NOVEMBER  21ST-24TH 2018

When the days grow shorter and the temperatures plummet, the Danes meet up inside their cozy living rooms in the warm glow of candlelight and freshly baked Christmas treats - and so do we, when we kick off ‘A Scandinavian Christmas Tale’ in my private home and studio in Aarhus this November. For four inspiration-packed days, I invite you into my beautiful home in Aarhus, Denmark to share all my experiences with you on food- and lifestyle photography, how to celebrate Christmas in Scandinavia
— sif orellana

This has been a long time coming, and I’m overly excited to announce that registration is now open for my full four-day intimate and inspiration-packed Christmas adventure and photography and visual storytelling workshop , ’A Scandinavian Christmas Tale', November 21st-24th 2018. The workshop takes place in my own new beautiful home in  Aarhus,  in 2016 listed in New York Times as number 13 of ”Top destinations to visit” and number 2 on Lonely Planets list of ”Best in Europe”. Last year Aarhus was appointed European Capital of Culture in 2017, a title, that represents one of the most prestigious and prominent cultural events in Europe.

Behind the scenes

Make your own Christmas ornaments
A big part of the Danish Christmas hygge is about decorating your home with Christmas ornaments, candles and Christmas elves.

Make your own Christmas candy

Making your own Christmas confectioneries and eating it too is a big part of Danish Christmas hygge.

Eat your heart out at a Danish Christmas lunch

Another great part of Christmas hygge in Denmark is when friends, colleagues or families gather for a traditional Christmas lunch, or 'julefrokost'.


These traditional round fritters are sold at Christmas markets across Denmark during December and are typically topped with powdered sugar and jam and washed down with a hot mug of glogg. Aebleskiver may look like small donuts, but they taste more like pancakes with the texture of a popover. You'll need to invest a few dollars on a special pan, but they're quite easy to make at home.

 For four magical Scandinavian winter days, I will bring you on a jam-packed learning journey, introduce you to the Danish concept of 'HYGGE', take you to my favorite hidden gems in Aarhus and share my tips & tricks, workflow, stories and experiences transitioning from passionate amateur to successful professional.

I am so happy to finally announce

The all-new, jam-packed workshop will take place November 21st- 24th 2018 "A Scandinavian Christmas Tale".

In Denmark Christmas time is the best time to embrace the philosophy of ‘hygge’ (hoo-gah), the Danish culture of ‘coziness’,  in which comfort, small moments of joy and getting together with your nearest and dearest is prized. For 4 inspiration-packed days, you’ll get the opportunity to stepping up your photography and knowledge about how to create stellar editorial content, while you participate in the hygge phenomenon firsthand instead of just reading the often simplistic takes on hygge that have been populating pretty much every media outlet you can think of, such as The New York Times, The Guardian, People, and even The New Yorker.
— Sif Oellana


September 22nd-25st, 2018
The workshop begins on the 22nd at 4 PM and ends on the 25th at 5 PM.

4 days of guided facilitation, hands-on training and in-depth instructions on food-styling, food- and lifestyle photography,  and storytelling combined with prophunting, exploration and delicious meals in Paris.
People from all walks of life is welcome.
Space is limited to 8 attendees.

The nearest major airport is Orly, about 30 minutes to the center of Paris by car

*The workshop fee can be paid in two installments. To only pay a 50% deposit now, use the code FALLWORKSHOPINPARIS2018 at check out. Feel free to pay in full if you would like. Otherwise the second payment will be due on August 22nd.
Prices listed are per person

Please bring the camera you normally shoot with (your DSLR or mirrorless)
or/and your iPhone.

This workshop is without accommodation, since many participants wish to come either a few days before or stay a a few days after the workshop, and like to stay at an airbnb or a hotel, they've stayed at before. However, I would be more than happy to share the names of some of my own favorite hotels with you in the area: Hôtel du Lys, Hôtel Odeon Saint GermainHôtel des 2 Continents, Hôtel de L'Univers de Paris, Hôtel Odeon.
If you would like to have recommendations for less or more expensive hotels, just let me know, and I'll send you some.


  • 3 traditional French breakfasts in the apartment or at my favorite cafées
  • 2 lunches - either in the workshop apartment or cafées/bistros
  • 1 combined lunch + guided food & history walk in Montmartre
  • 1 welcome dinner at an authentic Parisian bistro
  • A class about how to master the manual mode on your camera
  • Multiple in-depth instructions & hands-on classes in how to find your signature style, manipulate light, compose a photo, work with props style and shoot both food and lifestyle shots
  • Visit to the loveliest traditional Parisian marché (market)
  • 1 cooking class filled with useful tips and tricks
  • Visits to local boulangeries, patisseries, crêperies and chocolatiers
  • Macarons, chocolate, crêpes, bread, cheese, and wine tastings
  • Insider's prop tour
  • Transportation within Paris for all group excursions
  • The unique opportunity to meet and connect with a group of like-minded creatives from all over the world
  • Goodie bag with lovely surprises

  • Accommodation during the workshop
  • our transportation costs (flight/train ticket) to and from the workshop destination, taxes & baggage fees
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Meals/items/activities bought when you're not with the group
I can’t wait to welcome you in Paris and fuel you with new essential learning and useful tools, that can help you grow and bring your ideas into existence. During our time together I will do my utmost to take well care of you and load you with delicious food, inspiring classes, new tools and insigths, wonderful excursions and exploration in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and the opportunity to exchange ideas, dreams, and thoughts with creatives like-minded souls from all over the world.
— sif orellana

A couple of weeks prior to the workshop you will receive a welcome letter with more practival information, a list of participants and a detailed itinerary. You wil also be
invited to become a member of a private 'STYLE, SHOOT & TELL STORIES LIKE A PRO' Facebook group. Here you can communicate e.g. about sharing taxis from airport and other practicalities, post questions, ask for advice, share insights and personal goals, and I can upload the links, recommendations, tips and tricks, I share with you during the classes. In this group we'll also share insider's tips and tricks with you in terms of where to stay, eat and shop if you plan to stay longer in Paris.

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meet & greet + camera basics + welcome dinner

We'll meet up in the workshop apartment in St Germain des Près at 4 PM for a warm welcome and a presentation of each other and the program over freshly brewed coffee, tea and delicate French pastries. I will walk you through how to master the manual mode on your camera and teach you how to expertly dial in aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Afterwards we'll head out for a stroll in the neighborhood and bring our shooting skills into practice, before we sit down at one of the oldest bistros in Paris and celebrate our first evening together over a classical French dinner.


Shoot like a pro

Each day we'll begin at 10 AM and end at 6 PM (apart from the first night where we'll end at around 9 PM and the last, where we'll round up at 5PM). Throughout the workshop you will learn new ways to style and shoot evocative magazine-worthy food and lifestyle photos, capture the soul of a city through your lens, tell captivating food & travel stories, and develop new skills to grow as a photographer. High-quality food & lifestyle photography is tricky, and I have created this workshop to share all my very best tips and tricks with you on how to create stellar imagery, and load you with knowledge from the photographic industry. 



During the workshop you will also learn how to master the  fundamentals of food styling, the principles of composition, how to use the right props to evoke the ambience you aim for, how to tell plated stories, create beautiful tablescapes, manipulate light, and make conscious decisions about what you put in the frame and what you leave out.

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breakfast like the locals + food & photography tour

Each morning we'll have breakfast like the locals do at some of the most charming cafées, and enjoy lovely lunches in the apartment or at typical French bistros and cafées. I will also invite you on a combined lunch and 'Food & history tour' in Montmartre where we with camera in hand will explore the charming streets of this pitoresque area and taste some of the best French specialties such as macarons, cheese, cold cuts, a glass of wine and other sweet treats. 


prop-hunting and market stroll

And finally, we will of course swing by a few of my eye-rollingly gorgeous must-visit-prop-stores in Paris, and visit a beautiful traditional Parisian marché (market) to shop the fresh and vibrant ingredients for our styling & shooting lessons.



You will need to bring your camera - whatever you normally shoot food with is perfect. Some guests come with nothing but iPhones, others come with film cameras, yet others with point & shoots, and the majority with DSLRs. Bring also your tripod if you want to use your own and have space enough in your suitcase - if not you are welcome to borrow mine. It's important that you have a beginning knowledge of how to use your camera.


What do you shoot with?
Your eyes are your lens. Your heart is your shutter. Photography is what you see and what you feel. Your mood determines where you focus your attention, how you compose your photo, what energy you pour into the shot. We are always emotional tapped into everything around us. Look, feel and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.

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All levels and breeds of creatives are warmly welcome. It is our belief, that there's almost no field that can't benefit from a working knowledge of creativity, storytelling, and photography. Participants from all walks of life are welcome - and even though the title of my workshop and retreat enterprise is Sisterhood Retreats, it doesn't mean that the workshops are not open to men. Men are absolutely welcome!



Due to logistics, the people involved, the workshop is a non-refundable. So please register only if you know you can attend. However, we would be very happy to transfer your spot to someone else should you be unable to make it and know someone who will take your spot. In the unlikely case that we have to cancel the workshop, you would receive a complete refund of the workshop fee. We encourage you to have a valid travel insurance before embarking on the trip. More info about our terms and conditions can be found here.

In ‘Style, Shoot & Tell Stories Like a Pro’ workshop you will find a creative breathing space in one of the most beautiful cities in the world and be filled to the brim with in-depth instructions as well as hands-on food-styling and photography, prop-hunting, food walks, lifestyle shoots, delicious meals, and talks about social media and how to build a proftitable business based on your hobby.