Great Smoky Mountains Photography Tour

Spring Blooms in the Eastern Forests of the Appalachian Mountains

April 29-May 4, 2018


Spring in the Great Smoky Mountains is a photographer favorite. Spring colors canvas the surroundings with verdant green vegetation and a palette of other soft hues. This southern mountain region is tangled in countless streams which flow at their best after the winters snow melt and late spring flowers carpet the hillsides.

After photographing this park over the past 25 years, I find mid to late spring my favorite for beautiful forest canopy, streams flowing at normal water levels, and minimal crowds. Short hikes throughout the park will provide a variety of opportunities to explore the diversity the Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers.

Our photo tour begins on Sunday afternoon after everyone is picked up from the airport and/or gathered at the hotel. Each day, carefully selected locations will be determined depending on the weather forecast. We rise early for sunrise or simply to catch the warm morning light breaking through the fog laden meadows. Depending on the afternoon light we may be on location photographing or in a classroom environment critiquing our work, learning new editing and processing techniques or simply talking about equipment and other tools of the trade.

What you can expect. You can expect to be the focus of attention. Your photography is paramount and it’s my job to provide the answers that allow you to grow as a photographer. Participants receive an abundance of one on one instruction in the field along with group discussions. You’ll discover the artist within and build on your skills. Mastering your tools in the field and knowing what they can do for you is the foundation to a successful photo journey. Photographers want to be behind their camera therefore I make every effort to maximize our time in the field and teach with a hands on approach. Learning to see and knowing what to do once you identify your subject is the stepping stone to building a work of art. 

Itinerary. Our daily schedule will vary depending on location and weather. Light is the most important ingredient to a rewarding photo shoot. Photo tours allow us the flexibility to respond to the light and weather conditions as needed. We won’t miss any of the highlights, its just we’ll photograph them on the day best suited for optimum conditions needed. You can expect early mornings and photograph throughout the good morning light. If the weather conditions are favorable for photography throughout the day you can bet we’ll take advantage of it. When afternoon light works against us we’ll take in a critique session and/or talk processing and expanding your art beyond the camera. For those in need of an afternoon break, this time is set aside for you as well. Late afternoon and into early evening we’ll be back in the field for more hands on photography instruction and shooting opportunities.

April 29 – May 4, 2018

Fee: $1900.00
Deposit: $500
Airport Arrival and Departure: Arrange arrival at Knoxville International Airport no later than 1 pm and departure no earlier than 12 noon
Participants: Min 4 – Max 8
Single Room Supplement add: $500.

What’s Included:
• Lodging (Price is based on shared room)
• Airport pickup and drop off
• Transportation during tour
• Photographer / Guide
• Photo Critiques and Instruction
• Small Group Size

Not Included:

• Single Room Supplement
• Air transportation
• Meals

Please fill out registration form at the link below and make payment below. If you are sending a check or money order for payment please indicate it on registration form. 

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2018 Smoky Mountains Photo Tour