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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 www.concepttocreation.org 





RESCHEDULED! Helping Persons with Dementia and their Caregivers – Fundraiser Concert




Hi friends!  I will be photographing a fundraiser event, and I just wanted to help spread the word about the fundraiser, and extend a personal invitation for you to attend the event and help support this worthy cause.  If you currently have, or have ever had, a loved one with dementia, alzheimers, etc. you will understand why this is so important.

  • What:  
    House of Friends’ 11th “American Songbook” Annual Benefit Gala
  • Featuring:
    Austin’s Kris Kimura Quartet – Playing American classics through the decades, scrumptious hor d’oeuvres and desserts, and a prize drawing. Special thanks to major sponsor, the Austin Jazz Society.
  • When:
    Friday June 16, 2017 6:30pm CANCELLED
  • Where:
    Bethany United Methodist Church, 10010 Anderson Mill Road, Austin, TX   512-258-6017  get directions

What Does This Support?
All proceeds will benefit House of Friends, a FREE respite program for those with early stages of dementia. This weekly social program provides a supported day for the dementia participant and offers the family caregiver a much needed respite from their 24/7 caregiver role. Socialization, exercise, singing, games and a healthy meal are part of this therapeutic day. Please join us in this annual fundraiser to benefit the non-profit House of Friends.

CLICK HERE for more information and to purchase your tickets!

Want to know a bit more about House of Friends?  Watch this video:


Free Event in Austin – Sharing Photos and Stories from our Adventures in Rocky Mountain National Park

Hey Photographers in Austin TX and Surrounding Communities!
You are invited…

to an evening with Kevin & Gail Gourley, sharing photos and stories from their adventures in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Tuesday January 17, 2017 7pm
Kevin Gourley Photography Studio, Austin, TX

We  have been leading photography workshops in Rocky Mountain National Park for several years. Please join us as we  share photographs and stories about our adventures in this magnificent park.

  • The event is FREE to attend! Plan to join us? You must sign up to attend. Click Here to learn more!
  • Space is limited!
  • Door Prize Drawing – Discount for future classes!
  • Enjoy photography of mountainsnaturewildlifewaterfalls, and stories about our adventures
  • If you have been thinking about signing up for one of these workshops, this is a great opportunity to learn more.  (But you must register for the workshop soon if you want to go in 2017!)
  • If you have been on one of our previous Rocky Mountain Photography Workshops, you are invited also!
  • Light snacks and beverages will be provided
  • Location: Kevin Gourley Photography Studio, 11740 Jollyville Rd, Suite 400, Austin, TX

Click Here to learn more and SIGN UP to attend!


Last-Minute PHOTOGRAPHER Gift Ideas – Final Days to SAVE UP TO $70!

Give a PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS REGISTRATION as a gift to that photographer in your life!

Discounts up to $70 end on December 24th (while space is available).


Student Comments:
  • “You are one of the best instructors I have had the privilege of finding.”
  • “Outstanding teacher!”
  • “I’ve taken several intro-level photography classes in the Austin area and while I gained some new knowledge from each class, Kevin is a great “teacher” whereas the others are good presenters. I feel like the class was time and money well spent and am already studying to figure out which class to take next.”
  • “Kevin is a fantastic teacher. He has an interest and a passion for photography and it shows in his teaching. I’ve taken 4 classes with Kevin and have benefited from each one!”
  • “Kevin’s classes offer new photographers the opportunity to dive deeper into the fundamentals of photography and the tools and techniques to improve your skills. I have taken two classes now and enjoyed them both tremendously!”

Give a Photography Class as a Holiday Gift

If you are looking for the perfect gift idea for photographers, you have come to the right place!  I teach a variety of photography classes in Austin, TX, plus some very fun destination workshops! You can give these as GIFTS!

Photography Classes in Austin, TexasOur Austin photography classes are conveniently located in NW Austin, just off Hwy 183.

We invite you to come to a free event on January 17, 2017 to an evening with Kevin & Gail Gourley, sharing photos and stories from their adventures in leading photography workshops in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.  CLICK HERE

Please help us spread the word! Share on Facebook and other social media!


Free Event for Photographers

Tuesday January 17, 2017 7pm

Kevin and Gail Gourley have been leading photography workshops in Rocky Mountain National Park for several years. Please join us as we share photographs and stories about our adventures in this magnificent park.

  • The event is FREE to attend!
  • Space is limited!
  • Door Prize Drawing – Discount for future classes!
  • Enjoy photography of mountains, nature, wildlife, waterfalls, and stories about our adventures
  • If you have been thinking about signing up for one of Rocky Mountain National Parkthese workshops, this is a great opportunity to learn more.
  • If you have been on one of our previous Rocky Mountain Photography Workshops, you are invited also!
  • Light snacks and beverages will be provided
  • Location: Kevin Gourley Photography Studio, 11740 Jollyville Rd, Suite 400, Austin, TX

Click Here to Learn More and SIGN UP!




Photography: Painting with Light Workshop is So Much Fun!

ALERT: January 15 Painting with Light Workshop is ALMOST FULL! REGISTER SOON AND SAVE $20!  Plus participants and our former Painting with Light Students get to participate in a FREE fun activity with a PixelStick on January 18th!

Of all the photography workshops we host, one of the most fun ones is our Painting with Light Workshop! I keep the class size small, limited to only five students. After a couple of hours of teaching the concepts and techniques, the LIGHTS GO OUT and we do some Painting with Lightreally fun photography with a professional model.

Every participant gets involved in the creativity, as we produce all kinds of fun and sometimes wild images using time and light and motion.

Student regularly say this is the most fun photography workshop they have ever participated in.

Painting with LightHere’s what students are saying online:

  • “This was an absolute blast. Kevin’s sense of humor kept us laughing and his creativity kept us in awe. It was wonderful to get in there with the other class members and play with light! He keeps the class size small so we have a lot of hands-on learning and fun.”
  • “Your Painting with Light class really opened my eyes to a whole new way to take pictures. SO FUN!”
  • “Kevin’s “Painting with light” class was a blast. I have taken various classes from Kevin so far and this one was my favorite. It’s one of those classes that promotes creativity, provides hands on experience for each student, and the class is so fun that it ends before you want it to. Not only was it fun to watch the model being painted, but equally as much fun to see what each student ended up with. Kevin is passionate about taking photos as well as teaching photography to others. He’s kind, compassionate, respectable, and displays an abundance of patience with his students. I highly recommend this class to anyone wanting to take fun and creative photos in a friendly, safe environment.”
  • Click Here for More Student Comments

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The Best Christmas Gift for a Photographer

This is the “season of giving”. Family is asking “what do you want for Christmas?” You’re trying to figure out what to give to your loved ones. Regardless of what you celebrate this time of year, for most of us, it is a time of gift giving.

If you love photography or have a loved-one who loves photography, you might put various camera gear on the giving list. Maybe a new camera, new lenses, a tripod, a flash, etc.

Many folks think that if they “just get that new camera, their photos are going to turn out so much nicer”. While that is sometimes true, the real key to better photographs is how you USE your camera. That matters way more than what specific camera you are using. Look at it this way, simply buying better pots and pans won’t necessarily make you a better cook.  😉 What matters is how you use them!

Ansel Adams said it this way:

“The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it!”

The key to great photographs has more to do with the photographer behind the camera rather than the camera itself.  Want better photographs? Become a better photographer!

Our photographs are so very important to us. They capture priceless memories. They help us remember special moments with loved ones. They tell the stories of our various travels and vacations.

I encourage you to consider taking one of my photography workshops, or GIVING one of my workshops as a GIFT this holiday season to that photographer in your life. All of my classes and private teaching options can be given as gifts!

Here are some to consider:

Photography 101 Fundamentals of Great Photography
Photography Beyond the Basics – Mastering the Fundamentals
Photography Painting with Light
Photography – An Expression of Faith Workshop
Rekindle Workshop
Private Instruction on Almost All Photography Topics
Rocky Mountain Photography Workshops

Learn about all these great workshops by clicking here.

5-Star Rated by Students! Offering the best school of photography in Austin and Central Texas.
“Kevin’s classes rise above all the rest” – “Surpasses everyone else.” – “His classes are fun and challenging! Kevin goes the extra mile to teach students photography using hands-on techniques.” – “His sense of humor and deep understanding of all things photographic have inspired me to get better with my camera.” – “Kevin’s class was amazing.” – More…

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Light & Photography Workshop

We just wrapped up another Light & Photography Workshop!  This course is a comprehensive look at light in its various forms, both natural and artificial, and we look at the many ways we photographers can control and manipulate light to create great photographs!

Over several sessions, we explore the ways light works its magic to make images beautiful, and then dig into the details about how to operate electronic flashes (speedlights) and studio strobes (monolights).

studio lighting workshopThe course ends with a session done in my studio where the participants have a chance to photograph a couple of models, putting into practice what we covered in class.

Student Comment: “Kevin’s Light and Photography class is fantastic. The small class size ensures everyone get personalized instructions. His tips for using every type of lighting from flashlights and household lighting to pro photography lighting make this class a must for every level of photographer. His demos were the highlight of the class. Every photographer can learn from this class. The add-on model shoot session is also a must.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE and let us know if you’d like us to add another session soon!  Your input is important!






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Here are some photos taken by participant, Sandy O’Connor:

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Exploring the Aspect of “Faith” and Our Photography

I just announced this new photography workshop called “Photography: An Expression of Faith“. It’s actually quite different from my other classes.

We are looking at the topic of “photography” from a different angle.   Rather than focusing on camera techniques, settings, exposure, light, composition, and all the other things that really matter a lot to create great images, we will be exploring how the topic of “faith” shapes what you photograph, and participants will take on a project to use their photography as an expression of their faith.  You can take this workshop using any type of camera, whether it is a DSLR, mirrorless camera, point-and-shoot, or even a smart-phone.

Granted we all see matters of “faith” differently. This workshop embraces our diversity and insights and challenges participants to really reflect on this aspect of photography.

I encourage you to read more about this workshop.  I have introduced it with a super low introductory price of only $39 if you register by December 24th.  The class is filling up fast!!