PDD 2022: Austin

It's true. Everything is bigger in Texas

More days. 

More dancers.

More speakers.

More fun.

The 2022 Pas de Deux Dance Photography Conference is being held from Thursday afternoon, February 24, to Sunday evening, February 27, at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas.

Professional dance photographers, hobbyists, part-timers and beginners alike are welcome. We will celebrate dance photographers, get inspired, learn to grow our studios, meet valuable reps from our partner businesses and make friends.

This conference is for those just starting out, for freelancers, and for  veteran photography studio owners. We support photographers working with small town dance schools, suburban studios and major professional companies - and everyone in between. Learn studio lighting, posing, dance terms, workflow, marketing, and more.

Connect with your favorite people.

Thursday starts with a 3:30 pm excursion to McKinney Falls State Park, 4:30 pm photo walks at the resort, a light-painting demo with Eric Pare and Kim Henry, and the announcement of the 2022 Pas de Deux Dance Photography winners and finalists at the Welcome Reception.

Pas de Deux 2022 is full of opportunities for indoor and outdoor shooting with dancer models. There are photographer-led  photo walks, optional off-site and on-site sunrise and golden hour shoots, and individual dancer model check outs.

Join us in Austin 2022.

Resort room link to group rate.

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Conference Registration 

 

Full Conference 3-Day Pass registration beginning Sept. 1, 2021: $495


 Full Conference Pass for a second photographer: $325 

Use this to register a second employee from your studio.

 

 Student Rate for Full Conference Pass (college or high school) - Please upload a copy of your current schedule: $195

 

 1-day Conference Pass: $225

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Conference Trade Show

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The Pas de Deux Photo trade show brings together businesses and photographers.  Connect with vendors who can help you:

 

Expand your market,

Increase your workflow efficiency

Elevate your art

Improve your shots

Provide quality prints to clients

Trade Show Vendors:

SPONSORS & EXHIBITORS

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Interested in joining our trade show?

 

Contact Ron at Ron@pasdedeuxphoto.com to talk about being a part of the Austin 2022 Conference.  We are looking for  exciting vendors to engage with our photographers in a variety of ways - individual appointments, presentations, workshops and more!

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"Everything about the first conference was top-notch.  Pas de Deux represents the best value for my photography education dollar that I have ever spent.

 

Photographing dancers, learning from photographers I admire and watching them work, getting advice on gear, meeting others who share my passion -- all of these made the first conference unforgettable.

 

I trace my successes as a dance photographer in 2020 directly to the inspiration and information I gained at Pas de Deux."   

 

- Jeannie DeSena, Words & Pictures by Jeanne DeSena

The Hyatt Lost Pines in Austin provides a beautiful backdrop of dance photography.  Located on 405 acres in Texas Hill

Country, Lost Pines offers photographers a beautiful location for gathering together.  Photographers will be able to walk the grounds for photo walks and use the spaces for dancer check outs through the weekend.  

Conference rates can be extended for three days before and after the conference for photographers wishing to stay in Austin for more photo shoots or for a personal getaway. 

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All reservations should be made through Hotel's Reservation Department using this link or  by calling (512) 308-1234 or 877-803-7534 or by logging on to Hyatt.com and in each case referring to Pas de Deux Dance Photo Conference.  Room rates are $229 / night for conference attendees. In addition, the resort rate has been reduced to $20 during the days of the conferences.  Attendees can take advantage of the group rate for three days before or after the conference as well.

The resort address is 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road, Lost Pines, Texas, United States, 78612

Studio Setups

Your favorite photographers partner with dancers in studio setups to showcase their process for building rapport with dancers, choosing poses, working with lights and creating artistic dance images.

Learn about posing dancers and taking your skills to studios, teams and companies. Some classes focus on beginner levels with lighting, and we also offer advanced classes on lighting.  You'll learn about the differences between lighting individual subjects and groups.

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Expert Inspiration

Meet leaders in the field of dance photography. 

 

Learn their approaches, hear their stories, and grow your art and your business. You'll have plenty of opportunities to talk to and ask questions to our featured speakers.

It all begins Thursday evening at our Welcome Reception. On Friday morning, our featured speakers will do a panel after the Keynote speech. They will then offer classes throughout the weekend, offer 10-minute portfolio reviews, and lead photo walks.

Off-Site Excursions

Gather with both experienced and beginning photographers to ideal locations for outdoor natural-light photographer with dancers.   Off-site excursions can be added on to the conference for any photographers interested in the experience.  We provide transportation, so there is no need to have a rental car at the resort. 

Photographers work independently or in groups (everyone makes fast friends at Pas de Deux).  Dancers are posed by lead photographers who look for great locations, poses and lighting.

Choose to make adjustments, find your place, select your camera settings, and experiment.

You'll see a lot of groups together photographing dancers, but photographers often also have the opportunity to work with the dancer individually, and then move on to another dancer posing nearby.

These excursions are designed to give you an opportunity to work with dancers and get the kind of images you don't normally get to shoot.  Great for anyone looking to build their portfolio.

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Dancer Models 

Dancer models are an integral part of the conference. Models apply in advance of the conference and are selected on a variety of criteria, including technique, flexibility and posing. They receive professional development and master classes as well as images from photographers for whom they pose.  More information about applying to model at the conference can be found here.​  Here are some of the photos taken by photographers at the 2020 conference.   

Photographers work with dancer models during some workshops, on photo walks, and during off-site excursions. Dancers are also available for check out to work individually with photographers on the resort property.

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Great for Beginners

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Pas de Deux Photo supports artistic and business growth.  We welcome expert photographers, dance parents, portrait photographers, hobbyists, beginners and more.

"It was a great educational experience for me since I just started shooting ballet. I have years of lighting experience in gymnastics and regular portrait work so needed a crash course in dance and this was a great start."  - conference 2020 attendee

Business Support

Attend amazing sessions about marketing, workflow, studio management, social media, business operations, in-person sales and volume order processing. Find your voice, build your brand, expand your market, and get organized.

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Join Pas de Deux Photo now

Join us in Pas de Deux - build your portfolio, connect with other dance photographers, grow your business, and expand your skills.  Great for hobbyists, experienced photographers, and everyone wanting to grow their art and their business.

Register here.   

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Contact us with questions - Beth@pasdedeuxphoto.com

Community

Find friends.  Build networks. Share ideas.

Join us in person and connect.

Classes.

Guided photo walks.

Evening socials.

Off-site photo sessions.

Dancer Model Portfolio Sessions.

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Speaking at the Conference

Are you interested in speaking at the 2022 Austin conference?  We are excited to connect leaders in the field of dance photography with other photographers who are both established and also with beginning and hobbyist photographers.

Please complete this form and let us know more about you.