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NEWSLETTER August 2012

The Latest News & Announcements, Workshops, Updates and much more!

INSIDE: a special look at the new magazine CLICK from Clickin Moms!


Hello friends! The long, lazy days of summer have come to a close -- and believe it or not -- the school bells have started to chime once again. A busy time of year for us all is about to kick in! It’s a time of tradition and a time of learning, a time of togetherness and a time to give thanks. And as we recollect our own mental snapshots from the carefree summer months, we start furiously booking appointments to begin capturing and documening this new phase for our clients. The wide-eyed expressions of young children heading back to school illustrate the excitement and anticipation of this time of year – a whole school year older and an adventure-filled summer wiser. Speaking of older and wiser…. our August member spotlight features a photographer who specializes in Senior photography. Meg Borders first picked up a camera after the birth of her first child, as she yearned to capture every moment of her baby’s life – and she hasn’t looked back since! Combining her two passions – photography and working to increase the self- esteem of young women – Meg’s work focuses on the Senior Portrait through her eponymous business, Meg Borders Photography. She aims to photograph women from a perspective that allows their true beauty to shine, often leading to self-discovery and a rise of self-confidence. As a wife and mother of three (her youngest is under six months!), Meg’s story is honest and truly inspiring.

Get ready to be inspired by more women with our Featured Vendor this month:

CLICK Magazine. CLICK is a new print magazine from Clickin Moms that’s scheduled to release this fall. The publication is an outlet that inspires and empowers, catering to the social, creative, artistic and business needs of women as artists, hobbyists and professional photographers. On every page, the magazine celebrates the passion women feel for photography. Enjoy! Our July 2012 NACP International Image Competition has just wrapped up, and our judges have begun reviewing the hundreds of amazing images submitted. We want to thank all of you who participated in this competition… stay tuned for news on our winers! In addition, we have a couple of spotlight workshops included in this issue, which many of you may find helpful.

We wish you all a busy and successful month. Enjoy this time, create your own

routine, and savor this fast pace we live in!

Sincerely

The NAPCP Team

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We are very excited to be launching the brand new NAPCP Facebook Community page! The page will be setup similar to the forum with hot topics, discussions, image critiques, but with a much more casual feel. As with all Facebook pages, they are by request only and will require members to contact an admin if they would like to join. We hope that everyone will partake so don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Click here to join!

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N E W S & ANN OU N CE ME N TS Image Competition The NAPCP July International Image Competition just wrapped on Thursday! We received hundreds of gorgeous submissions and would like to thank all of our members that participated! (above image credit - Jennifer Kim, Sunset)

Follow Us on Pinterest That’s right...NAPCP has just recently let our curiousty get the best of us as we took the plunge and joined Pinterest. We would love for you to take a quick spin around our boards as well as help us spread inspiring photography to the Pinterest community everywhere! To follow us, please visit our profile page here! Happy Pinning!

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FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER MEG BORDERS

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ased in Washington state, Meg Borders has made

herself a fixture among today’s senior photographers. Her portfolio ranges from light and whimsical, to bold and strong, with each image displaying a beautiful sense of detail and presence. Her two passions – photography and working to increase the self- esteem of young women – are always evident throughout Meg’s work. This month we are proud to bring you a small sneak peak at the wonderful Meg Borders!

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Tell us your story. How you started and how your photography, brand, and business transformed over the last few years... I am a wife, a mother, a daughter, and a lover of beauty. I live in Eastern Washington with with my husband and my beautiful daughters who mean the world to me. Like so many other women, my story starts with the birth of my first baby. This new little tiny creation was so perfect, pure, and innocent. I knew I had to do everything in my power to capture her every moment, in perfect clarity. I didn’t want to forget a minute of her life. I have always been a lover of beautiful imagery, but when I picked up a camera and realized I could capture the beauty that I saw in the world and make it my own, I was hooked! After a couple years of honing my camera and editing skills I opened up for business in 2009 and haven’t looked back. Capturing beauty for other 09 | NAPCP

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people, the way I see it, is more than a job for me. Its more than the money, its more than the title, its my way of giving back to people. There is something so incredible about seeing a client’s face light up when they see themselves in my images. I love sharing this gift with others. I treasure the relationships that I build and the people I meet along the way on this journey. It’s one of the greatest perks of this job! It isn’t uncommon for clients to turn into dear friends, and for that, I am so grateful. How did you get started in working with Seniors? What do you love most about photographing them? I have been working with teen girls since I was a teen myself. As a teen I was a leader in my local church youth group, when I was in my early 20’s I NAPCP

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worked with teen girls at an Eating Disorder Treatment center, and shortly after graduated with my bachelors in psychology with aspirations of becoming a counselor for troubled girls. I’ve always had a passion for this age group, so when I picked up a camera it didn’t take long for me to realize that the Senior Portrait market was where I wanted to be. I am passionate about the self-esteem of women and the pressures they face in today’s society. I want to show young women a new perspective of who they are, and to see themselves in a way they never have. The media has morphed and distorted the standard of what beauty is and made it something that is unattainable. It’s a fraud. As photographers we know how easy it is to liquify someone, smooth their skin, and get rid of imperfections. We can draw on six pack abs in a matter of minutes. There is nothing cooler to me than when I show a senior girl her photos for the first time (even if its on the back my camera) and you see their eyes light up and you watch their selfconfidence rise. I love showing women their true beauty. In the end it isn’t the 8×10 or 20×30 canvas I sell them, its self-discovery. 11 | NAPCP

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There is a growing rise of Senior Photographers out there. What piece of advice would you give to those starting out or are interested in pursuing this? I am big believer in Senior Rep Programs. I think having a solid Senior Rep Program is vital to becoming a contender in your local senior market. Who has been your your biggest inspiration in your work? When I am looking for inspiration I often look internally. I envision things, mostly while driving in the car (my only time to think straight as a mother of three little ones). I find a way to capture them in real life whether it be a scene, a pose, or a lighting scenario. I like to have a final image in my head before I even start a shoot. 13 | NAPCP

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How do you balance photography, mentoring, and life with 3 kids?! I struggle daily with finding the balance between mom and photographer. My compass is to remember that above anything else, my husband and children are my priority. With that core value underlying everything I do, I then make photography work in and around it. What is your typical schedule like with your family and business? We want to hear about it all! I try my best to be “all in” when I am being mom and “all in” when I am in work mode. Right now I have a nanny that comes to me one full day a week. I schedule this day out with client meetings, a huge list of “to

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do’s”, and lots of editing. I work as hard as I can for 8 hours straight and then work on day to day business tasks (email/follow ups/editing) during nap time the other days during the week. When I am with my kids, my goal is to be 100% present with them and not worrying about anything business related. I do not work in the evenings with the exception of shoots. That is my time to relax and unwinde. If I don’t schedule in “me” time, everything starts falling apart. Who are some of your favorite vendors? ProDPI, Design Aglow, Kelly Moore bag, StickyAlbums, and Kraft and Jute What are some of your best selling products? How do you market them & why do you think your clients gravitate towards them the most? My best selling products are canvases and albums. Why? Because I rave about them and show them. I let the clients see, touch, and feel the product. They NAPCP

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start to envision themselves in my sample products and therefore that is what they end up purchasing. My goal is for every client to have a piece of art on their wall, an album on their coffee table, and their images digitally to show their friends and family. Where do you see yourself in 2 years, Meg?! In 10 years? In both scenarios I see myself following my dreams and passions, producing images that inspire people, and making a difference in others’ lives. To see more of Meg’s work, please visit her site here, and her blog here!

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TIPS OF THE MONTH BY MEG BORDERS

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1) Let who you are shine through your work. It’s easy to look to someone else’s work or style, compare yourself, and feel less than adequate. Don’t be afraid to be you and let that be enough. 2) Take the time to make real connections with your clients. Incorporate client consultations into your workflow if you don’t already. The connections you make with your clients will translate into your images. 3) Follow your dreams and take risks and put yourself out there. The rewards will far outweigh how scary it may seem at the time.

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poses to showcase teens with plenty of fun and thoughtfulness. Simply print out these t thes and bind with a clip for an easy, take-along guide in $75. designaglow.com 5. Inspire Me Cards A Modern Posing Guide for Seniors from Design Aglow is an inspired and deliciously diverse set of 60 phenomenal poses to showcase teens with plenty of fun and thoughtfulness. Simply print out these high-quality cards and bind with a clip for an easy, take-along guide in

y thoughtfulness. Simply print out these highquality cards and bind with a clip for our camera bag. There’s a folder of images to load into yoof your own and stunning backgrounds that s with plenty each card a tiny work of art. $75. designaglow.com 6. Inspire Me Cards A Modern Posing Guide for Seniors from Design Aglow is an inspired and deliciously diverse set of 60 phenomenal poses to showcase teens wi

thoughtfulness. Simply print out these highquality cards and bind with a clip for th plenty of fun and thoughtfulness. Simply print out these highquality cards with plenty of fun and thoughtfulness. Simply print out thes and bind with a clip for an easy, take-along guide in $75. designaglow.com 7. Inspire Me Cards A Modern Posing Guide for Seniors from Design Aglow is an inspired and deliciously diverse set of 60 phenomenal poses to showcase teens

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WORK SH O PS Start Submitting Now! NAPCP’s July 2012 International Image Competition opened on Monday! The purpose of NAPCP’s Image Competitions is to recognize the accomplishments and creative excellence of our members, rewarding their talent with medallions, priority listing on our directory, vendor endorsements, member points, titles and professional recognition. Members each receive a total of 2 Competition Credits per Competition with their Membership. Details are online! They say a picture is worth a thousand words … and yours may be featured in our next press release. For the past two International Image Competitions, the winners announcement highlighted the names of the competition winners and received great exposure – collecting thousands of views, postings to other websites, and search index hits. Wouldn’t you like to see your name and photo sent over the wire too? Members, you can start submitting your best images here!

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