2018 Dates, Location, & Details to be announced soon!


Jackie Kramer, Heléna Adelmann, Nancy Kirkpatrick,
Mary Jean Campanellie, Rose Mary LaLonde, & Valerie Interligi, Eileen Sklon,
& Carol Rasmussen.
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in Gainesville, Florida (please plan travel accordingly)
It is a serene garden with lots of natural areas. A one mile trail is flat and easy to navigate. Roller bags and tripods are welcome.
Please consider staying at the hotel since we will go until 9pm on Day 2 and will be working at the conference room in the hotel on Day 3.
Country Inn & Suites (1 mi from garden) is offering us a discounted rate starting at $89/nt + tax. Book soon to reserve your room. Their larger suites are very spacious and more than adequate for 2 people and gear. Enter arrival & departure dates then click "more search options" in the PROMOTIONAL CODE BOX where you enter the code FLORAL for group rates
ITINERARY (subject to change)
Day 1, Tuesday, May 2nd: Kanapaha 9:30am - 5pm
Our day will begin at 9:30am with registration and orientation in the main conference hall followed by presentations and shooting in the garden. Weather will dictate the order of events. Lunch will be on your own, however there will be an option to purchase food for delivery.
Jackie Kramer - Introduction & overview of workshop
Heléna Adelmann - Overview on her approach to the gardens and editing for an "Old World" feel
Jackie & Carol Rasmussen - An introduction to Lensbabies, how to combine optics & accessories, and examples
Valerie Interligi - Step-by-Step walk through artistic floral edit
Eileen Sklon - Having fun in-camera! Panning & other creative techniques that you don't need to take into Photoshop!
Day 2, Wednesday, May 3rd - Kanapaha 9am - 9pm
Classroom presentations and shooting. We have access to the Gardens all day and into the evening. Same option for lunch. Dinner on your own.
Nancy Kirkpatrick - High key images 
Rose Mary LaLonde - Photoshop, textures, and finishing touches
Mary Jean Campanellie - An introduction to Corel Painter
Jackie Kramer - Editing in Lightroom and Photoshop; Layouts using the print module in Lightroom
Panel discussion on the Business of Fine Art Photography - Print & product sales, exhibits, selling digital rights, social media, etc.
Day 3, Thursday, May 4th: Country Inn & Suites 10:30 - 2pm
Optional field trip from 8:30 - 10am. You can choose to meet in one of 2 locations for shooting natural flowers in the field (weather dependent). At 10:30am we will convene in the hotel to work on editing. Portfolio reviews will also be available.
Jackie Kramer - what to do with your images (different modalities from metal to custom apps)
Panel Discussion - Q&A
Closing Session
  • Admission to the Garden
  • Photographic instruction in the field and classroom
Not Included:
  • Transportation
  • Meals
  • Hotel
  • Insurance

Register HERE.




  • Camera Body & Lenses (Bring what you use for flowers, a wide angle and zoom also if you like)
    • Bring camera manual (important unless you know your camera VERY well), extra batteries, battery charger
    • Back up body in case of an unlikely event
  • Memory Cards plus Card reader, if needed
  • Tripod (not necessary in the garden, but essential if you want to try lightpainting or studio style set up)
  • Diffuser & Reflectors (I like the 5in1 & can post a link to an example. Approx 20-22” dia max)
  • Flash unit if you own one (I use the Canon 600 EX/RTs; do not have ring light or twin lights)
  • A couple of small LED flashlights
  • Double AA (triple, too, if needed) batteries (I use Eneloop rechargeable batteries)
  • Laptop w/Lightroom & Photoshop, Corel if you have it, any 3rd-party software you use (if you plan to edit) + plenty of space on external drives


Other Essentials:

  • Camera bag – rolling bags are fine
  • Kneeling pad (one you would use for the garden; I like those w/a hand hold)
  • Umbrella & Rain Gear (Usually ushers in good weather if on hand!)
  • Jacket (It may get chilly at night.)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Bug repellent
  • Locks – It’s up to you as to how you wish to secure your laptop & other gear that you don’t carry at all times. I’ve never locked mine, although I don’t usually allow room service when any of my gear or laptop and drives are in the room unattended.
  • Insurance – Trip insurance should cover the travel and health related possibilities.
  • Enthusiasm, Good Energy,& a Desire to Learn & Share!




For an itinerary with PHOTOS, click HERE.