A Southern Charm Food Styling & Photography Workshop in Lexington, KY

A thoroughbred in Lexington, KY Workshop Announced!

Image via lyndseyeden.com
Image courtesy of Lyndsey Eden

Fairyhouse HallFairyhouse Hall

I could not be more excited to announce that my first food photography and styling workshop is now open for registration!!


Where: Fairyhouse Hall, Lexington, KY

When: Thursday June 14 – Sunday June 17, 2018

Who: This food photography workshop will be co-hosted by Lyndsey Eden and Lauren McDuffie. From magazine covers and cookbooks to full-scale culinary creative direction, Lauren and Lyndsey have years of combined professional experience as food stylists, photographers and recipe developers. 


This food photography and styling retreat has been a long time coming, and I truly believe it has come together in the best way it possibly could have. I’ve got the pleasure of co-hosting this workshop with the talented Lyndsey Eden, who has worked with me to plan what we believe is going to be a very special and valuable experience for our workshop guests.

And we would LOVE for you to join us.

Fairyhouse Hall

A workshop to remember, filled with Southern Charm.


Situated cozily in the beautiful horse country outside Lexington, KY, stunning Fairyhouse Hall has a Southern spirit that greets you warmly as soon as you enter its doors. A working farm and coveted event destination, this grand manor will provide the setting to our workshop and as a native Kentuckian, I can honestly say that I can’t imagine a more beautifully inspiring backdrop for our time together. In addition to the workshop materials, events and excursions, your registration includes lodging at Fairyhouse Hall, as well as all of your meals. You’re only responsible for your transportation to and from the house. Lyndsey and I will take it from there.


Hands-on learning and experience, in a supportive, small-group setting.


We want this workshop to be valuable and meaningful to photographers and stylists of all experiences levels. Whether you’re an advanced pro looking to boost and broaden your portfolio and spend some dedicated time honing your craft, or someone just starting out, wanting to learn as much as possible as you kick off your photography journey – this retreat is for you. We want this time together to be as full, inspiring and fun as it can be, and that will mean something different to each guest.

Working together, playing together, supporting each other while we grow as stylists and photographers: what a luxury.


Image courtesy of Lyndsey Eden
Image courtesy of Lyndsey Eden

Our mornings and afternoons will take us (and our cameras) in and around the estate, where there will be plenty of rolling hills, grazing horses, and landscape photography opportunities. We’ll style and shoot a picnic underneath the home’s charming weeping willow tree, and enjoy some fun off-site excursions as well, including a bourbon tour and tasting along Kentucky’s gorgeous Bluegrass Parkway and its iconic Bourbon Trail.

We’ll dine under the evening sky around our styled dinner table, complete with twinkling candles and foraged wildflowers. We’ll enjoy casual farm-to-table meals prepared by the estate’s resident chef, as we discuss photography, blogging, and the creative life.

The workshop material will walk guests through the typical workflow that both Lauren & Lyndsey employ when creating and capturing still life and motion-driven scenes; from selecting ingredients and styling the plate itself … to styling the scenes and vignettes … to shooting and post-process editing. With both a commercial and gorgeous home kitchen at our disposal, guests will enjoy crafting their own plates and practicing plating skills as well, before we ever pick up the cameras. We will cover multiple shoot styles and lifestyle scenes – from “flatlays” and dark and moody photography, to motion shots, storytelling and the manipulation and control of natural light. We’ll shoot candid moments at styled tables and focus on how to intertwine natural elements {florals} & food.

To conclude the retreat, Lauren & Lyndsey will go over post-process editing (specifically in Adobe Lightroom) and discuss their approaches to the business side of blogging and food photography (i.e. marketing, social media platform building, etc.).

** We will leave you with tools, tips and tricks to help monetize your passion and turn your dreams into a profitable business. 




Thursday June 14th:

Guests arrive & settle in their rooms

Welcome cocktails; meet-and-greet

Group dinner at Fairyhouse Hall


Friday June 15th:


Overview of DSLR manual camera settings

Hands-on shooting & styling activities

Lunch around  social media, marketing, and blogging roundtable

Bourbon tour and tasting excursion

Group dinner at Fairyhouse Hall


Saturday June 16th:

Group breakfast

Hands-on shooting & styling activities

Post-process editing demonstration and discussion

Group farewell dinner in Lexington


Sunday June 17th

Farewell breakfast at 9 am, guests depart by 11 am


Workshop Pricing & Payment Details



A $1,000 deposit is required to reserve your spot in a single-occupant room, and an $800 deposit is required for a double-occupancy room. (Please see the payment buttons below). The remaining balance is due on or before May 1 and can be paid via check, Venmo, or PayPal. After your deposit is received, we will contact you to discuss your accommodation preferences and to get to know you! Additionally, if you would prefer to also pay your deposit via check, Venmo, or PayPal, we are happy to accept that as well. Space is limited so please contact us and we’ll work with you!


The prices listed cover your accommodations, all meals, local transportation, and the workshop materials. All you need to do is pack your camera and get yourself to Fairyhouse Hall. Lyndsey and Lauren will take it from there. Please reach out with any and all questions – we are happy to further explain any details with you one-on-one prior to your registration.


$2,295 single occupancy ($1,000 deposit required)


$1,795 double-occupancy ($800 deposit required)

*Cancellations accepted until May 1 and none thereafter unless you can find someone to take your place. 


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