on specific defined criteria, as well as combined scores from both the First and Second Half 2017 Image Competitions. Congratulations to 2016 Photographer of the Year, Becca Wohlwinder!

    WHEN & HOW

    The NAPCP First Half 2017 International Image Competition is open as of 12 Noon EST January 24, 2017 and closes at 11:59 PM EST February 23, 2017.

    Members receive a total of 2 Competition Credits per Competition with their membership. Additional Competition Credits can be purchased for $25 each. Competition Credits can be used in any single competition, and cannot roll over to the following competition. A critiquing fee of $25 will apply to any member who wishes to receive professional feedback on submitted photos.

    CATEGORIES

    There are eight categories available for submissions, outlined below. Entrant should choose the category with recommended age guidelines that best suits the overall feel, impact, and story of each image.
    1. Maternity
    2. Newborn (Up to 6 weeks)
    3. Baby (6 weeks to one year)
    4. Toddler (13 months to 3 years)
    5. Child (4 years to 15 years)
    6. Seniors (16-18 years)
    7. Siblings
    8. Family

    HOW TO PLACE

    1. Impact (40%) – the sense one gets upon viewing an image for the first time. Compelling images evoke laughter, sadness, anger, pride, wonder or another intense emotion. Story Telling also plays a part in overall Impact. This refers to the image’s ability to evoke imagination. What message does the viewer read, and what story does the image depict?
    2. Creativity & Style (30%) – important to the design of an image, bringing all of the visual elements together in concert to express the purpose of the image. The photographer’s style can be defined simply through their use of light, color, or any element that enables the audience to connect with the image. Creativity is the original, fresh, and external expression of the imagination of the maker by using the medium to convey an idea, message or thought.
    3. Technical Merit (30%) – the quality of the image itself as it is presented for viewing. Retouching, manipulation, focus, appropriate depth of field, sharpness, exposure, composition and correct color are some items that speak to the qualities of the image.

    As a NAPCP member, we know you can’t wait to submit your image. Try out an image critique this round to rev up your motivation and keep you on top of your photography game! Submit your best images HERE!

    Have a beautiful week!

    Your Cheerleaders,

    The NAPCP Team

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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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    Click here to read our February 2017 newsletter featuring a complete recap of the 2017 NAPCP Retreat in Santa Barbara, CA! Don’t forget, Inspired is now printable! Print your copy straight from MagCloud, and share your favorite pieces with friends, family and clients.   Save

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