Upcoming events

    • 12/13/2021
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Lake Elmo Inn Event Center - 3712 Layton Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN 55042

    Come join us for our Holiday Gathering and awards celebration, celebrating the wonderful year of education, fellowship, fun and the winners of our 2021 print competition. 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. Semi-formal attire.

    Schedule of events:

    6:00-7:00pm - Cocktail hour
    7:00pm - Dinner
    7:45 - Presentation and Awards

    RSVP by December 5, 2021

      • 01/10/2022
      • 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM
      • Holiday Inn & Suites St. Paul NE - 8511 Hudson Blvd, Lake Elmo, MN 55042

      Peter Hurley

      New York, New York


      Peter has designed his Headshot Crash Course in order to give you a jolt into what he considers Headshotland. The concepts laid out are his tried and true ideas that Peter can’t live without whenever he's got someone in front of his camera.

      As we all know, the most important thing in a portrait will always be the human face. For the photographer it doesn’t matter how far the subject is away from the camera, it’s always been our job to capture an interesting expression from our subjects. These are the techniques Peter uses no matter where someone happens to be in the frame and they work whether the subject is 3 feet away or 30 feet away from your camera. Peter is simply using his headshot taking process to shine a spotlight on these principles during this workshop. He's developed what he believes are the foremost tactics in pulling the best out of people in order to create images that capture their most interesting expression.

      Key take-aways
      1. Watch Peter shoot his signature lighting setups that he uses to shoot all his headshot clientele.
      2. Go hands-on and photograph a subject using Peter's technique.
      3. Gain valuable insights into how to direct your subject toward captivating expressions to take your work to another level.


      Peter is a world renowned photographer who for the past 20 years has been fixated on the faces that fill his frame. He spends his days in studio unpacking the relationship between how his clients' internal though processes affect their outer appearances. He's TEDx speaker on the subject, author of The Headshot, and founder of the Headshot Crew, which comprises the largest group of headshot specialists globally.

        • 02/07/2022
        • 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM
        • Holiday Inn & Suites St. Paul NE - 8511 Hudson Blvd, Lake Elmo, MN 55042

        Sigmon & Taylor

        Williamsburg, Virginia



        Michael is an award-winning photographic artists, best-known for their fresh, innovative signature style that represent their clients with emotion and honesty.  They joined their amazing talents together ten years ago and own the premier photography studio in the Williamsburg/Hampton Roads area.  They specialize in family, children’s and pet portraiture, as well as commercial photography.  Additionally, they are involved in several charitable causes in the area and founded the Women With A Cause and Grove Summer of Love projects, both serving to bring awareness to local organizations in need.

          • 03/14/2022
          • 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM
          • Holiday Inn & Suites St. Paul NE - 8511 Hudson Blvd, Lake Elmo, MN 55042

          Tara Rochelle

          Santa Clarita, California


          In this program, Tara Rochelle will show you how to style and pose your senior subjects in ways that look they were taken straight from the pages of a magazine! As an added bonus, Tara will show you the tools to run a successful model team!

          Key take-aways
          1. Learn how to direct your subjects in an "unposed" pose that looks comfortable and natural
          2. Learn how to help educate and style your seniors with an editorial edge that grabs attention and teens love!
          3. Learn tips and tools on how to price and structure a hugely successful model team program that teens can't wait to be a part of!

          Tara Rochelle is based in sunny Los Angeles California and specializes in fashion infused portraits for teens and high school seniors. Taking her inspiration from the fashion industry, Tara is able to pose and direct her subjects In a modern yet classic style that her clients and their parents love. Her imagery is highly sought after and clients come from across the country to work with her. Tara has been featured in numerous publications including Senior Style Guide's HOT 100 issue where she was been awarded icon status every year and has been named a Leading Legend Judge for 2016 and 2019. Tara's work has been featured in People Magazine, InStyle, Mozi Magazine, Angeleno, and she is a regular contributor to Inside SCV for their fashion editorials.

            • 05/09/2022
            • 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM
            • Holiday Inn & Suites St. Paul NE - 8511 Hudson Blvd, Lake Elmo, MN 55042

            Garon Cooper

            Troy, Illinois


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

              Robin Janson

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

                Phaneendra Gudapati

                Plano, Texas


                Photoshop isn't just about retouching; it's a tool to help transform images to convey your vision. In this program, PG discusses his retouching philosophies and efficient post-processing workflow, nondestructive editing and techniques to keep file size small. Learn how he brings his vision to life with portrait enhancement techniques.

                Key take-aways
                1. Techniques to achieve efficiency and consistency in your workflow.
                2. RAW file processing for optimum dynamic range.
                3. Magazine quality Skin retouching with Dodging & Burning and Frequency Separation.

                Phaneendra Gudapati is a portrait artist located in Plano, TX. He is inspired by classical portraiture, paintings by old masters and fashion and loves to create a fusion between fine art and fashion in his work.

                PG is self-confessed "technology junkie" always learning about the craft of photography. He loves to develop his imagery using various techniques to bring his artistic vision to life.

                PG is recipient of PPA's Imaging Excellence award, PPA Master of Photography, Master of WPPI, PPA Photographic Craftsman, Certified Professional Photographer and Adobe Certified Photoshop Expert.

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

                  Thomas Nguyen

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

                    Phillip and Eileen Blume

                    Watkinsville, Georgia


                    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.

                    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.

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

                      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.

                      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!

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

                        Rhea Whitney

                        Houston, Texas


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                        Past events

                        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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