Springtime in The Smokies

As of May 13, 2019 this workshop is sold out. Please email us to be added to the waitlist.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is informally referred to as “Wildflower National Park” and April is the best month to experience the wildflower bloom at its peak, as well as virgin green foliage, rushing mountain streams, and some of the best mountain scenery east of the Mississippi River.

Join Muench Workshops pro Richard Bernabe in his “home” National Park for five days of photography in springtime at its best. Richard has been leading workshops and teaching in the Smokies for more than 20 years—few photographers know the park better than he does. Richard will teach you how to best capture intimate landscapes of the forest, rivers, streams, and waterfalls as well as close ups of the many varieties of wildflowers blooming at this time. You will always be in the best places during the best light, and you will photograph the big-sky landscapes at sunrise and sunset with the iconic layered blue mountains and misty valleys below. There will also be plenty of time for image reviews and critiques, as well as post-processing instruction.


Tennessee, USA




April 26–30, 2020

Fitness Level:

No strenuous hiking. At most, moderate walking of no more than a half mile.


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Limited to 8 Guests

Richard has a keen eye and great photographic knowledge which he freely gives on his workshops. The instruction and guiding was perfect!
— Rob Anderson, Antarctica '19, Namibia '17, Tanzania '14

Itinerary and General Information

April 26, 2020: Arrive into Knoxville, Tennessee Airport (TYS) before 1:00 PM today. Pick up available at 1:00 PM for all who need a ride from the airport to the hotel. We meet in the hotel at 3:00 PM for orientation and Q&A before going out into the park for an evening photography session along the Little River. Dinner.

April 27, 2020: Early wake up call and sunrise shoot on Foothills Parkway-West. After breakfast, we will do a morning shoot in the Tremont area of the Park with river scenics and wildflowers. After lunch, will drive to Greenbrier for more river scenics, macro photography, wildflowers, and finish up at Clingmans Dome for sunset. Dinner.

April 28, 2020: Sunrise shoot at the Oconoleftee Overlook and then breakfast in Gatlinburg. Remainder of the morning we will photograph a local waterfall or wildflower patch at Hardwood Cove Trail. After lunch we will do some forest scenics and sunset at Morton's Overlook. Dinner

April 29, 2020: Sunrise shoot at Clingmans Dome and breakfast in Gatlinburg. Afternoon critique and Lightroom/Photoshop session and lunch break. In the afternoon, we will do literal and abstract river reflections and either more river scenics in Elkmont or a nearby sunset location. Dinner

April 30, 2020: Sunrise and morning shoot in Cades Cove photographing flowering dogwoods, country roads, and old homesteads from the 1930’s. Final critique session at hotel and finish up at noon. Flights home can be anytime after 3:00 PM from Knoxville Airport (TYS).

What to Bring and How to Prepare for Your Workshop

Please see our How To Prepare For Your Workshop page now for guidelines on workshop prep, gear, and packing. Approximately 90 days before your workshop, you will be sent a PDF with more specific instructions.

What’s Included

  • Double occupancy lodging (Single available, just ask)

  • All meals, soft drinks and snacks during the workshop

  • All transportation during workshop 

  • Photographic guiding and instruction from two pros

  • Image reviews, post-processing instruction

  • Fun, inspiration, and a great time!

Whats Not Included?

Items of a personal nature. Alcoholic beverages. Travel and trip cancelation insurance. Anything specifically not listed as included.

Payment Terms

Your deposit of $1,495 will hold your space in this workshop. The balance of $2,000 will be due not later than January 1, 2020. All of our standard terms and conditions apply. Need special payment arrangements for your deposit? No problem, just ask us.

Additional Information

This workshop is strictly limited to 8 guests. If you have interest, don't delay, click the "Sign Me Up!" button and we'll see you in the Smokies! Got questions?