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, '24 and beyond!  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...     





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Beginner Bootcamp – September 17 & 18, 2022 – Photography Workshop 


Do you have a new camera?  Do you have one gathering more dust than memories? 


Does a new camera make you a better photographer?  We would answer with a conditional “No.”  That’s why we developed our Beginner Bootcamp.  To teach you, to train you how to become a photographer…not just someone who owns a camera.  Operating one of today’s adjustable cameras can be a little puzzling at best, and at worst, somewhat overwhelming.  If you’re using the little green AUTO setting, but are frustrated because your photos look “okay,” but aren’t very exciting, we can help you!  


You Need Bootcamp! 


Mountaineer Photo Excursions, in cooperation with Cedar Lakes Conference Center, is offering a weekend workshop, “Beginner Bootcamp - Introduction to Digital Photography.”  Instructors Ron Gaskins and Amanda Haddox will explain what “AUTO” is doing and how to set your camera; composition guidance; lighting; methods to “polish” your photos after you take them; ways of organizing and protecting these treasures, and generally how to improve your photography and your understanding of your digital camera.


Bring your camera, your owner’s manual, and some of your photos.  If you have a laptop computer, bring that too!  In addition to classroom time, and we will also spend time with your camera in hand.  We will be doing photo outings on the campus of Cedar Lakes Conference Center.  This will include the historic covered bridge, the log house and school, the chapel on the lake, as well as the general beautiful scenery. 


WHEN:         Saturday & Sunday, September 17 & 18, 2022.  Beginner Bootcamp will begin at 8:30 am and finish at approximately 5:30 pm both days, with a lunch break.  Our first day will primarily be classroom.  Most of our second day will be spent with your camera in hand, whether in the classroom or out on the campus of Cedar Lakes. 


WHERE:       Cedar Lakes Conference Center, located at 82 FFA Drive in Ripley, WV.  Our classroom will be the lobby area of the recently remodeled “Main Lodge.”


WHO:           We will welcome a total of 12 participants. 


FEE:             Registration is now OPEN!  Commuter registration is just $129.00 for both days (plus tax).  This includes two full days of instruction, classroom and field trips.


LODGING:    We will be utilizing the “Main Lodge,”  with private rooms, each furnished with a full and twin bed, and a bathroom.  If two friends wish to share a room, the lodging fee may be shared.  We are recommending a two-night stay on Friday and Saturday nights.  Lodging fee is $92.22 (taxes included) for 1st night; second night would be $86.92 (totaling $179.14)  If needed, additional lodging is available in Holt Lodge, at a slightly higher rate.


CONTACT:    [email protected] or call 304-532-0070 to register or learn more.  All registration will be handled by Mountaineer Photo Excursions, and invoices will be sent via PayPal to your email. 






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

Registration is OPEN!

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.  

The regular workshop fee will be $1995.00.  The regular fee includes 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.   


For examples of what we'll see, please visit our "Colors of Maine" galleryhttps://www.mountaineerphotoexcursions.com/p1004805609







Jenny Wiley Fall Photo Workshop - October 21-23, 2022

Due to the recent flooding in eastern Kentucky, we are delaying registration at this time.  Please check back with us, as we will update this notice as soon as possible.   


Kentucky is calling and Mountaineer Photo Excursions will be returning this fall!  On October 21-23, 2022, we will lead another Jenny Wiley Fall Photo Workshop! 


Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg, KY, is our only annual workshop destination.  Amanda Haddox and Ron Gaskins have led at least one event a year here since our first one in 2012.  Every year, our schedule is a little different, and includes both long-time favorite activities and new venues. 


2022 is the 25th anniversary of the re-introduction of elk into eastern Kentucky.  According to “Kentucky Afield,” Kentucky’s first release of elk into the wild occurred on December 17, 1997.  Four thousand people lined Potato Knob in Perry County to watch the historic event.  The current elk population is estimated at over 10,000 animals according to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Kentucky has the highest elk population of any state east of the Mississippi River. 


One of our workshop highlights will be an elk tour.  While some years we have seen almost a hundred elk and other years have been less plentiful, we have never failed to see and photograph elk in the wild!  We have also seen other wildlife, such as whitetail deer and turkey, as well as feral horses. 


Another highlight of our workshop weekend will be our Pontoon Boat Cruise on Dewey Lake.  The lake, located within Jenny Wiley Sate Resort Park, is 1100 acres.  While providing plenty of opportunities for recreation such as boating and fishing, it is also home to several species of birds, as well as other animals along its shores.  We will spend a leisurely Sunday morning on pontoon boats, as we explore the lake and small coves.  On previous trips, we have seen turkey, whitetail deer, osprey, bald eagles, great blue heron, kingfishers, and more!  We also expect to see beautiful fall color and reflections during our cruise!  


In addition, Ron and Amanda will include additional locations of interest to explore with your camera.  We have visited historical sites, beautiful landscapes, and unique venues, and we will have special locations selected for this workshop. During the entire weekend, Ron and Amanda will share their photography knowledge and experience with participants.   


WHEN:                   October 21-23, 2022; Beginning Friday evening at 6:00 pm; a full day on Saturday; concluding early afternoon on Sunday. 


WHERE:                 Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg, KY

From Lexington, KY – 2 hours, 9 minutes; 123 miles.

From Charleston, WV – 2 hours, 9 minutes; 126 miles.

From Cincinnati, OH – 3 hours, 17 minutes; 199 miles.

From Knoxville, TN – 3 hours, 35 minutes; 201 miles.

From Asheville, NC – 3 hours, 38 minutes; 203 miles.


LODGING:              Clients will enjoy lodging at one of the premier Kentucky State Resort Parks at the May Lodge.  Lodging registrations will be accepted by Mountaineer Photo Excursions.  2022 Rates for a Standard Lodge Room with two full beds are $107.30/night; King Bed Room is $118.60/night (rates include all taxes & fees). We recommend two nights stay (Friday & Saturday nights).    


WHO:                    Ron and Amanda are welcoming new and returning “Workshoppers” to this event, up to a maximum of 21 people.     


FEE:                      $159.00 and still our least expensive weekend Excursion!  All registration and lodging reservations will be handled by Mountaineer Photo Excursions.  Please note that lodging is available but is an additional fee.  Local transportation, admission to selected venues, and photography instruction is included in the workshop fee, but meals are not.  Registration will close for this event on Monday, September 19, 2022, at 11:00 pm. 


CONTACT:              [email protected] with questions or to register for this workshop and for lodging reservations; or call 304-532-0070.  


For examples of what you may see, visit one of our photo galleries from our past Jenny Wiley workshops:  





Jenny Wiley






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 Winter Photo Workshop, MD - Feb. 3-5, 2023

The colors of autumn give way to the whites, grays, and blacks of winter.  The cool nights merge into the cold days.  The world pauses during the chill of winter before it can be reborn in the spring.  Come with Mountaineer Photo Excursions as we capture the special and fleeting time of winter, as we visit beautiful Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County, Maryland, in February of 2023.  This winter workshop in the snow and cold of a western Maryland Winter will challenge you, but the experience and images you bring home will be worth the effort!


Amanda Haddox and Ron Gaskins will take you to the shores of Deep Creek Lake, the largest inland body of water in Maryland.  It can be cold enough to allow ice fishing and for the waterfalls to freeze!  The snow changes and creates its own landscapes, different and beautiful to see! 


Have you seen an icy crystal waterfall?  Can you travel back in time to an historic train station?  We will!  We’ll walk out on a frozen lake and photograph ice fishermen…this will be your chance to go out in the snow and experience all the opportunities that winter photography has to offer… in the safety of a group with two experienced photographers leading the way.  We will see nature in an entirely different aspect from how it appears during the rest of the year…frozen…suspended.  Winter isn’t a dead time…it is a beautiful, white paradise!


Our weekend won’t be entirely snowballs, however.  We have selected some interesting indoor venues, as well!  Watch artisans as they combine art and utility in their creations of wood and metal.  Using both old and new technology, we’ll see glass globs become objects of beauty.  We plan to visit a local creamery, where you can taste fresh cheese and even bring home some tasty treats along with your photos! 


WHEN:                   February 3-5, 2022; Beginning Friday Evening at 6:00 pm; a full day on Saturday; concluding early afternoon on Sunday.


WHERE:                 Oakland, Grantsville, and McHenry, MD. 

From Pittsburgh, PA – 2 hrs, 3 minutes; 112 miles 

From Richmond, VA – 4 hrs, 13 minutes; 238 miles

From Columbus, OH – 4 hrs; 256 miles 

From Charleston, WV – 3 hrs, 6 minutes; 200 miles

From Lexington, KY – 5 hrs, 39 minutes; 374 miles 


LODGING:              Clients will enjoy warm and relaxing lodging at the Inn at Deep Creek Lake in Oakland, MD.  Rooms are equipped to please the traveler; all rooms offer a private full bathroom with hair dryer, coffee maker, TV, microwave, refrigerator, and Wi-Fi.  Lodging expense is included in the workshop fee. 


WHO:                    Ron and Amanda are welcoming a maximum of 9 people for this workshop.   


FEE:                      Registration will open on Friday, August 26, 2022, at 9:00 am.  Our “Early Bird” discount Fee is $925.00, a 15% discount!  To receive the Early Bird discount fee, you must register and pay your fee in full no later than Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at 11:00 pm.  After that date, our regular fee of $1090.00 will be in effect.  A $600.00 deposit will confirm your spot.  Registration is managed by Mountaineer Photo Excursions; lodging, admission to selected venues, and instruction are included.  Meals and local transportation are not included.  All registration will close on Thursday,  December 29, 2022, at 11:00 pm. 


CONTACT:              [email protected] with questions or to register for this workshop; or call 304-532-0070.  


For examples of what we may see, please visit our Deep Creek Lake photo gallery at https://www.mountaineerphotoexcursions.com/p901599812


Deep Creek Lake




Spring Waterfall Photo Workshop - 2023

Ricketts Glen State Park, Pa


Surrounded by the spring green of the trees, the aroma of the forest floor, the sound of rushing water as it races among the rocks on a downhill run…this is the environment of Ricketts Glen State Park in Pennsylvania.  Come with Mountaineer Photo Excursions as we visit one of the hidden gems of the Keystone State to explore and photograph many of the 21 named waterfalls within this Park. 


The scenery along the trail is stunning and cradled by soaring trees as we descend the steep and rocky path along the waterfalls.  We do encourage our “Workshoppers” to take proper precautions for this hike, such as wearing proper footwear, staying on the marked trail, and being in good physical condition. 


We plan to walk one leg of the Falls Trail, which will include the 94-foot Ganoga Falls, the highest of the named waterfalls.  Ricketts Glen State Park is over 13,000 acres across three counties, and also includes the Glens Natural Area, a National Natural Landmark. 


Our weekend workshop will also include some man-made attractions!  Amanda Haddox and Ron Gaskins have scouted the area and discovered an antique barn (with a unique flower garden) and a truly unique museum of motorcycles, cameras, motorcycles, Avon decanters, motorcycles, military memorabilia, motorcycles, telephones, and more!  Did we mention motorcycles? 


During the weekend, Ron and Amanda will be sharing our knowledge and experience in photography at each of our locations.  We’re working on our dates and other details but will share them as soon as we can!  Find your hiking shoes and make plans to join us during Spring of 2023.  We’ll be sharing some photos on our gallery page soon! 


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


WHEN:         To Be Determined (TBD)  


WHERE:        Ricketts Glen State Park, PA

From Syracuse, NY -  2 hrs, 49 minutes; 167 miles

From Pittsburgh, PA – 4 hrs; 244 miles 

From Richmond, VA – 5 hrs, 28 minutes; 324 miles 

From Columbus, OH – 6 hrs, 32 minutes; 436 miles 

From Charleston, WV – 6 hrs; 42 minutes; 441 miles 


Spring Waterfall Workshop   





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 special 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? 


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!  


ATTENTION!  Due to the overwhelming interest in our "Great Alaska Grizzly Adventure," we are working to offer a second trip in September 2024!  Due to the significant fluctuations in fuel and related travel costs, we cannot set a firm fee at this time.  We hope to be able to do so soon.  We will update when we have additional information.  If you have a serious interest in the 2024 Alaska workshop, please contact [email protected]




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

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