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A New Year 2020: What Are Your Plans?

2020 TPPA President
Jenny Eisenhauer

Let’s talk about where you are going this year and how you will get there. Do you know? Do you have a plan? If not, it is past time to prepare a business plan.

First, write down your goals and what you have to do to get there. Then transfer all of this to your calendar. While doing this, go to and check out all of the classes available throughout the year including Texas School, especially the ones that include business planning. Many photographers will agree that business planning is essential and will get you to where you want to go faster.

Many of these TPPA Events are smaller groups with varied skill levels where you can ask questions and network with other photographers in your area. The Texas School facebook page is hopping with instructor posts, people looking for roommates, and what to pack for a great week. Be sure to check out the party theme as well. It’s going to be a great year, so make plans to attend Texas School in Addison, Texas, April 26 – May 1, 2020.

Now that the New Year is in full swing and Imaging USA is over, I will take some time to call all of those clients who have told me, “Hey, I am going to call you soon to set up a session.” It is surprising how many families come back for a reorder after so many compliments from their holiday cards or family portraits. For me, this is a great time to check in with clients.

There are so many great opportunities to learn about photography in the next few months! The Texas Professional Photographers Association is committed to providing you with a wide variety of learning opportunities throughout the year at locations in and out of the State of Texas and there are some major changes for this year that promise to be exciting. So, start filling up that calendar and make TPPA a major part of your photographic experience.

Hoping you have had a great start to 2020!

All the best,
Jenny Rhea Eisenhauer
TPPA President

A New Year 2020: What Are Your Plans?2020-02-15T14:03:36-06:00

The President’s Message: A Joyous Season

Jenny Eisenhauer
2020 TPPA President

It’s the most wonderful time of year! The hustle and bustle all around us as people prepare for spending time with family and friends over the holidays can be overwhelming. Most photographers are trying to squeeze in just a few more family sessions, planning their own holiday break, or wrapping up their projects to prepare for the new year. But it is also a great time of year for photographers.

Speaking of 2020, what are your plans? Many of the most successful photographers will tell you that having a business plan was their ticket to success. You should be thinking WHEN to have studio specials, usually during your slow time of the year. You should be planning HOW to schedule your sessions so you are not constantly moving lights, backgrounds, and props in during sessions. You should also be evaluating your return on investments of new lights, equipment, and education. You should be focusing on marketing: who are your clients, what do they want, how will you deliver it to them? There is SO MUCH to think about, and yet, all are steps to your success.

The Professional Photographers of America will host Imaging USA in Nashville, Tennessee, January 19-21, 2020. I love being able to see so many familiar faces and meet new friends at this event. This is a great way for me to start the year and to learn some things that I am doing right. It is where I find trends for our industry so I can fine tune areas and goals to address in next year’s business plan.

Texas PPA has an exciting lineup of programs and events for 2020. The concept of “Texas 10 Workshops” has been expanded to include more of them throughout the year. These events are usually small groups where people can soak up information about almost any topic. Each one is an opportunity to put the pedal to the metal. The goal is to learn it, practice it, take it home, and work on it! These TPPA events are wise investments for any photographer. Plus, they are a lot of fun! For more information, go to the Texas PPA website at

The Texas School of Professional Photography is also just around the corner. In fact, registration for this event is coming up on January 3, 2020, at 11:00 pm CST. If you’ve never attended “Texas School,” you have missed out on a week-long event with 36 classes and about 1,000 other photographers. It will literally change your life!

2020 is going to be a great year for Texas PPA and its members. We are excited about some changes for next year’s calendar and new opportunities for our members.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your president for this year, I hope to see you at an event, guild meeting, or excursion soon!

All the best,
Jenny Rhea Eisenhauer
TPPA President

The President’s Message: A Joyous Season2020-01-27T19:35:32-06:00

The President’s Message: People Working Together

Ross Benton,
TPPA President 2019

It’s difficult to believe that my time as TPPA President is already drawing to a close!  It’s been an honor to serve as your president. During my time in this position, I’ve had the opportunity to work with some awesome people at TPPA, attend some great events and most importantly make some new friends. I have loved getting to know so many of my fellow photographers across the state of Texas and even beyond.

As my term draws to a close, I’ve been reflecting on the many experiences and people that have blessed me and I simply want to say in my final letter to you, “Thank you. I couldn’t have done this without you.” Working together, we’ve all become better.

In my career as a photographer, I have the opportunity to travel over a fairly sizable swatch of the state to photograph different things for different clients. Sometimes, a photo shoot is a one-person job. Other times, I need some reinforcement! Thankfully, I have found a group of five photographers who serve as my partners and supporters when I’m asked to photograph a larger event. They will travel to help me as needed and I will travel to help them. Not only do we help each other professionally, we also invest in each other personally. We learn from each other’s successes and failures and we talk with each other about our lives and families. Working together, we have all become better.

In the creation story at the beginning of the Bible, God delights in all He has made. One of the refrains in the opening chapter of Genesis is this: “It was very good” (Genesis 1:31). But when God created the first man Adam, He expressed a concern. “It is not good for the man to be alone,” He said (Genesis 2:18).  So, God made Eve. Why? Because He knew that working together, things go better. At the end of the Bible, there is a man named John who sees a vision of heaven. What does he see? “I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language,” John says (Revelation 7:9). John sees a huge crowd of people! Why? Because he knows that working together, things go better. The story of the Bible, from beginning to end, is the story of people working together.

This fall, we will have the opportunity to work together at the iHeart Photography Conference at the Grapevine Convention Center, October 11-13. If you just need some fresh inspiration and encouragement, there will be something there for you. If you’re a pro but you know you still need to grow, there will also be something there for you. If you’re looking to grow your business and learn some of the latest tricks and tools of our trade, there will be something there for you as well. For more information, and to register, just go to I hope to see you there because I know that working together, we can all become better!

Thank you again for the opportunity to serve as your president. Even as my role changes, my commitment to our industry – and to you – will not. I count it a privilege to call you my colleagues and my friends.

All the best,
Ross Benton
TPPA President

The President’s Message: People Working Together2019-11-19T10:42:20-06:00

The President’s Message: It’s All About “Family”

Ross Benton,
TPPA President 2019

One of the things I love to do over summer holidays is go to the lake. The water is cool, the sun is bright, the food is fabulous, and the people are precious. I always go to the lake with my family where we meet my “family.”

Here’s what I mean.

I’m a proud husband to Brandyce and a father to two. They are my family. But when we go to the lake, we’re not only together as a family, we also spend time with people who are “like family.” These are people with whom I can share my joys, my hurts, my fears, and my secrets. My family is a great blessing to me – but so are the people who are “like family” to me. The same thing is true for the people of my church. I’ve fostered many close and abiding friendships there and know that I’m surrounded by people who not only share in faith, but also care for me – deeply.

The New Testament often describes the Church as a “family of faith” (e.g., Galatians 6:10). Part of what made the Church so attractive in its early days was how it looked like a loving, caring family. A second century historian named Tertullian said of these people, “See how they love one another!”

Like the Church is a family of faith, our industry is a family of photographers. We are here for each other. One of the reasons I count it such an honor to be president of the TPPA is that our mission revolves around supporting not only the practice of photography, but the people who are photographers. As much as the art of our craft matters, how we relate to each other and care for each other matters even more.

To that end, I hope to see you at our iHeart Photo Conference & Expo, October 11-13, in Grapevine, Texas. In addition to sessions on photography, we will have excursions for photographers where you will be able to get to know others better and develop and deepen friendships that can expand your professional family. I also want to “thank you” for helping make our Summerfest seminar such a success. Our image competition featured over 560 entries! Thanks for all your participation and support. Hopefully, you were able to gain and glean some takeaways from Summerfest to better serve your clients this fall.

I’m looking forward to what this fall has in store. Thanks for walking with me in this journey. It’s been a great one so far!

All the best,
Ross Benton
TPPA President

The President’s Message: It’s All About “Family”2019-11-19T10:47:27-06:00

The “Texas 10” Workshops

The “Texas 10” is a series of photographic workshops that will be held throughout the state between late February and late March.

Workshops are taught by volunteer TPPA Members who are willing to share and promote the success of all photographers throughout Texas (and beyond).

These one-day workshops are offered locally to photographers of all skill levels. You do not have to be a member of TPPA to register for Texas 10 workshops.

Because many of the workshops are hosted in the photographer’s own studio, most of the workshops have a very limited capacity which also ensures everyone has an opportunity to work with the instructor and to ask questions.

Take one workshop or take them all! Secure your spot today in any of the Texas 10 workshops.

The “Texas 10” workshops are proud to be a part of the PPA Continuing Education System. PPA Members attending “Texas 10” workshops will earn one education merit for each workshop completed. PPA members earn merits to apply towards various degrees from PPA including the PPA Masters Degree and the PPA Craftsman Degree. To learn more about all of the benefits of PPA including the merits and degrees program, visit

The “Texas 10” Workshops2019-10-23T09:13:56-05:00

Free Webinar: So You Bombed at Image Competition?

So You Bombed At Image Competition?
What to do Next!

FREE Webinar for TPPA Members
April 8 at 7:30PM Central

Image Competition didn’t go as well as you hoped?  Then join IPC Jurors, Allison English Watkins and Rick Avalos and TPPA Member, Daniel Fermaint for an evening of ideas, input and inspiration to get you and your images back on track!

Allison English Watkins, Master Photog., Craftsman, CPP, has been passionate about creating heirloom portraiture for her clients for over 20 years. Nestled in the mountains of Park City, Utah, Allison’s boutique studio focuses on creating timeless fine art portraiture that capture the unique style of each family. Creating heirlooms that generations to come will treasure is one of Allison’s main priorities with her photography. Her love for her own family is what generates her passion to celebrate all families.

Rick has been practicing his craft for over 41 years. He has lectured and judged images on the regional and national level as well as in Mexico and Spain. Rick’s photographs have been displayed at Disneyworld’s EPCOT Center, Photokina in Cologne, Germany and in Korea at Imaging Asia. In 1992 Rick was awarded the Master of Photography degree and in 1994 the Photographic Craftsman Degree from the Professional Photographers of America. The Photographic Craftsman degree was awarded in 1994. He holds the Photographic, Educational, and Service Fellowship degrees from the Professional Photographers of Colorado.

Daniel Fermaint is a TPPA Member with a story of redemption in Image Competition as he took an image from a 77 all the way up to the Loan Collection.  Read his story in The Photographer Magazine.

Register Here


Free Webinar: So You Bombed at Image Competition?2020-04-02T14:51:20-05:00

Birds on the Brain

High Island
Saturday, May 9
12:30pm to 7pm


Birds on the Brain
Hosted by Aileen Harding

Learn how to photograph birds for Print Competition.

We’ll meet at the Original Lercy’s in Winnie for an educational lunch where we’ll learn all about location, lighting, composition, behavior and technique in Bird Photography.

Then we’ll head to one of the top 10 Birding Locations in the country! The Smith Oaks Rookery on High Island has four large decks directly across from the Rookery. Roseate Spoonbills, Snowy Egrets, White Herons, Tri-Colored Herons and Neotropic Cormorants are present at the Rookery.

They’ll be busy with the mating and nest building season. See them at their very best…the breeding plumage is gorgeous!!

You will be responsible for lunch at Lercy’s if you choose to eat, as well as an $8 day fee, or a $30 fee for a season pass payable in cash at the Kiosk before entering the Rookery. Be sure to bring a Tripod and a long lens. (minimum 400mm recommended.)

This workshop will cover:

* Where to Go…How To Find The Best Locations
* Bird Behavior…Anticipating the Shot
* Exposure Compensation… How and Why?
* Birds in Flight
* Have the ability to properly compose your images
* Techniques for Print Competition

TPPA Member Registration – $89
Non-Member Registration – $129
“Join and Go” Registration – $184


High Island, TX
Lercy’s, Texas 124,
Winnie, Tx
and Smith Oaks Sanctuary
2205 Old Mexico Rd,
High Island, Tx, 77623

Meet TPPA Member, Aileen Harding
When I look through the lens of the camera, I see so much more. Becoming aware of the light, the composition, and the tone of the world around me from a photographer’s point of view has opened up a world of beauty and possibility that thrills me. And birds are my absolute favorite! Watching their mating dance, how they greet one another at the nest, all their interactions, makes me realize how human like their behavior can be. When I slow down and study the birds, listening to their song and the wind in the marsh grass, there is peace. I can’t imagine ever putting my camera away…

Birds on the Brain2020-03-14T15:15:49-05:00

From Flowers to Fine Art

May 9, 2020
9am to 4pm

From Flowers to Fine Art
Hosted by Teri Whittaker

Come join us as Teri explains her different lighting strategies and lighting sources (for example:  window light with reflector or perhaps just ambient room light).

Her background options will be discussed (which might be poster board or a wall). She will also share how she uses the color wheel to make her color choices for the subject matter, background, and borders.

Teri will also explain her post production process and will share how to make a solid digital mat as well as a “textured” digital mat.  Then, after Teri gets done talking, we will have fun photographing flowers and doing the post processing to make our ‘works of art’!

Teri’s Class will also cover:

  • Taking on a personal project
  • Where to buy flowers
  • What to use for backgrounds
  • Techniques to consider for post processing
  • How to create a digital mat

TPPA Member Registration – $89
Non-Member Registration – $129
“Join and Go” Registration – $184


5407 Girnigoe Drive
Houston, TX 77084

Meet TPPA Member, Teri Whittaker
Contrary to most photographers’ history that she hears, Teri did not grow up with a camera in her hands. She was well into adulthood when, out of desire to accomplish a specific goal, she started researching cameras and lenses that would help her accomplish her mission.
Teri has primarily used her camera to create people portraits and photograph weddings; however, while undertaking a daily project that lasted 14 months, she found, along the way, that she developed a love for photographing flowers.

During her project, Teri discovered that her photography improved due to the commitment to photographing something daily…..photographing something just for herself. In fact, once she recognized that her photography was improving, it almost became an obsession. She explored lighting options and lighting setups that she had previously rarely, or never, used. Her photographic style was solidified as she experimented with various types of backgrounds and color harmony. Because she got tired of trying to find things that were interesting enough for her to photograph around her house, she latched on to purchasing flowers and having multiple days’ worth of subject matter. With this Teri stepped into the world of fine art photography.

Teri is an award winning photographer. She received her Certified Professional Photographer designation in 2011 and received her both her Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degrees from the Professional Photographers of America.
Additionally, she has served on the Professional Photographers Guild of Houston (PPGH) board since 2012 and currently serves as PPGH’s 2019 Executive Director. Teri also is currently serving on the 2019 Texas Professional Photographers Association as a Councilor-at-Large.

Teri is a wife, a mom, and a mia (her grandmother name as she did not want to be called grandma). She and her family have had the opportunity live in places such as Alaska and Africa, and to travel much of the United States.
These days Teri primarily does general portraiture (people and pets), …….and…..photographs a whole lot of flowers….

From Flowers to Fine Art2019-12-17T10:45:39-06:00

AT&T Stadium Photo Shoot

May 18, 2020

This is an unprecedented opportunity to photograph inside AT&T Stadium. This landmark home of the Dallas Cowboys has granted an extraordinary exception to TPPA to allow participants to photograph throughout the stadium without the usual camera and lens restrictions.

This event takes you throughout the stadium to find the best images, the best angles and the best exposures.

This is not the usual tour of the stadium, this is truly a photo session with rare access throughout. Bring your camera and a tripod and be prepared to come away with some breathtaking images.

TPPA Member Registration – $49
Non-Member Registration – $79
“Join and Go” Registration – $144


Location: AT&T Stadium in Arlington

AT&T Stadium Photo Shoot2020-01-09T23:54:54-06:00

Photographing Newborns A to Z

Cypress, Texas
May 22nd
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Newborns A to Z
Hosted by Alison Montgomery

In this workshop you will learn how I style and prep for my sessions, what to do when the family arrives and you will be able to photograph the poses. I will talk you thru the poses as I do them and show you my workflow. We will also do some wrapping and you will get to practice 4 basic wraps to use in all your sessions.

After lunch I will show how I cull and edit my images and discuss how I present them to the client for the upsell. We will spend some time talking about Marketing and finish with a Q & A session.

Workshop participants will learn:

  • Instructing Mom prior to session to have the best session
  • Creative Marketing Ideas
  • Working with the you have no matter what size
  • Things to do for getting more bookings in the first year
  • Unique product offerings for the upsell.

TPPA Member Registration – $89
Non-Member Registration – $129
“Join and Go” Registration – $184



15119 Waverly Canyon Ct

Cypress, Tx 77429

Meet TPPA Member, Alison Montgomery

I am Mom to 2 amazing young men, Joshua Aaron and Caleb Joseph and wife of 29 years to the love of my life David. I am so in love with my new babies, my 2 Yorkie’s. Kaylee 10 and Charlie a rescue. In my spare time of which there is way to little, I love spending time with my boys, reading and taking cruises.

Photographing Newborns A to Z2020-03-13T11:56:35-05:00