Photography Workshops in Southwest Virginia, North Carolina, and West Virginia


Ready to take your photography to the next level?  

Grayson Highlands State ParkGrayson Highlands State ParkGrayson Highlands State Park is located near Mouth of Wilson in Southwest Virginia. The area features waterfalls, hiking, meadows with great views, and access to the Appalachian Trail.

Let an experienced, published photographer show you the way in a 1-on-1 or small group environment!

Virginia Photography WorkshopsBuffalo Mountain Sunset


I offer individual and small group photography workshops. These workshops are designed completely around you and your group’s photography needs.  
Workshops can take place anywhere in the southeast.  I do not charge any travel fees for locations within 3 hours of Hillsville, Virginia.  Some notable places in that area are: Grayson Highlands State Park, New River Trail State Park(and lots of areas on the New River), many waterfalls including the Virginia Cascades, the Blue Ridge Parkway, many North Carolina State Parks, as well as some areas in West Virginia.


Barter Theater Abingdon VirginiaAbingdon Virginia Photography WorkshopImages from the little town of Abingdon Virginia. Gallery includes images of a few of the historic churches, the Martha Washington Inn, and the historic Barter Theatre.


Subjects covered during my workshops range from the basics like composition and exposure, to more advanced subjects like long exposure, exposure blending, maximizing dynamic range, adding depth to your images, as well as planning for the perfect shot.







Virginia CascadesPembroke Virginia Photography WorkshopThe Cascades near Pembroke Virginia in Giles County. It is a very large, cascading waterfall that attracts many many people every year. I have been there in the summer and during deep freezes. It is beautiful all year round.




Workshops are offered year-round. My schedule works with yours.  So regardless of the season, I can help you meet your photography goals.  Whether you want to learn photography in front of frozen waterfalls, spring blooms, peak fall color, or even the night sky, I can help you greatly improve your results!










Dismal Fall WinterSouthwest Virginia Photography WorkshopFrozen Dismal Falls, located in Bland county near highway 42. Images of a frozen waterfall in southwest Virginia.




How it works:

First, I need to see your work.  You can put together an online portfolio and send me the link, or simply email me the photos.  I would like to see around 10 photos of various subject matters.

Then, I need to know your goal.  You and I need to have clear objectives moving forward.  I can make suggestions after I have seen your portfolio, but in the end the goals are to be your decision.  Whether your goals are simply getting to know basic compositions or something more advanced like working with filters, I know I can help get you and your photography where you want to go!  





Stone Mountain State Park Fall ColorStone Mountain State Park Fall ColorColorful plants and trees in Stone Mountain State Park of North Carolina.




Straight Forward Pricing:

$350 for 6 hours of instruction, per person, or

$75 per hour, per person.

Workshops are offered all year-round.  So regardless of the season, I can help you meet your photography goals, we just need to 'focus' on what nature is giving us at the time.  





Hanging Rock State ParkVirginia Photography WorkshopsImages from Hanging Rock State Park near Danbury North Carolina. Images from the top of Hanging Rock, Moore's Wall Tower, and the Lower Cascades during fall color.


So, are you ready to take your skills to the next level?

If so, then let the planning begin! Head on over to my Contact Me page and fill out your info.  I'll get back to you within 48 hours.  Want to see a little more of my work before committing? Click on my Recent Work page to see what I have been up to lately.

All we need to do is pick a time, place, and a limit on how far you wanna hike! 


Michael Speed - 276-266-5371 - [email protected]