Pre-Con Classes

The Power of Lighting Off Camera

The Power of Lighting Off Camera
Alison Carlino
Thursday, September 28th,
(NEW TIME)5:00pm - 9:00pm
-additional fee required-

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Want to learn how to control your lighting better? In this all hands on class, Alison will use speed lights, modifiers, gels, water, and fog to create her imagery. She will discuss power settings of the light and placement of the flash head that creates her favorite way to light, “The Triangle.” Be sure to capture the scene as a pull back to help you understand where the lighting was placed, where Alison was standing, and where/how the model was posed. Topics will include: 1. Gear explanation 2. Learn 4 ways to control lighting off camera (direction, quantity, quality, color) 3. Posing & cropping tips for males, females, and couples 4. See how back lighting water, gels, and fog create dimension and visual interest

This is my 14th year in the business and being able to combine my love of photography, education, and travel is a dream. I live in Sugar Land, Tx with my husband of 21 years and we have two teen aged boys. My studio is in Richmond, Tx, about 15 min from where we live but I work all over the Houston area (and often beyond). About 8 years ago, my style of dramatic lighting and bold colors really came into play. I enjoy seeing how any form of light can change the mood of an image. I left my teaching career to be at home with the kids and now that I am able to teach lighting off camera and posing, it's so rewarding to help those who are hungry for the knowledge.

FAA Part 107 Prep Course

FAA Part 107 Prep Course
Robert & Kathy Norwood
Thursday, September 28 from 6PM-9PM
Friday, September 29 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

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

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.

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.

Robert has been a member of PPA since 2010 and with the advent of drone photography he realized that to use a drone in his business, that he would have to follow the guidelines that FAA required. Therefore, in 2016, Robert added his drone license to his FAA license and is beginning to incorporate the drone into his photography business.

Kathy Norwood has been a professional photographer since 2006 and became a Certified Professional Photographer in 2009. In 2017, she received her Photographic Craftsman Degree and has been married to Robert Norwood since 1978.

Kathy's area of expertise has been in children and family photography and in teaching. She also became a private pilot in 1994 and has a general understanding of airspace classifications and operating requirements for pilots.

Play With Your Food!

Play With Your Food!
Hosted by Malinda Julien
Friday, September 29th
9:00AM to 1:00PM

-additional fee required-
Your mother told you not to play with your food; but we encourage it!

Food photography is about architecture and portraiture brought together to elicit a response of desire.

Join Malinda Julien for a fun filled food photography day!

We’ll begin with some basics about how to approach food photography, what equipment you need, styling and composition, along with lighting techniques and different styles. Ambient lighting, on location style or strobe in the studio, all types of lighting will be covered. We will talk about post processing, learning about the “hero” and “gold standard” shot, prop food versus real food, regulations in advertising when it comes to food. Learn to shoot on location or in a studio (we’ll have studio lighting there)

Affiliates newFood is the hot subject both on television and on all social media. Learn how to visit with the restaurants and food suppliers in your area about their needs and show them how you could be beneficial.

We will have hands on for those who want to give it a try - bring what equipment you have.

Enjoy playing with two great loves, photography and food!



Meet TPPA Member, Malinda Julien:

I am a commercial photographer based in Dallas/Fort Worth. Our company is a partnership of the entire family. I spend a lot of time working in the food industry - both for restaurants and magazines.

Photographing food, either on location or in the studio is always a challenge. Melting, wilting and getting that hero shot is always fraught with pending doom! I thrive on this teeter-totter of fun!

Beginning photography with a Kodak Brownie my PaPaw gave me in the 60’s and moving through all the wonderful facets of photography since, I still have the same thrill every time I see a photograph and it is exactly what I had envisioned! I became a full time professional photographer in the 80s, raised both my boys in the business and now they are also photographers with our company. My Grandfather was a portrait photographer in South Texas and I grew up watching him hand tint black and whites. I still know how to do this and it lead to working in restorations.

I am the 2017 president of our local guild having served as membership VP for 2016, received many awards for my work and am a CPP. I love working within all facets of PPA! Go US! I instruct classes for Adobe Photoshop® and Lightroom™, as well as walking photography hands on tours.

The Art of Street Photography

The Art of Street Photography
Josh Jordan
Friday, September 29th,
1:30pm - 5:30pm

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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.

Our goal for this class will be to cover these topics and then go out into the streets to meet strangers and make impactful portraits. Our morning will start out with a short class session covering topics like, “how do I stay safe?” “Where do I find subjects?” “Do I need to offer anything in return?” after which we will move out to the streets to put these principals into action.

We will end our day by discussing processing and final disposition of your photos.



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.

Style, Fashion and Drama – Hands-on In-Depth

Style, Fashion and Drama – Hands-on In-Depth
Tim Babiak
Friday, September 29th,
1:30pm - 5:30pm

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In this session, we’ll go in-depth into creating a stylized session and cover the information you need to know to bring drama and creativity to your work. We’ll cover a detailed methodology for this style of photography including the following:
- Inspiration, image concept
- Set choice and prop consideration
- Styling and wardrobe
- Lightroom settings
- Lighting – quality of light, contrast, direction
- Mood, pose and gesture
- Creating drama in your images
- Subject interaction and direction

For this workshop, we’ll have a dedicated hair, makeup and wardrobe stylist on hand, Allison Lowery, who serves as the Wig Specialist at the UT Performing Arts Center. Allison earned a MFA from the UNC School of Arts in Design & Technology of Wigs and Makeup. Allison has published three books on wig construction and styling. The first book, "Wig Making and Styling: A Complete Guide for Theatre & Film" was released in 2010. Her second book, "Historical Wig Styling Set: Historical Wig Styling: Ancient Egypt to the 1830s" was just released in 2013. The third book, “Historical Wig Styling: Victorian to the Present”, was released with the second book. You will have the opportunity to meet with Allison to gain her perspective on styling for creative, stylized photo sessions.

Allison will be styling professional model(s) for the session.

This session will be a mix of lecture and live shooting and studio lighting so you will not only learn about this style of photography, you’ll also have the opportunity to shoot during the workshop. Plan on bringing your camera!

Plan on joining us for an interesting session expanding your creative options – it will be fun and educational!


Tim Babiak of Exquisite Photography is one of Austin’s leading portrait photographers and educators. Tim is a two-time Austin PPA Photographer of the Year and two-time Bronze Medal in PPA’s IPC. Tim is a past President of the Austin PPA and continues to serve on its Board of Directors. Tim teaches photography to hundreds of people via his “Austin People and Portrait Photography” Meetup group as well as at Austin’s Precision Camera and Video. Tim is also sponsored by Nikon via the Nikon Fellowship. Tim’s passion for making people look their best as well as his friendly personality makes him one of Austin’s favorite photographers. 

On Location Architectural Shooting Tricks and Techniques for Magazine Quality Images

On Location Architectural Shooting Tricks and Techniques for
Magazine Quality Images
Ethan Tweedie
Friday, September 29th,
1:30pm - 5:30pm


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Whether you're photographing a room for an architectural magazine, for a real-estate ad, or for an interior decorator, interior/exterior spaces present a variety of photographic challenges.

This on location workshop will go step by step working through real world problems of composition, staging and lighting of interior and exterior spaces to make them look their best.  Ethan will discuss and demonstrate his techniques and gear that give his signature look using professional strobe lighting, exposure bracketing and utilizing tilt shift lenses for that magazine cover quality image.  Ethan also tackles the tricky challenges like: how do you adjust exposure to capture interior details without overexposing the windows?

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.

What you should know - A working knowledge of your DSLR.  It would be good if you have a working knowledge using flash/strobes.

Ethan’s clients include:
Bridgid Coulter Design, 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.