Upcoming events

    • 06/13/2022
    • 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn & Suites St. Paul NE - 8511 Hudson Blvd, Lake Elmo, MN 55042
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    Robin Janson

    Cypress, Texas

    Sock Monkey Photography


    This class is the perfect opportunity for all levels of experienced photographers who are considering adding a new revenue stream to their business. Join me as we discuss how to start, build, and maintain a successful volume business

    Key take-aways:
    1. Learn marketing and sales techniques
    2. Basic lighting and posing techniques
    3. Delivery of final products

    Bio:
    Robin has earned the designation of Certified Professional photographer, CPP and awarded the Photographic Craftsman (Cr.Photog.) from the PPA. He is the incoming TPPA, Texas PPA President for 2022, a former board member of his local affiliate, BVPPA, and serves as the Chair of the PPA Speaker Selection Sub Committee that involves all schools, sports, and special events. Robin resides in Houston, Texas and runs a full time studio along with his wife and four employees. They started their venture into photography 16 years ago targeting preschools and have continued their focus in the volume genre, photographing sports, events, and schools.

      • 06/20/2022
      • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
      • Zoom
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      Members come together to discuss a new business or photography book each month.


      • 07/11/2022
      • 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM
      • Holiday Inn & Suites St. Paul NE - 8511 Hudson Blvd, Lake Elmo, MN 55042
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      Nate Grahek

      St. Paul, Minnesota

      stickymarketingtools.com


      Are you tired of seeing traffic on your website each month but no calls, emails, or bookings? In this workshop Nate will be sharing the top 3 fixes he discovered after rebuilding 100 photography websites… And how you can use these fixes to get more leads, more bookings, and more sales for your business.

      11:49

      Key Takeaways
      1) A clear understanding about why marketing has gotten so much more challenging in the last few years, and how we can use the concepts of StoryBrand as our roadmap for creating clarity in our marketing, that has the power to turn strangers into booked clients.
      2) Good marketing starts face-to-face. How do you respond when someone asks you "what do you do?" Every attendee will walk away with a revamped and polished "One-Liner" that Sticks, to help you get more referrals, and to use as a more solid foundation for building online marketing that works.
      3) Too many photographers websites aren't working. We will workshop several attendees sites live, and give everyone a simple plan for identifying what isn't working, and understanding how to fix it.

      11:49

      About Nate Grahek: Photographer, Educator, Marketing Nerd, and Founder of StickyAlbums, Nate Grahek has helped over 10,000 photographers around the world grow their businesses, with simple tools & proven strategies for building marketing that works.

      11:50

      Attendee requirements: Note pad

      Are you tired of seeing traffic on your website each month but no calls, emails, or bookings? In this workshop Nate will be sharing the top 3 fixes he discovered after rebuilding 100 photography websites… And how you can use these fixes to get more leads, more bookings, and more sales for your business.

      Key Takeaways
      1) A clear understanding about why marketing has gotten so much more challenging in the last few years, and how we can use the concepts of StoryBrand as our roadmap for creating clarity in our marketing, that has the power to turn strangers into booked clients.2) Good marketing starts face-to-face. How do you respond when someone asks you "what do you do?" Every attendee will walk away with a revamped and polished "One-Liner" that Sticks, to help you get more referrals, and to use as a more solid foundation for building online marketing that works.3) Too many photographers websites aren't working. We will workshop several attendees sites live, and give everyone a simple plan for identifying what isn't working, and understanding how to fix it.

      About Nate Grahek: Photographer, Educator, Marketing Nerd, and Founder of StickyAlbums, Nate Grahek has helped over 10,000 photographers around the world grow their businesses, with simple tools & proven strategies for building marketing that works.

      Attendee requirements: Note pad

        • 07/18/2022
        • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
        • Zoom
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        Members come together to discuss a new business or photography book each month.


        • 08/08/2022
        • 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM
        • Holiday Inn & Suites St. Paul NE - 8511 Hudson Blvd, Lake Elmo, MN 55042
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        Thomas Nguyen

        Cincinnati, Ohio

        thomasnguyenphoto.com


        Thomas will walk through his thought process and workflow on how he looks at his locations in order to achieve the most unique angles and posing to create his killer images.

        Key take-aways:
        1. Easy tips & tricks
        2. How to use wide-angle lenses more creatively
        3. Workflow Techniques

        Bio:
        Thomas Nguyen live sin Cincinnati, Ohio, but travels around the country as his High School senior photography allows him to do so. He has a unique approach at what he does. As one of the country's leading industry leader, he believes in keeping things fun and fresh, while pushing his creative boundaries! He genuinely cares about every senior he works with. His intention is unwavering: to create a unique and memorable experience that not only each high school senior will fall in love with, but to stand-out amongst the crowd.

          • 08/15/2022
          • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
          • Zoom
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          Members come together to discuss a new business or photography book each month.


          • 09/12/2022
          • 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM
          • Holiday Inn & Suites St. Paul NE - 8511 Hudson Blvd, Lake Elmo, MN 55042
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          Phillip and Eileen Blume

          Watkinsville, Georgia

          theblumes.co


          What if you could convert visitors to your website into paying clients 5x more often? What if they became loyal, returning clients who ordered prints and albums after every session? Would that double or triple your income? Would it change your life?

          When you apply a proven system to turn leads into clients, and clients into

          buyers, the result is a win-win experience for all. Learn The Blumes' simple (yet surprising!) step-by-step method to not only find ideal clients but also to create them! As wedding photographers and portrait artists, the Blumes built an official "fastest-growing business" in one of the worst markets in small-town America. For over a decade, they've taught photographers to build successful businesses that provide freedom and give back.

          Key take-aways
          1. Non-SEO website marketing that draws potential clients to your website, then hooks them with a honey-trap of Desire.
          2. How to create a client experience loop, that educates and turns ho-hum clients into ideal clients.
          3. Ethical, low-pressure sales techniques that scale your business beyond the limited time-for-money model.

          Bio:
          Phillip & Eileen Blume are award-winning photographers just crazy enough to

          believe artists can change the world. As owners of several photography brands

          that specialize in weddings and portraits, the Blumes seek to celebrate life and also to reclaim life through humanitarian projects. Whether speaking at top industry events, presenting on the TEDx stage, or interacting with students inside private ComeUnity photo workshops, these respected industry leaders champion change-making through creativity. They are the stars of "The

          Heirloom Experience" on Photoflix and live with their children in rural Georgia, where they enjoy getting outdoors and spontaneous dance parties.


            • 09/19/2022
            • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
            • Zoom
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            Members come together to discuss a new business or photography book each month.


            • 10/03/2022
            • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
            • Zoom
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            Members come together to discuss a new business or photography book each month.


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

            Bio:
            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!


              • 11/07/2022
              • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
              • Zoom
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              Members come together to discuss a new business or photography book each month.


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

              Houston, Texas

              rheawhitney.com


              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

              Bio:
              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


                • 12/05/2022
                • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
                • Zoom
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                Members come together to discuss a new business or photography book each month.


              Past events

              05/16/2022 Book Club: Marketing Made Simple by Donald Miller - Members Only
              05/10/2022 CANCELLED: Workshop - Creating Films - Get Hands On with Garon Cooper
              05/09/2022 CANCELLED: Garon Cooper: Senior Video
              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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