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garden of dance

Transformation through movement. Growth through change. A soft and elegant design based on the world of ethereal bridal and influenced by the transformative art of ballet. Colors of golden yellow, lavender and light blues will carry through a climbing indoor floral installation and garden inspired luxe table decor. Featuring touches of butterfly imagery within the details and layered textures. Set against the blue gray walls of Salubria.

September 20TH, 2023 | Salubria
Stevensburg, Virginia


Fine stationery and flat lay details that connect with the theme of the workshop and add depth.


Salubria has heavenly indoor spaces with transcendent indoor coloring and wall details. Large windows and fine art touches.


Large, growing indoor floral installation and an artful lush reception table design. Luxury dishes and table top accents.

2. Lavish FLORALS and reception table

You will be shooting a male and female model, in flowing couture fashion with ballet / dance and fashion editorial style inspired posing.

1. Couture Fashions + Professional Model

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

Each attendee receives individual shooting time per styled scene.

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

Salubria’s exterior is distinguished by unusually tall, corbel capped chimneys, enclosed at each end of a hip roof. The house has identical front and rear facades and is built of brick laid in Flemish bond. Three sides of the house are stuccoed in a manner simulating cut stone, a popular Greek-revival styling update in the 1850s, though for some reason the east end never received this treatment. The interior of the house effuses character hearkening back to another time. Salubria was placed on the Virginia Historic Landmarks Register in 1969 and on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.

A beauty worn by time

Why we love them

Historic Salubria is an 18th century (ca. 1757) Georgian-style manor house built by the Reverend John Thompson, rector of the Little Fork Church from 1740 to 1772, who married the widow of Lt. Gov. Alexander Spotswood. The house received the name Salubria, Latin for healthful, from a later owner, James Hansbrough, in the early 1800s and has been known by that name since that time.

The wood floors and wall colors inside Salubria are enchanting tones of blue, gray and green. Making it the perfect backdrop for incredibly beautiful and impactful photography. A totally unique space that offers ornate wood detailing and a mood that will transport you to the past. The perfect canvas for artistic creation. 




Unique Colors & Texture

Workshop Partners

- Demi Mabry Photography

"As soon as David and Kristin dropped the sign-up for their debut workshop, I dropped everything to make sure I was there!"

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 and park?

Parking provided and is adjacent to the venue and we recommend the following hotels:
Hampton Inn
Holiday Inn
West Park Gardens

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

We recommend you bring about 10- 15 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?

An unmatched level of decor and design. 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 11 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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