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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


Great Smoky Mountains National Park Weekend - Townsend, Tennessee - October 22-24, 2017

Tuition - $369  

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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.


This workshop starts at 3:00 pm on Monday and ends 3:00 pm on Wednesday.  

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Full payment is required to hold your place in the workshop. No refunds will be issued after September 1, 2017. (See our Policies page for our refund and cancellation policy.)



Townsend Gateway Inn

8270 State Hwy 73

Townsend, TN 37882



Rooms are blocked from Monday, October 23 and Tuesday, October 2, checking out the 25th -- Limited rooms are available the day before the workshop on Sunday.  If you plan to be coming in Sunday night the day prior to the start of the workshop you will need to book early to get those few spots.

The rooms will range between $84 and $104 depending on the type you choose.

The above room rates do NOT include tax at 14.75%. The workshop doesn't start until Monday.  The rate is good for Sunday as well if you would like to come the night before. PLEASE CALL THE HOTEL DIRECTLY TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS - WE HAVE BOOKED THE ENTIRE HOTEL AND SHOWS NO VACANCY IF YOU TRY TO RESERVE ONLINE. Tell the hotel you are with Natural Connections Photo Workshops to book and get this pricing.  The cut off date for the rate is September 15, 2016.  After that time lodging is subject to availability at the prevailing rate.  Any cancellations must be made 14 days prior to arrival to get a full refund. 



Local Airport:

McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS)

2055 Alcoa Hwy

Alcoa, TN 37701


Car Rental - Major car rental companies are available at or near the airport. Participants will need to arrange their own transportation to, from, and during the workshop. We strongly recommend that participants share the cost of rental vehicles. We suggest this because some shooting locations on the workshop have very limited space for vehicles and we must require participants to carpool to these locations anyway.



For this Workshop:

  • Accessories - We do not require that you purchase any specific equipment for this workshop. With that said, however, there are a couple of filters that we feel are very important to possess and whose effects cannot be replicated in Photoshop. A circular polarizer is very commonly used in landscape photography, especially when shooting water. 

    Weather – This workshop will take you through many shooting environments, so be prepared for whatever the weather may bring. Be sure to have rain gear for you and your camera. Bring layers to dress in as weather conditions can change rapidly in this environment. Click here for more information on what to expect and what items you may need to bring.


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