Professional Photographers
Guild of Houston
 

Meetings & Events

Below is a list of the monthly guild programs, mini-workshops, and all day programs offered by the guild. Our monthly programs include a speaker program on current photography topics, image competition, and networking with members. We invite prospective members to attend their first meeting free to meet the guild. Our mini-workshops are a four hour workshops based on member input. The other type of events we offer are one day programs which many are PPA merit approved.

Upcoming events

    • 16 Sep 2014
    • 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 50 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77007
    Steve Kozak, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
    
    Also includes PPGH
    General Monthly Meeting



    “The Road to Success Requires 4-Wheel Drive”
    Sept 16, 2014

    This is a PPA Education Full Day sponsored Program
    PPA Members will receive 1 education merit.
    Make your plans to attend this very important and inspiring program!

    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. In this program, 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

    Meeting Day Agenda

    • 1:00 - 5:00 pm
      Program Starts


    • 5:00 - 5:30 pm
      Meeting Registration and Social Time.
      Meet & Greet for anyone interested in serving on the board or guild committees & sign in for image competition.

    • 5:30 - 6:30 pm
      Image Competition

      Shhhh... Please remain quiet so all makers may hear image scores and critiques.

    • 6:30 - 7:00 pm
      Dinner (delivered at 6:15pm)

    • 7:00 - 9:00 pm
      Speaker Program


    • 9:00 - 9:30 pm
      Clean-up and out of building by 9:30

    NEW Meeting Location:
    United Way-Greater Houston
    50 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77007
    (713) 685-2300
    Cross Streets: Near the intersection of Waugh Dr and Feagan St Neighborhoods: Washington Ave., Memorial

    • 16 Sep 2014
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 50 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77007
    Steve Kozak, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
    


    “The Road to Success Requires 4-Wheel Drive”
    Sept 16, 2014



    Make your plans to attend this very important and inspiring program!

    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. In this program, 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


    Meeting Day Agenda

    • 5:00 - 5:30 pm
      Meeting Registration and Social Time.
      Meet & Greet for anyone interested in serving on the board or guild committees & sign in for image competition.

    • 5:30 - 6:30 pm
      Image Competition

      Shhhh... Please remain quiet so all makers may hear image scores and critiques.

    • 6:30 - 7:00 pm
      Dinner (delivered at 6:15pm)

    • 7:00 - 9:00 pm
      Speaker Program


    • 9:00 - 9:30 pm
      Clean-up and out of building by 9:30

    NEW Meeting Location:
    United Way-Greater Houston
    50 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77007
    (713) 685-2300
    Cross Streets: Near the intersection of Waugh Dr and Feagan St Neighborhoods: Washington Ave., Memorial

    • 19 Oct 2014
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 1307 Hopkins Park, Houston TX 77094
    • 7
    Mini-Workshop >> Intro to ProSelect [ Sherry Piche, CPP ]


    "Show and Sell Your Way to Success"



    Are you looking for a great and easy way to boost your sales?

    Join us at Sherry Piche's lovely home studio where she will show us how she's nearly doubled her sales averages with one fell swoop.  Sherry Piche has been using the ProSelect sales tool since 2005.  She was able to pay for the software within 2 sales sessions, and for the projection equipment within 5.

    Watch Sherry present a "mock" sales presentation using ProSelect and learn how to utilize this great software to boost your sales!


    Topics we will cover:

    ~ How to set up a slideshow

    ~ Adding music

    ~ Inserting client's "wall" image into their own “room” view

    ~ Setting up price lists

    ~ Adding frames


    This is an interactive workshop.  Bring your computers with ProSelect loaded.  Attendees can download a trial version of Proselect before the mini-workshop.  It has a 30-day trial period.

    Come join us and learn how to design, show, and sell your way to success!


    LOCATION:

    1307 Hopkins Park

    Houston TX 77094



     NOTE:
    Any affiliate guild member or non-member photographer can sign-up to PPGH's mini-workshops starting 14 days prior to event. The event registration will be active at that time.


    • 21 Oct 2014
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 50 Waugh Drive, Houston TX 77007
    PPGH BOARD MEETING

    PPGH Board Meeting

    PPGH Board Meetings are prior to our monthly general membership meetings. Any dues paying member is welcome to attend a board meeting if desired.

    To attend a meeting, please email the board and inform them that you plan to attend. 



    • 21 Oct 2014
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 50 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77007


    Meeting Day Agenda

    • 4:00 - 5:00 pm
      Board Meeting


    • 5:00 - 5:30 pm
      Meeting Registration and Social Time.
      Meet & Greet for anyone interested in serving on the board or guild committees & sign in for image competition.

    • 5:30 - 6:30 pm
      Image Competition

      Shhhh... Please remain quiet so all makers may hear image scores and critiques.

    • 6:30 - 7:00 pm
      Dinner (delivered at 6:15pm)

    • 7:00 - 9:00 pm
      Speaker Program


    • 9:00 - 9:30 pm
      Clean-up and out of building by 9:30

    NEW Meeting Location:
    United Way-Greater Houston
    50 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77007
    (713) 685-2300
    Cross Streets: Near the intersection of Waugh Dr and Feagan St Neighborhoods: Washington Ave., Memorial

    • 02 Nov 2014
    • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • TBD
    • 14
    
    
      

    The Wonderful World of Weddings [ Francie Baltazar Stonestreet, Cr.Photog., CPP ]




    Every wonder what it would be like to shoot a wedding?  What it takes to be a wedding photographer? This program is designed for those who might be interested in wedding photography and want to learn about the Wonderful World of Weddings. 

    In this program you will be introduced to:

    •  best business practices
    •  equipment requirements
    •  wedding day workflow
    •   lighting
    •   posing
    •   post processing workflow


    After this program you will have the information you need to decide if the Wonderful World of Weddings is something you would like to pursue.

    There will be live demonstrations, so bring your cameras to capture the action, and something to take notes so your brain doesn’t explode!  We are going to have fun while I share with you my passion for wedding photography. 




     NOTE:
    Any affiliate guild member or non-member photographer can sign-up to PPGH's mini-workshops starting 14 days prior to event. The event registration will be active at that time.


    • 18 Nov 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 50 Waugh Drive, Houston TX 77007
    PPGH BOARD MEETING

    PPGH Board Meeting

    PPGH Board Meetings are prior to our monthly general membership meetings. Any dues paying member is welcome to attend a board meeting if desired.

    To attend a meeting, please email the board and inform them that you plan to attend. 



    • 18 Nov 2014
    • 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 50 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77007

    Monthly Meeting | "Nuggets and Bits and Upscale Ritz" | Karen Butts, CPP | Cindy Crofford, CPP | Full Day PPA Education Program


    Karen Butts, CPP - Color and Composition



    Also includes PPGH
    General Monthly Meeting


    Color and Composition, How They Impact
    Your Image

    Want to take your images to the next level?
    By understanding and applying the proper use
    of color and good composition, along with
    good technical skills, you can do just that.
    Color has a language all its own. It has power.
    It makes a statement. Color affects your
    mood. Learn the magic of color and how to
    use it to improve your images. Color can
    augment the message you wish to portray in
    your image. In this workshop, you will learn
    about color intensity, hue, saturation and
    value as well as the following color
    combinations:
    •            Complementary
    •          Analogous
    •            Triad
    •             Split Complementary
    •           Rectangle
    •          Square

    Composition will also be covered in this
    workshop. Composition is defined as the
    combining of distinct parts or elements to
    form a whole. A good composition can have
    great impact on your image by causing the
    viewer to keep exploring within the frame.
    Your images may have beautiful lighting,
    wonderful color harmony, great posing and
    wonderful expressions, but if your overall
    composition is not good, it can kill the image.
    You will learn about:
    •          Rule of Thirds
    •          Using Diagonals
    •          Viewpoint
    •          Cropping
    •          Check the Background


    Karen received Best Portrait of a Child by
    PPGH 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. In 2013
    and 2014, she was named a Gold Medalist by PPA.
    Both years, all four images received a merit with two
    of them selected for the Loan Collection book.
    Between 2012 and 2013, three of her images were
    chosen for the Showcase Book. She will be receiving
    her Master of Photography at Imaging USA in 
    February 2015. "Tumbleweeds" was awarded
    Curator's Choice at FotoFest 2013.



    Cindy Crofford, CPP - Packaging your Product



    Packaging Your Personality and Other
    Lessons in Operating a Studio.


    After reading a book entitled “It Takes so Little
    to be Above Average” many years ago, Cindy
    started becoming aware of how all the little
    things can add up to being big and powerful.
    Now that you have taken your images to the
    next level, finish strong and memorably with
    packaging ideas for your studio.  By being
    aware of what your customer is aware of either
    consciously or subconsciously out there in the
    market place, you can add that extra special
    touch that pulls on their heart strings and their
    loyalty to your studio.

    Cindy became aware that she was very affected
    by presentation at a young age when she told
    her Mother that she could not eat on these
    dishes one more time.  She was not
    complaining about the food, just the
    presentation.

    Cindy started on a journey of collecting all the
    different types of packaging offered by various
    retailers and the emotion trigger that they
    touched. She has lots of hands on examples that
    you can take a look at and in turn apply to your
    business. Following the big “guys” in the
    market place and taking their ideas and fitting
    them in your budget and brand.

    Cindy has been a photographer for thirty plus
    years, first working out of her house while her
    children were at home and later opening a
    storefront, which is the best decision her
    husband ever made.

    She has a loan print and was named
    Photographer of the Year a number of years
    ago.


    PPA Members will receive 1 education merit.

    This is a PPA Education Full Day Sponsored Program.





    Meeting Agenda
    • 1:00 - 5:00 pm
      Speaker Program


    • 5:00 - 5:30 pm
    • Meeting Registration and Social Time.
    • Meet & Greet for anyone interested in serving on the board or guild committees & sign in for image competition.

    • 5:30 - 6:30 pm
      Image Competition

      Shhhh... Please remain quiet so all makers may hear image scores and critiques.

    • 6:30 - 7:00 pm
      Dinner (delivered at 6:15pm)

    • 7:00 - 9:00 pm
      Speaker Program


    • 9:00 - 9:30 pm
      Clean-up and out of building by 9:30

    Meeting Location:
    United Way-Greater Houston
    50 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77007
    (713) 685-2300
    Cross Streets: Near the intersection of Waugh Dr and Feagan St Neighborhoods: Washington Ave., Memorial

    Karen received Best Portrait of a Child from PPGH in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2013 and 2014 she was named a Gold Medalist by PPA. Both years, all four images receiving a merit with two of them selected for the Loan Collection Book.  Between 2012 and 2013, three of her images were chosen for the Showcase Book. She will be receiving her Master of Photography at Imaging USA in February 2015. “Tumbleweeds” was awarded Curator’s Choice in FotoFest 2013.
    Karen received Best Portrait of a Child from PPGH in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2013 and 2014 she was named a Gold Medalist by PPA. Both years, all four images receiving a merit with two of them selected for the Loan Collection Book.  Between 2012 and 2013, three of her images were chosen for the Showcase Book. She will be receiving her Master of Photography at Imaging USA in February 2015. “Tumbleweeds” was awarded Curator’s Choice in FotoFest 2013.
    Karen received Best Portrait of a Child from PPGH in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2013 and 2014 she was named a Gold Medalist by PPA. Both years, all four images receiving a merit with two of them selected for the Loan Collection Book.  Between 2012 and 2013, three of her images were chosen for the Showcase Book. She will be receiving her Master of Photography at Imaging USA in February 2015. “Tumbleweeds” was awarded Curator’s Choice in FotoFest 2013.

    • 18 Nov 2014
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 50 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77007

    Monthly Meeting | "Nuggets and Bits and Upscale Ritz" | Karen Butts, CPP | Cindy Crofford, CPP


    Karen Butts, CPP - Color and Composition



    
        
    Color and Composition, How They Impact
    Your Image

    Want to take your images to the next level?
    By understanding and applying the proper use
    of color and good composition, along with
    good technical skills, you can do just that.
    Color has a language all its own. It has power.
    It makes a statement. Color affects your
    mood. Learn the magic of color and how to
    use it to improve your images. Color can
    augment the message you wish to portray in
    your image. In this workshop, you will learn
    about color intensity, hue, saturation and
    value as well as the following color
    combinations:
    •            Complementary
    •          Analogous
    •            Triad
    •             Split Complementary
    •           Rectangle
    •          Square

    Composition will also be covered in this
    workshop. Composition is defined as the
    combining of distinct parts or elements to
    form a whole. A good composition can have
    great impact on your image by causing the
    viewer to keep exploring within the frame.
    Your images may have beautiful lighting,
    wonderful color harmony, great posing and
    wonderful expressions, but if your overall
    composition is not good, it can kill the image.
    You will learn about:
    •          Rule of Thirds
    •          Using Diagonals
    •          Viewpoint
    •          Cropping
    •          Check the Background





    Karen received Best Portrait of a Child by
    PPGH 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. In 2013
    and 2014, she was named a Gold Medalist by PPA.
    Both years, all four images received a merit with two
    of them selected for the Loan Collection book.
    Between 2012 and 2013, three of her images were
    chosen for the Showcase Book. She will be receiving
    her Master of Photography at Imaging USA in 
    February 2015. "Tumbleweeds" was awarded
    Curator's Choice at FotoFest 2013.


    Cindy Crofford, CPP - Packaging your Product



    Packaging Your Personality and Other
    Lessons in Operating a Studio.


    After reading a book entitled “It Takes so Little
    to be Above Average” many years ago, Cindy
    started becoming aware of how all the little
    things can add up to being big and powerful.
    Now that you have taken your images to the
    next level, finish strong and memorably with
    packaging ideas for your studio.  By being
    aware of what your customer is aware of either
    consciously or subconsciously out there in the
    market place, you can add that extra special
    touch that pulls on their heart strings and their
    loyalty to your studio.

    Cindy became aware that she was very affected
    by presentation at a young age when she told
    her Mother that she could not eat on these
    dishes one more time.  She was not
    complaining about the food, just the
    presentation.

    Cindy started on a journey of collecting all the
    different types of packaging offered by various
    retailers and the emotion trigger that they
    touched. She has lots of hands on examples that
    you can take a look at and in turn apply to your
    business. Following the big “guys” in the
    market place and taking their ideas and fitting
    them in your budget and brand.

    Cindy has been a photographer for thirty plus
    years, first working out of her house while her
    children were at home and later opening a
    storefront, which is the best decision her
    husband ever made.

    She has a loan print and was named
    Photographer of the Year a number of years
    ago.






    Meeting Agenda
    • 5:00 - 5:30 pm
    • Meeting Registration and Social Time.
    • Meet & Greet for anyone interested in serving on the board or guild committees & sign in for image competition.

    • 5:30 - 6:30 pm
      Image Competition

      Shhhh... Please remain quiet so all makers may hear image scores and critiques.

    • 6:30 - 7:00 pm
      Dinner (delivered at 6:15pm)

    • 7:00 - 9:00 pm
      Speaker Program


    • 9:00 - 9:30 pm
      Clean-up and out of building by 9:30

    Meeting Location:
    United Way-Greater Houston
    50 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77007
    (713) 685-2300
    Cross Streets: Near the intersection of Waugh Dr and Feagan St Neighborhoods: Washington Ave., Memorial

    • 16 Dec 2014
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • United Way Building
    PPGH BOARD MEETING

    PPGH Board Meeting

    PPGH Board Meetings are prior to our monthly general membership meetings. Any dues paying member is welcome to attend a board meeting if desired.

    To attend a meeting, please email the board and inform them that you plan to attend. 



    • 16 Dec 2014
    • 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • United Way, 50 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77007
    Holiday Party | Swap Meet and Print Swap

    Meeting Day Agenda
    • 4:00 - 5:00 pm
      Board Meeting


    • 5:00 - 5:30 pm
      Meeting Registration and Social Time.
      Meet & Greet for anyone interested in serving on the board or guild committees & sign in for image competition.

    • 5:30 - 6:30 pm
      Image Competition

      Shhhh... Please remain quiet so all makers may hear image scores and critiques.

    • 6:30 - 7:00 pm
      Dinner (delivered at 6:15pm)

    • 7:00 - 9:00 pm
      Speaker Program


    • 9:00 - 9:30 pm
      Clean-up and out of building by 9:30

    NEW Meeting Location:
    United Way-Greater Houston
    50 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77007
    (713) 685-2300
    Cross Streets: Near the intersection of Waugh Dr and Feagan St Neighborhoods: Washington Ave., Memorial

Past events

16 Sep 2014 Monthly Board Meeting
07 Sep 2014 Mini-Workshop >> Creating Return on Investment with Greta Jacobs Mee, CPP ]
19 Aug 2014 Monthly Meeting | Dave Cross
19 Aug 2014 Dave Cross | All Day PPA Education Merit Program
19 Aug 2014 Monthly Board Meeting
17 Aug 2014 Mini-Workshop >> Posing and Photographing Families [ Belinda Higgins, M.Photo, Cr., CPP ]
15 Aug 2014 PPGH Mixer | Leslie Cervantez Studio
15 Jul 2014 Monthly Meeting | Hybrid Imaging by Suzette Allen
15 Jul 2014 Hybrid Imaging by Suzette Allen [Cr.Photog, CPP, API] | All Day PPA Education Merit Program
15 Jul 2014 Monthly Board Meeting
06 Jul 2014 Mini-Workshop >> Mall Crawl [ Carol Andrews Jensen, M.Photog., Cr. ]
17 Jun 2014 Monthly Meeting | Weddings Made Easy [ Mark McCall, M.Photog.Cr., CPP ]
17 Jun 2014 Weddings Made Easy [ Mark McCall, M.Photog.Cr., CPP ] - All Day PPA Education Merit Program
17 Jun 2014 Monthly Board Meeting
03 Jun 2014 Mini-Workshop >> NEED HELP WITH PAINTER
20 May 2014 Monthly Meeting | American Pride and Passion | Eric Curry
20 May 2014 All Day PPA Education Merit Program | American Pride and Passion | Eric Curry
20 May 2014 Monthly Board Meeting
04 May 2014 2nd Annual "An Evening with the Masters"
22 Apr 2014 Intro to Painter X3 | [ Kelly Willis ] | All Day PPA Education Merit Program
15 Apr 2014 Image Competition | Registration
15 Apr 2014 Monthly Meeting | Pricing for Profit [ Kim Hartz, CPP ]
14 Apr 2014 Business Program Seminar "Get Down to Business" | Ann Monteith - Two Day Merit Program
25 Mar 2014 Mini-Worshop >> The Three Amigos: Facebook, Twitter & Instagram [ Kevin Falcon ]
15 Mar 2014 Monthly Meeting | Member Appreciation Meeting (FREE) FOTOFEST 2014 Grand Opening
23 Feb 2014 Mini-Workshop >> CPP Candidate Workshop [ Bill Freeman, M.Photog., CPP | Curley Marshall, CPP | Tom Hathcock, CPP ]
18 Feb 2014 Monthly Meeting | Smiley Pool [Houston Chronicle] & Evans Caglage [Dallas Morning News]
09 Feb 2014 Mini-Workshop >> Starting a New Business from Scratch [Fonzie Munoz]
26 Jan 2014 Mini-Workshop >> Seeing the Light: In the Digital Age [Curley Marshall, PPGH Past President]
21 Jan 2014 Monthly Meeting | Meet the President & Annual Awards
06 Jan 2014 Board Planning Meeting | Annual
12 Dec 2013 CPP Testing | Houston
10 Dec 2013 PPGH Holiday Lunch Gathering
10 Dec 2013 FotoFest 2014 | PPGH Image Submission
14 Nov 2013 Mini-Workshop >> Children, "From Consult to Finished Prints" [ Buz Marvins, M.Photog., CR ]
24 Oct 2013 Mini-Workshop >> Packaging Your Personality [ Cindy Crofford, CPP ]
15 Oct 2013 Monthly Meeting | Learn • Create • Inspire by Barbara Breitsameter
26 Sep 2013 Mini-Workshop | The Business & Art of Pet Photography with Kim Hartz, CPP
24 Sep 2013 CPP Testing in Houston |
17 Sep 2013 Monthly Meeting | SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHY "Breaking In & Breaking Out" by Barry Nelson and Dominique Harmon
25 Aug 2013 Mini-Workshop | Off Camera Flash with Melanie Hall, CPP
20 Aug 2013 Monthly Meeting | Greater Than Ourselves by Teri Quance, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
21 Jul 2013 Mini-Workshop | Fine Art On A Shoestring Budget with Karen Butts,CPP
16 Jul 2013 Monthly Meeting | "Seniors" with Connor Fuller, CPP
23 Jun 2013 Mini-Workshop | Seeing The Light: In the Digital Age (Basic Lighting Part Two) with Curley Marshall, CPP., PPGH Past President
18 Jun 2013 Monthly Meeting | "Portraiture and Depth of the Spirit" by Darton Drake
21 May 2013 Monthly Meeting | Panelist Discussion - Pricing Your Photography
09 May 2013 Mini-Workshop | "An Evening with the MASTERS" (Limited Registrations)
16 Apr 2013 *MONTHLY MEETING * ALL DAY Program with Nick Tsakiris - LightRoom 4
07 Apr 2013 Mini-Workshop | Basic Lighting Part One with Aileen Harding, CPP
19 Mar 2013 03/19/2013 * PPGH MARCH 19th MONTHLY MEETING *
19 Feb 2013 PPGH February Monthly Meeting
17 Feb 2013 Pay YOUR Image Competition FEE here For FEBRUARY Deadline midnight on the 17th
29 Jan 2013 PPGH January Monthly Meeting and Meet the President
20 Jan 2013 Imaging USA
02 Dec 2012 PPGH Holiday Party and Casino Night
20 Nov 2012 PPGH Annual Studio Bus Tour
16 Oct 2012 PPGH October Monthly Meeting with Tony Corbell
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