Upcoming events

    • 06/04/2018
    • 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • NP Design & Photography, 145 W 2nd Street, New Richmond, WI

    Hosted by Teresa & Nate Peterson, M.Photog, CPP
    Come tour our 2500 square foot commercial small town portrait studio that we have successfully built into a replacement income for both of our corporate careers.  Learn how creating ambiance and setting expectations from the moment a client walks through the door with samples and experience their journey from pre-consultation meeting to product pickup day.  We will also go through the key pointers on projection sales using ProSelect software.  We want to open our doors to help take you and your sales averages to the next level by offering a premium experience with fully finished, high-quality products.

    This Event is for Current TCPPA Members.

    If you would like to attend Click here to join the Twin Cities Professional Photographers Association.

    • 06/11/2018
    • 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • MN Renaissance Festival - King's Gate - 12364 Chestnut Blvd, Shakopee, MN 55379

    Event Registration Ends Friday, June 7 (we need a final head count to order food in advance!  No guarantees of food for anyone not registered by June 7th.)

    Come out and enjoy a day of photographing performers and the grounds of the MN Ren Fest. We will start the day with a model shoot out, break for a picnic style dinner of tacos and then continue.  

    Tentative Schedule:

    2:00pm to 5:00pm - Model Shoot-Out  |  5:00pm to 6:00pm - Picnic  |  6:00pm to 7:00pm - Model Shoot-Out continues

    Park just outside of the King’s gate.

    Enter through the King’s gate and check in with the board.

    You will see us set up near the entrance.

    We will be shooting in groups and any visitors will need to be with a guide while on the grounds.

    Families are welcome to join us.

    Free For TCPPA Members

    $15 for Non-TCPPA Members and Guests.

    • 07/09/2018
    • 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Century College - Bruening Room (E1421) - 3300 Century Avenue, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

    Black and White Children's Character Portraits

    We will go into how I consult with my clients prior to our Children's Character Portrait Session. What I'm after and the "Authenticity" that we need in order to make these type of pictures to really shine. The clothing, the dirt, the expression, and the props.

    We'll then go into how we produce the portraits including how I light them, what I've found to be good working exposures, the poses that work well, and how many shots I try to make. These portraits are also about efficiency.

    Finally, we'll go into the post production that I do to finish these images along with sizes I offer to clients. These are commissioned portraits rather than volume sessions.

    It's my goal to leave you prepared to start producing these as soon as you are ready. The great thing about in person education is being able to ask questions.  So please don't be afraid to ask - it's the best way we can all learn!

    Pete Rezac, M.Photog.Cr., CPP - Pete is a portrait photographer located in Reno, Nevada. His primary business is Family and Children's photography, with a specialization in Black & White portraiture. He has been in business since 2003 and making the move to full time work in 2010. He had a top 10 Grand Imaging Children's Portrait in the 2015 International Photographic Competition as well as being a Platinum Medalist in 2016 and 2015 International Photographic Competition. He was also named a Top 10 photographer for state of California and 2015 California Child Portrait Photographer of the Year. He was a 2014 Gold Medalist in the International Photographic Competition. He also earned a Kodak Gallery Award for Western States District in 2012. He's an active supporter of PPA Charities and was the top donor for 2016 and 2015 Celebration of Smiles Day benefiting Operation Smile as well as earning several print awards from PPA Charities including 2016 Image Impact award and over all best image from 2015 Celebration of Smiles Day. He is also a huge proponent of the Certified Professional Photographer program offered through PPA and is an approved instructor for the CPP Prep Class.


      • 08/13/2018
      • 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM
      • Century College - Bruening Room (E1421) - 3300 Century Avenue, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

      Photoshop Workflow Automation: Tips & Tricks

      Time is a precious commodity. Time spent wrestling computers, software, and digital images in post processing is not nearly as valuable as time spent selling our services, creating great images, or even work/life balance time with family and friends. Today's digital workflow can be a blessing or a curse depending on how much of your time it consumes. A manually intensive post production workflow can consume your free time, delay delivery of images to clients, and generally create a burden that dulls the excitement of the great images we create.

      Join Mike Price as he explains a variety of time saving techniques in your digital workflow that will appeal to a wide range of skill levels. Mike will focus on freeing up your time by speeding up your workflow by demonstrating:

      • Working space organization on your desks

      • Organizing your image folders

      • File naming time savers

      • Using metadata like keywords and IPTC fields in images

      • Setting custom shortcut keys that fit your style

      • Streamlining Photoshop menus

      • Creating and managing your most used tool presets

      • Photoshop built-in tools that can save you time

      • Move repetitive work into Photoshop Actions, Batches, and Droplets

      • Inexpensive external tools to run Actions at the push of a button

      • Demonstration of multiple elements described above to retouch an image quickly

      • Combine images, text, and templates to create hundreds of customized images automatically

      • Overview of the power of scripting 

        • 09/10/2018
        • 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM
        • Century College - Bruening Room (E1421) - 3300 Century Avenue, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

        Program details Coming Soon!

        Dan Rowe along with his wife, Adrienne, run Rowe Portrait Studios in the small, low average income town of Oakland City, IN. In their 11 years in business, Dan has twice taken 1st place in WPPI's then IPC High School Senior Category. His location in Southern Indiana, as well as his client base has been the inspiration of his unconventional paths. Dan and Adrienne's use of non-traditional marketing, standout imagery, and unique business practices have allowed them to remain profitable during rough economic times in their local area. Dan puts pride into the fact that he is able to creatively adjust to any situation, not just when behind the lens, but also in all other areas of their business. While primarily focused on thigh school seniors, Rowe Portrait Studios has also enjoyed success photographing families, children and numerous teams and schools around the area.


          • 10/08/2018
          • 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM
          • Century College - Bruening Room (E1421) - 3300 Century Avenue, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

          Commercial Business Portraits - This is a program focuses on all aspects of creating a commercial business portraits. From marketing, lighting, posing, up-sales, and retouching, this course is great because it can cater to any photographer. I started getting into business portraits to make extra income during the off-season of my senior portrait business, and not the business portraits bring in almost as much income with considerably less overhead. I teach how to make a marketing plan to find clients in your area along with techniques to get their business. I also do a live demo shoot and show different lighting techniques to achieve multiple looks in studio or on location. I then use CaptureOne and photoshop to edit those photos as individuals and groups. Lastly, I talk about how I am able to create more sales from those clients by offering additional photographic services to them. 

          Developing a Commercial Photography Portfolio - Over the last 10 years, I have had the chance to work with some of the top photo agencies in the country and also meet with photo editors and art producers from some of the biggest magazines and advertising agencies. Through this experience, I have picked the brains of hundreds of people and listened to feedback which has helped me work with many photographers to narrow down their vision and create portfolios/websites that really showcase their best work. In this class, we will talk about how to get passed the emotional attachment photographers have to their work, and how to start editing and selecting their best images to help really show their vision and get more work. From the physical layout of a printed portfolio, to planning personal shoots to expand your library of images, we will focus on making a plan that keeps you motivated and on track to getting more work in the world of advertising photography.

            • 11/05/2018
            • 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM
            • Century College - Bruening Room (E1421) - 3300 Century Avenue, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

            Getting Ready for Print Competition
            1. Beginning print competition for the first time. (State/District/International)
            2. Life of a print in competition
            3. Going through the 12 elements of a print merit
            4. Going through the rules of competition, and what they need
            5. Advice and tips to new talents
            6. Critique
            7. Print or Digital? (the benefit of print)
            8.Game: “What did it score?”

            I’ll explain how personal projects can be beneficial to you and to your growth. I’ll explain 6 ways of storytelling and how to get hired doing what you love through your personal work.

            -Bringing personal work into client work.
            -Getting them to buy for sure that one piece of artwork you’ve created

            Dan Francis M.Photog, CPP, Coucilor
            One of his earliest experiences as a photographer was when he was seven years old while he was visiting Yellowstone National Park and he had used his parents 35mm camera throughout the park. The sights he saw that day took him down the road of art.

            He began his art in high school taking all eight classes of art that were offered. He learned the rules of color, mood, patience, and creative thinking. He brought his art into the digital world by graduating with honors in Graphic Design in 2003. After graduating from college, he worked at a photography studio for 6 years continuing his vision through the camera. Dan’s work has been seen around the world through his website and published work. He has owned his own business, located downtown Fargo since 2008. He specializes in Fine-Art Photography, Photo Restoration and is always looking to learn the way of everything photography.

              • 12/10/2018
              • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
              • TBD

              Come join us for our Holiday Gathering celebrating another wonderful year of education, fellowship and fun. Mark your calendar for this event to take the time to enjoy fellow TCPPA Members, guests and the success of your studio and self development in providing exceptional photography for your clients.

              $30 per person Member & First Guest / $35 Non-Member or Additional Guests

              Plus, don’t forget to bring a gift for the white elephant gift exchange!

              5:00-6:00pm - Cocktail hour and Silent Auction**
              6:00-7:00pm - Dinner
              7:15pm - Silent Auction Closes, Presentation of 2017 Board of Directors and white elephant gift exchange
              8:15pm - Live Auction** Begins
              8:30-9:00pm - Auction check-out & departure

              Silent Auction items to be announced!

              Past events

              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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