At TPPA, photography is what we are all about. Our goal with Pathways to Success is to provide you with something of a road map to help you get where you want to go with your photography and to show you why TPPA is your best investment in helping you reach your goals.
As with any good map, the Pathways to Success provides you with a number of “mile markers” to help you plot your course and identify where you are currently on your journey. We call our mile markers, “Success Badges”. We modeled these badges after the designations used for skiing where “green” represents “beginner”, “blue” represents “intermediate” and “black” represents “expert”.
If you take this idea to heart, you can begin to understand why we believe the Pathways to Success starts the process with the “green” First Steps. Can you imagine the damage that can be done for a skier to start out on the “Blue” or “Black” slopes?
One of the main objectives of TPPA is to foster the education of our members. Each of these Success Badges can be earned through participation in the Texas School of Photography and the various TPPA events throughout the year.
We will use these Success Badges to identify the content of our courses, programs, workshops and classes which address those objectives for that badge. While we do not expect our speakers and instructors to cover all aspects of any given badge, we will assign a badge to a program that we feel like addresses a high degree of material for that badge.
The Pathways to Success program is completely self-guided and currently self-assessed when it comes to earning any particular badge. You will decide when you have earned it. We encourage you to be as honest as possible with your evaluation of your knowledge and skills set as it pertains to each badge. As this program expands, we will be adding self-evaluation tools and providing access to TPPA members who can serve as mentors to provide you with important feedback.