Waterfall Photography in North Carolina's Majestic Blue Ridge Mountains
June 13–17, 2022
The Blue Ridge Mountains are home to an astonishing number of waterfalls, but the ones in the southern part of the range are truly beyond comparison. During this workshop we’ll explore some iconic locations and hidden gems at the height of the wildflower bloom when the rhododendrons, mountain laurel, and ferns are at the peak of their glory.
We will be based out of the quaint mountain town of Highlands, North Carolina which grants us central access to the surrounding region while offering vibrant local culture and cuisine. This is a truly immersive workshop, and we will get up close and personal with many of these waterfalls to create powerful compositions while also focusing on the small details to reveal the location’s unique character. Be sure to bring your filters because we’ll be practicing our long exposure skills to create silky smooth images of the waterfalls. All of these practiced skills learned in the field will come together in the classroom when we cover the special editing techniques that go into creating a masterful waterfall image.
This itinerary is subject to change due to weather, local conditions, and other factors.
June 13, 2022: Arrive at the Asheville airport (AVL), North Carolina by 12:00 PM. We’ll arrange for Talor to pick you up at the airport with your luggage and take you to Highlands to check into the hotel and have a quick orientation. Then we will head out to shoot the famous local highlights including, Dry Falls and Bridal Veil Falls before returning to town for dinner.
June 14, 2022: We will start early in the morning and head to the breathtaking multi-terraced Isaqueena Falls which features a huge variety of compositions to explore. After lunch, we will then explore some lesser-known waterfalls which are nestled among the rhododendron thickets along the mighty Chattooga River.
June 15, 2022: We will start our morning with a brisk, but extremely worthwhile hike to an impressive waterfall. Be sure to bring your water shoes, because you’ll want to get up close and personal with this beauty! After lunch, we will visit some of my favorite lesser-visited waterfalls which feature an unbelievable array of white rhododendrons before ending our day at the overlook of the massive Whitewater Falls.
June 16, 2022: Our morning begins at yet another incredible waterfall featuring multiple cascades and limitless photographic opportunities. After lunch, we will take some time to work on post-processing and refining techniques for editing gorgeous waterfall shots. In the evening we will soak in some panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the hopes of catching some fiery color in the sky.
June 17, 2022: At dawn we will visit our final waterfall – an absolute hidden gem completely encircled by breathtaking rhododendrons and mountain laurel. Afterwards, we enjoy our final breakfast and bid farewell. The workshop concludes by 11:00 AM.
Moderate: Hiking on possibly slippery and uneven trails, up to 1.5 miles each way, with totals of 3-4 miles a day.
Arrive Asheville Regional Airport (AVL), Asheville, North Carolina before 1:00 PM on June 13, 2022. Flights out can be made after 2:00 PM on June 17, 2022.
What to Bring
Please see our page How To Prepare For Your Workshop. We will send you a detailed information document 90 days before your workshop. This document will include specifics of where and when to meet, gear and clothing recommendations, and more.
- Double occupancy lodging. Single available for $600 supplement.
- All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop
- All permits and park fees
- All transportation during the workshop
- Tips for crew, drivers, and local guides
- Photographic guiding and instruction from Talor Stone
- Image reviews and post-processing instruction
- Adventure, fun, inspiration, and a great time!
- Travel to and from Asheville, North Carolina.
- Passport and visa fees (if applicable).
- Any meals or accommodations before or after the workshop dates.
- Items of a personal nature.
- Alcoholic beverages.
- Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended).
- Anything else specifically not listed as included.
- Single rooming available for $600 supplement.
“Could not have been happier with Talor. She's pleasant, upbeat, super-knowledgeable and full of energy. Being in a vehicle on lengthy drives with her and Lisa was a joy. rrSo impressed with Talor's ability to demonstrate Lightroom techniques. She spoke for a content-rich hour and a quarter without an "um" or "ya know". ”