Upcoming events

    • 09/26/2022
    • 6:30 PM
    • Northern Taphouse - Lakeville

    This is an informal event. Come have fun and make new photographer friends! 

    No registration required - no cost to attend (cash bar)! Open to TCPPA members and guests!

    • 10/09/2022
    • TBD
    • 20

    Fix my Pix! -  Attendees submit their toughest retouches or competition image that I will correct live for the group. This is not a critique, it is kept very light hearted and fun.

    PPA Competition Photoshop - PPA competition image editing has a formula. Adam has used it to create multiple prints scoring 100 and retouched over 90 merits in one year with a 96% success rate! If you want to learn the secret PPA retouch formula, this is the class for you!

    • Editing techniques that judges love
    • How to control your viewer's eye
    • How to think about editing and image for competition

    $149 TCPPA/PPA Members
    $199 Non-Members

    • 10/10/2022
    • 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn & Suites St. Paul NE - 8511 Hudson Blvd, Lake Elmo, MN 55042

    Adam Hunter

    Waterloo, Iowa

    Advanced retouch - Learn magazine quality retouch but I also include lots of great tips for any retoucher.

    Lightpainting - Start to Finished Image - First, we start by shooting a live lightpainting using basic techniques that can be done by anyone with any camera. Then we will take the images into Lightroom and Photoshop to quickly and easily create a high-quality finished image that can bring premium prices!

    Key take-aways:
    Lightpainting - lightpainting is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to get started in multi-lighting, techniques for editing lightpainted RAW files, techniques for creating a finished composite that looks great and can be created quickly.

    Advanced retouch - techniques used by high-end magazine retouchers, faster and easier ways to implement these techniques in a portrait workflow, commercial hair and makeup retouch.

    My career in photography started a little different than most people. When I was 20, I got a job as a professional retoucher, compositer, and all-around image editor for the local photographer across the street. Little did I know, that studio was the highest volume, and one of the most highly awarded, studios in the state! I was mentored by the Master Photographers at the studio and quickly earned my Masters of Photography and Craftsman. The experience I had at such a high-volume studio made me an expert in efficient, high-quality image editing in both RAW software and Photoshop. After winning a few state and national awards I began speaking at photography conventions, demonstrating the techniques I had learned along the way. This is where I found my passion for teaching. After 12 years, and hundreds of thousands of images, I left professional photography to become a photography instructor at the PPA accredited Hawkeye Community College Photography Program. I have now developed hundreds of hours of image editing instruction which has been proven to turn an absolute beginner into a professional that is ready to enter the industry at a high level. Thank you for choosing me to speak to your group. I am excited to see your group again and bring you some brand new classes!

      • 10/17/2022
      • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
      • Zoom

      Members come together to discuss a new business or photography book each month.

      • 10/17/2022
      • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
      • WHCC, 2840 Lone Oak Parkway, Eagan, MN 55121

      Hosted at WHCC

      WHCC is generously opening up their lab to to give us a tour of their facility and a sneak peek at new products.

      Monday, October 17th at:
      White House Custom Color
      2840 Lone Oak Parkway
      Eagan, MN 55121

      5:30pm Social & Snacks
      6:00pm Lab Tour
      7:00pm New Products
      8:00pm Happy Hour After Party

      This class is limited to the first 30 people who sign up so don't delay!

      • 11/14/2022
      • 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM
      • Holiday Inn & Suites St. Paul NE - 8511 Hudson Blvd, Lake Elmo, MN 55042

      Rhea Whitney

      Houston, Texas


      Going full-time as photographers and creative business owners takes a well though out plan and proven strategies that work! In my talk, I will share what I suggest every photographer considers before taking the big leap into full time entrepreneurship, using my own real life stories I've experienced over the years. No more winging it after this session!

      Do you have a desire in your heart to take your business full-time but feel unprepared on what you need to do to prepare for that? With a large majority of professional photographers being part time, the flexible schedule and freedom of being a full-time entrepreneur can be appealing, but the inconsistent income prevents most people from taking that jump. However, going full time can lead to flourishing growth for your business and potentially create income opportunities where the sky is the limit. Before taking the scary jump into full-time entrepreneurship, my class is going to give you actionable items to work on in your business to have the longevity you desire.

      Key take-aways:
      1. Helping you understand your business from a big-picture stand point
      2. Ensuring that you understand the need to have clear pricing strategies for your offers
      3. Identifying what your specific niche is and what makes you feel the most creative and valued
      4. Help you start to think like a full-time entrepreneur

      Rhea Whitney is an international speaker and wedding photographer for the chic, modern couple and creative + educator for rising pro photographers who want to run a profitable photography business. In less than 10 years, Rhea has consistently driven her business to six figures by putting client service first, establishing a constant brand presence, collaborating with top vendors and sponsors + implementing strategic marketing that works!

      Recently, Rhea was named one of the world's top wedding photographers of 2020 by BRIDES magazine; and has also been featured in many other national publications. Though Rhea has become one of the most sought photographers and speakers in her industry, she is most passionate about collaborating with local sponsors and vendors for events, styles shoots, and content creation. To date, Rhea has spoken and shot all over the world, helped over 100+ creatives build a revenue-generating business through 1:1 coaching + her digital education platform PhotoBomb Academy™; and has been featured on over five of the top business and photography podcasts in the nation.

      Rhea grew up with a camera in hand, and in her free time loves to work out, hang with her girlfriends, relax by water, or do a little shopping at Nordstrom. She is a proud graduate of Howard University, where she majored in Business Finance & Accounting. She attributes her success to her genuine passion for client service, business and finance acumen + innate love for photography and art; which allowed her to deeply understand the numerical world of camera settings and the beauty it creates.

      She is most renowned for giving real-life applicable tips that any brand or business can apply right now, in a simplified way they can understand. While featured on the Purpose To Create podcast, Rhea spoke to fellow business owners regarding how to identify, and relate to their ideal client. Partnering with others and creating strategic content is how she wins on social media

        • 11/15/2022
        • TBD
        • 20

        In this 2 hour program, we will walk through my marketing formula to help you better understand what marketing is. From there, I will help you craft your brand story and content ideas that gets your ideal clients interested in your services.

        Workshop Key take-aways:
        • How to create a brand story that shares authentically who you are
        • How to define your ideal client
        • How to create expert content that addresses your ideal client's needs and wants.

        $199 TCPPA/PPA Members
        $239 Non-Members

        • 11/21/2022
        • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
        • Zoom

        Members come together to discuss a new business or photography book each month.

        • 12/12/2022
        • 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
        • Lake Elmo Inn Event Center - 3712 Layton Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN 55042

        Come join us for our Holiday Gathering celebrating the wonderful year of education, fellowship, and fun.

        Your ticket reservation includes catered meal, mix & mingle hour, cash bar, surprise gift for all attendees, and special keynote presentation from industry renowned industry leader, Megan DiPiero.

        Skip the Struggle

        Most photographers are working too hard and making too little for their efforts. We struggle because we assume in a competitive market clients want to spend less. But that’s simply not true. What if you could cut out the race to the bottom, charge more, and have clients thank you for the opportunity? Megan will show you how to smash money blocks, finally understand your true value, and appreciate how joyful spending big can be. You deserve to make more doing what you love!


        Megan DiPiero is a world-renowned business coach and the bestselling author of She Sells: The Empathy Advantage. She’s a frequent Imaging platform speaker, Photographic Craftsman, and Grand Imaging Award nominee. She has helped thousands of entrepreneurs earn breadwinner status and six-figure incomes.

        Schedule of events:

        4:30 - Cocktail hour
        5:30 - Megan DiPiero (Keynote Speaker)
        7:00 - Dinner
        8:00 - TCPPA Closing Remarks 

        RSVP by December 1, 2022

          • 12/19/2022
          • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
          • Zoom

          Members come together to discuss a new business or photography book each month.

        Past events

        09/19/2022 Book Club - Members Only
        09/12/2022 Phillip & Eileen Blume: The 3 Secrets to More Clients & Bigger Sales
        09/11/2022 Workshop - Maximizing Mini Sessions: $10K in One Easy Weekend with The Blumes
        08/15/2022 Book Club: Captivate by Vanessa Van Edwards - Members Only
        08/08/2022 Thomas Nguyen: Killer Angles and Posing with Seniors
        07/18/2022 Book Club: Rocket Fuel - Members Only
        07/11/2022 Nate Grahek: How to Fix Your Marketing with StoryBrand
        06/20/2022 Book Club: Marketing to Gen Z - Members Only
        06/13/2022 Robin Janson: Volume Sports
        05/16/2022 Book Club: Marketing Made Simple by Donald Miller - Members Only
        05/09/2022 Phaneendra Gudapati: Capturing and Enhancing Portraits The Güd Way
        04/11/2022 Book Club: Oversubscribed - Members Only
        04/04/2022 Dan Frievalt: Full Circle Seniors
        03/14/2022 Tara Rochelle: Everything Seniors - Styling, Posing and Model Teams
        03/13/2022 Workshop - Workflow and Retouching with Tara Rochelle
        03/07/2022 Book Club: Marketing Made Simple by Donald Miller - Members Only
        02/07/2022 Michael Taylor: Lighting
        01/31/2022 Book Club: Giftology by John Ruhlin
        01/10/2022 Peter Hurley: The Headshot Crash Course
        01/03/2022 Book Club: How to Win Friends and Influence People - Members Only
        12/13/2021 TCPPA Awards Gala
        11/08/2021 Jessica Robertson: Bridging the Gap Between Passion and Profit
        11/07/2021 2021 Print Competition
        10/17/2021 TCPPA Fall Photo Walk
        10/11/2021 Joshua Hanna: Unconventional Senior Portraits
        10/10/2021 Workshop - Killer Composites: Simplified with Josh Hanna
        09/17/2021 Gregory & Lesa Daniel: Artist Projects to Fuel Your Passion
        09/13/2021 Sigmon & Taylor: Luxury by Necessity
        09/12/2021 Workshop - All the World is a Studio - Lighting Workshop with Sigmon & Taylor
        08/09/2021 Jen Bertrand: Editorial Studio Lighting from Start to Finish
        08/08/2021 Workshop - Hands-On Lighting – Indoor and Outdoor with Jen Bertrand
        07/13/2021 Susan Stripling: Lighting for Wedding Photographers
        06/16/2021 Members Only - June Happy Hour
        06/14/2021 Ian Plant:
        05/12/2021 Members Only - May Happy Hour
        05/10/2021 George Mitchell: The UN-Introduction to Food & Beverage Photography
        04/14/2021 Members Only - April Happy Hour
        04/12/2021 Perspectives from Inside the Photography Industry
        03/10/2021 Members Only - March Happy Hour
        03/08/2021 Christie Newell: Catering to your Clients
        03/07/2021 Workshop - Fine Art Maternity & Image Competition Prep - Christie & Rich Newell
        02/16/2021 Members Only - February Coffee Hour
        02/08/2021 Mary Fisk-Taylor: An Introduction to StoryBrand and Profit First
        01/11/2021 Nicki Hufford: Alternative Income Equals Freedom
        12/14/2020 TCPPA Holiday Party & Ugly Sweater Mixer
        12/14/2020 Belly Beautiful: Capturing the Emotion of Maternity and Newborn Photography
        11/09/2020 Carl Caylor: Carl Unplugged - Photographic Concepts and Philosophies
        11/08/2020 2020 Print Competition
        10/12/2020 Sean Brown: Elevating Your Senior Marketing and Branding
        09/14/2020 {POSTPONED} Belly Beautiful: Capturing the Emotion of Maternity and Newborn Photography
        08/24/2020 Twig and Olive: All About Families
        07/13/2020 Shannon Atchley: Lighten Up! Never Stress About Lighting Anyone at Anytime of Day
        06/08/2020 Brian Baer & Jes Galaska: You Don't Have to Start Over to Start Over: Business 2.0 + Slow Season Playbook
        05/11/2020 Makayla Jade: Regular Couples, $20K Clients
        04/18/2020 CANCELLED: AIM Conference - Adam Jones
        04/18/2020 CANCELLED: Workshop - Dennis & Cheri Hammon
        03/09/2020 Jeff Dachowski: Selling for Success
        02/10/2020 Craig and Unchong Obrist: All About Wedding Photography
        01/29/2020 WHCC Lab Tour & Software Intro {Plus Event}
        01/13/2020 SOLD OUT - Dan McClanahan: Light it up!
        12/09/2019 TCPPA 35th Anniversary & Awards Gala
        11/04/2019 Michael Mowbray: Headshots
        11/03/2019 2019 Print Competition
        10/15/2019 Workshop - Pricing and Marketing for Success - Jenn Lewis
        10/14/2019 Jenn Lewis: Full Service Experience
        09/09/2019 Darty Hines: Standout In Social Media
        08/13/2019 Marketing Mastermind {Plus Event}
        08/12/2019 Craig Stidham: Modern Seniors
        07/08/2019 David Beckham: Fashion Posing & Lighting for Seniors
        06/10/2019 Chris Knight: The Dramatic Portrait
        05/13/2019 Kay Eskridge: Empow(her) Create Empowering Images for Executive Women
        04/15/2019 Animal Image Makers Convention: Charles Glatzer and AIM Tradeshow
        03/11/2019 Dani Miller: The Wonder of Children
        03/10/2019 Workshop - Dani Miller - Creating Newborn Magic
        02/24/2019 {TIME & LOCATION CHANGE} TCPPA 2019 Spring Print Competition
        02/11/2019 Scott Detweiler: Photoshop Techniques for Skin and Automation
        01/14/2019 Brian DeMint: Creativity Not Conformity
        01/07/2019 Creating Your Social Media Calendar for 2019 {Plus Event}
        12/10/2018 TCPPA Holiday Party and Silent Auction
        12/06/2018 Wedding Photographer Panel {Members Only Plus Event}
        11/06/2018 Hula Hooping Extraveganza {Members Only Plus Event}
        11/05/2018 Dan Francis: Preparing for Print Competition
        10/16/2018 Newborn Photography {Members Only Plus Event}
        10/08/2018 Dan Brouillette: Commercial Business Portraits and Developing a Commercial Portfolio
        09/27/2018 Sales and Customer Service {Members Only Plus Event}
        09/10/2018 Dan Rowe: Seniors
        08/13/2018 Mike Price: Photoshop Workflow
        08/08/2018 Getting It In Camera {Members Only Plus Event}
        07/23/2018 Selling Digitals & Prints: How to Make It Work For You! {Members Only Plus Event}
        07/09/2018 Pete Rezac: Character Portraits Start to Finish
        06/11/2018 TCPPA Ren Fest Summer Shoot-Out
        06/04/2018 Projection Sales & Studio Experience {Members Only Plus Event}
        05/14/2018 Kira Derryberry: Creative Light
        05/05/2018 Magical Mystery Studio Tour
        04/09/2018 Jeremy McColm: Volume Shooting and Streamline Post Production
        03/26/2018 Prop Drop and Swap, Vendor Tradeshow & Mini-Seminars
        03/22/2018 District Print Competition Viewing Party {Members Only Plus Event}
        03/12/2018 David Hakamaki: Home-Based Studio
        02/12/2018 Bryan Welsh: The Craft of Photography
        01/22/2018 CANCELLED: Print Competition Display & Prop Drop and Swap, Vendor Tradeshow & Mini-Seminars
        01/21/2018 2018 Print Competition
        01/09/2018 Print Competition Preparation Critique {Members Only Plus Event}
        12/11/2017 TCPPA Holiday Party and Silent Auction
        12/07/2017 Print Competition Preparation Workshop {Members Only Plus Event}
        11/16/2017 Sarah Elizabeth {Members Only Plus Event}
        11/13/2017 Cathy Anderson Landscapes
        10/26/2017 Meet Your Board - Christi Williams {Member Only Event}
        10/17/2017 Dawn VanTassel {Members Only Plus Event}
        10/10/2017 Workshop - Russ Harrington - 700 Album Covers What I've Learned
        10/09/2017 Russ Harrington: Record album covers with fresh, innovative ideas
        09/19/2017 Rich Osness on Working with Children & Parents {Members Only Plus Event}
        09/11/2017 Kevin Jairaj Shooting Wedding and Portraits with Flair
        08/17/2017 Meet Your Board - Morgan Mosiman {Member Only Event}
        08/14/2017 Trish Logan Bring your Big Guns to Volume Sales
        08/06/2017 Reenactment Photography Event {Members Only Plus Event}
        07/23/2017 CANCELED: Meet Your Board - Lisa Asp {Member Only Event}
        07/10/2017 Adam Hunter Compositing in Photoshop
        06/16/2017 Camping & Photo Safari at Minneopa State Park {Members Only Plus Event}
        06/12/2017 TCPPA Ren Fest Summer Shoot-Out
        06/10/2017 Meet Your Board - Liz & Tom Hanly {Member Only Event}
        05/09/2017 Workshop - Sandra Pearce Demystifying the Art of Photoshop Painting
        05/08/2017 Sandra Pearce Painting in Photoshop
        05/05/2017 Meet Your Board - Nate Peterson {Member Only Event}
        05/05/2017 Projection Sales Process & Psychology with Nate Peterson {Members Only Plus Event}
        04/12/2017 Pin ups: Finding Beauty in Everyone {Members Only Plus Event}
        04/10/2017 Jeff Gump: Volume- Sports and Event Photography
        03/13/2017 Teri Fode: Top Marketing Strategies for 2017
        02/16/2017 Rod & Steph Oman: Crack Your Client's Buying Code {Member Only Plus Event}
        02/13/2017 Paul Rogers: Monochromatic Storytelling
        01/01/2017 Print Competition Prep {Member Only Plus Event}
        01/01/2017 2017 Print Competition & Prop Drop and Swap
        12/12/2016 TCPPA 2016 Holiday Party and Silent Auction
        12/01/2016 Print Competition Prep {Member Only Plus Event}
        11/14/2016 Whitney Stevens- From Birth to One
        10/10/2016 Stephen Moody - Discovering the Artist Within
        10/09/2016 Seniors: Blending Confidence & Style with Julie Prairie, CPP {Member Only Plus Event}
        09/25/2016 Photographer's Self Defense {Member Only Plus Event}
        08/26/2016 Tettegouche Photo Safari {Members Only Plus Event}
        08/15/2016 Craig LaMere - Portraits
        07/11/2016 TCPPA Ren Fest Summer Shoot-Out
        06/27/2016 Personal Selling with Confidence! {Member Only Plus Event}
        06/13/2016 Ian Plant - Supercharge Your Vision
        05/09/2016 Ben Shirk
        05/03/2016 White House Custom Colour Lab Tour {Member Only Plus Event}
        04/11/2016 David Trust, CEO of PPA
        04/05/2016 Editorial Photography with Layne Kennedy {Member Only Plus Event}
        03/21/2016 Barbara Breitsameter
        03/15/2016 Speed Up Your Workflow with Lightroom {Member Only Plus Event}
        02/29/2016 Photoshop Actions, presents & Shortcuts {Members Only Plus Event}
        02/08/2016 Bry Cox
        01/25/2016 Print Competition & Prop Drop and Swap

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