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  • Mar 01, 2018

    Behind the Scenes Retouching with Tina Krafts Photography

    I am a professional newborn photographer in the Washington, D.C. area (Silver Spring, MD) specializing in custom fine art newborn and children’s portraits. As most of you would likely surmise, that means that I get to spend a good deal of my time snuggling and photographing brand new babies. (Best job ever!) What might be less obvious, however, is the fact that I actually spend far more time each week engaging in behind-the-scenes work than I do pressing the shutter button on my camera. Wholly separate from the plethora of responsibilities associated with running a small business — which is a topic for another blog post — there is quite a bit of “invisible” work that goes into creating the newborn portraits that I ultimately deliver to my clients, ranging from the styling and set up for each session to the final editing and retouching of images.

    A few days ago, I was having a conversation with a non-photographer friend about my work schedule, and she expressed surprise regarding the amount of time that I devote to each of my portrait sessions and, particularly, to the post-processing of images from each session. It occurred to me then that there is no reason why anyone other than a newborn photographer would be familiar with the work associated with editing and retouching newborn images. After all, many moons ago, before I was a photographer, I just assumed that photographers could upload images to Photoshop, push a button, and voila – perfect portraits! I was pretty disappointed to learn that Photoshop doesn’t actually work that way. In any event, I thought that some of you might be interested in a little behind-the-scenes peek into the world of newborn photography retouching.

    Depending on the extent of retouching required, I might spend anywhere from 5 minutes to 40 minutes editing one single image! Why?

    All newborns are perfect, but NO newborn has perfect skin. The vast majority of newborns have uneven skin tones and areas of redness or splotches; many have acne or eczema; many have flaky skin. And newborns quite commonly have tiny fingers and toes that, while impossibly adorable, are also shades of purple, red, and gray.

    And, on occasion, I might go just a little bit crazy with my camera angle, and need to correct the image accordingly (including extension of the background).

    In addition, little fixes — such as the removal of visible portions of a baby’s diaper — are often required. Although I try to ensure that everything is as close to perfect as possible before I push the shutter button to capture the photo, sometimes a correction during the session isn’t worth the risk of waking the baby.

    After viewing the above image, you might ask why I don’t just remove the baby’s actual diaper and forego the potential of having to edit out portions of the diaper in the final image …
    Diaper lines imprinted on baby’s skin!

    And, finally, there are particular poses and particular situations in which I have an assistant monitor or support the baby for safety reasons. As should be the case with any newborn photographer, my absolute highest priority during any newborn session is the safety of the baby.

    If you enjoyed this glimpse into newborn photography retouching, leave me a comment below! If there is any interest, I may share some additional behind-the-scenes posts!

    About the Contributor: Tina Krafts is an Award-winning portrait photographer based in Silver Spring, MD. She Specializes in custom portraiture of newborns and children in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

  • Feb 28, 2018

    February 2018 Inspired Magazine: Featuring Ashley Berrie!

    This month’s issue of Inspired features NAPCP’s 2017 Photographer of the Year, Ashley Berrie of Ashley Berrie Photography! Click here to read Ashley’s advice, find out how you can get all the materials from the Summit in the NAPCP Store and see which photos we have featured this month from our February hashtag on Instagram.

    Print your copy of Inspired straight from MagCloud! 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 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 two kids. When she is not working, you can find her photographing or doing multiple home improvement projects.

  • Feb 12, 2018

    The February 2018 International 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 February 2018 International Image Competition, make sure you review the Competition Rules & Guidelines.

    We could not be more excited about our talented panel of 2018 judges, including Kirsten Lewis, Becca Wohlwinder, Diogo Loureiro, Barbara Griffin, Anne Simone, and Michael Howard.

    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 International Image Competition, and Inspired by NAPCP Gallery Event. Congratulations to 2017 Photographer of the Year, Ashley Berrie!

    WHEN & HOW

    The NAPCP February 2018 International Image Competition is open as of 12 Noon EST February 5, 2018 and closes at 11:59 PM EST March 1, 2018.

    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.

    This is NAPCP’s only digital competition in which you will receive scores and (optional) critiques this year.

    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.

  • Feb 08, 2018

    #NAPCPNew Round-Up

    We rounded up a few of our favorite #NAPCPNew Instagram submissions to inspire you get clickin’ for February’s #NAPCPXOXO tag!

    Elise Travis Photography
    Samantha Sloan Photography
    Cheryl Groff Photography
    Mandy Johnson Photography
    Tina Krafts Photography
    Jenny Perry Photography
    Michele Zakeri Photography
    Keri Jones Photography
    Sharon Neves Photography

    Visit the #NAPCPNew tag on Instagram to see more from these accounts and all of the creative submissions and beautiful images. And of course, follow @napcp on Instagram and use #NAPCPXOXO this month for your chance to be featured!

     

     

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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 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 two kids. When she is not working, you can find her photographing or doing multiple home improvement projects.

  • Feb 05, 2018

    NAPCP is Hiring!

    NAPCP Friends and Members,

    We’re thrilled to announce we will be adding to our team! We’re seeking a positive, energetic, and highly motivated team member to coordinate our Member Community and communications.

    This role involves collaborating with all team members (editorial, creative, administrative, marketing, tech) to meet organization goals and metrics while keeping NAPCP’s mission at its core. This a great opportunity for a work-from-home professional to help build and scale this incredible organization.

    The ideal candidate must be positive, highly organized, engaging, self-motivated, and have exceptional writing skills.

    We look forward to your recommendations and applications!

    Job Description: Part time Member Coordinator, working in partnership with all team members (editorial, creative, administrative, marketing, tech) to meet organization goals and metrics while keeping National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP)’s mission at its core.

    Skills/Requirements:
    1.
    Background in photography is a plus, but not required
    2. Excellent communication and writing skills
    3. Problem-solving attitude
    4. Must have positive attitude, even when dealing with challenges
    5. Proficient in Excel, Google Forms, list management, email management

    Job Responsibilities:
    1.
    Oversee incoming member application process
    2. Coordinate incoming member requests, challenges, concerns
    3. Coordinate renewal process for members
    4. Participate in organization of NAPCP Image Competitions
    5. Coordinate and manage various lists for NAPCP events
    6. Professional communication in NAPCP Member Community as needed
    7. Participate in weekly Skype team meetings on an as-needed basis

    Additional Details:
    1.
    Location in Atlanta preferred but not required
    2. Compensation is $10/hour to start
    3. Flexible, variable work schedule with expected commitment of 5 hours a week to start, could grow to 10+ hours based on skill level and NAPCP growth.

    How to apply:
    Send resume and cover letter to admin@napcp.com.

    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 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 two kids. When she is not working, you can find her photographing or doing multiple home improvement projects.



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    This month’s issue of Inspired features NAPCP’s 2017 Ambassadors! Click here to read their interviews, find out who’s who for 2018, craft positively perfect paper flowers for Mother’s Day, and see which photos we have featured this month from #napcp on Instagram. Print your copy of Inspired straight from MagCloud! Share your favorite pieces with […]

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    This month’s issue of Inspired features Tina Krafts of Tina Krafts Photography! Click here to read Tina’s exclusive interview, find out how you can get all the materials from the Summit in the NAPCP Store and see which photos we have featured this month from our March hashtag on Instagram. Print your copy of Inspired […]

  • February 2018 Inspired Magazine: Featuring Ashley Berrie!

    This month’s issue of Inspired features NAPCP’s 2017 Photographer of the Year, Ashley Berrie of Ashley Berrie Photography! Click here to read Ashley’s advice, find out how you can get all the materials from the Summit in the NAPCP Store and see which photos we have featured this month from our February hashtag on Instagram. […]

  • January Inspired Magazine: The Summit Recap!

    This month’s issue of Inspired features all the details from the 2018 Marketing Summit in Atlanta, Georgia! Click here to see all of the beautiful details, learn more about how you can get the materials from the Summit in the NAPCP Store … and get a sneak peek at the judges for the 2018 International […]