The I Heart Photography Conference and Expo kicks off Friday morning 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 addition fee. Transportation to and from each Excursion is not included.

The Art of Street Photography

Presented by Josh Jordan
Friday, October, 11
9:30am – 1:30pm


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.

Our goal for this class will be to cover these topics and then go out into the streets to meet strangers and make impactful portraits. Our morning will start out with a short class session covering topics like, “how do I stay safe?” “Where do I find subjects?” “Do I need to offer anything in return?” after which we will move out to the streets to put these principals into action.

We will end our day by discussing processing and final disposition of your photos.



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.

Welcome to the Jungle of Wildlife Photography

Hosted by Dennis Kelley
Friday, October 11

Excursion Fee:  $89 (includes admission to the Ft. Worth Zoo.  Does not include parking.)


Dennis Kelley is known for his unique story telling imagery of people and animals. Like Singer-Songwriter Axl Rose was told once, “Welcome to the Jungle!” Whether Dennis is building a story when all has been lost on the city streets, or immortalizing one of nature’s beast forever tamed within our concrete jungle, he breathes nature’s story into every image.

If you love photographing wildlife, either in their natural environment, game parks or in a zoo, this workshop is for you. Dennis will give you tips and techniques to take your wildlife photography to the next level. Key topics will include: lens choice, telephoto extenders, filters, timing, focus presets, seasons and his own unique thought process on planning a photo safari.

Join Dennis for a wild adventure at the Fort Worth Zoo and see over 540 species of exotic, native, and endangered animals!  Bring your camera gear and laptop for a half-day excursion of learning, shooting, and tips on processing your images. Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime— Ft. Worth style!
The admission price is included in your registration and allows us to travel through the zoo as many times as we desire. We will also be able to visit the Texas Wild! Petting Corral which has domestic goats, domestic chickens, Texas tortoises and corn snakes. This is the adventure you’ve been waiting for, with the added benefit of some great photography education. Parking is $5 per vehicle.


Fort Worth Zoo

Meet TPPA Member, Dennis Kelley:

Dennis Kelley is an award-winning, published professional photographer who lives in San Antonio, Texas. He loves all genres of photography, but focuses mostly on sports and wildlife photography.

When Dennis was a child, his father worked as a photographer for the National Weather Service in Oklahoma. His father’s stories and images spurred his interest in photography. After growing up using film cameras and many hours in the darkroom, Dennis originally pursued photography as a hobby after entering the police academy. After 20 successful years in law enforcement, Dennis decided to retire and continue his pursuit of photography as a professional. Dennis enjoys volunteering his time to several organizations, teaching others, and is always looking for the opportunity to capture the true beauty of nature and life. When not behind the lens, Dennis enjoys mountain biking, kayaking, music, and his greatest treasure… his 11-year-old son.

Dennis’ work has been recognized at local and state print competitions, being awarded the “Texas Top 10” for consecutive years. His work has also been accepted into the prestigious PPA “Loan Collection” and has been awarded PPA Gold Photographer of the Year.

Dennis currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Professional Photographers of San Antonio. He earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences from Texas State University and a Master of Science from Sam Houston State University.

Cut ‘Em Out and Paste ‘Em In

Game Changers by Shirk Photography

Randy Pollard
Friday, October 11th,
9:30am – 1:30pm
Excursion Fee:  $67

Extracting and Compositing doesn’t have to be difficult, in fact, it can be fun – and VERY profitable!

In this fast paced and very hands-on session, Randy will give you what you need to integrate extractions and composites into your business!

This is a step-by-step class that will stress practical workflows, not lots of theory.  If you’ve wanted to start building composites, this is the class for you!

Bring your camera, your laptop, and your Wacom and let’s have some fun!

Participants will learn:

  • The pre-planning stage
  • How to photograph with extraction intention
  • How to photograph for maximum believability in your composites
  • Extracting made easy
  • Putting it all together in one cohesive art piece

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.


Photographing Flowers Outdoors

Hosted by Teri Whittaker
Friday, October 11th
9:30AM to 1:30PM

Excursion Fee:  $67

Only 4 spots left!

Do you love flowers, photography and being outdoors? Do you have a passion for photographing flowers outside, but are challenged to create images that you cherish? Well, come join Teri Whittaker for a trip to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is one of the United States loveliest display gardens and is considered one of the best arboretums in the world. In this beautiful environment, Teri will first share with you tips and tricks for photographing flowers outdoors.

We will then explore the lovely gardens and photograph flowers to our heart’s content. We will also have a “scavenger hunt” and those that participate in the hunt will be entered into a drawing for a Plamp II.

Teri will cover:

  • The elements of a successful outdoor flower image
  • The useful tools when photographing outdoors
  • How to evaluate backgrounds
  • To consider all photographic viewpoint options for a subject
  • To play a bit with motion blur.

After an enjoyable time photographing flowers, we will find a lovely spot in the gardens to sit and listen as Teri shares some of her post processing techniques that have proven successful for her in image competition.

Then bring your outdoor flower images and your computer on Sunday for an opportunity to finish the creative process for your floral art!

A few important notes: The registration does not include admission to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden or parking. Tripod and wagons are not permitted; however, monopods may be used.



Meet the speaker, Teri Whittaker:

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.


Airborne Over Texas

Presented by Justin Moore, M. Photog. Cr., CPP
Friday, October 11
9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Excursion Fee:  $67

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 Justin Moore:
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.


Great Photos In A Flash

Presented by Alison Carlino

Friday, October 11, 2019
9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Images taken with a flash set to eTTL are a shot in the dark. Allowing the camera and flash to make exposure decisions will usually wind up costing you a lot more time trying to fix bad images.


In the image at left, the flash on eTTL “read” the couple’s black shirt and interpreted the scene as “dark”. This mistake caused the couple to be hit hard with the flash and the background to go dark.


fl22By controlling your flash and camera in manual mode, you are able to place the perfect amount of light on the subject and get complete control of the background!


Photographers need to have a working understanding of flash photography. If your idea of controlling your flash is to use TTL, then you are simply not in control of your exposure.



Working in an environment with a bright background requires balancing the flash to the background. If you don’t use a flash in this situation, the background will completely blow out or the subject will be too dark.

fl29By manually setting the flash to the exposure of the background, you get a well exposed background and a happy bride!

Flash photography should be subtle but sufficient. It should be controlled enough to barely notice it, but strong enough to provide proper illumination.

During “Great Photos in a Flash” you will learn how to get your flash exposures perfect every time! You will also learn advanced techniques such as bounce flash, fill flash and dragging the shutter.

Meet the Speaker:
Alison Carlino photographs and educates around the world. As a former master degreed elementary teacher, she is able to relate to students both technically and personally.

In her 15th year of business, she hosts multi and single day workshops on Off Camera Flash and Modern Posing.

Alison lives in Sugar Land, Tx with her husband of 22 years, her two teenage sons, and her 4 cats:)