Upcoming events

    • 03/22/2018
    • 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 550 Vandalia Street, St. Paul, MN

    "Come Join Christi and Amy to watch the live critiques roll in for our District Print Competitions.  We'll have snacks and a tremendous desire to break the code on what makes an image merit.  Our studio will be open from 3-9 on Thursday, March 22nd.  550 Vandalia Street, St. Paul, MN 55114.  Please RSVP to Christi@grinkie.com"

    This Event is for Current TCPPA Members.

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

    • 03/26/2018
    • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Century College - 3300 Century Avenue, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

    RESCHEDULEDJoin us for our annual “Prop & Drop Swap”, vendor tradeshow, mini-seminars, print competition gallery and awards ceremony.  This is a great event to kick off your new year. 

    Prop & Drop Swap (4:00-8:00pm)
    Do you have extra stuff collecting dust that you’d like to unload?  Looking for new backdrops and/or props for your studio?  Here’s your chance!  Bring your items to sell or trade, or come buy some new things from someone else.

    Vendor Trade Show (4:00-8:00pm)
    Come check out some new products and some new vendors to kick up your product line or enhance your marketing.  Our vendors will have their products on display and can answer your questions and give you some new ideas.

    Learn Some New Tips and Tricks
    Several mini-seminars will take place loaded with information and hands-on learning - choose which you’re most interested in or would like to learn more about.  Instructors and topics are:

    4:30-5:00pm - Nadine Babu - Social Media

    The importance of using social media in your profession. Hear about the different kinds of mediums, the benefits of each, and how to implement a social media strategy in the most efficient way possible.

    5:30-6:00pm - Jenna Redfield - Video Editing

    Do you capture video and then not know what to do with it? Jenna will be doing a live tutorial on video editing in iMovie.

    6:30-7:00pm - Sticky Albums - Email Marketing

    Make money while you sleep.

     7:15-7:45pm - Dawn Van Tassel - Keeping it Legal: What Pros need to Know

    What sorts of contracts do you need to have in place? What are your intellectual property rights if someone steals your images?  Experienced business attorney Dawn Van Tassel from Van Tassel Law Firm in Minneapolis will answer these and many more questions.

    • 04/09/2018
    • 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Century College - Bruening Room (E1421) - 3300 Century Avenue, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

    Is it Scalable? The Volume Business Balance

    Volume photography can be a booming business, but it doesn't mean that you have to sacrifice your creativity, quality or reputation. In this class, take advantage of instructor Jeremy McColm's 20+ years of experience in the business.

    Discuss how to maintain your photographic quality and keep your creativity scalable into a profitable business. Explore training as well as capture techniques that can help you maximize what you do in camera and minimize your post production processes. Jeremy will also cover the key drivers of successful sales averages and give you the knowledge you need to succeed in this market.

    In the ever-changing industry of photography, it makes sense to incorporate a high volume work stream into your studio. With the right balance and the right disciplines in place, you can stay true to your art and your craft and still watch your profits rise.

       - Develop a photographic plan and work it!
       - Create a trainable and repeatable indoor/outdoor studio setup
          - Eliminate the variables and focus on the experience
          - Streamline file input for efficient output
       - Create common terminology and creative training techniques
       - Develop photographer skills through meaningful feedback
       - Measure your key drivers for profitable sales averages

    About Jeremy McColm:
    He always imagined a career in photography. However, he never though he would make a career out of taking school pictures as a seasonal photographer for Lifetouch. As his skills advanced, so did his opportunities, allowing him to specialize in photographing high school seniors, families, sports and special events. Now 20+ years later, Jeremy is the Senior Director of Photography for Lifetouch School Pictures. His true passion lies in photographing people and creating memorable images that exceed expectations. Lifetouch has provided Jeremy with amazing photographic experiences and enabled him to work with some of the industry's best photographers.

      • 05/14/2018
      • 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM
      • Century College - Bruening Room (E1421) - 3300 Century Avenue, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

      Kira Derryberry's presentation will be cover two distinct topics:

      Level Up: Unlock Your Potential

      Have you ever met a carpenter who only uses a hammer? A chef who only uses a hot plate? As professionals we have a wealth of tools at our disposal to create our art. So why limit ourselves by shooting only one way? In this program Kira will discuss bridging the gap between photographic styles new and old. Learn how to unlock your potential as an artist by studying the foundations of lighting, posing, and composition. Kira will have you consider how to use the classic rules to your advantage and develop your own personal style as an artist by having more tools in your bag. Leave this program ready to shoot with purpose and intent. Get ready to level up!

      Creating Natural Looking Light

      In this program, Kira will jump start your range as a photographer by introducing a one light system. This is the perfect program if you are new to studio lighting! Learn how to simulate natural looking lighting when there may be no light available. Keep true to your photographic lighting style by being able to create the look and feel of natural light in any situation while increasing your skills!

      Kira Derryberry, M.Photog. Cr. Photog, CPP is a portrait photographer based in Tallahassee, FL, She's a Master Photographer, Photographic Craftsman, Certified Professional Photographer, a councilor for the state of Florida for the PPA, Director for the Florida Professional Photographers and in 2017 was elected to the Board of Directors for the Professional Photographers of America. Her teaching resume most recently includes instructor for PPA Edu, 2017 Preconvention Speaker at Imaging USA. Kira has also been invited to be a platform speaker at Imaging USA 2018. In 2013 and 2014, Kira also earned the local titles of Best of Tallahassee from Tallahassee Magazine Readers as well as 2014 Photographer of the Year through TPPG. Kira is an active competitor in both the state and International Print Competitions and earned silver medals in 2014 and 2015 and a Platinum medal in 2016 at IPC. Her Loan Collection Image, "The Skeptic" was featured on the March 2016 Cover of Professional Photographer Magazine along with a feature article on her work. Kira has completed the PPA Judges training in August 2016 and is now a PPA Juror in Training.

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

        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.

        Event Registration Ends Friday, June 8 (we need a final head count to order food in advance!  No guarantees of food for anyone not registered by June 8.)

        • 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

                  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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