Upcoming Club Programs

Because of state and local restrictions established in response to the COVID-19 pandemic all in-person club programs have been canceled until further notice.

However, the Plano Photography Club is holding monthly club programs via Zoom. Upcoming program information is listed below.

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August 20, 2020 - Russell Graves: 10 Ways to Be a Better Wildlife and Nature Photographer


Russell Graves
Russell Graves

If you've read any Texas-based magazines over the past 25 years, chances are you've seen some of Russell's photos or read some of his prose. Since 1989, he's been traveling the state telling authentic Texas stories with his camera and his words - both written and spoken.

A graduate of Dodd City High School and East Texas State University, Russell was an agricultural science teacher in Childress, Texas for 16 years where he was named Texas AgriScience Teacher of the Year on three occasions.

After leaving that career in 2009, he continued to photograph, write, and speak about his experiences and the people he meets. In 2010, he began delving into television production. His first documentary film, Bois d'Arc Goodbye, was filmed entirely in Fannin County and chronicled his canoe journey with his brother Bubba as they traversed the Lower Bois d'Arc Creek before a lake forever changed the landscape. The film aired three times to a national primetime audience and is now available for viewing on Vimeo.

He's worked with such celebrities as the Robertson Family from the Duck Dynasty television show, the late T. Boone Pickens, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Pat Green, and Tracy Lawrence, but he insists that regular people are his favorite subjects.

Recently, Russell's focus has pivoted to leading educational photo tours. In addition, he turned his attention to writing two new books on wildlife and nature photography that are now available for purchase.

Currently, Russell lives in the country north of Dodd City, Texas with his wife Kristy and their two children Bailee and Ryan. He spends a considerable amount of time creating content for clients, but still finds his passion in working and developing the land on the small farm he recently purchased.

Russell's website is russellgraves.com.

Call of the Wild   Bear and Fish   Stag in Silhouette

Examples of Russell's Work



September 17, 2020 - Tom Fox, Sr. Staff Photographer at The Dallas Morning News


Tom Fox, Dallas Morning News
Tom Fox

As a photojournalist, Tom has spent over 30 years experiencing the lives of others and sharing their stories through the lens of his camera. He was fortunate to be a part of a small team of photographers at The Dallas Morning News who won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography for coverage of Hurricane Katrina. In 2020, Tom was nominated as a Pulitzer Prize finalist in the same category.

Tom has also been honored by POYI (Picture of the Year International), NPPA (National Press Photographers Association)'s Best of Photojournalism, APME, the NFL Hall of Fame and many others.

In 2018, he was awarded National Headliners Best in Show for his portfolio of work.

Before returning to The Dallas Morning News, Tom worked at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and was a founding member of The Arlington Morning News as a photo chief and photographer.

In the summer of 2019, Tom was under fire as he waited to photograph a defendant entering the federal courthouse in Dallas. He'll speak about his close encounter with an active shooter and the aftermath that ensued. He also will present some of his other work produced under not so harrowing circumstances that prepared him for such a day.

He'll also share stories from another courthouse drama after photographing the Amber Guyger murder trial from inside the courtroom, including The Hug seen 'round the world.

Tom's website is tomfoxphoto.com.

Botham Jean Trial   Dallas Courthouse Shooting   Ambassador Hotel Fire    Full Moon - Bass Performance Hall

Examples of Tom's Work



Future PPC Programs

Date Speaker Program
October 15, 2020 Brianna Burnett
Fine art photographer and Assistant Professor at Collin College in McKinney
Abstract Art and Photography
November 19, 2020 Nock Wong
2019-2020 PPC Photographer of the Year



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