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June 27th 2022


A day of exclusive access to luxury fashion and fine art photography.

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Opulence of Dreams


JUNE 27TH, 2022

Frolic with us in fine art decor and fashions redolent of opulent dreams. A photography and styling workshop influenced by texture, color and completely unique design. Inspired by a merging of old European aesthetics sprinkled with modern elements. A new vision of fine art and still life coming together with flowing floral and couture. Drawing from both the old and the new and the dream state where they come together.


Anderson House fashion editorial.

Meet Your Instructors:

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A portrait of fine art film wedding photographer David Abel holding a camera

David Abel Photography

Lustre Theory

David & Kristy Abel

Kristin Shockley

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.

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.


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What we're teaching...

What we're shooting...

1. Couture Fashions + Professional Models

1. Kristin will cover

- Tips for publication + submission success
- How to form relationships with couture fashion designers
- Styling flat lays with dimension and impact
- Model styling for editorial

You will be shooting two female models in luxury fashion gowns provided by Ramaa Haute Couture. There will be color and nontraditional editorial styling with incredible details and accessories.

2. Lavish and detailed reception table

2. David will cover

In true Lustre Theory style there will be an artful and lush table design. With rich color and exclusive, high-end rentals. Velvets, flowing fine art florals and totally unique details for your portfolio.

- The basics of fine art film photography
- How to shoot in low light environments
- Shooting for publication
- Model posing for editorial

3. Luxury European Environment

Shooting at The Perry Belmont House gives you access to a rich, European environment without travel overseas.  Incredible gold wall detailing with painted panels and soaring ceilings. This is a rare opportunity to bring the magic of those details to your portfolio.


4. Pre-styled Flatlays

Three styled flat lays by Lustre Theory. There will be beautiful stationery and other elevated fine art details. Kristin will chat about how she styles flats, and David will walk you through how to best shoot them.

Photography Seat: $2000

Reserve For: $800
The remaining balance will be automatically charged May 25th, 2022.

Personalized payment plans available, please contact us for details and to arrange.

The Perry Belmont House


Why we love them

The Perry Belmont House

Luxury in every detail!

Formerly the Perry Belmont Mansion, Perry and Jessie Belmont began construction of the mansion in 1906 when he was a Congressman and Ambassador to Spain, as well as, a leading Washington socialite. The mansion was built for the specific purpose of entertaining not only notables of Washington, but also dignitaries from all over the world. It was designed by Eugene Sanson, a famous French architect who was renowned for his use of light and space, and for his beautiful staircases. Long before the acquisition of the building by the General Grand Chapter in 1935, it was a site of elegance, gracious and grand hospitality, of distinguished diplomats, world-renowned guests and romance.

Unique access to a French designed estate property while staying local to the United States. The Perry Belmont House brings everything to the table. Beautiful architecture, ornate moldings, and luxurious spaces while being perfectly positioned in the heart of Washington D.C. With so much going for it we couldn't think of a better location for this editorial experience vision. Stepping into this experience will open the doors of inspiration and transport you to the era of royal French entertaining and décor.

Workshop Partners:

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Anderson House fashion editorial.
Anderson House fashion editorial.




I am a digital photographer, will this benefit me?

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

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 recommend Courtyard Washington, DC Dupont Circle located on 1733 N Street NW Washington, DC, 20036. Once you've booked your room, we recommend taking an Uber to the shoot as parking around the venue will be difficult. For those who are not staying the night we recommend 11 Dupont Cir NW, Washington, DC 20036.



How is this workshop different from others I’ve attended or am considering?

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.

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 long will we have to shoot?

How many attendees will there be?

We are currently only accepting 10 attendees for this workshop.

We will be teaching from about 12-1pm and shooting from approximately 1-6pm the attendees will be split into two groups of 5 so that nothing is overcrowded and to ensure everyone gets what they need.

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