2022 Conference Schedule

The 2022 Pas de Deux Dance Photography Conference takes place at Hyatt Lost Pines Resort.  Lost Pines is located just outside Austin, Texas at 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Rd, Cedar Creek, TX 78612

Any off-site photo sessions are optional and noted.  There are a limited number of individual portfolio reviews offered to attendees on a first come basis. Advanced registration required.  

Thursday, February 24, 2022

3:30 pm - 7:00 pm  Optional off-site excursion to McKinney Falls State Park

 

4 pm - 7 pm Portfolio reviews with Lois Greenfield - hallway outside Lost Pines Ballroom

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm on site Photo Walk with Oliver Endahl

Join Oliver Endahl, the photographer of @BalletZaida for a photowalk on the grounds of Lost Pines. During this walk, Oliver will deep dive in into choosing a location, and how to experiment with poses that compliment the composition of the environment. 

 

6:30 pm - 7:40 pm  

 

Blue Hour Tube Light-Painting demo with Eric Pare & Kim Henry

Eric & Kim will share their outdoor light-painting process by doing a demonstration during the trickiest yet very exciting moment of the night: the blue hour. After the short demonstration participants will be encouraged to experiment with the tube light-painting technique and will receive advice from the teachers to improve their technique.

 

8:00 pm : Welcome Reception

 join vendors, speakers and attendees to make friends and connect with resources 

 

8:30 pm:  Presentation of Pas de Deux Dance Photo Competition Top 15 finalists, category winners, Grand Prize

Friday, February 25, 2022

8:30 am  Official Welcome from Ron & Beth McKinney

 

8:45 am  2022 Keynote Speaker Lois Greenfield: The Wonder Hiding in a Split Second

Lois Greenfield has spent the past 40 years of her career investigating movement and its expressive potential. Her inspiration has always been photography’s ability to stop time and reveal what the naked eye cannot see. During her keynote, Lois will discuss how she captures photographs that defy rational explanation.

9:15 am  Speaker Panel:  Lois Greenfield, Andrew Eccles, Judy Host, Daniel Woods, Vikki Sloviter & Joe McNally

 

9:45 am Break

 

10 am Dancer safety/etiquette 

 

10:20 am Surprise Guest Speaker

 

10:40 am General Session Class: Outside the Constraints of Choreography by Lois Greenfield

Learn how Lois utilizes the camera’s ability to fragment time, capturing moments beneath the threshold of perception. Lois will discuss how she coordinates the lighting and props to photograph dancers outside the confines of choreography. She will also discuss her lighting setups, how she communicates with the dancers, and the process behind her most recognizable images.

12 noon - 1:00 pm LUNCH  Lost Pines Foyer

 

TRADE SHOW

1 pm -4:30 pm Trade Show & Portfolio Reviews  

Lost Pines 1-4 

 

 

 

4:45 PM - 6:00 PM BREAKOUT SESSIONS

 

ERIC PARE & KIM HENRY -- Studio Light Painting (for all attendees)

Lost Pines 5 Studio setup

 

A brief introduction about the light-painting technique Eric & Kim developed as their signature over the past 7 years, they will demonstrate the technique in a studio set up and answer questions as they go. Participants will learn the foundations of how to use light-painting to craft light on a model in a creative & unique way, as well as how to give clear indications and prepare the dancer in order to get sharp images. Participants who desire to do so will be encouraged to experiment with the lights to get some advice from Eric & Kim. 

 

ASHKAN ROAYAEE -- The Art of Creating Drama with Light and Fabric (Advanced)

Lost Pines 6-8 Studio setup

 

Intermediate photographers and up, please join us! We will explore different lighting setups along with what effects certain lights have on the subject or mood and what fabrics I’ve found to work best. Discover how to combine the dreamy, intricate movements of your dancer’s fabric with the strongest lighting to capture that breathtaking, “dramatic” moment.  

JUDY HOST -- The Beauty & Art Of Ballet Photography 

Little Colony

 

Overall look at how Judy brings an element of excitement to her imagery through the use of camera movement, strobes, constant light, natural light and a slow shutter. She will also discuss posing your subject and styling the image.

ALEXIS CUAREZMA -- Working with Dancers - Destined for Greatness 

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See how five time Portrait Photographer of the Year and Director Alexis Cuarezma made a body of work with 3 renowned principal dancers, and is turning that work into his first photography book. Take a behind the scenes look into the shoots, and putting all the work together.

 

RON MCKINNEY AND PDD CREATIVE DIRECTORS JESSICA GARRETT AND ALEXA CULCLASURE  -- Dance Positions and Terminology 

Austin Colony

 

We’re going to go over the various dance positions you might photograph in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, and even some break-dancing.  We’ll explain some common technical mistakes to look for, such as a foot being sickled, or the difference between a pointed foot and a flexed foot, just for a couple examples.  We’ll discuss what poses are best for younger inexperienced dancers as compared to older, more experienced dancers.  We’ll talk about how to direct the dancers into getting into the proper positions, or how to move on from a position or action that the dancer is not getting correct.

DANIEL WOOD - Rain Machine Dance Portraits Live Demonstration

Baron's D

Learn about Rain Shoots in your photography business! AND, the magic of shooting Dance Photo & VIDEO w/ continuous lights. Forget how they teach it! See how it actually works as Daniel powerfully takes you Inside a private real live session, with an actual paying client! You'll see Daniel's valuable process for creating, in under one hour: 1) a collection of 40 "Wow" & sellable images 2) an exceptionally special & valuable experience clients rave about. 3) a 1 minute, cinematic Rain Dance social media video. And 4) ALSO fit's in a professional headshot! YES he actually does this, AND after the live session, Daniel will make sure you understand the deliberate strategies and processes you observed, so you can implement them into your photography business whether you do rain shoots or not! Daniel is all about showing, and then teaching, so YOU can take it and do it too.

 

DAVID HOFMANN (SHARKCOOKIE) -- OUTDOOR PHOTO WALK

 

 

 

6:30 PM - 7:45 PM BREAKOUT SESSIONS 

 

ROSE COLEMAN -- Studio Lighting For Beginners 

Lost Pines 5 Studio Setup

Jump into studio lighting and learn how to begin with the basics on strobes, gels, and modifiers! Every tool can result in a different look so if you want to bust out of the natural light game and want to try something different then this is a great place to start with the basics! 

JOE MCNALLY  -- The Dancer in an Empty Room 

Lost Pines 6-8 Studio Setup

Where the only partner is your imagination and their ability to physicalize that imagination. Where do you start with a dancer? How do you articulate, however clumsily, your idea for them to act out for your camera? Then, once given that starting point, how do you use the language of your light to help tell the tale you are enacting in this empty room? Shorn of location, the dancer plays out a pas de deux with the camera. From this class, insight can be gleaned in how to build a photo of a dancer from the ground up, in collaboration with that dancer.

VIKKI SLOVITER  --  Create It, and They will Come: Finding your own Creative Voice 

Austin Colony

 

Are you a dance photographer, or an artist (or both)? How do you set yourself apart from others? What are your goals as a photographer, and how do you stay true to your artistic vision? In this seminar we will talk about finding our style and embracing it.

ANDREW ECCLES  -- Commercial Dance Shoot With Professional Dance Companies: From Start to Finish

Little Colony

 

Andrew will share his experience from submitting a bid, pre-production, what equipment to rent, assistants to hire and what their roles are, planning the shoot, doing the shoot itself and working with an artistic or creative director, and editing and delivery.  If you ever want to compete to do marketing shoots for professional dance companies, this class is a must-see.

 

 MEG & SCOTT SOCKEL -- Dance Studios: How To Organize And Run A Successful Photo Day

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Do volume dance studio photo days overwhelm you a little?  Not sure how to keep everything organized? The planning, selling, photographing, editing and order fulfillment process can feel overwhelming. Megan and Scott Sockel of MoveUp Images are here to help!  They’ll explain their workflow for dance studios and share tried and true methods for organizing the entire experience. Sponsored by H&H Color Lab

DANIEL WOOD -- Rain Machine Portfolio Building Session

Baron's D

 

15- minute mini course on rain shoots, followed by 60 min shoot time for YOU doing photo or video (cause Daniel uses amazing continuous lights by Stella Pro). Photographers will rotate through in three rows every 20 minutes. Daniel will be there to guide and assist as needed to help you come away with legit portfolio images you can use in your business! 

 

BLUE HOUR TUBE LIGHT-PAINTING DEMO 

WITH ERIC PARE & KIM HENRY

6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

 

Eric & Kim will share their outdoor light-painting process by doing a demonstration during the trickiest yet very exciting moment of the night: the blue hour. After the short demonstration participants will be encouraged to experiment with the tube light-painting technique and will receive advice from the teachers to improve their technique.

 

8:30 PM -12 AM AUSTIN AFTER DARK - OFF-SITE EXCURSION (SPECIAL REGISTRATION)

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Saturday, February 26, 2022

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM: BREAKOUT SESSIONS

 

JONATHAN GIVENS -- Aerial Circus Photography 101 – How to get into aerial circus photography (Beginner Class) 

Lost Pines 5 Studio Setup     Sponsored by ACE – American Circus Educators

Aerial Circus Photography is not something to get into lightly.  You are literally putting someone’s life at risk if you do not understand all the aspects of what you are taking on.  This class with give you the basic tools to be able to set up and successfully run aerial circus photo sessions.  You will leave this class with reference materials, guidebooks, and a healthy respect for this exciting and complicated sub-genre of dance photography

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JUDY HOST -- Creating/Capturing Movement and Lighting (demonstration/portfolio building)

Lost Pines 6-8 Studio Setup

This class will demonstrate the use of lighting when photographing dancers that jump. We will be showing how to stop movement with the use of strobes and using a slow shutter and camera movement to create unique imagery. Attendees are welcome to photograph as part of this session.

ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION: building relationships with dance studios, teams, & companies 

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Developing relationships with dance studios, teams, & companies can be so helpful for our businesses - how do you do it?  Let’s talk about what works and what doesn’t. How do you collaborate together at photo sessions? How do you negotiate the pricing? How do you support their studio?. Join us for an interactive session with other photographers attending the conference asking questions and sharing experiences.


ANDREW ECCLES -- Ailey in Africa

Little Colony

 

Andrew accompanied the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on a historic trip to South Africa in 2015.  He photographed and filmed the company for 3 weeks while they rehearsed, performed and engaged in community outreach.  Andrew shares pictures from the personal sessions he did with some of the company’s elite dancers on location around Johannesburg and Cape Cod, sometimes with African animals in the shot.  Andrew will share his stories of what it took to create these amazing images.

DAVID HOFMANN (sharkcookie) --  Social Media, the Key to Success!  

Austin Colony

 

With over 1 million followers across the major social media platforms, Sharkcookie has become one of the well known brands in the dance industry. Instagram, Facebook and TikTok are key foundations to the success of the business. This class talks about the way I used social media to successfully market my business and coin my brand. It explains the ins and outs of the different platforms and how it has shifted over time and where it is most likely to head. It also debunks many of the common myths that circulate. 

DANIEL WOOD -- Rain Machine Portfolio Building Session

Baron's D

 

15- minute mini course on rain shoots, followed by 60 min shoot time for YOU doing photo or video (cause Daniel uses amazing continuous lights by Stella Pro). Photographers will rotate through in three rows every 20 minutes. Daniel will be there to guide and assist as needed to help you come away with legit portfolio images you can use in your business! 

RON McKINNEY - Ron McKinney will be leading a photo walk and will have five dancers to set up at various spots on the walk so you can get portfolio shots.  I’ll be talking to the group what I’m looking for in a location setting, and how I collaborate with the dancer to come up with the right image for this location.   I’ll be looking for the best shots using natural lighting, but I do usually carry a Flashpoint 600 with me to provide fill light as needed.


 

9:45 AM - 11:00 AM BREAKOUT SESSIONS

 

JONATHAN GIVENS -- Aerial Circus Photography – Techniques and Apparatuses (Advanced Class) Sponsored by ACE – American Circus Educators

Lost Pines 5 Studio Setup

You’ve already got the safety down, you understand about liability and WLL, and you know the difference between a cerceau and an aerial hammock.  Great!  Let’s play in this advanced class on photographic techniques and tricks to get the best out of your aerial session.  Posing, terminology, and care and feeding of elite aerialists, this class will help you work with professionals and get them to help trust you, making for better images.  Your instructor, Jonathan Givens, previously toured with Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria (Original Big Top Production), has built and run multiple circus productions around the globe.  He photographs elite performers from C.D.S, Les Sept Doigts, Quixotic, Ringling, and many more world class companies and productions. He is an ETCP Certified Rigger, the Technical Safety Consultant for American Circus Educators (ACE) and the American Youth Circus Organization (AYCO), a rigging instructor for IATSE, and leads rigging workshops globally teaching safety and advanced rigging techniques. 

 

JOE McNALLY - Light and Shadow, Hard Light, Soft Light  

Lost Pines 6-8 Studio Setup

Light is our language, and just like language, it can be soft and gentle, or harsh and jarring. In this class, we will explore how and when to use both, sometimes in conjunction with each other. Light the dancer softly in the foreground, while the background is sliced with hard shadows. Cast the dancer in fierce light, and let the shadows become a partner in the picture. Control of light is paramount in instances such as this. 

 

LOIS GREENFIELD -- The Importance of Gesture - Communicating with Dancers 

on Set  

Austin Colony

 

Lois’s enigmatic photography starts in her studio, outside the constraints of choreography. Asking the dancer to leave what they know at the door and improvise for the camera, Greenfield captures the dancer’s grace and power to bend the body, and with it, time and space. This collaborative relationship is key to creating expressive moments that dazzle and confound the viewer.

 

ROSE COLEMAN -- Volume Photography & Online Sales (Beginners, Experienced)  

Little Colony

 

Rose will help you learn what it takes to run a successful volume photography business.  Her class will include:

-Tips on how to maximize your time and bookings. 

-Run your business with efficiency and profitability.

-Online sales strategies with Got Photo

Sponsored by Got Photo!

 

DREW FORSYTH --  How to Shoot a Commercial Dance Campaign (advanced photographers) 

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Drew Forsyth talks you through how to work with brands to execute a successful large scale campaign, starting with the initial conception and meeting with clients, through to managing teams and working with talent on set, before ending with client sign-off and sending your invoice. Oh - and how to get these commissions in the first place!

 

 

11:15 am- 12:30 pm BREAKOUT SESSIONS

JONATHAN GIVENS -- Open Aerials  

Lost Pines 5 Studio Setup

This time will be dedicated to allowing photographers to get portfolio shots of aerial dancers using more theatrical stage lighting. Jonathan will be guiding and mentoring photographers during this time.

ALEXIS CUAREZMA -- Introduction to Lighting 

Lost Pines 6-8 Studio Setup

New to lighting or afraid to light an image from the ground up? In this class, learn from world-class award-winning portrait photographer Alexis Cuarezma and how he approaches lighting and portraiture with dancers. This class will show you how to completely light an image with pleasing, beautiful light with continuous lighting from complete darkness. Sponsored by Light & Motion.

 

VIKKI SLOVITER  I Don't Look Good if They Don't Look Good: How to Properly Pose a Ballet Dancer 

Austin Colony

Photographing ballet dancers is a collaborative effort, and knowing how to work with a dancer to bring out their best is key. In this studio class you'll learn what good ballet form is, watch how Vikki communicates with dancers, what poses she likes, how to be creative with posing, what she does when she can't get a good pose, and more. This workshop will focus on the importance of ballet form and technique in creating not just beautiful images but properly posed ones. (Please note this workshop will not discuss lighting techniques.)

 

ASHKAN ROAYAEE -- The Art of Creating Drama with Light and Fabric 

Little Colony 

 

Intermediate photographers and up, please join us! We will explore different lighting setups along with what effects certain lights have on the subject or mood and what fabrics I’ve found to work best. Discover how to combine the dreamy, intricate movements of your dancer’s fabric with the strongest lighting to capture that breathtaking, “dramatic” moment.  For photographers with advanced knowledge of lighting,

RON MCKINNEY -- Putting the Color in Powder Shoots

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Anyone can take pictures of a dancer throwing powder, but we’ll be showing you how to make dramatic impactful images that people will want to print large for their walls.  We’ll explain how to direct the dancers in how to throw the powder, or just release, what arm movements will create what kind of spread of powder, such as how to make the angel wings.  From there, we’ll talk about how to light the pose or action to make the shot as dramatic as possible.  Finally, a lot of the magic with color powder images takes place with the processing in Lightroom and Photoshop.  Ron will show you some of his tricks to make the images more powerful. We’ll also discuss some marketing tricks and give you some guidance on pricing.

DAVID HOFMANN (sharkcookie) - Outdoor demonstration: Combining Natural Light and Flash in a Natural Way 

I bring a flash to every outdoor session to enhance the natural light. This class explains in detail how I construct my setups, how I choose natural light, how I add flash and how I carefully balance both to look natural. This is a hands-on class. Bring your camera and portable flash setup. 

 

LUNCH

12:30-1:30 pm  in Lost Pines Foyer

 

TRADE SHOW

1:00 - 3:00 pm Lost Pines 1-4

Our trade show includes three studio setups for photographer use and portfolio building

 

BREAKOUT SESSIONS 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

 

ROSE COLEMAN -- The Basics Of Headshots & Retouching (Beginners)

Lost Pines 5 Studio Setup

 

Using lights can be tricky! Learn how to step into shooting headshots with lights and soft boxes. Experience tethering to Capture One for your clients and retouching tips in Photoshop! 

 

DAVID HOFMANN (sharkcookie) -- Less is More: Sharkcookie’s Effective yet Simple Studio Lighting for Dancers 

Lost Pines 6-8 Studio Setup

 

Studio lighting can be intimidating in terms of complexity and variety of looks. I have come up with a very simple and portable light setup that has become a signature look for the Sharkcookie brand. While very effective, it is incredibly simple, it can be adjusted to different looks and situations very quickly. This is part lecture, part hands on. You will learn the setup and at the end of the lecture get a chance to take photos in this setup. This class will also explain some of the confusing terms like HSS, sync speed, flash duration vs shutter speed and aperture. (Level: entry level to advance)

 

LOIS GREENFIELD -- In Pursuit of the Perfect Moment 

Austin Colony

Lois will explain the importance of taking one photograph at a time, rather than using continuous shooting mode to photograph movement. Learn how Lois chooses the best moments from the variety of photographs she captures during a shoot. Review contact sheets from Lois’s shoots featured in her latest book, Lois Greenfield: Moving Still, to see how Lois decided which moments to include for publication and exhibition.

 

PANEL DISCUSSION ON AMBASSADOR PROGRAMS with Heather Booysen, Gabrielle Elice, Carol Graham, Thomas Kay, & Maria Kirkland  

Little Colony

 

Hear from five photographers running dance ambassador programs.  Learn about what they love and learn about their approach to bringing together dancers for these fun programs.

OLIVER ENDAHL --  How to Build a Brand for Your Photography 

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There’s a lot of factors that go into being a successful dancer photographer. It’s not just about the photos, it’s about the experience of shooting with you. From knowing the terminology of positions, to what you wear and talk about on a photoshoot. Even how you communicate with the dancer long after the shoot is over. All of these factors contribute to your reputation which affects your brand and word of mouth. Whether you’re an amateur or professional, this class covers tips on how you should conduct yourself & communicate to maximize your time, make beautiful photos and create a shining reputation.

 

DANIEL WOOD -- Rain Machine Portfolio Building Session

Baron's D

 

15- minute mini course on rain shoots, followed by 60 min shoot time for YOU doing photo or video (cause Daniel uses amazing continuous lights by Stella Pro). Photographers will rotate through in three rows every 20 minutes. Daniel will be there to guide and assist as needed to help you come away with legit portfolio images you can use in your business! 

 

PHOTOWALK with Judy Host -  Outside and Inside using Natural Light and Amibient Light (great for beginners)

SteamPunk Ballet – Interactive – Novice

Dancers will be styled in SteamPunk Attire and set up around the Hotel.  This walk is primarily about posing your dancer to make sense of their costumes and the environment. Attention to the light and composition will be included.

PHOTOWALK with Jonathan Givens

 

BREAKOUT SESSIONS 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

BILL KENDZIERSKI --  Renaissance Inspired Fine Art Dance Portraits - Part 1 Live Demonstration

Lost Pines 5 Studio Setup

Did you ever wonder what makes the "Old Masters" artworks so pleasing to look at ? Why their color palette worked so well or why the lighting was so subtle and yet so effective ? I have recreated many of their techniques both in lighting and color theory and have applied it to my dance portrait photography. In my class, we'll go over their lighting techniques and how I've applied it to my images. I'll do a live demonstration with a dance model to show you exactly how you need to light your subject like the "Old Masters" did.   After the first class, attendees will have a solid foundation on how to set up a specific style of studio lighting which is critical in creating my Renaissance style portraits.

ANDREW ECCLES -- Capturing the Moment - Stopping Motion and Perfecting Your Vision 

Lost Pines 6-8 Studio Setup

When it comes to dance photography the decisive moment is the precise nano second a dancer’s movement peaks and the camera’s shutter is released. Timing is everything and understanding how to capture that exact moment with technical confidence is at the core of this class. Andrew will discuss all aspects of stopping motion with strobes in the studio and help you master the fine art of capturing that decisive moment with technical precision.

 

LOIS GREENFIELD -- Seeking Inspiration Outside of the Dance World 

Austin Colony

In this class, Lois will share the inspirations behind her photographs. Learn how to think outside of the box, take chances and experiment, avoiding replicating the same photographs within your portfolio.

 

ALEXIS CUAREZMA -- Strike the Lights, Find Your Vision

Little Colony

From this lecture, you'll walk away learning Alexis' approach to creating/lighting images with impact, connecting with your subject, and how Alexis plans and executes a photo shoot to make his vision a reality. He'll also show you personal work from sessions that lasted over 8hrs with world renowned dancers. Never settle for just enough with your vision.

MEGAN & SCOTT SOCKEL -- Posing Groups of Dancers 

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Posing groups is critical to dance studios, dancers and their families. You want to keep it interesting, show off the dance technique and make sure everyone looks good.  In this session, Megan Sockel will share examples of successful group poses and explain how she approaches this important piece of dance photography posing. Sponsored by H&H Color Lab

 

JOE MCNALLY --  Dance, Light, Location?

Outdoor demonstration

PHOTO WALK with Ron McKinney - Ron will talk about how to guide your dancers into coming up with great-looking poses and leaps. The focus will be on younger dancers.

 

BREAKOUT SESSIONS 6:45 PM  - 8:00 PM

 

JUDY HOST --  Posing/Styling your session - Fashion and Contemporary Looks  

Lost Pines 5 Studio Setup

This class will concentrate on posing your dancer (s) in a unique way to showcase their skill set and their bodies. This will include styling the dancer and the scenery. We are using fashion looks for this class.  

 

ANDREW ECCLES -- Studio Lighting - Contemporary and Sophisticated Techniques for Lighting Dancers in the Studio

Lost Pines 6-8 Studio Setup

How we choose to light our subjects is one of the most influential creative decisions we can make as photographers and those choices we make are the difference between whether our pictures look modern and sophisticated or not. In this class Andrew will discuss various ways of lighting dancers in the studio that will broaden your creative tool box and strengthen the quality of your work.  

 

VIKKI SLOVITER -- Dance Photography – Exploring the Unique Features and Challenges 

Austin Colony

 

In this seminar we will talk about how ballet photography differs from other forms of portrait photography and explain what challenges are unique to this niche.  You’ll explore your own reasons for choosing this genre of photography. Were you a former dancer? Do you have a child who dances? Or are you just a patron of ballet? Loving ballet photography and being a ballet photographer are not the same thing. Sloviter will share her knowledge and experiences as a photographer of dance as she explains the unique ways she approaches dance photography.

 

OLIVER ENDAHL -- How to be a Traveling Dance Photographer 

Little Colony

One of the great aspects about our business is that you can take it on the road. In this class I go over tips on how to schedule clients in places you don’t reside, how to find locations in places you’ve never been, how to market yourself in cities across the US, and tips on how to travel efficiently to maximize your travels.

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SCOTT SOCKEL -- Keeping it all Looking Good: Flyers and Marketing

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Do you know what dance families are looking for in an order form? What is the most popular package? What price should you charge?  Pricing and developing packages are a key piece of the dance studio photography business.   You want your order forms and marketing piece to catch everyone’s attention, and to instill confidence in the quality of your work.  It also needs to be efficient and easy to read.  Scott Sockel shares tips and examples of engaging marketing pieces and effective packages. Sponsored by H&H Color Lab

DANIEL WOOD -- Rain Machine Portfolio Building Session

Baron's D

 

15- minute mini course on rain shoots, followed by 60 min shoot time for YOU doing photo or video (cause Daniel uses amazing continuous lights by Stella Pro). Photographers will rotate through in three rows every 20 minutes. Daniel will be there to guide and assist as needed to help you come away with legit portfolio images you can use in your business! 

 

 

BLUE HOUR TUBE LIGHT-PAINTING DEMO 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM  

WITH ERIC PARE & KIM HENRY

 

Eric & Kim will share their outdoor light-painting process by doing a demonstration during the trickiest yet very exciting moment of the night: the blue hour. After the short demonstration participants will be encouraged to experiment with the tube light-painting technique and will receive advice from the teachers to improve their technique.


 

VENDOR RECEPTION 8 PM

Appetizers, friends, & cash bar in Lost Pines foyer

Sunday, February 27, 2022

BREAKOUT SESSIONS 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

 

ALEXIS CUAREZMA -- Dramatic Portraiture 

Lost Pines 5 Studio Setup

Take your lighting to the next level. Most photographer's stay away from using hard light. If used properly, hard light can make eye catching stunning photos. In this class Alexis Cuarezma will show you how he uses hard lighting in his work with dancers with continuous light.  Sponsored by Light & Motion

 

ANDREW ECCLES --  Studio Lighting - Contemporary and Sophisticated Techniques for Lighting Dancers in the Studio 

Lost Pines 6-8 Studio Setup

How we choose to light our subjects is one of the most influential creative decisions we can make as photographers and those choices we make are the difference between whether our pictures look modern and sophisticated or not. In this class Andrew will discuss various ways of lighting dancers in the studio that will broaden your creative tool box and strengthen the quality of your work.    

BILL KENDZIERSKI --  Renaissance Inspired Fine Art Dance Portraits - Part 2 Editing

Little Colony

We'll then import the images into Lightroom and Photoshop where I'll demonstrate how to apply textures and color overlays to give the images a truly Renaissance painterly look. We'll discuss using layers and masks in a simplified way to create unique works of art. After the second class, attendees will be able to edit an image in Lightroom and Photoshop using layers and masks which will be explained in a very simplistic manner.  They will be able to create color and texture overlays and learn some short cuts to increase their workflow while creating unique works of art from every image.

MEGAN & SCOTT SOCKEL  - Dance Studios: How to Organize and Run a Successful Photo Day 

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Do volume dance studio photo days overwhelm you a little?  Not sure how to keep everything organized? The planning, selling, photographing, editing and order fulfillment process can feel overwhelming. Megan and Scott Sockel of MoveUp Images are here to help!  They’ll explain their workflow for dance studios and share tried and true methods for organizing the entire experience.  Sponsored by H&H Color Lab

 

ASHKAN ROAYAEE -- Create Business Success in Photography - Understanding the Business Side of Your Passion 

Robertson Leftswich

 

All levels welcome here! Uncover industry secrets for enhancing the client experience. Our focus will be on creating a photography brand capable of creating expectation and consistency. We want you to leave this class with endless possibilities to take home and implement for success with your business. 

 

JONATHAN GIVENS -- Photo walk

 

JOE MCNALLY -- Photo Walk: Beauty Headshots of Dancers with Small Flash

 

BREAKOUT SESSIONS 9:45 am - 11 am

JONATHAN GIVENS -- Volume Dance Schools – How to shoot what parents want to buy. (Posing, lighting, and quality control) (Beginner / Advanced) 

Lost Pines 5 Studio Setup

 You’re holding your camera, you’ve got an adorable dancer in front of you.  How do you get the photos that a parent will want to buy everytime?  There is a system, and if you follow these steps, you can optimize your sales and make your dancers and their families excited to see you every year.  Jonathan Givens is the owner of EPS, a boutique dance photography studio with two locations, one in South Florida and one in Nashville, TN.  EPS works with over 70 dance schools in nine different states year round, visiting several of these schools multiple times each year.  Jonathan is also the author of the Best-Selling book Dance Across the USA, the recipient of five national literary awards, all Gold or First place Awards.

 

ANDREW ECCLES -- Capturing the Moment - Stopping Motion and Perfecting your Vision 

Lost Pines 6-8 Studio Setup

When it comes to dance photography the decisive moment is the precise nano second a dancer’s movement peaks and the camera’s shutter is released. Timing is everything and understanding how to capture that exact moment with technical confidence is at the core of this class. Andrew will discuss all aspects of stopping motion with strobes in the studio and help you master the fine art of capturing that decisive moment with technical precision.

 

LOIS GREENFIELD -- In Pursuit of the Perfect Moment 

Austin Colony

Lois will explain the importance of taking one photograph at a time, rather than using continuous shooting mode to photograph movement. Learn how Lois chooses the best moments from the variety of photographs she captures during a shoot. Review contact sheets from Lois’s shoots featured in her latest book, Lois Greenfield: Moving Still, to see how Lois decided which moments to include for publication and exhibition.

PANEL ON PRICING FOR INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS 

OLIVER ENDAHL -- Vlogging, Reels and TikTok for Photographers 

Little Colony

Vlogging and video is a critical piece of online marketing. In this class we’ll go over the basics of putting together a vlog that showcases your work and personality, as well as how to put together dance videos and marketing videos in the format of Reels and TikTok.

JUDY HOST --  Live Demonstration: Editing with Textures and Graphics  

Navarro y bangs

Adding textures and Graphics to your imagery can help to promote your work and add an element of uniqueness that will set you apart from your peers.  These simple tips and tricks can be life changing and will hopefully bring a new Look to your work.

BILL KENDZIERSKI -Photo Walk 

We will seek out natural light and I will demonstrate how to create artistic, editorial style images. I will have a strobe light and will also demonstrate how to balance ambient with the strobe light.  Photographers are encouraged to bring a flash for my photo walks.

DANIEL WOOD -- Rain Machine Portfolio Building Session  ***  this session runs 10 am - 11:15 am

Baron's D

 

15- minute mini course on rain shoots, followed by 60 min shoot time for YOU doing photo or video (cause Daniel uses amazing continuous lights by Stella Pro). Photographers will rotate through in three rows every 20 minutes. Daniel will be there to guide and assist as needed to help you come away with legit portfolio images you can use in your business! 

 

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Lunch on your own


 

TRADE SHOW

11:30 am - 1:30 pm Lost Pines 1-4


 

BREAKOUT SESSIONS 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

 

PERFORMANCE CLASS

Lost Pines 5 Studio Setup

Dancers will perform short solos to give photographers an opportunity to practice their performance shoot.  Lighting will be continuous with theatrical stage lighting.

JOE McNALLY --Motion, Repeated (Advanced)  

Lost Pines 6-8 Studio Setup

In this studio based demo, the photographer will demonstrate working with a dancer with repeating flash. In this complex technique, the flashes repeat very quickly while the shutter is open, doing a move, such as a pirouette across a line in front of the camera. This class will give insight into control of light and exposure, timing, and intricate items in the camera menu. 

 

LOIS GREENFIELD -- In Pursuit of the Perfect Moment 

Austin Colony

Lois will explain the importance of taking one photograph at a time, rather than using continuous shooting mode to photograph movement. Learn how Lois chooses the best moments from the variety of photographs she captures during a shoot. Review contact sheets from Lois’s shoots featured in her latest book, Lois Greenfield: Moving Still, to see how Lois decided which moments to include for publication and exhibition.

DREW FORSYTH -- What I Wish I’d Known When I First Started Shooting Dance 

Little Colony 

The title says it all - Photographer Drew Forsyth has made a lot of mistakes, so join him in this talk to ensure you don’t make the same ones!

From making sure the poses are well executed, to working collaboratively during the shoot, and from contacting potential dancers to showing them the shots on set so they can make corrections, this presentation covers the Creativity, Technical, and Business pitfalls to avoid when you first start shooting dance and is great for entry level dance photographers.

 

JONATHAN GIVENS -- Volume Dance Schools – Making Volume a Six-Figure Windfall (The Business Side, How to Set it up, and Run it Well) 

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Photography is just a small part of a volume dance work.  You need to run a business, and run it well.  In this class, you will learn how to streamline your business, mold it into something that you can live with and doesn’t take over your life!  Work/Life balance is a real thing and you need to find that balance to help keep the rest of your life in a good place.  CRM’s, paperwork, reporting, taxes, insurance, all the stuff that will help you turn your passion into not just a source of income, but a career you can run for a lifetime!   Jonathan Givens is the owner of EPS, a boutique dance photography studio with two locations, one in South Florida and one in Nashville, TN.  EPS works with over 70 dance schools in nine different states year round, visiting several of these schools multiple times each year.  Jonathan is also the author of the Best-Selling book Dance Across the USA, the recipient of five national literary awards, all Gold or First place Awards.

JUDY HOST - Fashion Photo Walk - on location natural light photography (hands on, no supplemental lighting)  

Dancers dressed in Fashion Attire/Contemporary outfits and set up around different architectural backgrounds. This walk is primarily about posing your dancer with attention to the light and composition. The stylized look will be more editorial

 

BREAKOUT SESSION 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

 

ERIC PARE & KIM HENRY -- Studio Light-Painting 

Lost Pines 5 Studio Setup

 

After a brief introduction about the light-painting technique Eric & Kim developed as their signature over the past 7 years, they will demonstrate the technique in a studio set up and answer questions as they go. Participants will learn the foundations of how to use light-painting to craft light on a model in a creative & unique way, as well as how to give clear indications and prepare the dancer in order to get sharp images. Participants who desire to do so will be encouraged to experiment with the lights to get some advice from Eric & Kim. 

 

ALEXIS CUAREZMA -- Freezing Movement 

Lost Pines Studio Setup 6-8

The studio brings ultimate freedom for creativity. In this class, world renowned photographer will show you how to completely freeze beautiful movement from a dancer in studio. He'll go over metering light as well measuring flash duration to ensure the images are tack sharp and frozen in time. In this class, you'll learn about lighting and the importance of flash duration from your strobes.  Sponsored by Profoto & Sekonic 

 

ROSE COLEMAN -- Volume Photography & Online Sales 

Austin Colony

 

Rose will help you learn what it takes to run a successful volume photography business.  Her class will include:

-Tips on how to maximize your time and bookings. 

-Run your business with efficiency and profitability.

-Online sales strategies with Got Photo

Sponsored by Got Photo

 

VIKKI SLOVITER -- Create It, and They will Come: Finding your own Creative Voice 

Little Colony

Are you a dance photographer, or an artist (or both)? How do you set yourself apart from others? What are your goals as a photographer, and how do you stay true to your artistic vision? In this seminar we will talk about finding our style and embracing it.

DANIEL WOODS - In-person sales

Baron's D

Everyone is saying "You need to be doing in-person sales!" You think, "Ya, but I just couldn't do that!" For most, we can see ourselves doing something when we have the chance to see another doing it. The problem with in person sales education is that to the student, it's just theoretical! You don't know what it looks like in the real world. THEY just teach it. You don't see them DO it. Enter Daniel Woods, who will walk you through a recorded IPS from the Saturday afternoon. Daniel will break down what you observed into valuable-you-can-do-it-too takeaways!

DAVID HOFMANN (sharkcookie)  -- The Sharkcookie Method 

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The philosophy behind my success as a dance photographer and the ‘Sharkcookie’ brand. ‘Sharkcookie’ has become an iconic name in the dance industry for almost 10 year. This lecture will explain the roots, the unconventional marketing strategy of a success story. But also the many changes and adjustments that were necessary in a fast changing, competitive environment. This class is for any level photographer. This is a lecture type class. 

 

OLIVER ENDAHL - Photo Walk on grounds of Lost Pines

Join Oliver Endahl, the photographer of @BalletZaida for a photowalk on the grounds of Lost Pines. During this walk, Oliver will deep dive into how to direct the dancer during the shoot to achieve the best possible photo. 

 

5:15 PM - 6:00 PM CLOSING REMARKS & PERFORMANCE

Location TBD