Join us for 5 days of finding and photographing wildflowers in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains National Park, home to the largest variety of wildflowers of any other National Park in the country. If you are passionate about photographing water, the Great Smoky Mountains will be calling your name.
Brett, Mandy, and April will be guiding you to some of the best locations to find these beautiful blooms (along with some of our favorite flower guides and historians!) and helping you get the shots that you will want to preserve and share with others to enjoy these magnificent creations. There will be early morning sunrise shoots, some hiking (longer hikes for those who are up for it), and we will try to sneak in some night time shooting as well if the weather cooperates. During the middle of the day, we will focus on classroom instruction and image review.
This group is limited to 20 participants so that you will receive plenty of individual attention. The fee for the workshop is $299 per person. This does not include lodging, meals, or transportation. We will be based out of Tremont Lodge & Resort in Townsend, TN and they have offered us a special room rate for the workshop. You may make reservations by calling 865-448-3200 and use the code 1176 to receive our discounted room rates which are $97 per night (plus tax) Sunday-Thursday and $104 per night (plus tax) Friday and Saturday for Deluxe Rooms. You are not required to stay at Tremont Lodge at all and we realize that many of you may be traveling by RV, so we also recommend Tremont Outdoor Resort which is just about 2 miles down the road.
Cancellation Policy - Full refund minus $20 administrative fee is available until February 1, 2017. A 50% refund is available from February 1- March 1, 2017. After March 1, 2017, no refunds will be available.
A little bit of info on our workshop leaders....
Brett Wells has a bachelor's degree in graphic design from Samford and a master's degree in Photographic Studies from the University of Westminster in London, England. He was an instructor for the Atlanta Art Institute for seven years after completing his studies in London. While teaching is still his passion, he now runs his own marketing company and represents several different photographic lines to dealers in the Southeast. Most of his time these days is spent on the road working with Sigma as a tech representative. He still gets to teach, just in a different capacity. However, one of his favorite places to be is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, so he says that any day in the Park with a camera in hand is a good day!
Mandy Lea tells her story much better herself than I could ever tell it here, so I'm just going to point you to her website where you can watch some of her video blogs and see her work. She is currently living on the road, traveling with her tear drop trailer all over the country. She is teaching and photographing wherever she goes! Check out her story....www.mandyleaphoto.com
April Love is me, so I'll admit that I'm not really an instructor, but more of administrative support for the two awesome people listed above. I am more one on one help in the field or the person who can find an answer to your question if I don't know it myself. I spend most of my time running f/32 Photo in Knoxville, Tennessee, which is a professional print lab (yes, we even still develop film), camera accessory store, rental program, and small studio. We also produce a few workshops like this one each year. Another one that you might have heard of is The Great Smoky Mountains Photography Summit. Nature photography and being out on a trail is my joy, so it is a blessing to get to do that with other like minded people and get to call it work!