Upcoming events

    • 02/24/2019
    • 9:00 AM (UTC-06:00)
    • Grinkie Girls & Amy Wurdock Photography - 550 Vandalia St ste 262, St Paul, MN 55114

    Print competition is a free event for members and non-members to come experience judging, hear critiques and learn from what the judges have to say.  We encourage everyone to take part through entering and challenging yourself to push your creativity, and, at the very least, come see the entries and learn from other people's work.

    Our judging panel will include: 


    TCPPA February 2019 Image Competition Rules

    Print Judging Date: 9:00 a.m. Sunday, February 24, 2019

    Grinkie Girls and Amy Wurdock Photography Studio
    550 Vandalia Street, Suite 262
    St. Paul, MN 55114

    Registration Deadline: 5 p.m. Friday, Febraury 22, 2019 at printcompetition.com

    Entry Fee: $10 per entry (TCPPA Members) | $15 per entry (non-members)
    $20 senior folio competition - see rules below
    All images must be pre-registered and pre-paid at printcompetition.com by 5 p.m. Friday, February 22, 2019.



    Please read the following competition rules carefully. 

    This competition will be 100% digital. You may only enter digital images. All images must be pre-registered and pre-paid at printcompetition.com by 5:00 p.m. Friday February 22, 2019.  Uploaded files must be sized so the longest dimension is 4,000 pixels (20 inches at 200 ppi).  Each file must contain an embedded color profile of either sRGB or Adobe RGB1998 and be saved at a JPEG quality setting of 10. Total file size should not exceed 10 MB. 

    Additional rules and information follow below and is also available at the printcompetition.com website, association website or by contacting: printcomp@tcppa.org

    The purpose of this competition is to allow photographers to enter digital images, albums, folios to be judged relative to the 12 Elements of a Merit Print for the purpose of critique and/or competing for awards. For more information, see: https://www.ppa.com/events/photo-competitions/ipc-international-photographic-competition-overview/the-12-elements-of-a-merit-image  

    Judging will be to PPA standards but it should be noted that this is NOT a PPA Affiliated Competition and PPA merits can NOT be earned.

    PrintCompetition.com: As mentioned earlier, ALL entries must be pre-registered and the entry fee pre-paid at printcompetition.com by 5 pm Friday February 22, 2019.  You may view live judging through the Print Competition Game Day app on your computer, smart phone or tablet that will allow you to watch the judging as it happens. You will see current image that is being seen by the judges and watch the results come in. The app automatically refreshes so you just sit back and watch. In addition to the current image being judged, you will also see thumbnails of the top 16, a list of the last 20 scores and a list of the next 15 coming up. For an additional fee, you can upgrade the app which will give you even more features such as past discussions and a database of searchable images. 

    Questions: Contact: printcomp@tcppa.org


    Student Entrants: In order to qualify for the student awards, the entrant must be enrolled in a college or post-secondary school within the confines of the Minnesota region. A full time student must carry 12 semester hours. Students are eligible to qualify for student awards provided that they have complied with official rules.  Student entrants are eligible for any TCPPA awards and qualify for the Student of Spring 2019 Award. 


    1.     The entrant must have captured and created the original exposure. 

    2.     Any entry which has been reproduced from an existing photograph, portrait, graphic or any other artwork produced by another person is a violation of the competition rules and will not be judged, accepted, or displayed. If an entry, in the good-faith opinion of the Photographic Competition Committee, violates copyright, trademark or any other applicable law that entry shall be disqualified. 

    3.     The entrant’s name shall not appear anywhere on the face of the entry. 

    4.     There is no limit to the number of entries that may be submitted per entrant. These may be a combination of images and albums. Each image and/or album submitted counts as one entry. You must enter at least three images/albums in order to be eligible for photographer of the year awards. 

    5.     Entrant must have a model release on file for each entry submitted. 

    6.     No entry will be eligible that has been made under the supervision of an instructor, speaker or workshop.  

    7.     The same subject may be in more than one of the entrant’s submitted images. 

    8.     Entries previously merited at any TCPPA or PPA International Competition are not eligible, including any image from a merited album. 

    9.     Entry media includes only digital images, digital folios, and digital albums. 

    10.  No Late Entries will be accepted - please note the deadlines above.

    11.  Entry fees will be paid on PrintCompetition.com at the time you register. 


    1.     Portrait: Portrait photographs of any person or group of people. Bridal and Wedding portraits are not eligible. Standard retouching is acceptable in the category.
    2.     Wedding/Candid: All photographs pertaining to brides, weddings or social events.
    3.     Illustrative/Unclassified: Pictorials, scenic, graphic art, pets or any subject matter with a creative theme should be entered in this category. Images that have been highly retouched or enhanced, including images of people, using digital methods or images that have been creatively altered using digital filters should be entered in this category. Commercial or industrial entries should also be entered under this category. 
    4.     Master Artist:  Creative concepts, composites, and other highly altered images should be submitted into the Master Artist category.  Original thumbnails showing the original captures and/or the elements used must be presents as a part of the image.
    5.     Event Album: Albums containing any subject matter from time-sensitive events such as weddings, bar mitzvahs, etc.
    6.     Non-Event Album: Albums containing any non-event subject such as portraits and storytelling albums.
    7.     Senior Folio: High school senior portraits showcasing at least 8 images from a single session.  See additional information below.  This category is open to anyone.

    The competition chairperson and/or board have the right to question the category of any entry. The judges have the option to change the classification and their decision is final. 

    NUMBER OF ENTRIES ALLOWED: You may submit any combination of albums or individual images. Seniors Folios is an additional category and does not count as an image case entry for awards.  There is an additional entry fee the senior folio category. 


    All digital files must be sized so the longest dimension is 4,000 pixels (20 inches at 200 ppi).  Each file must contain an embedded color profile of either sRGB or Adobe RGB1998 and be saved at a JPEG quality setting of 10. Total file size should not exceed 10 MB. 

    1.     Digital album entries must be uploaded to the PrintCompetition.com site as a single ZIP file.
    2.     All files must contain color space sRGB JPEG at quality setting 10.
    3.     Each canvas/file may be a single album side or a spread with as many images as you desire.
    4.     Any album may contain up to 36 “Canvas Files” and should be named in the appropriate order as follows:  Johnson_file01.jpg, Johnson_file02.jpg, etc.
    5.     Canvas/file01.jpg MUST be blank – filled with BLACK.
    6.     Studio identification or entrant’s name cannot appear on any file within the album entry. 

    1.     To quality for TCPPA’s Senior Photographer Spring 2019 award, you must enter at least one male and one female senior folio. Anyone may enter this judging.
    2.     Folios may be traditional or collage style design, with a minimum of 8 images. Size of folios is up to longest dimension is 4,000 pixels (20 inches at 200 ppi), no larger.
    3.     Folios will be judged under the competition standards and by the same panel of selected competition judges. They will be judged relative to the 12 Elements of a Merit Print & under the same scoring system as digital image or album entries.
    4.     Seniors Folios is an additional category and does not count as case entry.  There is an additional entry fee of $10 per folio for the senior folio category. 


    The following digital awards will be presented:

    1.  TCPPA Senior Photographer Spring 2019 - highest scoring combination of male and female folios chosen by a panel of judges.  Given to the photographer having the highest combined score for their senior folios. Both masters and non-masters are eligible. 
    2.  TCPPA Portrait Photographer Spring 2019 - top scoring image case in Portrait category (Average score of all images entered).  Given to the photographer having the highest average score for their images in the portrait category. Both masters and non-masters are eligible.
    3.  TCPPA Wedding Photographer Spring 2019 - top scoring image case in Wedding category (Average score of all images entered).  Given to the photographer having the highest score average for their images in the wedding/candid category. Both masters and non-masters are eligible.
    4.  TCPPA Illustrative Photographer Spring 2019 – top scoring image case in the Illustrative Category (Average score of all images entered).  Given to the photographer having the highest score average of all images entered in the illustrative category. Both masters and non-masters are eligible.
    5.  TCPPA Top Album Photographer Spring 2019 – top scoring album entry.  The TCPPA top album award is given to the highest scoring album. In the event of a tie, the judges will select the award winner.
    6.  TCPPA Non-Master Photographer Spring 2019 - This will be a non-master.  Given to the non-master photographer having the highest average image case score of entries any category.
    7.  TCPPA Master Photographer Spring 2019 - This will be a master photographer.  Given to the master photographer having the highest average image case score of entries any category.
    8.  TCPPA Best of Spring 2019 Awards – Top scoring image in each category.  Portrait, Wedding/Candid, Illustrative/Unclassified, Event Album, Non-Event Album, Senior Folio Male, Senior Folio Female.
    9.  TCPPA Student Photographer Spring 2019 – top scoring image case submitted by an eligible student member.  Given to the student photographer having the highest average score for images in any category.
    10.  TCPPA First Time Case Entry – top scoring image case (Average score of all images entered) from a TCPPA member who has never entered a TCPPA image competition.
    11.   Judge’s Choice – After all judging is completed, each judge will be able to select their favorite entry of choice.
    12.  Certified Professional Photographer Spring 2019 - high image case average score of entries for a Certified Professional Photographer.

    • 03/10/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • The Collective Photography Studio - 123 N 2nd Street, Suite 201, Stillwater, MN 55082
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    Come spend the day with award winning newborn photographer Dani Miller, owner of Sugar Hill Photography. Dani will share her entire workflow from marketing, photographing, editing, and selling the newborn experience. She will also show how to photograph a newborn in natural light as well as studio light plus the little things in-between. This class qualifies as a merited class under PPA standards. 

    Limited to 20 people!

    $149 - Early Bird for Current TCPPA Members
    $199 - Non-members and TCPPA Members after Friday, March 1, 2019

    This class is a PPA merited event.

    • 03/11/2019
    • 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Century College - Bruening Room (E1421) - 3300 Century Avenue, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

    Dani Miller - Sugar Hill Photography - St. Charles, Iowa

    From Concept to Creation of children's portraits

      • 04/15/2019
      • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
      • Hilton Minneapolis St. Paul Airport Mall of America - 3800 American Blvd E, Bloomington, Minnesota, 55425

      Charles (Chas) Glatzer, M.Photog. - Shoot the Light

      The Comprehensive Wildlife Photographer: A Program Designed to Enhance Both Your Technical Ability and Visual Sense

      Join Canon “Explorer of Light “Chas Glatzer as he shares the thought process behind the making of an image, and the techniques used to produce consistently successful images in the field. Learn how to see and understand light, its quality, physical properties, etc., and how they relate to your subject and capture medium will allow you to take control of your imagery. If you want to learn how to produce images that are a cut above it is imperative you take control of your imagery. Chas will cover in depth his Pro-Active in-field work methodology. Be it birds, wildlife, or any other photo discipline this methodology is guaranteed to forever change the way you approach photography. The faster you are able to assess the conditions as presented and employ the tools and techniques necessary to render the image as desired, the more likely you are to accomplish your goal. There are four things; knowing the fundamentals, familiarity with your equipment, being pro-active, and understanding subject behavior that are paramount to consistently produce successful imagery.


      Chas is a Canon “Explorer of Light”, a small prestigious group of the world's leading professional photographers, providing insight, inspiration, and education to future generations of creative photographers.

      Since founding “Shoot The Light,” an instructional photographic workshop and series, in the mid-nineties, Chas has cemented his place in the world as one of the top wildlife photographers working today. His dynamic and inspirational teaching has also made him one of the most sought-after educators and keynote speakers in his field.

      The depth and diversity of his background make him truly exceptional in the world of wildlife photography.

      Chas diverse work experience over his 35 years as a professional photographer provides workshop participants and seminar attendees with an unparalleled resource.

      Chas' work has been celebrated internationally with over 40 prestigious awards for superior photographic competence demonstrated through photographic competition, advanced education, and service to the profession. His images are recognized internationally for their lighting, composition, and attention to detail and have appeared in many publications worldwide including National Geographic, Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, National Parks, Discover Diving, Smithsonian, Professional Photographer, Birder's World, Birding, Nature Photographer, EOS, Digital PhotoPro, and more.

      When not behind the camera or computer, Chas can be found on the river fly fishing near his home in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina.

      Come early and check out the tradeshow!  This will be open from 3:00pm-7:00pm.  Watch for updates with vendor information at http://www.animalimagemakers.com/tradeshow

        • 05/13/2019
        • 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM
        • Century College - Bruening Room (E1421) - 3300 Century Avenue, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

        Kay Eskeridge - Images by Kay & Co Photography - Phoenix, Arizona

        Today, more and more women are presidents of corporations, serving on boards, owners of both small and large business and leaders in their communities… and they all need professional executive portraits.

        These powerful women know the importance of their personal brand and will seek out a photographer who knows how to help them create an ‘intentional image’ to support and express their brand. They will want to hire someone that shares their understanding of self-worth, self-confidence and personal strength as well as a creative, knowledgeable photographer who also posses technical expertise.

        This program balances the concept of “mind/body/soul” with photographic education. You’ll learn how to establish a business plan, design marketing strategies, create successful promotions and discover unique sales opportunities. You’ll learn how to pose women of all shapes, sizes and ages and learn techniques to overcome communication challenges with women executives to insure a successful experience.

        At the end of the program you will feel personally empowered and ready to confidently go after the lucrative market of photographing executive women.

        Kay’s Bio:

        Combining her passion for photography and her love of people, Kay Eskridge’s studio, Images by Kay & Co. has earned a sterling reputation for high-quality portraiture. Kay takes great pride in no only the imagery she creates but also the high level of customer service she provides. Specializing as a lifestyle portrait artist, Kay’s clientele has come to rely on her to capture images from all of life’s special events, from maternity to newborns, tots to ‘tween’s, High School Seniors to summer family vacations and even intimate images captured through the CelebrateSexy division of her studio. Her focus on relationships, creative approach to portraiture, unique perspective on customer service and clear vision about business has provided her with much success doing something she loves.

        Kay is a member and Past President of the Arizona Professional Photography Association and is one of Kodak-Alaris’ Approved Speakers and White House Custom Color speaker team representatives. She is a PPA Certified, a Master-Photographic Craftsman and holds numerous awards, including the National Award, the Arizona Photographer of the Year, the Kodak Gallery Elite Award, the Phoenix Portrait Photographer of the Year, and the Arizona Illustrative Photographer of the Year.

          • 06/10/2019
          • 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM
          • Century College - Bruening Room (E1421) - 3300 Century Avenue, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

          Chris Knight - Chris Knight Photography - New York, New York

          Watch for additional information coming soon!

            • 07/08/2019
            • 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM
            • Century College - Bruening Room (E1421) - 3300 Century Avenue, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

            David Beckham - David Beckham Photography - Pickerington, Ohio

            Watch for additional information coming soon!

              • 08/12/2019
              • 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM
              • Century College - Bruening Room (E1421) - 3300 Century Avenue, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

              Craig Stidham - Craig Stidham Photography - Amarillo, Texas

              To achieve high standards. I will show you my workflow. Teach you the History of Art and why it's a huge...

                • 08/13/2019
                • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
                • Grinkie Girls and Amy Wurdock Photography, 550 Vandalia Street, Suite 262, St. Paul, MN 55126
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                Hosted at Grinkie Girls and Amy Wurdock Photography
                Marketing Mastermind 

                This Mastermind event is to focus on successes and failures in marketing. Come with your ideas and together as a group we will discuss, dissect and direct on how to make each marketing idea a success! Our goal is to have everyone leave with a least five new marketing ideas that can be implemented right away to help you gain clients, more business and $$$!

                • 09/09/2019
                • 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM
                • Century College - Bruening Room (E1421) - 3300 Century Avenue, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

                Darty Hines - Millersburg, Pennsylvania

                How do you get your studio in front of the right clients in an over-crowded market? In today’s world of tweets, posts, lies and shares… sometimes it feels like an uphill battle to just get noticed. Social Media and Marketing for photographers does not have to cause you stress. It can be done successfully with the right tools and a plan in place. This program will give you the tools, tips and advice to position yourself to be noticed in the crowd.

                Topics include:

                Social Media- The Content is King
                Facebook- How to trick the algorithm
                Advertising on Social Media- It’s not free anymore
                Instagram- the place to be
                Strategic Partners- Aligning yourself with the right people, companies, and brands


                A husband, a father to three amazing girls, a photographer, a social media fanatic, and the owner of SYNC, Darty Hines (PPA Craftsman) keeps very busy. Even with this busy schedule, he is constantly striving to find new and innovative ways for small business owners to succeed. He has been a professional photographer for over 20 years and has worked and consulted with many prestigious photography studios across the Nation. Darty and his wife Michele are also co-owners of the education conference SYNC. They met during college at Ohio Institute of Photography in Dayton, OH where the chemistry was not just in the darkroom. They married a few years after college graduation, had 3 beautiful daughters and currently reside in Millersburg, Pennsylvania.

                Darty’s ‘street smart’ marketing and social media knowledge continues to help photographers and small business owners across the country. His straightforward no-nonsense approach to teaching will help you stand out in an overcrowded market and will empower you to be a better photographer, marketer and business person.

                  • 10/14/2019
                  • 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM
                  • Century College - Bruening Room (E1421) - 3300 Century Avenue, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

                  Jenn Lewis - Jenn Lewis Photography - Clemmons, North Carolina

                  Watch for additional information coming soon!

                    • 11/04/2019
                    • 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM
                    • Century College - Bruening Room (E1421) - 3300 Century Avenue, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

                    Michael Mowbray - Michael Mowbray - DeForest, Wisconsin

                    In this presentation I will show you how to make headshots a year-round a profitable piece of your photography business. I will cover:

                    • The Who, What, When, Where and Why of headshots.
                    • The Big Three business targets
                    • The Five Main Types
                    • My Pricing Tips
                    • The Process for studio headshots
                    • The Process for volume business headshots
                    • Lighting
                    • Post Production
                    • Marketing

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