Sunday Programs

Inspiration Track

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

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

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.


Unlocking the Natural Beauty of Landscapes
Presented by
Cris Duncan

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

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.

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 18 years 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


From Flowers to Fine Art
Presented by Teri Whittaker

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

During her project, Teri discovered that her photography improved due to the commitment to photographing something daily…..photographing something just for herself.  In fact, once she recognized that her photography was improving, it almost became an obsession. She explored lighting options and lighting setups that she had previously rarely, or never, used. Her photographic style was solidified as she experimented with various types of backgrounds and color harmony. Because she got tired of trying to find things that were interesting enough for her to photograph around her house, she latched on to purchasing flowers and having multiple days worth of subject matter.

Come listen as Teri explains her different lighting strategies and lighting sources (for example: window light with reflector or perhaps just ambient room light). Her background options will be discussed (which might be poster board or a wall). She will also share how she uses the color wheel to make her color choices for the subject matter, background, and borders. Teri will also explain her post production process and will share how to make a solid digital mat as well as a “textured” digital mat.

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.


Passion Projects
Presented by Doc List

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

What excites you? If you could choose ANYTHING, what would you photograph/create? What would it take? Who would you work with? WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?

I’ve spent the last couple of years exploring the subjects that interest me, from learning how to create composites to my Austin Bodies Project to recreating classic paintings. Each of these efforts has brought me several things: overcoming fears, achieving greater mastery of my technique and technology, improving my craft and artistry, establishing a broader reputation, and new clients. Yes, doing what I love has brought me clients.

I had to learn about renting studio space, by the hour and now as a subtenant. I had to learn about using lights, working with hair and makeup artists, shooting in different locations, finding models, finding inspiration, scheduling, and all the rest of it. Everything you’ve worried about, I’ve probably worried about. And dealt with.

We’ll talk about your fears and blockers. We’ll explore the obstacles you’re putting in your own way. You’ll ask the questions that you’ve been wanting to ask, but didn’t know who to ask (or you were afraid to reveal your ignorance or inexperience, BOTH of which are curable). In this session, I’ll share some of my experience, show some of my images, demonstrate how I create a passion piece, and help you to identify and plan your own passion project.

Meet the Speaker:
Doc List loves photographing people, and I enjoys creating something that never existed before. He spends a LOT of time in Photoshop, learning and playing and exploring new ways of doing things.  He has entered composites in competition, and gotten a merit or two along the way. Mostly, though, he has a passion for creating composites that are believable.