by Don Dickson
The 2020 Texas School of Professional Photography will once again be held at the Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center in Addison, Texas. Over 1,000 photographers attend Texas School and we look forward to another great year in 2020. The hotel, located north of Dallas, just off the North Dallas Toll Road, is the setting for this event.
The 523 room Renaissance Hotel has agreed to a room rate of only $129, so more people will be able to stay at the host hotel. More information is available on the Texas School website at www.texasschool.org. You might want to go ahead and book your room because they will sell out fast. A bonus event will take place on April 25th, the day before classes begin. There will be six Pre-Con Classes available at a cost of only $49 for those registered for Texas School and $99
for those who are not registered.
Online registration for Texas School ‘20 begins at 11pm on January 3, 2020. Last year the first class booked in only 3 seconds with several others within 2 minutes! If you’ve never experienced Texas School, you’ve missed out on one of the best learning experiences available to photographers in the world. There will be at least 36 classes covering every topic imaginable and all are designed to help your business grow and be successful.
Along with classroom instruction, there is a fun and exciting social life at Texas School with parties, meal events, entertainment and an impressive trade show. Another good reason to attend is that all evening meals will be FREE, thanks to our many sponsors. Mark your calendar now for April 26 – May 1, 2020, and come and see for yourself what the “Texas School Experience” is all about.
Each year the Texas Professional Photographers Association grants a number of scholarships to the Texas School of Professional Photography to be held at the Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center in Addison, Texas. These scholarships are available to newcomers to the profession as well as photographers who have been in photography for several years and meet certain requirements. You may qualify!
Two types of scholarships are available. The first is a classroom scholarship that pays the week’s tuition to a class. To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:
- Be a member of Texas PPA by July 1, 2019
- Renew your 2020 membership prior to attending the 2020 Texas School.
- Can not have been in photography for more than five years, or if you have been in photography for more than five years, you must have earned a minimum of 20 Fellowship Points from TPPA.
- Only one application per studio or firm will be accepted.
The second type of scholarship is a “Wrangler Scholarship.” To be eligible, you must be a current (2020) member of Texas PPA, have attended the Texas School in the past, willing to work, able to get along well with people, able to take directions well, must have a car, must have satisfactory computer skills, and must be available by 9 am on April 26, 2020, through 2 pm on Friday, May 1, 2020.
If you want to be a part of a very elite, fabulous, hard working group of people who are a very important part of the success of Texas School, and would like to be considered as a wrangler, then apply online today at www.texasschool.org/wrangler-application. To apply for the classroom scholarship, go to www.TexasSchool.org.
If you have any questions, ask any of the trustees, talk to someone who has been a wrangler in the past, or contact Cindy Romaguera, at 504-799-9729 or email her at Cindy@Romaguera.com. Remember, a Wrangler Scholarship is a “working scholarship.” When you are a wrangler, you get very close to your instructor, classmates, other wranglers, and the Texas School staff.
You can apply for these scholarships online at www.TexasSchool.org, so sign up now and check the website and this magazine for further Texas School information and updates.