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  • Apr 02, 2018

    A Fun, Snow-Filled Family Session from Tracy Cepelak of Tracy Lynn Photography

    1. Inspiration – The inspiration for this photo session was totally from the mom and dad. They had a very specific vision in their head as to what they wanted their photos to look like and I am so glad that I was able to capture that for them. They wanted a fun, snow filled session with some of our beautiful mountains featured in the background. The weather didn’t *completely* cooperate with us that day but we were still able to get a few shots with the beautiful scenery in the background.

    2. Favorite Element – Hands down my favorite element, if it can be considered one, is this family’s love that they have for each other. They were so much fun and they have such great love for each other and I think that it really shows in these photos. They were relaxed, having fun with each other and laughing a lot. My second favorite element are all the fun pops of color against the white and grey background. Talk about a great wardrobe – which is hard for snow pictures!

    3. Biggest Challenge – The biggest challenge was the weather. It was below freezing temperatures and we were walking through a foot of snow. Keeping their son warm and happy was a challenge, and after about 15 minutes of the session he was freezing cold and wet. We ended up having to call a wrap on the session. I think everyone did an amazing job despite this challenge – we were able to get an entire gallery of images in just those 15 minutes!

    4. Final Thoughts – Having your family portraits taken can be stressful. Getting the kids dressed, making sure everyone is in a good mood, praying for the weather to cooperate. I get it. It can be hard. But when you push all of that stress to the side, relax and truly utilize the time that you’re having family photos taken as a time to bond and love on your family, the more amazing your images will turn out. So the next time you feel frazzled about a detail of your upcoming family photo session, take a deep breath and remember to have fun with each other and relax. Everyone will have a much better time and your images will reflect it.

    About the Contributor: My name is Tracy and I am a natural light photographer in Bend, OR. There\'s nothing I love more than capturing special moments through photography - big belly laughs from toddlers, a sweet sigh from a newborn or a big hug between siblings.

  • Mar 27, 2018

    Non-Member Survey … It’s Easy-Peasy!

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    This week is off to a dreamy beginning here at NAPCP! You are going to be THRILLED when you get your hands on the April Showers Art Print we’re giving away for FREE! Think fridge flair, gorgeous client gifts, or a DELIGHTFUL update to your home’s spring decor!

    Non-members who take our 3-question survey get this art print download, along with our thanks, so take the survey now before it’s closed!

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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.

  • Mar 21, 2018

    March 2018 Inspired Magazine: Featuring Tina Krafts!

    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.

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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.

  • 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.

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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.



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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 […]