“Then I realized that adventure was the best way to learn.”
And what a wonderful adventure it was a few weeks back amongst the waterfalls at the Forest and Falls Workshop in Tennessee.
If there’s anything that I’ve realized over the years, it’s that when I take leaps into the unknown it’s always the most rewarding for me. A friend had told me about this workshop but then wasn’t able to go. So I was contemplating driving 9.5 hours to a workshop where I really knew no one. Eek! But when I started reading up on it and saw the lineup of speakers and that the location was going to be at a campsite at Fall Creek Falls State Park in Spencer, Tennessee (where you can find the highest free-fall waterfalls east of the Mississippi River. ), it was kind of love at first sight. I was determined to experience what this workshop had to offer me and see how I could grow. Is that weird? Sometimes I think that we photographers are a mysterious breed with how freakin’ excited we get about attending educational conferences and workshops. Haha. But I guess that’s what happens when you love what you do.
I had no idea what to expect from this trip, but it ended up being pretty darn amazing. I arrived to meet 150 other amazing photographers from all over the world and we convened to learn new tips and insight from each other and to also learn more about ourselves. We spent our days exploring around the park and being educated by the wonderful speakers (and each other) and spent evenings chatting around bonfires eating smores and drinking craft beer. And as nerve-wracking as it was for this introvert to walk into this group of strangers, I left with a full heart, many new friends, lots of information to reinvigorate my soul with inspiration, and of course… photos to share with you from my trip. Enjoy!
If you’d like to check this workshop out next year, head to:
This year’s lineup of amazing speakers:
Robert J. Hill
Aaron & Whitney
Kristen Marie Parker
Cody + Allison
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