If you have an idea for a program, an offer to come present, or a request for a specific monthly or extended program, please contact our Program Director (programs@austinppa.com)

Upcoming Austin PPA events

    • 24 Aug 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Precision Camera & Video 2438 W. Anderson Lane Suite B-4 Austin, TX 78757



    NOTE: You must register to take the exam at least 10 days before the next scheduled exam date, which is August 24, 2019.


    To register for the Certified Professional Photographer's exam from the national PPA, go to http://ppa.formstack.com/forms/cpp_exam

    The exam will be administered on Saturday, August 24th, 2019, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon  at Precision Camera. 

    Note that CPP candidates must be a member of the Professional Photographers of America to take the exam and participate in the certification process.

    This class will be proctored by Tim Babiak, CPP. Tim serves as a local CPP Liaison as well as on the Austin PPA Board of Directors.

    A prep class for the exam is on the APPA calendar for Saturday, July 27th, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM.


    • 26 Aug 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Precision Camera & Video, 2438 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78757
    Register

    NOTE: THIS MONTHLY MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR THE 4TH MONDAY OF THE MONTH WHICH IS AUGUST 26, 2019. 




    The Art of Selling Wall Portraits

    Selling wall portraits is key to having a successful portrait studio. Learn how you can sell an average of $3000 per family portrait session. We will show you the process to ensure that you will be able to successfully sell a wall portrait to each client.



    Kim Ortiz Photography specializes in creating mixed media, heirloom portraits for families and pets, and producing a fun experience for high school seniors.  Kim gives back to the community by serving as a District 1 D Board Member for the Denton County Fresh Water District. Over the past 7 years, Kim’s annual pet calendar fundraiser has generated donations of nearly $14,000.  Kim is an avid pet lover and has 5 adopted dogs of her own. 


    • 27 Aug 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Valerie Kay Photography, 7113 Burnet Rd Suite 109, Austin, TX 78757
    • 13
    Register

    NOTE: THIS AUGIST WORKSHOP IS SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, AUGUST 27 2019, WHICH IS THE DAY AFTER OUR MONTHLY MEETING.

    Workshop meeting - Tuesday, August 27th, 10 AM to 5 PM

    The Power of Networking

    Valerie Kay Photography

    7113 Burnet Rd Suite 109

    Austin, TX 78757

    Members - $79

    Non-members - $99


    This workshop will feature two speakers, Felicia Reed and Kim Ortiz.  

    Felicia Reed will speak in the morning about how she uses networking and

    marketing in her photography business.


    Kim Ortiz will speak in the afternoon about how she used networking and

    marketing to start her business over after moving from the Dallas area to

    Austin.


    EXCEL IN YOUR BUSINESS WITH NETWORKING & MARKETING

    Felicia Reed will discuss the key to her photography business success which is relationship building. This will an interactive, fun experience where Felicia will help the class in finding the right networking groups, how to educate others on their business and what a great referral is for them. Felicia will also cover the follow up and how to conduct proper face to face networking. She will also show her favorite share worthy marketing material as well as he basics every photographer should have.

    STARTING ALL OVER

    Kim Ortiz will share her story of how she started her studio over after moving from Dallas to Austin. Hear how she networks, build relationships and add value to the community to bring awareness to her new studio. Learn how to network effectively, build strategic partnerships and give back to the community.

    • 23 Sep 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Valerie Kay Photography, 7113 Burnet Rd Suite 109, Austin, TX 78757
    • 15
    Register

    Note:This workshop will be held at Valerie Kay Photography, 7113 Burnet Rd., Suite 109, Austin, TX 78757.  The membership meeting will follow at 6:00 PM at Precision Camera and Video.




    How can you tell if you are becoming the photographer you want to be if you don’t know where you are headed? In this program, Steve

    Kozak will share his insights and experience in helping you to determine the direction of your business and defining your career. By expanding upon the sound principles of a “4-Wheel Drive” business, Steve challenges the photographer to create a career that is built by default rather than by design.

    During the workshop, Steve will cover:

    • Creating marketing excellence
    • Finding your marketing message
    • Pricing strategies for tough times
    • Creating a "sticky" business
    • Building Customer Loyalty
    •  What Every Photographer Should Know
    • How You Can Help Your Clients Spend More
    • Layout a plan for building your business
    • Marketing your photography and finding new clients
    • Establishing a year-round marketing calendar
    • Writing effective ad copy
    • Determining a plan for career and personal growth

    Steve shows photographers how to make more money with much less effort and how to grow and strengthen your business. Discover the art of marketing and the secrets to higher sales.

               

    • 23 Sep 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Precision Camera & Video, 2438 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78757
    Register

    Note: This meeting will be on the 4th Monday of the month. 

    This month's workshop will be held at Valerie Kay Photography, 7113 Burnet Rd., Suite 109, Austin, TX 78757. 

    The membership meeting will follow at 6:00 PM at Precision Camera and Video.




    Merely owning a camera does not make one a photographer any more than owning a pencil makes one a poet. A successful career in professional photography is built upon a foundation of lighting, posing and good business practices.

    Steve has helped countless numbers of photographers turn their passion into a profession and their photography into profits. With this class, you will gain a wealth of knowledge and a unique insight into creating images at a professional level.

    Steve will have you looking at your career from three aspects: The Fundamentals, The Business and The Art of Photography.


    • 28 Oct 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Precision Camera & Video, 2438 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78757
    Register

    NOTE: THIS MONTHLY MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR THE 4TH MONDAY OF THE MONTH WHICH IS OCTOBER 28, 2019. 

    THE WORKSHOP FOR THIS MONTH IS SCHEDULED FOR  THE DAY AFTER OUR MONTHLY MEETING,  WHICH IS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2019.



    Given up on getting many High School Seniors? You shouldn’t! Bruce Berg, Oregon’s most award-winning photographer, will show you how to get teenagers in your doors and then take your High School Seniors to a whole new level. Providing you with great marketing and sales tips, this program is filled with pertinent and practical information that will help you improve your bottom line. Plus a Marketing idea that easily gets seniors in your doors and rather than costing you money, MAKES you money. You can’t get this on Creative Live! You will be given key steps on how to create a high school senior experience like no other. Plus, there will be creative posing and lighting tips - and some things to watch out for. Bruce will also give you valuable sales tips and techniques - including how to build a profitable price list and how to lead your clients through the sale. This year he has 25 Class of 2019 models, most of which paid $599 and more to be a part of the program with an average order of over $1,800. Find out how, like Bruce, you too can jump start a once dying market. Reorient yourself by attending this highly informative and practical program.

              


                             





    • 29 Oct 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Precision Camera & Video, 2438 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78757
    • 15
    Register

    NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP IS SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2019 WHICH IS THE DAY AFTER OUR MONTHLY MEETING.



    Can you build Success in today's highly competitive market? Whether you've been in business two years or twenty, if you are smart about what you do, YES! The past five years Bruce has been netting one of his best net incomes ever in his 33 years in business. This program will show you why. Bruce will cover all market segments, but this workshop is weighted more towards high school seniors and families. His program is filled with pertinent and practical information that will help you improve your bottom line.

    Topics include: Organization, Marketing, Photography tips, Pricing your work, Selling, Packaging and ideas to enhance your Bottom Line and ultimately, your life. Plus, he has over $1,000 in door prizes that will be given out. Bruce is a WPPI Platform speaker, featured on the cover of Studio Photography and is Oregon’s most award-winning photographer.

      


                 


    • 18 Nov 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Precision Camera & Video, 2438 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78757
    Register

    NOTE: THIS MONTHLY MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR THE 3RD MONDAY OF THE MONTH WHICH IS NOVEMBER 18, 2019. 

    THE WORKSHOP FOR THIS MONTH IS SCHEDULED FOR  THE DAY AFTER OUR MONTHLY MEETING,  WHICH IS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2019.




    Pete will discuss his proven plan for successful family portraits that will allow you to work more efficiently, provide a better experience for the client, and most importantly remove the post session let down of minimal sales.

    Pete will go into why the pre-session consultation is key to successful portrait sales. He will teach how he uses a consultative approach to family portraits, questions he asks clients, and how he listens to the answers. Plus, how to find out what a client’s budget is and to work with it and stretch it a bit.

    Discussing wardrobe, locations, and a photography plan. Imagine selling the wall portrait before making a single frame! Who knows maybe some folks in the audience will get a chance to role play in consultative selling. Pete will discuss locations on what he looks for, how he reinforces to the clients what could be important factors in choosing a location for their portrait and most importantly how the focus of a location is still secondary to the most important element of the family portrait – THE FAMILY!

    This will be a lively and interactive presentation on a genre of photography that should be pro table for every portrait photographer.

              

      

       


                             

    PPA Board of Directors

    PPA Master of Photography

    PPA Photographic Craftsman

    PPA Certified Professional Photographer

    2 Time IPC Platinum Medalist

    2 Time IPC Gold Medalist

    1 Time IPC Silver Medalist





    • 19 Nov 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Valerie Kay Photography, 7113 Burnet Rd Suite 109, Austin, TX 78757
    • 15
    Register

    NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP IS SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2019 WHICH IS THE DAY AFTER OUR MONTHLY MEETING.



    During this workshop, Pete will discuss his proven plan for successful family portraits that will allow you to work more efficiently, provide a better experience for the client, and most importantly remove the post session let down of minimal sales.

    Building rapport, finding out what’s most important for clients during a family portrait session. What’s most important for them may not be what’s most important for you as the photographer $$. Getting that essential piece of information can change everything and set up a plan for how produce that all important piece of visual history for them, but set up the additional opportunities that are what most important for you and your bottom line.

    Pete will help you understand how to choose locations for family portraits. What he looks for in a location, and examples of what to avoid. How to keep the focus on the family rather than place that can compete for the viewers’ attention.

    The work shop will be hands on demonstrating proven lighting and posing techniques that will flatter a wide range of subjects and show relationship and connection among all members of the family. You’ll get chance to pose the group so you have an opportunity to personally learn how to do it. You’ll get a chance to set lights, why using a light meter is an invaluable tool to help you produce many different lighting looks very quickly.

    Pete will cover what lenses work well and the compositions that lend themselves to wall portraiture. He’ll show you tools he’s built to aid him as the sole photographer on his family assignments and how other photographers have utilized these same tools to help their one- person operations as well. Finally, Pete will explain why working with other businesses, like a frame shop, will increase your sales numbers along with adding additional marketing people in your court promoting your brand.


        

      

        

    PPA Board of Directors

    PPA Master of Photography

    PPA Photographic Craftsman

    PPA Certified Professional Photographer

    2 Time IPC Platinum Medalist

    2 Time IPC Gold Medalist

    1 Time IPC Silver Medalist


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