Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Great Smoky Mountain National Park 

Summer Photography Workshop

August 7-11, 2020      


Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountains Wildlife Photography Workshop Black Bears

Bears, Cubs, and Much More!

Late Summer is all about Bears moving from all day grazing grass and scavenging to climbing the trees as fruit begins to ripen.  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 summer at its finest.  Wild cherry trees and many early nuts are on the menu and so is getting amazing shots of these tree acrobats.  Your guides have spent significant time in the Smoky Mountains year round 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 mid 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 free ranging in 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 1 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 Wildlife Photography Workshop Black Bears

We Take Care of You

Photograph all Day, Feast at Night!

Smoky Mountains Wildlife Photography Workshop Black Bears

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


Zero Stress Vacation

Aug 7: 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.  


Aug 8: 6a breakfast, drive to key locations to photograph sunrise, continue in park to photograph wildlife. 12p, lunch in the park. Afternoon wildlife photography. Dinner 430p, return to park for wildlife, sunset in the park


Aug 9: 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.


Aug 10: 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.


Aug 11 : 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 Wildlife Photography Workshop Black Bears

Smoky Mountains

Taken by Tom Mace