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APNPI Image Competition – Judging Event Broadcast

 

Have you ever wondered how images are judged?

Come join us for our Accreditation Judging Event!  Follow along as our qualified judges provide critique and suggestions for improvement on our most recent APNPI Accreditation Submissions. Learn invaluable tips to improve your imagery from industry experts with an eye for detail. 

On Wed May 8, we’ll be airing our pre-recorded Image Competition Judging Event.  You’ll have access to the replays for 24 hours.

Best of luck to all of our members who have submitted their images!

 

Our Judges for Round One of the 2019 Image Competition…

 

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.

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

 

Julia Kelleher is a Nikon Ambassador, WPPI and PPA Master, PPA Master Artist and APNPI Ambassador. In business 13 years she specializes in newborn, children and family portraits out of her retail studio in Bend, OR. She is a seasoned judge and print competitor, having won multiple prestigious awards from all over the world. She is a passionate educator, teaching creatives how to strategically run their businesses with profitability and efficiency, while at the same time helping them balance family and personal obligations. She is a marketing guru, having helped multiple studios grow from in-home start-ups to 6-figure retail companies with steady, loyal clients and systemized processes.

 

Lisa Digeso is The owner of Milk & Honey photography & founder of The Milky Way ~ a Photographers Resource. As a photographer she has 10 years of experience working with tiny newborns, focusing and teaching on safety, posing, lighting & business. The Milky Way is the creator of The online Retreat Series, & The Joyful Photographer. Lisa loves to encourage, empower and educate photographers to create the business, Art & loves of their dreams. Lisa lives in Kamloops BC, white her hubby, son & 3 Maine coon cats.

Featured Photographer : Kristina Fainstein


Located in Menifee, Califórnia US


Name: Kristina Fainstein

Representing: SteinArtStudio

# of Years Experience: 8


I do believe in magic.... Dream it !!!

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

I love SONY since I was a kid. I simply feel that helps me do magic 🙂 Usually, I use F1.4/85mm, F2.8/24-70mm, F3.5/35 mm, F2.8/70-200mm, and macro (love all of them)

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

Most of my sessions are in studio, but I love to go outdoor as well.

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

I took AnaBrandt classes, and still life member there. Went to Belly Baby Convention, Baby & Kid Convention, and other mentoring clasesses.

What should clients expect when working with you?

Years goes by, but my soul keeps the child in it. As a child I loved to do all artistic things that were fulfilling my heart and soul with joy. I love to paint, I paint Disney characters on my girl bedrooms walls. That feeling, when you master some beautiful and amazing results, I have with my photography sessions. In each session I add a big part of my artistic side, not just taking pictures. When parents show their emotions when they see final result of their babies portraits , there is not more satisfying thing for an artist.

You will never have this day with your children again. Tomorrow they will be a little older than they were today. This day is a gift, breath and notice, smell and touch them , study their face and little feet, Pay attention, Relish the charms of the present. Enjoy today, it will be over before you know it...

Once you bring kids into your world, it's not about you anymore.....

I grew to understand that people don't always build walls to keep others out. It's done out of a necessity to protect whatever is left within....

Every day, in a hundred small ways our children ask: Do you see me? Do you hear me? Do I matter? Their behavior often reflects our response...


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Featured Photographer : Neelam Vyas

Name: Neelam Vyas

Representing: Neelam Vyas Photography


Since childhood i have been doing rangoli(traditional Indian decoration and patterns made with ground rice during Diwali) and that time i did not know that one day i will become a newborn photographer.... and now today i thought of combining this Indian traditional art with my newborn photography.And I loved every bit of it. i used hand painted canvas as background and used chalk for drawing patterns. I can say i have put my heart into this picture of a newborn. I live and breathenewborn photography and my passion is growing day by day.

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 Neelam Vyas, an Engineer by profession and a photographer by passion. Multiple hours of professional photographic training, focussed self study and best of all, years of photographing newborns, children, families, and maternity have made me the photographer I am today.I first discovered my love for photography upon the birth of my second child when I just wanted to “capture the memories”. As I photographed my child’s glorious smiles and wrinkly expressions, his increasing curiosity with our world, and his delightful discoveries, I realized photographing these moments was my passion. I realized that the result, the actual photographs, are a timeless gift of wonderful memories that we can make for ourselves and our children.Today, I pursue photography professionally. As a parent myself, I love to capture the bond, the most meaningful moments, what the parents feel for their child and the child’s reciprocation and delight in the most natural way. I’ve got the best of camera and lens and am confidently creative with props. I’m skilled at posing and lighting. Take a look through my photo gallery to see what I can do for you and your family.

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

I love creating different pictures with simplicity yet with colors…my pictures are original and I think of different ideas and create something new every time. My son who is 5 year old was my inspiration for my work …and now everyday life inspires me to create new ideas with Indian traditional touch.

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

Kelly Brown …I love her timeless pictures with minimum props. I came across her in Creative Live, Facebook and Online Website.

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

Practice Practice and Practice…every day its a new story every day baby is different. and be confident about yourself as even newborn babies feel the vibes.

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

5D mark 4 Canon24-70mm for newborns and studio pictures200mm F2 favourite for outdoors100mm f 2.8 macro

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

My home studio and sometimes at client’s house.

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

Belly Baby and Beyond 2017 CaliforniaIn person newborn photography training by Erin Elizabeth.In person training with Amy McDaniel in Newborn studio light and natural light workshop.

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

I started my business 3 years before. I was going to a nearby maternity hospital and use to give one free complimentary pictures to parents and show others if they are interested to buy. It gave me lot of experience working with 2-3-4-5 days old babies.

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

Here in India parents don’t come out of the house before 40 days for shoot…but this is what I wanted to overcome and I use post every day a newborn picture which I use to click at maternity hospital and right now over a period of 3 years parents come to my home studio with 15 days old babies.

What should clients expect when working with you?

They will best quality pictures , comfort zone as I have home studio, friendly enviorment and latest props all over the world and highly equipped home studio.

Newborn photgraphy with ancient indian art...Warli Print...!!!Yesterday i was painting a canvas for newborn photography. since the canvas was brown , i was struck with an inspiring idea to incorporate the ancient indian art of warli painting with my newborn photography. Warli art is the siganature art form of the warli tribe located in north maharashtra near the borders of gujrat. This art form is thousands of years old.So i commenced by drawing warli motifs and made cut outs according to the theme and colour. Finally the picture turned out the way i intended.The motifs of women around the child symbolize the eternal protection and love showered by the mother onto the child.
Peacock is the National bird of India and I have used the feathers to incorporate the pictures and Canvas background is hand painted by me.
I love the way they look at me and talk with their eyes.
My favourite picture...his smile makes my day.

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Kelly Lumley – Accredited APNPI Newborn Photographer

Babies are the boss, infant photographer discovers

Written by: Carl Hnatyshyn

Originally Published by: Sarnia This Week on December 31, 2018

Petrolia newborn and maternity photography Kelly Lumley, who in this picture is standing in her studio, recently received international certification from the Accredited Professional Newborn Photographers International.

 

A Petrolia-based newborn and maternity photographer has received recognition as well as some highly sought-after accreditation from an international photography group.

 

Full-time paramedic Kelly Lumley – who spends much of her spare time taking pictures of ‘babies and bellies’, as she jokingly refers to, in and around her home-based Petrolia studio – has been given the certification of official newborn and maternity photographer by the Accredited Professional Newborn Photographers International (APNPI).

 

With the honours, Lumley becomes one of a handful of photographers in Southwestern Ontario to have received such accreditation.

 

“It’s a hard thing to obtain,” she said. “Sometimes it takes three or four times to get accredited for either newborn or maternity, so I was pretty happy to pass my newborns but when I got my maternity passed as well I was over the moon.”

 

The newborn photographers association is hoping to professionalize and standardize the increasingly lucrative world of infant and maternity photography as well as promote safety by vetting and judging photographers around the world, Lumley said.

 

“They’re trying to promote quality in the newborn industry for parents,” she said. “So it’s a place where we as photographers can go and build our skills and promote ourselves and for parents it’s a place to find out who is reputable and who is around.”

 

A self-taught photographer whose well-kept basement studio is a cornucopia of adorable props, tiny infant headdress, colourful newborn clothing as well as vivid, vibrant and flowing maternity gowns, Lumley first got bit by the newborn photography bug by chance, over eight years ago, when her then-infant son had a serious brush with illness soon after he was born.

 

“Our son, Scott, got very sick and we almost lost him,” she said. “We were in the hospital in London and after we knew he was going to be okay, I looked around (the ward) and said to myself ‘there are a lot of babies here who might not be coming home’.”

 

“For some of these people, all they had left was the baby’s blanket when their baby went into surgery, so I realized then that there were a lot of parents out there who needed pictures. This is how you make memories,” Lumley added. “I’d always been a creative person, but never quite found the right outlet. Then I got a good camera and learned how to use it. So that’s what got me started on this path.”

 

Initially Lumley did several newborn shoots a year – generally focusing on infants aged two to six weeks old – the whole time honing her photography skills through online courses, poring over training books and attending seminars when possible. As the years rolled by, interest in her side-business grew exponentially to the point where she was holding 50 to 60 newborn photo shoots in a year.

 

In 2018 alone, Lumley photographed 80 babies.

A large part of Kelly Lumley’s business comes from newborn photography, with photos of infants aged two to six weeks.

 

With experience comes wisdom, Lumley said, as she became much more knowledgeable about how to deal with the often-finicky and fidgety newborns.

 

“It’s funny – the babies are the boss,” she said, smiling. “You can’t make them do something if they don’t want to do it. So you need a lot of time and patience. It’s been a lot of learning over the past several years. And over the course of the years, you find out what works and what doesn’t. The babies will let you know.”

 

Sometimes parents bring cherished items or outfits to the newborn photo shoots but more often than not Lumley has to create things from scratch, which involves quite a lot of preparatory work.

 

“Sometimes parents will have a sentimental object like a blanket that somebody’s created for them or a teddy bear, and I’ll get to see it first and I’ll create a set-up around that,” she said. “Otherwise it’s stuff that I have here in my studio. And there are also trends in the industry – you’ll see certain ideas trending. Right now we’re into the pastel colours, neutral stuff. Clean and classic – that’s kind of the way it is.”

 

When asked if a newborn baby shoot is a quick pop-in, snap a few pictures and pop-out again type event, Lumley laughed.

 

“No, no, no,” she said, laughing. “The parents come here and they feed the baby. Then I get them wrapped up in a little outfit, bundle them up and then we get props, parent shots. A typical session is about three-and-a-half hours.”

 

And how does she keep the focus of a newborn during one of these sessions?

 

“It’s just little things you learn over the years,” Lumley said. “White noise, keeping it very warm for the infants, wrapping them up. And just being calm – if you’re feeling stressed they’ll feel it too.”

A large part of Kelly Lumley’s business comes from newborn photography, with photos of infants aged two to six weeks.

 

A few years ago, Lumley decided to expand her photography business to encompass another emerging market – maternity photography. It was a decision of which she has no regrets.

 

“A lot of women don’t feel comfortable when they’re pregnant because they gain a lot of weight and they’re exhausted,” she said. “So I actually have a collection of gowns and it’s so funny to watch the women to come in. Once they put the gowns on, it’s almost like they become a peacock. It’s showing them that they’re beautiful, which they are both on the outside and the inside.

 

“It’s actually quite inspiring to see,” she added.

 

Although busy with a full-time job as well as her photography business, Lumley said she wouldn’t want it any other way. The now officially certified photographer finds joy in the fact she can provide parents and parents-to-be with cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

 

“Just creating those memories for the parents is probably the most rewarding part of all this,” she said. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had emails from moms telling me ‘I’m sitting here at the computer in tears looking at these beautiful pictures of my baby’. Seeing the joy you give to those parents is something so special.”

 

For more information about Kelly Lumley Photography, visit her website at www.kellylumleyphotography.com or her Facebook page.

APNPI Accreditation – Judging Event Broadcast – April 2

Have you ever wondered how images are judged?

Come join us for our Accreditation Judging Event!  Follow along as our qualified judges provide critique and suggestions for improvement on our most recent APNPI Accreditation Submissions. Learn invaluable tips to improve your imagery from industry experts with an eye for detail. 

On Tuesday April 2, we’ll be airing our pre-recorded Accreditation Judging Event.  You’ll have access to the replays for 24 hours. There are 16 applications that are being judged ON April 2nd. That video will be available on the 2nd (sometime before 10pm) however may be delayed due to software rendering.

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

*** A big Thank You to our Competition Judges, who judged the overflow of Accreditation submissions today, in Round 3 for the Feb 5th deadline.  To learn more about them, please visit our competition blog post HERE. ***

Our Judges for this round…

 

Patricia van den Bogaart – Specializes in fine art newborn photography that is pure, exclusive and timeless. Available in studio and location, working with natural light only.

Newbornphotography workshops & mentor focussed on quality not volume

Workshops & mentor van hoog niveau gefocust op kwaliteit, niet op volume

Bronze award BPP Germany
Silver Qualification the Netherlands
International Portrait Photographer of High Performance

 

Robin Long – Robin Long is an APNPI Qualified Newborn Photographer and Ambassador,
Multi-Award-Winning International Photographer, Speaker, Teacher and Author of the book, “Natural Newborn Baby Photography,” translated into five languages.She has captured Newborns and Motherhood portraits over the past 14 years and has educated
hundreds of aspiring and seasoned photographers all over the world.

Robin’s work is recognized in the industry by her woven-in-the wombapproach with an emphasis in capturing “womb-like” characteristics of a newborn baby that exemplifies the complexity of God’s masterful creation.
“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
Psalm 139:13-16

 

 

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.

 

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 : Abrah Zion


Located in New Bedford, Massachusetts US


Name: Abrah Zion

Representing: Miss Z Photography

 

 

# of Years Experience: 8


This little girl was a much wanted baby. After several tries and a miscarriage, this rainbow baby was born.

“Take as many courses as you can. Try to get some hands on experience with in person classes and workshops. Make sure you have your EIN number and insurance and put safety health above everything else.”

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?

Like a lot of other newborn photographers, my oldest daughter was my inspiration to get into newborn photography. I’ve always loved photography since I was little, but once I held my precious baby in my arms, I knew I had to take classes so I could take gorgeous photos of her. At first, I believed it was just a hobby. But I fell in love with capturing the special time in a family’s life and I went on and took more courses, applied for my EIN number, bought insurance and became a thriving photography studio. Besides newborns, I also do maternity, birth, babies, toddlers, children and families.

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

My work is very fun and whimsical. While, I also include simple setups/photos in all of my sessions, I also have a couple of fun setups as well. I like people seeing my work and giggling with joy at the cuteness of the setup. love including setups that mean something to each family – whether it’s dad’s favorite sport team, mom’s favorite movie, etc. The families I work with inspire me. I customize every session – I sit down with each family for a consultation beforehand and we plan it out. I get really excited when they tell me things they love – it challenges me to come up with adorable setups. Then at their ordering sessions, when they cry at the work I’ve shown them, it warms my heart and keeps the spark going.

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

Anne Geddes was my first inspiration. I just remember seeing her books and calendars back in the 90’s and falling in love. I loved the whimsy and fun that all of her photos represented. Then I found Kelly Brown and Ana Brandt. They are my inspirations for having a great workflow, learning to safely pose newborns (I took 2 in person workshops with Ana Brandt and did several online classes with Kelly Brown) and creating gorgeous works of art.

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

Don’t expect to be perfect over night. Just like everything else in life, it takes practice. Take as many courses as you can. Try to get some hands on experience with in person classes and workshops. Make sure you have your EIN number and insurance and put safety health above everything else. Don’t rush anything. When you first start out, you’re not going to be able to do a “froggy”. That’s ok. Concentrate on the simple poses. With practice and perseverance you will get there! Don’t give up! Also, don’t compare yourself to others. Only compare yourself and compete with yourself.

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

I shoot with a Nikon D750. My favorite indoor lenses are my Sigma Art 35 mm 1.4, my Nikkor 50 mm 1.8 and my Nikkor 105mm 2.8 macro. When I’m shooting outdoors, my Nikkor 70-200 mm 2.8 and my Nikkor 85 mm 1.4 are my favorites. In my bag, I always have an extra SD card and an extra charge battery.

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

The majority of my sessions are held in my 950 square feet studio. I find for newborns, it’s the best place as parents get to relax on my couches, enjoy coffee, tea, water, snacks that I provide and I can control the temperature in the room, the lighting, etc. In the summertime, I do a lot of family sessions and maternity outdoors. I enjoy those as well. I love doing them during golden hour and getting the gorgeous warm lighting.

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

I have taken 2 in person workshops with with Ana Brandt, I’ve also done two 1:1 mentoring with a local newborn photographer. In addition I’ve taken online workshops and purchased online videos with Kelly Brown and Meg Bitton.

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

I officially started my business in 2011. From 2011 until 2014, I wasn’t seeing much money at all. I was a shoot and burn photographer at that point. However, in 2014, I started doing IPS and it was a huge game changer for me. I started offering gorgeous and unique products and offering a full service – meeting ahead of time for a consultation to plan out the sessions, then after the sessions having an in person ordering session to help the families choose the best photos and the best products for their needs. As soon as I switched to the IPS business model, my profits soared. Though, it’s more work to do consultation, in person sales, placing products orders, etc. as oppose to just sending them a gallery, it has made a tremendous difference in my profits and has also helped to set me apart for the majority of photographers around me.

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

I’m a bit of a “propoholic”. So I struggle with storage of all of my props. I finally turned my spare bedroom at my house into a storage room for my off season props and that has helped a lot.

Finding time to balance work and my family has also been a challenge. While it’s still an ongoing challenge at times, I’ve hired assistants to help alleviate the load.

One of my biggest challenges was when I made the switch from shoot and burn to IPS. I lost a lot of clients and it was devastating to me. But then I started gaining new clients that appreciated my dedication to my work, the personalization and the high quality products I offer. All it took was patience and working on reaching my ideal client and realizing that not everyone is my ideal client.

What should clients expect when working with you?

I customize everything so my sessions are just what my clients are dreaming of. I meet with each client in person to discuss everything from their hobbies, their work, their favorite colors, and the colors of the walls in their home so that the photos I create are just what they have envisioned or even better. I have a very relaxed atmosphere and a fully stocked studio so clients just need to bring me their adorable babies and food. I supply everything else. Parents can watch as I do a adorable poses with their babies, or they can relax and nap on my couches. My aim is to make everyone 100% happy with their experience and their photos.

Sesame Street is such a classic kids show. It was an honor to create a theme with these adorable identical twin boys.
The mom wanted something girly and she loves pearls.
These twins were so much fun and made the perfect little gentleman and little lady.
I love when dad's have tattoos. When I saw dad with all of his, I asked him if he'd take his shirt of for a photo. He was a good sport and agreed.

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