Welcome to our ​Workshops!  Mountaineer Photo Excursions is about teaching and learning in interesting and exciting locations.  We have a full schedule of events already in place for 2022... Our 10th Anniversary!  We're also firming up locations and dates for 2024 and beyond!  We may have taken some hits in the last couple years, but we're still working!  Whether you like the beach, the mountains, wildlife, waterfalls, history or just visiting somewhere different, we have a workshop that will fit your interest.  We don't just take you to beautiful places...we teach you to have a better understanding of how to use your cameras, as well as new photo techniques, to preserve and share your adventures!

Please review our descriptions, and also visit our photo galleries.  You will see more from these locations, along with past workshops, and some previews from our scouting trips!  We currently have destinations planned into 2025!

We are also doing photography classes!  Check out our new "Classes" area on the website.  Contact us at [email protected].

Ron & Amanda will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will make adjustments to our activities and schedules as necessary.  Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Ron Gaskins and Amanda Haddox                                        


Our Next Workshop...     








Put In Bay & Marblehead Workshop - June 24-26, 2022

Registration is OPEN!

Mountaineer Photo Excursions is returning to northern Ohio to see some sights!  We will be visiting the town of Put In Bay on South Bass Island on Lake Erie.  Put In Bay has many attractions, such as the Heineman’s Winery, the Crystal Cave, Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial, the Butterfly House, the South Bass Island Lighthouse and more!  In addition, it’s a Pirate Weekend!  “Yo Ho Ho!”  Pyrate Fest 2022!  “Argh!”


In addition, 2022 is the 200th Anniversary of the Marblehead Lighthouse.  It is located within the Marblehead Lighthouse State Park and is one of Lake Erie’s best known and most-photographed landmarks.  This lighthouse is the oldest one in continuous operation on the Great Lakes!  The grounds also include the Keeper’s House, constructed in 1880, and a replica of the U.S. Lifesaving Station, which was completed in 2016.    


To round out our weekend, we’ll also visit the Port Clinton Lighthouse.  This restored lighthouse was in service for 56 years until it was decommissioned in 1952.  In 2014, restoration began and when complete, the lighthouse was relocated to the northern end of Waterworks Park.    A replica Lightkeeper’s Boathouse is located nearby. 


Our weekend will also include other venues in the region to see wildlife and scenic views of the Lake Erie area.  Our workshop weekend will include admission to our selected venues, lodging for Friday and Saturday nights, and lunch on Saturday.  Please visit our photo gallery from our previous workshop in 2015:  https://www.mountaineerphotoexcursions.com/p745693766



WHEN:         June 24 – 26, 2022.  All registration will close on May 23, 2022.


WHERE:       Our center of activities will be in Marblehead, OH, located on the shores of Lake Erie.  Our workshop will include locations in Marblehead, Sandusky, Port Clinton and Put In Bay.


LODGING:    We have arranged for specially priced lodging for two nights at the South Beach Resort, located in Marblehead, OH.  We have a block of rooms reserved, mixed between two room options.  The Standard Room, with 2 queen beds & a single Jacuzzi (included in registration fee); and the Deluxe Room, with 2 queen beds, walk out patio, two-person Jacuzzi ($60 additional, room selection subject to availability).    


WHO:           Ron and Amanda are welcoming 14 clients for this workshop.  This is a firm limit, due to our travel accommodations. 


FEE:             Our regular fee is $1050.00, which includes all workshop instruction, ferry tickets, golf cart rental, admission to selected venues, two nights lodging at our selected hotel, and lunch on Saturday.  We are also offering an “Early Bird” discount fee of just $875.00.  WE ARE EXTENDING THE "EARLY BIRD" DISCOUNT DEADLINE TO MONDAY, APRIL 25!  This is a 15% savings, for registration paid by April 25, 2022, by 11:00 pm.  All registration will close on May 23, 2022.


Please see our cancellation and refund policy on our website at https://www.mountaineerphotoexcursions.com/about-us   


CONTACT:    Please email [email protected] with questions or to register.





"Colors Of Maine" Fall Photo Workshop - October 2-8, 2022

Registration Will Open Soon!

In October, Mountaineer Photo Excursions will be falling UP!  We will be enjoying “Fall” in Maine..UP, or north, from most of the east coast!  Amanda and Ron were in Maine for a workshop in June of last year and had a great time with our Workshoppers!  Since then, we’ve been back and have scouted for a fall workshop and have included several new venues!  The fall colors in “The Pine Tree State” are outstanding, and we anticipate being there during their peak!


Several lighthouses will be on our schedule, including sunrise at the scenic and most photographed lighthouse in the world, the Portland Head Lighthouse. Completed in 1791, it’s also Maine’s oldest lighthouse. We will also be visiting the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse. With its iconic rocky shoreline and bedrock base that descends from the lighthouse into the ocean, it was selected to represent Maine on the state’s quarter.  In addition, we plan to visit the “Bug Light,” and Spring Point Light at Fort Preble. 


Of course, Bar Harbor will be on our schedule, including a visit to Agamont Park, which overlooks Frenchman’s Bay.  The “Margaret Todd” sailing ship serves as a perfect foreground as the sun rises over the water.  There are also many opportunities for some souvenir shopping in downtown Bar Harbor, as well as restaurants.  From here, we’ll embark on a whale watching cruise into the Atlantic Ocean! We’re also planning for time at the beautiful Acadia National Park, where we’ll ride the “Island Explorer” shuttle to visit Jordan Pond, the Bubbles, Otter Cliff, Eagle Lake, the Schoodic Peninsula, Thunder Hole, and other sites.    


An historic stop will be Maine’s Fort Knox, one of the best-preserved examples of coastal defense structures from the mid-1800s.  Nearby is the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory.  We’ll ride Maine’s fastest elevator up 420 feet for breathtaking views of the Penobscot River and Bay as the hillsides show off their stunning autumn colors. 


Traveling south, the Maine Maritime Museum is waiting for us on the banks of the Kennebec River.  The Museum is a combination of indoor galleries of exhibits promoting Maine’s maritime heritage and culture; outdoors, the only surviving shipyard allows us to see where wooden sailing vessels were built, and many of the original buildings have been preserved.  An Autumn Splendor Cruise on the Kennebec River will be included in our visit.  Along with a unique views of peak fall foliage from the water, sights include various lighthouses, along with bald eagles and other waterfowl. 


Our “Colors of Maine” week-long workshop includes local transportation, two cruises and lodging for the entire week, as well as any fees and admission to our selected venues.  Of course, Amanda and Ron will be your guides and instructors, and will share their photography knowledge and experience to help you improve your skills and return home with amazing images.  We’ve created an exciting schedule to “expose” you to a wide variety of sights and experiences to remember from the “Colors of Maine” photo workshop.    


WHEN:         October 2 – 8 (Sunday – Saturday).  We will meet at our motel on Sunday afternoon and begin our “Colors of Maine” workshop on Monday morning.  After experiences and photographs of a full week, we will check out and head home on Saturday. 


WHERE:       This workshop will include several locations along the shore as we travel south from Bar Harbor.  All local transportation is included in the cost of this workshop.  We will primarily use a 15-passenger van and utilize the “Island Explorer” shuttle within Acadia Natl. Park.  If you are traveling by air, the Hancock County – Bar Harbor Airport (BHB) is conveniently located in Trenton, ME, near our selected motel. 


LODGING:    Lodging is included with this workshop, and we will be guests of the Acadia Sunrise Motel.  The motel is convenient for all our travels and provides a comfortable place to rest for the next day’s adventures.  Regular rooms include a queen bed, full bath, flat screen TV, microwave, refrigerator, and free WIFI.  A limited number of Family rooms are available with two queen beds at an increased fee. 


WHO:           Mountaineer Photo Excursions is welcoming 10 participants to this event.  We will operate in accordance with the appropriate health requirements by the Maine State authorities.  Currently, there are no restrictions on visitors to Maine.  The Maine CDC is not requiring masks. 


FEE:             Registration will open on Saturday, May 21, 2022.  We are offering an “Early Bird” discount fee of just $1695.00.  (save 15% - $300), if you register no later than Saturday, August 13, 2022, at 11:00 pm.  Registration after that time will be at the regular fee. 


The regular workshop fee will be $1995.00.  Both the regular and discount fees include a full week of field trips, photography instruction, admission to our selected venues, lodging for six nights at our designated location, and local transportation.  Meals are not included; transportation to/from Bar Harbor is not included.  A second participant staying in the same room will receive a discount.  Non-participating companions may stay in the same room at no additional charge but may NOT accompany us on our field trips.  We cannot provide transportation for non-participants.  The deadline for regular registration is September 3, 2022, at 11:00 pm. 


CONTACT:    Email [email protected] to register or if you have questions.  You may also call 304-532-0070.  Our standard Liability Waiver is required to participate in this event.  See the “About Us” page on our website for our full cancellation and refund information. 





Jenny Wiley Fall Photo Workshop - October 2022

We plan to return!  More info to be shared soon!




We are working on some exciting destinations for 2023, 2024, & 2025! 

We'll share as we firm up the details.  

Maryland      Pennsylvania      Alaska      Kentucky


Deep Creek Lake & Oakland, MD, Photo Workshop - Feb. 3-5, 2023

Winter puts everything in a different perspective.  Snow and the season change the appearance of our landscapes and other subjects.  The western panhandle of Maryland usually sees winter in all of its cold beauty, and Mountaineer Photo Excursions will be taking you there and sharing that beauty!  


Visit this page as we update the details on this winter weekend photography workshop!  We're planning for early February and will share dates as soon as possible.




Great Alaska Grizzly Adventure – September 22 -28, 2023

This Workshop is FULL!

We Are Making Plans for a 2nd Trip in 2024!

Mountaineer Photo Excursions has traveled to many locations in the eastern United States!  We’ve been North to Maine and South to Florida, as well as East to the North Carolina coast! Now, Amanda Haddox and Ron Gaskins are traveling further than ever, to our “Great Alaska Grizzly Adventure!” and we want you to join us! 


This will be a one-of-a-kind wildlife adventure, as we expect to show you grizzly bears fishing for salmon and grazing for blueberries; grizzly bears wandering through the grass; grizzly bears swimming in glacier-fed lakes; grizzly bear cubs rolling over each other.  Beyond the wildlife, the environment presents dramatic landscapes like no other... the colorful tundra, accented by ponds and rivers; snow-capped mountains and rushing waterfalls! 


Would you like to wake up to a stunning sunrise over the Alaskan mountains, board a bush plane and fly over the brilliantly colored autumn Alaskan tundra, or watch grizzly bears leisurely grazing for blueberries or fishing for salmon?  After a full day of exploration and photography, would you like to return to the lodge for a delicious hot dinner, as you watch the sun set across the largest lake in the state? 


This will be a one-of-a-kind wildlife and nature adventure.  We will be traveling to “The Last Frontier” in September 2023.  Don’t delay!  If you want to learn more, if you want to join us on our “Great Alaska Grizzly Adventure,” click HERE!  Do you want to improve your photography?  Let us take you there!




Do you want to improve your photography?  Let us take you there!

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