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"Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph." – Matt Hardy

  

"I think a photography class should be a requirement in all educational programs because it makes you see the world rather than just look at it."  -  Author Unknown

 

"A man’s heart away from nature becomes hard; lack of respect for growing, living things soon leads to a lack of respect for humans too."  – Luther Standing Bear

 

"Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow."Imogen Cunningham

 

"Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter."  - Ansel Adams

 

"When you follow your bliss….doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn’t be a door for anyone else."  - Joseph Campbell

 

"You can outdistance that which is running after you, but not what is running inside you." – Rwandan Proverb

 

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

"Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."  -  Pablo Picasso

 

"We have been taught to believe that negative equals realistic and positive equals unrealistic."  -  Susan Jeffers

 

"Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous.  That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single factor."  -  Paul Hawken

 

"Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life."  -  Linus Pauling

           

 

                              2017 Workshops

 

                       Savannah, Georgia - March 24-26

                 

                    Old Car City, White Ga - April 8

         

                 Spring in Gibbs Gardens - May 7

 

           Spring in Grand Teton & Yellowstone

                    National Parks - May 14-20

 

                   Summer Sunflowers - June 24

 

            Colors of Maine - October 10-15

       

        Great Smoky Mountains NP - Oct 22-24
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Monday
Nov092015

Gibbs Garden in the Fall - November 6, 2016 - 1 Day Workshop

Tuition $75 (does not include $20 pass to garden ($18 for seniors) or $5 tram fee)
 
Most people think that gardens are for Spring - but not so at Gibbs Gardens!  Yes, it is great in the Spring, but if you haven't seen it in the Fall, you are missing out!  The hundreds of Japenese Maples in the garden start turning a firey red in late October, but the rest of the hardwoods join them in November with a vibrant explosion of Fall color.  

 

 

Join Jeff and Ledra as they guide you through the garden and Manor grounds with great tips for photographing natural features, fall colors, reflections and textures. Your compositions will include the overall landscape as well as intimate compositions and fall color reflections in the many ponds on the property.  This is a 1-Day photo experience that you don't want to miss!!

 

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Tuesday
Mar012016

Old Car City - FALL - White, GA - Nov 12 - 1 Day Workshop 

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Tuition $75 (does not include admission fee of $25)

 

FULL - REGISTRATION CLOSED!!

 

Nestled on 36 acres pretty much in the middle of nowhere lies one of North Georgia's former well kept secrets - Old Car City, USA.  However, the word is getting out.  Photographers are coming from all over to visit this former 1931 car dealership. 

 


This property arguably contains one of the country's largest collection of classic, as well as not-so-classic cars.  Intertwined with the local vegetation and textured by the elements, Old Car City provides a smorgasbord of photographic opportunity.

 

From portrait photographers to photographic fine art enthusiasts - there is something for everyone to shoot at Old Car City. 


Join us on November 12, 2016 for a fun and unusual day of shooting.  Jeff and Ledra will lead you through this maze of rusty nuts, bolts and the ghosts of cars past.  You will learn to look at photography differently and will be able to focus in on intimate and abstract scenes.  If you are into macro photography, you could spend a week here and not see everything Old Car City has to offer.  

 


So come out for a fun day of creative seeing and photographing.  This place is definitely different than anything else you've ever shot before!

**This 1-day workshop begins at 9am and ends at 3pm.  

 

CANCELLATION POLICY:   There will be no refunds issued after October 30, 2016 (two weeks prior to the event). In the event the workshop is cancelled due to rain, the participants will be refunded.

 

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Wednesday
Mar092016

Savannah, Georgia Photo Weekend - March 24 - 26, 2017

Tuition - $369    

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With this workshop you get it all - an amazing cross section of Savannah and its surrounding areas.   With shoots of historic Savannah, beaches, night scenes, cemeteries, parks, and lighthouses, this is one workshop that is sure to please. 


Immortalized by the best seller, 'Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,' Savannah is an 18th century village that lives resolutely in the present.  The city brings together an exotic history, a sub-tropical natural environment and an obvious desire to keep true to its Southern traditions.  Savannah is arguably one of the South's most charming cities with its architectural treasures, luxurious hospitality, low country cuisine and one-of-a-kind lodging.  The city offers a smorgasbord of urban as well as natural landscapes. Flower gardens, public parks and centuries old cemeteries punctuate the landscape of Savannah.  Everywhere you turn, there is something to photograph.


This workshop begins on Friday at 3 pm and ends Sunday at 3 pm.

 

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Wednesday
Mar232016

Old Car City - White, GA - April 8 - 1 Day Workshop 

Tuition $75 (does not include admission fee of $25)

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Nestled on 36 acres pretty much in the middle of nowhere lies one of North Georgia's former well kept secrets - Old Car City, USA.  However, the word is getting out.  Photographers are coming from all over to visit this former 1931 car dealership. 

 

 

This property arguably contains one of the country's largest collection of classic, as well as not-so-classic cars.  Intertwined with the local vegetation and textured by the elements, Old Car City provides a smorgasbord of photographic opportunity.

From portrait photographers to photographic fine art enthusiasts - there is something for everyone to shoot at Old Car City. 


Join us on April 8, 2017 for a fun and unusual day of shooting.  Jeff and Ledra will lead you through this maze of rusty nuts, bolts and the ghosts of cars past.  You will learn to look at photography differently and will be able to focus in on intimate and abstract scenes.  If you are into macro photography, you could spend a week here and not see everything Old Car City has to offer.  

 

So come out for a fun day of creative seeing and photographing.  This place is definitely different than anything else you've ever shot before!

**This 1-day workshop begins at 9am and ends at 3pm.  

 

CANCELLATION POLICY:   There will be no refunds issued after March 25, 2017 (two weeks prior to the event). In the event the workshop is cancelled due to rain, the participants will be refunded.

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Thursday
Mar312016

Gibbs Gardens in the Spring - May 7, 2017 - 1 Day Workshop

Tuition $75 (does NOT include $20 pass to garden ($18 for seniors) or $5 tram fee)

 

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Roses, rhodendron, water lillies and Japanese gardens....if you haven't been to Gibbs Garden in the Spring then here's your chance.

Join Jeff and Ledra as they guide you through the garden and Manor grounds with great tips for photographing natural features, colors, and textures.  From landscape, reflections, intimate compositions and macro photography, you can do it all in this garden. 

The workshop will meet at the main gate of Gibbs Gardens when it opens promptly at 9am for a quick introduction and will finish around 3 pm the same day.  Please feel free to bring a bag lunch or plan to grab a quick sandwich or salad at the Cafe located near the main gate for lunch.

 

Tuition does not include admission to the gardens or the tram pass.  You may either use your season pass if you have one or be prepared to pay the $20 admission fee ($18 for seniors) at the gate, and the $5 tram fee as well. 

 

CANCELLATION POLICY:   There will be no refunds issued after April 23, 2017 (two weeks prior to the event). In the event the workshop is cancelled due to rain, the participants will be refunded.

 

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***SPECIAL NOTE:  
We often have participants who join us from fairly far away - Florida, Tennessee and the Carolinas, for example.  Although this is just a 1-Day workshop, you could easily make it part of a fun long weekend in the North Georgia mountains!  Consider staying in and visiting Blue Ridge, Georgia.  Rent a cabin and make it a mountian adventure weekend!  Blue Ridge is a very cute little mountain touristy town and has a fun little downtown shopping/restaurant area and also boasts a passenger train that runs a fun day-trip through the mountains.  There is a great orchard in town (Mercier Orchards) that has lots of gift shopping, a bakery and even makes their own 'special' ciders.  Blue Ridge, Georgia is about an hour or so from Gibbs Gardens. 


 

 

 

 

Monday
Jun132016

Spring in Tetons & Yellowstone National Parks - May 14 - 20, 2017

TUITION $1195 -- Limited to 13 participants!!

 

Come join Natural Connections Photo Workshops on an amzing 6-Day adenture as we explore two of America’s greatest natural treasures: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.



In Tetons National Park feast your eyes on the almost 14,000 foot towering majestic peaks that loom and taunt in the distance. This range will be photographed from all of the iconic places (and maybe a few not-so-iconic places). Famous for Morman Row, Schwabacher's Landing and Oxbow Bend, this park will provide you with some of the most stunning images you could possibly imagine.  


 

Then come with us to visit all the hotspots (pun intended!) in Yellowstone National Park - from rushing canyon waterfalls, valleys full of wildlife, and a plethora of varying thermal features including bubbling mudpots, brilliantly colored hot springs, steaming fumaroles and violently erupting geyers. The sheer quantity of thermal features found in this park is equalled nowhere else on the planet! In the sweeping glacial Lamar Valley and elsewhere in the park we will be on the lookout for grizzlies, bison, bighorn sheep, elk, eagles and elusive gray wolves. 

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Thursday
Sep222016

Summer Sunflowers - June 24, 2017 - 1 Day Photo Workshop - Calhoun, Ga

Tuition - $75 (does not include $12 admission to the farm)

 

Nothing says 'SUMMER is HERE' quite like a 6-acre field full of sunflowers!  They bring a smile to our face every time. Pair that with some photography equipment, a curious photographer and a little photo instruction and it will be a great time to capture some fun images to kick-start your summer.

Come join Jeff and Ledra for a morning of shooting beautiful and vibrant sunflowers in Calhoun, Georgia....and with special admission to the Farm we get to take advantage of the soft and warm morning sunlight before the rest of the world arrives. 


You'll be able to use every lens in your bag if you so choose: super wide angles for up close shots including the overall environment; long lenses to bring far away subjects to you; and of course bring out those macro lenses for intensly intimate flower shots - a sure winner for this workshop!

This is a 6 hour workshop that starts at 7am and ends around 1 pm.  But feel free to extend your day and stay at the farm for a number of fun shows, music, food and more....even take home a bucket of sunflowers for your home!
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**This workshop is based out of Calhoun, GA.  We will have an earlier start than usual for this workshop, so if you wish to arrive the day before, you may want to look for accommodations around Calhoun.    

 

 

Friday
Oct282016

Colors of Maine - Camden to Bar Harbor - October 10-15, 2017

TUITION - $1195 - Limited to 13 participants


If you haven't experienced the coast of Maine, you are missing out!  The sounds, the colors, the smells and especially the tastes are an absolue feast for the senses.  And it makes for some great photography too!! Join Jeff & Ledra on a PHOTO-feast throughout the middle portion of the Maine Coast -- or 'Down East' as the locals might say.


This workshop starts in Camden, commonly referred to as the "Jewel of the Maine Coast," and for good reason due to its amazing harbor views, shopping and dining. We finish up in Bar Harbor. Home to beautiful Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, and a quaint seaside town - it encompasses everything Maine has to offer from mountains to sea.  You will get an exciting variety on this workshop. From picturesque little towns to working harbors and jagged coasts to serene colorful forests - we will shoot it all!


This workshop begins in Camden at 2pm on Tuesday and will end around noon on Sunday in Bar Harbor.

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Wednesday
Nov022016

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Weekend - Townsend, Tennessee - October 23-25, 2017

Tuition - $349  

FULL - Registration Closed!!!

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*This workshop will feature Jeff Woodlee and guest instructor Stan Hestor.  For info about our instructors CLICK HERE.

 

There is a reason the Great Smokies is the most visited United States national park.  From the beautifully smooth sloping ‘smoky’ mountain views to the cool rushing cascades of water tumbling throughout the landscape, this park has something to offer everyone.  From over 100 species of deciduous trees, 1500 types of flowering plants, multitudes of mammals, birds and reptiles and elevations ranging from 875 to 6643 feet in altitude, this park provides an endless bounty for the photographer.

 

Of all the seasons, Fall is the most magical in the Great Smokies.  Join us as we spend the weekend exploring historic Cades Cove, beautiful mountain vistas and the many winding streams flowing throughout the park.

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