We Are TPPA

Texas Professional Photographers Association is a non-profit association for all professional photographers who want to grow their photography business.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide all photographers with an opportunity for success regardless of their professional aspirations, creative desires or personal interest in the craft of photography.

What We Do

We provide our members an outstanding experience and help them become better photographers, better small businesses and better connected.

Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss!



The I heart Photography Conference and Expo returns to Grapevine, October 15-17.  It all takes place at the Grapevine Convention Center in the heart of Dallas/Ft. Worth.

The conference features three days of programming for professional photographers and photographic enthusiasts.  Programs are offered to foster photographic creativity and inspiration as well as improving photographic skills and camera technique.

Program topics include everything from creating stylized portraits to advanced Photoshop Compositing techniques.   The programs also include senior portrait photography, fine art children’s portraits as well as landscape photography and much more.

Image by Richard Sturdevant

Speakers include one of the industry’s most awarded photographic artists, Richard Sturdevant from Loretto, Tennessee.  Richard  is a leading expert in photographic artistry and creative composites.  Richard made history with PPA for having the highest print case ever scored in the USA, Receiving a 100 print score on all four of his prints.

Image by Shannon Squires

We are also featuring the talented, Shannon Squires from Colorado Springs, CO.  Shannon is turning heads in the industry with her creative, stylized portraits and her stunning post-production creativity on her line of fine art photographs.  Participants will have the opportunity to photograph on location with Shannon.  She is also teaching a hands-on program to share her editing and finishing techniques.

Image by Dr. Tomayia Colvin

The conference is also pleased to feature nationally recognized senior portrait photographer, Dr. Tomayia Colvin.  She will share how she creates senior portraits that stand out from the crowd.  Her program is sponsored by Sony.

The I Heart Photography conference will be bringing back the popular hands-on Excursions and Precon Classes on Friday where participants go on location with a speaker to photograph in a variety of interesting locations.  These excursions have proven to be very popular and sell out fast.

The event is supported by industry vendors who will be exhibiting at the I Heart Photography Expo.  Vendors already committed to attending include: Arlington Camera, X-rite, Panasonic, Sony, Canon, Sekonic, US Camera Pro, the Texas School of Professional Photography and many more.  The trade show is included in your I Heart Photography registration and non-attendees can get special trade show only passes from the event website.

Registration is now open!  Visit the I Heart Photography website.

What’s New in Lightroom
October 20
7PM Central
Live Online
Hosted by Guy T Phillips, Cr. Photog, CPP

Did you know that Adobe updates Lightroom every other month?

Join Guy T Phillips as he helps you navigate these updates and improvements in his program, “What’s New in Lightroom?”

Every other month, Guy T will take you through the newest releases of Lightroom Classic and both the desktop and mobile versions of Lightroom.  He will also take your questions on all aspects of Lightroom.

The next episode is August 18 and continues on the 3rd Wednesday of  December, from 7 to 8 PM Central.

Best of all, it is Free for TPPA Members.

Program Dates (All times 7 to 8 PM Central)
2021
August 18
October 20
December 15

Do you have a Lightroom question for Guy T?  Ask it here.

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Want to be a Better Photographer?

We have a Class for You!

What do you want to learn?

TPPA provides outstanding photographic education with photography classes and workshops for all skill levels.

Want to Grow Your Photography Business?

Photography is a lot more fun when you are making money.

We offer Business and Marketing Classes

TPPA is a non-profit association for all professional photographers who want to grow their photography business.

Want to Get Connected?

Photography is a lot more fun with friends!

Network with other Pros and Vendors

Membership in TPPA provides photographers with the opportunity to build a supportive network of colleagues.

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TEXAS SCHOOL
April 25 – 30, 2021



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I HEART PHOTO CONFERENCE & EXPO
Oct. 15-17, 2021

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