“I’m not even sure where to begin to express my gratitude for what I experienced last week. I guess I expected a class more on the workings/techniques of photography. What I received was a life changing view of our earth and how we as photographers can share that view with others. Your knowledge and love for these mountains, trees, plants and flowers is second to none. I always thought of myself as a nature lover but you probably forgot more then I’ll never know.
You are truly blessed with the gift of teaching and reaching not only the minds of your students but most importantly their “hearts”, and for that I thank you from the bottom of mine.”


Brad H
Murphy, North Carolina

I’ve never had a harder working or more knowledgeable workshop leader.

Mickey R.
Chattanooga, Tennessee

This was a most remarkable experience, led by thoughtful and well-prepared leaders. At the risk of hyperbole, the weekend changed the way I think about and approach my photography.

Peter R.
Highlands, North Carolina

Don’s extensive photographic knowledge, ability to explain concepts in various ways, patience and gentle manner, made this one of the best workshops ever. I plan on signing up for more.

Ginny B
Brevard, North Carolina

Don teaches photography, sure. But while you are taking notes on exposure and composition you will also find yourself discovering what he really wants you to learn–a passion for natural surroundings that literally forces you to try to express it in a way that is meaningful to you. He pursues this with an intensity that will surprise you, no matter how large your appetite for creating more responsive images.

Bill G
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

"I want to thank you for a magnificent week...of community and photography. On a scale of 1 to 10, the time I spent thinking and working and sharing was a 12! I'm looking forward to my next workshop with you."

Pat C
Northampton, Massachussets

"I just wanted to tell you how much our brief time together influenced me...I literally carried your tip sheet folded up in the pocket of my pants and I would try to absorb what was around me a bit before shooting... I really appreciated and respect your whole approach to finding the rhythms in nature and being a part of it...."

Ray F
Washington, D.C.

"Don is a generous and knowledgeable teacher. He understands the craft and art of photography so well that he is able to explain and demonstrate in ways that are clear and very helpful. He is a gifted instructor and one of the nicest people teaching photography today."

Pam L
Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina