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Baby's First Year and Beyond

Looking Up Photography – Newborn Master Photographer Certification


Congratulatory fellow photographers and clients have asked me about this, so I thought I’d share a brief blog post about this recognition. I also wanted to tell you a bit about what makes up the application process.

First off, as soon as I found out about the National Association for Professional Child Photographers‘ (NAPCP) Master Photographer Certifications, I knew certification was a primary goal for me this year. NAPCP is an association of professional photographers who are recognized in the child and family photography industry. The association’s members include some of the best across the more specific niches within child and family photography.

According to NAPCP, “The NAPCP Master Photographer Certification Program rewards NAPCP members by acknowledging their excellence in the craft of professional photography. The NAPCP evaluation panel are constantly reviewing hundreds of images submitted in portfolios before awarding Mastery certificates in each category.”

To start, I painstakingly put together a portfolio of Newborn Photography imagery. I included some of my favorite photographs in the portfolio, in addition to the best technically proficient images that were so important for scoring purposes. I asked questions. I checked in with industry peers, as well as friends and loved ones. I checked my portfolio and checked it twice to be sure it met the incredibly detailed requirements. I am pretty sure I held my breath when I finally pressed that “Submit” button! I couldn’t wait to receive my results. Does anyone else hate to wait as much as I do?!

What an honor it is to now see my name among the other Master Photographers. Some feedback I received from the judges included, “Beautiful portfolio! Displayed a wide skill set in newborn posing and lighting while adding fun elements to enhance interest to the images. Well done!”

This was and is such a wonderful opportunity and accomplishment for me. And I have to say… it felt awesome to have a creative outlet like this – especially this year.

To NAPCP, thank you!

NAPCP Mastery Certificate of Newborn Photography, Karen Kahn, NAPCP Master Photographer Newborn Seal
newborn baby girl with strawberry blonde hair sweetly sleeping on an ivory flokati, wearing an ivory bow on a stretch headband for newborns

newborn wrapped in taupe and placed on an open knit blanket on top of a taupe colored flokati in a basket, baby clasping hands together
sleeping newborn with a head full of red hair wrapped in an open knit ivory blanket on a woven white background, baby wearing a big white flower headband with pearl flower center
smiling mother with long dimensional blonde hair cradling her newborn who is wrapped in a loose knit gray blanket
father with a salt and pepper beard wearing a white tee closing his eyes and smiling as he holds his newborn daughter who is wearing a twine and rosette headband and wrapped in an off-white stretch wrap with lace trim, the image is contrasted by a black background
beautiful multiracial family of four smiling at the camera, mom is holding up their newborn who is wrapped in a dusty blue swaddle, soft blue and pink family color palette for photos
gorgeous backlit portrait of a new mom and dad looking down at their newborn baby who is wrapped in a dusty blue blanket, white oxford shirt, white eyelet shirt
NAPCP Master Photographer 2020 seal


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