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  • 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.

  • Jan 31, 2018

    What to Wear – Lifestyle Newborn Session

    After a client books a session, the first question that they ask is “What should we wear?” I really love documenting lifestyle newborn sessions because clients can incorporate themselves into the session … their home, their colors and of course their style. These sessions are candid, relaxed and if done right, truly showcase the new love that has entered into the home. Below are some tips on how to dress yourself and your family when booking a lifestyle newborn session, where to shop, and how to be successful.

    Tip No. One: Neutrals

    While I always encourage clients to pick clothing that they feel comfortable in, communicates the style they have, and that complements their home decor – I do always suggest starting from a neutral palette. Newborns should be the star of the show when it comes to the session, so dressing in bright colors or busy patterns often is distracting to the viewer. Neutrals does not have to mean a plain white t-shirt. I consider neutrals as a palette of likeness (gray, navy, tan, white, ivory, soft blue, soft pink, etc.) The most important part for me is that the colors all complement each other and there are three -four (if including denim), max. Men can sometimes have a hard time finding shirts without patterns in which case a solid sweater over top can be a nice complement, to break up a pattern.

    Tip No. Two: Flow & Texture

    Fabric that moves or has texture is always my preference. Women who have just delivered a baby do not feel like the most beautiful versions of themselves (although they should). Fabric that moves and flows is a flattering option, especially when choosing ivories and whites for your color choice. Textures are also wonderful as they add visual appeal but don’t distract the viewer. It is a great way to add interest.

    I also love the look of a dress on a woman after childbirth. I don’t suggest wearing a maternity dress that is tight around the waist. Instead, pick a dress with movement. Maternal, classic and beautiful.

    Tip No. Three: Avoid Black

    While most women feel that black is the most flattering color choice for clothing, as it is “slimming”, I find it a hard color for lifestyle photographs unless B&W (black and white) images are preferred. My personal style of indoor photography is light and airy, so having dark clothing creates a moodier feel in the imagery. There is nothing wrong with moody – in fact it really adds emotion to the image; be conscious about this when you make your color selections. The other thing to consider is your home palette. If your home is mostly white, wearing black will again make for strong B&W imagery, but might feel disjointed in color.

    Tip No. Four: Proper Fit

    Babies are teeny tiny and most clothing (even 0-3 month size) is still too big right after birth. If choosing an “outfit” to document your baby in, make sure it fits! You don’t want your little one swimming in their garments. I suggest shopping in the newborn section, and trying the clothes on your baby before the session. If nothing fits, never underestimate the beauty of a baby that is swaddled. There are adorable swaddles out there now, with endearing prints and patterns. If the rest of the family is dressed plainly, the baby will shine in a sweet swaddle with some spunk. Or, select a simple and timeless swaddle for that classic imagery that you’ll never tire of seeing.

    Tip No. Five: Incorporate Something Personal

    The beauty about being in your home is you have the chance to incorporate bits and pieces of yourself. Whether that is a favorite knitted blanket from Grandma, or imagery in the nursery – you have control over what is captured (light permitting – see further tips). Here is a link to a recent lifestyle newborn session that incorporated a lot of their beautiful home in the details – Hinsdale Newborn Photography Session.

    Tip No. Six: Where to Shop for the above

    Here is a list of some of my favorite stores for finding clothes for mom as well as baby. They have a great mix of textures, colors and choices for every size.

    Anthropologie

    Madewell

    Free People

    Spearmint Love

    Monica and Andy

    Feather Baby

    Pure Baby

    Lou and Grey

    Tip No. Seven: Declutter & Light

    Non-wardrobe related, the two other success factors are having adequate light and de-cluttering the background. Light makes or breaks the images, so don’t get your hopes up on shooting in a room with no windows. Look at your space at all times of the day and study the light. Exposure direction matters when shooting in the AM and PM and should be communicated prior to the session. I have a pre-consultation call scheduled with each client to ensure I know what I am walking into, and to set expectations for both the parents and myself, the photographer. I also ask clients to send iPhone pictures of both their wardrobe and home.

    De-cluttering is also key. I know parents are tired and cleaning is impossible, but books, Kleenex boxes, bottles, magazines, empty glasses, breast pumps, etc. should be removed. You don’t want to remember that half consumed beer on the nightstand!

    About the Contributor: Marena is a natural light photographer, who specializes in photographing maternity, newborn, baby, children and families in the Chicago area. Her natural ability to connect with children allows The Genuine personalities of each and every family

  • Jan 31, 2018

    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 Image Competition (opening soon)!

    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.

  • Jan 30, 2018

    February Printable Menu and Calendar

    We know how hard it is to keep those new year goals a priority; that’s why we’re here with this beautiful and FREE printable calendar to help keep you accountable. Pair it with a matching menu, for those sweet treats you make for the littles this month, and you get perfection!

    Click here to download the printable calendar and here to download your free printable menu!

    Like what you see? Click here to check out our library and download more free printables!

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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.

  • Jan 22, 2018

    Keeping Cozy for Cold-Weather Sessions

    We have seen some crazy weather here in Atlanta, GA this season — we had the first legitimate snowstorm in many years, and the week prior, temps were in the 60s! As a photographer who typically shoots outdoors using natural light, I’ve found that clients are sometimes hesitant to keep their scheduled sessions when the weather takes a turn toward freezing.

    No photographer wants to cancel, or even reschedule, sessions if at all possible. After speaking with several clients who had concerns about the cold, windy weather, I realized it could actually work to our benefit! For those who were willing to brave the cold temps, we added in pops of color or pattern with cute pea coats (especially darling on little ones!), thick blankets, cozy sweaters, scarves, and hats. These pieces gave us some nice layers to play with and also acted as an interesting element in the images. I have loved embracing the elements this season to really play up the winter look … and who doesn’t like an excuse to cuddle extra close to those they love most anyway?

     

    Melissa Hayes is a natural light photographer, wife, and mother to a silly, sassy, red-headed little girl named Leighton. She graduated from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) with a BFA in Printmaking, but her heart was always with photography. Her journey to making this dream job a reality began when a friend asked her to photograph her upcoming wedding, and Melissa Hayes Photography was officially born in the fall of 2013. Her style is bright, colorful, clean, and fun. She absolutely loves working with children and is not afraid to embarrass herself to get an authentic laugh for the camera. One of her favorite parts of this job is getting to know her clients and their families and showcasing their personalities through her work. It’s Melissa’s goal for you to feel comfortable and have fun during your session so that she is able to give you something beautiful to look back on for years to come.

    Melissa and her family live in the Vinings area of Atlanta, GA, and when she’s not working, she loves finding new places to explore around Atlanta, trying new restaurants, traveling, enjoying a good glass of red wine, and soaking up as much family and friend time as possible. Being a parent herself, she now truly understands the saying that the days are long, but the years are all too short. Time passes too quickly when you’re watching your children grow, and she is honored to have the opportunity to capture those precious faces and memories for you.

    For a glimpse into Melissa’s personal life, please visit her blog or follow her on Instagram.

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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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