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April 24th-28th, 2024 (sold out)


April 16th-20th, 2025 (available)
Location: Townsend, TN

Mandy Lea Photo is an authorized permittee of the National Park Service.


Great Smoky Mountain National Park is the most biodiverse park in the National Park System; making it a dream for photographers of all skill levels and interests. This park is home to over 2,100 miles of beautiful streams, over 1,500 species of flowering plants, endless waterfalls and cascades, scenic driving loops, rustic cabins and grist mills, and breathtaking rolling mountains all begging to be photographed. Of course, if you know anything about us, you know that we’ll get out to photograph the beautiful Smoky Mountain sunrises and sunsets, too!


Join photographers Mandy Lea and Kendrick Callaway in one of their favorite “homes away from home” as we experience one of the most photogenic regions in the country! Of course, we’ll explore the classic spots like Cades Cove, the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, and others. In addition, Mandy and Kendrick will share some of their favorite lesser-known locations and even a few hidden gems!


Throughout the workshop there will be plenty of opportunities in the field to photograph the countless cascades, never-ending wildflowers, and beautiful rolling mountains. In addition, the limited class size allows students to receive personalized photography instruction from Mandy and Kendrick. Lastly, a final day image review session with other students will give interesting insight into how different people photograph the same locations as well as instructor critiques of your favorite images.


Camera Gear to Bring:

  • Camera (DSLR, Mirrorless, or Smart Phone)
  • Lenses (macro, wide angle, wide-mid zoom, telephoto)
  • Memory cards & readers
  • Batteries & chargers
  • Tripod
  • Laptop (for reviewing images)
  • Backpack to carry camera gear to shooting locations
  • Cable release or intervalometer (recommended, but you can use the camera self-timer)
  • Rain cover


Read our Terms and Conditions before registering for any workshop

Smoky Mountain Flowers & Falls

  • We’ve reserved a block of full hook-up campsites as well as a few tiny homes/cabins at the Little Arrow Outdoor Resort. If you choose to stay elsewhere it’s your responsibility to be at our meeting point on time each day. So, we highly recommend staying close to Townsend.

    Ultimately, lodging reservations are the responsibility of each attendee. To ensure you have a place to stay, please make reservations as soon as possible when completing workshop registration.

    Little Arrow Outdoor Resort
    118 Stables Drive Highway 73, Townsend, Tennessee 37882
    Phone: 865-448-6363

    NOTE: Contact us directly to reserve one of the campsites or tiny homes. These accommodations will be filled on a first come, first served basis.  

    We will meet around mid-afternoon (3PM or so) on Wednesday, April 24th and dismiss around 11am on Sunday, April 28th if you would like to change your campsite arrival/checkout dates based on these times.

    Notify us of any changes to arrival or checkout for campsites as soon as possible and we will modify the reservations. All change/cancellation fees incurred by us will be the responsibility of each participant.

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