Upcoming events

    • 03/07/2021
    • (CST)
    • 2 sessions
    • online via zoom
    • 15

    9:00am - 12:30pm Fine Art Maternity Photography:
    Find out how the Fine Art approach attracts the right client you want to keep coming back. Christie will walk you through her process of marketing to these clients, stylizing their sessions and creating an experience to remember. Christie will be doing a live session to show stylizing, flow posing and editing for the Fine Art Finish. 

    3:00pm - 6:00pm Image Competition Prep:
    The things we are afraid of in image competition are things we actually do in our daily business. Join Christie and Rich as we dive deep into Image Competition. Covering all the how to's. Where to start. How to choose the right images. Getting over the initial fear.

    PPA Merit Awarded for attending both classes!


    • 03/08/2021
    • 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM (CST)
    • Online Meeting (link to join sent to registered attendees the day of the meeting)

    Christie Newell, M. Photog., Cr., CPP

    Germantown Hills, Illinois


    Christie will be going over all aspects of catering to your client and keep them coming back. Concepts, styling, posing, transitioning, lighting, hands on, marketing ideas and post processing. Over the years Christie's clients are coming to her for her perspective. What is your perspective? What is your clients perspective? Lets find out!!


    Christie is a second generation photographer operating out of Germantown Hills, Ill. Christie's passion for photography started at an early age working with her mother who established the studio in 1977. Now a co-owner with her mother, Christie took over the shooting in 2002. Growing up surrounded by the love of photography, Christie is proud to carry on her mother's dream.

    The studio, “Sonshine Portrait Design”, is located in a one of a kind studio built in 2006. While babies and children are the studio's specialty, they serve a broad range of clients. Christie feels that by getting to know each client individually, she can create a product as unique as they are. The end result is a portrait tailor made for each client. Christie's talent for design, light and final composition sets her apart from her competition. Her personality and attention to detail keeps her clients coming back.

    Christie, holds the Professional of Photographers of America, “Master of Photography” degree, "Craftsmen" degree and is a Certified Professional Photographer. She is a member of Professional Photographers of America. She serves on the Juror Excellence Committee. Since 2006, Christie has won numerous awards for her photography on a local, state, district and international level. These awards include the prestigious Fuji Masterpiece Award, 5 Kodak Gallery awards, 2 Lexjket, 1st place National Sunset Award, 2 CPP, 2 District 1st Place and others. Her work has been featured and published in the PPA International Loan Collection. She has also been named in the top ten photographers for Illinois the past six years. Named top photographer in Illinois and North Central District over the past couple years.

    Christie is now speaking and sharing her success with other photographers across the United States. Giving back to the profession that has given her so much.

    3:30 - Join zoom meeting, technical troubleshooting, member introduction and chatting
    4:00 - Announcements and start of presentation


      • 05/10/2021
      • 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
      • T.B.D.

      George Mitchell

      St. Louis, Missouri


      In the highly competitive market of food and beverage photography, photographers must meet the needs of their clients across multiple levels, including that of providing imagery that is not only creative, but that also promote the brand and brand message.

      We will demystify the complexities of building high-end beverage images that also embrace the marketing and social cues needed to effectively communicate a “brands” message. Participants will learn the foundations and industry-level understandings of how high-quality beverage images adhere to the important tenets of creativity and message.


      George C. Mitchell, Jr. is a published Food, Beverage and Editorial Portrait Photographer dedicated to preserving the integrity and standards of professional photography.

      A native of Inkster, Michigan, George holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Tele-Communications & Film from Eastern Michigan University. George has always looked for ways to help individuals, small businesses, as well as Fortune 100 companies, promote their brands through visually compelling imagery. In 2016, George was commissioned as a photographer for YellowFAN Studios, the internal creative agency for Sprint. He also enjoys collaborating with other photographers to produce creative and inspired imagery.

      As a member of the ProEdu community of photographers, George has collaborated with its members on numerous projects and has had the opportunity to learn directly from the community’s founders.

      George has a passion for educating others about the foundations and discipline of professional photography and is committed to sharing his skills with new and seasoned photographers alike. George has delivered invited presentations at national and international conferences such as the Wedding & Portrait Photography International Expo (WPPI) and the ROCK THAT Photography Conference & Tradeshow. He has guest lectured at the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art &

      Art History at Wayne State University, the Art Institute of Michigan, and the Multi- Cultural Association of Professional Photographers (MAPP), a Professional Photographers of America (PPA) affliate.

        • 06/14/2021
        • 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
        • T.B.D.

        Ian Plant

        Victoria, Minnesota



        Whether hanging over the rim of an active volcano, braving the elements to photograph critically-endangered species, or trekking deep into the wilderness to places most people will never see, world-renowned professional photographer Ian Plant travels the glove seeking out amazing places and subjects in his never-ending quest to capture the beauty of our world with his camera. Known for his inspiring images and single-minded dedication to creating the perfect photo, Ian has reached hundreds of thousands of people around the world in his mission to inspire and educate others in the art of photography. Ian is a frequent contributor to many leading photo magazines, the author of numerous books and instructional videos, and CEO of Shuttermonkeys, a site dedicated to photography education and inspiration.

          • 07/13/2021
          • 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
          • T.B.D.

          Susan Stripling

          Brooklyn, New York


          As wedding photographers, we often find ourselves in all kinds of difficult lighting situations. Dark reception rooms, getting-ready venues with no light, cloudy wedding days, the list goes on and on. In this two hour class, Susan Stripling will help you conquer all of these situations and so many more. After this class, you won't fear the dark anymore - you'll be able to bring the sun with you anywhere you go!


          Susan Stripling has been photographing weddings, portraits, and theater for almost eighteen years.

          Susan’s work has been published in Inside Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Modern Bride, Town and Country Weddings, the New York Times, New York Post, Range Finder, PDN, and in ads and advertorials for Nikon USA, Epson, and Canon USA.

          As a WPPI Grand Master, Susan has won multiple awards at the prestigious Wedding and Portrait Photographers International 16×20 print competition including the Grand Award in Wedding Photojournalism and the Grand Award in Weddings. Susan has been an educator for Photo Plus, WPPI, PPA, Mystic Seminars, Portrait Masters, and Creative Live. She has been named one of the top ten wedding photographers in the world by American Photo Magazine.

          She is most honored to be named an Explorer of Light by Canon USA.

          Susan also the founder of The Wedding School, which strives to bring real, honest education to wedding photographers worldwide.

            • 08/09/2021
            • 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
            • T.B.D.

            Jen Bertrand

            Dallas, Texas



            Jen Bertrand is a portrait photographer who specializes in editorial, magazine-style imagery that speaks to the individual. She is known for her modern and edgy approach to photography, as well as adding her personal touch to the entire client experience. Jen also teaches studio lighting and other photography techniques to photographers through conferences, mentorships, and workshops, including her own studio lighting workshop called Enlighten. She is the go-to photographer for creative professionals, brands, and teens looking for original and fresh images that lean way from industry clichés. Jen is based in Dallas where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and their dog.

              • 09/13/2021
              • 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
              • T.B.D.

              Sigmon & Taylor

              Williamsburg, Virginia



                • 10/11/2021
                • 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
                • T.B.D.

                Joshua Hanna

                Charleston, West Virginia


                In today's market, great senior images are a dime a dozen...so modern seniors are looking for something different, unique, and eye catching. This is particularly true with senior guys! In this class, Josh will guide you through creating fresh senior images that today's senior guys are proud and excited to show off. Using typically unconventional methods for lighting, posing, shooting and editing, you will be sure to find some new techniques that you can adapt to your workflow immediately that will get your senior guys excited to book their sessions!


                Christian. Husband. Father. Artist. Photographer. Photoshopper. Teacher. SciFi Geek. Wannabe Musician.

                  • 11/08/2021
                  • 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM (CST)
                  • T.B.D.

                  Jessica Robertson, M. Photog., Cr., CPP, FP

                  Ashland, Virginia


                  Most of us begin our photographic career with what we believe to be a "Passion" for photography. As our interest progresses for this wonderful field, we look to convert our new found love into profit. The subsequent steps are crucial to the success that may or may not follow. While this program is a must see for new photographers, it is also critical for those that want to improve their business and creativity. organization of the process allows for creativity and perfecting the process leads to profit. This program includes a step by step process to increasing business and profit by examining a pragmatic approach to an artistic endeavor.


                  Jessica Robertson created Jessica Robertson Photographic Artistry over 19 years ago and currently serves the Richmond, Virginia area from her 3,000 square foot retail space in Ashland. With the support of her team, Robin and Karen, Jessica personally photographs over 200 seniors each year. She also photographs families, children, pets and headshots. These additional 100 sessions a year create a full circle of life studio based upon relationships.

                  The studio's authentic imagery reflects their commitment to timeless, creative, memorable, unique, and storytelling portraiture. In an age of digital manipulation, filters and flash dries, Jessica hand crafts her images with light and detailed retouching. This dedication to quality and consistency results in superior printed portraits which hang in her clients' homes and are handed down from generation to generation.

                  Because of her commitment to her photographic style and her pragmatic business philosophy, Jessica has established a reputation as the premier senior portrait photographer in her area.

                  While Jessica strives to create artistic and consistent high-quality imagery, she recognizes how critical it is to stay focused on the fact that her art is a business. This has always been a crucial aspect of her success.

                  Although the photography market is ever changing, she has been able to increase her gross sales and profit margin consistently each year. Jessica creates imagery that stands the test of time and forges relationships with her clients that withstands fluctuations in the economy.

                  Jessica holds a degree in Art with a Concentration in Photography from Guilford College. Jessica has earned her PPA Masters of Photography, VPPA Associate Fellow  of Photography, and VPPA Fellow of Photography degrees, Most recently, Jessica earned her PPA Certified Professional Photographer and PPA Master Craftsman degrees. Since Jessica started competing in PPA's national print competition, her work has been included in the esteemed Loan Collection seven times and she has been recognized as Professional Photographer of the Year is out of the seven years she has participated. Through her professional affiliations and print competitions, Jessica strives to constantly improve her skills.

                  Her professional life is balanced with being married to her husband, John and raising their two girls Grace, age 8, and Jaclyn, age 4. A full and busy life for sure! She is grateful for her family and for her ability to build and maintain a sustainable business based on her passion for photography

                  Past events

                  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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