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Upcoming events

    • March 21, 2018
    • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Olympia Hills Golf & Event Center 12900 Mt Olympus, Universal City, TX 78148
    The PPSA Board of Directors will convene to discuss scheduled agenda items. These meetings are open to the public, and all members are welcome.
    • March 21, 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Olympia Hills Golf & Event Center 12900 Mt Olympus, Universal City, TX 78148


     "Capturing Peak Moments With Geometry"

     Philip Thomas will discuss design/geometry of images, his influencers, and present examples of how he applied his learnings from the masters of the 20th century to the genre of documentary wedding photography.

    From Chichester in England, UK, Philip immigrated to San Antonio, TX in 2006, to marry his best friend, Marcie. Before Philip's move to America, he was a news photographer covering local stories and sports, managed a studio, and traveled the world.

    A lifelong photographer, Philip is self-taught and learned from mentors in the newspaper industry. Over time, Philip has developed his craft heavily influenced by photojournalism.

    Philip's inspiration comes from numerous photographers. Among his heroes of sorts are Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, Robert Doisneau, Don McCullin, Elliott Erwitt, Alex Webb and the founders of Magnum. 

    Shooting around 20 weddings a year, Philip captures weddings in San Antonio, Houston, Austin, New York, and Los Angeles.


    • April 18, 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • TBA

     Joshua Jordan - "The Art of Street Portraits"

     When it comes to impactful portraits, oftentimes it's difficult to get the subjects that you most desire into the studio. There are logistical issues like scheduling and returning email and phone calls. The solution is to get out to where those subjects are and take the studio to them. Engage them on the spot and make the idea of having a portrait made be a winning opportunity for them…and for you.

    However, there are multiple potential issues that arise when attempting to approach strangers and ask to make their portrait. How do you make the initial approach? How do you develop instant trust? How do I gauge who will and who won't sit for me? Model releases? Gear? Settings? The list goes on and on.

    This session will cover topics like:

    How to stay safe
    Finding subjects
    What to offer in return

    About Josh:

      Raised in Fort Worth, Texas and a current San Antonio resident, I am the proud dad of three wonderful kids and the husband of the most incredible woman I’ve ever met. I’ve got a Bachelors degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Masters of Science degree from Texas Wesleyan University. My photographic journey started on a dive boat in Burma in 2009 and has since expanded to my current business, Josh Jordan Media Group, which currently has three separate and distinct divisions. My current photo project is my Hidden Faces series and I’ll soon be starting on my newest project: Perfect Imperfections.


    • May 16, 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • TBA


     "Play With Your Food" - Commercial Food Photography

    The program will inspire you to see your food differently and perhaps move to

    photographing food professionally!

    Malinda M Julien, CPP

    Malinda is a native Texan, born in Plainview, Texas. Fort Worth is her home and

    after many travels is where she and her family have returned and opened a

    successful commercial photography studio, Julien & Lambert Photographic Services

    in 2014.

    Her first paid photograph was when she was 8 years old with a Kodak Brownie™

    camera her Grandfather bought for her. She received a quarter and the photograph

    of her Grandmother still hangs on her wall today.

    Alma maters, University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Christian University,

    supported her real life experience from a long history of photography.

    Julien & Lambert Photo is a family owned company with her husband, Jon Julien, the

    equipment guy and occasional drone pilot, her oldest son, Charles C Lambert, BFA,

    Fine Arts (Hardin Simmons University) who specializes in fashion, editorial and

    food and her youngest son, Jon R Lambert, BSA Architecture (Texas Tech University)

    who specializes in architectural, real estate and products.

    She is president for Fort Worth PPA, a member of TPPA and PPA. Avid educator and

    instructor she also runs Julien & Lambert Photo Education, a mentorship and

    coaching entity serving photographers of all educational and skill levels.


    • June 20, 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • TBA


    Daniel & Jennifer Fermaint

     "The Art of Posing Dancers & Dance Studios

      Daniel & Jennifer Fermaint have built a successful business with their unique approach to dance studios, and you'll discover how you can do it too!  Listen and learn as they share their style, a brilliant combination of boutique studio and high volume photography with results that WOW!  Discover how they have succeeded in this genre and what you can do in your own studio.

      Jennifer Fermaint, a dancer and performing artist for 36 years and a dance instructor for 20 years, began studying photography in 2011.  She went on to earn her CPP in 2014, the IPC Bronze medal in 2014, IPC Diamond Photographer of the Year in 2015, Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degrees in 2017, and the IPC Bronze medal in 2017.

    Daniel Fermaint is an award-winning photographer - IPC Platinum Medalist in 2016 - with a flair for capturing seniors and action sports.  His expertise in creating composites and his talent for studio lighting and retouching make his masterpieces a hit.  A Photographic Craftsman and Certified Professional Photographer, Daniel is a firm believer in cultivating his own education and skill set as well as that of other photographers and colleagues.  Daniel has been a musician all his life, making him a perfect match for his co-presenter and wife, Jennifer.

    • July 18, 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • TBA

    "From Burned Out to Fired Up - Reigniting Your Passion"

      Owning your portrait business can be overwhelming, exhausting and down right frustrating at times. From the nagging phone calls that says you need update your Google listing, to clients who just want the digital files, often we as professional photographers find ourselves in a world lacking any creativity, passion or fulfillment.  Late hours working on images, to having to file yet another tax form, all the while your family misses spending time with you. Some days you just want to throw up your hands and say "I QUIT!".  I get that! I was there, for 6 really long years, I was burned out and my only goal was to make it through the next day. My passion was gone, my creativity was gone, my work suffered, my family suffered and my life sucked!  It's one thing to not like where you work, but it's totally different when you are the owner of that workplace.  

      It's time to turn your life around and take control, love what you do and spend time with you family and I'm going to show you how.  From clearing off your plate, to organizing your day to finding that passion you had at the beginning of your career, we are goin to walk you back for the living dead and turn you into a bright light of sunshine  to be reckoned with.

      If you are ready to take back your life and run your studio instead of it running you... join me for a fun, motivating and helpful program to Reignite Your Passion, and go from being Burned Out to Fired Up!

     About Mark:

      Mark Sykes started his professional photographers career in 1994. During that time, he was blessed to be mentored by Master Photographer Doug Box and become involved with the Texas School of Professional Photographers where he took on the role of a wrangler for over 13 years, assisting legendary icons in the photography world as Big Daddy Don Blair, Tony Corbell, Bruce Hudson, Joseph and Louise Simone, and many many more.  In 2001 Mark Sykes received his Certified Professional Photographers degree and is currently working on his Masters after years of not competing. 

      In 2016, Mark received his first merit prints at IPC going 3/4
    In 2017, Mark went 3/4 and earned his first Loan Print at IPC.  

      In 1999 Mark purchased his dream studio on the banks of Nantucket Lake in south College Station and has spend the years landscaping the acre area around his studio to include props such as a gazebo, cedar cabin, and an antique gas station complete with a 1959 Pickup, lovingly known as Mater.  Today Mark specializes in traditional to extreme senior portraits as well as family and children's portraits.

    @msykesphoto (Twitter)
    @marksykesphoto (IG)

Past events

February 21, 2018 Connor Fuller - "Photographing Weapons"
February 21, 2018 PPSA Swap Shop!
February 21, 2018 PPSA Board Meeting
February 19, 2018 Nick Tsakiris - "Getting CR8TV with Photoshop and Lightroom"
January 24, 2018 David Arnold - "Moving to a DotCom" - SPECIAL DATE
January 24, 2018 PPSA Board Meeting
December 10, 2017 PPSA Christmas Party
November 15, 2017 Meet the Masters - Masters' Roundtable
November 15, 2017 PPSA Board Meeting
October 18, 2017 Bry Cox - "Celebrity Style Imaging"
September 20, 2017 Bree Adams - "Reborn"
September 20, 2017 PhotoU - Babies & Props
September 20, 2017 PPSA Board Meeting
August 16, 2017 Nick Tsakiris - Lightroom & Photoshop "The Dynamic Duo"
August 16, 2017 PhotoU - Getting Started with Lightroom
August 16, 2017 PPSA Board Meeting
July 19, 2017 Chris Hanoch - "Sports Composites and Posters"
July 19, 2017 PhotoU - Sports & Composites
July 19, 2017 PPSA Board Meeting
July 17, 2017 PhotoU - Coffee & Cameras
June 21, 2017 Mark McCall - "Print Competition"
June 21, 2017 PhotoU - Print Competition
June 21, 2017 PPSA Board Meeting
June 08, 2017 PhotoU - Coffee & Cameras
May 17, 2017 Kim Hartz - "Branding 101"
May 17, 2017 PhotoU - Digital Print Competition
May 17, 2017 PPSA Board Meeting
May 15, 2017 PhotoU - Coffee & Cameras
April 19, 2017 Chrystina Straughan - "Off Camera Flash"
April 19, 2017 PhotoU - Makeup & Hair for Shoots
April 19, 2017 PPSA Board Meeting
April 13, 2017 PhotoU - Coffee & Cameras
March 20, 2017 PhotoU - Coffee & Cameras
March 15, 2017 Cris & Deanna Duncan - "Lighting for Sales"
March 15, 2017 PhotoU - Print Comp Boot Camp
March 15, 2017 PPSA Board Meeting
February 20, 2017 PhotoU - Coffee & Cameras
February 15, 2017 David Boeck - "Sweep the Competition"
February 15, 2017 PhotoU - Headshots
February 15, 2017 PPSA Board Meeting

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