All Convention Series

Getting Started With Lightroom

Getting Started With Lightroom!
Hosted by Guy T Phillips
Friday, September 29th
10:00AM to 5:30PM

"What's that button do?" "What's a catalog?" "How do I do that?" Is there an easier way?" These are questions asked all too often in the early stages of working in Lightroom.

Instructor Guy T Phillips is here to help you answer these and many more! This course is all about understanding what Lightroom can do for you so you can do more. Learn what makes up a productive workspace and build time saving presets to help your workflow. Discover the key components that can improve each image and identify shortcuts that increase your efficiency. Before the class is over, you’ll not only know the answers to your original questions – you'll have a day-to-day workflow that works for you, your style and your studio. Come with an open mind and leave with knowledge that will change your business – and your life!

Note: Bring your computer with the latest version of Lightroom installed! This is definitely "hands-on"!

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Understand the elements of a productive workspace
2. Effectively control the panels within each of the common modules
3. Use key components to improve every image
4. Build time saving Import, Library, Develop and Export presets
5. Identify keyboard shortcuts that will make you more efficient
6. Develop the steps of a day-to-day workflow of your own
7. Locate additional resources to improve your skills

Meet TPPA Member, Guy T Phillips:

Guy T is a BIG fan of Lightroom, and his enthusiasm for helping you use it will shine through in this class! As a DPPA, TPPA and PPA member, he wants to share his knowledge and give back to the TPPA. Guy T is known throughout the U.S. for his "entertaining" style of corporate-level training that will help you stay engaged throughout the session. Be prepared to have fun and laugh while you learn the things you didn't pick up from a manual or an online video!

Guy T is a native Texan (San Antonio born and Hill Country-raised), and a 14-year Highland Village resident. His usual, unbiased description of his wife is "She is still the most beautiful woman I have ever met and the best friend I could ever ask for", and he is equally proud of his "greatest daughter in the world"!

Success in Charitable Campaigns

Success in Charitable Campaigns
Presented by Janine Marie Campbell

Friday, September 29th
4:30AM to 5:30PM

Do you get asked to donate to every local gala and silent auction in town? Take control of your charitable giving and turn into dollars signs for both you and the charities of your choosing with specific methods of integration into your studio and community.

Volunteering can do more than make you feel good. It can help strengthen your company. Volunteering shows what your company stands for, attracts people who want to help, encourages collaboration, improves client retention, and enhances brand image. If you haven’t guessed it already, all of these factors help your company’s bottom line. More people are curious about your work, and customers want to buy your products because they feel good about what your company is doing.

Volunteering is a key part of any corporate social responsibility (CSR) program. Come find out how it is invaluable to your company, and some tips on how to develop your program and have Success in Charitable Giving.

Meet TPPA Member, Janine Marie Campbell:

Janine Marie Campbell is the owner of Janine Marie Portraits & Design in Harlingen TX. A studio owner for 11 years, she specializes in fine art portraiture and editorial work. Her personal project, "Pride of America" which features veterans from the greatest generation, has a published book in circulation with a forward from the recently retired SEACJCS, Bryan B. Battaglia, in Washington D.C., as well as his portrait by Janine Marie. This work has been published in National Geographic online magazine as well as toured TX museums in 2016 to raise funds for K9s for Warriors and Fold of Honor. Janine has been a Texas School wrangler for 9 years and is a PPA Charities board trustee as well as the Dream Studio Giveaway chairman. "We have a responsibility as a human being to wake up and ask how we can make someone else's day better. When that is our focus, success follows when paired with strategic planning."

Architectural Photography Post Production, from Bland to Beautiful

Architectural Photography Post Production, from Bland to Beautiful

Ethan Tweedie
Saturday, September 30
9:00 am to 10:30 am

After learning exactly how Ethan shoots in the On Location Pre Con workshop the instruction continues in the post production studio. Through extensive frame blending and photo manipulation, Ethan walks you through every step he takes to turn a mediocre photo into an incredibly polished image ready for publication.


We will discuss shooting in RAW, processing in Lightroom, Photoshop, NIK Collection, image storage and organization, exposure histograms, color management and color calibration.


What you should know- It would be great if you attended the On Location PreCon, but not necessary. A basic working knowledge of Lightroom and Photoshop. We can share the files from the workshop so that you can work along with Ethan as he discusses his workflow.

Ethan is an Austin based commercial photographer, he photographs some of the World’s most compelling architectural spaces. He specializes in Architectural Photography, Interiors Photography, Hotel and Resort Photography and is a FAA licensed Aerial Photographer.

Ethan’s clients include:
Eric Cohler Design NYC, Barclay Butera Design, Willman Interiors, Four Seasons Hotels, Hilton Hotels, University of Texas at Austin, Hawaiian Airlines and Concierge Auctions

Ethan’s images have been featured in the following publications:
Architectural Digest, American-Architects, Architect Magazine, Forbes Magazine, National Geographic, Discovery, CNN Travel, Hana Hou Magazine (Hawaiian Airlines In-flight Magazine), Old Farmers Almanac, Luxury Home Magazine, Christie’s International Magazine

Ethan was voted the 2013 Photography For Real Estate (PFRE) Photographer of the Year, June 2013 Monthly PFRE Contest and the July 2012 Monthly PFRE Contest Winner. If you are interested in one on one coaching please let Ethan know.

CPP Review Class


CPP Review Class

Cris Duncan
Saturday, September 30
9:00 am to 5:30 pm

TPPA supports the value and benefits of the PPA Certified Professional Photographer program.

Professional credentials are not just handed out. They are EARNED. Photography credentials are no different, and any Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) can tell you that… There’s a lot of effort that goes into preparing for the CPP exam alone (let alone the image submission review), and that’s why the Certification Preparation Class is so important.

Join Cris Duncan as he will spend the day reviewing and going over some of the highlights of the PPA Certification test specifications. Cris will not only provide you easy to understand instruction on some of the technical aspects of the exam, you will also gain insights make you a more confident, proficient photographer. Becoming a CPP is not just a designation, it is a message to our clients that we can deliver, every time.

No one day program can cover all the material you may encounter on the exam, however, if you want to brush up some elements, learn some new techniques or just become better at what you do, this class is for you. If you have never considered taking the CPP test, this class will give you some insight and some understanding of what it takes to prepare for PPA Certification.

Cris, along with his bride, own and operate CjDuncan Photography, a high-end portrait, wedding and commercial studio in Lubbock, TX.. Cris’s goal, or mission statement is simple:

"To empower photographers with a sense of purpose, inspiration and passion all while supplying practical applications for their craft, business and life."

Simply stated, let’s talk photography.

CjDuncan Photography has flourished for over a dozen years in a competitive market and continue to be regarded as one of the top studios in Texas. Cris is a Master Photographer, Certified Professional Photographer and a Photographic Craftsman. Since turning pro in 2002, they have photographed Presidents, Vice Presidents, dignitaries and countless others. Cris has worked for such companies as Stephen Joseph, Frito-Lay and Bayer CropScience and been honored to photograph numerous weddings, portraits and commercial assignments of great people all over this land. Cris is the founder of Find Your Focus Photographic Education, Chairman of the PPA EDU Advisory committee and a Texas School Instructor.

Photographing and Selling to the 4 Basic Personality Types

One Size Does Not Fit All—Designing, Photographing and Selling to the 4 Basic Personality Types

Deanna Duncan
Saturday, September 30
11:00 am to 12:30 pm

You have a gift. You are able to craft portraits that touch hearts, create laughter and evoke emotion. You share this gift with others. But what if this gift could be better? Join Deanna Duncan for a deep dive into the psychology of the personality types.

You will explore the Director, the Relator, the Socializer and the Thinker. Their desires, social interaction and buying patterns are all different. Conventional “One Size Fits All” lighting and sales techniques work well with some, but will have others walking out the door without making decisions. That ends now. It starts with the planning session.

Learn how to craft the perfect portrait for your client—from clothing to posing to lighting—based upon their personality type. Learn to create images that exceed their wildest expectations because they have found someone who “gets them.” Build your vocabulary with phrases that add value to people and make them feel affirmed. Then, learn when and how to build specialized collections for each type. Gain the confidence to start or fine-tune your in-personal sales and don’t be surprised when people joyfully throw money at you and walk out the door feeling like a winner. Sales doesn't have to be "slimy" or "icky." When you meet people's needs, its a joyful experience. Together we will laugh, have our heads explode with cutting-edge information and all leave knowing we are giving the best gifts possible. Come and join in the fun!

Deanna Duncan is a quiet thinker who enjoys delighting people, taking long runs and making the world a better place for people around the globe. She has a Masters in eye-rolling as she is married to Cris Duncan. Since he insists that they share an office, she is quite skilled in making the "close your mouth" motion with her fingers--complete with appropriate facial expressions. Seriously, together Cris and Deanna run a award winning portrait studio in Lubbock, TX which focuses on families and seniors. While dating in high school, they started taking pictures of landscapes and that passion continues today as they lead their Find You Focus Photographic Adventures. They have a daughter and a dog who both obey...sometimes. Deanna's heart is to help others who have been in the same place they were twelve years ago--starting a business and wondering how you are going to pay your mortgage. Come to this class and enjoy a time of refreshment and empowerment.

The Art of Street Photography

The Art of Street Photography
Josh Jordan
Saturday, September 30
1:30pm - 3:00pm

Presented By:

When it comes to impactful portraits, oftentimes it's difficult to get the subjects that you most desire into the studio. There are logistical issues like scheduling and returning email and phone calls. The solution is to get out to where those subjects are and take the studio to them. Engage them on the spot and make the idea of having a portrait made be a winning opportunity for them…and for you.

However, there are multiple potential issues that arise when attempting to approach strangers and ask to make their portrait. How do you make the initial approach? How do you develop instant trust? How do I gauge who will and who won't sit for me? Model releases? Gear? Settings? The list goes on and on.

This session will cover topics like:

  • How to stay safe
  • Finding subjects
  • What to offer in return





Raised in Fort Worth, Texas and a current San Antonio resident, I am the proud dad of three wonderful kids and the husband of the most incredible woman I’ve ever met. I’ve got a Bachelors degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Masters of Science degree from Texas Wesleyan University. My photographic journey started on a dive boat in Burma in 2009 and has since expanded to my current business, Josh Jordan Media Group, which currently has three divisions including San Antonio Sports Photography. My current photo project is my Hidden Faces series and I’ll soon be starting on my newest project: Perfect Imperfections.



Saturday, September 30 at 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Sponsored by:

Do not miss this chance to spend time with and learn from Master Photographer and amazing business instructor, Mary Fisk-Taylor. Mary will share how she has created sustainable photography businesses with extensive branding, public relations, and powerful marketing strategies. She will also go over the importance of an efficient sales plan in order to maximize your profitability. Mary owns and operates two extremely successful photography studios in her market area of Richmond, Virginia. The small home studio specializes in high-end wall portrait installations and custom designed weddings and their newer addition is a high volume high school senior and boutique event business. Mary and her amazing business partners gross well over one million dollars a year in professional photography and are very proud of the sustainable and profitable brands that they have built in their market area. Highlights of the program will include low cost but very high impact marketing plans and great sales techniques for all types of studios. Whether you are a seasoned professional or just starting out in the professional photography industry this is a week of priceless knowledge and information.

Mary Fisk-Taylor has been a member of the Professional Photographers of America since 1998. Along with her business partner, Jamie Hayes, they operate a high-end wedding and portrait business in Richmond, Virginia. Hayes & Fisk Photography is a home-based studio located on almost one acre of beautiful gardens and they have successfully created one of the most sought after Portrait and Wedding studios in their area. Their studio grosses well over one million dollars a year in photography. In 2009 Mary developed the concept of a fresh and fun new studio in the Richmond area. With the help of her family, most importantly her mom and sister, Real Life Studios was opened in Midlothian, Virginia. Real Life Studios is best known for their high school senior portraits. Real Life also has an entire Event and School division which gives the studio constant and steady revenue of new clients and income year round. Mary is of course most proud of her two beautiful children, Alexandra and Jackson. Her husband, Daryl, and she enjoy the flexibility and joy that owning a profitable photography studio has allowed their family. Mary currently serves on the PPA Board of Directors, is a proud member of the Society of XXV, and is a past President of the PPA Board of Charities. She is extremely active with Operation Smile International and has served as a staff photographer for several events and missions. In 2006 Mary was named one of Virginia’s Top 40 under 40 for her leadership in the community, volunteer and charity work and her business savvy.

Secret Sales Techniques in Newborn Photography

Secret Sales Techniques in Newborn photography

Angela Lynn Pencsak
Sunday, October 1
9:00 am to 10:30 am

Angela has a strong sales background. She will share some great sales strategies that keeps her studio successful. Whether you have a home-studio, a retail studio or a location photographer…….you can use her secret techniques that work every time!! She will talk about prequalifies clients, pre-selling unique products, and working with every type of client even if they have a low budget. What is the next trend in maternity and newborn photography and how you can adapt your business without your photography looking like everyone else. Find out how you can price and package your digital images as well as products.

Angela Lynn Pencsak, has been a professional photographer for over 20 years, owning a retail studio for the last 10 years. Her team includes 2 employees, who assist, retouch and help with client relations. Angela specializes in maternity and newborn and has won many awards throughout the years. She and her husband have 4 kids between them and 3 restaurants so naturally she has become a food photographer as well. She still has a passion for newborn photography and clients seek her from all over and travel to have a session in her studio. She has had the honor of being the president of the San Antonio Professional Photographers Association and being San Antonio's photographer of the year -4 years in a row.

Drone Imagery: Creating Magic in the Sky

Drone Imagery: Creating Magic in the Sky
Jamie Hayes

Sunday, October 1
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Sponsored by:


Drones are the hot topic and the coolest new camera and video recording devices. Creating images and video is more exciting than ever from the sky. Join me as we look at how to create beautiful images and how to incorporate them into your current studio offerings. Cool apps, post processing and just simply what to from start to finish to make money a drone.

Photography has been my passion and purpose in life. I have been honored and blessed to be be in the industry for over 30 years and still love it! Mary and I have owned and operated several studio in the Richmond Virginia area for the past 22 years. We are always looking for ways to keep our studio current and in the minds of today's consumers while staying true to our brand of quality and service. Who would have thought that a few books of S&H green stamps would take us on this amazing journey.

Preparing for CPP Image Submission

Preparing for CPP Image Submission

Steve Kozak
Sunday, October 1
11:00 am to 12:30 pm

So you have passed the CPP exam and now it is time to start working on your image submission.  Steve Kozak, author of the "Preparing for PPA Certification" study guide and CPP Image Submission judge, takes a look at what it takes to create a passing portfolio.

Steve will show you what the judges are looking for when reviewing a portfolio and share some of the most common reasons images fail.  Participants will look at both compulsory images as well as client images and what you should know before you submit your images.

Steve Kozak, M. Photog., Cr., Certified Professional Photographer, is an active member of the Texas Professional Photographers Association(TPPA) and the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).

Steve has earned the “Master of Photography” and the “Photographic Craftsman” degrees and the “Certified Professional Photographer” degree from PPA. He has also been awarded the “Full Fellowship” degree from TPPA.

Steve’s work has been accepted into numerous exhibitions representing TPPA and PPA, including a prestigious exhibit by Eastman Kodak Company and Walt Disney World that is held at EPCOT in Orlando, Florida. In addition, his work has been selected for the permanent “Loan Collection” that travels the world to promote PPA.

Steve currently serves as the TPPA Executive Director and serves on the Board of Directors of PPA.

Let it Shine! Unlocking the Natural Beauty of Landscapes

Let it Shine! Unlocking the Natural Beauty of Landscapes.

Cris Duncan
Sunday, October 1 at 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm


Let it Shine! Unlocking the Natural Beauty of Landscapes. Surrounding each of us every day is unspeakable beauty. From the tiny dewdrop framed by intricate silk webwork to the glorious West Texas sunset, our senses are constantly stimulated by beauty. However, sometimes there is frustration as what our eye sees can’t seem to be captured by our camera. Using the tools given to us today—camera, lens selection, filters and post-processing—we will explore ways to allow the vision of our mind to be translated into a photograph. Take time for yourself and come and join Cris Duncan for a time of creative development where you can start “seeing” things in a whole new light. Cris will cover “What you need to know” to take better, more impactful landscape images—The tools, camera techniques, lighting, creative compositions and post-processing. Get prepared to have your mind explode. Just like there are “rules” of portraiture and lighting, there are “rules” of landscape photography and the magic can really start happening when you start blending the three—this is that “BIG” secret that is revealed at the $$$$ wall portrait workshops. Can you imagine how that will impact your work? Landscape photography is not just for vacations and free time. It is an opportunity to share the world and a part of yourself with the community and it is an exercise in creativity that is sure to leave you inspired, regardless of your photographic knowledge, discipline or profession.

Cris Duncan is an Internationally Award Winning Photographers who sport a host of letters after his name. Cris’s landscapes have been awarded top trophies at the local, state and national level. When not behind the cameras, you can find Cris with a guitar in his hands. Cris, along with his bride, Deanna, own and operate CjDuncan Photography in Lubbock, TX . In addition to the studio, they are often found teaching other professionals at conventions or at their own Find Your Focus adventures where you are encouraged to “Enjoy the journey.” That is their message for all—celebrate every moment for it is truly a gift.

Enhance Your Wedding Game

Enhance Your Wedding Game

David Boeck
Sunday, October 1
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

The game is constantly evolving with new players, enhanced equipment and challenging locations. Today's digital evolution continually applies pressure, changing the way people think and feel about photography, which has now moved us into assuring our skills must be at their prime. Technical knowledge with solid photographic skills will quickly separate you from the pack. Understanding the importance of running a successful wedding studio that not only impresses and excites clients but also provides him with the creative opportunities to grow as a photographer. David has a history of specializing in weddings and portraits but has expanded his game into the corporate world with clients that include; Hewlett Packard, Wrigley, BASF, Zillow, Home Depot, Johnson & Johnson, Exxon, CitiBank, Toyota, the San Antonio Spurs along with top celebrities and POTUS. David’s approach is to “ Build an Experience”. He will cover just how he creates a path, which is key to capturing fun, creative and exciting images. Join him as he runs through his playbook sharing tips and insights. This will be a fun and informative program with game changing information. Discussions on becoming a star second shooter, consistent lighting, wedding day strategies, LED and mixed lighting, workflow tips and most of all Story-Telling. From theory to technique, including some down and dirty practical shooting tips, its time to step up your game.

Known for their relaxed atmosphere and stylish portraits David, and his wife Lori, have a unique partnership that has consistently lead them to be on the leading edge as photographers of one of San Antonio’s top studios for over 30 years. He is a two time past President of the San Antonio Professional Photographers Guild and has had the honor to serve as President to the Texas Professional Photographers Association. He is a Certified Master Craftsmen and their passion for photography and love of working with others has earned them a hardworking and genuine reputation. David’s creative passion extends into woodworking and fishing. When not behind the camera you will find him in his woodshop or on the water fishing and taking in a sunset. Their greatest accomplishments are their two children. David’s type ‘A’ personality was inherited by them both as their son David fought for our country serving as C17 crew chief in the United States Air Force and their daughter, Dana, has her Doctorate and started her career as a critical care pharmacist at a Trauma One hospital in San Antonio.

Photographing Families Great and Small

Photographing Families Great and Small

Adilfa Ford
Sunday, October 1
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Can you leap over tall buildings in a single bound, stop a locomotive with your bare hands, or run faster than a speeding bullet? No? Neither can I. But I can work with a crying child, deal with teenagers with attitude, and reassure an grouchy grandparent while posing a family of 30 people half of them under 10 years old in 15 minutes or less. In my business that's a superpower worth having. In this new world of I have a camera, I am a professional photographer, large family photographers are still in a class of their own. Most of my lower priced competition either can't or won't photograph large families leaving this very lucrative market to a very few.

Adilfa Ford of Don Polo Photography has been successfully working this market for over 20 years photographing routinely families of 50 and 60 people. In this program she will talk about marketing, booking, posing, selling, retouching, and printing. Everything you ever wanted to know about family portrait photography in one program. Okay, maybe not everything but at least enough to get you going and hopefully help you to make more money. Adilfa and her husband Russ are the owners of Don Polo Photography and make 100 percent of their family income in photography. They are both past presidents of the Intermountain Professional Photographers Association, CPP, Photographic Craftsmen, and National Award recipients. Adilfa is also a Master Photographer and Silver Photographer of the year award winner at Imaging USA for the past three years.