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    • Monday, June 24, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Merket Alumni Center, 2521 17th Street. Lubbock, TX.

    "Inside the Oval Office: An Intimate Evening with President George W. Bush's White House Photographer"

    Benefiting Texas School of Professional Photography Scholarships and Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Charity.
    WTP is a 501c Non-Profit Association. 

    Experience some of the most pivotal events in recent times through the lens of President George W Bush’s Official White House Photographer. Visual historian, Eric Draper, had unfettered access to every moment of the presidency—public and private—and you are invited to share an evening of coffee, dessert and conversation with him.  From 9-11 to Christmas dinner at Camp David, Eric silently observed it all.  Now, he is ready to lift the curtain for you and share images and stories from his eight years in the White House.  

    Laugh, cry and feel inspired during this unique event where every moment of the Presidency and the history of eight years is revealed.  Those years were nothing short of intriguing.  Regardless of your political affiliation, an evening with a White House Photographer is not something quickly forgotten.

    Act quickly, we don’t want you to miss out on this incredible experience. Seating is Limited!

    Ticket options:

    Gold Level—Premium location table of 8 with 8 VIP reception tickets and 4 autographed “Front Row” coffee table books  $1,000  (member price $800)

    Silver Level—Reserved table of 8  with 2 VIP reception tickets and 1 autographed “Front Row” coffee table book $500 (member price $450)

    Open seating tickets are $55 each or a pair for $90 with a member price $45/75.
    A desert and coffee bar is included with your ticket and a cash bar will also be available. 

    WTP Members will also gain FREE access to an exclusive program on Tuesday June 25th with PPA CEO, David Trust. Learn more here.

    There will be a silent auction featuring several unique prints autographed by Mr. Draper and the President.  

    Eric Draper served as President Bush’s chief photographer for the entire eight years of his presidency, photographing him daily in his activities at the office, abroad and in his personal life. Draper was named Special Assistant to the President, and is the first White House photographer to be named a commissioned officer to a U.S. president. Also during his tenure, Draper directed the photographic and archival conversion of the White House Photo Office from film to digital and took nearly 1 million photos documenting the presidency.

    Prior to joining the White House, Draper was West Regional Enterprise Photographer for the Associated Press. In eight years with the AP, Draper covered an array of domestic and international news and sports. Draper has also worked as a staff photographer for The Seattle Times, the Pasadena Star-News and the Albuquerque Tribune.

    Draper is currently a freelance political, corporate, and editorial photographer based in Rio Rancho, New Mexico where he lives with his wife and two dogs. His clients include HP, the Mayo Clinic, the George W. Bush Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Reuters, Getty Images and individual clients, including many happy brides and grooms. He is an obsessive LA Laker fan.

    • Monday, July 15, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • 4ORE Golf 6909 Marsha Sharp Fwy, 79407


    Welcome photographer and satirist, Missy MWAC, to WTP!

     I feel the same way about the photography industry as I do when I walk into my daughter's bedroom: the place is a mess; stuff is scattered on the floor; her laundry basket is overflowing and there she stands in the middle of it, trying to convince me nothing is wrong. Hey, I love her with all my heart, but I still want it cleaned up. Our wonderful industry is a lot like that messy room, with a lot of photographers either unaware of the mess or happily adding to it, and what’s worse, teaching others to do the same. We’ll go over the top 5 issues plaguing our industry and what we can do to fix them. So, sit down and buckle up, kids. It’s about to get all bumpy up in here. To paraphrase Kevin in "Home Alone," this is OUR industry; it's up to US to protect it. I’ll show you how.

    I am an eater of bacon, lover of vodka and a guide through the murky waters. I have worked successfully in the photography industry for over 25 years, and since years in the photography industry are measured like dog years, I really should be dead by now. 

Past events

Monday, May 20, 2019 "The Photoshop Wow Factor" Ross Benton
Monday, April 15, 2019 "There's Profit In Your Passion" Jessi Norvell
Monday, March 18, 2019 "Lighting Narratives" Cris Duncan
Monday, February 25, 2019 Monday Feb 25th "Monthly Meeting"
Saturday, February 23, 2019 West Texas Photo Fest
Monday, January 14, 2019 January 14th - "Roundtable Duscussion"
Monday, December 17, 2018 WTP Christmas Party - "The Ugliest Sweater"
Monday, October 15, 2018 October 15th - "#DoItForTheGram | Instagram Marketing Strategies & Best Practices"
Monday, August 20, 2018 August 20th - "Setting The Stage for Luxury Sales"
Monday, July 16, 2018 July 16th - Shutter Stroll
Monday, June 18, 2018 June 18th Meeting
Monday, May 21, 2018 May 21st Meeting
Monday, April 16, 2018 April 16th Meeting

West Texas Photographers. WTP is owned and operated by the South Plains Professional Photographers Association. 

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Lubbock, TX 79407

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