The Search is On for New, Undiscovered Talent!

NAPCP is looking to shine a spotlight on one of our industry’s brightest rising stars. And we need YOU to help us find them.

We all know how challenging those first two years of running your own business can be – learning best business practices, juggling marketing, branding, finances, equipment, workflow … all while consistently producing gorgeous portraiture for clients. We love the spirit and tenacity of the future greats in our community, and we are here cheering them on.

To give them a little push in the right direction, NAPCP is honored to host its third Best New Emerging Child Photographer Contest! In a few easy steps, you can help us recognize talented newcomers who you find inspiring. Nominate your favorite(s) here by midnight (EST) on June 9th. NAPCP will review all nominations and announce the group of semi-finalists to move to the judging process. Then, our esteemed panel of judges will narrow the field to six finalists, who will be announced June 19th. You vote for your favorite finalist June 19th-23rd. We tally up the votes and spoil the winner.

Some of the qualities that NAPCP is looking for in the next Best New Emerging Child Photographer:

• Passionate, with the ability to inspire
• Consistently produces technically strong, breathtaking work
• Strives to learn and foster best business practices
• Exhibits commitment to community
• Displays a creative and unique vision

The winner of our 2017 contest will be handsomely rewarded with the following:

  1. Expense paid trip to Atlanta, Georgia for an amazing experience. Our winner will spend time with the NAPCP team and the ShootProof team so we can celebrate them! This will include airfare (provided by ShootProof), plus lodging, meals, and live interviews (provided by NAPCP and ShootProof).
  2. NAPCP Membership – 2 Years
  3. ShootProof Account – One Year
  4. Musea – One Matted & Framed Print of Choice
  5. Miller’s Lab Signature Album
  6. Fundy Pro Account – One Year
  7. Animoto Professional Account – One Year
  8. One Hour Mentoring Session with Rob Greer – Photographer & SEO Expert
  9. One Hour Mentoring Session with Alice Park – Co-Founder of NAPCP
  10. One Hour Mentoring Session with Courtney Zerizef of Creative Homeroom
  11. One Hour Branding Consultation with Renee Swigert of Ribbons of Red
  12. Professional Hair & Makeup by Molly Todd and headshots by Alice Park Photography
  13. Digital Seal for Website – Best New Emerging Child Photographer 2017
  14. Promotion from NAPCP, ShootProof, and sponsors on all Social Media and online websites

I believe the most important things we can do is love and be kind. I found my perfect muse for this (and all I do) in my children. I have made a career taking pictures of them (and playing dress up) When they let me, I dress up other people’s kids and take pictures of them, too. I’ve got a hippy soul with a touch of OCD. I believe that animals are friends, not food & that the world is a better place when seen through the eyes of a child.


Barbara Griffin

Barbara Griffin is an independent Creative Director and Photo Editor. She serves as Board President for Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP), a non-profit arts organization which produces the largest annual community-oriented photo festival in the U.S. Formerly, Barbara was senior vice president of Image Management for Turner Broadcasting, being responsible for all photography created globally for Turner’s entertainment, animation and news networks. Among her most recent projects, she served as photo editor for Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink, the award winning fine art book by photographer Bill Yates. A frequent speaker on professional photography, she’s a member of the International Center of Photography, APA, ASMP and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.


Ali Nelson is the artist behind Ali Makes Things. More than simply making pretty things, she believes in making things that mean things. Raised in Northern California, and rather nomadic, she currently calls Atlanta home. While she didn’t always think of herself as an artist, emphasizing in Criminal Justice and Psychology in college, she later went back to school and studied Fine Art at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. In 2014, she launched a “fun mail” subscription, and has done work for Shutterfly, American Greetings, Kohler, Krochet Kids, and the Pope among others. By creating an environment of honesty and authenticity on social media, Ali tries to cultivate a community inviting others into conversations about things that really matter.


Ana-Maria Klizs is the Romanian-Canadian blogger and mompreneur behind family lifestyle blog Bluebird Kisses. Ana blogs about everyday life, family style, favorite recipes, products, and parenthood. She makes her home in Toronto with her husband Michael and their three boys, dog, two cats, and two fish. Ana also works full time as an IT Security Project Management consultant; she loves that this allows her the flexibility to be “mom” and “blogger”, too. Her self-taught airy and bright photography style is distinct, and recognized easily throughout the blogging community. Ana celebrated 6 years of Bluebird Kisses this spring, and feels that if even one other woman relates to her blog on a personal level then it’s all worth it.


Elizabeth Jacob is a writer, self-taught photographer and copy editor for Babiekins Magazine, a magazine for the trendsetting child. She is also a regular contributor for EarthFare’s blog, The Vine, and develops healthy recipes to share monthly on their site. Through her personal blog, Liz documents small details about daily life with her husband and three children. She is inspired by the open oceans and the vast mountains, bustling cities filled with creativity, and her family. In addition to her work for Babiekins Magazine, Liz has been featured by Apartment Therapy, Clean Eating, and Parenting Magazine, among others.