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Meet the Spring 2020 APNPI Image Competition Judges!

Our Spring / Fall Image Competition is quickly approaching and we’d like to introduce you to our APNPI Judges! Judges have completed the APNPI Judges Training and are respected members of the industry spanning various styles and genres of maternity, newborn and baby photography.

Submissions are now open for all categories of our Spring/Fall Image Competition.  Want some support and feedback on which images would be good to submit?  Consider participating in our membership community group on Facebook to ask for feedback and critique! This is a great way to make sure your submission is ready and a wonderful way to experience image critiques before our image competition deadline dates.

We look forward to reviewing your submissions with our amazing judging panel!

Early Bird Submission Deadline:  April 7, 2020
Final Submission Deadline:  April 14, 2020

*Are you an accredited member of APNPI and interested in our judge training program? Email us at admin@apnpi.com

MEET OUR JUDGES FOR APRIL 2020

Dana Pugh is an internationally recognized, award winning family and children’s photographer who has been documenting families across North America since 2007. She was named the first ever NAPCP Child Photographer of the Year for her work in 2010. She has a quirky, emotional style that focuses less on her and more on the people who are in front of her lens. Most importantly, she is a mom to two amazing kids and a wife to wonderfully supportive husband. Together they enjoy traveling the world and experiencing new things. Dana’s studio is located in Okotoks, Alberta.

Bryan Caporicci – Bryan is an award-winning wedding and portrait photographer based out of Fonthill, Canada. In 2014, he was awarded his Masters of Photographic Arts (MPA) designation by the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC), making him one of the youngest Canadian photographers to receive this level of achievement. Bryan is the lead content creator at SproutingPhotographer.com and the host of the Sprouting Photographer Podcast. He teaches at workshops across North America, including industry-leading conventions and conferences such as WPPI, Shutterfest and Canada Photo Convention. Bryan is also the CEO and Founder of Sprout Studio.

Autumn Skoczen – I am Autumn, owner of Ellie Mellie Photography! I have been a photographer for 5 years, having found my passion for newborn and maternity work as the first stepping stones of what started my business. Editing is something I really enjoy, and can get lost in photoshop for hours out of pure enjoyment! We are based out of Cleveland Ohio, and offer not only photography but in-person newborn safety classes, shooting, editing and posing workshops and will host shootouts from time to time as well. I am the proud mom of 2 boys, Auguste and Atreyu (yes from never-ending story!) and am engaged to their dad ( after ten years together)…. to be married July 2020. <3

Simone Silvério – Simone is passionate about motherhood kids, family and everything
surrounding this universe being herself a mother of four and recently a grandmother.

Despite having had photography as a hobby since her youth Simone had a very
successful 15-year career in the financial market with a Business Administration
degree and an MBA from one of the top Business schools in Brazil and later an
Architecture degree from the top institution in Brazil.

Since taking up the activities of her studio and becoming a full time photographer
in 2010 she has photographed thousands of newborns, babies and pregnant women,
becoming a reference in the Brazilian photographic market with online courses
published, repeated participation in all of the major events and conferences,
workshops throughout the country and a published book, “Baby Photography -Passion
and Technique” released in 2017 that became a key reference for all photographers in
that field.

Simone is also one of the founders and the first president of the Brazilian
Association of Newborn Photographers -ABFRN and a Certified Professional
Photographer of the prestigious PPA – Professional Photographers of America as well as an Ambassador for APNPI.

Featured Photographer : Wendy Wastle


Located in Calgary, Alberta CA


Name: Wendy Wastle

Representing: Belliam Photos

# of Years Experience: 5


This beautiful little girl came to me right before Christmas and I was lucky enough to be able to setup a cute Christmas theme!

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

Kelly Brown and Ana Brandt, both are so incredibly talented I followed them for a long time. I picked up a camera and bought all of thier tutorials. I practiced on dolls and my own baby as well. I found them both on facebook, then instagram. I love their styles, so much so it truly inspired me to become a newborn photographer as well!

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

Make sure to do your training, watch as many online tutorials as you can. Ask fellow photographers if you can sit in on their sessions to help learn newborn safety. A lot of photographers offer one on one training, some charge some don’t. Until you are confident use an assistant for safety, could be a friend or the clients sometimes like to be involved as well.

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

I,m a Canon girl! My go to lens is the 24-70mm 2.8, it is versatile and I use it for 80% of my shoots! My camera bag is full! My second favorite lens is Aigma Art 85mm 1.4, the creamiest bokeh comes from that lens! I also couldnt do without my 50mm and 35mm. I enjoy using m 70-200mm for little kids and weddings.

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

I love my studio obviously for newborns! However for everything else I love outdoors! My favorite location is Bowness park. It is close to my home and has sooo many possibilities for different scenes and backgrounds.

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

I think what played a key role was having a proper space for my studio. Proper training really expanded my knowledge and improved my skills. When I did the APNPI, Kelly Brown and Ana Brandt courses it taught me so much I can see the difference in my sessions after the training. When I first started I didn’t know what I was doing, I didn’t know about safety or proper posing. Thank goodness there is proper training out there!

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

When I first started I lived in a small home. I had to setup and take down after every session. When we moved I made sure to have a nice space to build my studio. That helped tremendously! Once I became settled I became busier, I was then able to upgrade my lighting and camera and equipment.

What should clients expect when working with you?

My clients should expect a good time! I’m chatty and pretty easy going. A lot of clients when leaving tell me how easy the session was, how I made them feel comfortable and relaxed. I make it easy for people to relax and smile, kids usually warm up to me, I think I have only had 3 who refused to smile for me! I keep it professional! My in home studio is warm and cozy, new parents get to sit back and relax while I take beautiful photos of thier precious little one.

This little guy was a dream for his whole session! His name is Jai, what a sweet little boy he is!

Adeline, what a perfect delicate beautiful name for this little princess. <3

This mama had the sweetest sleepiest little girl. She happily cuddled and posed for me. Her mom and I chatted the day away. I love when you meet clients you just click with! I love being creative with props and matching them together. This backdrop was pink to start with, I decided to color match it as it looks much more cohesive and follows her whole session.

Shulin, hand some boy loved deeply by his parents.


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APNPI Image Competition – Autumn 2019 Results

We’re thrilled to announce our Autumn 2019 Competition Results!

Congratulations to our International Award Winning makers on their achievements in our recent round of competition. We are pleased to announce the following winners across the categories of Maternity, Newborn, Milestones, and Creative who have achieved Silver awards with scores in the range of 80-84, Silver Distinction awards with scores in the range of 85-89, Gold awards with scores in the range of 90-94, and Gold Distinction awards with scores in the range of 95-99.

To see the full listing of Award Winners, visit our results page HERE.

 

Newborn Category Placements

APNPI Competition 1st Place Winner – Newborn. “Cuddle Up” by Liana McCorkle

 

APNPI Competition 2nd Place Winner – Newborn. “Flower Child” by Liana McCorkle

 

APNPI Competition 3rd Place Winner – Newborn. “Dainty” by Marcela Limon

Maternity Category Placements

APNPI Competition 1st Place Winner – Maternity. “Grace and Beauty” by Liana McCorkle

APNPI Competition 2nd Place Winner – Maternity. “Profile For Two” by Liana McCorkle

APNPI Competition 3rd Place Winner – Newborn. “Dainty” by Marcela Limon

Milestones Category Placements

 

APNPI Competition 1st Place Winner – Milestones. “Beauty In Blue” by Rebecca Danzenbaker

 

APNPI Competition 2nd Place Winner – Milestones. “Garden Of Love” by Liana McCorkle

APNPI Competition 3rd Place Winner – Milestones. “Smile” by Liana McCorkle

Creative Category Placements

APNPI Competition 1st Place Winner – Creative. “Their Journey Through Grief” by Lizzie Gilmour

APNPI Competition 2nd Place Winner – Creative. “Green Eyes” by Liana McCorkle

Session Spotlight: Mademoiselle Madeline – Northern VA newborn photography session

The story behind this session…

I always love a session where I can try something new! Baby girl Madeline’s middle name is Iris, which was also her grandmother’s name. Madeline’s mom reached out to me prior to the session and asked if we could incorporate her husband’s back tattoo of an iris into a portrait with Madeline. After some research, I chose the pose that I thought would show off both the baby and the tattoo well. Dad was actually surprised to find out when they arrived that he would be doing a shirtless photo for this session, but he was a good sport.

It took longer than expected to pose Iris on his shoulder and his muscles are so big (LOL) that his hand could just barely reach her, but mom held his arm up at the elbow while we got her in position and then she spotted only a few inches away while we took the photos. I’m excited how it turned out!

I love this photo mostly because of the perfect framing! I used every corner of the frame to make this most of this closeup, taking care to ensure her feet and the bows remained visible. The leading lines created by her feet to her face make this image one of my top three from this session!

This is the same setup as the previous image, but taken from further back. I usually prefer doing monochrome styling for newborn props, but when I put the gray wrap and headband with the gray fluff (which I created from deconstructed yarn), it felt too masculine to me, so I switched it out for a white wrap and a headband of bows. That made all the difference! I call this one "Light in the Darkness."

Love the light reflection and the softness from the white faux sheepskin rug. She has the most perfect lips! Mwah!

Mom requested this prop from a photo in my newborn gallery. I try to showcase most of my props in my online portfolio so parents can share which ones they'd like to use for their sessions.

Love this "Popeye" smile!

I take way too many photos of baby feet! I'm obsessed with their little toes!

She was a grumpy bear in this setup, but I was able to smooth her expression a bit in Photoshop.

Dad was relieved to put his shirt back on. LOL! We actually did the mother/baby photos first to allow him some time to cool down after the iris tattoo pics.

Another photo that mom requested from my portfolio. Not in my usual rotation, but easy to take and edit, so maybe I need to add it!


Session by: Rebecca Danzenbaker Photography

Rebecca Danzenbaker is a photographer in Northern Virginia with over 10 years of experience photographing newborn babies, children and families. Her home newborn studio is located in her home in Ashburn, VA.
Rebecca’s photography has been featured in Northern Virginia Magazine, Front Porch Living magazine, and NewbornPhotography.com, among others. She’s had two images win first place in the APNPI image competitions! Rebecca work can be seen on display at Premier Birth Center in Chantilly, VA, South Riding Pediatrics in South Riding, VA, NOVA Birth Partners in Stone Ridge, VA, and the Inova Hospital System’s NICUs in Fairfax and Fair Oaks, VA.

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Featured Photographer : Kristin Frost


Located in New Albany, Ohio US


Name: Kristin Frost

Representing: KLFROST Photography

# of Years Experience: 21


Baby Elliana Rose

“Never give up and keep yourself educated!”

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?

When I am not at at session or editing, you can find me hanging out with my family or on pinterest. Right before my twins were born I was asked to photograph one of my friends babies, and ever since then and after each of my 4 babes were born I have been obsessed with capturing those fleeting moments for momma. Especially at the beginning of each babe, that time becomes fuzzy. Have those documented memories mean the world to me.

I LOVE capturing all things motherhood. I also specialize in Maternity, Babies, Children and Families.

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

I would describe my style as whimsical and classic with a luxurious, custom feel. I love bright colors, emotional connection and bringing in that extra layer to each session by incorporating their family blankets, lovies, something dad loves, etc. I enjoy keeping up with my education, taking online courses and researching new methods to make my art more unique and special for my clients.

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

Kath Vergara of KathV Photography has to be one of my favorites. Her use of color, texture and magical touch. I fell in love with her work after finding her on instagram – LOVE her art!

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

Never give up and keep yourself educated!

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

I use a NIKON 7200. My go to lenses are my 35mm and 18-140 3.5-5.6… other random items you will find in my bag: mints, pez, clothes pins, bubbles, a cat toy (to tickle little ones)

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

My indoor studio for shooting Newborns, using natural light and having all of my props accessories on hand. I LOVE being able to take care of momma; setting out coffee/tea/water, prepackaged snacks, creating a calm atmosphere for her to relax and enjoy as well as babe.

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

I graduated college in 2003 with a Bachelor in Fine Arts specializing in Photography. This helped me with the technical and artistic composition part of my training. I learned how to start & manage my own business through trial and error, lots of patience and online education. Taking courses online from elite professional photographers is what finally helped my art to go the next level.

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

I started my business while being a stay at home mom to three, under three. I owe so much to my friends and family that supported me through hiring me, allowing me to capture their heirloom images.

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

After my 4th child, who is now 4, came along I had to step back from Birth Photography and being full time. I knew that it was time to let that genre of photography go for a brief time, because I was no longer available to be on call 2 weeks before and after due date. I definitely felt God telling me to step back, keep part time hours and focus on your littles. Definitely the best decision I made.

What should clients expect when working with you?

My goal is to give each of my clients a luxurious & fun experience while I capture images that are joyful, unique, emotional, and beautiful.

Big Sister Little Sister

Grandma watching over her

Custom Vintage Star Wars

Simple and peach


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Colour Inspiration for your Newborn Photography Session

Written by: Jennifer Willard

Thinking about using multiple colours in your upcoming newborn session but don’t know where to start looking for inspiration?

You can find inspiration for fun colour combinations everywhere; Pinterest colour palette’s or your favourite painting, a decorative pillow or other home decor, your baby’s nursery colours, paint samples from the hardware store, a piece of scrapbook paper, a favourite shirt pattern, or crib bedding.  The possibilities are endless!

Every photographer will run their studio’s differently, some choose the colours for each session based on newly purchased props or the current colour trending in the newborn photography world.

In my studio I ask my clients to give me 2-4 colour choices that they love and then I create my sets based on their choices.  I do have examples of what previous clients have chosen and the resulting portraits as well as colour palette’s so they can see the possibilities.  If they are still stuck on colours to choose I encourage them to choose neutrals and one pop colour or to say something like Spring, Ocean, Summer, Winter, etc to give us a jumping off point to start creating our sets.

You have to decide what works best for you.  Some photographers love a very neutral colour palette or even just offer muted colours.  That’s wonderful and there are clients out there for everyone.  I offer both neutral colour palette’s as well as bold, beautiful colours (my fave!).

Let’s take a look at how you can incorporate colour into your newborn session with these fun colour themes and I encourage you to create your own with your images to share with your clients so they can see the possibilities for themselves!

Here are some examples from individual sessions where clients gave me a list of colours to use and the resulting portraits we created based on those colours.

It was great fun to create these sets for this beautiful little client based on her parents chosen colours.

I encourage you to play around with colour combinations and show your clients options available to them. Often clients will follow the colour trends they see in magazines. You have the opportunity to show them that unusual colour palette’s can be beautiful. By showing different colours in your portfolio you can have the opportunity to use different colours on future sessions and get your creative spark flowing. I know all too well that using the same colour trend over and over again (I’m looking at you Navy Blue and Grey) can make your creativity feel stale. By creating these colour inspiration guides for your clients you may be able to convince them that choosing a unique colour palette is the way to go! So get out there and show your client’s the colour possibilities!!

Jen is the owner and principal photographer at Jennifer Willard Photography. She loves creating beautiful portraits for her clients in Kingston, Ontario, Canada using bold colours, patterns and textures.

See more from Jennifer Willard at http://www.jenniferwillardphotography.ca

See more of Jennifer Willard at http://www.jenniferwillardphotography.ca

Featured Photographer : Amanda Yskes


Located in Calgary, Alberta CA


Name: Amanda Yskes

Representing: Hocus Focus Photography

# of Years Experience: 5


I find it an incredible honour that when friends and family members we've known for years and start families of their own join me in my studio and let me work some photographic magic on their brand new little ones. These two are twin sons to my husband's best man; we always joked that one of us would end up having twins!

Value yourself and your work. Put yourself first. If you are in good spirits, your business and work will thrive, and your clients will be happy.

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?

Children are my inspiration. The innocence of a newborn to the mischievous glimmer in the eye of a toddler; to stifle their playfulness is to steal the soul from the portrait. When I’m not photographing little ones, I am a mom at home. Being a mom myself keeps me in check, like the efforts clients go through to get to a session, how much they want their children to ‘just cooperate for once’. I get it. I hear my clients and I strive to bring calmness and assuredness to each session. My children are young, and so are most of the children that come to me from client families. We are all in a similar walk of life; in fact, I find it more awkward to photograph a teenager than a toddler, at this point!

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

Light is light. I love dramatic shadows; I love simplicity. I love letting the light trickle over my subject and pool in different areas to bring about depth and drama whilst maintaining the beauty and fresh elegance to a newborn portrait.

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

I’ve collectively fallen in love with photographs like Erin Tole, Charlotte Gamache, Jennifer Guntzman, Annie Whitaker, Meghan MacDonald, Marsha Pizzaro, Hello Little (Erin & Theresa Rouse) and Brianna Payne; looking at the portfolios of these photographers I believe you can find a few things most in common: dramatic lighting, simplicity, and details.

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

Be easy on yourself. Start small and work your way up. There’s no sense in working yourself into a hole before you’ve even started the climb. Bit by bit; perseverance will get you there. Value yourself and your work. Put yourself first. If you are in good spirits, your business and work will thrive, and your clients will be happy.

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

I shoot with a Canon EOS R. I shot with a Canon 5d Mark iii for years and it served me well, but I appreciate the lightweight and updated features of the new mirrorless camera. My lens of choice in the studio is my 50mm 1.2, but I’m also quite fond of my 135mm F2 (for outdoors) and my Sigma 35mm 1.4

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

My studio is my most favourite place in the world. It’s me, my style, where I do what I love, and it’s home. What more can you ask for? (Okay… maybe some more space for more props??)

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

I’ve taken several online courses for newborn posing; my skills developed very slowly as I gained confidence. I have never ever placed a baby in the path of danger; even in the midst of pressuring clients, I knew my limits and I knew what I was comfortable with. And even then, I waited. I finally attended a newborn posing workshop that helped me perfect those poses and am part of an ongoing group that continually adds content with new posing, better posing, and new/improved posing tools to increase the efficiency and safety of posing tiny newborn bodies.

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

When I first started I travelled to clients’ homes hauling massive rubbermaid bins of props and gear to photograph their newborns. When I started to outgrow that phase in my business (after about 2 exhausting years) I rented my first studio space. The overhead was extremely expensive and eye-opening. I realized that in order to afford something like this I would need to charge much more. But, in the midst of heavy business, I found myself overwhelmed. I ended up moving my whole family to a bigger house where I was able to have a studio in a bonus room, which is where we are today, and things have been getting better year by year. I’ve since switched from all-inclusive to in-person sales, where I have an ordering room and studio. Life isn’t as busy anymore; although I am low volume, I am able to equally balance family and photography life while still being paid for my time (more than I did before!) Of course, it doesn’t just happen. It’s a continual grooming of yourself and your brand, honing and fine-tuning your experiences for clients to provide a professional, experienced and knowledgeable experience that lets people know that 1) you know what you’re doing, 2) you’re going to do a great job for them, and 3) they’re going to be SO happy that they went with you!

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

Switching from all-inclusive sales to in-person sales is perhaps the biggest leap of faith I ever did for my business; getting fair return for the time invested into your business is critical. Whilst many photographers compete and get confused with what to charge, charge what YOU believe is fair to YOU. What will make you shoot this session today? What will make it easier for you to deal with whatever that client (might) throw at you? What amount of effort are you putting into your business, and are you getting fair return for that. Not just in the shooting and editing, but the efforts you put into finding clients and managing everything in between (and taking time away from your own personal life).

You don’t have to do in-person sales to “charge your worth”. But I think that in order to run a profitable business it’s important to be able to look in the mirror and say, “You are worth this. Your time is worth this. Your work is worth this.” Then get up and go get’em, tiger (or tigress!)

What should clients expect when working with you?

I’m going to listen. Listen to you. I’ll talk a little bit, but I want to hear all about the types of photos you love, what kind of experience you want, how you envision your images in your home, and what I can do to make your experience flawless. I have developed a flow in all of my sessions to keep them moving, to keep them engaging, and to keep the genuine expressions going and have the nerves fade away within just a few minutes of starting. I’m going to show you images that you thought were near impossible to capture, unless by some miracle. I’m going to (quite possibly) make you cry tears of joy when you see the genuine beauty of your family, your baby, your children in your photographs. And you are going to be so excited to take your images home and hang them proudly on your walls and feel those feelings over and over again for years to come.

Another baby to a friend of mine; we graduated from the same high school years ago! When I graduated, I had full intentions on becoming a freelance graphic designer. But after working a few years in the field, I learned that it wasn't the graphic design part I loved - it was the photography! And having babies of my own sparked that beautiful inspiration to follow and pursue a career in newborn photography.

One of my favourite parts of every newborn session is posing mom with baby; it's also one of my greatest regrets in life: not getting portraits done with my babies while they were newborns. So while I feel a small twang of jealousy when I see images like these, I also feel that strong urge of importance on how precious and beautiful photography really is.

I love monochromatic sets that let the trails of light paint the details throughout an image. One of my favourite tools is light; there is so much you can do with it. It can effect the mood, the emotion, and even the appearance of your subject in a photograph. It's a beautiful, incredible paint brush.

Simplicity. I adore it. There's just something about a baby on a simple backdrop with no distractions. So few elements to an image and yet so full of tiny, beautiful, intricate details of little baby hairs, wrinkly fingers, and soft baby lips.


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