NAPCP is an association through which professional photographers come together to learn, grow, connect and support each other. Join us, and gain recognition by your peers through internationally recognized image competitions, contributions to our blog, and potential showcases in e-blasts, newsletters, and our flourishing quarterly magazine, Inspired. Learn from some of the best portrait and child photographers in the industry through image critiques, NAPCP Gatherings, videos in our Private Member Community Group, and more. Who knows, you might find yourself a featured photographer or even Photographer of the Year. With NAPCP, the possibilities for your future are endless!
NAPCP grants membership to photographers who are dedicated to exhibiting quality portraits and images of children on a consistent basis. NAPCP members are expected to reflect exceptional skills in photography, originality and creativity, while promoting the honesty and spirit of the clients they capture. NAPCP members should uphold the highest ethics and integrity within their business practices. If interested in becoming a NAPCP member, please click here to apply!
NAPCP’s mission is to provide the most comprehensive resources for professional portrait and child photographers, while creating a community of artists committed to growth in their skills, their craft, and their businesses. We believe that through NAPCP you will aspire, learn, network, and connect. It is our deepest wish that this growth will inspire you then to give back, and teach. Membership Benefits Include (and are not limited to):
Opportunity to be FEATURED as an award-winning professional portrait and child photographer through a NAPCP members-only image competition. Consideration for NAPCP’s prestigious, internationally publicized Photographer of the Year award, through image competitions, community involvement, and more. NAPCP’s bi-annual competitions are scored by highly vetted, premier industry luminaries. Continue learning and elevate your photography through truly professional image critiques.
Full access to private NAPCP Member Community Group on Facebook, complete with searchable topics, on-going discussions, and more! This is also where Weekly Favorites selection happens! Enter your recent imagery into our themed weekly contests for a chance to be announced to the public as Weekly Favorites Winner on Facebook, Instagram, and in our magazine and our bi-weekly member eblast. Share your success on your business Page with a custom Weekly Favorites Cover image.
Listing in NAPCP’s Directory — a professionally maintained directory for both parents and the photography community. A direct link to web-based portfolio. Opportunity to be the featured photographer in our quarterly magazine, Inspired. These beautifully bound issues are the perfect addition to an office or studio, and offer a talking point showcasing your industry prestige.
NAPCP is proud to present you with the opportunity to enter your printed work in our new, creatively focused Inspired by NAPCP Gallery Event. This print competition features fine art categories, experienced judges representing an array of photographic styles, and a public gallery reception. Winners are celebrated with press, and media from NAPCP and our event partners and sponsors. Explore your creativity in new ways and advance your skills.
Dedicated resources for professional portrait and child photographers: Facebook Lives, expert articles, tutorials, meeting potential mentors through the Member Community and in-person events, product reviews and member-exclusive service trials, NAPCP Ambassador program and NAPCP Gatherings, educational documents and tools available only to NAPCP members, all involving the most sought-after photographers and experts from around the world.
The NAPCP community is like no other. There is so much openness to share with each other and the connections I've made have been invaluable.
The best part about being a NAPCP member is the community. I have met some of my closest photographer friends through NAPCP.
Nearly ten years later, I am still amazed at the wonderful connections I continue to make in the industry, through this organization.
Here for you to enjoy (and learn from!) are a couple of looks at our member exclusive videos. The full library is included with your annual NAPCP membership!
The process of pitching to the media is a science. If you’re interested in getting published more in the press, being featured as an artist or an expert in your area, or looking for more outlets to pick up your recent Image Competition wins, tune in for this segment. Alice Park discusses how she specifically pitches to the press, the rules to it, and what she’s learned over the last 10 years.
So you won…now what? Jennifer Kapala is this year’s NAPCP Photographer of the Year and an industry mentor and business coach. In this interview, Jennifer takes us behind the scenes of her process and shares with our members all of the hard work and persistence that she implements to turn her wins into even bigger opportunities for her business. I asked her for tips on generating publicity and for advice for our members that want to capitalize on an achievement.
NAPCP membership is for individuals and/or studio businesses dedicated to portrait and child photography.
WEBSITE: NAPCP members must maintain an up-to-date and professional website that exhibits a portfolio where child and family photography makes up at least 50% of their work. Member websites must be completely functional, easy to navigate, and clean in design and overall aesthetic.
Membership dues include full access to the Private NAPCP Member Community Facebook Group, Marketing Monday and video interview libraries, NAPCP International Image Competition discounts, vendor discounts and members-only product and service trials, unique annual NAPCP membership badges, Master Photographer Certification, listing in NAPCP’s Member Directory (with a direct link to your web-based portfolio), and access to any other member-exclusive competitions, videos, and web pages.
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