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Photo Walks, Studio Setups, Individual Photo walks ( Portfolio Sessions), Off-site Portrait Sessions & Portfolio Reviews


Portfolio Reviews 

OPEN NOW through mobile guide

For the 2022 conference, we have a limited number of portfolio reviews.  These are available on a first come basis. Each attendee may choose one portfolio review.

Registration for portfolio reviews is done through our mobile guide.  

Attendees can choose a time and also a photographer with whom they would like to meet.

A big thank you to our amazing speakers for offering their time for individual portfolio reviews.  

Reviews will take place during the Trade Show located in the Lost Pines Ballroom. Most occur Friday afternoon from 1 - 4:30 pm. 

"I just have to say, don’t be scared! Even if you think your images still need a lot of work, that’s what the portfolio review is for! They will help you and probably boost your confidence a little too!"

- Lisa Wuertz, conference attendee

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Please arrive five minutes early for your session so we can all stay on schedule.

Bring with a laptop or iPad with 6 or more images about which you would like some feedback. Some photographers, especially David Hofmann, likes to see 10 - 20 images. These will be fairly quick reviews that will give you general feedback on where you're going with your photography.  Don't just bring your best images.  Bring some images where you thought it would work, but it didn't, and they can give you some ideas on what you could have done to improve those shots.

Some attendees also bring 8x10 prints to share - we recommend no more than six prints.

Please be ready to step away as soon as your 10 minutes are over.  We organized things this way to accommodate as many photographers as possible to have 10 minutes with one of the best dance photographers in the world.

The following photographers will be offering portfolio reviews

Rose Coleman                            Andrew Eccles

Oliver Endahl                              Drew Forsyth

Jonathan Givens                         Lois Greenfield *

David Hofmann (sharkcookie)   Judy Host

Bill Kendierski                             Ron McKinney

Joe McNally                                Vikki Sloviter

We encourage photographers to share images on which they are looking to improve.  These sessions are great for both new and experienced dance photographers.

Did you miss the June 22 webinar on portfolio reviews?  Check it out on our Education page.

*  Keynote speaker Lois Greenfield is offering a very limited number of portfolio reviews. She will provide comprehensive insights about your photography and what you would like to achieve, helping you improve your skills. You will learn how to work with the dancers to capture the moments you both want, as well as receiving feedback on the subtleties of lighting dancers in motion. Lois will discuss how to build themes in your portfolio with effective sequencing, editing, and cropping- and give you tips on how to capture the perfect moment.

Off site portrait sessions

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Photo by Shepherd Eaton from 2020 Conference


Experience Austin with a group of talented dancers and collaborate with photographers in an off-site photo session.  

Open only to registered attendees. Extra fee to cover cost of coach bus transportation and fees.

-Thursday 2/24: McKinney Falls State Park  3:30 pm  - 7 pm

Wide expanses of limestone, green foliage and a broad waterfall make this park a distinctive outdoor location.  Enjoy the best of central Texas nature.

-Friday 2/25: Austin After Dark 8:30 pm to midnight

Don't miss this nighttime photo session.  Austin After Dark takes place in two off-site locations.  Taking place first on the grounds of the Long Center, photographers are sure to capture gorgeous skyline shots of downtown Austin.  Next, dancers and photographers will to the capital building for a mix of moody lighting and historic architecture! Sponsored by Light & Motion.

All registered attendees received an email on December 1 with a link to register.

Advanced registration closes February 19.  If you miss registering and would like to join, check in at the conference Information Table to see if there is room available and sign up on site.

On-site Photo Walks & Demos


Join conference presenters in guided photo walks and demonstrations. These all take place on site at Hyatt Lost Pines.  Registration will open through the Pas De Deux Dance Photography Conference Mobile Guide.  Open only to registered attendees. Cost included in registration.

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Photo by Judy Host. Check out Judy's steam-pink themed photo walks at the conference


Photo by Zoe Litaker - 2020 Conference Photo Walk with Alexis Cuarezma

Photo walks and outdoor demonstrations will be led by Joe McNally, Judy Host, Oliver Endahl (balletzaida),

David Hofmann (sharkcookie), Bill Kendzierski, Jonathan Givens and Ron McKinney.  Details can be found on the schedule or in the mobile guide.  Each session has a unique cap based on the session. Some sessions are focused on portfolio-building.  Sessions might also include use of off-camera flash in addition to natural light.  

These are great hands-on learning experiences with experienced mentors to coach and model their approach to outdoor dance photography!

Enhanced Studio Setups


Registered attendees can sign up for studio time at one of three amazing setups in the Trade Show.

Build your portfolio, get experience with new lighting setups, work with PDD dancer models individually.  Thanks for studio sponsors Profoto and Light & Motion for providing lighting set ups for photographes to use.

Twenty-minute sessions will be open during all Trade Show hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Knowledgable staff will be on-hand to support photographers. Conference dancers will be modelling at each studio setup.  Photographers will need to share images with dancers following the conference.

Open to all registered attendees - no additional fees. Register through special link emailed to photographers attending the conference.

Advanced registration closes February 19.  If you miss registering and would like to join, check in at the conference Information Table to see if there is room available and sign up on site.

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Photo by Allison Ragsdale at 2020 Conference. Dance model: Natalie Steele (lifeintights)

Personal photo walks: on-site portfolio building sessions with dancers


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Photographers can schedule individual photo walks with dancer models to practice techniques and build their portfolio.  Each session is one hour and 30 minutes and are open during conference breakout sessions.  Photographers can use both indoor and outdoor locations at Lost Pines.  Each photographer will have 2-3 dancers with whom to work. 

Photographers will need to share images with dancers following the conference.

Open to all registered attendees - no additional fees. Register through the Guidebook.

Registration closes January 31, 2022.

Please email requests for dancers with specific skills or looks to by January 15.

Registered guests should check their email regularly for updates and directions on how to register

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