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Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 3:00 PM EDT
Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 3:00 PM EDT

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Mary Louise Ravese
Bella Vista Photography
571 594 2390


Asheville area, Western North Carolina.

Our "home base" is at the 20 acre Mountain Lens Training Center in Hendersonville, NC.

Mountain Lens Training Facility 

6356 Willow Rd
Hendersonville, NC 28739  

Driving Directions

Getting There

Mountain Lens is about a 45 min drive south of downtown Asheville, NC and 30 min drive from Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) which is serviced by these airlines: Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta, Spirit, Elite Airways and United Airlines. Alternatively, a larger airport in Charlotte, NC is a 2 hr drive away.

Approximate driving times:

Atlanta, GA: 3 hrs 20 min

Raleigh, NC: 4.5 hrs

Spartanburg, SC: 1 hr 10 min

Washington DC: 8 hrs

Please do not book any non-refundable airfare until notified by the workshop leader.


Lodging is not included in the workshop fee. Mountain Lens offers lodging on-site in a  cottage and a carriage house, accommodating up to 13 people for workshops.

Fox Den Interior

Their rates run from $90 - $175 per person for shared suites that include a kitchenette. Luxury amenities include high-definition TVs and high-speed WiFi. For those who prefer private accomodations, Mountain Lens can provide recommendations for local area hotels and B&Bs.

Contact Mountain Lens directly to book your lodging at (828)-230-3685


Photo by M Ravese



Flower Photography Workshop:
from realistic to imaginative 


Photo by M Ravese Celebrate the return of Spring and the emergence of colorful flowers in all nature’s variety with a flower photography workshop! We can approach flower photography from a variety of stylistic points of view from realistic to imaginative. In this workshop, we embrace a full spectrum of techniques so you can discover new approaches and refine your existing skills. 

Being based at Mountain Lens in Hendersonville, NC, in the same workshop we are able to combine controlled environment studio techniques, with in-the field photography at the impressive gardens and conservatory at the historic Biltmore Estate in nearby Asheville, NC. The centerpiece of the Biltmore’s famous gardens is the walled garden which features 74,000 tulips at peak bloom in April. Flowering trees and shrubs adorn the paths and we might also catch early blooming azaleas and a wisteria-draped pergola.

Photo by M RaveseSome realistic, left-brained photo techniques we’ll cover include clean, modern,  high-key flower photography and focus-stacking to expand depth-of-field, which is especially useful for deep flowers. Imaginative, right-brained photo techniques will include using a Lensbaby specialty lens to combine sharpness with pleasing blur, intentional camera movement techniques, and artistic distortions created by photographing flowers through, or reflected in, textured art glass.

The combination of lecture, demonstration and hands-on photography shooting sessions is sure to spark the imagination and produce some unique and beautiful floral images.

Your experience will be enhanced and consolidated through group photo sharing with supportive image feedback, and you will practice editing your own images with input and guidance from Mary Louise. The workshop culminates with each participant printing one of their images to take home for display.


Who should Attend


Experienced beginner, intermediate and advanced DSLR or mirror-less camera users who understand basic camera operation, are comfortable working in Aperture Priority or Manual Exposure mode, and are interested in expanding their knowledge to include flower photography equipment and techniques. If desired, participants can bring their own laptop to view and edit images, or they can make use of one of the 27 inch iMac machines available at the training facility. While image editing isn’t a major focus of the workshop, the instructor will provide editing guidance and demonstrations using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Additional software from Topaz Studio and the Nik Collection may also be touched on if needed.

Class size is limited to 6 students.

 Mountain Lens Training Room

What is Included

  • Lectures on flower photography equipment and shooting techniques
  • Take-home lecture notes and resource handouts
  • Hands-on photo shoots in the classroom and the Biltmore Estate gardens
  • Entry fee to the Biltmore estate for one photo shoot
  • Supportive image feedback on a selection of participant images
  • Participants are welcome to use one of the available iMac computers
  • 2 Boxed lunches
  • One print of the participant’s work (additional prints may be available for a fee, if time permits)

What is not included

  • Accommodations. Shared on-site accommodations can be booked directly through Mountain Lens. Mountain Lens cottages offer a simple kitchenette so participants can bring in breakfast items from a local grocery. Mountain Lens can also offer suggestions for off-site accommodations if desired.
  • Meals other than 2 boxed lunches. We will arrange group dinner reservations at local restaurants for those interested in eating with the group.
  • Transportation. Participants should plan to drive or rent a car; public transportation is not readily available.

About the Instructor

Photo by Richard Fain Mary Louise Ravese specializes in fine art nature and travel photography from locations across the world. Her photographs are in private, university & corporate collections in over 40 states and are exhibited nationally. She has published images in calendars, magazines, books and websites. Mary Louise is a regular speaker and competition judge for photography clubs. She also enjoys teaching on a wide range of topics related to nature, travel and creative photography. Based in North Carolina, Mary Louise leads classes and workshops at a variety of locations across the US and abroad.