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 2023 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...     







Explore the Crystal Coast of NC - March 20-26, 2022


Along the southern coast of North Carolina is a region rich with history, amazing views, and thrilling experiences. This is the Crystal Coast!  Also known as the Southern Outer Banks, it is a stretch of 85 miles of pristine beaches.  Mountaineer Photo Excursions has scouted this area and wants you to come explore with us!


The village of Beaufort lies on the coast bordering the southern end of the Outer Banks and is North Carolina’s third-oldest town.  It began as a fishing village and shipping port in the late 1600s, and has been a stop for merchants, privateers, and patriots.   While there, we will visit the Beaufort Historic Site, which includes six professionally restored structures.  We will also stroll through the Old Burying Grounds, the resting place of many historic names marked with large and intricate headstones.  We may even take a tour on a vintage English Double Decker Bus!  We also are looking forward to a short boat ride to Carrot Island, home to about 40 wild, exciting horses.


One of the attractions of Atlantic Beach is, of course, the beach! Beautiful and clean, with amazing views of the ocean and sky! In addition, we plan to explore Fort Macon State Park and the Fort itself. Construction of the Fort began in 1826, and the while the Fort was taken by the Confederacy at the beginning of the Civil War, the Union was able to later retake the Fort. The harbor served as a coaling station for Union Navy ships for the duration of the War. Fort Macon became North Carolina’s second State Park in 1924, when it was purchased as surplus federal property for just one dollar.   


With views of colorful charter fishing boats, restaurants, and specialty shops, the waterfront in Morehead City is a “Must See” attraction!  It’s also home to Jaycee Park, which offers plenty of spots to sit and absorb the view, as well as historical statues and landmarks.  We hope to visit near sunset, when the waterfront landscape will be its most exciting and colorful!   


The Crystal Coast is home to beautiful beaches, varied wildlife, delicious food, and almost endless stories of its history.  Lodging for the week is included at a comfortable, luxurious, and modern hotel, which is only minutes away from most of our selected venues.  In addition, we will be bringing the “Super Van” for all our local transportation.  This is a 15-passenger van, with room for our Workshoppers and your gear!  Make plans today to join Amanda Haddox and Ron Gaskins as Mountaineer Photo Excursions explores the Crystal Coast in March of 2022.    


WHEN:         Stay with us beginning on Sunday afternoon, March 20 – March 26, 2022.  Our four-day workshop will begin on Monday (3/21) and conclude on Friday (3/25), with a “free day” included to visit some special additional locations. 


LODGING:    We have reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Morehead City, NC.  Rooms include either a King bed or two Queens, and are equipped with free Wi-Fi, a mini-fridge, microwave, coffee maker, flat screen TV, work desk, complimentary morning newspaper, free breakfast, and free parking. 


WHO:           Ron and Amanda are welcoming 10 participants for this photo workshop.


FEE:             The regular workshop registration fee is $1680.00.  All registration payments must be paid no later than Sunday, February 20, 2022.  We are offering an “Early Bird” discount fee of just $1390.00, a 17% discount off the full fee.  To qualify for the discounted fee, your fee must be paid in full by Saturday, January 15, 2022, at 11:00 pm.  


Our fee for this workshop includes photography instruction, admission to all our selected venues, local transportation, and lodging at our designated hotel.  Meals are not included in this cost; your transportation to/from Morehead City, NC, is your responsibility.  Our standard Liability Waiver must be completed to participate in this event.  We do have a reduced fee for a 2nd participant sharing a single room.  Contact us for details. 


CONTACT:    To register or to learn more, please contact [email protected]



Outer Banks With NANPA, April 7-10, 2022


Join Ron Gaskins and Amanda Haddox in the Outer Banks of North Carolina photographing along the Atlantic Coast, the Currituck Sound and other locations for sunrises, sunsets, shorebirds, and black bears.  

We will photograph 2 ½ days, from sunrise over the Atlantic to sunset across the Sound.  Opportunities for active wildlife and stunning scenery will be found up and down the barrier islands as we visit:  

  • Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge  
  • Alligator River National. Wildlife Refuge
  • Audubon Pine Island Sanctuary  
  • Kitty Hawk Woods Coastal Reserve  
  • Currituck Banks Coastal Estuarine Reserve
  • Elizabethan Gardens
  • Jockey’s Ridge State Park


The Outer Banks (OBX) is North Carolina’s easternmost point and the first to see the sunrise.  As you walk or wade on the beaches, you could share the space with more than 400 bird species.  On the Outer Banks, you’re likely to find some of the creatures that consider this region their home. The varied landscapes and mild climate create a habitat that can support a vast array of animals. In addition to the fish, gulls, and squirrels, there are other mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians that you may have never seen before in the wild but can find in the Outer Banks.


This workshop is organized for nature and wildlife photographers of all experience levels.  Guidance is available for those who wish assistance in improving their photography skills.  This event will also benefit those who are interested in location guidance. Our leaders are familiar with the area, have scouted the locations we will visit, and will focus attention on the areas with the best photographic possibilities. 

Field conditions will vary. Our walking will take us on the beach, boardwalks, sidewalks and unimproved paths. While we will concentrate on obtaining the best possible images, we will do so while adhering to responsible and ethical wildlife viewing guidelines.  This workshop is not wheelchair friendly.  

Cost:  $495 NANPA member; $695 non-members.
Last date to register: March 28, 2022
Minimum number attendees:  14
Maximum number attendees:  20

Tour Leaders -  

Ron Gaskins, owner of West Virginia Fine Photography, is known for illustrating the stories of others, as well as his own; documenting events, from conventions to firefighter training; and capturing images of wildlife, such as Rocky Mountain Elk in Kentucky and Great Blue Herons just down the road from his home.  His photography and written work have been published in tour books, newspapers and magazines, including Wonderful West Virginia and Country Roads Journal.  He has been selected as Resident Photographer for the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge and as the Artist in Residence for the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

Amanda Haddox, through her own photography business In My Mind’s Eye, has created some of the most striking landscape images from West Virginia and across the eastern United States.  In addition to her love for the scenery of the Mountain State, she enjoys photographing lighthouses along the east and west coasts, along with the Great Lakes.  Her work has appeared in magazines such as Shutterbug, Lighthouse Digest, and Pacific Standard, on West Virginia State Park brochures, and has been used in textbooks, as book covers, on websites, and in local newspapers. 

Together, Ron and Amanda are Mountaineer Photo Excursions, and offer workshops in interesting, attractive, and exciting locations, as well as classes for both beginners and experienced photographers. Since 2012, Ron and Amanda have led more than 30 workshops in eight states. Learn more at www.MountaineerPhotoExcursions.com.


Ramada Plaza, Nags Head Oceanfront
1701 South Virginia Dare Trail
Kill Devil Hills, NC  27948
Phone:  252-441-2151
Website:  www.ramadaplazanagshead.com

Reservations must be made by phone. Call the hotel directly at (800) 635-1824 or (254) 441-2151, and mention that you’re with the NANPA Photography Group.  Cutoff date for hotel reservations: March 7, 2022

Group Sunday lunch is included in your registration fee.  All other meals are on your own. 

Preliminary Itinerary   

Thursday, April 7, 2022
Arrival and hotel check-in.  Dinner on your own followed by early evening Orientation and Meet & Greet at the hotel. 

Friday and Saturday, April 8-9, 2022
Full days of photography with the leaders at locations TBD, depending on weather and conditions.

Sunday, April 10, 2022
Morning photography session at location TBD depending on weather and conditions. Final Lunch/Wrap up (included in registration fee).

Please note: We’ll change the schedule if local conditions dictate better photographic opportunities during the event.

Registration:  All registration is through NANPA.  http://www.nanpa.org/events/regionals/outerbanks-nc-2022/  

Full details on this event are on NANPA's "Events" page.    




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


Happy Birthday to the Marblehead Lighthouse!  Mountaineer Photo Excursions will be making our third trip to Marblehead and Put In Bay.  We will spend the weekend on both the mainland and on South Bass Island in northern Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie.  


This will be a weekend workshop and will include lodging, as well as local transportation on South Bass Island. More details will be forthcoming!  




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


Check back on this space...  After the overwhelming response to our Maine photo workshop during the summer of 2021, we are already planning for our return!  





We are working on some exciting destinations for 2023!  We'll share as we firm up the details.


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

www.MountaineerPhotoExcursions.com    [email protected]



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