Plano Photography Club

Meetings on Third Thursdays (except December) with Training at 6 pm and Program at 7:15 pm

West Plano Presbyterian Church - 2709 Custer Road, Plano, Texas


Come by and meet the friendly folks of the Plano Photography Club.

Spend an evening with people who share your passion for photography. You are welcome to just visit to see what the club is all about or to become a member so that you may participate in club activities and contests.

If you wish to join the Plano Photography Club, please click on this button:

October 2019 Competition Results      

Most Recent Club Meeting: November 21, 2019

Club Program by Shawn Saumell: “The Art of Still Life”

Shawn Saumell

Shawn Saumell was born in New York and currently lives and works in Dallas.

He received an MFA from Lesley University College of Arts and Design (formerly known as The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University), a BFA from Texas Woman’s University, magna cum laude, and an AA from Collin College, cum laude.

Saumell's work has been featured in over 150 exhibitions worldwide and has won many international awards including, but not limited to: "First Place," "Director's Choice," "Photographer of the Year," "Best of Biennial," "100 Best International," "Top 50 MFA Painters in America,"  "Top 25 International Fine Artists," and "Best of Show."

He has had a recent solo exhibition at the JM Gallery, Dallas, TX [2018]; One Arts Plaza, Dallas, TX [2016]; and Governor's Island Art Fair, New York, NY [2015]; and recent juried exhibitions at the New York Center for Photographic Art, New York, NY [2018]; A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX [2016]; Provincetown Conservation Trust, Provincetown, MA [2016]; and L.A. Photo Curator, Los Angeles, CA [2016]; as well as recent group exhibitions at the Dallas Arboretum, Dallas, TX [2018]; Art 7 Gallery, Fort Worth, TX [2018]; Commons Gallery, Cambridge, MA [2017]; and the Limner Gallery, New York, NY [2016]. To learn more about Shawn and his work, we ask you visit his website at

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  • In his program, Shawn presented his process and work based on using found objects to sculpt and assemble still life tableaus, which are then photographed. These maquettes and vignettes range from minimal abstracts to hyper-real worlds; from monochrome to vibrant false color.

    For details on Shawn's presentation and information on future PPC programs, please click the Programs link in the menu.


     Grind; Immortal; Happiness in Slavery by Shawn Saumell 

    Next Club Meeting: January 16, 2020

    6:00 pm: Training - Study Groups

    The Club meets for Training at 6 pm before the regular meeting at 7:15 pm. The classes we offer cover various topics and skill levels. Please join us and choose a group to study with! Details are found HERE.

    7:15 pm: Club Program by Sharlott Hasty: "From Birds to Glaciers - Wintertime Photography"

    Sharlott Hasty is an award-winning nature and wildlife photographer who combines her love of travel with photography.

    In her program, Sharlott will present her 2019 Photographer of the Year presentation: "From Birds to Glaciers - Wintertime Photography."

    Additional details on Sharlott's presentation will be posted here soon. For information on future PPC programs, please click the Programs link in the menu.


    Next Club Activities

    Cedar Hill State Park

    Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 7 am to 2 pm

    Please note the state park opens at 7 am. Sunrise is at 7:17 am on that date. Cedar Hill State Park is in southwest Dallas County, adjacent to Joe Pool lake. The Cedar Hill area has several photogenic areas. It is one of the few places that has hills covered in hardwood trees that provide fall color if the timing is right.

    Cedar Hill State Park has several lake access points with good waterscapes. The best views are located to the southwest from the entry. (Turn left after entering the park.) There are hiking trails and a marina as well.

    Penn Farm Agricultural History Center is in the state park. There are several old barns, two period houses, and pieces of farm machinery. Good opportunities are architectural studies, closeups of machinery and weathered wood, the spinning windmill (bring neutral density filters), and abstracts.

    Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve is located across the highway from the state park and is operated by Audubon Dallas and Dallas Parks. It offers several miles of hiking trails over hilly terrain. The hike to Cattail Pond is long but worth it.

    Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center is a wooded area with a nice walking path. Occasional vistas of fall-colored hillsides can be found.

    Cedar Hill has a small old downtown area and is worth a walkabout to work off lunch.

    For lunch after visiting the park, meet at 11:30 am at Sam's Pizza Pasta Subs (map). It is locally owned with a large selection of Italian dishes.

    Register for this event using the Calendar/Registration link in the navigation menu. Registration closes on Saturday, December 7, 2019.


    Plano Photography Club Christmas Party

    Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 6 pm to 9 pm

    The club's annual holiday party will be held at our usual meeting location - West Plano Presbyterian Church, 2709 Custer Road, Plano.

    The club provides meat, drink, and setups. Members should plan to sign up for a side dish or dessert. You may also bring a slideshow of your pictures (not to exceed 3 minutes).

    A ticket will be given to each person for a chance to win a Door Prize. We'll have a lot of amazing prizes to give out, so you won't want to miss it!!

    Register for this event using the Calendar/Registration link in the navigation menu. Registration closes on Saturday, December 7, 2019.


    Monthly Contest

    Our club does not hold a contest in December. The theme for the January 2020 contest is "Open."

    For help in understanding the contest theme please review the Description of Contest Themes document (PDF).

    Entries must be uploaded to the PPC Competition Site before midnight January 16, 2020. Each club member may submit one image.

    The maximum width for images submitted to the contest website is 4096 pixels. The limit on the height of the image is 2160 pixels.


    Club Newsletter

    The Club’s newsletter, The FLASH!, is published monthly and is available for download about a week prior to the club meetings.

    Click here to view the most recent editions of the PPC's newsletter: The FLASH!


    Club Information

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    • Monthly meetings are held the third Thursday of each month (except December) at West Plano Presbyterian Church, 2709 Custer Road, Plano, Texas - View Map

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