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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


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) - FULL!!

 (**Taught by Ledra Woodlee and Workshop Assistant Deb Haller)


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

Join us as we 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.




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. 






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

TUITION $1195 --  (Limited to only 8 spaces!)

(Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service)


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

In Grand Teton 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). 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 geysers. 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. 

This workshop will begin at 5pm on Sunday and ends Saturday around noon.

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Olympus OMD Camera Instruction at the Southeastern Railway Museum - June 17 (full) & July 1, 2017

Tuition:  $145 (INCLUDES admission to the Southeastern Railway Museum) 


You asked for and you got it....a day with Jeff and Ledra to learn the basics and some more advanced features of your Olympus OMD camera.  This will be a 2-part experience.  We start our day in the classroom with lecture and hands on instruction about the cameras themselves - the menus and how to easily access important features.

After a morning of questions and instruction (and a lunch break) we then head out onto the museum grounds and test out what you've learned.  The Southeastern Railway Museum occupies a 35-acre site in Duluth, Georgia, in northeast suburban Atlanta. In operation since 1970, the Southeastern Railway Museum features about 90 items of rolling stock including historic Pullman cars and classic steam locomotives. 

This workshop starts at 10am and ends around 5pm.

The last day to cancel this workshop and receive a refund is June 1 for the June 17th class; and June 16 for the July 1 class. After those respective dates refunds are only available if we have someone on the waiting list who is able to take your place.  



Southeastern Railway Museum
3595 Buford Hwy
Duluth, Georgia 



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!

**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.    




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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Old Car City - FALL - White, GA - Nov 4, 2017 - 1 Day Workshop 

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


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 4, 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.  


***Consider taking our Gibbs Gardens in the Fall 1-Day workshop Nov 5 (the day after this one) to make it a full photo weekend!!


CANCELLATION POLICY:   There will be no refunds issued after October 21, 2017 (two weeks prior to the event). In the event the workshop is cancelled due to rain, the participants will be refunded.




Gibbs Garden in the Fall - November 5, 2017 - 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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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Weekend - Townsend, Tennessee - October 22-24, 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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Death Valley National Park - February 24 - Feb 28, 2018

Tuition $1350 - Limited to ONLY 10 Participants - Only 4 spaces left!


Death Valley is the HOTTEST, the DRIEST and the LOWEST place in the National Park System.  But do not mistake that to mean that is isn't one of the most BEAUTIFUL of the national parks.  In fact, Death Valley is most frequently referred to as The Land of Extremes. But don't let the name fool you. From snow covered peaks in the distance to about 300 feet BELOW sea level, this place is a photographer's paradise.

Death Valley is the largest national park outside of Alaska, but we are going to explore a significant portion of it with our cameras.  Low valley floors, towering peaks, expansive vistas, colorful canyons and rugged salt flats will be part of your photographic experience in Death Valley.  This place offers a beauty so different from most of the national parks that it should undoubtedly find a special place on your bucket list. 

This workshop starts on Saturday afternoon and ends by noon on Thursday. 


***A Note on Non-Shooting Spouses/Signficiant Others -- We here at Natural Connections Photo Workshops are very non-shooting spouse/Significant Other friendly - most all of our workshops welcome these individuals.  With that said, Death Valley National Park requires a permit for us to able to lead a photo group in the park.  The permit limits the group size to 10 participants MAXIMUM. If this workshop fills up, we cannot have spouses or significant others 'directly' along with us while shooting in the park.  If this addendum applies to you and you are interested in attending this workshop, please call us to discuss the specifics....we want to make sure you can both travel with us, so lets discuss your situation!


**Cancellation Policy - Understand that on our longer trips where most people have to make extensive travel plans in order to join us, our cancellation policy is slightly more strict.  On this workshop, the last day for you to cancel for a refund is December 1, 2017.  If you cancel before this date you will receive your payment back minus a $50 transaction fee.  After this date, there will be no refunds unless we can fill your position with someone from the wait list. For this reason WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO PURCHASE TRIP INSURANCE TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR INVESTMENT. 



*Stovepipe Wells Village
51880 Highway 190
Death Valley, CA 92328
Rate: $235 per nite / Cut-off Date:  1-24-2018

Make sure you tell the hotel that you are with Natual Connections Photo Workshops when you register to get your group rate.  NOTE: $235 is the rate as long as we have 8 rooms reserved.  If there are less than 8 rooms reserved the rate will revert to the regular rack rate at that time.  This workshop should fill, so we doubt it will be a problem.


Local Airports

McCarran International Airport (LAS)
5757 Wayne Newton Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89119

We recommend you fly into Las Vegas and then drive to Death Valley which is about 2 hours away. 


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Weather - The weather in Death Valley is generally dry and sunny, but not always. Although the park has a reputation for really hot weather, you will find that it can be very chilly in the morning and then quite warm in the afternoon.  Be sure to bring warm clothing for sunrise shoots as windy summits can be very cold at this time of day.  

Conditions - We will be in salt and sand - the whole time. Sand can be very damaging to camera gear.  Be sure to bring a plastic bag or something similar so you can set your bag down and it not be in the sand or on the corrosive salt beds.  

Accessories - We do not require that you purchase any specific equipment for this workshop.  With that said, however,we do recommend that you bring a circular polarizer for this workshop.  



Savannah, Georgia Photo Weekend - March 23 - 25, 2018

Tuition - $389    

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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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