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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
  • How to use free software like  Adobe Spark, Screen-Cast O-Matic  and Lumen 5 to create videos from your computer.
  • Using and Setting Up a YouTube that will build brand awareness
  • How to make tutorial videos from your screen that will position you as an industry leader online, and build your brand authority.

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. My husband is a Certified FAA-Part 107 Drone Pilot.

I have always enjoyed nature and being outside. My love for photography came from always wanting to be in nature. I studied film photography at Sam Houston State University, but in 2000, I had to learn digital 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 enjoy reading, writing and blogging. In 2015, I realized that if I didn’t get on the “social media” train, that I might would get left behind. I became certified to teach social media, and became a social media and branding success coach.

I teach social media classes at University of Houston-Small Business Development Center, at local chambers, for small businesses and individuals.

I enjoy laughing, teaching, traveling and keeping life simple. I also love evening walks and yoga. I can be found most days at a nearby Starbucks, or Barnes & Noble. I get so much of my inspiration with a cup of coffee and a book in my hand. My favorite hometown team is The Houston Rockets.

I am so blessed that I am able to join my love of photography and social media, and help propel business owners to “say yes to success.”

“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.