Waterfall Photography in North Carolina's Majestic Blue Ridge Mountains
June 20–24, 2023
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 skills from 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 20, 2023: Arrive at the Asheville airport (AVL), North Carolina by 12:00 PM. We’ll arrange for a ride to Highlands to check into our hotel. After settling in and a welcome orientation, we’ll head out to shoot the famous local highlights, Dry Falls and Bridal Veil Falls before returning to town for dinner.
June 21, 2023: 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 22, 2023: 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 23, 2023: 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 24, 2023: At dawn we will chase 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 12:00 PM on June 20, 2023. Flights out can be made after 2:00 PM on June 24, 2023.
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 $630 supplement.
- All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop
- All permits and park fees
- All transportation during the workshop
- Photographic guiding and instruction from 2 pros
- 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 $630 supplement.
“Talor was very knowledgable and the critiques were awesome. Talor Stone is a great workshop leader. Really made the workshop fun. Would gladly take another workshop with her as the leader. ”
“Richard Bernabe was an excellent workshop leader. He kept the group to a good schedule, made sure no one dominated the best spot to get the photos, always sat in the front seat of the car or took up most of his time and attention. I like that we mixed up who rode in each vehicle. It is difficult for participants to do this on their own. Richard is very knowledgeable both of photography and of Great Smoky National Park and has a easy, helpful way of working with participants to help them improve their shots. He put a lot of effort into getting us to the right place at the right time and helping get set up. He is also super friendly and fun. ”