Member Mentor Series

From Flowers to Fine Art

Houston
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

 

Location:
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….

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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

 

 

Location:
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.

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Street Portraits Workshop

San Antonio
Saturday, May 23, 2020
8am to 5pm

One Soul at a Time: A Path to Capture the Essence of a Human
Hosted by Dennis Kelley, CPP

Ever wondered how someone became homeless or ended up living on the streets?  What’s their story and how many hands have touched their soul before their defining moment?  Follow Dennis as he teaches his philosophy on capturing unique story-telling imagery of homeless people. Discovering how to capture and tell a person’s untold story can be a challenge to yourself, both socially and mentally. As a photographer and artist, creating an image in which the viewer will feel the hardships of the subject can be even more challenging. Learning to challenge yourself is a critical process in taking your photography to new heights.

In this workshop, you will be guided to find your inner extrovert in an unforgettable experience of living and breathing photography on the streets in the culturally diverse San Antonio, Texas. In addition to the philosophical aspect, you will also learn about ethical boundaries and the legal aspects of street photography. Dennis will show you how to safely approach and interact with strangers to effectively capture their story. You will also learn what should be in your gear pack to give you character-defining light and much more. Everyone has an untold story… it is our job as artists to reveal the soul.

Dennis will cover:

  • Extracting the story/character development
  • Boundaries/Legal aspects of street photography
  • Essential gear
  • Approach & interaction
  • Character-defining lighting techniques

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

 

 

Location:
10828 Gulfdale St., San Antonio, TX 78216

Meet TPPA Member, Dennis Kelley, CPP
Dennis Kelley is an award-winning, published professional photographer who lives in San Antonio, Texas. He loves all genres of photography but focuses mostly on sports and wildlife photography.

When Dennis was a child, his father worked as a photographer for the National Weather Service in Oklahoma.  His father’s stories and images spurred his interest in photography. After growing up using film cameras and many hours in the darkroom, Dennis originally pursued photography as a hobby after entering the police academy. After 20+ successful years in law enforcement, Dennis decided to retire and continue his pursuit of photography as a full-time professional. Dennis enjoys volunteering his time to several organizations, teaching others, and is always looking for the opportunity to capture the true beauty of nature and life. When not behind the lens, Dennis enjoys mountain biking, kayaking, music, and his greatest treasure… his 13-year-old son.

Dennis’ work has been recognized at local and state print competitions, being awarded the “Texas Top 10” for consecutive years.  His work has also been accepted into the prestigious PPA “Loan Collection,” been awarded the PPA Gold and Silver Photographer of the Year, and a Grand Imaging Awards (GIA) finalist.

Dennis currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Professional Photographers of San Antonio and is the Organizer of Capture San Antonio Photography. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of the Incarnate Word. He earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences from Texas State University and a Master of Science from Sam Houston State University.

Street Portraits Workshop2019-11-07T10:22:34-06:00

Two-Day CPP Study Class

Two-Day CPP Study Class

San Marcos – September 11-12
Friday, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

We would like to see you get certified and we are going to help you!

Join Steve Kozak for an exciting two-day prep class to help you prepare for taking the “Certified Professional Photographer” exam. Steve is not only a “PPA Approved CPP Instructor”, he is also the author of the “Preparing for PPA Certification” study guide.

This live class takes you step by step through the curriculum as presented in the CPP Test Specifications as presented by PPA.

Steve’s relaxed teaching style helps you absorb the material without making you feel overwhelmed. His conversational approach to teaching the concepts have made him a popular instructor and speaker.

This two-day prep class will help you gain confidence in your knowledge of the concepts and your ability to take on the exam with a whole new outlook.

Registration for the class includes two full days of review over the material with plenty of time for asking questions and clarification.

TPPA Member Registration – $129
Non-Member Registration – $159
“Join and Go” Registration – $224

Registration for this class also includes a $30 savings on an instant download of Steve’s, “Preparing for PPA Certification” Study Guide.  The guide is optional and not required for registration for the class.

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This study guide addresses each of the topics covered on the CPP Test Specifications provided by PPA. It is written in easy to understand language that feels more conversational – not technical.

The guide is created in color and is filled with illustrations and images to support the process of learning the material and preparing for the test.

The book is available for immediate download in full resolution so that you can print it yourself or simply download it to your computer, iPad, tablet or smart phone.

Purchase of the study guide also includes a two-year Premium Membership to PassTheCPP.com with access to seven practice exams that can be taken online. Tests include an “overall” test featuring questions from the entire set of test specifications as well as individual tests from each of the six separate topics.

The cost for the instant download of the book and the Premium Membership to PassTheCPP.com which includes 7 practice tests and over 9 hours of study videos is only $69 with the discount code.

The discount code and exact location of the class will be provided in your confirmation email upon registration.

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“Click or Treat” with Brad Barton

Mineral Wells
October 24
9:30am – 4:30pm

Click or Treat
Hosted by Brad Barton

And now from something completely spooky! Ever wanted to explore and photograph an old, abandoned property but didn’t want to trespass? Come along with host, Brad Barton, for unique and legal access to the historic Nazareth Hospital in Mineral Wells, Texas.

The bottom two floors are being used by a Haunted House, but the upper four floors are in beautifully run down conditions.

We will have a model or two on hand in costume to photograph or you can just collect scenes.

In addition to the fun, participants will:

  • Enjoy hands-on photography of a derelict building without fear of trespassing
  • Learn off camera flash and reflected light techniques in this unique situation with models
  • Collect backgrounds and textures for use in your other work

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

 

 

Location:
Mineral Wells, TX

Meet TPPA Member, Brad Barton
Brad is a North Texas based artist who tells people’s stories and captures their emotions in sometimes fantastical, sometimes bizarre, sometimes surreal ways. Using his imagination, camera, and digital tools, he has created work for clients big and small. His work has been published in nationally distributed books and magazines, has been featured in feature length motion pictures, and has won numerous awards.

His book from Amherst Media titled Retro Glamour & Pinup Photography was published in January 2017. His second book, Beautiful Monsters was published in May 2018 and he is now working on some new, exciting projects.

He holds Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degrees from Professional Photographers of America and continues to teach and write about art and photography. #ImaginationCaptured

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