The Lens 
Newsletter for the FWPPA

Fort Worth Professional Photographers Association Affiliate of the Professional Photographers of America

Teresa Steed-Editor

President's Message--Malinda Julien, CPP

September 01, 2018

FWPPA President’s Message

September 2018


Ho, Ho, Ho, Merry Christmas!


Oh yes, it is that time of year where all of us get ready for a very busy season!


What are you plans for the holidays? Do you have your offerings, price list, and marketing ready?


It is a little hard to think of a holiday themed sets while it is still 100˚ outside! No one wants to think of that Santa suit with all the fur and velvet. But WE do!


Holiday themed photography for family portraits, Santa visits, and pets with Santa can add to that holiday bank account.


Need some help getting started? Let’s share our holiday sessions ideas on our Facebook™ page!


The September meeting will be held on the 5th this year, one week early, due to some scheduling conflicts and we welcome a celebrated and talented guest speaker, Rafael Serrano presenting “Storytelling VS Photography”. This one is definitely something you will want to attend.


Can’t get any better? Oh yes it can! It is our Potluck night! Sign up online or talk to our coordinators: Cindy Bowman, Mark Burdette or Lola Hardisty, with what you are bringing!


It is also time to think about how you want to get involved – want to be on the Board of Directors? A fabulous way to learn more about our members, help grow the guild, and serve the guild you love. Be thinking of who you want to nominate for a position, or if you would like to nominate yourself, that is great too! Announcements will begin soon for nominations! Let’s make 2019 even better than 2018!


I am resigning from the Board as of the end of 2018, I have been on the BOD for 3 years and love serving you, but time for new visions, and to share the love is here. Give it some thought – without leadership, direction and vision, the guild can’t grow! Maybe YOU are the next leader!


The entry to 4th Quarter 2018 is going to be spectacular! You got this!


See you in September! 

 Malinda Julien

And the WINNER IS...FWPPA Members score big at IPC!

September 01, 2018


Malinda Julien 2/4

PG 4/4 3 loans

Chris Smith 4/4 Bronze

(Finished Masters*)

Tammy Graham 4/4

Brad Barton 2/4 Artist

Cindy Bowman 1.2 

Glenda Beckwith 2/4

Shanna Woods 3/4 1 Loan

(Finished Masters*)

Andy Lay 4/4 2 Loan 

Vicky Kemp 4/4  1 Loan

Phyllis Kuykendall 4/4  1 Loan

*pending confirmation in January 2019

A HUGE congratulations to everyone!  You ROCK!

Next meeting: Rafael Serrano, September 5, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

September 05, 2018

Come hear Rafael Serrano speak and show you how telling stories will make you different and add extra value to your studio...from composition - lighting and posing through how to convert those images into great profit to your studios.


October 12, 2017

Registration for the I Heart Photography Conference and Expo, October 12-14, 2018, is Now Open! is being held in our own backyard...Grapevine, Texas!

From the TPPA Website:

"The I Heart Photography Conference features two and a half days of programming for photographers with a wide range of interests.  Pro photographers will enjoy an outstanding lineup of programs from marketing and inspiration and from babies to families in our Pro Track of programs designed to address the needs and expand the success of professional photographers.

Photographic enthusiasts as well as pros will enjoy our Inspiration Track of classes featuring a variety of programs to foster creativity and inspiration.  Program topics include; street photography, photographic night skies, wildlife, landscapes as well as flower and bird photography.


We are also excited about our lineup of “hands on” Excursions that take place on Friday.  These are on-location events which feature a coach who will help you understand what goes into capturing a dynamic image.  Excursions offered include a trip to the Fort Worth Zoo with Dennis Kelley, a real estate shoot with Ethan Tweedie, Street Photography with Josh Jordan, Drone Photography with Justin Moore and Food Photography with Malinda Julien.


We also have arranged a very special excursion to AT&T Stadium.  This is a very unique event because the stadium does not usually allow cameras with detachable lenses or lenses longer than three inches.  They are making an exception for I Heart Photography participants and allow us to photograph inside the stadium with generous access throughout.


One of the things that makes this event a little different than others we have hosted, is that this event will likely sell out due to the smaller meeting rooms at the Grapevine Convention Center.  We are anticipating a complete sell out, so you are encouraged to register early!

Registration for the conference is $127."

Calling all Authors!

August 01, 2018

We are in search of compelling and interesting articles to include in our newsletter.  If you have written (or would like to write) an article that you believe FWPPA members would enjoy reading, please submit them to Teresa Bays Steed at

From Your Editor!

August 01, 2018

Well, the kids are all back in school and before we know it, Christmas will be here.  There is so much talent in FWPPA.  For inspiration, just start up a conversation with someone at the next meeting and find out what marketing ideas they have for the holiday season this year.  You might just pick up a useful nugget! 

FWPPA made quite a showing at International Print Competition.  What an honor to rub elbows with the best.  You all made us proud!  Keep up the amazing work. 


Hang in there everyone...summer is almost a memory! 

Teresa Bays Steed, VP Website & Newsletter

FWPPA Fellowship Awards Program

June 01, 2018

Did you know you can earn a FWPPA Full Fellowship Award and Associate Fellowship award by accumulating points for accomplishments and service to FWPPA.  Print out the FWPPA Fellowship Point Request Form by clicking the button below and fill out the points you have earned this year. You must submit this to Vicky Kemp, VP Competition by November 1, 2017, to earn your points for this year.  You must do this by November 1 of each year.  Get those points turned in for your chance to earn your Associates or Full Fellowship Award!

New Print Competition Rules

June 01, 2018

Click below to view the new Print Competition rules!

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