TPPA Speakers

If you are a TPPA member and would like to be considered as a speaker or judge for TPPA Affiliates or other professional photographers’ organizations, we would be happy to add your information to this “Speakers” listing. The inclusion of your name is a free service to all TPPA members who’s dues are current and who properly complete the speaker application.

Other than making the member’s name, or any other information available to interested associations, the TPPA members, officers, or board of directors make no endorsements of the speakers listed below.

Christy Dodson
Luke Edmonson
Malinda Julien
Steve Kozak
Dwayne Lee

christy_dodsonChristy Dodson
3846 N. Hwy 144
Granbury, TX 76048


“Epic Sports Banners”
A profitable product and highly effective marketing tool. Vinyl banners are all the rage in High School and Youth Sports these days. Everyone is doing them. Some photographers offer them for free in hopes of landing the seemingly more profitable team and individual job or maybe even the elusive senior session. DIY parents offer to do them for free to save the team money. And still, there are saavy professionals who are not only getting paid nicely for them but they’re also getting additional jobs as a direct result of their banner work! In this presentation Christy will start by teaching you the specific posing and lighting techniques she uses to really make her banners get noticed and stand out from the rest! Next you will follow along as she goes step by step through her composite creation process using both custom techniques and speedy templates. She’ll be sharing her list of suppliers with you, how she markets her banners, and best of all you will learn several ways be profitable with sports banners even after counting your cost of goods, your cost of doing business and most important your time!

A journey through certification and beyond! Christy will take you step by step through her personal journey of becoming a Certified Professional Photographer. She will share why you too should jump on this emotional and rewarding ride. If you’ve already accomplished this feat you’ll have the chance to relive it and refresh your memory of all that you learned. If you’re considering taking the next step toward certification you will walk away feeling inspired and equipped to forge ahead! Join us for this lively, interactive and heartfelt program!

Christy and her mother Pat started their photography careers and joined PPA in 2001. After running a mildly successful studio for 7 years Christy and her family embarked on a new journey in a new town taking a break from photography as a business. Two years later she realized she wanted to be able to contribute to her kids impending college dreams so she decided it was time to get serious again. In 2013 Christy declared her candidacy for CPP with PPA. She had no idea at the time what a huge impact becoming a Certified Professional Photographer would have on her business as well as for her personally. Having lived all over the world with many extraordinary experiences, Christy has a unique perspective on life and what really matters. She considers herself a quote junkie and currently her favorite quote is “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.” ~ Saint Augustine

Degree/Certifications Earned: CPP
Attended PPA Judging School: No
Speaking Experience: Fort Worth Professional Photographers Association
Speaker Fee:  I am working on my PPA Degrees and willing to speak for guild honorariums plus merit(s).

Luke_EdmonsonLuke Edmonson
E-mail:  Luke (at)
7628 Brownley Place
Plano, TX  75025


“Be Known By Sight”
Do people see your photography and instantly associate the style as uniquely yours? Or is it just another image from a vast sea of a zillion other photographers? Is your style appealing or does it feel like yesterday’s news? Why are so many struggling while a few are thriving? Do you feel like you are at the mercy of your fellow peers? Let’s start with how the Edmonson’s defined and refined their style. For David and Luke, their style is described as “original, spontaneous and powerful images that are profound with dimensionality, ingrained with emotion and compelling in their beauty.” Over the past decades, they have been in a relentless pursuit of what makes them attractive to clients with a higher visual IQ. They’ve asked themselves, the most important question of “Why’. From there it’s simply, “How do we go about providing depth to their imagery?” “How to solve the common issues we all face?” “What personal issues are getting in the way of us being the best photographer we can be?”

The Edmonson’s have been called a “Master Photographer to Master Photographers” and with good reason. With a lifetime spent growing up within the industry, the indelible impact Luke Edmonson leaves with clients, students and peers around the world is remarkable. Regarded as one of the best wedding photographers in the world, no doubt, his signature style is unmistakable. But it’s his “Iron-Sharpens-Iron” philosophy that has fueled his art and professional success. Luke is a sought-after speaker and educator nationally and abroad, teaching workshops to the up and coming aspiring photographer, to share his talent and know-how to help others hone their craft. He is an invited member of the Camera Craftsman of America, one of the oldest, most prestigious groups in the world dedicated to advancing the profession of photography as an art form. Most recently, he had his Fellowship conferred from the Societies of Wedding & Portrait Photographers in London. Well regarded as a print judge for major international print competitions, he served two terms as President of the Dallas Professional Photographers Association. It’s often said that Art Imitates Life. If you’ve ever seen the work of Luke & David Edmonson, this is clearly true.

Degree/Certifications Earned:  M.Photog., Cr, CPP; Double Master of WPPI, WPPI-C; F-SWPP
Attended PPA Judging School:  No
Speaking Experience: International – ImagingUSA, WPPI, Photoplus Expo, SWPP, AIPP, The Photographers Academy
National – Mystic Seminars, Mentors in Miami, Numerous District, State and Local guilds and schools.


Malinda Julien
PO Box 79277
Ft. Worth, TX  76179

“Turn Mad Customers into Mad Cash”
Handling difficult clients to create good customers through solid verbal communications. Defining “Toxic Clients” and how they are not always right. Giving the best Customer Service to even the most difficult client. Learn to distance yourself from the emotion of an upset client, hear what they are saying and how to relate to them.

I have been a photographer for about 30 years; however, our customer service is our crowing achievement. We gross well over six figures every year and have a regular grown of 20% per annum. I am retired from Master Instructor at US Tactical K9 Law Enforcement Academy in Abilene, Texas and DPS licensed Private Investigator. This is where this program is based. Learning how to listen and react in a way which everyone wins. I give this seminar for corporations and other companies and never thought of doing it for PPA or photographers, until I met Kent Bovat at Imaging and he heard me talking to another student and suggested I format this presentation for PPA.

Degree/Certifications Earned:
Attended PPA Judging School:
Speaking Experience:


Steve Kozak

5323 Fig Tree Ln
Grand Prairie, Texas 75052


“The Secrets to Success When Turning Pro!”
Do you love photography and working with people? Are you getting requests from people wanting you to photograph them? Perhaps you thinking that photography would be a fun way to make a living but you just aren’t sure how to get started or what kind of equipment you should buy? Then, this is the program for you!

This program seeks to help you build a solid foundation on which to build a successful career in professional photography as well as getting clients in the door.
Steve Kozak will cover a lot of ground in this program! His down-to-earth presentation looks at photography from three aspects: The Fundamentals, The Business and The Art. From learning the tools of the trade to creating a professional image for your business, Steve shares his insight to help you turn your passion for photography into a profession.

• Selecting and Using Professional Studio Lighting
• Selecting and Using Professional Cameras
• Posing and Lighting in the Studio
• Creating Elegant Portraits on Location
• Getting Your Business Off the Ground
• Marketing Professional Photography and Finding Clients
• Developing Pricing Strategies for Profit

“The Road to Success Requires 4-Wheel Drive”
How can you tell if you are becoming the photographer you want to be if you don’t know where you are headed? In this program, Steve Kozak shares his insights and experience in helping you to determine the direction of your business and defining your career. By expanding upon sound principles of a 4-Wheel Drive business, Steve challenges the photographer to create a career that is built by default rather than by design.

This class will help you:
• Creating marketing excellence
• Finding your marketing message
• Pricing strategies for tough times
• Creating a “sticky” business
• Building Customer Loyalty
• What Every Photographer Should Know
• How You Can Help Your Clients Spend More
• Layout a plan for building your business
• Marketing your photography and finding new clients
• Establishing a year-round marketing calendar
• Writing effective ad copy
• Determining a plan for career and personal growth

“When It’s Time For a Change”
Steve Kozak owned and operated two leading portrait studios in the East Texas area. Like most studios, his business was built on Weddings, Seniors, Children, Families and Glamour. Both studios enjoyed a strong reputation, a generous volume, and impressive facilities. But after 12 years of studio photography, Steve discovered these two revelations: “I wasn’t making enough money!” and “My heart just was not in it anymore!” This program takes you through the journey that turned it all around.
For anyone who has ever experienced “burn-out” or for anyone whose career is not providing meaningful creative and financial rewards, IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE!

This program seeks to help you:
• Re-gain the passion for your work and what you do as a photographer.
How to break the cycle of doing ordinary photography.
Establishing yourself as an artist.
• Discover and cultivate the artist within.
Are photographers really artists?
Learn what really motivates your photography
• Elevate the quality of your work at the camera and the presentation.
Developing a photographic style.
Presenting your photography as a work of art.
• Discover the means to make a living with a lifestyle that brings fulfillment.
Developing successful pricing strategies
Using the “Component” system for pricing
Adding “perceived value” to pricing
“Re-inventing” Yourself

Landscape and Scenic Photography
There may be no better way for portrait and wedding photographers to renew, refresh and reignite their passion for people photography than to get out into the great outdoors. Join Steve Kozak  as he takes you on an inspiring journey to rejuvenation through his years of travel photography into locations such as Monument Valley, The San Juan Mountains, The Outer Banks and Sonoma County, California.

Discover why Steve was recently listed as one of Outdoor Photographer Magazine’s “Top Pros”, as he shares his techniques for getting great landscape images and how to incorporate new ways to look at your client work.

Other programs include:

“Preparing for PPA Certification”  – Steve is a PPA Approved CPP Instructor
“Fundamentals Of Flash Photography”

“Studio Lighting”
“Fundamentals of Photoshop”
“Advanced Photoshop Techniques”
“The Art of Composition”


Steve currently serves on the PPA Board of Directors. He also serves as Board Liaison to the PPA Certification Committee and to PPA Charities. He is also a PPA qualified instructor for PPA Certification prep classes. Steve currently serves as President on the Texas Professional Photographers Association Executive Council.

He has taught 15 years at the prestigious Texas School of Professional Photography and 11 years at Imaging USA. He has also taught at the Mid-America Institute of Professional Photography, the New York Society of Professional Photographers and at Image Explorations near Victoria, British Columbia. He has written for Texas Professional Photographer and The Professional Photographer magazines. Steve has recorded over a dozen videos for the PPA EDU program. These videos include classes on the fundamentals of photography, manual flash photography, exposure, opening a new studio as well as videos for CPP study preparation.

Steve Kozak’s work has appeared in the “Loan Collection” and at the exhibit by Kodak and Walt Disney World that is held at EPCOT in Orlando, Florida. Professional recognition of his work includes the Masterpiece Award from Fuji Film USA.

His motivational and informative programs make him a popular speaker and lecturer on the program circuit.

Degree/Certifications Earned: Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman, CPP
Attended PPA Judging School: Yes
Speaking Experience:  Imaging USA, Texas School, Image Explorations, PPA EDU, MAIPP, State Conventions and Local Guilds
Sponsors: H&H Color Lab, MAC Group




1425Dwayne Lee

2214 W. Park Row
Arlington, Texas 76013


“Mind Your Own Business!”
Now that I have your attention, let’s talk about YOUR business. Professional photographers are more prone to consider themselves to be artists than business experts. And just look in history to what has happened to a vast majority of artists over time – they’ve either lived in poverty or gone bankrupt. That’s the very reason you need to attend this program! Ignoring or not paying enough attention to YOUR business can prove disastrous to your business. This program is going to be very pro-active. We’re going to be solving problems as we go. We will be looking at your studio’s location, products, and services. We’ll explore how to price you products to include profit. And we’ll be looking at a lot of administrative issues that no one really wants to spend time thinking about, but some of these areas can make a give you huge returns if they are handled properly. It’s been my observation, for many years, that you can be a fabulous photographer with little or no business skills and struggle to survive. But I’ve also observed that you can be an average photographer with excellent business skills and make lots of money! Professional photographers, as a general rule, don’t attend programs that don’t contain lighting and posing instructions or describe the newest, latest, and greatest gee-whiz digital toys out there. Those who attend this program, listen, and implement the needed changes in their businesses will be well underway to being in the successful category! Will you be there?

“The ABC’s (Absolutely Brilliant Concepts) of Becoming More Profitable”
Want to make and KEEP more money in your business? This fast paced, results-oriented program, “The ABC’s (Absolutely Brilliant Concepts) of Becoming More Profitable”, will equip those in attendance with the necessary skills and techniques that will make them one of the most profitable portrait/wedding studios in their area. These are not theories, but actual proven strategies that you will be able to take home and immediately put into practice in your business. You will learn what it takes to 1) create a market desire for your studio, and 2) help you make significantly more money in doing so. Here’s just a sample of what will be covered: • How to attract the ‘right’ clients, and how to get paid very handsomely for your time and talents, • Proven marketing and sales strategies that will keep your phones ringing and your cash register singing, • Maximizing sales and profits from every client, This program is a ‘must-see’ program for anyone looking to improve his or her bottom line and profits. Loaded with innovative ideas, “The ABC’s (Absolutely Brilliant Concepts) of Becoming More Profitable” program is designed for all levels (beginner, intermediate, and advanced). With the many ideas and strategies learned in this program, you will gain an understanding as to how to make your business enjoyable again.

“Winning with Weddings: Selling the Extras”
A comprehensive, fast paced, results-oriented workshop, “Winning with Weddings” will equip those in attendance with the necessary strategies and techniques that will make them one of the most desired portrait/wedding studios in their area. Using weddings as the springboard, you will learn what it takes to 1) create a market desire for your studio, and 2) help you make significantly more money in doing so. Here’s just a sample of what will be covered: • How to attract the ‘right’ brides/weddings, and how to get paid very handsomely for your time and talents, • Proven marketing and sales strategies that will keep your phones ringing and your cash register singing, • Maximizing sales and profits from every Bride, • Access to a multitude of studio forms and promotions, This program is a ‘must-see’ program for anyone looking to improve his or her bottom line and profits. Loaded with innovative ideas, “Winning with Weddings: Selling the Extras” is designed for all levels (beginner, intermediate, and advanced). With the ideas and strategies learned in this program, you will gain an understanding as to why weddings can be a fun market to develop and gain the success you deserve.

Dwayne Lee, M.Photog.,Cr.-API, owns Southern Flair Photography in Arlington, Texas. Having photographed over 3,800 weddings in the past 37 years, Southern Flair also features portraits of children, high school seniors, and families. Dwayne has presented numerous business and photography programs at the local, state, and national levels. Currently Secretary of the Southwest Professional Photographers Association, he is also a Past President of the Texas PPA, belongs to and is a TPPA Councilor to PPA, and is a member of the International Christian Photographers, WPPI, and Ft. Worth Professional Photographers Association. His other affiliations include being Past President of the Association of Wedding Professionals in Dallas and Past President of the Arlington Sunrise Rotary Club.

Degree/Certifications Earned: Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman
Attended PPA Judging School: No.
Speaking Experience:  Each and every local Guild in Texas, state conventions in Oklahoma, Arizona, Colorado, Arkansas, and Tennessee.
Sponsors: Pounds Labs (Carl Clark, 512.632.0433)










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