Flower Photography Workshop: from realistic to imaginative

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Mountain Lens Training Center

6356 Willow Rd

Hendersonville, NC 28739

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Celebrate the return of Spring and the emergence of colorful flowers in all nature’s variety with a flower photography workshop. We can approach flower photography from a variety of stylistic points of view from realistic to imaginative. In this workshop, we embrace a full spectrum of techniques so you can discover new approaches and refine your existing skills. Being based at Mountain Lens in Hendersonville, NC, in the same workshop we are able to combine controlled environment studio techniques, with in-the field photography at the impressive gardens and conservatory at the historic Biltmore Estate in nearby Asheville, NC. The centerpiece of the Biltmore’s famous gardens is the walled garden which features 74,000 tulips at peak bloom in April. Flowering trees and shrubs adorn the paths and we might also catch early blooming azaleas and a wisteria-draped pergola.

Some realistic, left-brained photo techniques we’ll cover include clean, modern, high-key flower photography and focus-stacking to expand depth-of-field, which is especially useful for deep flowers. Imaginative, right-brained photo techniques will include using a Lensbaby specialty lens to combine sharpness with pleasing blur, intentional camera movement techniques, and artistic distortions created by photographing flowers through, or reflected in, textured art glass.

Your experience will be enhanced and consolidated through group photo sharing with supportive image feedback, and you will practice editing your own images with input and guidance from Mary Louise. The workshop culminates with each participant printing one of their images to take home for display.

Workshop Fee:

$599 Early Registration until March 19, 2020

$645 Registration after March 19, 2020

Pay a $300 deposit on Eventbrite. Remaining balance requested by April 1, 2020.

Who Should Attend

Experienced beginner, intermediate and advanced DSLR or mirror-less camera users. Participants must be familiar with basic camera operation, including the setting of aperture, shutter speed and ISO. If desired, participants can bring their own laptop for image editing, or they will be able to use one of the 27 inch iMac machines available at the training facility.

Class size is limited to 6 students.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?


Mary Louise Ravese
Bella Vista Photography
(571) 594-2390 (East Coast)


April Johnson
Mountain Lens
(828)-230-3685 (East Coast)

What's not included with your tuition

  • Lodging

  • Meals (except for 2 boxed lunches)

  • Ground Transportation

How do I Get There

Mountain Lens is about a 45 min drive south of downtown Asheville, NC and 30 min drive from Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) which is serviced by these airlines: Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta, Spirit, Elite Airways and United Airlines. Alternatively, a larger airport in Charlotte, NC is a 2 hr drive away.

Approximate driving times:

Atlanta, GA: 3 hrs 20 min

Raleigh, NC: 4.5 hrs

Spartanburg, SC: 1 hr 10 min

Washington DC: 8 hrs

We will be driving in our cars from Mountain Lens to area photo shoot locations. Carpooling/Ridesharing is encouraged and we can help you connect with other participants to facilitate this. Please do not book your non-refundable airfare until notified to do so by workshop leader.


Lodging is not included in the workshop fee. Mountain Lens offers lodging on-site in a cottage and a carriage house, accommodating up to 13 people for workshops.

Fox Den Interior

Their rates run from $90 - $175 per person for shared suites that include a kitchenette. Luxury amenities include high-definition TVs and high-speed WiFi. For those who prefer private accomodations, Mountain Lens can provide recommendations for local area hotels and B&Bs.

Contact Mountain Lens directly to book your lodging at (828)-230-3685

If you are a solo traveller and would like to be matched with a roommate, please let us know.

Can I bring a companion along?

Of course, they'll love it! We realize that this is an appealing destination even if you are not a photographer.

Registered partipants are welcome to bring a non-participating companion on the trip. Companions are welcome to join us at workshop social activities like meals, but will not attend photo shoots, classroom sessions or receive instruction.

Our lodging location is about 45 min drive from downtown Asheville. In Asheville, your travel companion can take advantage of all the shopping, dining and other activities that the area offers while you are involved with the workshop activities. Contact Mountain Lens for information about area activities.

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Mountain Lens Training Center

6356 Willow Rd

Hendersonville, NC 28739

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Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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