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    • July 18, 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Olympia Hills Golf & Event Center 12900 Mt Olympus, Universal City, TX 78148

    "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.

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    • August 15, 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Olympia Hills Golf & Event Center 12900 Mt Olympus, Universal City, TX 78148


    JT Blenker

    "Nightscapes, Astrophotography, and The Milky Way

    Gearing up and heading out to shoot the stars is becoming an ever increasing pursuit for many photographers today. Are you ready to not only get out under the stars but take the best images you can? In this talk, we will discuss the dynamic range of a nightscape, shooting for the most depth of field, reducing noise in a finished image, and how to combine multiple long exposures for image stacking or to create an amazing panoramic image.

    JT Blenker is a Photographic Craftsman and Certified Professional Photographer who turned a trip of a lifetime traveling throughout the country into a career in photography focusing on our sky's, elusive for many, Milky Way Galaxy. His professional journey has gone from working for some of the most prestigious Fortune 500 companies to becoming a landscape and night sky photographer that's created engaging workshops where the focus is on developing aspiring photographers into even better artists. 

    Recently, JT became a staff writer for Fstoppers and now can contribute to the photographic and artistic community on an incredible scale and hopes to grow more as a speaker, writer, and educator.

Past events

June 20, 2018 Daniel & Jennifer Fermaint - "The Art of Posing Dancers & Dance Studios"
May 21, 2018 Elizabeth Homan - "Sales and Marketing Boot Camp"
May 16, 2018 Malinda Julien - Commercial Food Photography
May 16, 2018 PPSA Board Meeting
April 18, 2018 Joshua Jordan - "The Art of Street Portraits"
March 21, 2018 Philip Thomas - "Capturing Peak Moments With Geometry"
March 21, 2018 PPSA Board Meeting
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

"Professional Photographers of San Antonio, Inc." is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization.  San Antonio, TX 78260