Welcome to Pas de Deux Photo 2023 - the premiere conference for dance photographers.  The conference opens on Friday, July 21 and closes on Sunday, July 23 with optional pre and post-conference events. Your registration includes:

  • one portfolio review
  • conference events on Friday, July 21 through Sunday, July 23
  • access to all breakout sessions and classes 
  • lunch on Friday and Saturday
  • Friday night reception and competition awards announcements
  • Trade Show with industry-leading businesses
  • three studio setups with dancer models for portfolio - building
  • opportunities for working with dancer models
  • Saturday evening Gala

You can also register for these amazing pre- and post- conference opportunities!

  • Pre-Conference shoot late afternoon/early evening on July 20 (experience and beginner options; space is limited)
  • Post-Conference shoot evening of July 23 (space is limited)
  • Post-Conference Rain Session Workshop on Monday, July 24 (space is limited)
  • Creating Fine Arts Portraits with Judy Host, July 20 (SOLD OUT)

As a condition of conference attendance, all attendees are required to complete a criminal background check, view a video on best practices & safety considerations in dance photography and sign a Code of Conduct.  These will be shared with all attendees in March 2023 and must be completed in advance of the conference.  Background checks will be conducted through a third party company and are looking at criminal records.

These rates are per person. There are no refunds (consider buying Purchase Protection).  

    Pre & Post Conference Options

    • Pre-Conference for Experienced Photographers  - Thursday 7/20

      Pre-Conference for Experienced Photographers - Thursday 7/20

      Join four of our workshop leaders on a smaller tour of Chicago photo spots. Sites include: the Chicago Riverwalk, LaSalle Street Bridge, Buckingham Fountain, Millenium Park and Michigan Avenue. Late afternoon into the evening on Thursday, July 20. Groups of 20 per workshop leader. There will be a lot of walking involved in this session

      $75.00 ea.

    • Pre- Conference for Beginner Photographers - Thursday 7/20

      Pre- Conference for Beginner Photographers - Thursday 7/20

      Photographers will participate in a photo session outdoors in the city of Chicago with dancer models. The session will be guided by experienced dance photographers and will include coaching on camera settings, working with dancers.

      $75.00 ea.

    • SOLD OUT: Creating Fine Arts Portraits Workshop

      SOLD OUT: Creating Fine Arts Portraits Workshop

      Speaker Judy Host will lead a hands-on workshop on Fine Arts Dance Photography. You will have four hours of photography that will include our visions, passions and instruction on how to light this kind of portrait

      $125.00 ea.

    • Post - Conference - Sunday evening 7/23

      Post - Conference - Sunday evening 7/23

      Sunday night - urban looks or Grant Park after dark
      Golden Hour shoot at the Fountain followed by a twilight shoot with the city scape. Times: 7 pm - 9:30 pm. Bring your lights.

      $35.00 ea.

    • Rain Machine Workshop - Monday 7/24

      Rain Machine Workshop - Monday 7/24

      10 am - 4 pm on Monday, July 24 at Ron McKinney Studios in Crystal Lake, Illinois (one hour northwest of Chicago)
      must have your own transportation, or you can take the Metra to within two miles of the studio.
      includes lunch
      Photographing dancers, marketing, and editing class

      $75.00 ea.

    Terms & Conditions
    Attendee grants Pas de Deux Photo, LLC, the right to use Attendee’s name, image and likeness, including but not limited to any photographs or video taken of you at the event for marketing purposes.

    Pas de Deux Photo, LLC, reserves the right to accept, reject or prohibit registration for or attendance at its events at any time for any reason.

    Attendee expressly assumes, and releases Pas de Deux Photo, LLC, and any affiliates from, all risks, claims, damages, losses, costs and expenses, whether or not reasonably foreseeable, associated with, resulting from or arising in connection with Attendee’s participation or presence at events, including, without limitation, all risks of harm, damage, illness (including viruses or illness from any communicable disease) or injury (including death) to or related to Attendee and his or her person or property.

    Attendee agrees to value the safety of dancers modeling at the event.  Dancers are of a variety of ages and skill levels, and each dancer’s body is different. Photographers should be aware of any limitations they may have to aid in injury prevention.  Photographers are expected to respect each dancer’s boundaries, and appropriate language and verbal cueing is expected.

    Attendees also agree to share social media JPGs with dancers that they photograph, and that they will provide these JPGs within two months from the event.

    Attendees understand they are not permitted to take dancers off the location grounds for a personal photo shoot during the event.  When dancers are checked out for photo walks on the location grounds, they are expected to be returned to the dancer room at the time that the session ends.

    Attendees agree to complete the Pas de Deux Photo, LLC online conference expectations course and sign the PDD Code of Conduct by July 15, 2023. Information will be provided in March 2023.

    Attendees confirm that they understand that this registration is non-refundable.

    Attendee expressly agrees to fully comply with appropriate COVID-19 health and safety measures and protocols for attendance at the event, including any requirement to wear face masks (if required) at all times and maintain (if required) appropriate social distancing.  If needed, limited face masks will be available for those attendees who do not bring their own masks to the event.  Pas de Deux Photo, LLC, reserves the right to remove any attendee from the event for failure to adhere to any required COVID-19 health and safety measures and protocols for attendance at the event.

    By agreeing to these Terms and Conditions, you confirm that you have reviewed and agree to the Pas de Deux Photo, LLC, Privacy Policy.


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