Category Archives: Events for Photographers

Free book study: The Gifts of Imperfection – Begins May 9th

Join us for a free book study of:
“The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are”

4 Sessions:  Wednesdays  May 9, 16, 23, 30 2018  7pm

Location: Kevin Gourley Photography Studio
11740 Jollyville Rd. Suite 400   directions

To sign up to attend, just send an email to: 

If you have not confirmed with me yet, but are planning on participating, please let me know.
If you have already responded, no need to reply again 🙂
Please read up to page 22 if you can.  If you can’t, or don’t have the book yet, no problem. Come anyway and join us for the discussion.

This book by Brene Brown shares some great insights about life.

Comments by another New York Times best-selling author Harriet Lerner :

“Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we’d no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, “What if I can’t keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn’t everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?”

In her ten guideposts, Brown engages our minds, hearts, and spirits as she explores how we can cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, “No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough,” and to go to bed at night thinking, “Yes, I am sometimes afraid, but I am also brave. And, yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging.”

How is this relevant for photographers?

Many people in the arts see their art as an extension of themselves.  They feel good as long as people affirm their art, and the reward is so temporary, so fleeting. It’s easy to fall into a cycle of always seeking more approval, post yet another photo on facebook and see how many people “like” it, or enter another photo contest to seek affirmation that your photography is better than everyone else’s.  Yet many find that never is truly fulfilling, and when you win that approval, you have to keep winning, otherwise that approval quickly becomes just a distant memory.

If you break this cycle of trying to find fulfillment through pleasing others, you might just find your art does not have to be shaped by other people’s opinions.  Let your art be your art.  Perhaps it is time you let go of the artist you think people want you to be, and embrace the artist you are.

Join us for this short 4 part study. This is open to anyone. You don’t have to be a photographer to attend this. This is really relevant to everyone.  Feel free to bring a friend, spouse, partner, neighbor, coworker, person off the street 😉  Just let me know if they are coming.

To sign up to attend, just send an email to: 

This book is available on Amazon. Click Here.

If you have not confirmed with me yet, but are planning on participating, please let me know.
If you have already responded, no need to reply again 🙂
Please read up to page 22 if you can.  If you can’t, or don’t have the book yet, no problem. Come anyway and join us for the discussion.

Connect with Other Photographers?

Hi photographer friends!   I am wondering if you would be interested in my hosting regular or occasional photographer get-togethers at my studio in NW Austin.  I did this in years past, and am thinking about maybe hosting this again.   The point would be to simply socialize with other photographer types, maybe share in some food and fellowship, discuss new things happening in the world of photography etc.

Welcome to your Photographer Networking Survey -

Your Email Address
Your Name
Interested?  If so, please let me know by completing the quick survey questions below.  Select ALL options you might like.

Are you interested in this "Do Life Together" idea?  Let me know your thoughts and what timeframes might work best for you!

Meet how often?

Which days of the week would work best?

Best time of day?


Concept to Creation Contest and Photo Expo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 11th, 2017
Jason Ake – Professional Plotter Technologies –
512-382-5912 – 

Concept to Creation
Contest and Photo Expo

Austin, TX – Professional Plotter Technology  is excited to bring Austin photographers together for a photo expo this November 15th , 2017. The event, which will take place at the Blanton Museum of Art, will celebrate PPT’s Concept to Creation Campaign.

“We believe in the importance of owning the process from a freshly born concept to its full creation. Our mission behind this campaign is to encourage artist to print their work as well as educate them on the efficiency, savings, and pride that comes with in-house printing,” says Jason Ake, CEO of PPT.

The event will feature:

  • Cocktail social with complimentary drinks from local sponsors.
  • Speakers including Pete Wright, Canon Explorers of Light Clay Blackmore and Hahnemuhle’s Kevin Anthuis.
  • Hands on product demo featuring the latest in digital imaging; Canon EOS cameras, Image PRO Graf Pro series printers, lighting and more.
  • A photo booth with professional coaches where guests may take home a print of their own image.
  • Free bites and live music will also be featured.
  • Awards ceremony and closing remarks.

To generate excitement for this campaign, PPT is also sponsoring a contest with an exciting prize.  Monthly winners win a large-scale print of their choice and advance to the finals for a chance to win a new Canon PRO 2000 24″ 11 color Photo Printer valued at $2700, courtesy of Professional Plotter Technology. Winners are featured on the Professional Plotter Technology Facebook page .

More information and the photo submission form can be found on 





An Opportunity to Create Brighter Holidays for Families and Individuals in Need


I am really excited to inform you about what Help-Portrait Austin is doing this year!  (Any of you who have taken my Photography 101 workshop may remember the video I show about the great work Help-Portrait is doing.)

Help-Portrait Austin creates brighter holidays for families and individuals in need.   A portrait is a treasure. It is hung on the wall or displayed on a mantle, or kept in a special album. It is a record of how we looked as children, the pride we feel in our children, and a legacy for our descendants. It is these portraits that most people would save from a burning house.

These photographic treasures can cost hundreds of dollars, putting them out of reach for many Central Texas families. Help-Portrait Austin is on a mission to provide those in need with the entire portrait experience, from hair and makeup to a fun photo session, to leaving with framed professional portraits.

Volunteers will gather to make this magic happen on Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Boys and Girls Club of East Austin, 901 Thompson Street, Austin. More than 100 photographers, hair and makeup artists, photo editors, and other volunteers will welcome up to 200+ guests, turning the 1950s-era gym into a giant photo studio.

“It is an amazing event,” Event Director Regina Maldonado said. “I have a soft place in my heart when it comes to kids.” Maldonado has been involved in the Austin event since it was started in 2009 as part of Help-Portrait Worldwide.

All around the world, gyms, tents, homes, offices, and hotels are transformed for one day of fun, hugs, smiles, memories, and even a few tears. Guests at the Austin event range from extended families who lost all family photos in a flood to individuals who need a good headshot for a resume to families who dress up for a holiday portrait to treasure and share.

The event has created some special traditions, including an arts and crafts area and a visit from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, who are happy to pose with young guests.

“I love looking at the photos and videos from past events from other cities as well as the Austin event,” Lorraine Miller, one of the volunteer coordinators with HPA, said. “They never fail to make me smile.”

As an all-volunteer event (HPA has no paid employees), the local group depends on the generosity of local businesses and individuals. The event requires photo supplies such as ink and paper, arts and crafts supplies, and food for the volunteers.

This year, HPA has expanded its focus to help the homeless and teens in foster care. On March 11, several HPA volunteers braved wet conditions to take portraits of homeless people (and some pets) as part of the SXSW Pop-Up Care Village sponsored by LavaMae and Encast. Photos were taken and printed on the spot, and guests received stamped envelopes to send the portraits to loved ones.

Another new initiative will be an add-on to the Dec. 2 event, as HPA will partner with Foster Angels to provide portraits to high school seniors in foster care. More information will be available soon!

HPA welcomes volunteers who can help with photography, photo editing, hair and makeup, or just a friendly smile. Volunteers who speak Spanish are always needed! To volunteer or for more information, visit the HPA website at

Monetary donations are accepted through Pure Charity, and are tax deductible. For information, contact Regina Maldonado at  or leave a message at (512)-748- 7751 or contact Cynthia Miller at  or leave a message at (512) 971-9092.

Let me know if you get involved!  I’d love to hear about any of you who volunteer!  


Kevin Gourley



How Photographers Can Support the Foster Care Community of Austin, TX


If you’d like to know more about supporting the foster care community of Central Texas, check out:

If you would like to be a volunteer photographer for Heart Gallery, CLICK HERE

And click here for more info about Eyes of Faith

We have a free event happening at our studio in NW Austin!  It is an opportunity for you to learn about ways photographers (and others) can support the wonderful foster care community of Austin, TX!   This event is hosted by a new photography group called Eyes of Faith that meets once a month at my studio.   Anyone and everyone is invited to attend.

Meeting Date/Time:
Monday October 2, 2017 7pm 

RSVP (please) to: so we can have an idea of how many people are coming!

Supporting the Foster Care
Community of Austin

We’ll be looking at ways everyone can support the foster care community in Austin.  People who step up to the calling of becoming a foster parent are amazing. What an incredible gift of love!   Even if you do not see yourself as ever becoming a foster parent, there are many other ways you can support the foster care community. Come and learn more from Dan Zieschang with  Also Megan Ransom with Heart Gallery of Central Texas  will speak to us! Heart Gallery is a photography exhibit and community education/outreach initiative featuring children who are waiting for adoption.

Meeting Location:  Kevin Gourley Photography Studio, 11740 Jollyville Road Suite #400, Austin, TX  click here for directions

If you cant make it to the meeting, but would like to be a volunteer photographer for Heart Gallery, CLICK HERE

Click here for more info about Eyes of Faith and this meeting

RSVP (please) to: so we can have an idea of how many people are coming!


6 Photographers, 6 Projects – A New Learning Opportunity

This class is now OPEN FOR REGISTRATION!

Limited to only 6 students!


I am calling this the
‘6×6 Photography Workshop’

I am offering a unique opportunity for 6  select photographers to participate in this program where we meet to work on a different photographic project each month for 6 months.

Once we have 6 definite students, I will add the class.

  • The projects will be very hands-on learning opportunities with a mix of teaching and doing at my studio in NW Austin.
  • I am intentionally designing this as a very small group experience to maximize your ability to learn and create great images
  • I will provide professional models for some of our activities as well as the studio, studio lighting etc.
  • Class is for DSLR (Digital SLR) and MILC (Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras)
  • We’ll meet once a month, on a weekday evening.
  • You will create your own great images
  • Have a lot of fun
  • Projects will vary each month focusing on a mix of different topics
    • Beautiful studio lighting / Glamour / Dramatic lighting
    • Jewelry Photography
    • Light painting
    • Creative techniques
    • Water droplet magic
    • High shutter speed fun
    • Composite portraiture
  • The price will be only $99 per session when you commit to the 6 sessions.

Who can participate?

It depends on your current photographic knowledge. You must apply to be considered for this program. If I determine your knowledge level isn’t quite a fit for this yet, I might refer you to one of my other classes first. But don’t be discouraged. I want to help you learn! So if you are interested, complete this form and we’ll talk about it.



CANCELLED: Photographers: Share Your Best 2017 Vacation Photos!

We decided to cancel this event because most of the responses we received indicated that Friday just doesn’t work well!  Sorry!  We’ll plan a new date.

Did you travel to some beautiful
locale this Summer?
Did you photograph the eclipse?

We’d love to see some of your
very best shots!  

Friday September 8, 2017 – 6:30pm

You are invited to join us for a “potluck slideshow” in early September where everyone brings some light potluck food item and we do a slideshow of your best images from your travels.

If you’d like to join us and would have some images to share, let me know.  Click Here

Potluck Slideshow – Sharing your best vacation photos from 2017

Kevin Gourley Photography Workshops Studio
11740 Jollyville Rd. Suite 400, Austin, TX  click here for directions



Houston Art Car Parade! April 8, 2017

Want to do some fun photography this weekend?

Go to the Houston Art Car Parade on April 8th in downtown Houston!  It is a lot of fun.

You’ll see some pretty wild cars!  The parade is 2-4pm, but I encourage you to get there early.  You can stroll along the lineup of cars starting at 11am, visit with owners and take some fun photos of their creative works. Bring along a photographer friend, for a fun day-outing!

For more info, go to their website.  CLICK HERE

Happy Picture Taking!

Kevin Gourley


PHOTOGRAPHERS: Make Plans Now to Join Us This Summer in Rocky Mountain National Park

If you love photography and you love the beauty of nature, then I urge you to seriously consider joining us on our adventures in Rocky Mountain National Park this Summer.   Our Rocky Mountain Photography Workshop will take you to beautiful mountain vistas, waterfalls, cascades, and rivers.  We’ll experience some sunrises from the side of a mountain as we watch the park awaken into a new day of adventure. We’ll photograph all sorts of wildlife including elk, moose, marmots, big horn sheep, and on occasion maybe even a bear.

It is hard to imagine the majesty of Rocky Mountain National Park.  It is a true national treasure.  You have to experience it for yourself.

You can register for our photographic adventure either as a 4 day or 9 day option.  Plus, we have two pre-trip meetings to prepare you for the trip.  This is your chance to experience this amazing place with fellow photographers. You’ll get your own great shots of mountains, waterfalls, wildflowers, and wildlife.

We stay in a wonderful lodge right on Fall River, just a couple of miles from the entrance to the park.  One evening, we host a cookout right on Fall River.  Unique to our workshops: You are welcome to bring a significant-other/family member (adult) along on the trip with you at no additional charge!

Student comments summarize the experience pretty well:

  • “The natural beauty of RMNP was enhanced by Kevin’s knowledge of the park and locations that were custom picked for great photographic shots. Kevin’s calm, patient and knowledgeable teaching style meant that everyone, at whatever level they were at, felt comfortable asking questions, making mistakes, learning from them and then getting immeasurably better pictures as a result. The improvement in my photography from Day 1 to Day 4 was unbelievable. I came thinking the auto settings on my camera really took better pictures than I did, and I left seeing and believing that the pictures I now understood how to take were vastly superior to anything the camera could capture in auto mode. It was a 5 star experience from beginning to end.
  • “This is a workshop you can’t afford to miss! I came to the workshop with a goal of never using Auto settings again… I achieved that and more. Kevin is such a great teacher and is able to work with photographers of all levels. He made everyone comfortable, I am from Virginia and did not know anyone in the group (as were several others) by the end of the work shop I had made a group of new friends! We were able to get so many landscape and wildlife pictures. The whole experience was amazing. I’m ready to sign up for the next workshop! Thank you Kevin” – Barb


If you are thinking about registering, please know our lodging options will go away pretty soon because Rocky Mountain National Park is a popular destination.  If you are “on the fence” or if you have any questions, please contact us NOW.  Let’s TALK before you miss out on such an amazing experience.

Want to learn more about the workshop or are you ready to register?  Click Here!

We truly want YOUR SMILING FACE in our next group picture
in Rocky Mountain National Park!


ImagingUSA in Retrospect


Another excellent ImagingUSA conference wrapped up this evening in San Antonio.  There were so many good insights shared.  I swear my brain is going to explode.  Can I process it all??  I have to spend some time going through my pages and pages of notes to discern what are my major “takeaways” from the experience.

Every person goes there and processes this event in different ways based on their prior experiences in photography, current needs, and visions of where they want to go next.   The key is to be willing to let the experience of ImagingUSA “speak to you” with an open-minded attitude to give you insights on how to be “better” in whatever ways you might need to be better.  That might be technical skills. That might be business insights.

I always come back from these events with bags of marketing materials from all the different vendors and then tens of pages of notes I took.  As I said, it will take me some time to process this and discern what MY major takeaways are.

The next step is the critical one.  What you learn at an event like this doesn’t matter as much as what you DO ABOUT IT.  Decide what action items result from your takeaway list.  If your whole experience does not lead to a set of action items, to put in practice what you learned, you have just wasted your time.

Whether you attended this event or not, I encourage you to spend some time assessing your direction in life. What changes might you make to make your life “better” by whatever measure you choose.  Choose “better”.

I assume you are a photographer, if you are reading this blog.  My desire is to help you in whatever way you need to achieve “better” in your photography. Whether it is to refine your technical camera skills, or managing light, electronic flash/speedlights, portraiture, creative imaging, using software to perfect your images, or a broad range of other topics, I am here, ready and willing to help you in your endeavors. Need a photography coach?  Need private teaching?  Need help assessing where you need help the most?  Let’s get together and work on your plan to be “better” in 2017.