I’m new to photography, is Conference 12 for me? Yes! Conference 12 is for all levels of photography! We suggest attendees have a basic knowledge of photography and know how to work your camera.
Do I have to only photograph seniors to attend Conference 12? No! This conference is geared toward photographers who want to photograph seniors but that does not mean that our speakers and attendees don’t photograph other genres in their business. This conference helps you with all aspects of photography which is beneficial for all genres of photography.
Is hotel included in the Conference registration? Hotel accommodations are included in the All-Inclusive Rate for 3 nights beginning Thursday, September 27 and checking out Sunday, September 30. However there are limited spots left for this rate. Hotel is not included in the Conference Only Rate. If attendees wish to come early or stay after the conference, they will be responsible for making their own reservations through the host hotel, The Ace Hotel. A special rate is not guaranteed for dates outside of the conference rate.
How many days is the conference and what can I expect during these days? The conference begins on Thursday, September 27 at 4 p.m. with Registration. This is simply a time in which you drop by a designated area in the hotel to pick up your conference information. Things such as the schedule, your shooting group assignment, helpful information during your stay and more. You will be greater by the Conference host, Leslie and welcomed with a hug! Thursday night is a chance for us to meet each other with a Welcome gathering. This is a fun time to just say hey and put faces with names of all the attendees and speakers that are attending the conference! Friday, Saturday and Sunday are set up to be classroom education in the mornings then a break for lunch and then shoots in the afternoon. You can expect some down time to mingle with your Conference family and explore the hotel or city. Above all else you can expect to become part of the Conference 12 family, meet new friends and learn a ton.
Is there a payment plan? Yes! We ask for a $250 deposit to secure your seat then equal payments will be made for the balance of the registration fee.
Where and When should I fly in for the Conference? Chicago has two airports to make traveling there convenient. Chicago O’hare and Midway are the airports we suggest. We suggest making your travel arrangements to arrive on Thursday before 4 p.m. and you may fly home on Sunday evening once the conference is over. We have had many attendees stay one extra night on Sunday night to relax after the conference with other attendees. If you choose to stay an extra night, please make those arrangements when booking your room and flight.
Will I need to rent a car? We feel that you can Uber anywhere you would need to go and therefore not need a rental car. Transportation from the the airports to the hotel would run about $20 and from O’Hare it would be about $25. These are just estimates and not guaranteed fares. Once at the hotel, there are many shops and restaurants within walking distance including a restaurant and coffee shop inside the hotel.
What meals are included? The conference registration includes lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It does not include breakfast or dinner during the conference. Most often groups of attendees go to dinner together and make it a fun night.
What happens if I purchase a seat and unable to attend? All sales are final and no refunds are given for any reason due to the nature of the event. Once you put down a deposit to purchase a seat, you are responsible for all payments for that seat. If you are unable to attend for any reason, you may sell your seat and transfer that seat to the purchaser. All seat transfers must be made at least four weeks prior to the start of the conference and you must notify us at conference firstname.lastname@example.org.
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