Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Spring Photography Workshop

April 15-19, 2020      


Smoky Mountains Photography Workshop Bears

Smoky Mountains

Bears, Cubs, and Much More!

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Spring is an incredible time to photograph the most visited National Park in America.  With 1600 plant species, over 60 mammals, and one of the highest black bear densities in North America; the Great Smoky Mountains is one of the best locations in the Southeast to capture spring at its finest.  As the flowers in the lower elevations begin to bloom; deer, birds, and the predators come to life.  Spring is a fantastic time to capture the essence of this National Park as the rivers rise, waterfalls roar and mammals begin to show off their young.  Your guides have spent significant time in the Smoky Mountains in both Spring and Fall and know the exact locations to capture stunning landscapes, trails to hidden falls, and predictable wildlife engagement. We also work on photographing deserted buildings and churches which give unique perspectives against the right lighting and flora backdrops. We beat the sweltering heat and humidity of summer and get our clients into key places where weather is mild and animals are active, a perfect combination.  We stay near the entrance of the park which ensures we get in and out at the best times to capture nature without hassling potential crowds.  

Why Choose this Trip?

We Are Expert Guides and Park Permittees

  • Create a learning environment where we get both you and your camera ready for the many types of wildlife and nature photography opportunities we will experience. There will be several working sessions in the field to help you improve your photography skills and practice anticipating and reacting to both animals and the environment in which you are shooting.  

  • Visit locations that place our photographers in the best viewing areas to capture animals in their natural habitat. This includes: Deer, Bear, Turkey, Horses, Birds, and other animals as presented. Horses are corraled for the first mile of the park  

  • Most photography will occur just outside our vehicle. There are abundant wildlife, landscape and water related photography opportunities. The maximum walking distance is below .5 mile. 

  • We are authorized park permittees in all government regulated locations we visit, this includes National Parks and Wildlife Refuges. We follow all park regulations and uphold the values established to protect you and the park we are visiting. Be careful booking any trip with travel companies that cannot provide proper documentation, it can end your trip very quickly. 

Smoky Mountains Photography Workshop Bears


Zero Stress Vacation

April 15: All Travelers meet at Hotel by 5p. Tripod Travelers will pick up all clients flying in to the airport. Orientation, dinner, meet and greet at local establishment.  

April 16: 6a breakfast, drive to key locations to photograph sunrise, continue in park to photograph wildlife. 12p, lunch in the park. Continue photography in the park. Dinner 430p, return to park for wildlife, sunset in the park


April 17: 6a breakfast, sunrise in the park drive to key locations to photograph wildlife. Lunch outside of Park. 430p enter park return to wildlife locations and photograph through 8p, capture sunset.  Dinner outside the Park. Picture review, post processing discussions before 4p.


April 18: 6a breakfast.  Wildlife and Landscape against sunrise lighting. 12p lunch outside the park, break until 3p. Picture review and post processing discussions at the lodge.  Early dinner then return to park for late afternoon wildlife and sunset.


April 19: 8a breakfast, photo reviews and post processing.  Check out of hotel by 11a, return flying travelers back to Knoxville airport, flights after 1p


If you have any questions please contact us at

Smoky Mountains Photography Workshop Bears

We Take Care of You

Photograph all Day, Feast at Night!

What is Included?

  • Airport transfer from Knoxville, TN Airport

  • Lodging

  • Meals

  • All Ground Transportation, only our photographers.

  • Snacks and Drinks

  • Expert Guide, putting you on the Bears in unique locations

  • Photography Instruction, including post processing and critique

  • Dedicated Photography Instruction, including post processing and critique.

  • Non-Photography Travelers/Significant Other $100 discount.

Not Included:

  • Air Transportation

  • Incidentals

  • Alcohol

  • Travel Insurance and Medical Assistance Insurance

  • Single Supplement Charge

Smoky Mountains Photography Workshop Bears

Smoky Mountains

Taken by Tom Mace