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

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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.


NEW PROGRAM JUST ADDED!

From Sports to Wildlife
Presented by Richard Sturdevant


Sunday, October 13, 2019
4:00PM – 5:30PM

Join Richard Sturdevant in a program that will inspire you to create what you love and make a living at it.

Creating an exceptional fine art composite consists of many things, but the two that separate good from great are conception and finish. Conception and the ability to dream up a visual idea or to tell visual story that is original and unique to your vision is priceless. Equally important is the ability to bring it all together is such away that it is beautiful and meaningful to the viewer. The finish of the art should keep the viewer engaged in the content and not the technique. Everything in between this journey is trained execution.

In this program I will share like never before on this process, known for my style, concepts and the way I finish up an image. I will share how to create concepts that reflect who you are and how to execute them and most of all finish them in such a beautiful way. I’m good at what I do and you will leave this program better for it.

Content will cover:
– Conception
– Resource gathering
– Light creation and lighting to fit the scene
– Using the right angle of view
– Extraction
– Composition
– Color theory and Harmony
– Illustration techniques that can be used on any image
– Plug-in techniques
– PS Painting techniques
– Proven finishing techniques and presentation
– Photoshop Painting Techniques

– Conception
– Resource gathering
– Light creation and lighting to fit the scene
– Using the right angle of view
– Extraction
– Composition
– Color theory and Harmony
– Illustration techniques that can be used on any image
– Plug-in techniques
– PS Painting techniques
– Proven finishing techniques and presentation
– Photoshop Painting Techniques

Meet the Speaker:
Richard Sturdevant is a leading expert in photographic artistry and creative composites. His award winning work, style, and techniques have earned him high praise in the photographic industry. Richard is known for an impressive track record in PPA print competition – receiving 20 prints with a perfect 100 point score in both state, regional and district competitions. He also made history with PPA at SWPPA District competition in September 2010 for the highest print case ever scored in the USA, Receiving a 100 print score on all four of his prints. He is the Overall Grand Imaging Award (GIA) Winner for 2011 and 2012 with best print in PPA. In 2013 he received 1st and second place in the GIA Awards for best Master artist Image and 3rd Place in Portrait. In 2014 he was Named as a finalist in the First World Cup and Also won Grand Imaging Awards 1st Place in Illustrative and Second Place in Master Artist held At Imaging USA in Phoenix, Arizona. Richard is the only Photographer in PPA History to go Double Diamond four times 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 He’s has been awarded Diamond Photographer of the year 11 times with Diamond and Platinum awarded at Imaging USA 2011 and 2014. In 2013 Richard also became a PPA international Juror.

Sturdevant’s fluid combination of photography with fine art skills stems from his original artistic roots. Prior to becoming a photographer, Richard made his living as a classic and award-winning artist and also was a national art instructor and a published subject matter expert. Using airbrush and oil, his unique but photorealistic style made for a natural transition to photography. Today his passion for painting comes alive in his creations of photographic art.

As a photographic artist, Richard received the prestigious title of 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Southwest Photographer of the Year with SWPPA, 2009, 2010 and 2012 Texas Photographer of the Year with TPPA and 2008-2010 Dallas Photographer of the Year with DPPA. He also achieved International Gold and International Platinum Photographer of the Year with PPA in 2007, 2008, then went double Platinum Photographer of the year for Photographic Open and Electronic Imaging in 2010. From 2005 to 2011, he received 15 Kodak Gallery Awards as well as 16 Fuji Masterpiece Awards. He also received 1st place in the portrait & Group category in the 2010 and 2011 WPPI 16×20 print competition.

Richard owns and operates Sturdevant Studio – a thriving portrait studio in Loretto Tennessee . He specializes in fine art composites, seniors, families, wedding, and commercial photography. He was featured on the cover of Professional Photographer in Dec 2012 with his Award winning image Time Traveler, He was I featured Rangefinder magazine August 2006 where his image “Durrel’s Run” was featured on the cover. Richard is a member of PPA, ASP, WPPI, TPPA, DPPA and is PPA Master of Photography, Master Artist of Photography and Photographic Craftsman.

With over 20 years of experience as a creative artist, Richard brings a unique eye to the world of photographic education. Sharing his knowledge and experience with others in the industry is something that he enjoys. As part of his commitment to helping others learn and succeed, he has launched his own brand of educational materials to photographers, graphic designers, and artists nationwide. He believes that these materials, known as the “Sturdavinci Art Tools”, will help fellow professionals, as well as aspiring students, achieve their creative potentials and improve their workflow.

Turning the ordinary into the extraordinary will continue to be Richard’s goal in his personal photographic journey and as a platform for his teachings.