Texas School of Professional Photography

One week that will change your career.

The Texas School of Professional Photography is unlike any other photo education out there.

What makes it different is the fact that you spend the entire week with one instructor in one class.  This provides you with a deep-dive into that instructor’s world in how they approach the craft.

Texas School offers 34 classes with a wide range of studies from a host of world-class instructors. Texas School is NOT a showcase of speakers where you sit and listen for 90 minutes with 1500 others in a ballroom.  Instead, you spend 5 days with your chosen instructor in a small class environment where you get hands-on with the latest gear and photograph models or work on your images or build your marketing assets.

Texas School is also unique in that it balances an intense week of study with a healthy dose of fun.  You work all day, but the evenings are for networking with photographers and vendors, letting your hair down on the dance floor, getting together in small groups to share ideas and ask questions or practicing the new skills you learned during the week.  No matter how you spend your evenings, you are immersed in the world that is Texas School and the culture of success.  All evening entertainment and all evening meals are included with your tuition.

Texas School features the largest photographic Trade Show in the south with over 60 vendors.  This incredible turnout of industry professionals will help you prepare for success  and adds value to your Texas School experience.

To learn more about Texas School and to find out why it is “The Best Little Photography School in the World, visit TexasSchool.org.

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Road Trip to Caddo Lake

Uncertain, TX – May 17
Hosted by Bill Hedrick

Uncertain, Texas?  Now you may be asking yourself, “Don’t they know where this is going to be held?” But the answer is as unique as the landscape in and around Caddo Lake.  Uncertain, Texas is the name of the tiny town that serves as the gateway to this unique environment.

Join The Photographer Magazine Editor, Bill Hedrick, for a photographic wonderland of Spanish moss, wildlife and bayous as he hosts this outing to Caddo Lake.

Participants will have the option of booking an evening excursion on the lake, or a morning excursion or both.  Registration for this event does not include the cost of the boat trip(s), nor the tip for the guide.

Participants will also visit the historical town of Jefferson, Texas.  With its small town charm and eclectic shopping,  Jefferson is not only picturesque, it is also a popular destination for tourist looking for an escape from the big city.

Lodging, Boat Tours and guide tips are not included in the following registration fees.

TPPA Member Registration – $49
Non-Member Registration – $89
“Join and Go” Registration – $144

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Light from the Shadows

Light from the Shadows
Presented by Mark Bryant

When: June 11 and 12
Time:  Friday 1PM – 6PM and Saturday 10AM – 5PM

Where:  Lubbock, Texas

“In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.”

Sir Francis Bacon

Join one of the country’s premier portrait artist, Mark Bryant, as he leads us on a journey of Light and Shadows.

Within photography it is often said “see the light”, but Mark stresses that you must KNOW light first.  He embraces the quote by George Eastman:

“Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth and you will know the key to photography.”

His goal in lighting most portraits and especially sports portraits is to capture a full range of specular highlights, long range of midtones graduating into deep robust shadows which define and provide a backdrop for the details.

Every one from renaissance painters,classical portraitists, today’s composite artists, and the general population snapping with their iPhones need light to share their vision with the world. Without light we can not illuminate our subjects and without shadows we cannot define or evoke an emotional response from the viewer.

Light behaves in a very predictable way. Each ray of light travels in a straight line. As photographers, most of us have a bevy of modifiers to focus, bend, alter the direction of light rays (diffuse), and different applications for the desired effect. In order to master light it is important to know light properties: such as Intensity, color and contrast. It is equally important to know that the subject reacts to light either by absorption, refraction, reflection, or any combination of the three.

In this deep-dive workshop, Mark will share the principle tools he uses and his approach to creating stunning portraiture.

In this workshop, Mark will share:

  1. The concept of Form Fill
  2. Why shadows are your friend
  3. Lens perspective/camera perspective in relationship with a composite portrait
  4. How to make an emotional statement with composition
  5. Digging deeper into posing techniques

The program begins on Friday, June 11 at 1PM and run until 6PM. Then, at 7:30, join hosts Cris and Deanna Duncan at their place for Bar-b-que with all the trimmings and some fine Texas Hospitality.

On Saturday, the workshop continues as we move to the National Ranching Heritage Center where you will work with Mark to capture images of cowboys and ranchers and more in a setting of authentic period locations on the museum grounds.

At the end of the day, we will mosey back to Cris and Deanna’s for a Mexican dinner on the grounds and an outdoor movie.

You could pay up to $900 to attend a two-day workshop with Mark, but TPPA has arranged to bring you this workshop to you at an unbelievable price.

To ensure that participants get the most out of this workshop, space is limited!

Pre-Registration (Pricing good until May 31st)
TPPA Member Registration – $179
Non-Member Registration – $249
“Join and Go” Registration – $274

Lubbock, Texas

Meet Mark Bryant:

I spent from birth through kindergarten in Browning Montana on the Blackfoot Reservation at the edge of Glacier Park where my parents were missionaries for ten years. I was a 3 sport athlete (small high school 43 graduating seniors in my class) and a lurker in the arts. My future wife Sandra was on the yearbook staff:) We were high school sweet hearts! We spent a year at Trinity Bible Institute (following marriage) and the following year enrolled in Ohio Institute of Photography and graduating in 2 years.

Sandra and I moved back home to Missoula, Montana and I worked for a year with a local studio doing school photography,weddings and portraits at their studio/park setting. Starting our business the following year. We have been in the same commercial location in downtown Missoula for 35 years. We have 2 adult daughters both married with children.
We love the Montana outdoors as avid ATV,Snowmobile,Sea Do adventure seekers!

We are huge fans of most sports but March Madness and college football are at the top of the heap.
Our life’s motto is God first, Wife/Husband,family,avocation and adventure!

Why not stay and extra day and join us at Palo Duro Canyon?

TPPA Social:  Palo Duro Canyon and the Texas Outdoor Musical!

When: June 13
Time:  Sunday

Where:  Palo Duro Canyon near Canyon, Texas

TPPA hits the road for a trip to Palo Duro Canyon.  Bring a friend or the entire family!

Know as, “The Grand Canyon of Texas”, Palo Duro is the second largest canyon in the country.  Experience the canyon’s rugged beauty and enjoy its colorful history.

Things to Do

Explore the canyon by foot, mountain bike, horse or car. The park has more than 30 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails.  Camp, geocache, study nature or bird watch.

Explore the area on your own way.  While we are not organizing activities on an “official” level, we do know that there will be folks camping on Saturday and Sunday Night.  Some plan to do some night sky photography,  and some will get up early to capture a sunrise over the canyon.  Still, others will do some serious hiking while others will enjoy a leisurely drive through the park.

Enjoy the day at your own pace and set your own agenda.  We will connect you with others who share similar interests if you want to meet up with others for the day.

Where to Stay

Choose from campsites with water and electricity, tent sites, equestrian sites, or backpack camping areas. Stay in one of three cabins on the canyon’s rim or four Cow Camp cabins on the canyon floor.  You can also stay in a hotel in nearby Canyon or Amarillo.

New to Palo Duro Canyon: Glamping (luxury camping)! Each glamping site is fully furnished with air conditioning, luxury rustic furnishings, refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, games, bicycles, gas grills and gas fire pits, covered porches with rockers, porch swings, and much more. More information on glamping at Palo Duro Canyon.

Stay for Dinner and a Show!
Cap off the night with a chuck wagon dinner, a backstage tour and a ticket to the musical, Texas.

A FAMILY-FRIENDLY SHOW set against an authentic tapestry of history, the show’s fictional characters bring to life the stories, struggles and triumphs of the settlers of the Texas Panhandle in the 1800’s. Song and dance abound – and a generous helping of good ol’ Texas humor too – with spellbinding lighting, special effects and fireworks.

Our group will also enjoy a backstage tour before the show.

TPPA is securing tickets for the dinner, back stage tour, and the show so that we can sit together.  Order your tickets below.

Dinner and Ticket Price (Must be ordered by June 1)
Adult Dinner and Show Ticket – $53.00
Child 12 and under Dinner/Show – $40.00


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Road Trip to Red River New Mexico

August 2-4, 2021
Explore the Enchantment of Northern New Mexico

Registration only $149 for TPPA Members


Join Steve and Jacqueline Kozak as they host this unique road trip to Red River in northern New Mexico.

Part workshop, part photo walk and part vacation, this trip promises to be an experience of fun for photographers and families.  TPPA has partnered with the Professional Photographers Association of New Mexico to bring you this very special event.

Red River is a mountain town located in the lush Carson National Forest about 30 minutes north of Taos. The summer temps are glorious and the location is perfect for any number of day trips for exploring the history and scenic beauty of New Mexico.

Our itinerary is full of opportunities to photograph in this diverse region.  From mountain forest to desert landscapes and from exploring historic Taos on foot to high mountain vistas by train, this adventure has more than enough to keep you photographing at every turn.

©Alison Carlino

Monday – We will spend most of the day in and around Red River photographing the sights around town. You will find beautiful images of the flowers, humming birds, architecture and the river.  We will also gather nearby for some natural light portrait tips and a short program to help you get more out of your camera.

Time permitting, we will also photograph the beautiful Palisades and tour the Vietnam War Memorial.

After dinner, we will visit the Wild Rivers Scenic Area for some edgy photographs (pun intended).

©Steve Kozak

Tuesday – We will make a short drive over to Taos to experience the Taos Pueblo. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years. You will also see the San Geronimo Chapel which was completed in 1850.  Enjoy a little shopping or getting a tasty treat at any of the quaint little shops located in the Pueblo.

Adult admission: $16 per person
Students (11 and up, includes college with ID): $14 per person
Children 10 and under: Free

Then, it is off to downtown Taos for lunch and a walking tour for photographs of its beautiful architecture. We will also take a short drive to the Rio Grand Gorge Bridge and visit the historic San Francisco De Asis Church.

©Bill Hedrick

Wednesday – We get up bright an early for a drive to Antonito where we will board the Cumbres and Toltec Railroad.  This memorable trip takes you through a diverse landscape with some of the most beautiful views of Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado.

Once on the train, you can make your way to the open air car and photograph from either side of the train.  You will enjoy listening to the docents explain the history and the stories of the landscapes.  The train arrives in Osier, CO where you will enjoy a wonderful lunch with all the trimmings plus dessert, before you board the train to complete the trip to Chama.  After arriving in Chama, we will board a bus which will take us back to Antonito.

Click here to watch a feature story on this great adventure from CBS News.

This is such a wonderful experience and will be fun for the entire family.

There are a variety of trips and options to choose from.  Our group trip will be:

Trip #2
Antonito to Chama by train / return to Antonito by motor coach
10:00am – 5:30pm


Lodging Details

We will be headquartered at the Lifts West Condominium Hotel in downtown Red River.  Lifts West offers a wide range of lodging options from hotel rooms to three bedroom condos with full kitchens.  We have arranged a nice discount on rental rates when you call 575-754-2778 and use the code, TPPA.  These discounted rates are not available with online booking.  You must call in to secure your reservation and these rates.

Type of Room / Discounted Rate
Hotel Room     $67 plus tax/night
1 Bedroom Condo   $117/night
2 Bedroom Condo   $150/night
3 Bedroom Condo   $170/night

You may also elect to find lodging on your own.


TPPA Member Registration $149
Non-Member Registration $199
“Join and Go” Registration $244

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I Heart Photography Conference & Expo

October 15-17, 2021
Grapevine Convention Center

We know you LOVE photography. That is why we hope to see you at the I Heart Photography Conference and Expo October 15-17, 2021 at the Grapevine Convention Center.

The I Heart Photography Conference features three days of programming for photographers of all skill levels and with a wide range of interests.

In addition to the regular conference programs, we have a lineup of “hands on” Excursions that take place on Friday. Bring your camera and be prepared to work side by side with a coach who will guide you through the process of creating outstanding images.

The Expo at I Heart Photography is open Saturday and Sunday and is free with your registration. Can’t make the conference this year? Read on to find out how you can get a Free “Expo Only” pass from Arlington Camera.
Registration for the conference is $139.

From landscape photography to pet portraits and from sports action to concert photography – we have your interests covered. We even have a trade show with industry leaders such at Canon, Sony, Panasonic, Tamron and more.
Grab your ticket and join us October 15-17, 2021 at the Grapevine Convention Center.  Learn more.

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