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October 23, 2015

 We host a get-a-way weekend photo shoot workshop once a year. This is the most exciting, spectacular event that the Texas Photo Shoot Workshops puts on. This year we are going to Fredericksburg Ranch on Nov 6,7 & 8th, 2015.

This workshop is geared to working with fashion models, concept shoots, bridals, swimsuit, fitness and glamour photography. We have amateurs to professionals shooting side by side.

This is non-stop shooting and learning from everyone involved. We rent a Ranch were we have the whole place of over 45 acres. Yes there are live animals and a barn. The living area is gated. The location has a swimming pool, hot tub and creek with a small waterfall.

The sleeping quarters area is separate for the models. There is a bunk house in the barn with a game room upstairs. There is a Big House that we cook in and the lazy porch with the most amazing chairs. The Big House has rooms to a screened in porch and a Loft with more rooms for guests. The Creek has a one room cabin that we use along with another Barn.

We bring with us makeup artists, professional models, big props, extra clothes, and gear. We caravan up on Friday morning and we get there in time to start shooting for the sunset. We have dinner and get to know each other with a Photographers meet n greet.

We have Mentor Photographers that help bring models, come work, help others, and organize other shoot thru out the weekend in different locations and with different models. Paid photographers have their choice to go to different places to shoot with mentors or set up their own one on one shoot with models.

This year we have new and exciting planned shoots and concepts we usually only do at the Ranch. We also have models coming in from all over Texas to work with us. We aren’t always all work, we do have time to relax so bring your favorite chair to sit by the outdoor fireplace and talk photography shop with some of the mentors. This year we sold out the beds this summer but we are opening just a handful of spots to attend during shoot but sleeping arrangement is off the Ranch in Fredericksburg. We have two more spots available for the amazing price of $200. Lodging is available here or use Expedia.

Join us for an amazing weekend that will jump your photography up a few years.
 Register here



July 25, 2015

I still can’t believe I made this happen. It’s been a few years since we did this very detailed workshop.  It’s not easy and very time consuming and hot days to set up.  We did it in a shoe string budget and pulled it off just to get the shot!  We must be crazy.  I had hopes of doing another one but at this time it’s just too painful to think about.  LoL

We had a group of Mentors come and help creat the scenes for this.  The planning and details are all written down.  We learned since it takes so long we have to eat early at 3 or 4 so we can get to midnight without falling on our faces.

The makeup by Samantha Loesch and models have to start early and the details are always crucial.  We set up a schedule of rotation and our only issue is to wait til it’s dark.  Thou we start at 8, it’s really so we can test out the detuals before we all can’t see what we are doing.  By 9pm it’s the perfect time to get amazing photos.  

We didn’t really bring in too many photographers – just enough to cover the overhead and those that worked 13 hours to get that one or two amazing photos.

We had a above ground pool that we ran smoke across ad gelled the lights to give that Blue effect.  The models got a better reflection of they got their face in the water.

We had a reflection pond we made and set a jungle feel and I had tested out my black tape concept on one of the models for a future shoot.  It worked and looked fierce.

We see yo a water fall with a pond pump on a pond to give the effect we needed.  We gelled the water with blue lights too.

We set up a baby pool with black material and plastic flowers to get the floating Beauty shots we wanted.

We also had wanted to add a creature from the black lagoon painted by famous body painter Rudy Campos,  Who recently was featured in Skin Wars on TV and he went to the International Bidy painter competition in Austeria.  He kept with our theme and painted Model Sarah with gils and cool effects.  He also painted her with two type of paint.  One look before the water touched her and the other where the paint strips turn to another color after the water hits her skin.  Hats off to Rudy – it took hours to get her ready.


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Houston, TX
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July 15, 2015

The team at Texas Photo Shoot Workshops just wrapped up a Kids Kouture Photo Shoot Workshop for Model Kids and Actors along with Learning lighting Photographer, they all had fun ad what a non stressed event it was.    

We had Four setups for the kids and Photographers to rotate about.  The pink paper set up by international Photographer Stella Coupe was the favorite with the little girls.  There were so many unique props they didn’t get to use them all.


Houston Wedding Photogrpaher Kenneth Bernstein set up a grey pattern backdrop with different color gels to match with the decor of the models attire.  It showed how you can take a typical canvas backdrop and turn it to unique and wow looking.

Renowned Professional Photographer Mark Matthews had us in awe once again by showing us that we can take a paper backdrop and roll it to make unique columns to shoot around.  

Owner of ThePhotoBinder and Texas Photo Shoot Workshops Photographer Marc Binder set up a dark couture setting with a floating curtain window that moved on thread for models to shoot on the black material.

The nine models from ages 4-17 rotates and changes within a three hour time slot to get the most out of looking unique and kouture in their own fun way.  We know those parents go all out with their planning and they all had a great time.

Mentor Photogrpaher Chris Ford showed photographers how to turn the light toward them to give the Stage effect.  He showed many how to keep the face in the light at one side and how to pose the kids to get the best photos ever.

Hats off to all involved!


July 10, 2015


We set a free group shoot tomorrow at Oyster Creek park to shoot some Red Head of all ages.  We invited anyone that wanted to come out and shoot Red Heads at 7am.  We encourage all photographers to bring their own model release and if models aren’t all red head, bring a red wig or Wear Red to fit in.  Its just a fun summer shoot to mix it up and meet a few faces we don’t get to see all the time.

Hope to see you out there.



June 4, 2015


May 17 we had our 11th annual Studio Pinup Photo Shoot workshop.  This was so much fun with over 7 models in the first session and 6 models in the second session.  We had Mentor Photographers come in to set up lighting and had Paid Photographers come in to help them setup and learn Studio Lighting.


We had color seemless paper for photographers to shoot on and props available for all to use.  There was so much props, we didn’t even use them all.  Models changed every 30 minutes for different looks and changed their hair at times too.  It gave everyone a change to have different photos.


We provided makeup artists and Hair along with Snacks and Lunch for the Models and Mentor Photographers working.  We kept the count low to help all those involve get their money’s worth to Studio Shooting.  We went over model posing to help get the most out their time.

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It wouldn’t be Texas with out a few Cowgirls and we had the props for it.  Thanks to the models that pulled off the perfect Cowgirl Looks.  We had some very experienced models and some Burlesques models to make the variety of photos of Talent.


All photographers that signed up get copies of the model releases from all the models and makeup artists.  We provide this for all our workshops.  With this we have a group on Facebook and Meetup where we network to give all a change to post their best shots and or a link to their portfolio and website to network with more people.  We keep everything professional and safe for all to work together.


We can’t wait to do this shoot again next year and work with some of the regular models we work with and specialty Pinup Models that just love to shoot Pinups.  Pinup girls are curvy and in the most part an actor in their own act.

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Special thanks to all the hard work and long hours and meeting details that go into this workshop.  We are all Texas Photo Shoot workshops.



June 3, 2015

Kids KOUTURE Workshop 

Is set for July 12 Sunday morning from 10am – 1pm at a Richmond, TX Studio.

Limited Spots for Models and Photographers 
Makeup and Hair is provided along with multiple setup Stages to shoot at.

Models can Register here at this link below.

For Photographers – this is an amazing opportunity to add kids fashion photos and learn studio lighting as you get hands on opportunity to setup.  Here is the link for Photographers to sign up at this link below.

For questions please contact us at



June 2, 2015


Robin: How long have you been modeling?

Marcela: “I stared Modeling since 1998 My career has been a blast and I love the fact that I met some many people. Great Fashion designers and amazing friends even you .)”


Robin: How did you get started in modeling?

Marcela: “I needed it  to work I  came to this country on my own so, I love beauty and Fashion that way.”

Robin: What type of Model describes you or your niche of modeling?


Marcela: “I am a Model with height expectations, I love to bless everyone I work with, I love to give and sow and every ones  dream, I am very ambitious wish I describe my self as a warrior, I am a Model who loves what I do and knows how to carry beauty  from the inside out.  I am a Model with full of dreams I am very Humble because in this business a learned to appreciated Fashion and never take it for granted. My niche is my personality I am ready to help others and not keep it all to my self. ”


Robin: What Advice would you give teen models are other models that want to do what you do?

Marcela: “My best advice is to love yourself more than anything  and to Trust God that he will open doors without  you have to compromise and a industry who is sometimes not real and full of jealousy. I will tell them to always carry beauty with love and compassion to others and never feel like you are the only who can model, to value beauty to the extreme at the point that you know that modeling is your work, your passion and when you are in regular clothes you are humble as you can be I am very down to earth.”


Robin: What type of model do you want to get into that you are not in?

Marcela: “I am a Professional Model my dream is to conquer India and the middle East with my exotic look. I am looking forward  to my new Acting career, for me Modeling will be always my passion.”


Robin: What is the hardest and easiest thing about modeling from your experience?

Marcela: “The hardest to let other people think that you are not good  enough to reach what I want and to show them they are wrong. The easiest is to eat what ever I  want and no let the industry wash my brain. I am a fitness freak.”


Robin: What expectations do you expect when modeling?

Marcela: “You don’t  know what can happen, All I expect is the best and to be able to accomplished a successful journey in this industry.”

Robin: What disappointments have you found in modeling?

Marcela: “That you pay so much Money to an agency who does not do anything for you because they don’t have the big dream to take a challenge or to go to the extreme.. I am unique ..”

Where do you see yourself in a year as far as the modeling aspect?

Marcela: “In  modeling I don’t know but I see my self making the best movies ever!! helping girls to develop the inner beauty maybe. only God knows …”

Thank you

All  the best!

Marcela Bedoya.


June 1, 2015


I did my first photo shoot about two years ago and I’ve gotten the opportunity to do 5 different shoots with a bunch of amazing photographers at different workshops.


The reason I started modeling was my dad. My father works as a photographer and went to couple different photo shoot workshops. He told me about one at a castle and I was instantly floored, I grew up convinced I was going to be a princess. I went with my younger sister and had an amazing time and decided I wanted to keep at it.


Advice I have for people wanting to get into modeling is that if you aren’t having fun doing what you are doing you shouldn’t be doing it. Modeling is hard work and you have to work for it and want it but none of that should mater in the moment. I have the most fun at shoots because to me its such a time to let go and enjoy the moment.


I’m never really sure how to classify myself as a model or what I want to do next but I know I want to keep at this, doing things that interest me and make me excited to do more.


The hardest thing about modeling is that I, much like many other people, am my own worst critic. Before the last shoot that I did I was so scared. I was worried I was too short, not pretty or skinny enough, or that my outfits weren’t right. My mom sat me down and told me that I was over-thinking it and that I wanted to do it. She knew if I could get out of my own head, I would be just fine. She was right of course, I got there and managed to just let go and that was one of my favorite shoots that I’ve done.


The easiest thing about modeling to me is being in that moment and becoming someone so different than who I am. I grew up doing theater and so I love being able to take all of that and turn it into a still image that can capture the same feelings as a live performance.


I’ve gotten so much more out of modeling than I ever expected. I thought it was a one time opportunity to dress like a princess and run around a castle. It turned out to be so much more. It became a way for me to express myself and to help make art in a way I hadn’t before.


In a year, I hope to have done even more modeling and to be loving it as much as I am now. I have had such amazing opportunities to work with some incredible photographers. I hope to keep doing this until no one will have me anymore because it’s affected my life in a way I had never imagined.


Miranda Fox


May 14, 2015


1.       Add an on Hover buttons Button to Your Images; they are effective calls to action.

Install the on hover Pin It button for a great visual reminder that makes it easy for users to pin images from your site.

2.       Build Relationships with Influencers

Locate online influencers who already have the attention of your target audience. Go ahead and like their pins and make thoughtful comments. This can be a good first step in relationship-building.

3.       Convert Your Pinterest Personal Page to a Business Page

Take a few minutes to convert to a Pinterest business page and learn about the analytics and metrics you can measure; for example, number of unique users, number of repins, impressions and visits to your web site and content that gets the most repins.

Use Pinterest analytics to help inform your decisions about what and when to pin.



4.       Designate Boards to Represent Your Business

It’s easy to get caught up in the casual feeling of Pinterest and lose sight of the opportunity to create boards that are reflective of your business. Share the fruits of your labor on Pinterest.

5.        Explore Rich Pins.  Want to add more information to a pin?

Pinterest has five types of rich pins that let you add topic-specific details to a pin.

Article pins include the headline, author, story description and link

Product pins include real-time pricing, availability and where to buy

Recipe pins include ingredients, cooking times and serving info

Movie pins include ratings, cast members and reviews

Place pins include an address, phone number and map

Decide which kind of rich pin you want to apply for, add the appropriate metatags to your site and validate your rich pins. Use rich pins to give users more relevant information about the pins that interest them. Don’t just show your place of business on Pinterest, tell users where and how they can find you.

6.        Follow Other Businesses

Many businesses share content on Pinterest that they don’t share elsewhere.  Find out if businesses whose blogs you follow are on Pinterest by searching for them either with Pinterest search or by doing a Google search (e.g., HubSpot on Pinterest). Connect with your trusted content providers on Pinterest to see what else they have to offer. 

7.       Greet Commenters

Don’t let Pinterest’s casual style keep you from engaging with commentersTarget is a good example of a business that gets right in there to greet each person by name and offer timely responses. Users take notice when businesses engage in conversations. Make sure your social media community managers respond to the comments and questions users post on pins.  Respond to commenters on your business pins.

8.        Heed Image Dimensions as You Pin

To make sure your boards and pins look as inviting as they can, it’s a good idea to pay attention to the size of your images.  They drive traffic because they require you to click on them so you can see the full size [to read them].  Check out the Pinterest Cheat Sheet to Image Sizes to help make the most of your images.  Keep the cheat sheet handy and remember to link pins back to your website.


9.        Invite Others to a Group Board

Looking for ways to collaborate with clients and prospects on Pinterest? One way is to create a group board and invite users to pin to your board. While others can contribute to the board, as the creator, you will be the only person able to change the board’s title and description. You can also remove pinners and any inappropriate pins from the board.  To learn more, take a look at Pinterest’s Top Group Boards with 1000 boards to choose from or browseBoard Deck’s directory of Pinterest community boards.  Group boards help increase your followers.

10.    Justify With the Facts

People want easy, digestible information. This type of information lends itself quite well to infographics.

Spend a few minutes on Pinterest and you’ll quickly find that infographics are one of the images people like, as well as repin. They’re also an excellent way to drive traffic to your website.  Even if your business doesn’t create any infographics of its own, share the ones you like and think are beneficial to your clients.  Infographic pins are highly liked and shared on Pinterest.

11.    Keep Your Pins Inspiring

Inspiration on Pinterest comes in many forms with pins that share quotes, art, movies, books—you name it. When Pinterest introduced place pins, they described the new feature as a way to “help people turn their travel inspiration into reality” with maps, addresses and phone numbers. Pin images that will help inspire and dazzle your followers. Pinterest is an excellent source of inspiration.


12.    Leverage Your Website Images

Certain industries may be more image-friendly than others, but you probably have more images at your disposal for Pinterest boards than you think. Similar to a content inventory, take note of all of your brand’s image assets (i.e., graphics from white papers, web pages, charts, photos taken of your staff, corporate events). Don’t know what to do with old business photos? Create a visual archive. In addition to traditional images, different types of content can be pinned. We’ll discuss this in #21: Use Different Kinds of Content.


13.   Moderate Your Use of Pin It Buttons

Whether you’re using Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer, add the Pin It button to your browser and make pinning a seamless process.  But just because the button is there doesn’t mean you have to use it all the time.  Don’t do a pin dump! Pinterest is unlike Facebook and Twitter where the feed-time is limited. Pins will remain in view for days or weeks due to the cyclical nature of their exposure. Pinning for a few minutes a couple of times per day is enough to get you started.  Pin It buttons make it easy to pin things you come across.

14.    Name Images Strategically

Want to make sure your website images are found when users are searching the web for pins?Naming your images with keywords and hyphens (versus underscores) so search engines are sure to recognize the image name.  For example, use a name such as “custom-home-builder-stacked-stone-entryway.png” instead of the default camera name such as DSC_0166.jpg.  Make your image names search-friendly.


15.    Optimize Pinterest for SEO

Content and SEO go hand in hand regardless of the platform. Pinterest is no exception. HubSpot outlines 10 fantastic tips for optimizing a business’s Pinterest presence for search that include: Choose an optimized company username

Optimize the “About” section

Include links back to your website

Differentiate your inboards

Speak your customers’ language

Use your pins’ descriptions wisely

Make sure the images you pin have descriptive file names and alt text

Incorporate hashtags

Leverage the long tail

“Pinjack” relevant search terms and images

Do what it takes to ensure that your pins are findable, and include a reference link back to your website to drive traffic.

HubSpot includes a link back to their landing pages in their pins.

16.    Promote Your Less-Followed Boards

When it comes to pinning, boards that get less of your attention are followed less. Take advantage of all of the real estate you have on Pinterest and share the wealth of your successful boards! Repin from boards with fewer followers to boards that have a related theme and more followers.

17.    Quote Comments From Events

An effective way to promote an annual event is to pin notable comments from speakers to an event board. Pinterest’s scrapbook look and feel make it easy for users to scroll through a board of quotes from last year’s speakers. The event board, in turn, serves as an adjunct to your marketing efforts for this year’s event. Use a tool like Quozio to format your quotes for easy pinning.


18.    Reap the Benefits of Multiple Platforms

Still trying to decide whether you can manage another platform? Facebook and Twitter are working well? Pinterest is a visual platform that offers a user experience the other platforms don’t. Combined with your other efforts, Pinterest could provide the content balance you’re looking for.

To get started on Pinterest its advises businesses to add relevant boards; short-list a handful of themes and kickstart boards aligned with some or all of them; pin images that are visually attractive and aligned with the board theme; and don’t aim to sell, aim to inspire your users. Once you have Pinterest up and running, usePinvolve to share your pins to Facebook and let your fans know you’re on Pinterest.

19.    Stay Informed of Pinterest’s Business Updates

Like most social media platforms, Pinterest introduces changes as it evolves. Pinterest’s resources will help keep you updated on Pinterest news, tips and features. Check out Pinterest’s business blogsign up for their e-newsletter and the official Pinterest for Business page to stay updated. Pinterest’s business updates will help keep you in-the-know.

20.    Title Boards With Keywords

Pinterest boards are more discoverable via search when the board name contains keywords. Of the boards found in Pinterest’s search results for “Pinterest for business”, the ones that appear on the top of the list have the keywords directly in the board name. Make your boards more findable. Optimize your boards for Pinterest search and you’ll get higher placement in results. Use keywords in the name of your pinboard.


21.    Use Different Types of Content

Want to stand out from the competition? One of the greatest, and perhaps most underutilized, features for creating a business presence on Pinterest is posting different types of content—video fromYouTube, slideshows from SlideShare and audio from SoundCloud. Pinterest is a wonderful way to collect your marketing messages all in one place:

Share an audio pinboard with your clients and prospects (e.g.,

Or, send them the link to a particular podcast pin (e.g.,

Take them directly to a slideshow (e.g.,

Share the link to a video from one of your events (e.g.,

22.    Vary Board Position With the Seasons

Pinboard traffic is affected by seasons and holidays.

The great thing about seasonal boards is they can be revamped and reused each year with no need to delete them. These boards can be relocated to the bottom of your profile page while you quietly add content to them as you run across it.

Apartment Therapy has a Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas Exchange board that they’re currently showcasing on the top of their Pinterest profile. As you move through their profile, you can see other seasonal boards for Thanksgiving Decorating, Christmas Decorating and The January Cure.

As you plan new Pinterest boards, think about the seasonal impact on your sales and marketing cycle and plan your board display accordingly. Celebrate the seasons with holiday and weather-themed boards.

23.    Write a Good Business Description

You have up to 200 characters to describe your business in the About section. When in doubt about keywords or phrases to use, she says, “Check out your Google Analytics to see what drives people to your site… Make sure to keep it easy to read and not overly ‘keyword-y’.”

When restricted by the number of characters, their focus drills down to the keywords SEO, social media and online. Add a clear and relevant business description to take advantage of SEO on Pinterest. Business descriptions should be short and to the point.


24.    e(X)amine Pinterest Statistics

Is Pinterest right for your business?

There’s no doubt that Pinterest has made an impressive entrance into an already crowded list of social networking platforms. Before you jump in, you need to know that Pinterest can help you meet your goals.  Take a look at statistics and reports to help justify your business’s presence and glean insights

25.    Your Company Values and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Initiatives

Pinterest can help you communicate what matters to your company.

If you’re running CSR initiatives, then create a compelling board that shows the work you are doing, reflecting the wider issues. Many companies develop values, which then sit on a website or intranet. The key here is to use the board to reflect the issues and values important to your business and remain visually interesting for your followers.

26.    Zero-in on Your Pinterest Followers

Who’s seeing, commenting and sharing your pins? Can that information help you to engage with individuals and businessesthat may not have been an intended target in your Pinterest strategy?

For example, this pin from a Giving pinboard was pinned to a number of users’ pinboards with names such as Giving, Giving Back, A Cause Worth Pursuing, One for One, Inspirational. When your followers repin, read the comments the repin generates to help you find other like-minded users and possibly some good brand ambassadors.  Be curious about the individuals and businesses that share your pins. They may lead to places you hadn’t expected.

We covered a lot of territory in this article and these are just a few ways you can be strategic with Pinterest and make it work for your business. Social Media Examiner publishes many useful articles aboutPinterest. Be sure to check those out, too.




May 13, 2015


Bring your camera to Houston Camera Exchange and test out different studio lighting on June 20th from noon to 3pm. Texas Photo Shoot Workshops will be featured showing how Studio Lighting is not always for the studio. This Test Lighting Photo Shoot will be first come first serve. Models will be available to test shoot as you get hands on experience with triggers and lighting combination inside the store and out front. Free to the public.


TEXAS PHOTO SHOOT WORKSHOPS has been around since 2005 shooting unique concepts all over Texas, but are based out of Houston. Hosted by a diverse team of Professional Mentor Photographers that help guide photographers from all levels of experience in building their portfolio.


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