Arkansas Professional Photographers Association

APPA Spring Conference

  • March 03, 2018
  • 10:00 AM
  • March 04, 2018
  • 4:00 PM
  • NW Arkansas TBD


  • Life Member
  • APPA member registration
  • anyone not a current member of the APPA

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Arkansas Professional Photographers Association
2018 Spring Conference in Fayetteville, AR

When & Where:
Saturday March 3; Wesley Hall of Genesis Church 205 Martin Luther King Blvd. Fayetteville, AR 72701 
Sunday March 4; University of Arkansas campus

Join us March 3rd and 4th for the Arkansas Professional Photographers Association Spring Conference. We will be meeting at the Genesis Church in Fayetteville on Saturday and moving over the the University of Arkansas campus for Sundays program.

Registration is $50 for members of the APPA and $75 for non-members.

Saturday we will have programs by Leslie Hoyt of Tulsa, OK, Alex Pace of Dallas, TX, and Ron Jackson of Little Rock, AR. Leslie Hoyt will be presenting a program on Timeless Family Portraits, Alex Pace (Dallas TX) of Ghost Drone Imaging ( coming to share his knowledge and skills with Drone photography and we will also be having a program presented by our own Ron Jackson ( / Little Rock, AR "Degree or No Degree - The Scary Truth About Entering Competition" This is going to be a fun and entertaining program to get you started towards your degree and how to be successful entering print competition. Leslie comes sponsored by White House Custom Colour.

On Sunday March 4th we will have Dale Benfield of Benfield Photography ( m) / Fayetteville AR giving a program on Wedding photography. 
Dale will be sharing tips that help his business grow from the ground up..from the annual appreciation party he throws for his clients, to how he uses social media to continue building his business more than ten years later. You'll also shoot alongside Dale, witnessing how he sees light and how he directs his brides on a wedding day to get flattering, beautiful portraits.

Dale comes sponsored by Millers Professional Imaging. Formal dresses and models come sponsored by Tesori - Bridal, Formal, & Occasion of Fayetteville.


Ron Jackson, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr.
I was educated at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California. After Brooks I returned home and shortly after I opened my first commercial studio. I have photographed just about everything you could imagine including the very first ads for Federal Express. I picked up the Levi Strauss account and for over five years traveled the country shooting for Levi’s.
At a point later in life I wound up in south Florida where my first client was a real estate broker who only sold apartment complexes. It was then that I found out how much I loved shooting architecture. That was 15 years ago. Now I travel the country shooting mostly apartment communities for owners, builders and brokers. 
As my business grew, more and more of my photographer friends urged me to start competing. I resisted for years until one day at lunch, Ralph Romaguera asked me to get my degree which meant I had to start competing. I said yes. It quickly became an obsession and six years later, I have earned all three PPA degrees, Master Photographer, Master Artist and Craftsman.
Now, I want to share my experiences of this journey with others and encourage them to do the same. 

Leslie Hoyt, M.Photog., Cr., CPPdAward-winning photographer Leslie Hoyt has a boutique portrait studio in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has earned her Master Photographer and Craftsman degrees from Professional Photographers of America, is a Certified Professional Photographer, and is a PPA Approved Juror. 
Her passion is to connect with people and to tell their stories through images that portray them as they uniquely are. She works with families and children as they mark monumental moments in their personal histories, and she creates lasting images that evoke emotions and memories. 
Leslie is fascinated with the technical side of photography, and cares a lot about the details-perfect light, posing, and composition-and loves the post-processing aspect as well. She is constantly striving to learn more about various aspects of the art and craft of photography by attending industry classes and seminars, and also enjoys judging photography competitions. 
Leslie is a proud member of the Professional Photographers of America, American Society of Photographers, Professional Photographers of Oklahoma, and the Indian Nations Professional Photographers Association. She has been both INPPA and Oklahoma Master Photographer of the Year. Her work has been featured locally on magazine covers, and in Professional Photographer Magazine. Her family portraits were also seen on ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Leslie received a Kodak Gallery award, and has created merit and loan images in PPA’s International Photographic Competition, where she has earned Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond medals in that competition. She has twice been a finalist at Imaging USA for Children’s Portrait in the Grand Imaging Awards. 

Alex Pace bio
My name is Alex Pace, I am 28 years old and I am from Dallas, Texas. As an avid R/C hobbyist growing up, drones and other unmanned aerial systems were simply the next step for me. I am an FAA Part 107 holder and have experience operating multiple types of unmanned aircraft of all shapes, sizes and manufacturers. I currently own and operate Ghost Drone Imaging in Dallas, TX where I provide digital media for real estate agents, commercial holdings companies, and construction companies to name a few.

Dale Benfield bio:
I started Benfield Photography as a way to pay for college. After earning my Master's Degree and teaching college photography, I decided to transition into a full-time photographer. Since then, I've photographed more than 500 weddings all over the country and abroad. I've also published two books on photography and business.
Benfield Photography photographs weddings in Arkansas, California, and worldwide. I've photographed weddings in Rome, proposals in Paris, weddings in New York City, Dallas, Memphis, Austin, Los Angeles, Napa Valley, San Diego, Aspen, and elsewhere.
Dale Benfield has run a successful wedding and portrait business in Fayetteville for the past 11 years. After teaching photography at the collegiate level while living in Joplin, MO, he moved to Fayetteville to pursue his dream of being his own boss photographing and developing relationships with his clients. He enjoys traveling, spending quality time with his two daughters, playing saxophone, and skateboarding.


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