NAPCP August Newsletter 2016

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Featuring The January 2016 Image Competition Winners



A look at our past Image Competition, details on the July competition and more

Industry News & Announcements, Workshops, and Updates!

Hello friends!

Fall is fast approaching, which means new opportunities for growth and

fellowship are on the horizon! As you juggle car pools, homework sessions and backto-school schedules, we invite you to pencil in time for yourself and take note of these August happenings.

First on our list is the July Image Competition, which closes this Thursday,

August 18. If you haven’t submitted your entries, we encourage you to do so, as our 2016 Photographer of the Year will be selected this round of the competition. For added inspiration, this month’s featured photographers are our January 2016 NAPCP International Image Competition winners. Take a look, and see what sparks your creativity!

For those of you planning to attend the 2017 NAPCP Retreat, registration is

now open. Santa Barbara, here we come! In addition, we have finalized our guest speakers and will spotlight them individually on the NAPCP blog this week. If you’d like a sneak peek at who’s joining us for the best weekend of the year, check out the full list online.

While you’re at it, go ahead and scroll through the NAPCP Ambassador page

because we’re launching our fall Gathering on Wednesday, September 14! If you’ve never attended, we would love for you to join us for a memorable evening with friends and colleagues.

Finally, we are pleased to announce the August 2016 edition of Inspired marks

our first printable issue! Moving forward, you will be able to print the magazine straight from MagCloud, making it even easier to share your favorite articles with friends, family and clients.

We hope you enjoy what’s inside, and we look forward to a successful season

with each of you!


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TA BL E O F CO NTE N TS Pg. 4 ......................The NAPCP 2017 Retreat Pg. 5 .........................News & Announcements

Pg. 6....................Image Competition Winners

Pg. 24 ...............July 2016 Image Competition Pg. 26......................Photographer of the Year Pg. 28............Video Series: Summer Murdock Pg. 29..........................Apply For Membership

N E WS & A N N OU N CE MEN T S Facebook Community We hope that everyone will continue to partake in our NAPCP Facebook Community page! Join now and get involved with the latest discussions, trending topics, news and updates, and much more! Click here to request to join today!

Napcp Store Don’t forget to check the NAPCP Store periodically for awesome new products and templates. We will be adding new templates for the fall and winter soon you won’t want to miss it! Click here!

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Image by Nicole Anderson, "Farm Living" (Januar y 2016)

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SYBIL RONDEAU | Gabin’s Stories | FIRST PLACE, Toddlers

Was your style obvious to you from the beginning of your career, or did it take a while to develop? Social photography is what comes most naturally to me. From the beginning, I wasn’t at ease with posing and it was pretty obvious that candids most suited me. When I started to document weddings I understood I could do the same with family and everyday life. What is your favorite subject to photograph and why? The interactions and relationships between people are what most interests me, over and above even the pleasure of taking pictures. My favorite subject is family and especially kids. I love their spontaneity. They give me so much during a reportage.

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Above: Tracy Cepelak, Lost In A Book. Katherine Jackson, Seeing My Fair y Self.

Above: Jessica Pugliese, Smiling Siblings. Dana Pugh, Grandma’s Blanket.


DANA PUGH | Frozen | FIRST PLACE, Siblings

Tell us a little about yourself: I love travelling and spending times exploring with my family. I am lucky to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, so I have the most amazing day trips at my fingertips. When we are looking for a change of scenery, we like to travel off the beaten path. I have been a professional photographer for 9 years and in 2010, I was named the first ever NAPCP Photographer of the Year. Best business advice you’ve ever received. Charge what you are worth. I am so grateful that early in my career I had mentors who directed me to charge enough so that I can make a living. I see so many photographers struggling-working and spending time away from their family but not being properly compensated. Building a client base takes time. It doesn’t happen overnight. It happens over time and with a great deal of effort and work. NAPCP Newsletter August 2016 | 11


SARAH LANE | Beach Cruisin’ | FIRST PLACE, Seniors

Tell us about your creative process for this image. The girl in this image was one of my senior models, so for her session, we wanted to do something special. Her session was at the beach, so when we were planning and styling her session before hand, she had mentioned that she had an orange bike and I loved this Free People dress she brought. Before she got to the beach, I found a little shop that was selling these handmade floral crowns. So I bought one, thinking it would work with her dress perfectly. Since there was so much color and pattern between the dress and the bike, I wanted to make sure my location was neutral, and this walkway with the sea stained wood was perfect! Taking a few tries to get her to balance and get the shot just right was part of the fun! I love the way it came out and it is one of my favorite images from last season!

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Above: Carrie Chaffer, Graffiti. Leigha Graf, Colorful Dreams.

Clockwise from top left: Chrystal Cienfuegos, Radiant. Emilia Gray, Quietly Waiting For You. Tara Ruby, In Her Eyes.


Barb Toyama | You, Me and the Sea | FIRST PLACE, Maternity

Tell us a little about yourself: I am a free spirit, wife and mother, lover of the ocean, worshipper of the sun, happy, kind and slightly awkward. I love being outdoors, my daughter’s giggles, papayas, surfing, animals and kids of all ages, our simple island life, and documenting it all with my camera. Give us your best advice for capturing meaningful images. I find the most meaning in natural, uncontrived, and in-between moments. There are 3 elements I try to have present in all my images - connection, movement and emotion. Using these while paying attention to light and moment, as well as keeping the family’s story in mind, allow me to create images that speaks to me and are meaningful to my client.water made me fall in love with family photography all over again. What (or who) is your favorite subject? My favorite subjects are my baby daughter, and the ocean. I especially enjoy photographing them together!


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TARA RUBY | The Love of a Grandmother | FIRST PLACE, Family

This image is an example of masterful light. How do you continue to practice this skill? This photo was all about the connection between the grandma and her beautiful new baby girl. There was nothing else that mattered so I directed the light right into that intimate connection. I will also be working to improve my lighting skill, and I think that the more I learn about lighting, the better I will become. But knowing what the main focus of your portrait is and making sure your lighting highlights or captures that moment is the most important thing for me. What (or who) is your favorite subject? My favorite subject is anything that captures a moment in time for a family. We can never recreate a moment exactly as it happens, but we can capture that moment for the rest of our lives. We can even pass that moment down in time to future generations. Knowing that my photos will be seen generations from now makes every portrait I take today that much more special to me.

Above: Becca Wohlwinder, Family Funday.


Tracy Sweeney | Spirit Rise | FIRST PLACE, Children

Tell us a little about yourself: I am an international award winning child, family and commercial photographer whose work has been featured in Click Magazine, Digital SLR Photography Magazine, The UK Daily News, Buy Buy Baby, Babies R’ Us and Target Stores. I love capturing simple, candid moments, the indelible beauty of new beginnings and life. I am also an educator and published author with a Masters Degree in Education and Doctoral work in Curriculum, Instruction and Technology. I live and work by the sea with my husband and five children. To you, what is the most rewarding aspect of being a photographer? The most rewarding aspect of being a photographer is crafting visual stories and having those narratives shape memories.

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Above: Agnieszka Wojtowicz, Winter Wonderland. Nicole Anderson, Farm Living.

Above: Lucie Jiraskova, When Dreams Come True. Yana Ossipova, Wrapped in a Cloud.


Crystal Mercredi | Dreamland | FIRST PLACE, Babies

Tell us a little about yourself: I’m a mom of 2, soon to be 3, from Alberta, Canada. Prior to becoming a photographer (in 2013) I was a teacher, and have always surrounded myself with children because I love the innocence and energy they exude. Love flows from your images; is this something you strive to evoke, or does it come easily? I feel love exudes from my images because I photograph mostly children, and children exude love. They are wonderful little balls of joy and fun, and I fall in love with each and every one of them. I’ve always been accused of seeing the glass as full (or possibly overflowing) and so naturally I’m drawn to photograph in a way that portrays the happiness and thankfulness that I view the world with.

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Svetlana Aleynikova | Twin Love | FIRST PLACE, Newborns

Will you give us a tip for fvinding renewed inspiration? I draw much of my inspiration from nature, couples in love, and all things art. My style is simple and classic; I love working with organic textures, wooden props and earthy tones. My goal is to focus on precise newborn posing to make sure that the baby looks relaxed and comfortable. I love it when my clients tell me they have been researching for weeks, but kept coming back to my website. It warms my heart and encourages me to continue working hard at what I love to do! What (or who) is your favorite subject? Newborns are now my passion and my absolute favorite subject to capture. I love every single bit of what makes each newborn special – from peeling skin to tiny toes, from pouty lips with milk blisters to wispy hair and squishy newborn rolls. I have a natural light studio in sunny San Diego and I couldn’t be happier with my job.

Above: Jessica Pugliese, Puppy Love. Elisha Guest, Twin Angels.

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The July 2016 NAPCP International Competition opened at 8:00AM EST on July 18th and will close at 11:59PM EST August 18th, 2016. 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. Additional details can be found here!


We could not be more excited about our talented panel of judges including Rachel LaCour Niesen, Tim Walden, Luke Edmonson, Deb Schwedhelm, Christine Pobke, and Cheryl Jacobs Nicolai! To learn more about each judge click here! NAPCP Newsletter August 2016 | 25

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The distinguished title of Photographer of the Year for NAPCP is the highest award, showcasing outstanding achievement in our International Image Competitions. points, titles and professional recognition. To learn more about this award and to view past winners, click HERE!

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