harvest

Harvest at Edible SLO

New season, new work at Edible SLO.  I was super stoked to have some of my harvest photos published in a photo essay for the magazine. 

See full issue here

www.jaymeburrows.com/harvest

I also shot a story on some local businesses in the area including Komplete Kombucha, based in San Luis Obispo and Villacana Winery's RE:find Distillery in Paso Robles.  

Years ago I had a friend that brewed her own kombucha and it was terrible.  Bitter, acrid, and way to powdery and green tasting.  I was pleasantly surprised that I really liked the brew made by Komplete Kombucha.  I tried their ginger flavor and their hibiscus, and both were fantastic.  They made me a kombucha convert overnight.  The company is made up of three young and ambitious entrepreneurs and I see big things in their future.  

RE:find Distillery and Spirits is owned and operated by the truly lovely Monica and Alex Villacana.  They make vodka, gin, rye whiskey, and limoncello from the first press grape juice that comes from their own Villacana Winery during the winemaking process.  With two businesses to run, Monica and Alex are very busy people but on the day that I photographed them I found them to be energized and very sweet and hospitable.  They showed me around the distillery and tasting room and we chatted about the various projects they have in the works.  When the shoot was over they very generously gave me a bottle of my choosing to take home.  I went with the gin because there are few things better on a hot summer day than a gin and tonic.  Wow, was I impressed.  My boyfriend Justin proclaimed that it was even better than Hendrick's, which as all gin lovers know is the peak of gin perfection.  You can find RE:find products at cool bars and liquor stores everywhere, including my neighborhood Oaks Gourmet in Franklin Village in Hollywood!

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Harvest Project 2012: Part 1

I have been working on a personal project on the California Central Coast wine grape harvest for the past few weeks.  It's a work in progress and I am still waking up before dawn, pulling on my boots, heading out to some of the best vineyards in the area, and photographing the harvest.  I vacillated between waiting until the project was completed, and releasing it in parts.  I decided that it was best to give you small portions at a time.  This is mainly because there are way too many images that I love to only show a final 10-20 once the edit was completed.  Also, it allows you, the viewer, to see the evolution of the project and how things change over time.  These images were shot at Fe Ciega Vineyard, located in the Santa Rita Hills area of California, and Laetitia Vineyard, located in Arroyo Grande.  

 


 Thanks to Rick Longoria at Fe Ciega Vineyard and Jackie Ross and Dave Terry at Laetitia Winery for facilitating access to the vineyards and being so gracious and helpful!!!

Harvest Project 2012

September has proven to be a busy, busy month!  I have started work on a personal project on the Central Coast grape harvest which has led to early mornings and long days!  I don't think I've slept this well in ages. I have been incredibly lucky to have gained access to some of my favorite vineyards over the past few weeks and I'm so excited about the images that have come out of the shoots.  Unfortunately the harvest project along with my normal assignments has left me very far behind on editing.  I foresee weeks of playing catch-up at my computer in my future.  The luxury of having time in the field is well worth the editing time later.  I hope to have more images for you soon.