While I was up on the Central Coast shooting for some magazines I produced and shot a "girls wine weekend" concept for Stocksy. My models were my longtime friend Becca and some of her girlfriends-- Mindy, Stacie, Caitlin, and Stephanie. We bopped around a few Central Coast wineries and got to drink some fantastic wine. What's more fun than a beautiful, sunny day, drinking wine with fun girls and making some photos?
Over the past few years I've fully fallen in love with Paso Robles. Combining that with my love of food and wine, being asked to shoot for the PRWCA was a really cool honor for me. Here are some images that will be used in the 2014 "Grow Wild" campaign to promote the Paso Robles wine region.
A big part of the campaign focuses on Paso's sustainable practices including use of animals to abate weeds, fertilize the soil, and promote a holistic farming practices. Tablas Creek Winery was nice enough to let the animals loose in the vineyard for us even though the grapes were still on the vines. Perhaps a bottle or two worth of grapes were sacrificed to the animals for the cause, but hopefully the images were worth it!
We also shot in the barrel room at Robert Hall Winery. The size of the cellar always shocks me and it's a challenge to photograph in such a cavernous space. The barrels go on for days and the smell of oak and fermentation is heavenly. Not a bad place to work for the day.
The lovely Esther Flink and I enjoyed bopping around several Central Coast vineyards last week during our sunset shoot. Esther is a Toronto transplant to the area and she brought to the shoot the professionalism and charm of a seasoned model. We had a great time racing around the country-side looking to capture the last bits of light. Here's a small sampling of images from our shoot.
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.
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.