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FAA Part 107 Prep Course

FAA Part 107 Prep Course
Hosted by Robert & Kathy Norwood

Saturday, April 24, 2021
10am to 5pm

Drones are a hot item with photographers today! But unlike most aspects of photography, drone photography requires a government license. This course will teach photographers the rules and regulations required by the FAA to successfully pass the Part 107 FAA exam.

Capt. Robert N Norwood has been a pilot with American Airlines for 30 years. He holds an ATP with type ratings on B-777, B-767, B-757, MD-11, and B-727. With over 36 years of aviation experience, Robert has successfully navigated the ins and outs of the FAA regulations and test taking.

We will cover the 5 main subject areas of the test. This include regulations, airspace classifications and operating requirements, weather, loading and performance, and drone operations.

A sample test will be administered to prepare the participants to take the Part 107 exam upon completion of this course.

FAA Part 107 Prep Course2021-01-22T14:29:36-06:00

TPPA Image Competition Awards Presentation

April 24, 2021
8:30 PM

Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel
15201 Dallas Parkway
Addison, TX

Join TPPA at the Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel, home of the Texas School of Professional Photography, for an evening of celebration and honor.

TPPA will recognize the winning images and their makers from the TPPA Annual Photographic Competition.  There are several awards up for grabs, so be sure you enter the competition.

We will also recognize our recipients who have earned their Fellowship degrees as well as announce the winner of the coveted PPA National Award.

The Celebration is open to all TPPA Members and guests and admission is free.  You do not have to be registered for Texas School to attend.

TPPA Image Competition Awards Presentation2020-11-06T16:17:30-06:00

Texas School of Professional Photography

One week that will change your career.

The Texas School of Professional Photography is unlike any other photo education out there.

What makes it different is the fact that you spend the entire week with one instructor in one class.  This provides you with a deep-dive into that instructor’s world in how they approach the craft.

Texas School offers 34 classes with a wide range of studies from a host of world-class instructors. Texas School is NOT a showcase of speakers where you sit and listen for 90 minutes with 1500 others in a ballroom.  Instead, you spend 5 days with your chosen instructor in a small class environment where you get hands-on with the latest gear and photograph models or work on your images or build your marketing assets.

Texas School is also unique in that it balances an intense week of study with a healthy dose of fun.  You work all day, but the evenings are for networking with photographers and vendors, letting your hair down on the dance floor, getting together in small groups to share ideas and ask questions or practicing the new skills you learned during the week.  No matter how you spend your evenings, you are immersed in the world that is Texas School and the culture of success.  All evening entertainment and all evening meals are included with your tuition.

Texas School features the largest photographic Trade Show in the south with over 60 vendors.  This incredible turnout of industry professionals will help you prepare for success  and adds value to your Texas School experience.

To learn more about Texas School and to find out why it is “The Best Little Photography School in the World, visit

Texas School of Professional Photography2020-11-06T16:18:36-06:00

Road Trip to Caddo Lake

Uncertain, TX – May 17
Hosted by Bill Hedrick

Uncertain, Texas?  Now you may be asking yourself, “Don’t they know where this is going to be held?” But the answer is as unique as the landscape in and around Caddo Lake.  Uncertain, Texas is the name of the tiny town that serves as the gateway to this unique environment.

Join The Photographer Magazine Editor, Bill Hedrick, for a photographic wonderland of Spanish moss, wildlife and bayous as he hosts this outing to Caddo Lake.

Participants will have the option of booking an evening excursion on the lake, or a morning excursion or both.  Registration for this event does not include the cost of the boat trip(s), nor the tip for the guide.

Participants will also visit the historical town of Jefferson, Texas.  With its small town charm and eclectic shopping,  Jefferson is not only picturesque, it is also a popular destination for tourist looking for an escape from the big city.

Lodging, Boat Tours and guide tips are not included in the following registration fees.

TPPA Member Registration – $49
Non-Member Registration – $89
“Join and Go” Registration – $144

Road Trip to Caddo Lake2020-11-24T12:52:38-06:00

Road Trip to Red River New Mexico

August 2-4, 2021
Explore the Enchantment of Northern New Mexico

Registration only $149 for TPPA Members


Join Steve and Jacqueline Kozak as they host this unique road trip to Red River in northern New Mexico.

Part workshop, part photo walk and part vacation, this trip promises to be an experience of fun for photographers and families.  TPPA has partnered with the Professional Photographers Association of New Mexico to bring you this very special event.

Red River is a mountain town located in the lush Carson National Forest about 30 minutes north of Taos. The summer temps are glorious and the location is perfect for any number of day trips for exploring the history and scenic beauty of New Mexico.

Our itinerary is full of opportunities to photograph in this diverse region.  From mountain forest to desert landscapes and from exploring historic Taos on foot to high mountain vistas by train, this adventure has more than enough to keep you photographing at every turn.

©Alison Carlino

Monday – We will spend most of the day in and around Red River photographing the sights around town. You will find beautiful images of the flowers, humming birds, architecture and the river.  We will also gather nearby for some natural light portrait tips and a short program to help you get more out of your camera.

Time permitting, we will also photograph the beautiful Palisades and tour the Vietnam War Memorial.

After dinner, we will visit the Wild Rivers Scenic Area for some edgy photographs (pun intended).

©Steve Kozak

Tuesday – We will make a short drive over to Taos to experience the Taos Pueblo. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years. You will also see the San Geronimo Chapel which was completed in 1850.  Enjoy a little shopping or getting a tasty treat at any of the quaint little shops located in the Pueblo.

Adult admission: $16 per person
Students (11 and up, includes college with ID): $14 per person
Children 10 and under: Free

Then, it is off to downtown Taos for lunch and a walking tour for photographs of its beautiful architecture. We will also take a short drive to the Rio Grand Gorge Bridge and visit the historic San Francisco De Asis Church.

©Bill Hedrick

Wednesday – We get up bright an early for a drive to Antonito where we will board the Cumbres and Toltec Railroad.  This memorable trip takes you through a diverse landscape with some of the most beautiful views of Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado.

Once on the train, you can make your way to the open air car and photograph from either side of the train.  You will enjoy listening to the docents explain the history and the stories of the landscapes.  The train arrives in Osier, CO where you will enjoy a wonderful lunch with all the trimmings plus dessert, before you board the train to complete the trip to Chama.  After arriving in Chama, we will board a bus which will take us back to Antonito.

Click here to watch a feature story on this great adventure from CBS News.

This is such a wonderful experience and will be fun for the entire family.

There are a variety of trips and options to choose from.  Our group trip will be:

Trip #2
Antonito to Chama by train / return to Antonito by motor coach
10:00am – 5:30pm


Lodging Details

We will be headquartered at the Lifts West Condominium Hotel in downtown Red River.  Lifts West offers a wide range of lodging options from hotel rooms to three bedroom condos with full kitchens.  We have arranged a nice discount on rental rates when you call 575-754-2778 and use the code, TPPA.  These discounted rates are not available with online booking.  You must call in to secure your reservation and these rates.

Type of Room / Discounted Rate
Hotel Room     $67 plus tax/night
1 Bedroom Condo   $117/night
2 Bedroom Condo   $150/night
3 Bedroom Condo   $170/night

You may also elect to find lodging on your own.


TPPA Member Registration $149
Non-Member Registration $199
“Join and Go” Registration $244

Road Trip to Red River New Mexico2020-11-23T21:16:36-06:00

I Heart Photography Conference & Expo

October 15-17, 2021
Grapevine Convention Center

We know you LOVE photography. That is why we hope to see you at the I Heart Photography Conference and Expo October 15-17, 2021 at the Grapevine Convention Center.

The I Heart Photography Conference features three days of programming for photographers of all skill levels and with a wide range of interests.

In addition to the regular conference programs, we have a lineup of “hands on” Excursions that take place on Friday. Bring your camera and be prepared to work side by side with a coach who will guide you through the process of creating outstanding images.

The Expo at I Heart Photography is open Saturday and Sunday and is free with your registration. Can’t make the conference this year? Read on to find out how you can get a Free “Expo Only” pass from Arlington Camera.
Registration for the conference is $139.

From landscape photography to pet portraits and from sports action to concert photography – we have your interests covered. We even have a trade show with industry leaders such at Canon, Sony, Panasonic, Tamron and more.
Grab your ticket and join us October 15-17, 2021 at the Grapevine Convention Center.  Learn more.

I Heart Photography Conference & Expo2020-11-06T16:22:49-06:00

City Nights and Holiday Lights!

Join TPPA for an evening of fun, photography and hot chocolate.

City Nights and Holiday Lights!
Steve Kozak, Host

When: Wednesday December 8, 2021
Time: 5:30pm – 9:30pm

Cost: $49 for TPPA Members

Join Steve Kozak on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 from 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM in the heart of downtown Grapevine for an evening of night photography and holiday cheer with this hands-on workshop. “City Nights and Holiday Lights” is designed to help photographers learn about how to capture great images at night and techniques for capturing holiday lighting displays

5061About the Workshop:

Photographers will meet in downtown Grapevine and Steve will begin by discussing some tips and techniques for taking night photographs. Participants will receive notes which will provide some suggested exposures for many unique lighting situations. After the short discussion, participants will walk through the streets of Grapevine to photograph the spectacular lighting and decorations throughout the city.

Steve will discuss the importance of proper white balancing to produce accurate, vivid colors in your night images.

IMG_3476He will also discuss the proper metering and measurement of light when photographing a building that is being lit with floodlights and a building that is decorated with holiday lighting.

What to bring:
Monopod (optional)
Small pin light flashlight
Wide angle lens (17mm to 28mm)
Warm gloves and hat


This workshop is sure to raise your skills as a photographer and the quality of your images as you discover:

  • Capturing great exposures for night photography
  • Getting the color right in night images
  • How adding flash to your night images can create interesting effects
  • What to avoid in taking night time images
  • Creating interesting special effects with night time images
  • and much more.

Cost: $49

Wednesday, December 8th
5:30 ………….Meet in designated area in Grapevine
7:30…………..Break for A warm beverage
9:30…………..Workshop Ends

City Nights and Holiday Lights!2020-11-06T16:34:09-06:00

The President’s Message: ‘Tis the Season

Jenny Eisenhauer
2020 TPPA President

‘Tis the Season

Texas is experiencing it’s first real FALL at the appropriate time for the first time in years!  Thank you for the change up 2020~

As photographers wrap up fall sessions, schools and sports, and are about to jump in full throttle to the Holiday Season with Christmas Card and Santa sessions, I would like to ask, “How are you?”

How ARE you?

Photographers, usually being small business owners, have seen the best of times and the worst of times in 2020.  We have ridden the wave, been sucked under, ridden high, and paddled our way through unprecedented times.  Please take a moment to congratulate yourself on MAKING IT to today!

Whether you have “pivoted” (I hate that word), found another job, hired help, changed focus, took a break, or just SURVIVED the last 6 months, WE ARE HERE. We have made it to today! Today is a day to be celebrated.

November and December are typically the busiest and best time for photographers as families celebrate together and share with others.  I hope this is true for you. May your calendar be booked.  May your phone only ring with qualified clients. May your sleep be deep. May your computer be fast and secure. May your memory cards be full of smiles. May your planning be wise.  May you be more productive than you have been in months. May your hand sanitizer be like the loaves and fishes and just keep on pumping.

Our industry is filled with people who love our craft, who excel and share their knowledge, and those who choose to be heros every day. I am thankful for photographers like you.

It has been a pleasure to be your President through this tumultuous year.  Writing these articles remind me that we all need a positive force in our lives to encourage us when we aren’t able to do that for ourselves.  I hope you have met someone in the TPPA Family of Photographers who can be your cheerleader.  What a joy it is to see each other at events and get these positive “bumps” along our year.  For me, these bumps happen in January @ Imaging USA, February @ TPPA Image Competition, April @ Texas School, and October @ iHeart Photography Conference.  I have missed seeing you and it is my prayer that I will be able to see you all soon! Good news: Texas School Registration will be here before we know it! Mark your calendars for January 3, 2021, at 11:00 pm.  Texas School 2021 is April 25-30.

May we see the end of the 2020 Covid-19 quarantine season and celebrate together soon!

All the best,
Jenny Rhea Eisenhauer
TPPA President

The President’s Message: ‘Tis the Season2020-10-27T13:26:03-05:00

The President’s Message: It Was The Best of Times…The Worst of Times

Jenny Eisenhauer
2020 TPPA President

Sophia Lane, a past Texas School instructor, posted on her Facebook page this week, “What has been the best thing AND the worst thing for you since the start of COVID?” For me, the best was the fact that the family now eats at home. Sure, I could say I love to cook and we eat near gourmet meals (or did at first when we could find meat to buy at the store) or maybe that we enjoyed saving money from not grabbing quick meals while racing from one event to another. Honestly though, it is sometimes overwhelming to know that two teenage boys are expecting to NOT be hungry at the end of the day, and I prefer that they not mow through six boxes of Lucky Charms each day. But we are together, at home, and sometimes they cook for me. Life can be pretty darn amazing.

So, if the worst part of this “2020 Pandemic” could also be the best part of the pandemic, how are you managing? Have you taken time to refocus, rework, and possibly change your business model in these changing times? Have you used this time to update, revamp, or catch up? Did you find yourself keeping the computer off and spending time with family, cleaning, and making improvements on your home and studio?

My hope for you is that you are not just surviving, but thriving. 2020 may be the year of the pandemic but it may also be the year of the family. More people have purchased bikes, gone camping, spent time at the lake, started home improvement projects together, learned to play an instrument, gone on day trips, and spent more time with their family than probably ever before. May we as storytellers be ready to etch these moments for all time. May we be mentally prepared to do our best for our clients. May our skills be sharp, our equipment be dusted off, and our batteries be charged.

I have come to hate the word “pivot.” Seeming overused in these changing times, it doesn’t do justice in my mind to our industries business owners. Some have planned for such a time as this. Others have been imaginative with how to boost sales online. Many have lost weddings, events, and volume business as people just can’t be together. Whatever your situation, now is a great time to reach out to your TPPA fellow members and ask questions, find solutions and make adjustments to your business to prepare for the future.

Wishing you joy and peace as we all do our best to navigate these trying times.

All the best,
Jenny Rhea Eisenhauer
TPPA President

The President’s Message: It Was The Best of Times…The Worst of Times2020-10-27T13:24:55-05:00

The President’s Message: I Don’t Know My Name

Jenny Eisenhauer
2020 TPPA President

I was sitting on the couch recently with one of my kids while perusing YouTube Videos and we stumbled across the “America’s Got Talent” audition with Grace VanderWaal. You may have seen it by now… the little girl with the Ukulele who sings “I Don’t Know My Name.” It is a song with a story of trying to find your way. In some way, we as photographers are much like this young woman, trying to ride the trends and find the very popular wave that will take us THERE.

The song is beautiful and the truth behind the reality is that sometimes it takes awhile to find ourselves when we hang that “OPEN” sign on our photography business door. Heck, many businesses find they need to revamp, reinvent, or check their trajectory even if they are a solid company. Your story as a photographer may change through the years but holding true to your goals, even if they change, will give you a sense of purpose and plan through it all.

If the words above strike a chord with you in any way, please consider attending the Texas School of Professional Photography coming up Sunday, August 30 through Friday, September 4, 2020. More than 1,000 photographers will call this place home for the week and it truly is a coming home for many of us. Whether last year was your first year or this is your 50th year, there is such a sense of camaraderie, enjoyment of learning, awe of understanding, expanse of knowledge, intensity of sharing, and outpouring of support. But the best part is the welcoming of the first timers!

If you know me, you know my heart for Texas School. This year feels like a coming of age for me because it is my 21st year to attend the school. My Texas School friends have seen me graduate from college, get married, have kids, and make some of the best memories. Texas School friends have also seen me open a business, review my business plan, and we’ve had too many conversations to count about marketing, volume photography, and “what if I did this…”

I didn’t know my name the first few years of my photography business. Many thanks to those of you who have helped me find my way.

In addition to the Texas School of Professional Photography, Texas PPA has many other great events coming up including workshops, day trips, and even a three day event in New Mexico. Please check our website at for events that are happening in your area. We have a new calendar with all new events!

See you soon at the best little photography school in Texas, TEXAS SCHOOL!  I would love to meet you there, so please catch me and introduce yourself.

All the best,
Jenny Rhea Eisenhauer
TPPA President

The President’s Message: I Don’t Know My Name2020-09-01T17:14:51-05:00
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