Sunday Programs

Inspiration Track

Getting Started with Light Modifiers
Hosted by Guy T. Phillips

Sunday, October 14, 2018
8:30 AM – 10AM

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.

His usual, unbiased description of his wife is “She is still the most beautiful woman I have ever met and the best friend I could ever ask for”, and he is equally proud of his “greatest daughter in the world”!

Great Adventures and Great Destinations
Presented by Joe McDonald

Sunday, October 14, 2018
10:30 AM – Noon

Photographing wildlife can be an adventure, and Joe’s had plenty of exciting and interesting experiences around the world. This program will profile some of the world’s premiere wildlife photography destinations, and highlight some of the most exciting photography Joe’s done at each.

Meet the Speaker:

Joe’s traveled the world photographing wildlife, usually visiting at least four continents every year. On three separate occasions Joe has photographed all 7 of the world’s big cats in a single year. Joe has a special interest in the big cats, but other iconic wildlife — polar bears, gorillas, and whales — are favorite subjects. Joe has completed 101 treks for Rwanda’s Mountain Gorillas, and has had the honor of naming a baby at the annual Kwita Izina ceremony in Rwanda.

Check out more of Joe’s inspiring work in this article from The Photographer Magazine, Wildlife Photography: Inspirations from Home.

From Flowers to Fine Art
Presented by Teri Whittaker

Sunday, October 14, 2018
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Teri has primarily used her camera to create people portraits and photograph weddings; however, while undertaking a daily project that lasted 14 months, she found, along the way, that she developed a love for photographing flowers.

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.

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

Sunday, October 14
4:00pm – 5:30pm

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

Guerrilla Marketing for the Professional Photographer
Presented by Dwayne Lee

Sunday, October 14, 2018
8:30 AM – 10 AM

Customers are the life blood of business. Are you doing everything you can do to attract new customers and hold on to the ones you have?

Marketing & business topics are the most needed topics for photographers today, yet are typically the most neglected. Why? Because photographers think of themselves as “artists”, not business people. This is the reason you should come to this program with a pen and note pad. Get ready to expand your mind, your client base, and your business with proven techniques for drawing customers to you.

During this program, we will look at many different ways of marketing and advertising. We’ll look at some successes, as well some failures. We’ll look at inexpensive marketing techniques and those that cost a fortune. We’ll even explore some rather radical methods for attracting clients.

Since photography is a luxury item and people don’t “need” it to survive, it’s our job to give them reasons to be photographed and reach them using creative ways to get their attention. This program will open the mind to the many ways one can market their business. Using various aspects of these tools, you will be able to custom design your own marketing program to fit your business’s needs.

Meet the Speaker:

Dwayne Lee, M.Photog.,Cr.-API, owns Southern Flair Photography, a 4,200 sq. ft. state-of-the-art studio in Arlington, Texas. Having photographed over 3,800 weddings in the past 41 years, Southern Flair also features portraits of children, high school seniors, and families as well as corporate and commercial work. Southern Flair Photography is a family owned and run business. Heather, his daughter, is also a photographer and designer. Heather also has earned the Photographic Craftsman Degree from PPA, making Southern Flair Photography one of the very few Studios with two degreed professional photographers on staff.

Dwayne has presented numerous business and photography programs at the local, state, and national levels. He has taught at Texas School, New York School, and has conducted several Super One Days at his studio.

He is Past President of the Southwest Professional Photographers Association, and he is also a Past President of the Texas PPA, a Life member of PPA, a member ICP (International Christian Photographers), and a Life member and Past President of the Ft. Worth Professional Photographers Association.

His other affiliations include being Past President of the Association of Wedding Professionals in Dallas, Past President of the Arlington Sunrise Rotary Club, and is an active member and on the Board of Directors of the Arlington, TX Chamber of Commerce.

Seniors Start to Finish
Presented by Dawn Muncy

Sunday, October 14, 2018
10:30 AM – Noon

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Join Dawn for this intense class focusing on high school seniors. Dawn will walk you through the Muncy senior experience from phone call to or delivery. We’ll start the day with how we handle phone, email and social media inquiries. We’ll walk you through the consultation and why it’s so important. We’ll finish the day discussing the flow of the sales session, the final delivery of portraits and the followup. This program will have a lot of helpful tips so bring a new pen!

Meet the Speaker:
Dawn Muncy is a Master Photographer, Photographic Craftsman and PPA Certified Professional Photographer, in Enid Oklahoma specializing in high school seniors and family portraits. Her interest in photography began in high school as part of the yearbook staff. She later attended the Colorado Institute of Art in the Commercial Photography program. She joined Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2001 and has continued her education through a number of the PPA Affiliate schools and workshops. Muncy competes in local, regional and international PPA affiliated competitions and has had eleven of her images accepted into the PPA International Loan Collection. Dawn is also active in mentoring others to achieve their CPP degree and has recently been added to the PPA Approved Affiliate Juror list.

Photographing Newborns
Presented by Cecy Ayala

Sunday, October 14, 2018
2:00PM – 3:30PM

When you walk into Cecy’s studio in Waco, you can’t help but be in awe at the creativity that comes out of the limited space in which she thrives. Here business continues to grow every year and she has truly become a widely recognized photographer throughout the heart of Texas.

Cecy’s program will cover how she works with newborns and the 5 most important elements for safety and safe posing.   She will share some of her favorite approaches for both newborns who are awake and who are sleeping.

She will also discuss her approach to styling, props and clothing – including wraps for newborns.  Learn how she adds income by including siblings and how she poses them in ways that parents find irresistible.

Meet the Speaker:
Cecy Ayala is a photographer specializing in newborns and children. She opened her studio in 2014, but her passion started at a very young age. Capturing over 1,500 newborns and thousands of children, she has a knack for showcasing a family in their true element. She is an award-winning photographer and member of Heart of Texas Professional Photographers Guild and PPA. Cecy’s the proud mother of two boys.

Composite Photography Made Easy
Presented by Jason Ulsrud

Sunday, October 14, 2018
4:00PM – 5:30PM

Want to add something new to your photography toolbox? Wish you could be more creative with your photography? Want to create images that stand out and get noticed?

Now you can with Composite Photography Made Easy, plus you’ll discover how to use composition to create more compelling and dynamic composites.

In this course we will go through the 3 Steps, Planning, Photography, and Photoshop, that will transform your photography into art and you will discover simple tips and tricks that will make it much easier for you to create composites that stand out and get noticed.

If you’ve ever thought, “Composite Photography is way too hard for me to learn” or “I could never learn something this hard”, then this course will be an excellent place for you to see the world through a different lens.

Meet the Speaker:
Jason Ulsrud says, “Three years ago, I had a vision, but he but I had no way of bringing what I saw in my mind to life. That was until I discovered the world of composite photography. Like so many other photographers, I wanted to create images that were simply beyond the boundaries of traditional portrait photography. I wanted to create images that not only made people stop and take notice but also made people laugh and smile. Images that allowed me to tap into my creative vision, yet provided a great source of income. Today, I travel the country creating lifestyle portraits for families who want to bring their fun and entertaining stories and personalities to life in a uniquely different way.”