Iconic wedding photography for couples that collect stories, relationships and art. Based in the DC area of the east coast. Traveling globally.




Get lost with us in an elegant dream. A day full of luxurious details, flowing florals and elevated fashions. Fine Art meets still life in this new Lustre Theory design set against the dramatic European details of Dover Hall Estate. Exquisite table styling that include Herend porcelain, billowing blooms and rich linen patterns. Colors of gold, blush, green and plum. Couture fashions that will help push your photography portfolio to the next level.

Richmond, Virginia


Reverie: pleasantly lost in one's thoughts; a daydream.


Exclusive Opportunities

This workshop will feature the rare and incredible chance to shoot our models with a Bay colored horse in the fields surrounding Dover Hall Estate. Creating enchanting imagery reminiscent of the English countryside.

Join us for a 1-hour private event at beautiful Dover Hall after the workshop is over. You will have the option to add this to your ticket upon booking your seat. Enjoy an open bar, passed heavy hors d'oeuvres and dessert selections. Spend extra time with your hosts and refuel after a day of creative magic with Dover's amazing food and drink services.


Private Gathering Add-On

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I'm David. A luxury wedding photographer who has photographed glamorous weddings and editorials throughout the United States and Europe. Beautiful jaw dropping imagery is what I live for. I attract couples who want timeless, beautiful, and emotive images. I do this by blending our editorial style with the heartfelt images of moments with their family and friends.

I've been photographing professionally for over 15 years. I started shooting just out of college after studying fine art. I picked up a camera and fell in love with all aspects of photography. My beginning in fine art allows me to see lighting and composition in a way others may not see and has lead me to choose a medium that is more organic.

Film is what brings my work to life. It is just so magical and captures everything in such a unique way that simply can’t be duplicated. The way it renders movement, it's rich tones, it’s grain, and “imperfections” are what make it so amazing. It allows me to create that stunning imagery for my clients to look back on for generations.


David Abel

I’m Kristin. A creative director, stylist, content creator and the force behind Lustre Theory. I focus on incredibly detailed and intentional work for upscale commercial styling, editorial production, and the private event world. Helping brands and clients outside of the wedding industry and within.

I created Lustre Theory after working in the corporate world of marketing and design. I wanted more for myself and the creative passion I knew I could bring to others. My design style is unique, bold and bewitching.

I started my own company to offer elite styling for decor, fashion, editorial production, and event design. Making Lustre Theory a go-to resource for those needing an unmatched, elevated and highly curated vision. Creating breathtaking, never-before-seen decor and design, with the best creative teams brought together for each client.


Lustre Theory

Meet Your Instructors

Shooting at Dover Hall gives you access to a rich, European environment without travel overseas. 

3. Luxury European Environment

In true Lustre Theory style there will be an artful and lush table design. With rich color and exclusive, high-end rentals. 

2. Lavish and detailed reception table

You will be shooting a male and female model, in couture fashion with a bay colored show horse.

1. Couture Fashions + Professional Models

What we're shooting...

- Tips for publication + submission success
- How to form luxury industry relationships
- Styling flat lays with dimension and impact
- The basics of fine art film photography
- How to shoot in low light environments
- Shooting for publication
- Model posing for editorial

What you'll learn

The Dover Hall Experiences team took over the management of the estate house in 2017. Their vision was to create an unparalleled guest experience through unforgettable events and upscale lodging. Since then, our team has hosted hundreds of weddings, holiday parties – indeed, anything that warranted a celebration! 


Why we love them

Completed in 2000, the dream of original owners, Dennis and Cindy Pryor, was to design a lavish family home fit for royalty, reminiscent of the English countryside. The estate house’s initial planning and conceptualization began with The Pryors’ interior design firm sourcing furnishings and artwork across Europe, about four to five years before breaking ground on the property. The Pryors and their son spent approximately ten years living in the 38,000 square foot estate house before selling the property. Dover Hall underwent a significant transition from being a private residence to an exclusive luxury events venue in 2014. 



Workshop Partners

- L. Hewitt Photography

"If you're looking to elevate your portfolio to the luxury market, you MUST attend one of Kristin of Lustre Theory and David Abel's workshops. The images you get. will make your portfolio burst with enchanting fruit. There simply is nothing like this workshop!"

Is this workshop going to be the right fit for me?

frequently asked questions

I'm a digital photographer, will this benefit me?

While the fine art process is typically used by those who shoot film the skills you will learn here will cross over to any medium of photography. The portfolio of images you will create will give you work that will set you apart from everyone else in your market and the film community.

We're coming in from out of town, where should we stay?

We recommend the following hotels:
Quirk Hotel  - 25 mins away
The Westin Richmond - 18 mins away
Hilton Garden Inn - 16 mins away
Hilton Richmond - 11 mins away

How many rolls of film / type of film should I bring?

We recommend you bring about 18- 20 rolls of 120 film with a mixture between 800 and 400 speed, feel free to bring a digital option as well. A tripod will also be needed for shooting in low light environments and for flatlays but we will have an option available for you to use if you don't have one.

How is this workshop different from others?

David Abel Photography and Lustre Theory have formed a unique relationship with their editorial campaigns and fashion work. You will have the benefit of their years of photography and creative direction experience. Plus, over 35 major publications between them and a new level of fine art design and artistic vision. Giving you exclusive access to David’s knowledge and Kristin’s décor and fashion work.

How many attendees will there be?

We are currently only accepting 10 attendees for this workshop.

How long will we have to shoot?

There will be five hours of shooting time available with a mix of floral, model, and outdoor reception table.

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