Spring in the Smokies

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

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.

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?

Join Bill and me for 3 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

Stream in the Smoky MountainsWe’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 Thursday 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.

We won’t just be photographing in the field. Each day we’ll gather mid-day for talks on subjects such as “What Caught Your Eye”, “Sharing a 3-Dimensional Scene in a 2-Dimensional Image” and “What Is that Wildflower?”. Bonus! You will also have a private consultation with one of us about your next steps on your path to becoming a better photographer. We’ll end on Thursday morning with a slideshow of participant photos from the workshop.

We’re limiting the workshop to 7 participants to ensure that we’re able to give each of you the personalized attention you should get in a photography workshop.

Pink Lady's Slipper

Join us for Spring in the Smokies

April 26-30, 2015

A Hands-on Workshop with Photographers Patty Hankins & Bill Lawrence

The workshop includes up to 6 photo shoots (weather permitting) in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Classroom sessions will take place at a cabin outside of Gatlinburg.

Only $799

Contact Patty for more information about the workshop

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 (not a camera on a phone)

  • A tripod

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

Tentative Schedule:

Sunday April 26 – Evening session: Introduction and Orientation

Monday April 27 – Morning and afternoon photo shoots in the park, midday discussion of “What Caught Your Eye”

Tuesday April 28 – Morning and afternoon photo shoots in the park, midday discussion of “Sharing a 3-Dimensional Scene in a 2-Dimensional Photograph”

Wednesday April 29 – Morning photo shoot in the park, midday discussion of “What Is That Wildflower”, individual consultations with Patty or Bill

Thursday April 30 –  Morning photo shoot in the park followed by slide show back at the cabin, Adjourn by noon.

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 26, 2015,  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 26, 2015,  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.