Friday Programs

Friday kicks off with a variety of hands-on Excursions.  Excursions are your opportunity to bring your camera and work in a small group setting with a coach who will guide you through the process of creating outstanding images.  Coaches will help you as much or as little as you like.  We have a variety of Excursions that are sure to get your creative energy flowing.   Excursions are held off-site and require an additional fee.  Transportation to and from each Excursion is not included.

Excursions

Welcome to the Jungle of Wildlife Photography

If you love photographing wildlife, either in their natural environment, game parks or in a zoo, this workshop is for you.

The Art of Street Photography

When it comes to impactful portraits, oftentimes it’s difficult to get the subjects that you most desire into the studio.

Airborne Over Texas

Justin Moore will take you on an exciting tour of how low altitude aerial photography is changing the photography industry.

Extractions and Composites

Bring your laptop with Photoshop to learn to create stunning composites.

Great Photos in a Flash

Join Alison Carlino as she helps you master your flash!

Photographing Flowers

Bring your camera and photograph stunning floral images with Teri Whittaker.

Track Programs

The I Heart Photography Conference welcomes photographers of all skill levels and interests.  If you love photography, this is your event!

We have created our programs in two “Tracks” to help you navigate the content that will be most appealing to you.  Our “Inspiration Track” features programs covering some of the most popular topics of interest to photo enthusiasts.  Our “Pro Track” features topics and speakers that will appeal to the part-time and full-time professional photographer.

You may mix and match and attend any program in any track your paid registration.  Your registration also gets you into the Expo and no additional charge.

Inspiration Track

Pro Track

Photoshop Tips and Tricks
Presented by Ross Benton

Friday, October 11, 2019
2:00 PM – 5 PM

Ready to change the way your images look? Let’s create your very own WoW Factor and unleash the power of light and design into your images. Add depth to your landscapes, drama to your portraits and intrigue to all your images. You will be challenged to explore simple yet creative techniques to increase the appeal of your photography.

Attendees will learn:

  • Discover the “RAW Power” already built into your images
  • “Dodge and Burn” like a pro
  • Tone images far beyond BW & Sepia
  • Hollywood style “Film Grain” effects
  • Texture… Texture… Texture…
  • Content Aware… Did you know it does that?
  • Woolite Brush… it will change your life!!!
  • And tons of little tips and tricks

Meet the Speaker:
Ross Benton opened a small storefront studio in central San Antonio in 2008. Ross’ recipe for business is as unique as his photography. Known for his weddings, his market rapidly expanded into the family and senior markets. His laid back approachable style creates a relaxed environment for his clients which you’ll also find flowing over into the classroom.practice and create imagery.”

Getting Started with Light Modifiers
Hosted by Guy T. Phillips

Friday, October 11, 2019
2:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Gain confidence with hands-on, while you learn the advantages of each. We’ll review Natural Light, Speedlight, Constant Light and Studio Flash modifiers, and learn the when and why to choose the right method.

This class provides a complete hands-on experience as you learn to work with:
Diffuser / Reflectors
Shoot – Through, White Reflective, Silver Reflective Umbrellas
Strip Softboxes
Square Softboxes
Octobox and Parabolic
Light Stands, Big and Small

After this class, you’ll make better buying decisions, and understand common setups to make your client look their best! Be prepared to learn while you have fun!

Meet The Speaker:
Guy T Phillips is known throughout the U.S. for his “entertaining” style of corporate-level training that will help you stay engaged throughout the session. Be prepared to have fun and laugh while you learn the things you didn’t pick up from a manual or an online video! Guy T is a native Texan (San Antonio born and Hill Country-raised), and a long-time resident of Highland Village.

Saturday Programs

Inspiration Track

Pro Track

Tools & Tech

The Art of Street Portraits
Presented by Josh Jordan

Saturday, October 12, 2019
8:30 PM – Noon

When it comes to impactful portraits, oftentimes it’s difficult to get the subjects that you most desire into the studio. There are logistical issues like scheduling and returning email and phone calls. The solution is to get out to where those subjects are and take the studio to them. Engage them on the spot and make the idea of having a portrait made be a winning opportunity for them…and for you.

However, there are multiple potential issues that arise when attempting to approach strangers and ask to make their portrait. How do you make the initial approach? How do you develop instant trust? How do I gauge who will and who won’t sit for me? Model releases? Gear? Settings? The list goes on and on.

This session will cover topics like:

  • How to stay safe
  • Finding subjects
  • What to offer in return

Meet the Speaker:
Raised in Fort Worth, Texas and a current San Antonio resident, I am the proud dad of three wonderful kids and the husband of the most incredible woman I’ve ever met. I’ve got a Bachelors degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Masters of Science degree from Texas Wesleyan University. My photographic journey started on a dive boat in Burma in 2009 and has since expanded to my current business, Josh Jordan Media Group, which currently has three divisions including San Antonio Sports Photography. My current photo project is my Hidden Faces series and I’ll soon be starting on my newest project: Perfect Imperfections.

Let it Shine! Unlocking the Natural Beauty of Landscapes
Presented by
Cris Duncan

Saturday, October 12, 2019
1:30 PM – 5:30

Let it Shine! Unlocking the Natural Beauty of Landscapes. Surrounding each of us every day is unspeakable beauty. From the tiny dewdrop framed by intricate silk webwork to the glorious West Texas sunset, our senses are constantly stimulated by beauty.

However, sometimes there is frustration as what our eye sees can’t seem to be captured by our camera. Using the tools given to us today—camera, lens selection, filters and post-processing—we will explore ways to allow the vision of our mind to be translated into a photograph. Take time for yourself and come and join Cris Duncan for a time of creative development where you can start “seeing” things in a whole new light.

Cris will cover “What you need to know” to take better, more impactful landscape images—The tools, camera techniques, lighting, creative compositions and post-processing. Get prepared to have your mind explode. Just like there are “rules” of portraiture and lighting, there are “rules” of landscape photography and the magic can really start happening when you start blending the three—this is that “BIG” secret that is revealed at the $$$$ wall portrait workshops.

Can you imagine how that will impact your work? Landscape photography is not just for vacations and free time. It is an opportunity to share the world and a part of yourself with the community and it is an exercise in creativity that is sure to leave you inspired, regardless of your photographic knowledge, discipline or profession.

Meet the Speaker:
Cris Duncan is an Internationally Award Winning Photographers who sport a host of letters after his name. Cris’s landscapes have been awarded top trophies at the local, state and national level. When not behind the cameras, you can find Cris with a guitar in his hands. Cris, along with his bride, Deanna, own and operate CjDuncan Photography in Lubbock, TX . In addition to the studio, they are often found teaching other professionals at conventions or at their own Find Your Focus adventures where you are encouraged to “Enjoy the journey.” That is their message for all—celebrate every moment for it is truly a gift.

“First Three Songs…No Flash!”
Cliff Ranson

Saturday, October 12, 2019
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

For concert photographers, “First three songs, no flash” is the industry standard announcement immediately before leaving the media holding area. After securing your position in the pit, you wait for the lights to go down, the energy rises, and then, there are no second chances. You must capture everything you need for the venue during the first three songs, no excuses.

I will detail probably the most exciting fifteen minutes a photographer can experience from the pit directly in front of the concert stage. And also what it is like to deal with all the backstage personalities associated with the music industry. Having been the House Photographer for the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo Texas since 2003, I have photographed over 400 concerts and events. This program will teach attendees how to photograph in large or small venues, whether professional or amateur events.

Meet the Speaker:
Cliff Ranson began his professional career as a high school football and baseball coach while teaching biology and chemistry in the classroom.

His photography business started in the late 80’s and overlapped his educational career until he retired in 2003. He joined PPA and TPPA in 1992 and served as the President of Texas PPA in 2011.

When not working, he enjoys traveling, playing table tennis, and listening to an extensive collection of vinyl lps on the stereo.


Light, Posing and Expression
Presented by Randy Pollard

Saturday, October 12, 2019
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Your portraits should convey emotion and tell a story, but the emotion should make sense and the story should be a consistent one.  Keeping everything aligned will make your portraits more powerful, and tell your story more powerfully.  We’ll explore consistency and also dichotomy, and how to create and use each one.

Attendees will learn:

  • What makes a consistent, fluid portrait
  • Using light as a narrative device
  • Avoiding “cognitive dissidence” in your portrait work
  • Making ALL light “natural” light
  • Syncing your lighting, posing and expression and when to use what.

Meet the Speaker:

Randy and his wife Laura own L-Ann Imaging and On the Edge Photography in Victoria, Texas.  Their specialities include seniors, specialty sports, commercial, babies and children.  Randy just recently diversified, and with his business partner Shane they opened a mobile cigar lounge in a 1973 Airstream trailer.  Randy and Laura have been married 32 years.


Adding Video to Your Marketing Mix
Presented by Marsha Hudson

Saturday, October 12, 2019
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

It makes sense to use video in your business; it engages people, motivates customers to like and share your online content, boost sales, builds trustincreases SEO, and they are fun to create!

Join Marsha Lynn Hudson as she demonstrates strategies for incorporating videos into your marketing strategy.  In the program,  we will actually demonstrate how easy it is to make a live video, and how you can add a variety of video types to your website, social media, and your photography campaigns.  Each attendee gets a surprise to take back to their studio !

Highlights include:

  • How to get started with video marketing
  • How to align video with your present marketing strategy
  • Setting a content calendar and developing a monthly plan for videos
  • The best types of videos to make that will create engagement and buzz for your business

Meet TPPA Member, Marsha Hudson:
I am Marsha Lynn Hudson, and I was born and reared in Houston. I am married to a great guy named Malcolm Hudson. He is my best friend, and we are a photographer and videographer team.

I started my photography business in 2000, and marketed myself as a wedding photography. I literally ran my wedding photography business out of my car, and in a corner at Starbucks in the galleria area of Houston. Today, I have a small boutique studio located in West Houston. In 2016, I began transitioning to real estate, headshot and branding photography.

I became a member of PPA and PPGH, and later joined TPPA. These organizations helped to shape me into the professional photographer that I am today.

I am a Professor of English and have been teaching at Wharton County Jr. College since 2000.  I teach social media classes at University of Houston-Small Business Development Center, at local chambers, for small businesses and individuals.

“Airborne Over Texas”
Justin Moore

Saturday, October 12, 2019
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Join drone photographer Justin Moore as he takes you on an airborne journey into the world of low altitude aerial photography. For budding drone photographers, Justin will cover some of the basic tenets of the FAA’s new “Part 107” commercial regulations. He will also share his experiences using #dronesforgood – from mapping a lost population of bigtooth maple trees to monitoring a great blue heron rookery from his perch in the sky.

Justin Moore will take you on an exciting tour of how low altitude aerial photography is changing the photography industry. He will discuss how aerial photographs can be both art AND data. He’ll share his experiences as a commercial drone pilot and give an update on the ups and downs of piloting a flying camera!

Meet the Speaker:
Justin Moore is a native of San Antonio and a resident of the small town of Hollywood Park, Texas. He is an instrument-rated private pilot and professional photographer who saw his passions merge when the “flying camera” or drone hit the scene in late 2014. Justin started Airborne Aerial Photography after receiving his FAA “333 exemption” in January 2016. Justin is an expert on UAS – Unmanned Aerial Systems and recently completed required education to earn his Remote Pilot Certificate which will debut at the end of August with the FAA’s new “PART 107” regulations.


Event Photography And Onsite Printing
Presented by Robin Janson

Saturday, October 12, 2019
10:30 AM – Noon
This class is the perfect opportunity for all levels of photographers who are considering adding a new revenue stream to their business. Join me as we discuss how to start, build, and maintain a successful event photography regiment. You’ll learn what marketing and sales techniques work. Learn basic lighting in addition to learning how to design borders, use green screen extraction software. We will also share with you how we deliver onsite images or delivering the best in quality yet fastest turn around via a professional lab.

This class starts you off in the right direction so you can hit the ground running for any kind of special event be it a professional sporting event, golf tournaments, or corporate event.

Attendees will learn Robin’s approach to:

  • Marketing
  • Lighting
  • Use of critical industry software
  • Design techniques
  • Workflow
  • and most of all making money.

Meet the Speaker:
Robin Janson is the co-owner of Sock Monkey Photography based in Cypress Texas a suburb just northwest of Houston. My business focuses on preschools, youth sports, and event photography.

When Robin isn’t working at Sock Monkey he is donating his time and photography services to a variety of Veteran programs including AFAD which is a day celebrating current and retired service men and women at the Houston Rodeo, Houston Honor Flight, and Impact a Hero. He was responsible for developing the photography services and coverages for many of these great causes.
As a speaker / educator / mentor he believes in passing on knowledge that can assist others in making a living through photography or adding additional profits through photography.

Sunday Programs

Inspiration Track


Essentials of Sports Photography
Presented by Kevin Jairaj

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday, October 13, 2019
8:30 AM – Noon

Kevin will show you exactly everything he does to create his exciting sports images (both action and portraits) as well as discuss some of his favorite images captured as well as the stories behind them.

Kevin will also show a live demo with lots of tips and tricks of how he lights and poses his athletic portraits.

Lots of shooting techniques for sports such as Football, Soccer, Basketball, and Baseball

Portrait techniques on how to light and pose athletes.

How to shoot with remote cameras.

What to look for while shooting different sports.

What makes a great sports image.

Meet the Speaker:In just a few short years, Kevin has not only become one of the most sought after photographers in the USA, but also worldwide. He has been commissioned to do photoshoots, weddings, and events in London, Hawaii, Trinidad and Tobago, The Bahamas, Mexico, Jamaica, Anguilla, and Aruba in addition to the work he shoots in Texas and the rest of the USA. Kevin is also a favorite among the celebrity crowd and has photographed weddings and events for many musicians, actors, and famous athletes.

Award Winning
Kevin is one of only a few people in the world to hold the Triple Master Title from WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) as well as a Master of Photography from PPA (Professional Photographers of America). Kevin has also won Numerous 1st Place Awards in the very prestigious WPPI 16×20 and 8×10 print competitions in addition to having several prints selected in the PPA Loan collection over the years.

He was also named a Top Knots of Wedding Photography by the very well respected Photo District News magazine and his work has been published in countless newspapers, books, and magazines.

He was named as a ProFoto Legend of Light in 2017 and also wrote a book for wedding photographers published by Amherst Media titled “Stylish Weddings.”

Recent News
Kevin has been commissioned by USA TODAY to take portraits of key members of the USA Summer and Winter Olympic Teams and has also had a recurring role in the Hit Discovery Channel Show “Fast N Loud.”

Kevin covered the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, and the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang for USA Today. In addition, Kevin has covered major sporting events such as Super Bowls, Final Fours, the World Series, and National Championship games.

Kevin has also been the Official Photographer for the College Football Playoff National Championship since its inception in 2015.


Unlocking the Power of Post-Production for Landscape Imagery
Presented by
Cris Duncan

Sunday, October 13, 2019
2:00 PM – 5:30 PM

You have taken the trip. You have created the image. Now what? Now it is time to make it sing and come to life.

In today’s digital world, capture is just the beginning. In this course, you will discover the tools and techniques the pros use to take your landscape images from hero to zero. Your instructor, Cris Duncan, will take you step by step in simple to use, but advanced techniques that will take your image enhancement to the next level. These details are the difference makers in making a good image a great one.

This course will cover many of today’s most popular image enhancement programs including Adobe Lightroom Classic, Adobe Photoshop, Nik Software, Luminar and Capture One Pro. Sometimes the hardest thing is knowing where to start. You will also learn the things to look for in your images and the discover the tools needed to make your images what your eyes have seen.

Topics covered will included:

  • Basic adjustments in your RAW processor
  • Selective adjustments in Lightroom
  • Color grading
  • Creating presets
  • Stunning B&W conversions
  • Adding and replacing skies
  • Removing and adding elements
  • Non-destructive dodging and burning
  • Image finishing and much more.

Can you imagine how that will impact your work? Landscape photography is not just for vacations and free time. It is an opportunity to share the world and a part of yourself with the community and it is an exercise in creativity that is sure to leave you inspired, regardless of your photographic knowledge, discipline or profession. Even if you are not a landscape shooter, this class has applications to every genre of photography. Each student will be given a handout with Cris’s notes as well as a special link to download some of his favorite Lightroom presets designed for landscape imagery.

Meet the Speaker:
Cris Duncan is an Internationally Award Winning Photographers who sport a host of letters after his name. Cris’s landscapes have been awarded top trophies at the local, state and national level. When not behind the cameras, you can find Cris with a guitar in his hands. Cris, along with his bride, Deanna, own and operate CjDuncan Photography in Lubbock, TX . In addition to the studio, they are often found teaching other professionals at conventions or at their own Find Your Focus adventures where you are encouraged to “Enjoy the journey.” That is their message for all—celebrate every moment for it is truly a gift.

Pro Track

There’s Profit in Your Passion
Hosted by Jessi Norvell

Sunday, October 13, 2019
8:30 AM – 10 AM

It’s time to merge what you love with an actual salary!  This requires stepping out of your comfort zone, defining your artistic voice, and understanding the worth of your unique skill set.  We will discuss the steps to figuring your cost of doing business, as well as an honest look at the time it takes to create the finished products you’d like your clients to have.  This will lay the foundations for finding, marketing, and selling the sessions and products that match up with your core values and photographic passions so that you can start making a Real Profit from Your Passion!

In this program, you will learn how to:

  • Define Your Artistic Voice
  • Decide What Products to Sell
  • Determine What to Charge
  • Find Your Ideal Client
  • Build Your Self-Confidence

Amarillo Photographer

Meet TPPA Member, Jessi Norvell

I have been married for 12 years, and my husband and I hope to share our love and relationship with Jesus with our two daughters. They are my muses and are the stars of my CPP portfolio as well as my merit and loan images. I believe in the power of family and of true love!

It is my deepest desire to travel the world – 4 countries and counting! And it’s my sincerest goal in life to help others. I support the arts and that extends from the big box productions to the sweet local recital that our tiny dancers participate in.

My favorite restaurant is Olive Garden, but you’re more likely to find me with clients in a coffee shop sipping a Soy Vanilla Latte. Time off work is best spent playing board games, reading, or binge watching Netflix. The only thing that moves me more than a powerfully written story are songs with meaningful lyrics and visually stimulating artwork.


No Excuses IPS: The Same Day Reveal
Hosted by Jessi Norvell

Sunday, October 13, 2019
10:30 AM – Noon

You’ve heard all the excuses, and you’ve made most of them yourself.  “I can’t do IPS because …” fill in the blank!  Jessi is going to debunk them all by explaining why an additional meeting time, a fancy sales room, and hours of retouching are not required.  The Same Day Reveal can eliminate most of the fears that come along with In Person Sales.  Learn exactly what to say and exactly what to sell to meet your needs for your average sales, without feeling like you have to pull out all the stops of a used car salesman.  The proof is in the pudding and in the process.  Students will leave with a step-by-step action plan that they can implement in their business.  No more excuses!

Workshop participants will learn:

  • Tenets of Same-Day Selling:
    – Who?
    – What?
    – When?
    – Where?
  • Action Plan to Switch to a Same Day Reveal

Amarillo Photographer

Meet The Speaker, Jessi Norvell

I have been married for 12 years, and my husband and I hope to share our love and relationship with Jesus with our two daughters. They are my muses and are the stars of my CPP portfolio as well as my merit and loan images. I believe in the power of family and of true love!

It is my deepest desire to travel the world – 4 countries and counting! And it’s my sincerest goal in life to help others. I support the arts and that extends from the big box productions to the sweet local recital that our tiny dancers participate in.

My favorite restaurant is Olive Garden, but you’re more likely to find me with clients in a coffee shop sipping a Soy Vanilla Latte. Time off work is best spent playing board games, reading, or binge watching Netflix. The only thing that moves me more than a powerfully written story are songs with meaningful lyrics and visually stimulating artwork.


Practical Tips for Successful Pet Photography
Hosted by Margaret Bryant

Sunday, October 13, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Whether you are just starting pet photography or you have been doing it for a while, everyone can use suggestions on how to make their job easier. Margaret Bryant has over 20 years experience as a pet photographer and gives tips on everything from handling, posing and lighting, to marketing and selling.

Pet photography is not people photography with furry subjects. Find out the differences and have more success with your pet photography.
Margaret Bryant is an award winning photographer who specializes in photographing dogs and their people. Her style is simple, original and authentic and often shows the humor and whimsy of dogs.

Meet The Speaker
Starting her business in 1998, Margaret Bryant has specialized in dogs and their humans from the very start. Margaret is knowledgeable about dog breeds, dog behavior, dog training and dog sports.

Professional development is important to Margaret and she has earned her Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degrees from the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). She is also a Certified Professional Photographer with PPA. Margaret has been a PPA Photographer of the Year medalist seven times, a PPA Grand Imaging Award finalist twice, and has several images in the PPA Loan and Showcase Collections.

Margaret shares her knowledge with other photographers with speaking, teaching, private coaching and writing. She frequently speaks about pet photography and copyright to various photographic groups and can make a potentially boring subject animated and interesting.

She gives back to animal community by creating the annual Weimaraner Rescue of Texas calendar; raising cash for local spay neuter clinics with her Bow WOW Sessions, and from time to time photographing animals at the City of Dallas Animal Shelter in hopes of making the animals more adoptable.

 

Tools & Tech


Finishing Touches for Your Floral Fine Art
Completing the Creative Process in Photoshop
Presented by Teri Whittaker

Sunday, October 13, 2019
10:30 AM – Noon

So you have taken your flower photographs, but do you still feel there is a bit more to be done and you are not quite sure about the next step? Bring an image and your computer and join Teri as we work through some of the possibilities available to put the finishing touches on your work of art. (Or Teri will provide you with a copy of the image she will be using for demonstration).

We will discuss the considerations for your image such as increasing/decreasing contrast and saturation, taking your image black and white, eliminating distracting elements, simplifying backgrounds and more.

Teri will also cover:

  • Why and how to clean up an image.
  • Evaluating and potentially removing distracting elements.
  • Extracting and modifying a background.
  • Using Photoshop and/or Topaz Impressions to enhance an image.
  • Using textures and mat options to complete and image.

If you don’t have DxO Nik Collection or Topaz Impressions, you might consider downloading a trial version. A Wacom tablet is recommended. Don’t want to bring your computer? Just come and take notes!

Meet the Speaker:
Contrary to most photographers’ history that she hears, Teri Whittaker did not grow up with a camera in her hands. She was well into adulthood when, out of desire to accomplish a specific goal, she started researching cameras and lenses that would help her accomplish her mission.

Teri is a wife, a mom, and a mia (her grandmother name as she did not want to be called grandma). She and her family have had the opportunity to live in places such as Alaska and Africa, and to travel much of the United States.

Teri is a homebody that loves, loves, loves Thai food.