I am so very excited to share with you the images that placed in the napcp (national association of professional child photographers) competition this past week. I nearly lost my mind when I learned that my image had made me an image competition winner in the Children’s category. This is the first time that I have received first place in a category in this competition. I have to admit, it feels wonderful. It’s an honour to be recognized by judges and an organization who I have a lot of respect for. It was also amazing to be recognized along with so many other photographers who I admire. So many from Canada (and Calgary) as well!
(April 25, 2013) – The National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) is proud to announce Julie Miller of Calgary, Alberta as a 2013 International Image Competition winner. Miller competed against thousands of image entries and claimed the first place spot in the Children category, with her piece “Soul Searching.” She also received a Recognition of Merit award for her piece “Love at First Sight” in the Newborn category.
Designed to recognize the world’s most successful child photographers, the NAPCP Image Competition called for images across a range of category subjects including Maternity, Newborn, Babies, Children, Siblings, Toddlers, Tweens, Seniors and Family. Image submissions were carefully judged by a blue-ribbon panel of experts based on impact, technical merit, composition and creativity.
As an Image Competition winner, Julie will receive a medallion, priority listing on the NAPCPdirectory, vendor endorsements, NAPCP member points, titles and professional recognition.
Additionally, Julie will be qualified to win NAPCP’s prestigious Photographer of the Year award which will be announced in the coming weeks.
For more details on the NAPCP Image Competition, please visit http://napcp.com/photographers/competition/.
For more information about Julie Miller, please visit http://www.jewelimage.ca
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valuable platform for seasoned veterans and rising professionals alike to share their experiences, hone their craft and raise their professional visibility.
NAPCP connects parents searching for child photographers with its members by providing a comprehensive directory and informative articles on what to expect from their professional photography experience. For more information, please visit http://www.napcp.com.
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FYI: No matter where you live in the world, you can go to NAPCP to find a reputable child and family photographer in your area. You can go to napcp.com and click on the top right for the parents category. On the right side of the page is a member directory where it lists all of the photographers who are part of this organization. You can then search by state, province etc… At the top of each section it lists the photographers who have received awards through NAPCP. You can click on each person individually and get their contact and website information. Once there you can click on NAPCP achievements to see a list of awards they may have received. Mine can be found HERE.
Happy Monday everyone!
It’s always so much fun to meet the new little baby after I have done a maternity session for the family. I am always so excited to hear the name, see the nursery and snuggle the little baby.
I have changed the way I have done newborn sessions in the past few years. I have gotten away from so much posing and have integrated more of a family feel to the session. It’s so cute to see other siblings interact with the newborn and see the adoring parents with their new addition. I love to see the family cuddling together and going about their everyday ”new baby” tasks.
The older sister in this family was adorable. You could tell she was old enough to really understand that she had a new brother. I am sure becoming a big sister was something that she had been dreaming of. She was so cute and tender with the little guy.
Being a part of welcoming a new life into the world is always something that I treasure. It’s fun to keep in touch with these little ones and watch them grow. I truly love what I do!
We ALL know that there is nothing more that mother’s love than pictures of their families. I truly, truly believe this. I can look at pictures of my kids all day. I look back and see how much they’ve grown, or maybe it helps me remember a certain moment, or past experience. I’m in love with each one for different reasons.
It’s funny how I look back though and really love the pictures I have of me with my kids. I never want to jump in a shot but I am so glad that there have been times that someone has made me do it. It’s amazing to see the natural connection and interaction that goes on between a family. It slows life down and lets us enjoy the moment and each other. I am so glad that my kids will always have these pictures of us together. I must make a point of doing it more!
Below are three different shots of me with some of my kids. Each one is special to me for different reasons. Some are professionally taken and some are quick iphone pictures!
The image on the left is one that you have most likely seen before if you’ve been following my blog for awhile. It was taken by Tara Whitney in California and is such a special picture to me. This kid is a wild man. He likes to push the limits and give me and Chris new challenges. He is such a loving little guy at heart though and I love how this quick picture captures it beautifully. I like the sand and water on his face and pure sense of love in his expression. I am so incredibly grateful that he will always have this picture of the two of us.
The middle image was taken by my friend and Calgary photographer Lindsay Nichols. She was able to capture some really sweet shots of my family in the freezing cold and I will be forever grateful for it. The fact that it was freezing just let us cuddle a little closer.
And the picture on the right was one that my husband took with his phone. There I am after a long day on the beach without makeup and a terribly embarrassing sun visor but guess what? I am so happy to have this image of me and my littlest man. It brings back all of the memories from that day and that trip and I love it. I also love how our hands are wrapped up in each other. The unconscious connections are what I really love most!
I have to say though, that if it weren’t for professional photographers, I would hardly have any pictures of me with my kids. I have gone on entire vacations without having one shred of evidence that I was there. I make a point of having professional family pictures at least once a year. I want to be sure that I have some pictures of me and my kids as well as our whole family together.
One last image I’ll share with you is another that my husband took with his iphone a few years ago. Thank goodness for iPhones! And husbands I told my kids that all I wanted for Mother’s Day was a chance to take pictures of them without hearing them complain. I think I like this picture because I’ve never actually seen one of me doing what I do. The action shots are always kind of fun.
SO, I have a good deal for all of you who want YOUR pictures with your family. This can include moms and kids, entire families, maybe the grandparents and the kids?
I am only offering this for one day and there are eight spots available. MOMS- you can can treat yourself to this, give a big hint to dad or tell the kids… just make sure that you get these memories with your sweet little family.
I look forward to seeing you May 25 for Mother’s Day Mini Sessions.