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APNPI Premiere Image Competition!

Our long awaited and much anticipated Image Competition has arrived!  We are thrilled to invite you to join us and participate in our premiere competition event!

APNPI encourages participation in competition as a means of challenging, learning and growing in the art of newborn photography.  Competition with constructive critique drives photographers to a new level in honing their craft, and contributes toward their Masters Designations.  It’s also an exciting opportunity to gain world wide recognition!

Enter now to get in on the Early Bird rates that are in effect until May 14, 2018.

Not a member?  Good news!  Competition entries will open up to the general public on May 15, 2018.  Or better yet, why wait?!  Join us as an APNPI member to get in on the Early Bird competition rates now!  Click HERE to register for membership.

APNPI Accreditation Judging – Part 2

Have you ever wondered how images are judged?

You are invited to join us for a completely free live event. Follow along as our qualified judges provide critique and suggestions for improvement on our recent APNPI Accreditation Submissions. Learn invaluable tips to improve your imagery from industry experts with an eye for detail. It’s simple! Follow the link to register your interest.

On Wednesday April 25, 2018, we’ll be LIVE with the second and final part of this round’s Accreditation Judging.

The judging event will run live from 12pm to 3pm EST.  Replays will be available for 24 hours after the event for APNPI members.

Best of luck to all of our members who have submitted for this round of Accreditations!

Meet the Judges

 

Julia Kelleher is a Master Photographic Craftsman, Master Artist and PPA Certified Professional Photographer from Bend, OR. Opening her business over 10 years ago, she operates a 2600 foot retail studio and specializes in newborn, children and family imagery. She is an experienced print competitor and has been trained in the PPA affiliate judging system. A two-time Diamond Photographer of the year, multiple platinum & gold medalist, Canon Par Excellence winner and Lexjet National Award winner, she has 19 images accepted into the PPA loan collection, along with a Platinum and 2 Gold distinction awards from WPPI. She has had 4 images score 100 points in competition. Julia also educates other photographers worldwide, through her online school Jewel Education and via Creative Live.

 

Charlotte Gamache – Originally from the UK, Charlotte Gamache is an award winning portrait photographer based in Vancouver, Canada and specializing in newborn & maternity photography out of her independent professional studio. With over 20 years of experience working in the photography industry, Charlotte is currently in her 8th year of business and has photographed hundreds of newborns, sitters and maternity clients. With her extensive knowledge of working with newborns, Charlotte is currently travelling all over Canada to teach newborn photography workshops and will soon be teaching internationally. She also offers private 1:1 mentoring as well as serving as an Ambassdor here at APNPI.

Lizzy McMillan is an APNPI Qualified Newborn Photographer, PPA Certified Professional Photographer, and APNPI Ambassador with a boutique maternity and newborn studio in Downtown Mesa, Arizona. She has specialized in newborn portraiture for nearly a decade and has photographed over 1200 newborns. Her extensive work with newborn twins, triplets, quadruplets and quintuplets has set her apart in the photography industry, garnered international acclaim and has earned her the apt moniker “The Multiples Whisperer™”. Lizzy is passionate about documenting family history and preserving the important moments in her clients’ lives. When she’s not snuggling newborns or teaching other photographers the art of photographing multiples, she and her husband are usually busy wrangling their three children or watching The Office on Netflix.

For more about Lizzy McMillan and her work, visit www.momentostudios.com

 

Nicole Herdman – Nicole is the owner and artist behind Nicole Kathlyn Photography.  Nikki was recently voted as an international Top 100 photographer in the Babies and Children category of Shoot and Share’s Image Competition.  She runs a full time studio out of her home in Barrie, Ontario and has been in business for over a decade capturing newborn and family portraiture and films.  Nicole is also one of APNPI’s founding members!

 

Alli Peck – Alli Peck with Glow Portraits™ has been a photographer for 12 years and began specializing in newborn/maternity photographer 7 years ago.  She resides in a small rural town in northern British Columbia, Canada.  She’s a mama to 4 children and a wife of 19 years and manages to balance family, traveling while working full time. There’s nothing else she’d imagine doing than being a photographer who is able to create beautiful memories for her clients.

APNPI Accreditation Judging – Live Event

Join us today for our Live Judging event!!

 

We’re thrilled to announce APNPI’s premiere judging of our first Accreditation submissions!

The judging event will run live from 12pm to 3pm EST.  Replays will be available afterward for members.

Best of luck to all of our members who have submitted for this round of Accreditations!

 

 

Meet the Judges

 

Julia Kelleher is a Master Photographic Craftsman, Master Artist and PPA Certified Professional Photographer from Bend, OR. Opening her business over 10 years ago, she operates a 2600 foot retail studio and specializes in newborn, children and family imagery. She is an experienced print competitor and has been trained in the PPA affiliate judging system. A two-time Diamond Photographer of the year, multiple platinum & gold medalist, Canon Par Excellence winner and Lexjet National Award winner, she has 19 images accepted into the PPA loan collection, along with a Platinum and 2 Gold distinction awards from WPPI. She has had 4 images score 100 points in competition. Julia also educates other photographers worldwide, through her online school and via Creative Live.

 

Charlotte Gamache – Originally from the UK, Charlotte is a photographer living in Vancouver, Canada specializing in newborn & maternity photography. Currently in her 8th year of buisness, Charlotte has photographed over 700 newborns and works out of an independent studio in downtown Maple Ridge, BC.

Lizzy McMillan is an APNPI Qualified Newborn Photographer, PPA Certified Professional Photographer, and APNPI Ambassador with a boutique maternity and newborn studio in Downtown Mesa, Arizona. She has specialized in newborn portraiture for nearly a decade and has photographed over 1200 newborns. Her extensive work with newborn twins, triplets, quadruplets and quintuplets has set her apart in the photography industry, garnered international acclaim and has earned her the apt moniker “The Multiples Whisperer™”. Lizzy is passionate about documenting family history and preserving the important moments in her clients’ lives. When she’s not snuggling newborns or teaching other photographers the art of photographing multiples, she and her husband are usually busy wrangling their three children or watching The Office on Netflix.

For more about Lizzy McMillan and her work, visit www.momentostudios.com

 

Nicole Herdman – Nicole is the owner and artist behind Nicole Kathlyn Photography. She runs a full time studio out of her home in Barrie, Ontario and has been in business for over a decade capturing newborn and family portraiture and films.  Nicole is also one of APNPI’s founding members!

Featured Photographer : Nicole Dehoff


Located in Greentown, Ohio US


Name: Nicole Dehoff

Representing: Nicole DeHoff Photography

# of Years Experience: 7


Setting myself apart form other photographers in my area has been my biggest challenge. I overcome them by sticking to my goals, focusing on my own business, and giving my clients the most personable and best experience I could possibly give.

Tell us about yourself. What do you love doing in your spare time? What inspired you to newborn photography and do you photograph other genre’s in your business?

I am 25, married with two children (boys) Rory 3, and Reece 8 months. I LOVE babies, and photographing newborns brings me joy. Theres not really a way to describe it, but I love it. I photograph maternity, birth, newborns and family. The whole creating and bringing life into this world fascinates me, I think pregnancy and birth are beautiful.

How would you describe your photography style? What inspires your work?

For newborns, I love organic, earth tones, and jewel tones, but I love expanding through other colors. For other sessions, I love moody, and warm.

Who has inspried you and how did you first come across their work?

Amy McDaniel from Dewdrops photography, and Lisa, from A Piece of Lisa. Both are so different, but so talented. I came across both of them on Facebook.

What is one piece of advice you’d give to someone starting a newborn photography business?

Education! The best place for you to start is mentoring with someone, learning about newborn safety, and educating yourself on proper lighting and posing. It will make all the difference!

What camera do you use? What are your favourite lenses and what’s typically in your camera bag?

Canon 5D Mark III. My favorite lens is my 24-70mm, and my 100mm.

What is your favorite place to hold sessions and why?Where do you photograph most of your sessions? (in studio? on location?)

I have a studio, and I love that it is equipped with everything needed for a successful newborn shoot, but I do love shooting outdoors, and using golden light, to produce those dreamy images.

What (if any) photography training, mentoring or workshops have you taken?

Milky Way Newborn & Maternity retreats
Wrapping with Erin Tole
Creative live
Online with Erin Elizabeth
Safety Training through AANPS
Graduate of NYIP

Tell us about starting your business, and what played a key role in developing a profitable income.

IPS. It was a game changer for me. On top of producing beautiful pieces of work for my clients to display, its been beneficial to my business and my family.

Growing pains: tell us about some of your challenges you have faced in your business, and how you overcame them.

The photography market is highly saturated with photographers, and new ones pop up everyday. So setting myself apart form other photographers in my area has been my biggest challenge. I overcome them by sticking to my goals, focusing on my own business, and giving my clients the most personable and best experience I could possibly give.

What should clients expect when working with you?

Clients should expect me to give them an experience. I’m not going to just give you a disk of images and send you on your way. I will be with you from the beginning to the end. I want to completely customize your experience. I want you to feel as passionate about your photos that I do. I want to make this enjoyable, rememberable, and as simple as possible. This is something I want you to look back on in the future and say, “that was a great experience, and we love our images. She really took the time to get to know us and our needs.”


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Three Important Questions to Ask Before Hiring Your Newborn Photographer

Finding the right Newborn Photographer for you can be an overwhelming and time consuming task, but well worth the effort invested once you find the right match.  Because working with newborns is such an art, requiring lengthy skill development and an intimate knowledge of specialized safety aspects, it’s important to know what to look for when shopping around.

At APNPI, we’re passionate about helping parents find the right photographer who is skilled in their art and places safety above all.  We hope you’ll enjoy the video below, where one of our lovely Ambassadors Lizzy McMillan of Momento Studios, discusses 3 of the most important questions to ask before you hire a Newborn Photographer.

 

About Lizzy:  Lizzy McMillan is an APNPI Qualified Newborn Photographer, PPA Certified Professional Photographer, and APNPI Ambassador with a boutique maternity and newborn studio in Downtown Mesa, Arizona. She has specialized in newborn portraiture for nearly a decade and has photographed over 1200 newborns. Her extensive work with newborn twins, triplets, quadruplets and quintuplets has set her apart in the photography industry, garnered international acclaim and has earned her the apt moniker “The Multiples Whisperer™”. Lizzy is passionate about documenting family history and preserving the important moments in her clients’ lives. When she’s not snuggling newborns or teaching other photographers the art of photographing multiples, she and her husband are usually busy wrangling their three children or watching The Office on Netflix.

For more about Lizzy McMillan and her work, visit www.momentostudios.com

Documenting Motherhood – My 2018 Challenge For You

Written by: Lizzy McMillan

Photo: Lizzy McMillan, CPP www.MomentoStudios.com

 

Every January is met with a host of New Year’s resolutions, goals, good intentions and promises to ourselves that we will “do better this year.” Many of those well-intended resolutions have already been put on the backburner. We fall back in to the familiarity of daily routines and succumb to the organized chaos of raising young children. I often joke that our family is a circus, and I’m attempting to be the ringleader most days, perhaps you can relate!

 

Photo credit: Shannon Lee, QNP, www.ShannonLeePhotography.com

 

This often means that you revert to putting your children’s needs before your own, as mothers often do. You spend late nights rocking babies, evenings shuttling kids between activities and weekends juggling play dates and birthday parties. There are only so many hours in the day, so it can be difficult to carve out time just for you.

 

Photo: Lizzy McMillan, QNP, CPP www.MomentoStudios.com

 

There is no doubt about it- this season of life is hard. Tiring. Often lonely. As moms, we are inundated with so much information, opinions, and decisions about parenting, it is akin to drinking from a fire hose. It is easy to allow self-doubt to creep in to our daily thoughts, and fears of “not being the perfect mom” to fester and grow. I can guarantee you, the way you see yourself as a mom is very different than the way your children see you. While you may focus on your imperfections, your children see you as their hero.

 

Photo credit: Liana McCorkle, QNP, www.littlelullabyphotography.com

 

This is where my 2018 challenge for you comes in.

Can you believe this year is almost a quarter of the way over? I can almost guarantee that your phone (or even your “big girl camera”) is filled with snapshots of your children. No doubt, you have captured photos from the fun adventures and silly moments from the first few months of this year. But mom, I have a question for you: how many of those snapshots are YOU IN?

 

You are a main character in your children’s family story. Your children NEED to see YOU in their pictures.

 

 

Photo credit: Liana McCorkle, QNP, www.littlelullabyphotography.com

 

As a professional photographer, I often hear the laundry list of excuses from moms about why they can’t or don’t want to be in portraits. I want to share some of the most common excuses, and provide some insight that will hopefully inspire you to make a change this year.

“I have 15 pounds of ‘baby weight’ I need to lose first.”

Growing and birthing a baby is no easy feat. Your body is transformed before your eyes, and your once taught-skin is now soft and scarred. You are frustrated that your favorite jeans are still too tight, and your face is round.

Your child does not see the baby weight that you are struggling with. When he looks at you, he sees home. He sees your warm, cozy lap to crawl into. He sees a soft bosom to rest his head, and listen to your heartbeat. He needs to see you in his pictures.

 

Photo: Lizzy McMillan, CPP www.MomentoStudios.com

 

“I haven’t had my hair done in months. I need to get a color and cut first.”

You look in the mirror and see roots that need a touch up. You see scraggly, split ends that desperately need a trim and blow out. You see the gray hairs sneaking their way in to your once perfectly maintained mane.

Your daughter sees your soft brown curls that match her own. She loves the way you snuggle and give her tickles with the ends of your ponytail as she giggles and asks for more. But mostly, she loves twirling your hair between her fingers as she gazes up at you while nursing. She needs to see you in her pictures.

 

Photo credit: Liana McCorkle, QNP, www.littlelullabyphotography.com

 

“I look so tired”

“The baby hasn’t slept through the night yet. I have huge bags under my eyes. I’ll wait a few months until we’re both sleeping better so I don’t look so tired.”

When your son falls and scans the playground for you, he doesn’t see the “tired” on your face. His eyes lock with yours, and he sees your soft, reassuring smile telling him he’s OK. He dusts himself off, and is back on his way. He does not see the worry or the bags under your eyes. He looks at you and sees eyes that sparkle with your love, and are the same shade of hazel-green as his own. He needs to see you in his pictures.

 

Photo credit: Shannon Lee, QNP, www.ShannonLeePhotography.com

 

“Money is tight right now. We will take pictures next month/fall/spring etc. ”

Finances and budget vary for every family. I am not suggesting you put yourself or your family in a financial strain. My goal of this challenge is to encourage you to be in your family’s visual story- not just a cheerleader from the sidelines. That may mean tossing the camera at your partner, or setting your camera on a timer. I also want to encourage you to schedule a professional portrait session, or to find a way to include it in your family budget this year.

 

Photo credit: Mary Kriss, QNP, www.MaryKrissPhotography.com

 

The professional portraits and daily snapshots are your children’s visual history. They need to see you in their childhood portraits. Twenty years from now, your son will look at the portraits and see the love you gave unselfishly that shaped him into a man. Your daughter will treasure the images of your journey through motherhood as she begins her own.

 

Photo credit: Mary Kriss, QNP, www.MaryKrissPhotography.com

 

Your family history is happening right now.

My challenge to you for 2018 is to get IN your photos. Tomorrow is not guaranteed, so ditch the excuses. Do it for your son. Do it for your daughter. Most importantly, do it for yourself, because YOU are the glue that holds that family-circus together. One day those pictures will be all your children have left of you.

 

Lizzy McMillan is an APNPI Qualified Newborn Photographer, PPA Certified Professional Photographer, and APNPI Ambassador with a boutique maternity and newborn studio in Downtown Mesa, Arizona. She has specialized in newborn portraiture for nearly a decade and has photographed over 1200 newborns. Her extensive work with newborn twins, triplets, quadruplets and quintuplets has set her apart in the photography industry, garnered international acclaim and has earned her the apt moniker “The Multiples Whisperer™”. Lizzy is passionate about documenting family history and preserving the important moments in her clients’ lives. When she’s not snuggling newborns or teaching other photographers the art of photographing multiples, she and her husband are usually busy wrangling their three children or watching The Office on Netflix.

For more about Lizzy McMillan and her work, visit www.momentostudios.com

Featured Photographer: Heather Clemente

Name: Heather Clemente

Representing: From the Heart Imagery

# of Years Experience: 10


Discover who you are as an artist, and what it is that inspires you…


Located in Burlington, Ontário CA


Tell us about yourself. What do you love doing in your spare time? What inspired you to newborn photography and do you photograph other genre’s in your business?

My love of newborn photography came to fruition at the birth of my first child. He was such a beautiful baby and he filled me the desire to capture him in a way that showed his natural beauty and tiny little differences. I wanted to remember all the tiny markings on the souls of his feet, the creases in his fingers, every little detail was so important for me to document. As he started to grow and change rapidly I simply could not put down my camera. This, in turn, made me realize that other parents are likely to want the same things documented and I started working on opening up a business. As the years passed and my client list grew, my genre of photography started expanding from only newborns to growing with families as they grow. I now photograph newborns, toddlers, and family sessions and very much enjoy seeing my clients families grow and having the pleasure of documenting such growth.

My passions don’t lie solely in photography though. I also have a great love for music and dance. All of these outlets allow me to express myself in both outspoken and quiet ways, and when combined, they fill me to the absolute brim!

How would you describe your photography style? What inspires your work?

My style is very neutral with rustic elements. I choose to go this route as I love the contrast of a delicate baby next to a rustic piece. It allows the suppleness of the newborns skin to really stand out and keeps the focus on the baby. I am inspired by texture and light and allow these elements to guide me through my sessions. When working with older children you can usually find us in a open field, just before sunset, twirling around and having a good laugh.

What is one piece of advice you’d give to someone starting a newborn photography business?

Giving advice is not exactly my strong point, however, when starting out a newborn photography business I think it is so important to discover who you are as an artist, and what it is that inspires you before you even open the doors and start welcoming clients in. This will allow you and your clients to know exactly what they can expect when hiring you.

What camera do you use? What are your favourite lenses and what’s typically in your camera bag?

I currently shoot with a Canon 5D Mark II and a Fuji x100t depending on location and lighting. My Canon is basically my work horse and is used for every newborn session with a 35mm sigma art, and a 100mm canon macro. My Fuji is used a lot during in home lifestyle sessions as it handles the mix of indoor and outdoor light seamlessly.

What should clients expect when working with you?

When clients come to my studio they can expect a very clean and cozy environment. There is always soft music playing and coffee/tea waiting to be served. It’s a very calming environment, filled with soft natural light. During a newborn session we take things down to a slower pace and simply enjoy the experience of having a baby in our presence.

Canon 5D mark II, 85mm canon macro, F2.8, ss 1/250, iso 500.
Those tiny little hairs under his lip are sure to fall out, and likely in matter of weeks. Having documented them will allow Mom and Dad to always remember his tiny little differences.

Canon 5D mark II, 35mm sigma art, f2.5, iso 200, ss 1/160

Canon 5D mark II, 85mm canon macro, f2.8, iso 500, 1/250.
The creases of his fingers and the peach fuzz on his cheeks ~ time will change these features, documenting them will remind you of them……….forever!

Canon 5D mark II, 35mm sigma art, f2.2, iso 100, 1/125.


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Valentine Themed Photos

Written by: Amy Tripple and Heidi Peters

It’s that time of year when our thoughts turn to chocolate, hearts… and kisses. Valentine’s day is just around the corner and we wanted to share a few ways to mark the occasion.

These ideas are simple, quick and inexpensive. (Who has time to build a complicated set? We’d rather spend our time snuggling up with our loved ones!) Grab a few simple items from around the house and off you go!

1. Paper hearts

A couple of sheets of colored paper and a clear section of floor is all you need to make this simple scene. Bonus points: let your kids do the cutting – it will keep them busy and it’s great practice for those fine motor skills!

 

2. Hugs and Kisses

Cutest thing ever? Qute possibly. Put siblings together for a snuggle, or plant a big, wet juicy one on your little kid. We’ve seen this taken to extremes with babies entirely covered with red lipstick marks. And yeah, it’s actually really adorable.

 

 

3. Candy Hearts

Don’t know about you, but for us, seeing a picture of these little candy hearts triggers a sweet taste in our memories. So simple. So iconic. So fun. Available everywhere. Cheap. And you can eat them after they have been photographed!

 

4. Red Balloons

Kids. Love. Balloons.

 

We hope this inspires you to mark the day in your own way. Other ideas for simple props: fresh flowers, paper flowers, heart-shaped doilies, ribbons, chocolate hearts, valentine’s cards, red crayons, glitter or sequins!

Amy Tripple and Heidi Peters are award-winning photographers. Their work has appeared in Parents Magazine, US Weekly, People, The Chicago Tribune and Professional Photographer Magazine. They created Shoot Along to give themselves structure and accountability to capture their own families and decided it would be a great concept to share with other parents.

What began as a personal project has grown into a friendly and rewarding passion, offering support and instruction to parents on six continents. The goal of Shoot Along is to give parents the tools they need to document their families through photography.

Over 3,500 parents have taken part in Shoot Along since it started in 2014.

For more exciting information about Shoot Along, visit www.ShootAlong.com