Great Smoky Mountains Spring Workshop 2017

Townsend, Tennessee

April 20 – 23, 2017 | $995


Thursday Afternoon: April 20, 2017. Meet at 3:00 pm in the hotel lobby. After an introduction and orientation with Richard, the group will depart for an afternoon photo shoot and then a group dinner afterward.

Friday: April 21, 2017: Field work all day, from sunrise to sunset. Exact locations will depend on the weather.

Saturday: April 22, 2017. Field work all day, from sunrise to sunset. Exact locations will depend on the weather.

Sunday: April 23, 2017. Sunrise shoot and morning field session. Image critiques. Workshop ends at noon.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is world-renowned for it’s amazing array of biodiversity. In fact, the park is both an International Biosphere Reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, hosting more than 1,600 species of flowering plants and 100 species of native trees. Nature photographers flock to the Smokies for their panoramic vistas of layered blue ridges, pristine rivers and streams, and wildflowers, especially in the spring.

Richard has been leading photography tours and workshops in the Great Smoky Mountains since 1999 and knows the park was well as any photographer working today. He considers the Great Smoky Mountains his home Park and despite traveling to the world’s faraway places, comes home to the Smokes every year. This workshop has been scheduled to coincide with peak wildflower season.

We resist publishing a detailed workshop itinerary since the weather and light conditions can vary greatly from day to day and even hour to hour. The greatest amount of flexibility is needed in order to ensure you are in the best locations at the best times. Richard’s knowledge of the area is extensive and he will use that knowledge to maximize quality shooting time.

Participants are responsible for their own transportation, lodging, and all meals during the workshop. Transportation will be arranged via carpool between the hotel and the shooting locations.

We have a block of rooms reserved with a special group rate at the Tremont Lodge and Resort ( in Townsend, Tennessee. After registration is completed, you will be sent a PDF that includes hotel discount, as well as a gear list and recommendations. You should then call the hotel directly and reference the Richard Bernabe workshop to secure your lodging. You are welcome to stay anywhere you please during the workshop, but the recommended hotel will be the most convenient since it will also be our meeting place each day.

The Smokies workshop exceeded every one of my expectations. I learned more than I could imagine, came home with the best photos of my life, and we all had so much fun as a group.

Frank J. - Mooresville, North Carolina USA (Smoky Mountains Spring 2011)

Richard opened my eyes to how to see the world around me, in just a few short days. One night we had the most amazing sunset from the top of the mountain and he was there next to me coaching all the way. My best sunset ever.

Kelly S. - Barrie, Ontario Canada (Smoky Mountains Spring 2013)

EVENT: Great Smoky Mountains Spring Workshop
DATE: April 20 – 23, 2017
COST: $995
SIZE: Maximum 12
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Some moderate walking
CANCELLATION POLICY: 80% refund if cancellation is on or before March 6. No refunds after March 6.

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