Lens & Larder are proud to present Capturing A Connemara Travel + Food Story: A Master Class in Visual Storytelling Through Photography, Travel & Food with international travel and food writer, David Prior, and James Beard award-winning lifestyle and food photographer, Ditte Isager.


Participants will be hosted by the historic Ballynahinch Castle  (listed as one of the top ten hotels in the UK and Ireland by Condé Nast Readers’ Choice Awards), nestled at the foot of Connemara’s rugged wilderness in rural County Galway. Led by David and Ditte, each student will explore and document the indigenous ingredients of the Wild Atlantic Way, while visiting the sea, mountains, and forest afoot. Over the course of two days and three evenings, they will experience the treasured talents of local food artisans and makers, on an expedition to discover the soul of the beautifully remote, yet incredibly bountiful setting in the West of Ireland. The goal will be for each student to ultimately craft and uncover their very own distinctive editorial travel and food story through words and pictures.


David Prior is an internationally respected food and travel writer. He is the Contributing International Editor at Condé Nast Traveler, a Contributing Editor at Vogue Living and regularly contributes to T: The New York Times Style Magazine, WSJ Magazine, Bon Appetit, British Vogue and Italian Vogue. David’s curiosity in the traditions and evolution of food culture around the world sees him hitting the road on a perpetual search for the best in taste and travel.


Ditte Isager is an internationally acclaimed photographer & director. She was born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark, and after 7 years in NYC is now living with her family in Copenhagen. Ditte works with contrast in materials, light, color and objects and her inspiration comes from the light in the Danish masters, Hammershøj & Krøyer. Ditte has photographed Rene Redzepi’s NOMA Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine, Gwyneth Paltrow’s It’s All Easy, and often collaborates on food stories for Travel + Leisure Magazine, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine and more.


Together, this incredible duo will lead our two-day/three-night intensive workshop at Ballynahinch Castle, County Galway. They will discuss and demonstrate photography and travel writing from the perspective of a working professional. Students will gain experience in visual storytelling & food photography and how to use their new techniques and gear to build their own unique style and vision going forward.



March 27-30th, 2017


What is Included:

2 days/3 nights = 2 full days filled with instruction interspersed with hands-on practice. Included:  3 nights luxury accommodation at Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, welcome cocktail reception, 3 full Irish breakfasts; 2 lunches; 3 evening dinners. Wine and non-alcoholic beverages. All food will have a focus on locally sourced, artisan ingredients (vegetarian options will be catered for)

Excluded: Travel to Ireland and transportation to Ballynahinch; Travel insurance; Extras


2300 EUR per person sharing dual occupancy or 2450 EUR for private accommodation. An 80% non-refundable deposit will be required to secure your spot. Final 20% Payment will be due upon arrival to the hotel on 27th of March.

Due to planning logistics, there will be absolutely no refunds for this workshop. Please make sure you can attend before securing a space for the retreat.

(We recommend that you to take travel insurance. An SLR camera and basic camera knowledge is necessary for this course. Computer with photo imaging software is recommended, but not mandatory)

"Lens and Larder is a cut above all the rest and sets the bar for how to properly look after a group of eager creatives. Starting with their breathtaking surroundings, they know how to let nature do most of the inspiring. Then there is their deep knowledge and appreciation of the culinary world which is half the foundation of food styling and photography. The other half is professional experience and they bring in the best people in the business to share their secrets and inspire you first hand. I would take this workshop again and again and again (as many people do!)." - Claire Ptak, Violet Bakery, London, and author + stylist of the award-winning cookery book, The Violet Bakery Cookbook.


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