Spring in the Smokies 2016

Sunrise at Clingman's Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

April in the Smokies means peak wildflower season, wonderful streams and waterfalls surrounding by bright green foliage and hopefully beautiful sunrises. Really, does photography get any better than this?

This is the landscape and nature photography workshop I’ve always wanted to teach. I fell in love with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park the first time I visited. My love for the park has grown with each subsequent visit.

Join me for 4 ½ days of photographing in my favorite National Park at my favorite time of year.


This workshop is for you if you . .

  • Appreciate beautiful places and capturing their memories

  • Enjoy spending time in nature

  • Embrace the opportunity to spend time with and learn from like-minded photographers

  • Seek personal guidance as you improve your wildflower and landscape photography skills

  • Have the vision but can’t get your gear to cooperate

At the Workshop you will . . .

  • Have a great time photographing in the magnificent Great Smoky Mountains National Park

  • Compose photographs that allow you to share what caught your eye in the field

  • Express your vision

  • Capture the beauty you see in your photographs

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We’ll be based out of Gatlinburg, Tennessee and start our time together on Sunday evening to go over the schedule and a few details for the workshop. We’ll photograph in the park from Monday through Friday morning. Some of the locations we’ll be photographing at include Cades Cove, Clingman’s Dome (weather permitting) and some of my favorite wildflower locations.  Depending on the weather, we may also take a day long field trip to a nearby location.

We won’t just be photographing in the field. Most days we’ll gather mid-day for talks on landscape and flower photography.

Bonus! You will also have a private consultation with me about your next steps on your path to becoming a better photographer. We’ll end on Friday morning with a slideshow of participant photos from the workshop.

I’m limiting the workshop to 6 participants (plus an assistant) to ensure that I’m able to give each of you the personalized attention you should get in a photography workshop.

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Join me for Spring in the Smokies

April 17-22, 2016

A Hands-on Workshop with landcape and flower photographer Patty Hankins of BeautifulFlowerPictures.com

The workshop includes up to 7 photo shoots (weather permitting) in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and surrounding areas. Classroom sessions will take place at a cabin outside of Gatlinburg.

Registration Fee: $ 1349

Register before March 1 and save $ 350

Early Bird Registration $ 999 available until March 1

Contact Patty if you are interested in this workshop

Prefer to pay in 3 payments of $ 366?  Contact me for details.


Not sure if this workshop is right for you? Drop me an email and we can find a time to talk.

What you’ll need to get the most out of this workshop . . .

  • An open mind

  • A willingness to try things differently

  • A camera with macro capability or a dedicated macro lens

  • A tripod

  • A computer to edit or choose your photos for Friday’s slideshow

Tentative Schedule:

Sunday April 17 – Evening session: Introduction and Orientation

Monday April 18 – Thursday April 21 – Morning and afternoon photo shoots in the park, midday discussions on improving your landscape and flower photography or individual consultations with Patty.

Friday April 22 –  Morning photo shoot in the park followed by slide show back at the cabin, Adjourn by 2 PM.

A few more details:

Food, lodging and transportation are not included in the cost of the workshop. I will send you information a few weeks before the workshop with all the details about when and where we will be meeting.

We’re planning on photographing every day – be prepared for rain, snow, sleet, fog, and sun.

Refund Policy

  1. You can always transfer your reservation to anyone else, at any time, with no penalty. Can’t attend? Send a spouse, friend or colleague in your place!

  2. We charge a $25 handling fee on all refunds (read #3 and #4 below).

  3. Prior to March 17, 2016,  we will gladly refund the balance of fees you paid to us (less the $25 handling fee). We are not responsible for airfare or other expenses you may incur.

  4. After March 17, 2016, there are no refunds.

Not sure if this workshop is right for you? Drop me an email and we can find a time to talk.