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Here Come Santa Claus

Presented by Brenda Kieso
March 4

9am-4:30pm
Tomball

Here Comes Santa Claus, and you don’t want to miss him! Join us for a captivating workshop and learn how to give your clients a magical Santa experience, with an emphasis on the MAGIC!

Too often, Santa sessions are rushed, hectic, and many of the images are not ideal. We will show you how to spend the time you need, with tricks of the trade, to make your sessions spectacular. We begin with promotion, and tools for booking, moving into what you can do to ensure your clients get incredible images.

During the workshop, our home studio will be transformed into Santa’s Toyshop. You will learn how to replicate this in your own studio, with the ability to create incredible images and lasting memories. Will will show you special additions that make your sessions stand out from the others.

You will also learn what to look for in a Santa. Who you hire can make or break your sessions. We will also show you what we have learned, over the past nine years, to get exceptional images from every session. We will then go beyond creating images and focus on the experience that will build repeat customers, year after year, and make your mini sessions lifetime memories.

This class will also cover:

  • *Planning and Promoting
  • Preparation and Set up
  • What you need from your Santa
  • Tricks to “get the shot”
  • Making this mini session an EXPERIENCE!

Location
8210 Creekside Willow Court
Tomball, TX, 77375

Workshop Fee:
TPPA Member:  $89
Non-Member:  $99
Join & Go:  $199

Meet Brenda Kieso
Brenda Kieso is a Certified Professional Photographer who, for over twenty years, has specialized in capturing all of life’s milestones. As a 30+ year educator, recently retired, she is excited to be able to meld together her two biggest passions, teaching and photography. Now, focusing exclusively on her photography business and craft, she is currently working on her Craftsman Degree and is excited to be presenting this workshop, as it has a very special place in her heart. Her love of children is evident in her images, and she is thrilled to begin sharing these passions as an educator and presenter in this new phase in her photographic career.

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1000 Ways to Not do Business

Presented by Kathy Drake Dabbs
March 11
9:00AM – 4:30PM
Lubbock, TX

It is a daunting task to start a new business or improve an existing business to be sure you can keep the bill collectors off your front porch! I failed miserably at the financial part of my business only to learn wonderful lessons. You have to make the mistakes sometimes to learn how to do it better.

I hope to impart some valuable lessons that will prevent those failures and keep you in business for many years to come. My studio is now 26+ years in business and I now have consistent business that keeps me on track. I would love to share that information with you and promote professional photography in the best possible light!

This workshop will also cover:

  • Get the right resource people in place. CPA, Lawyer, Banker.
  • Equipment you really need and what you do not need.
  • Jobs that make you money and jobs that will not make money!
  • Studio verses location
  • Employees. How many do I need, really.
  • Time management
  • Money management

Location
6502 CR 6430
Lubbock, TX

Workshop Fee:
TPPA Member:  $89
Non-Member:  $99
Join & Go:  $199

Meet Kathy Drake Dabbs
I am a positive, happy, person. I choose to be happy. Also, God loves me best…don’t we all feel that way.
Like we are the favorite child! I was a nurse for 24 years before I started my business. (a few years of
overlap) So that makes me very capable of reading people and understanding them. I love my family
and they are required to work with me because I make them! Not really! But we enjoy each other and
are blessed to be able to work together. I am very detail oriented, and I want it done right or not at all.
So, I kind of drive people crazy at times. But we have fun most of all. I love to play cards and dominoes.
My family will not play Monopoly with me because I beat them so bad!

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Quit Using Your Camera on Program!

Grapevine – March 11

“Quit Using Your Camera on Program!”
Time: Sat. 9:30am – 4:30pm

TPPA invites you to join Steve Kozak for two outstanding photography classes on March 7 and 8.

Steve will present, “Quit Using Your Camera on Program!” on Saturday and “Fundamentals of Flash Photography” on Sunday.

These classes will help you get the most out of your camera and your flash by learning to use both in manual mode.  This is a weekend that you don’t want to miss.

You can register for the classes separately or bundle them together and SAVE.

The cost for TPPA Members is only $158 for both classes! You save $20!

Quit Using Your Camera on Program!

Quit Using Your Camera on Program is Steve’s all-time, most popular class as it has helped thousands of photographers gain the upper hand in operating their camera. Once you learn to master your camera, you can create your vision and develop your own style.

This is why Steve begins with teaching the fundamentals – F-stops and Shutter Speeds. Think of it as learning the names of the white keys and the black keys on the piano. Knowing which ones to use is how you are able to play your favorite song – or in this case, take a great photo.

Gaining control over your camera also allows you to gain control over exposures. When using the camera set to “P”, “T” or “A”, the camera has no way to know the photographer’s intent when it comes to exposure. All it can do is average the overall scene.

The problem is, many scenes are simply not “average” – scenes that include a sky or an area with a lot of shade, for example.

This class is all about gaining confidence and mastery over your camera. Quit guessing and take control!

Class: “Quit Using Your Camera On Program”
When: Saturday, 9:30am-4:30pm

Location
Grapevine Convention Center
1209 S. Main Street
Grapevine TX 76051

TPPA Member Registration – $89
Non-Member Registration – $99
“Join and Go” Registration – $184
Take Both Classes and Save:
Bundle “Quit Using Your Camera on Program!” with “Fundamentals of Flash” for $158 (Includes two Merits!)

Where to Stay
Coming in from out of town? You can fly into DFW Airport and you are only 10 minutes from the Grapevine Convention Center and many of the hotels listed below. Most have a free shuttle. Grapevine offers a wide variety of accommodations. Here are a few suggestions:

These hotels are within two blocks of the Grapevine Convention Center.

Holiday Inn Express
309 State Highway 114 West
Grapevine, Texas
Phone: 817-442-5919

Hilton Garden Inn DFW
205 W. State Hwy 114
Grapevine, TX 76051
817-421-1172

Comfort Inn, Grapevine
301 Capitol Street
Grapevine, Texas
Phone: 817-329-9300

The hotels below are located just 10 minutes from the Dallas Fort Worth Airport and the Convention Center. They are right by the Grapevine Mills Outlet Mall and Outdoor World/Bass Pro Shops.

Hilton DFW Lakes
1800 Highway 26 East
Grapevine, Texas
Phone: 817-481-8444

Embassy Suites Outdoor World
2401 Bass Pro Drive
Grapevine, Texas
Phone: 972-724-2600

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Fundamentals of Flash Photography

Grapevine – March 12

“Fundamentals of Flash Photography”
Time: Sunday, 9:30am – 4:30pm

TPPA invites you to join Steve Kozak for two outstanding photography classes on March 7 and 8.

Steve will present, “Quit Using Your Camera on Program!” on Saturday and “Fundamentals of Flash Photography” on Sunday.

These classes will help you get the most out of your camera and your flash by learning to use both in manual mode. This is a weekend that you don’t want to miss.

You can register for the classes separately or bundle them together and SAVE.

The cost for TPPA Members is only $158 for both classes! You save $20!

Fundamentals of Flash Photography

Images taken with a flash set to eTTL are a shot in the dark!

Allowing the camera and flash to make exposure decisions will usually wind up costing you a lot more time trying to fix bad images.

Photographers need to have a working understanding of flash photography. If your idea of controlling your flash is to use TTL, then you are simply not in control of your exposure.

Imagine stepping into any location and knowing exactly how to set your flash for a proper exposure.  No chimping, no guessing…only confidence!

By controlling your flash and camera in manual mode, you are able to place the perfect amount of light on the subject and get complete control of the background!

You will learn a ton about flash that you never knew.  Not only will this help you create outstanding images, but it will also help you if you are working on your CPP.

Class: “Fundamentals of Flash Photography”
When: Sunday, 9:30am-4:30pm

Location
Grapevine Convention Center
1209 S. Main Street
Grapevine TX 76051

TPPA Member Registration – $89
Non-Member Registration – $99
“Join and Go” Registration – $184
Take Both Classes and Save:
Bundle “Fundamentals of Flash” with “Quit Using Your Camera on Program!” for $158 (Includes two Merits!)

Where to Stay
Coming in from out of town? You can fly into DFW Airport and you are only 10 minutes from the Grapevine Convention Center and many of the hotels listed below. Most have a free shuttle. Grapevine offers a wide variety of accommodations. Here are a few suggestions:

These hotels are within two blocks of the Grapevine Convention Center.

Holiday Inn Express
309 State Highway 114 West
Grapevine, Texas
Phone: 817-442-5919

Hilton Garden Inn DFW
205 W. State Hwy 114
Grapevine, TX 76051
817-421-1172

Comfort Inn, Grapevine
301 Capitol Street
Grapevine, Texas
Phone: 817-329-9300

The hotels below are located just 10 minutes from the Dallas Fort Worth Airport and the Convention Center. They are right by the Grapevine Mills Outlet Mall and Outdoor World/Bass Pro Shops.

Hilton DFW Lakes
1800 Highway 26 East
Grapevine, Texas
Phone: 817-481-8444

Embassy Suites Outdoor World
2401 Bass Pro Drive
Grapevine, Texas
Phone: 972-724-2600

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Texas 10

The Texas 10 is a series of photographic workshops that will be held throughout the state in January, February and March.

Workshops are taught by volunteer TPPA Members who are willing to share and promote the success of all photographers throughout Texas (and beyond).

These one and two-day workshops are offered locally to photographers of all skill levels.  You do not have to be a member of TPPA to register for Texas 10 workshops.

Because many of the workshops are hosted in the photographer’s own studio, most of the workshops have a very limited capacity which also ensures everyone has an opportunity to work with the instructor and to ask questions.

Take one workshop or take them all!  Secure your spot today in any of the Texas 10 workshops.

The “Texas 10” workshops are proud to be a part of the PPA Continuing Education System.  PPA Members attending “Texas 10” workshops will earn one education merit for each workshop completed.  PPA members earn merits to apply towards various degrees from PPA including the PPA Masters Degree and the PPA Craftsman Degree.  To learn more about all of the benefits of PPA including the merits and degrees program, visit PPA.com.

Texas 10 Pricing

Workshop range from $49 to $129 for TPPA Members. Non-member registration is also available.

Space in each workshop is very limited. Confirm your spot by registering today!

Texas 10 Locations

Low Key Lighting

Low Key Lighting

February 18 Richmond, TX ...
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CPP Exam Study Class

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Here Come Santa Claus

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