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I am beyond thrilled and honored to have been selected as one of the six finalists in the National Association of Professional Child Photographer’s “Best New Emerging Child Photographer” contest! It would be an absolute DREAM to win this recognition and incredibly learning opportunity for me and YOU can help me make that dream come true! It all comes down to a public vote and at the time that I’m writing this I appear to be in second place by only about 150 votes!

Click HERE to VOTE for me!

I first became aware of the NAPCP through some photography classes I was taking and looking at websites of some of my favorite child photographer’s I noticed that many of them were members of this group. So I was thrilled when I was notified a couple of weeks ago that I had received a nomination for this award!

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Once I received the nomination I took a closer look at the details and oh my gosh look at this list of rewards to the one lucky winner!

  1. Expense paid trip to Atlanta, Georgia for an amazing experience. Our winner will spend time with the NAPCP team and the ShootProof team so we can celebrate them! This will include airfare (provided by ShootProof), plus lodging, meals, and live interviews (provided by NAPCP and ShootProof).
  2. NAPCP Membership– 2 Years
  3. ShootProofAccount – One Year
  4. Musea– One Matted & Framed Print of Choice
  5. Miller’s LabSignature Album
  6. FundyPro Account – One Year
  7. AnimotoProfessional Account – One Year
  8. One Hour Mentoring Session with Rob Greer– Photographer & SEO Expert
  9. One Hour Mentoring Session with Alice Park– Co-Founder of NAPCP
  10. One Hour Mentoring Session with Courtney Zerizefof Creative Homeroom
  11. One Hour Branding Consultation with Renee Swigert of Ribbons of Red
  12. Professional Hair & Makeup by Molly Toddand headshots by Alice Park Photography
  13. Digital Seal for Website – Best New Emerging Child Photographer 2017
  14. Promotion from NAPCPShootProof, and sponsors on all Social Media and online websites

I didn’t allow myself to become too excited because I know that they were receiving hundreds of nominations from around the globe but I did go through some day dreaming about “what if….”! And then last week I received the news that I was among a group of 25 photographers who had been selected as the semi-finalists for the contest!

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At that point it came down to the contest judges (Shannon Sewell – Shannon Sewell Photography; Barbara Griffin – Atlanta Celebrates Photography; Ali Nelson – Ali Makes Things; Ana-Maria Klizs – Bluebird Kisses; and Elizabeth Jacob – Babiekins Magazine). Their task was to select the six finalists from the group of 25 which brings us to today. Somehow I made this list of final six and now the public gets to vote for a winner!

What a crazy career impacting opportunity for all six of us and I am humbled and honored to be one of this incredible group! The educational opportunities and mentoring that come with the prize package is of such value to those of us who are just in the infancy of our child photography business. I am literally overwhelmed by just the thought of what this contest could mean for myself and my business.

In any event, I would love it if you would help turn this girl’s dream into a reality and cast your vote for Crow’s Nest Photography!

http://www.napcp.com/blog.php/best-new-emerging-photographer-voting/?contest=photo-detail&photo_id=22475

The link will take you directly to the voting page. Tap the “Vote Now” button. On the next screen enter your email address. The next time you check email, open the email from “WordPress” to activate your vote. Just a quick minute is all it takes to help a girl out!

Thank you so much!!!

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While you may be used to seeing mostly color from me, this post is all about my black and white lifestyle photography. My passion for creating lifestyle family photographs that blend into realm of fine art photography continues to grow and black and white photography is an important element to that growth. I work on my lifestyle art a little bit every day with my own children but most of my newborn work to date has been studio based. As you may have seen in December with my Christmas Magic Sessions, I am working to expand special lifestyle photography sessions to the list of services that I offer. I’ll be doing this slowly until my kids are both in school but in the meantime, I’ll be sharing some of my personal lifestyle work here on my blog. If you want to see more – be sure to follow me on Instagram as I typically post there on a daily basis.

Speaking of Instagram and getting back to the black and white lifestyle photography point of this post, this past month, I spent a lot of time @thecandidclass specifically focusing on my black and white photography. Good black and white photography can do so much to elevate a lifestyle image to a work of art. The contrast and depth of the image can be highlighted and an overall “mood” created in a way that is limited when you introduce color. Black and white images also invoke the sense of timelessness and can appear “classic” today as well as a hundred years from now.

Here are some of my favorite black and white conversions that I worked on this month. Some of these images were shot intentionally for black and white, some were shot with my iPhone and edited entirely on my phone, and some were applying new skills I picked up through the Candid Class with post-processing in both Lightroom and Photoshop. All are in keeping with my goal of capturing everyday life as beautifully as I feel it. I hope you enjoy and see the beauty in my black and white lifestyle photography as well!

Oh, and I’ve got a special surprise at the end of this post!  I’m taking part in a blog circle with some photographer friends of mine.  We’re linking to each other’s posts, so you can check out what they’re up to. This month, I’m linking to a fabulous family photographer whom I’ve gotten to know through Instagram who is sharing a session in the foothills of Boise.

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Thank you so much for viewing these black and white lifestyle photography images!

Oh and don’t forget to follow along the blog circle.  There’s a group of five of us this month, and next up is my friend Ulli of Das Photo Studio.  Click here to check our her blog post:  Family Photographer in Boise, Idaho


best lifestyle photographer orange county kc crow crows nest photographyK.C. Crow of Crow’s Nest Photography is a featured photographer based in North Orange County, California. She is one of the few photographers in the Brea – Yorba Linda area that offers beautiful lifestyle portraits with a little added magic. Her most favorite things to shoot are newborn and child lifestyle portraits with dramatic light and soft warm processing. K.C. is an on-location photographer with a preference for natural light serving the areas of North Orange County, including Brea, Yorba Linda, Fullerton, Placentia, Anaheim Hills, Anaheim, Orange, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, and La Habra. Fresh 48 Newborn Sessions are available at most Orange County hospitals and birth centers. For more information about K.C., click here. For pricing information, please visit our investment page. Click here to contact K.C. directly.  Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  • JuliaMarch 31, 2017 - 9:36 am

    These are all so beautiful!   I really love documentary photography ❤ReplyCancel

  • Kelly LMarch 31, 2017 - 12:13 pm

    Lovely black and white lifestyle session ReplyCancel

  • Alex PetersonMarch 31, 2017 - 4:39 pm

    Beautiful collection of black and whites!!ReplyCancel

  • UlliApril 24, 2017 - 9:30 pm

    So, so pretty! Love the black and white conversion and your documentary style! So happy to be in this blog cycle with you this month! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • […] following along on a fun photographer blog circle of talented ladies! First up is an awesome Lifestyle Photographer in Orange County, CA, called Crows Nest Photography, her black and whites are […]ReplyCancel

  • Emily YewchukApril 25, 2017 - 10:53 am

    These are so gorgeous!

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  • Michele N QuattrinApril 25, 2017 - 4:22 pm

    such lovely black and white imagesReplyCancel

Being an Orange County Child Photographer, on occasion there are opportunities for me to connect with my community and “give” to some causes that are meaningful to me.  The month of February is dedicated to raising awareness of Congenital Heart Defects in children.  To participate, I am providing some complimentary portrait sessions to families in Orange County with a child who suffers from a CHD and posting pictures of the sessions with the tags #paperheartproject, #CHDawareness and #hearthero.    Here is Paul and his family’s story.  They are warriors and they are heroes with strength I can’t even fathom.


Paul John Schubert JR was born on September 28, 2012 with a severe congenital heart defect called HLHS, essentially he has 1/2 his heart with the entire Left ventricle being non-functioning. We were told about comfort care. We were told he had maybe a 30% chance at survival. We pushed through not knowing the outcome, not knowing if we were making the right choices at the time. Lots of two steps forward, three steps back. Lots of tears and prayers and lots of hospital beeping and wires. Lots of day’s as parents we looked like zombies (before zombies were cool). All the while he crept into doctors and nurses hearts who started rooting for him instead of not wanting to look us in the eye because they never thought he would make it through the day. They couldn’t help but get attached and fall in love because he was “Schubie”. He was the doctors “Boyfriend”. He spent the first 8 months of his life in CHOC (Children’s Hospital of Orange County) while mommy and daddy juggled his twin brother Luke at home. Paul has had 7 cardiac catheterizations, 2 open heart surgeries with a 3rd planned for April 2017 a g-tube surgery and too many EKG’s, Echocardiograms, dosages of medications and doctors visits to even count! He is seriously one of the toughest kids I’ve ever met. He is my hero. He’s a pretty tough nut to crack only in front of a camera otherwise he’s a serious nut! I don’t understand the “why’s or how’s” of CHD and I thought I’d spend my time as a mom teaching my kids about the world around them, instead I teach the world about my child’s heart condition…& spread his story because each time I do someone else can learn about how he is 1 in 100. -Love Twin Heart Momma (Amber Schubert) & Daddy Paul Schubert and Twin bro bro Luke

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Be sure to view my CHILDREN’s GALLERY or my Instagram Feed for more eye-candy images of children!

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KC Crow, photographer and owner of Crow’s Nest Photography specializing in Fine Art Newborn and Baby photography in Brea, California….serving all of North Orange County including Brea, Placentia, Yorba Linda, Anaheim Hills, Villa Park, Fullerton, Irvine, Tustin, Orange, La Habra, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Buena Park.  Also serving South Orange County and parts of Los Angeles County and Inland Empire.

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This three month old portrait session with baby Tessa and parents was so special to me.  I have known Tessa’s mommy since Jr. High!  The Nayala family just moved back to Southern California about a month before Tessa made her very early arrival in this world.  Not even unpacked yet before practically moving into the hospital for the long haul, the transition was challenging to say the least.  Fortunately, Tessa is a crazy strong girl like her mother and after about a month in the hospital she was finally able to go home with mom and dad. 

Because Tessa was in the NICU for so long, by the time I was able to get her newborn portraits done even though still tiny, she was awake and stretchy (just look at those legs)!  There is a reason we newborn photographers recommend that you get your newborn portraits done within about 10 days of birth for the posed newborn portraits but all is not lost if you miss that window.  In this case, we did a second family portrait shoot when Tessa was three months old and I am just in love with how the images came out during her three month old portrait session.

So much love and fun in this family and it shows through within these family portraits.  You can’t see the struggle they went through to get this baby girl home but you can see the love that they have for each other and that they would do anything for this precious baby girl.

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Be sure to view the Newborn Gallery for more baby eye-candy images!

Interested in booking a Newborn Portrait Session?

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KC Crow, photographer and owner of Crow’s Nest Photography specializing in Fine Art Newborn and Baby photography in Brea, California….serving all of North Orange County including Brea, Placentia, Yorba Linda, Anaheim Hills, Villa Park, Fullerton, Irvine, Tustin, Orange, La Habra, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Buena Park.  Also serving South Orange County and parts of Los Angeles County and Inland Empire.

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What a magical Christmas season this has been for the Crow’s Nest! I hope you all are having a joyous holiday as well. I wanted to share some of my favorite images from my Christmas Magic sessions with you. These images have gotten quite a lot of positive attention on Instagram and the result has been a large number of inquiries about them and I wanted to get some information out to you in preparation for next year!

First off – the next week is a GREAT time to buy Christmas lights for your tree if you need them as if you can find them they are likely on sale with huge markdowns! You can never have too many lights on the tree for these photos and for best results you want to have warm incandescent lights with the green wire cover.   Ideally stay away from LED’s and colored lights for these magical portraits.

Second – I will open up booking for my 2017 Christmas Magic Sessions in September so please make sure you are following my Facebook page and/or Instagram feed as that’s where I’ll make my announcement. A week prior to the announcement I’ll send a private email invitation with priority booking information to all of my Newborn clients of the year (you can find a sample of my recent Newborn work here). I will hold a limited number of evening sessions from November 27th through December 15th. Upon booking, you’ll receive my Pajama Guide as well as instructions for making the most out of your session.

The heirloom sessions will include a 30 minute shoot at your home, five (5) digital images and a custom 2017 Christmas Ornament made using an image from your session. There will be the option to order Christmas Cards through me as well.

These Christmas Magic Sessions are so much fun to do and I look forward to creating some holiday photography magic with your kiddos in 2017!

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