ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS ATTENDING THE 2022 CONFERENCE
IS IT WORTH STAYING AT THE RESORT?
Yes! We choose our locations because of the photographic opportunities they provide. Dancers are available for checkout into the evening and staying off site means potentially missing out . In addition we start early and stay up late. Our evening receptions are scheduled until 10 pm. When they end, groups are still meeting on their own. Having to come and go takes away from your ability to join in the fun. It also makes it harder to make friends and take advantage of the amazing support we all provide each other.
Hyatt Lost Pines is also a great spot for a girls weekend or family trip or an extended professional stay. You can take advantage of our negotiated rate if you like - it's available three days before and three days following the conference.
WHAT ARE THE ROOM RATES AT THE HYATT?
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.
WHERE CAN I CONNECT WITH OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS ATTENDING THE CONFERENCE?
If you aren’t in the Facebook group, we encourage you to check it out. Photographers attending the conferences are introducing themselves, sharing ideas, making plans and asking questions. Our speakers have been joining in and posting about their classes. That’s also the first place we share new information. Find us on FB by searching for Pas de Deux photo and asking to join the group.
SHOULD I BRING MY LIGHTS ON AN OFF-SITE PHOTO EXCURSION?
Some people have been asking about using lights on photo walks. Here are some tips. If you’re doing a photowalk on the resort grounds with a group, be considerate of the flow of the shoot. If you’re disrupting the flow of natural light shooters, you may want to pair up with others trying to use lights. The best way to use lights is in the individual photo shoots when you check out a dancer for a photo walk on the resort grounds.
CAN I FILM THESE AWESOME PRESENTATIONS?
Filming presentations is simply forbidden. If you wish to film your photoshoot, even on a group photowalk, it is allowed as long as you focus on your shot and not the speaker.
I HEARD THERE IS A DUDE COMING TO THE CONFERENCE TO VIDEO ?
A huge debt of gratitude to Lars Myren at HMMM Production for working with the conference to document the various activities and to get video testimonials. We can’t wait to see the amazing way he captures this event. Photographers: Releases were part of the online registration process. If you prefer not to participate, simply shake your head at Lars if you see him trying to film you. He’ll get it.
SHARING IMAGES WITH DANCERS
Our dancers are coming to the conference from all over the country at their own expense. When you do a photoshoot, whether on a group photowalk, studio setup, or individual checkout session, please take a picture of your dancer, or dancers, with their ID. On their ID is their name and IG, so you know how to contact them to share your images. We recommend you sharing at least three JPGs for individual sessions or studio setups. When you do a group shoot, whether in the desert or a speaker-led photo walk on the resort grounds, please provide a few images with a the dancers you photograph.
We have had around hundreds of dancers apply in the past. Please share your appreciation toward them during your shoots, and later, when you provide images to them. It's also a great way to build your name, your brand and your reputation. Dancers posting your pics and saying positive things about you is a great way to get your name out there!
DO I SIGN UP FOR SESSIONS?
This year, we are not asking photographers to sign up in advance for classes.
There is advanced sign-up for portfolio reviews, Photo Walks, and dancer model collaborations.