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Mark Weiss Photography Workshop

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Monsters on the Mountain is pleased to announce the first-ever Photography Workshop with world-renowned rock ‘n’ roll photographer Mark Weiss. The workshop will take place August 19-21, 2022, at the three-day concert in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.Chose Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, or All 3 Days.  Each day begins with a presentation by Mark talking about his illustrious career as a rock n’ roll photographer, followed by a Q&A and the photography workshop. Mark will have group discussion and improvisation to explore aspects of shooting during events. Mark will then provide one-on-one instruction before each participant will be heading to shoot the live band.

Mark will have a photography studio set up with a background where he will teach you how to direct and shoot bands in the studio with some of the artists (TBD) that will be performing at MOTM. Each participant will engage in their own photo shoot with one or more of the bands. He will then send you on assignments throughout the day, shooting band performances from the photo pit. Mark will continue providing feedback as the day progresses.  After the concert, all participants will download their images for Mark, along with MOTM to review. All photographs must be approved by MOTM before posting.


Editing your photographs is a mandatory part of the process. Mark will discuss his editing techniques and will schedule a 20-minute zoom call with you after the workshop is over to review your photographs together. Additional time will be available for a fee TBD.



After Mark has approved your selections, he will post a gallery of your photographs on with your photo credit as well as the MOTM logo.


Sign up for Day 1– Photograph from the Pit Selected Artists from Day 1 MOTM Performers

Sign up for Day 2 Photograph from the Pit Selected Artists from Day 1 MOTM Performers

Sign up for Day 3 – Photograph from the Pit Selected Artists from Day 1 MOTM Performers

VIP – Sign up for All 3 Days Photograph from the Pit Selected Artists from Day 1, 2 & 3 of MOTM Performers



Bring a DSLR camera with interchangeable lenses is preferred. Two bodies with two lenses are best if you have them, the combo of the 24-70 and 70-200 lenses also work really well for most concerts. 

Other lenses are welcome like a fisheye or others that you may have. Point and shoots and cell phone cameras will not be allowed in the photo pit.

Bring at least 2 64GB cards for each camera. If you have a laptop, bring it with a portable 1 TB hard drive with the ability to download the photographs.

* You will have access to the photo pit only on the day you have selected.




Watch Mark Weiss at Gatlinburg, TN talking about his upcoming, first-time ever!

Interview with Max1on1 with Mark talking about the Photography Workshop Gatlinburg, TN August 19-21


Mark “Weissguy” Weiss has traveled the globe photographing legends from Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne, Aerosmith, and Mötley Crüe to Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Bon Jovi and KISS. Weiss’ iconic images capture the artists onstage, backstage, and behind the scenes. He photographed historic moments including the US Festival, Live Aid, the Moscow Music Peace Festival, and the PMRC hearings in Washington, DC. His photographs have been published in thousands of magazines worldwide, including Circus, Creem, Rolling Stone, RIP, Metal Edge, Faces, LIFE, and many more.

Weiss’ inimitable photographs helped craft the visual imagery of rock and metal in the 1980s. He is responsible for two of the era’s most defining album covers, Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet and Twisted Sister’s Stay Hungry, and his coffee-table book, The Decade That Rocked, has been at the top of the Amazon heavy metal best-selling charts since its release two years ago, with over 1000 five-star reviews.



Mark “Weissguy” Weiss was 13 years old when he got his first camera. With a love for rock ‘n’ roll, becoming a professional photographer was not something that ever crossed his mind.

All skill levels are welcome, but you should have a basic understanding of your manual camera functions and the desire to learn about manual exposure mode. You must be accompanied by an adult if under 18.

Bring a DSLR camera with interchangeable lenses is preferred. Two bodies with two lenses are best if you have them, the combo of the 24-70 and 70-200 lenses also work really well for most concerts.

Other lenses are welcome like a fisheye or others that you may have. Point and shoots and cell phone cameras will not be allowed in the photo pit.

Bring at least 2 64GB cards for each camera. If you have a laptop, bring it with a portable 1 TB hard drive with the ability to download the photographs.

US copyright law states that you own the copyright to the photographs that you take.  They are or educational purposes only. In exchange, by attending the workshop, you are agreeing to only post only approved images on your personal social media sites or portfolio unless there is written permission from MOTM. The photographs are strictly non-commercial use. Approved photographs may be used by the musicians and or MOTM as well as any website we feel appropriate. Photographs may be used to promote and advertise future workshops. Credit will be given when applicable.


In consideration of being permitted to participate in a photography workshop sponsored by Wonderland Publishing Group, Inc., Shoot From The Pit, and/or David Bergman (together, the “Sponsor”), you, on behalf of yourself, your heirs, personal representatives, successors, and assigns, intending to be legally bound, agree as set forth below:


Sponsor reserves the right to alter or cancel any workshop, for any reason, and in such case, we will refund all monies paid, in full. Sponsor is not responsible for any travel expenses or non-refundable purchases, deposits, or reservations that you make to attend any workshop.


Workshop registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. All workshop pricing is in U.S. dollars. All fees may be paid with a credit card on our website. Due to the exclusive nature and small size of our workshops, fees are non-refundable, although we may allow you to transfer your registration to a friend if you contact us first.


Our workshops are within the abilities of average people in good health. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about the activity levels of the workshops or if you need a reasonable accommodation. Some workshops require the ability to walk over uneven terrain while also carrying your photo gear. You certify that you do not knowingly have any physical condition or other condition or disability that would create a risk for you, the Sponsor, or other workshop participants or workshop staff.


Sponsor, guest presenters, and workshop assistants aim to provide every participant a safe, educational, and enjoyable experience. In photography, as well as in any indoor/outdoor activity, there is always an element of risk of bodily injury, death, illness, and loss or damage to photography equipment and other personal property. These risks may be caused by your own actions, or inactions, or by the actions or inactions of others participating in the workshop, the conditions under which the workshop takes place, or even the negligence of the Sponsor. There may be other risks and social and economic losses either not known to you nor readily foreseeable at this time. By participating any workshop, you acknowledge that you are aware of these risks and are physically capable of safely taking part in the workshop. You fully accept and assume all such risks and all responsibility for personal injuries, losses, damages, costs, and expenses you may suffer or incur as a result of your participation in the workshop.

Sponsor assumes no liability for any act, error, omission, injury, loss, delay, mishap, or damage to persons or property arising from any cause during the course of the workshop or in transit thereto. It is your responsibility to obtain information about any risks involved. The types of workshops we offer require flexibility and must allow for alternatives. Workshops may take place in the studio or out in the real world. For this reason, the workshop description must be taken as an indication of what may take place, and not as a contractual obligation or definitive syllabus. Sponsor can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in the workshop services to be provided. Sponsor reserves the right to change any arrangements should conditions necessitate, or to cancel any aspect of the workshop due to exceptional circumstances.

You hereby release, discharge, and agree not to sue the Sponsor, its directors, officers and employees, any persons involved in organizing and promoting any workshop, Sponsor’s agents, volunteers, other participants, any other sponsors, advertisers, promoters, and, if applicable, owners and lessors of any premises on which the workshop takes place (together, the “Releases”), from any liability for your injury, illness, or loss or damage to personal property or expenses associated with participation in a workshop, and all liability, claims, demands, losses or damages incurred as the result of your participation in the workshop (including, but not limited to claims, losses, or damage caused or alleged to be caused, in whole or in part, by the negligence of a Release or otherwise). You further agree that if, despite this release, you or anyone on your behalf, makes a claim against any of the Releases, you will indemnify, save, and hold harmless each of the Releases from any litigation expenses, attorney fees, loss, liability, damage, or cost which any of the Releases may incur as the result of such claim.


Sponsor will secure the rights for you to use images that you capture during the workshop in your portfolio/website and on social media. For any third-party commercial use, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary permissions from subjects of your photographs taken during a workshop.

Due to the exclusive nature and small size of this workshop, tickets are non-refundable. If you have a major issue, contact us for assistance. If the workshop is cancelled for any reason, you will be issued a full refund of your ticket price. We are not responsible for any other expenses including travel that you may have incurred to attend the workshop.

By registering for the workshop, you are agreeing to these important, legal terms and conditions. If you have any other questions, contact us for assistance.

In order to attend the workshop you must have received your final dose of the COVID vaccine (including booster) more than two weeks before the workshop.  A negative Covid test may also be required and more information will be provided closer to the workshop date if necessary. Due to the intimacy of this event, the tour, promotors, venue, and workshop, all reserves the right to cancel the workshop due to COVID concerns, even if the concert isn’t cancelled. If the workshop is cancelled, you will be issued a full refund for your workshop.

Additional information

Type of Workshop

One Day Workshop – 08/19/2022, One Day Workshop – 08/20/2022, One Day Workshop – 08/21/2022, VIP-Three-Day Workshop – 08/19/2022 – 08/21/2022

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