As we knock on the door of a new year, it is a great time to look ahead and start planning for success. I can honestly say that with my own business, success started when I joined TPPA. While many other associations are struggling, TPPA is thriving and growing and it is easy to see why.

TPPA gives us the opportunity to learn from countless others who were willing to share their knowledge to help our members learn the skills required of a professional photographer and to be able to earn a living doing what they love.

As the largest affiliate of PPA, TPPA sets the standards of education that others can only dream of and we have come to expect. For example, Texas School (April 22-27) is attended by over 1000 photographers from almost every state in the US. When you look at the value you receive for the cost to attend, there is nothing that can touch it. If you are a TPPA member, you should be at Texas School. Registration opens at 11PM CST on January 3rd.

While you are waiting for Texas School to get here, take one of the awesome Texas 10 workshops that take place in February and March. These workshops are held throughout the state and are taught by fellow TPPA members, usually in their studio. These workshops are kept very small so you are sure to get lots of individual attention.

TPPA also produces one of the most unique photographic education events, TPPA Summerfest. What makes this so special is that photographers can attend three and half days of photographic education and inspiration and include a fantastic getaway for the entire family. Summerfest takes place at the La Torretta Lakeside Resort on Lake Conroe where family members enjoy a water park, a championship golf course, boating and fishing and much more. Summerfest takes place June 24-27.

PhotoGenesis is our fall conference that will take place October 12-14 in Grapevine. Big changes are in store for PhotoGenesis 2018 including a number of unique excursions and an awesome trade show. There will be a lot of excitement with our new approach to PhotoGenesis, so make your plans to be there.

When I joined TPPA, I never dreamed I would have the opportunity to serve on the leadership team, much less as President. I am honored to be able to give back to this association I love, and I look forward to seeing you in person at one our wonderful TPPA events!

Tammy Graham
2018 TPPA President