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Dallas PPA Meeting Photo Gallery 
by Edward Holmberg
(When you visit for the 1st time, you will need to provide your name and email to view the gallery)

    • May 11, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (CDT)
    • Due to COVID-19 the workshop will be held online

    Dani Miller will show you simple yet powerful posing and styling techniques to make the simplest setup for children’s portraits become an heirloom wall portrait for the family to cherish forever.

    She will discuss how she creates simple lighting to create dramatic and soulful images. Listen and learn about how to pose children naturally instead of the most common “smile for the camera” portrait.

    Dani will also discuss how she works with each client to prepare for a heirloom design with mood concept, styling, and inexpensive props that are unique and custom for each session. With this class you will walk away with new ideas, inspiration, excitement and most of all the ability to create without breaking the bank and presenting clients with amazing works of art that will last through the years of  “photography fads” and still be on the walls of the clients to love. 

    We begin at 7:00 p.m. CST

    • June 08, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (CDT)
    • Due to COVID-19 the workshop will be held online

    One Light - 10 Portraits. Add diversity to your portfolio and skills to your repertoire by harnessing the the power of light.

    Cris will do a live demo creating 10 unique images using only one light source and a 1x4 strip box. This presentation will empower you to see the creativity, flexibility and quality that a single source can create. 

    We begin at 7:00 p.m. CST

    • June 09, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • TBD

    Lighting For Sales - A deep dive in to creating images that speak.

    LEARN LIGHTING: Light anywhere, in any situation, with any light

    APPLY LIGHTING PRINCIPLES: Why does it do that?  How can it work for me?

    SUCCEED:  Light, compose and design with the end in mind to ensure profitable sessions—Every time.

    Photography is a beautiful blend of art and science.  It is taking a vision in your head and then knowing the recipe to create it in the camera. Recipes all start with a knowledge of ingredients and how to combine them in new and unique ways—ways that define your personal style. 

    Join Cris and Deanna Duncan for a life changing workshop of defining or refining your photographic “recipes.” With a special way of simplifying the complex, the Duncans walk you through high level lighting principles and help you adapt them to your personal workflow. If you have been photographing for 30 years or 3, this class will change the way you view sessions and empower you to create things you once only dreamed about.  

    High key with one light - Yes! 

    Fashion inspired hard lighting - Yes! 

    Romantic soft lighting or balancing flash with ambient - Yes! 

    Cris’ signature “wonky light” -  Absolutely! 

    It’s this and much, much more!  

    If you are natural light only or a pro with five strobes in studio, this class will help you connect with like-minded TEAM members and take your lighting and posing to a whole new level as you create lighting “recipes” that reflect your photographic vision.

    This is a PPA Continuing Education System class.

    Register For Workshop

    We begin at 9:00 a.m. CST

    Refund Policy

    Must attend full workshop for merit

    • July 13, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (CDT)
    • Due to COVID-19 the workshop will be held online

    For the carpenter, power tools; for the chef, custom knives; for the photographer, the deep cabinet of the Sturdavinci! Richard Sturdevant is well-known for the magic he creates though compositing in Photoshop. He’s been well-awarded for his skill too, 4-Time PPA IPC Double Diamond Loan winner.

    Richard is unlocking even more ways Dallas PPA members can use Photoshop brushes in their toolbox to create mind-blowing detail in their composites. He’ll speak to students at all levels, not just those ultra-advanced in Photoshop skills. His teaching will help students’ images reach that exquisite level of stunning impact that photographers and clients seek!

    We begin at 7:00 p.m. CST

    • August 06, 2021
    • 6:00 PM (CDT)
    • August 08, 2021
    • 6:00 PM (CDT)
    • TBD


    Roberto Valenzuela

    Day 1 

    Title: Effortless Posing demystified.  Understanding posing is so much more superior than memorizing it.


    Posing is a huge headache to most photographers.  Sometimes, it looks to forced, contrived, unnatural, and just plain awkward.  Come join Roberto Valenzuela, the highest selling author in the world for posing education, help you see posing in a different way.  You will learn to gain confidence and flow in your posing direction.  You will become an expert in your client’s minds when they see the incredible results! Experience what it feels like to understand posing, instead of guessing it or memorizing it.  

    Day 2 

    Title: How To Create Inspiring Photographic Opportunities When Shooting On Location. 


    So many variables must be considered and when shooting on location, even contingency plans must be put in place in case something fails.  In this class, Canon Explorer of Light, Roberto Valenzuela, will share with you how he manages the harshness of the sun to his advantage, how to get incredible results on location with flashes, and how and when to use bigger strobes such as Profoto.  Roberto will explain what lights and modifiers he chooses based on the circumstances and challenges he faces on location?  And lastly, how to still be creative and execute an unexpected portrait inspired by the location and light at any given time. Take location lighting to a whole new level!

    About Roberto Valenzuela

    Roberto Valenzuela is a photographer, author, and educator based in Beverly Hills, CA.  As a member of the prestigious Canon Explorers of Light group, Roberto is considered to be one of the most influential photographers in the world. Roberto developed his unique teaching style by following the same rigorous regimen he developed as a professional concert classical guitarist and educator before becoming a photographer.  Roberto believes that it is not talent but deliberate practice that is at the core of skill and achievement. 



    The event is hosted by the Dallas Professional Photographers Association

    and is open to both members and non-members.

    LRSH 2021
    is a PPA Continuing Education System class:
    1 PPA Merit

    Refund Policy

    • September 14, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (CDT)
    • Yet to be decided

    Ann George


    Ann George chooses to embrace these Segway’s, sometimes even letting go of all rules to collect image by basis of narrative and not perfection.

    Ann will demonstrate her creative routine that she employs to create mood, expression, and meaning and turn any photograph into fine art. This seminar will guide you onto a pathway of magical realism, dreamy landscapes, and visual narratives. She will walk you through her intuitive process as she constructs a narrative into a single image using Photoshop, transforming direct shots and even “throw always” into another visualized world.

    Ann uses photoshop is used to coax the most mundane image into one that reflects mood and message. She will demonstrate that you don’t always have to start with a great image to make great art. 

    As I work intuitively, there is no one recipe that I will give you except the courage and permission to let go of rules, perfection and become the conduit for art.

    We begin at 7:00 p.m. CST

    • October 12, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (CDT)
    • Yet to be decided

    Jessica Drossin

    See It Like Nobody Else Can

    Jessica Drossin is a fine art portrait photographer with a powerful penchant for capturing compelling images in unstructured settings—on the fly with only what she has at hand, in natural light. She is a self-taught portraitist, obsessed with telling stories via images, and with teaching others how to look into a scene and see something different than everyone else sees. ‘Improv Photographer’ might be the most accurate title.


    Her work is published internationally in magazines, books and in the entertainment industry, including clients like Lucas Arts. Jessica even worked for video game companies like Universal Interactive, and Blizzard Entertainment. Wedding Nouveau and Practical Photography magazines have featured her work.

    Jessica Drossin has won several awards, including 2013 Emerging Professional Fine Art Photographer (from Digital Photo Pro Magazine). She documented a scoring session for the film, “Red Tails” in Prague an has created book cover art worldwide.


    Her go-to camera is her Canon 5DSR, and she creates tutorials, actions, presents, textures and overlays to help other photographers bring their creative visions to life.

    We begin at 7:00 p.m. CST

    • November 09, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (CST)
    • Yet to be decided

    Tim Walden

    Tim Walden, M.Photog.Hon.M.Photog.Cr.CPP,F-ASP, is the creative mind behind Walden’s Photography in Lexington, Kentucky. Join Tim on this intense journey into capturing what is black and white in the lives of the Walden client through his portraiture and see how it is woven into every Walden black and white portrait. 

    He will discuss how to define a style with Purpose and Emotion, the TWO POWER ACCELERATORS. He will share how to effectively market your style to allow you to connect with the right clients and be seen as a true artist. Tim will show the Walden three-light system that forms the base lighting for his work and discuss RELATIONSHIP posing along with a few ideas to accomplish imagery that touches the hearts of the clients.

    Additionally, he will cover what he looks for in a great black and white portrait, how to fulfill your vision through post-production, the importance of the “print” in building family legacies, the importance of providing an amazing client experience, and a few sales principles that will grow your bottom line. If you desire to be excellent at black and white portraiture and are looking to add or advance your offerings with a true fine art black and white product line to separate you from everyone else, you do not want to miss this program!

    We begin at 7:00 p.m. CST

Past events

April 13, 2021 April Meeting - Leon Johnson - “Art Vs Analysis: Using left-brain tools to accomplish right-brain beauty”
March 30, 2021 Get the best value out of Dallas PPA
March 24, 2021 Guy T - The Easy Way to Navigate the CPP process to Success!
March 09, 2021 March Meeting - Sarah Ferrara Edmunds - The Creative Portrait
February 10, 2021 Monica Sigmon Workshop - Strategies to Elevate Your Brand, Client Experience, and Profits
February 09, 2021 February Meeting - Monica Sigmon Taylor - Strategies to Help Your Studio Come Out of the Pandemic
January 12, 2021 January Meeting - Roberto Valenzuela - How To Get Discovered, Get Hired, and Make Money as a Professional Portrait or Wedding Photographer
January 07, 2021 Print Competition Q&A
December 08, 2020 Annual Holiday Award Ceremony - Gregory Daniel
November 11, 2020 Gary Hughes Workshop - The Team Headshots Crash Course
November 10, 2020 November Meeting - Gary Hughes - How To Start a Headshot Side-Hustle
October 08, 2020 Little Red Schoolhouse Presents Luke and David Edmonson
September 09, 2020 September Workshop - Tim Meyer - History of the Portrait, Posing, and Lighting – The Secrets of the Rembrandt Portrait
September 08, 2020 September Meeting - Tim Meyer - The Real Rembrandt
August 11, 2020 August Meeting - Phaneendra Gud - Enhancing Portraits The Güd Way
July 15, 2020 July Workshop - Ella Carlson - Exploring the World of Possibilities within Photoshop
July 14, 2020 July Meeting - Ella Carlson - Creativity: Ella and the Aliens!
June 09, 2020 June Meeting - Byrd Williams - Being a Craftsman and an Artist
May 12, 2020 May Meeting - Tim Walden - Few Things In Life are Black and White
April 14, 2020 April Meeting - Mandy Corbell - Retouching for Real!
March 10, 2020 March Meeting - Michael Novo - Light Painting
March 08, 2020 Mock Print Competition
February 12, 2020 Judy Reinford Workshop - Creating Fine Art Images
February 11, 2020 February Meeting - Judy Reinford - The Art of in-person Sales
January 14, 2020 January Meeting - James Conway - A Directors Mindset
December 10, 2019 December Meeting: 2019 Year End Banquet And Awards
November 12, 2019 November Meeting - Luke Edmonson - Foundational Truths Or Lunatic Ravings?

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