NAPCP Inspired

I am incredibly honored to share that I have been chosen as one of the NAPCP Feature Photographers for the INSPIRED Magazine January Issue.

Each month the NAPCP features a handful of Photographers around the world. These images are submitted from both Members and Non Members, all within a certain theme.

The January Theme is Leading Lines

I immediately thought of this image that Vironica and I created together. Her ballet training and passion led to the most amazing lines underwater.

Congratulations to Fellow NAPCP Member and friend, also featured with a stunning Leading Lines image, Jennine Coosaia. Her use of filtered light in this image is absolutely stunning!

NAPCP Inspired Magazine January 2020 Leading Lines Theme 
Featured Artist Renee Stengel Photography Charlotte Underwater Photographer
Leading Lines Features by NAPCP Members Renee Stengel and Jennine Coosaia.
We didn’t end this session until both of us were absolutely at the point of exhaustion. She is a ballerina, a certified scuba diver, a swimmer, a model, a photographer, and an absolute delight to work with. We laughed, we cried, we worked hard, we pushed each other creatively, inspired each other to go further than either of us ever had.
And the results… were pure magic!

INSPIRED Magazine

INSPIRED Magazine was the first Print Publication to feature my work. My Nighttime ballerina was chosen as a NAPCP Feature for the June 2019 “Low Light” issue.

I honestly thought I was going to fall over and have an asthma attack. It was a huge goal to be published in 2019. I had been featured locally in SCOOP online, but to see one of my Underwater Images printed in such a prestigious Photography Magazine, a NAPCP Feature. I was blown away.

NAPCP INSPIRED Magazine Low Light Theme Featured Artist Renee Stengel Photography Charlotte Underwater Photographer
Low Light Features by NAPCP Members Renee Stengel, Bella Wang, and Pam Bell.
My beautiful ballerina was absolutely magical.  Her form was perfection and I nearly gasped when I went under to compose this shot.  Her fingers and toes, even her skirt, everything in perfect order.  The night sky was pitch black and the only light we were using was the single pool light, forming a perfect silhouette.

Water

And then the next month the theme was Water! Of course I wanted to submit!! But I worried that since I had one image featured in June, that I wouldn’t be considered for July. And so, I fretted.

I kept getting messages. Friends were seeing the announcement for the Water Theme. They wanted to make sure I would be submitting.

My insecurities were building!! What if I didn’t have an image chosen?

I felt like many eyes were on me and I was getting nervous.

Then, I happened to notice on the NAPCP website that they take submissions for articles for the publication.

Go Big or Go Home

So, in typical Renee Fashion, I was down a new Rabbit Hole.

I was insecure about submitting one image. So I submitted an entire article and TWENTY images! Ha! Welcome to my world friends!!

This is SO ME! If one thing seems scary, why not get past it by doing something three times as scary!!

And so. I wrote an article about what is like to get started in Underwater Photography and the Inspiration behind my Underwater Art.

Let’s Dive In

It was an incredible honor when Inspired Magazine published my Feature Article titled “Let’s Dive In”. It included 15 photos across 10 pages in the July 2019 Water Issue.

NAPCP INSPIRED Magazine Feature Article "Let's Dive In! Underwater Introduction and Inspiration" by Renee Stengel Photography, Award Winning Underwater Photographer based in Charlotte North Carolina
NAPCP INSPIRED Magazine Feature Article “Let’s Dive In! Underwater Introduction and Inspiration” by Renee Stengel Photography, Award Winning Underwater Photographer based in Charlotte North Carolina
NAPCP INSPIRED Magazine Feature Article "Let's Dive In! Underwater Introduction and Inspiration" by Renee Stengel Photography, Award Winning Underwater Photographer
Underwater Magic – NAPCP chose one of my favorite images of Bayleigh for a full page photo in my article on Underwater Photography for the July 2019 Issue of Inspired

It is always such an honor to have my work featured, particularly in a print publication. But when it is a publication that is so well respected within the Photography Industry it truly blows me away to be included…

NAPCP

The NAPCP is the National Association of Professional Child Photographers, based in Atlanta, Georgia.

I am proud to be a Member, a local Charlotte Ambassador, and now a three time Contributor to Inspired Magazine among such a talented group of Professional Photographers.

The NAPCP Community has been a critical part of my developement as a photographer and, in particular, as a Creative Entreprenuer. It has been invaluable to have so many amazing photographers who have been in this business for years longer than me willing to answer questions, offer support, and provide education to the Members of the group.

The Community

Our local NAPCP Community is small, but growing! I love gathering with other local Members for coffee or Photo Walks. I am a part of many Photography groups, but knowing there is a certain standard associated with NAPCP has given me the confidence to jump in from the beginning with the understanding that anyone who is a Member is on a path similar to mine.

What does that knowledge do? Well. It pushes me and encourages growth. Keeps me humble. It keeps me moving! Because I know I am part of an organization where I am a small fish!! So I have a long way to go to get to the top any time I am in a room with NAPCP Members!

Thank YOU

For all of the words of support and encouragement along the way. Thank you.

None of this would be possible without my incredible Team, Tribe, Clients, and Friends!!

RENEE STENGEL Photography | Charlotte Underwater and Portrait Photographer |
NAPCP INSPIRED Leading Lines Featured Photographer January 2020
Leading Lines ~ January 2020

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