August 19 – 23, 2019 

A Creative, Hands-On Photography Conference At The World-Famous Longwood Gardens

Immerse yourself in a one-of-a kind, hands-on photography conference at one of the most amazing botanic gardens in the world. Learn from world-class photographers, connect to a passionate photography community and explore your own artistic voice during this 5-day conference workshop at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

“I was repeatedly struck by the fact the instructors seemed as excited to be there as the attendees, and how easily and happily they shared their expertise.”
– Kira, Massachusetts


We’ve put together an amazing team of some of the best creative photographers in the world. Our curated lineup of instructors will give you a variety of perspectives and photography styles. Plus, they are all experts in their field and know Longwood Gardens. These instructors will be your guide to help you become the photographer you’ve always wanted to be.

The experience

Explore with your camera over 1000+ acres of vibrant gardens, woodlands, meadows and fountains, learning side-by-side from world-class photographers what they enjoy most. The Conference is structured around daily photography presentations, hands-on, in-the-field instruction and practicing what is learned with your favorite photographers. At the end of the day, enjoy critique sessions, getting feedback and post-processing help. Bond with a larger community of photographers and share stories and images with people you “click” with.


Learn flower photography techniques from the pros * Welcome Dinner * Meet the photographer scavenger hunt * Opening presentation *  One-on-one photography sessions * Group critiques * Daily Classes and Workshops * Hands-on in-the-field sessions in Longwood Gardens * Private Facebook Group and Engagement

Amazing location

Longwood Gardens is one of the world’s great horticultural displays, encompassing 1,077 acres of dazzling gardens, woodlands, meadows, fountains and 4.5-acre conservatory.

World-class instructors

Take your photography to the next level with some of the world’s most creative photographers all in one place. We gather the best in their field to teach you. Which means, we are here with one purpose; to help you reach your photography goals.

Friendly community

Be part of a community that is as passionate as you are about photography. Get to know attendees and instructors over several days. Stay in touch afterwards on Instagram or in our private Facebook group. Come back the following year to connect again but, in a new location

Hands-on instruction

Get over 45 hours of personal, hands-on, instruction in the classroom and in the field. We teach it and then you practice what you learn with your favorite photographers that are at the top of their game in flower photography.

Critique & Post-Processing

Receive feedback from instructors during daily small group critique session or get post-processing help. Return home with gallery ready images you are proud of.

Group meals

Get to know fellow photographers at an opening reception and dinner, or at lunch each day. On the last night let’s say our final goodbyes with a special closing cocktail hour.


Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

The Inn at Mendenhall is 5 minutes from Longwood Gardens and we have reserved the entire Inn for our event. All classes take place at the Mendenhall Inn. Our meals are catered by the Inn as well.

Inn at Mendenhall
Longwood Gardens
Inn at Mendenhall
One of the great gardens of the world with over 1,000 acres of outdoor gardens, meadows and woodlands and 20 indoor gardens in the 4.5 acre greenhouse conservatory.
– Rod Barbee and David Middleton, The Photographer’s Guide to the Oregon Coast


5-day / 4-night program

Classes, lectures, image reviews, mini-workshops and meals take place at the Inn at Mendenhall. In-the-field classes and excursions take place 5 minutes away at Longwood Gardens.

Monday, August 19th

2 – 5pm Meet and greet with instructors and introduction to Longwood

6 – 7pm Welcome cocktail hour

7 – 8pm Group welcome dinner

 8 – 9pm opening keynote presentation with John Barclay

9:15-10:15pm Late-night breakout sessions

Tuesday, August 20th – Thursday, August 22nd

9:15am – 10pm: Your choice of in-the-field teaching sessions, lectures, mini-workshops and image reviews

Friday, August 23rd

7:15- 8:45am one-on-one sessions with instructors

9-10am closing keynote presentation with Anne Belmont

11:30am – 1pm final photocrawl excursions at Longwood

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Conference price: $1599

(This event is limited to 100 attendees. Reserve with a $799 deposit.)

(We have reserved the entire conference center for our group. Rates are $149/night)

Out of Chicago connects passionate photographers with their photography heroes through intimate photography experiences in amazing locations. Since 2014, we have organized conferences in Chicago, New York City, Moab and many more. We are all passionate photographers ourselves so, we understand what it takes to get the best shot and how to get you to the right place at the right time. Our mission is to give you an experience that is about more than just taking photos. We create events that will maximize everything that you love about photography.

Thank you to our partners for their support