January 2016 | ATLANTA | lectures, photo walks, port reviews

Please Note Date Change on Lecture Series – Now Monday, January 18th, 2016!


A Mid-Winter Weekend

Three days of lectures, photowalks and reviews!

Barbara Griffin, Peter Essick, Jerry Atnip

Atlanta, Georgia

January 16,17, 18

Join us for 1 day, 2 days, or all 3!


 Saturday, January 17 – PhotoWalks

With Peter and Jerry

All Day

Morning: Fernbank Forest

dawn til 11

Beginning at daybreak when Peter takes us into one of this country’s largest urban forests. Fernbank Forest is a 65-acre mature mixed forest that is part of Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Large specimens of white oak and tulip poplar, which grow up to 151 feet tall, dominate the tree canopy. Common animals include raccoon, opossum, gray squirrel, chipmunk, American crow, pileated woodpecker, box turtle and several snake species, including the venomous copperhead.
Fernbank Forest by Peter Essick
Fernbank Forest by Peter Essick

Afternoon: Historic Downtown Atlanta

1- 5

Downtown by Jerry Atnip
Downtown by Jerry Atnip
After lunch and Q&A from the morning session, Jerry and Peter take us downtown Atlanta for an urban walk. The new Atlanta Streetcar Corridor will allow photographers to jump ahead, jump back for a second look, or shoot as they ride along. Some historic sites include Sweet Auburn Market, Peachtree Center, Carnegie at Spring, Woodruff Park, King Historic District, Centennial Olympic Park, CNN, Edgewood at Hilliard, and Luckie at Cone.
Afterward, photographers are invited to join us for a casual bite and drink at a nearby restaurant.

$175, includes Friday lecture series

10% off for all members of Atlanta area photo clubs

Tickets limited

To reserve your ticket please click here

To reserve All Three Days please click here



 Sunday, January 17 – Portfolio Reviews

11a – 5p

Working on a series, a new project, a book proposal, or just looking for insight on your portfolio as a whole …


Barbara, Jerry, and Peter will review your latest work in 20-minute sessions. Feel free to strike up discussions with other photographers in the coffee room between reviews.


$250, includes Friday lecture series

10% off for all members of Atlanta area photo clubs


Tickets limited

To reserve your ticket please click here

To reserve All Three Days please click here



Monday, January 18th   –  Lecture Series


Join us for a day of photography talks and Q&A’s

featuring …

Photographs Don’t Just Happen

by Barbara Griffin

Do you have a goal in mind for your photo shoot or are you just waiting for something to happen? In this energizing talk, Barbara will help you plan, pre-visualize, and produce your photo shoots for the best possible outcome.  A long time photography director who has produced thousands of photo shoots, Barbara will teach strategies designed to help you take optimal advantage of each and every shooting opportunity.  

Sense of Place: Telling the Story of a Landscape 

by Peter Essick 

Peter has photographed over 40 stories for National Geographic Magazine. Some of his favorite are on spectacular natural areas such as Oulanka National Park, Finland, Frazer Island, Australia, Patagonia, Argentina and Chile, Ozarks Highlands Trail, Arkansas and Yoho National Park, Canada. Essick will share some of his working methods to document and successfully produce a magazine story with landscape photography.

Making Dynamic Travel Photos 

by Jerry Atnip

As photographers, we are all called on to take photos of our travel adventures to record what we see and even to share our adventures with others. Jerry Atnip will walk us through techniques he has learned in his 38-year career to help make our travel images more compelling and inspiring to our viewers.

2-hour programs 

each followed by Q&A from audience members.

$75 – 10% off for members of Atlanta-area photo clubs

Space limited

To reserve your ticket please click here

To reserve All Three Days please click here




Barbara Griffin: 

Barbara Griffin is Board President for Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP), a non-profit arts organization dedicated to the cultivation of the photographic arts and the enrichment of the Atlanta art community. ACP aims to make Atlanta a leading center for the world’s fastest growing art form, producing the largest annual community-oriented photo festival in the United States. 

Formerly senior vice president of Image Management for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., Barbara was responsible for all photography created for Turner’s entertainment, animation and news networks.  Additionally, she oversaw the Turner Photo Library, a collection of more than eight million images representing the visual history of the company.

A frequent lecturer on professional photography, she currently serves on the Advisory Council of re:imagineATL, is on the TEDXAtlanta steering committee, a member of the High Museum’s Friends of Photography group, the International Center of Photography and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

Peter Essick: 

Named one of the 40 most influential nature photographers in the world by Outdoor Photography Magazine, Essick has traveled extensively over the last two decades photographing spectacular natural areas from around the world. He is a working photojournalist, but his photographs move beyond mere documentation revealing in careful Peter Essick headshot sizedcompositions the spiritual and emotional aspects of nature. The unique and sometimes surprisingly similar forms and color of divergent pristine lands provide the raw material for Essick’s art. As a counter point, Essick has also done photographs to illustrate many environmental issues, portraying both the human impact of development as well as the enduring power of the land.

Essick has been a frequent contributor to National Geographic Magazine for 30 years. At the Geographic he has produced over 40 feature articles on many different topics. Some of his favorite and most rewarding stories have been on the American wilderness, the carbon cycle, global warming, and global freshwater. Recent stories include a June 2010 cover story on Greenland, a story on the Ansel Adams Wilderness in October 2011,and a story titled “When The Snows Fail” in October 2014. He is the author of two books, “Our Beautiful, Fragile World” and “The Ansel Adams Wilderness.”

He has a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in photojournalism from the University of Missouri. He lives in Stone Mountain, GA with his wife, Jackie and son, Jalen.

Jerry Atnip:

Jerry Atnip has a 38-year career as a commercial and fine art photographer. His images have been published in 40 countries, and since 2003, he’s held over 75 exhibitions and been presented with over 90 awards. He is also a teacher, workshop director, curator, juror, frequent lecturer and serves on the boards of several Arts &photography organizations, including Atlanta Celebrates Photography festival and Slow Exposures Photofestival. His work has been collected by museums, corporate, and private collectors, and he is an Exhibiting Member of The National Arts Club in New York where he maintains a studio.

South x Southeast photoworkshops offer you the opportunity to take your photography skills to the next level by providing highly experienced photographers, editors, reviewers and educators chosen specifically for the location and type of each workshop.  These instructors and reviewers are backed by a professional staff. Between them, Jerry Atnip and Nancy McCrary bring 50+ years of experience in fine art and commercial photography, magazines and online media, as well as administration in festivals, workshops and exhibitions. 
Locations are chosen by category of workshop – street, landscape, portraiture, etc. – and by availability of light, and elements of composition. Early morning and late afternoon/evening shoots are divided by a mid-day respite of lunch and reviews, both individual and as a group.  Instructors work hands-on in the field and during reviews mid-day or privately scheduled, giving personal attention to each student’s growing body of work. Classes are kept small in order to afford everyone the attention to detail we feel is necessary.
Please go to sxseworkshops.com for further information.
Nancy McCrary is the publisher and editor-in-chief of South x Southeast photomagazine Prior to SxSE  she worked in a range of positions with other niche magazines such as Contents, Pop Star, Georgia Music Magazine and International Tattoo Art.
Jerry Atnip has a 36-year career as a commercial and fine art photographer. He began as Partner and Creative Director of an ad agency in Nashville as well as Director of its photography department. His images have been published in 40 countries, and since 2003, he’s held over 90 exhibitions and been presented with over 100 awards. He is also an educator, workshop director, curator, juror and lecturer. He serves on the boards of several Arts & Photography organizations.
His work has been collected by museums, corporate and private collectors and he is an Exhibiting Member of The National Arts Club in New York. His first book, Gone South was published in 2011. The Guitar: An American Love Story was published in 2012 in collaboration with the Tennessee State Museum.
He has been featured in articles by Elizabeth Avedon, John Bennette, CNN Photo blog, La Journal de la Photographie, The Photo Review, pdn magazine, Silvershotz magazine, Photographers Forum magazine, PhotoLife magazine, South by Southeast magazine, Folly magazine, Lenscratch magazine, Nashville Arts Magazine, Photo-Eye, ArtNowNashville and John Wall’s Southern Photography