Capital Photography Center | Photography Classes in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia

Springtime In The Smokies Photo Workshop

Due to a recent cancellation, we now have 1 spot open.

Join us for this exciting spring workshop to Great Smoky Mountain National Park! 

The Photo Ops
Clingman’s Dome, Cades Cove, The Morton Overlook, these are just some of the iconic locations we will visit on this spring workshop to Great Smoky Mountain National Park. This park offers something for everyone, great landscapes, charming historic buildings and settlements, bear, deer, coyote, turkey, songbirds. But the real highlight of this workshop will be the wildflowers the trip is being timed to coincide with the peak of the spring wildflower season in the Smokies. The park is known to many as the “wildflower park” for a reason. At this time of year, the forest floor is carpeted with a riot of wildflowers. In addition to the forest floor the dogwood and redbud should also be at peak.  Additionally, all the streams and waterfalls running at a very high volume will make for even more photographic opportunities.

The Accommodations
Included in the price is 4 nights lodging in a beautiful 4200 square foot mountain cabin with spectacular 360-degree views. The cabin is in a 150-acre private gated community with only 7 homes.  The “cabin” boasts, a game room, theatre, and a private outdoor Jacuzzi. The cabin also has a full kitchen to prepare breakfast and snacks. All this and only a 10-minute drive to the park. The cabin has mostly private and a few joint rooms. Preference for private rooms will be given to early registrants and couples.

This workshop is being specifically designed to maximize our time in the field photographing, learning in a hands on, real world fashion. We will be identifying and solving photographic problems in the field as they come up. The group size is purposely being kept small at up to 10 students and we'll have 3 instructors so that everyone will be able to get questions answered and have time for one on one instruction.  Any down time that we are not in the field actively shooting (evenings etc.) will be spent critiquing the days shoot and learning from each other. We may also spend time working in lightroom or photoshop learning how to optimize our images to make them look their best.


 - The workshop cost is $1175.
 - All lodging is included in the cost. Meals are not included. There is a full kitchen so feel free to bring food and beverages.
 - Workshop Limit: 10-11
 - Questions can be directed to Marie Joabar at

Steve Gettle
Over the course of his 30-year career, Steve Gettle has spent countless hours creating hundreds of thousands of photographs capturing nature’s beauty around us. Steve’s images communicate his love for the wildlife and the wild places of our world.

He especially enjoys sharing his knowledge through both private and group location-based experiences focused on individual nature photography development in once-in-a-lifetime locations. In addition to his own photo tours and workshops Steve has given presentations and led workshops for organizations around the country including:
North American Nature Photographers Association
Rocky Mountain School of Photography
The Adirondack Photography Institute
The Photographic Society of America

Steve’s images have been exhibited in galleries and museums all over the world, including; The Museum of Natural History London, The American Museum of Natural History in New York as well as two solo shows at The National Center for Nature Photography. His work has been featured in many books, magazines, calendars, and other publications including: The National Geographic Society, Canadian Geographic, Audubon, Sierra Club, The BBC, The World Wildlife Fund, The National Wildlife Federation, Birder’s World, Nature’s Best, Wild Bird, and Natural History.

Steve has been honored to receive many awards for his photography. Some of the highlights include being chosen as Great Lakes Wildlife Photographer of the Year, a multiple award winner honored in the BBC’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest, as well as often recognized in the prestigious Nature’s Best photography contest.

Nicole Hamilton
Nicole is an avid nature photographer who specializes in photographing wildflowers, insects, amphibians and birds. She enjoys sharing the wonders of nature and inspiring others in exploring that passion. Nicole is the author of the Field Guide to the Butterflies of Loudoun County that includes photographs of over 85 species of butterflies that occur in Loudoun county.  She is a Virginia Master Naturalist and a National Wildlife Federation Habitat Steward.  Through her images she connects the story of wildlife and habitat, showing interactions and interdependencies that are sometimes missed. In addition, Nicole is Executive Director of Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, a nonprofit organization in northern Virginia. Her photos and articles appear throughout the organization’s Habitat Herald magazine and website which reach an audience that spans the mid-atlantic area.

Marie Joabar
As the founder of Capital Photography Center, Marie is very excited to offer this workshop and will be there assisting. Whether you need help with your camera technology or with exposure issues, Marie will help you find the solution so you'll be able to capture stunning images. Depending on the amount of downtime, Marie may be holding discussions and/or demos with Lightroom, especially the editing tools.

- A refund or a credit towards another workshop or class (less a $20 processing fee) can be given if cancellation notice is given more than 45 days from the scheduled workshop.   
- If cancellation notice is given between 45 days and 30 days, a refund or credit will be given for 70% of your deposit.
- If there is no cancellation notice, or it is given 30 days or less, no refund or credit will be given.   
- If Capital Photography Center cancels or postpones a workshop due to weather or low enrollment, you can choose a full refund or a credit towards a future workshop or class.

Date: April 25 2018

Time: This is a multi-day event: April 25-29, 2018




Location: Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Townsend, TN

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