Renowned Kentucky photographer John Snell

will be hosting hands-on photography workshops

at Cabins of Birch Hollow!!

Workshop participants will enjoy staying in one of our 10 premiere cabins in Birch Hollow during the 3-day hands-on workshop.  Classes include morning and evening photo shoots with John as your personal tour guide to capture beautiful views at Red River Gorge, Natural Bridge, or even right in Birch Hollow itself, when the natural lighting is ideal. Check out some of John’s images from his 600 trips to this area in the Kentucky Rockies that he loves like a second home:  

— Photos copyrighted by John W. Snell

 John Snell Photo Class Images

Group lunches and dinners will be provided for you, so you can focus on the lessons and review your photos taken that day.  Pack your own breakfast to eat on-the-go during early morning shoots, and, after a day of class and photo shoots, plus two delicious meals, relax in the hot tubs at your cabin and toast s’mores in the fire pits before falling sound asleep after your busy day!

Extend your stay by coming in a day early (Sunday) or staying a day after (Thursday) the 3-day workshop – your 4th day cabin stay is ABSOLUTELY FREE!  This will give you a chance to explore the beauty and adventure of nature on your own – and take more pictures!  The best photos from each participant will be posted on the website, to inspire future photographers-to-be!

For more information about the Red River Gorge Photo Adventures, your cabin stay in Birch Hollow, fun activities to plan for a 4th free day, and how you can book your spot in our next class before its full, contact our Customer Care Specialist, Katy Harris at 606-663-0005.



John W. Snell


After a computing career spanning nearly 30 years, John W. Snell shifted his focus to photography. He is very much in his element while toting 30 pounds of camera gear and trekking around Kentucky’s Red River Gorge or other equally photogenic venues in the Smokies, North Carolina, and West Virginia that are within easy driving distance. He also enjoys photographing candid moments of people enjoying the out-of-doors, and thoroughbred horse racing. This award-winning photographer’s style is characterized by saturated colors, and he attempts to represent his subjects in ways that evoke smiles of wonder from those viewing his work.

John’s work has appeared in Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography and Keeneland magazines, TIME books, McGraw-Hill books, as well as numerous local publications. His Red River Gorge, The Eloquent Landscape, a 168-page coffee table book of photographs, was introduced in late 2006 and quickly went into a second printing. Nearly 100 of his photographs grace the pages of Through the Eyes of Lincoln, A Modern Photographic Journey, which was released in April, 2008.

John’s images are marketed through galleries and gift shops throughout Kentucky. He also sells his work at art fairs throughout the region. Corporate buyers of his work include Kentucky American Water Company, Norton Brownsboro Hospital (Louisville, KY) and Eli Lily (Indianapolis, IN). His photographs are displayed in hotels, hospitals and other public and private venues throughout the country.

In addition, he conducts photographic workshops and provides digital printing services for other artists and photographers. A native Kentuckian, he resides in Lexington with his wife, Anne, and their long-haired miniature dachshund, Abby.  Visit his website at to see his six galleries of pictures taken at the Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge!  Call him at (859) 254-1929 to make an appointment for a personal tour of his Lexington gallery.