Nature Revealed | Photographing Plants + Nature in the Studio

Location.  Lee Anne White’s Studio, Gainesville, Georgia

Dates. 2020 dates TBA.


Description. Why put your camera away just because it's cold outside?  You can photograph flowers, seedpods, shells and other items collected from nature year round in the studio. In this class we’ll explore easy ways to setup an small studio in your home; working with natural light, continuous studio lights and other creative lighting techniques; locating and using backdrops and props; arranging still life settings and more. We'll also discuss collecting and preserving materials throughout the year to photograph later in the studio.

What to expect. This is small workshop held in my own studio, with access to all of my props, materials and equipment. In addition to my own botanical and nature collections, we'll bring in fresh flowers to photograph. There will be plenty of time for group instruction, one-on-one support and daily image reviews. There is a logical progression to the introduction of studio and still life photography skills, but free range for creativity and personal expression is encouraged. Come prepared to play!

Who should attend. This is a workshop for those who want to explore still life photography in the studio and add to their photographic repertoire. Participants should have a basic understanding of their camera’s operation, exposure metering and image processing, as well as a. passion for plants and the natural world.

What to bring. Bring your digital camera, your favorite lenses (including a macro lens, macro filters or extension tubes for closeup work), a circular polarizing filter, a sturdy tripod, and a laptop for downloading and working with images. You’ll need image-editing software of your choice to process and share images.

Enrollment is limited. I want to make sure each student receives ample or one-on-one instruction and image feedback, so class size is very small. Reserve your space now.


The studio. Like many artist studios, mine is located in an old warehouse. It’s not fancy, but it is functional. It is also convenient—located just two blocks from the historic downtown Gainesville square.  Come comfortable and casual.

Meals. With the exception of our Sunday reception, students are responsible for their own meals. We’ll take time each day for lunch, when you can join classmates or use this time for a personal break. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from in Gainesville, and many of our best local eateries are located within safe, easy walking distance of the studio. We often go out together or get lunch to go for eating in the studio.

Lodging. Gainesville has many hotels to choose from. The Ramada Inn and Hampton Inn are within easy walking distance. Other comfortable accommodations worth checking out include the Hilton Garden Inn and the Fairfield Inn & Suites. There are many budget hotels, as well, and you might want to investigate in-town options via Airbnb.

Tuition and registration. Tuition is $875. Meals, lodging and transportation are not included. A $400 deposit, which includes a non-refundable $100 registration fee, is required to reserve your space. The remaining balance is due at least 30 days prior to the workshop. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. You may register online or email Lee Anne directly and mail a check. When we receive your registration and payment, we’ll send either an acceptance email indicating that you’re enrolled in the workshop or notification that you’re on the waiting list. 


GETTING THERE. Gainesville is located 65 miles north of Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta, which takes about 1 hr 15 minutes to drive from in moderate traffic (less on weekends, considerably more during rush hour). Take I-85 and I-985 north to Exit 14, then GA 129 to town. The studio is located on Maple Street, just a half block south of Jessie Jewell Parkway.


CANCELLATIONS, REFUNDS, TRIP INSURANCE. If for any reason you need to withdraw from the workshop, please notify us in writing within 30 days of the first workshop day. We will return your deposit less the $100 registration fee. If you cancel less than 30 days before the start of a workshop, your deposit is non-refundable unless we are able to fill your space, in which case we will refund your deposit less the cancellation fee. Cancellations made less than 7 days before the start of the workshop will not be refunded unless we are able to fill your space. We highly recommend that you purchase refundable airline tickets and consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance. We will not be responsible for refunds due to illness, personal emergency, unattended workshops, or events not under our control. In the event that a workshop is cancelled for any reason, our liability is limited to the return of all fees paid to us. We will not be responsible for any loss on airline tickets, or any other losses related to cancellation.

WAIVER OF LIABILITY. Lee Anne White Photography shall have no responsibility or liability for personal injury to any participant, or damage to any participant’s property, or for personal injuries or damage to the property of any other person resulting from the participant’s involvement in our workshop. We shall have no responsibility for the acts, errors, or omissions of instructors or staff, transportation companies, lodging facilities, restaurants, tour guides and outfitters, or other providers of services to participants in the course of the workshops. We have the right to cancel any workshop and to alter the time, context, or format of any workshop in the event circumstances require it.