Upcoming events

    • 09/11/2022
    • TBD
    • 18

    It's time to think different about Minis! In 2010 with nothing to loose, Phillip and Eileen Blume took a risky new approach to Minis. It was a final effort to save their failing business. The immediate result was $8,000 in one weekend. But the even larger outcome was a revolutionary studio plan that launched the Blumes into a six-figure "fastest-growing business" and life of meaningful projects around the world.

    Workshop Key take-aways:
    • When to schedule and how to execute 20-minute Minis that now average the Blumes up to $10,000 per day
    • How to win raving clients who return year after year
    • What makes Maximized Minis a powerful marketing tool that will diversify and protect your brand.

    $149 TCPPA/PPA Members
    $199 Non-Members

    • 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.

      • 09/19/2022
      • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
      • Zoom

      Members come together to discuss a new business or photography book each month.

      • 10/09/2022
      • TBD
      • 20

      Fix my Pix! -  Attendees submit their toughest retouches or competition image that I will correct live for the group. This is not a critique, it is kept very light hearted and fun.

      PPA Competition Photoshop - PPA competition image editing has a formula. Adam has used it to create multiple prints scoring 100 and retouched over 90 merits in one year with a 96% success rate! If you want to learn the secret PPA retouch formula, this is the class for you!

      • Editing techniques that judges love
      • How to control your viewer's eye
      • How to think about editing and image for competition

      $149 TCPPA/PPA Members
      $199 Non-Members

      • 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!

        • 10/17/2022
        • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
        • Zoom

        Members come together to discuss a new business or photography book each month.

        • 10/17/2022
        • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
        • WHCC, 2840 Lone Oak Parkway, Eagan, MN 55121

        Hosted at WHCC

        WHCC is generously opening up their lab to to give us a tour of their facility and a sneak peek at new products.

        Monday, October 17th at:
        White House Custom Color
        2840 Lone Oak Parkway
        Eagan, MN 55121

        5:30pm Social & Snacks
        6:00pm Lab Tour
        7:00pm New Products
        8:00pm Happy Hour After Party

        This class is limited to the first 30 people who sign up so don't delay!

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

        Rhea Whitney

        Houston, Texas


        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

        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

          • 11/15/2022
          • TBD
          • 20

          In this 2 hour program, we will walk through my marketing formula to help you better understand what marketing is. From there, I will help you craft your brand story and content ideas that gets your ideal clients interested in your services.

          Workshop Key take-aways:
          • How to create a brand story that shares authentically who you are
          • How to define your ideal client
          • How to create expert content that addresses your ideal client's needs and wants.

          $199 TCPPA/PPA Members
          $239 Non-Members

          • 11/21/2022
          • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
          • Zoom

          Members come together to discuss a new business or photography book each month.

          • 12/12/2022
          • 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
          • Lake Elmo Inn Event Center - 3712 Layton Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN 55042

          Come join us for our Holiday Gathering celebrating the wonderful year of education, fellowship, and fun.

          Your ticket reservation includes catered meal, mix & mingle hour, cash bar, surprise gift for all attendees, and special keynote presentation from industry renowned industry leader, Megan DiPiero.

          Skip the Struggle

          Most photographers are working too hard and making too little for their efforts. We struggle because we assume in a competitive market clients want to spend less. But that’s simply not true. What if you could cut out the race to the bottom, charge more, and have clients thank you for the opportunity? Megan will show you how to smash money blocks, finally understand your true value, and appreciate how joyful spending big can be. You deserve to make more doing what you love!


          Megan DiPiero is a world-renowned business coach and the bestselling author of She Sells: The Empathy Advantage. She’s a frequent Imaging platform speaker, Photographic Craftsman, and Grand Imaging Award nominee. She has helped thousands of entrepreneurs earn breadwinner status and six-figure incomes.

          Schedule of events:

          4:30 - Cocktail hour
          5:30 - Megan DiPiero (Keynote Speaker)
          7:00 - Dinner
          8:00 - TCPPA Closing Remarks 

          RSVP by December 1, 2022

            • 12/19/2022
            • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
            • Zoom

            Members come together to discuss a new business or photography book each month.

          Past events

          08/15/2022 Book Club: Captivate by Vanessa Van Edwards - Members Only
          08/08/2022 Thomas Nguyen: Killer Angles and Posing with Seniors
          07/18/2022 Book Club: Rocket Fuel - Members Only
          07/11/2022 Nate Grahek: How to Fix Your Marketing with StoryBrand
          06/20/2022 Book Club: Marketing to Gen Z - Members Only
          06/13/2022 Robin Janson: Volume Sports
          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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