Past Events - January 2020 Conference
In January 2020, we hosted our inaugural conference: a two and a half day event in Phoenix, Arizona featuring Rachel Neville, Jordan Matter, Alexis Cuarezma, Judy Host, David Hoffman, Eric Pare & Kim Henry, Jonathan Givens, Taylor-Ferne Morris, Oliver Endahl, David Cooper, Dave Brewer and Ron McKinney.
The conference featured amazing classes on topics ranging from editing, lighting, and posing to marketing, studio management, and branding. The conference offered amazing hands-on learning opportunities with photo walks, studio classrooms and dancers available to for portrait sessions on the resort's grounds. Our exhibitor hall featured four studio setups, including a custom Rain Machine from Daniel Woods Visuals and Light & Motion. The event was the first of its kind, bringing together photographers working in dance in a way that had never been done before. We are so excited to be organizing this amazing community of creative professionals.
Feedback from Year One Attendees
"That there is a beautiful, supportive community of dance photographers to draw inspiration and motivation from!"
"Overall, fantastic weekend. Communication was great leading up. Venue and level of luxury at conference was spot on. Really felt like I got my money’s worth"
"In addition to photographing dancers, the core curriculum was comprehensive and covered technical, aesthetics, as well as business aspects. Very well organized. ... great instructors and attendees. Very reasonably priced."
Photos from the conference
Part of the Pas de Deux experience is the immersive nature of the conference. Dancer models share their time and their talents with photographers throughout the weekend. Dancers are provided with master classes and professional development.
Dancers join photographers for instructor-led photo walks, off-site photo excursions, and studio setups. They are also available for dancer check outs . Photographers hold portrait sessions on site during these times.
Here are some of the images photographers created in 2020.
PC: Bill Kendierski
PC: Timothy Park
Dancer: Lisa Ferrino
PC: Scott Martinez
PC: Lisa Wuertz
PC: Stark Photo
Dancer: Gabby Payes
PC: Moonbug Photography
PC: Tonya Wanner
PC: Stephanie DeFranco
PC: Rachel Freed
PC: Michelle Ayers
PC: Stacey Wright
In your words
"From the day I first contacted Beth with questions about the conference, I felt that I was welcome and that something about this conference was going to be different."
"If you are a dance photographer you HAVE to be at this convention! So much to learn, so many photographers to network with and a perfect way to build your portfolio!"
"Cannot recommend this conference enough. Whether you're an experienced professional, hobbyist, or anywhere in between, there's something for you here. Great variety of speakers and hands-on experiences. Overall 10/10 would go again."