Meet the NAPCP Team

A dedicated team of individuals who love what they do.

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Alice & Kyu Park

Founders/CEO/Creative Director

Alice is a passionate creative who loves photographing childhood, planning meaningful events, and dreaming big. Kyu is a an entrepreneur who believes in living a life full of integrity and serving others. Since starting Alice Park Photography in 2006, Alice and Kyu’s business has blossomed into one of the premier boutique studios in Buckhead and the Atlanta area. They consider themselves to be especially blessed having the freedom to run a business they love while raising their two young children, Lyon and Elise.

In 2009, the couple’s love for the photography industry sparked them to create the National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) – bringing together a community of passionate artists committed to growth in their craft and this unique industry. The thriving organization is their way of giving back to the global network of specialized child photographers that have supported Alice and Kyu so kindly over the years.

My philosophy is:
Live of a life of integrity, meaning and love. (Both)

I prefer not to share my:
Weight! (Alice)

I know I shouldn’t, but I still love to:
Rock my babies to sleep. Best thing ever. (Alice)

I can’t live without:
Our two children. (Both)

Reading:
Story books that contain lots of “Mooooo’s” and “Quack Quack’s” currently! (Both)

Watching:
Laughing hysterically to Jimmy Fallon (Alice)

Eating/drinking too much:
coffee. (Both)

My favorite quote is:
“The things you are passionate about are not random. They are your calling.” – Fabienne Fredrickson

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Crystal James

Marketing Director

Crystal is our Marketing Director and champions our outreach efforts in the community and child photography industry.  In her previous life, she spent 12+ years in Sales & Marketing for Renaissance Hotels & Resorts.  Throwing the corporate world aside, she opted to spend more time at home with her family and pursue her entrepreneurial dream of having her own business – which just so happened to involve photography.  After 8+ years of owning and running Tiny Heart Studios, she is focusing more of her time and talent to build and grow NAPCP and turn her photography skills towards more charitable efforts.  In her free time, you’ll find Crystal spending time with her family & friends, reading up on the clean food movement, and playing tennis.

My philosophy is:
It’s all about love.

I prefer not to share my:
Dessert

I know I shouldn’t, but I still love to:
Drink coffee

I can’t live without:
My iPhone

Reading:
Too many self-help articles

Watching:
Suits

Eating/drinking too much:
Chocolate covered almonds

My favorite quote is:
“No amount of guilt can change the past, and no amount of worrying can change the future.”

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Deanne Mroz

Lead Designer

Deanne is a Chicago based designer and photographer. In 2005, she graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BFA in Visual Communication. Before joining the NAPCP team in 2016, Deanne worked in advertising, honing her skills in web, print, motion graphics, and email marketing. In 2010, she purchased her first DSLR and dedicated herself to learning as much as she could about photography (which she was always passionate about but never pursued). Later that year, Deanne started Deanne Mroz Photography and began photographing families and children professionally.

After she was laid off from her “real job” in 2015, Deanne took the opportunity to pursue her dreams and embarked on a never-ending journey of self-employment. She now works as lead designer for NAPCP, where she brings together her love for photography and design to help other professional child photographers learn more and grow their businesses. Deanne also does freelance design work for small businesses, and photo editing for photographers in the NAPCP community. In 2018, Deanne began moderating for Shoot Along, a community in which she helps new photographers learn to use their DSLRs to capture those important moments in life and take better photos of their kids. She loves nothing more than seeing the students grow throughout the year!

5 Fun Facts About Me:

1. In 2010, I was the Grand Prize Winner of the Amazon Kindle Commercial Contest, an internationally recognized achievement through which I won $15K in Amazon gift cards. This was a turning point in my life, and the reason I purchased my first DSLR and began my photography journey.

2. I LOVE oil painting. The smell of the paint & turpentine makes me so happy. I don’t have time to paint anymore but I used to spend hours and hours painting large landscapes. I still have a dedicated space in my home for painting, but now my son uses it as his art studio. When my kids grow up, I plan to take up oil painting again.

3. I love to document my life. Videos, iPhone photos, through the lens of my DSLR … it doesn’t really matter! I have a personal blog where I try to post photos and little tidbits of information about my kids’ lives, for them to look back on someday. In 2019, I hope to have more time to create fun videos of our family.

4. I have a passion for photography because, since having kids, I’ve realized it is the one and only creative outlet that I can take with me everywhere, share with my kids, and engage in every day. I’ve recently discovered a love for photo projects, which help me stay fresh and look at the world in new ways. Over the last few years I completed 3 different photo projects. #100daysofhimandher was my first project; I took a photo of my husband and I for 100 days in a row. #100daysofhimandherpart2 followed shortly after and documented a photo of my children together for 100 days in a row. After completing the second project, I was ready to take on my first 365 project in 2018, which I recently completed.

5. I hate nothing more than paperwork. School papers, bills, important documents … seeing stacks of paper and having to file gives me anxiety.

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Katie Mitchell

Community Partner/Editorial Manager

Meet Katie. A writer, entrepreneur, and believer in magic! If the Fairy Godmother was an editor, she’d be Katie – here to help us with the copy, inspiration, and wordsmithing we need to design a professional association we all love, from the inside, out. Most days you can find her sipping coffee at her desk, with her two pups, Teddy and Witten, at her feet. Katie is constantly brainstorming ways she can help creatives show off their best selves so that all their wildest dreams will come true. She believes in building a business through healthy hustle so you can live with joy.

In 2014 she created Copy by Katie to help artists and beautiful brands share themselves with the world in an imaginative way. Katie never set out to become an entrepreneur herself. Once upon a time she pursued a career in non-profit work and politics, but after having children, that life left her feeling overworked and creatively unfulfilled. Katie took a leap of faith into freelancing and never looked back.

5 Fun Facts About Me:

1. I met my husband when I was seventeen.

2. I’m a big-time Disney fan. You’ll often find me reliving my ’90s childhood, dancing around the kitchen to Alan Menken music with my kids.

3. I love to travel. I have visited 13 countries, and almost every state in the United States.

4. I was named after the complicated protagonist of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind.

5. My husband and I were approached by a casting director for a reality television show. We did one interview and then declined to move forward in the process. We’re private people and ultimately we knew that participating in a reality show wasn’t a good fit for us. The TV show was on for 6 seasons and, of course, didn’t come close to portraying reality!

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Lisa Phillipson

Social Media Maven

Lisa coordinates NAPCP social media efforts and shares the great things happening in our organization. She enjoys being behind the scenes, always ready to promote and uplift our members.

After years as a marketing professional for tech start-ups and the financial world, Lisa made the creative jump to start her own photography business in 2007. She still loves all things marketing, especially in beautiful visual form. Working with NAPCP blends her two great passions of superb social media messages, and professional child and family photography.

In her free time, Lisa volunteers in her local community, plays as much tennis as possible, and navigates the world of raising teenagers.

5 Fun Facts About Me:

1. My caramel labradoodle, Laynie, became a part of our family in 2017 and I am officially a crazy dog person that may – at any moment – gush about my love for Laynie. Want to see her picture?

2. This random fact is hard to explain, but my immediate family have connections to Elvis Presley (including names, anniversaries and birth dates). You can ask me about it!

3. I have a marketing degree from Auburn University and my family roots for the Tigers! Fall weekends are planned around college football game days.

4. I enjoy cards, dominoes, and word games. My favorite family memories involve long hours of card games. I would rather not play board games like Monopoly – ever.

5. Perfect dinner: popcorn, chardonnay, and a Will Ferrell movie.