Fine Art Portrait, Vineyards and Wineries

Celebrating the Walla Walla Women of Wine Calendar for 2017

February 16, 2017

Last year I partnered with talented winery owner and winemaker  Mary Derby of DAMA Wines to produce  a fine art black and white portrait of the notable women of wine in Walla Walla. At first we thought it would be fun to feature naked women. We  actually collaborated on a lovely portrait of Mary just wearing her muck boots while holding a glass of wine and sitting on a wine barrel. While quite a lovely photo, not all of the women were receptive to the idea of posing nude! I could not exactly blame them.

I was then inspired by Annie Leibovitz’s work on the 2016 Pirelli Calendar. I wanted to focus on the women’s  strength and character, by having the images all in black and white in the same location. Ali Mayfield generously donated the production space at The Walls Winery before it opened to serve as a “studio.”  To further the Leibovitz aesthetic, I painted my own canvas backdrops to emulate her photographic style. The calendar itself was beautifully defined by graphic designer Whit Gurley of Angled End Identities.

It was also important to the women that a portion of the sales, once printing expenses were covered, would be donated to the Enology and Viticulture scholarship program at Walla Walla Community College. At first Mary and I were concerned that there would not be enough women to include in a 12 month calendar.  We ended up with 16 – not all winemakers, but all who have an influential role in the local industry.

The cover image of Amy Alverez Wampfler wine maker for Abeja Winery

Amy Alverez Wampfler wine maker for Abeja Winery

Portrait of Darcey Fugman-Small of Woodward Canyon

Darcey Fugman-Small of Woodward Canyon

Ashley Trout of Vital and March Cellars

Ashley Trout of Vital and March Cellars

A portrait of Anna and Kathleen Schafer of aMaurice Cellers for the Walla Walla women winemaker calendar

A portrait of Anna and Kathleen Schafer of aMaurice Cellars for the Walla Walla women winemaker calendar

Holly Turner winemaker for Three Rivers Winery

Holly Turner winemaker for Three Rivers Winery

Elizabeth Bourcier, assistant wine maker and Cecile of Cayuse Vineyards

Elizabeth Bourcier, assistant wine maker and Cecile of Cayuse Vineyards

Mary Derby owner and winemaker for DAMA Wines.

Mary Derby owner and winemaker of DAMA Wines

Denise of Eisenhower Cellars

Denise of Eisenhower Cellars

Marie-Eve Gilla, winemaker for Forgeron Cellars

Marie-Eve Gilla, winemaker for Forgeron Cellars

Annette Bergevin general manager and co-founder of Bergevin Lane Vineyards

Annette Bergevin of Bergevin Lane Vineyards

Winemaker Ali Mayfield of The Walls Vineyard

Ali Mayfield of The Walls Vineyard.

A portrait of Nina Buty, founder and president of Buty Winery in Walla Walla, for the women and wine calendar

Nina Buty of Buty Winery

Julia Russell owner of Mansion Creek in Walla Walla, Washington

Julia Russell of Mansion Creek Cellars

Vineyards and Wineries

Mellen Meyer Winery

January 13, 2017

Back in November I had met Robert Mellen Rowett at a wine tasting industry event. I immediately fell in love with his sparkling wines. I was thrilled when shortly after, his business partner and wife Julie, contacted me to take some images to update their website for Mellen Meyer Winery. The first project was to collaborate on “winemaker” portraits. We had a vision of doing something that had a very northwest environmental winter feel to it. I definitely did not want a bright sunny day, and was hoping for a foggy morning. I was lucky and the weather  was cloudy and misty and my subject photogenic!

 

Winemaker Rober Mellen Rowett and owner of Mellen Meyer WineryWinemaker Rober Mellen Rowett and owner of Mellen Meyer Winery

Robert Mellen Rowett of Mellen Meyer Winery

Winemaker Rober Mellen Rowett and owner of Mellen Meyer Winery

Robert Mellen Rowett owner and winemaker for Mellen Meyer Winery, inspecting winter vines in the Willamette Valley, Oregon

Winemaker Rober Mellen Rowett and owner of Mellen Meyer Winery

Robert Mellen Rowett winemaker and owner of Mellen Meyer Winery in the vineyard.

Winemaker Robert Mellen Rowett and owner of Mellen Meyer Winery.

Robert Mellen Rowett of Mellen Meyer Winery

Winemaker Rober Mellen Rowett and owner of Mellen Meyer Winery inspecting winter vines

Robert Mellen Rowett of Mellen Meyer Winery inspecting winter vines.

Winemaker Rober Mellen Rowett and owner of Mellen Meyer Winery

Robert Mellen Rowett of Mellen Meyer Winery

The next project was to photograph their bottles of sparkling wine, as well as his Pinot Noir. Mellen Myer Winery’s primary focus is 0n Methode Champenoise. They are a small or boutique producer creating high quality  and delicious sparkling wine. For me it was especially fun to edit because the  labels are so beautiful! Photographing wine bottles is tricky because they are glass their surfaces are highly reflective. It is important that the label is beautifully lit, because I recognize that vineyards put much thought and expense into producing those labels.

Mellen Meyer Rose de Saignee

Mellen Meyer Rose de Saignee

Mellen Meyer Carey Creek Vineyard Sparkling 2015 Reisling

Mellen Meyer Carey Creek Vineyard Sparkling 2015 Reisling

Mellen Meyer Pinot Noir

Mellen Meyer Pinot Noir

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Vineyard Life at Carlton Cellars Winery

November 26, 2016
Dave Grooters & Robin Russell of Carlton Cellars with their animal family

Dave Grooters & Robin Russell of Carlton Cellars with their animal family

I have photographed for Carlton Cellars in the past, but this time Robin wanted to focus on the  menagerie of donkeys, goats, chickens, cats and the vineyard dog, Coltrane. While Dave just wanted a portrait of him with Robin and Coltrane in the vineyard,  on my wish list was a family portrait featuring as many of the animals that we could possibly assemble and that would cooperate to some degree. I think we were able to accomplish what every one wanted from the photo shoot.  It actually ended up as 2 shoots because on the first day a goat  escaped from the coral  and poor Robin ended up with 2 black eyes trying to entice, beg, and lasso the goat back to where he was suppose to be and not  free and  roaming through the vineyard.  I was not able to finish up what we wanted to do until she healed. Yes, it was an adventure!

Dave Grooters and Robin Russell walking through the vineyard at Carlton Cellars Vineyard and farm at Carlton Cellars

Dave Grooters and Robin Russell walking through the vineyard at Carlton Cellars Vineyard.

 

Dave Grooters and Robin Russell owners of Carlton Cellars

Dave Grooters and Robin Russell owners of Carlton Cellars

Dave Grooters with one of the resident chickens at Carlton Cellars

Dave Grooters with one of the resident chickens at Carlton Cellars

Robin with her donkeys Carlton Cellars Vineyard

Robin with her donkeys Carlton Cellars Vineyard

Robin with her donkeys Carlton Cellars Vineyard.

Robin with her donkeys Carlton Cellars Vineyard.

Resident chickens at Carlton Cellars Vineyard

Resident chickens at Carlton Cellars Vineyard

Carlton Cellars Vineyard and farm

Carlton Cellars Vineyard and farm

One of 3 goats living Carlton Cellars Vineyard and farm

One of 3 goats living Carlton Cellars Vineyard

Robin with her goats Carlton Cellars Vineyard and farm

Robin with her goats Carlton Cellars Vineyard and farm

View of the vineyard at Carlton Cellars

View of the vineyard at Carlton Cellars

Engagement Session, Lifestyle, Vineyards and Wineries

A Vineyard Engagement Session at Carlton Cellars Vineyard

October 27, 2016

I was so looking forward to this session with Monique and Jeff. Monique is a certified sommelier so of course the engagement portraits had to be taken at a winery. We chose my friend’s Dave Grooters and Robin Russell’s vineyard, Carlton Cellars as the location. We were lucky to be able to shoot between an extended rain break. I enjoyed watching the 2 of them interacting together, you can tell how much they value their friendship and of course their love for each other. 

Monique & Jeff's Engagement Portrait at Carlton Cellars

Monique & Jeff’s Vineyard Engagement Portrait at Carlton Cellars

Monique & Jeff's Vineyard Engagement Portrait at Carlton Cellars

Monique & Jeff’s Vineyard Engagement Portrait at Carlton Cellars

Monique & Jeff's Vineyard Engagement Portrait at Carlton Cellars

Monique & Jeff’s Vineyard Engagement Portrait at Carlton Cellars

Monique & Jeff's Vineyard Engagement Portrait at Carlton Cellars

Monique & Jeff’s Vineyard Engagement Portrait at Carlton Cellars

Monique & Jeff's Vineyard Engagement Portrait at Carlton Cellars

Monique & Jeff’s Vineyard Engagement Portrait at Carlton Cellars

Monique & Jeff's Vineyard Engagement Portrait at Carlton Cellars

Monique & Jeff’s Vineyard Engagement Portrait at Carlton Cellars

Monique & Jeff's Vineyard Engagement Portrait at Carlton Cellars

Monique & Jeff’s Vineyard Engagement Portrait at Carlton Cellars

Business Portrait, Vineyards and Wineries

Portraits of Marc Meyers, Four Grace’s new Winemaker

September 15, 2016

Earlier this summer I photographed Marc Meyers, Four Grace’s  new winemaker in Dundee, Oregon. Marc previously worked for Gran Moraine and La Crema in California before coming to Four Graces.  The winery wanted portraits in a variety of different settings, so we started at 5 in the morning to capture the best light. Mid-day in the Willamette Valley on a very sunny day in the middle of the summer can be a bit harsh. This was my second shoot at the winery and I was familiar with the setting. I knew that we would have to start early for the outside shots. We then ended up at a shared production facility because I wanted to create some images of him with barrels. They have since finished their own new production space. I am looking forward to trying some of Marc’s Pinot Noir.

Marc Myers winemaker for The Four Graces in Dundee in Oregon

Marc Myers winemaker for The Four Graces in Dundee in Oregon

Marc Myers winemaker for The Four Graces winery in Dundee in Oregon

Marc Myers winemaker for The Four Graces winery in Dundee in Oregon

Marc Myers winemaker for The Four Graces in Dundee in Oregon

Marc Myers winemaker for The Four Graces in Dundee in Oregon

Marc Myers winemaker for The Four Graces in Dundee in Oregon

Marc Myers winemaker for The Four Graces in Dundee in Oregon

Marc Myers winemaker for The Four Graces in Dundee in Oregon

Marc Myers winemaker for The Four Graces in Dundee in Oregon

Business Portrait, Lifestyle, Product Photogaphy, Vineyards and Wineries

Photography for Blakeslee Vineyard Estates

July 26, 2016

I was really excited to work with Beth Eriendson of the FAB Marketing Group on a website makeover for Blakeslee Vineyard Estates. We first started with portraits of Bill and Sheila Blakeslee, both in a production context as well as outside in their vineyard with it’s stunning views of Mt. Hood. I have to admit that I love creating portraits on-location, so I was very pleased when they agreed to work with me at two locations. The portraits taken with their wine barrels are a bit more formal in how they are posed. I thought that doing something a little bit more relaxed and loose would be nice to reflect their warm and engaging personalities as well. So shortly before sunset we headed back to the vineyard to finish up with the portrait session.

The following week, it was time to style images that  showcased the beauty and hospitality of the the wine tasting experience at Blakeslee Vineyard Estates. Beth did a wonderful job in organizing the “models” and clothing colors. The day was  beautiful and very sunny, which of course for a photographer brings it’s challenges. While hoping for overcast, to make my life easier, I was prepared for full sunlight bringing my strobes and battery packs. In the end, I was happy that it was sunny because a cloudy day would not have created the happy ambience that come across in the photographs. As I write this, the new website is not yet finished. I can’t wait to see the website when it is finished.

Sheila and Bill Blakeslee owner of Blakeslee Vineyard Estates

Sheila and Bill Blakeslee owner of Blakeslee Vineyard Estates

Sheila Blakeslee of Blakeslee Vineyard Estates at sunset with Mt. Hood as the backdrop

Sheila Blakeslee

Sheila and Bill Blakeslee owner of Blakeslee Vineyard Estates

Sheila and Bill Blakeslee owner of Blakeslee Vineyard Estates

Sheila and Bill Blakeslee owner of Blakeslee Vineyard Estates with their vines.

Sheila and Bill Blakeslee owner of Blakeslee Vineyard Estates with their vines.

Wine Tasting at BlakesLee Vineyard Estates

Wine Tasting at BlakesLee Vineyard Estates

Guests wine tasting at Blakeslee Vineyard Estates.

Wine Tasting at BlakesLee Vineyard Estates

Blakeslee Vineyard Estates Rose of Pinot Noir

Blakeslee Vineyard Estates Rose of Pinot Noir

Blakeslee Vineyard Estates Pinot Noir

Blakeslee Vineyard Estates Pinot Noir

Business Portrait

SAIF Corporation Executive Portraits

June 10, 2016

It was time for updated portraits of the executive staff at the headquarters of SAIF Corporation in Salem, Oregon and Mike Watters, the communications and design manager, whom I had met several years ago, contacted me. He believed that my portrait style was exactly what they were looking for. They wanted images that presented  the executive leadership as professional but yet portrayed in a relaxed manner. While I often shoot business portraits in the studio, I actually prefer to work on location. I enjoy the challenges of lighting and posing that setting up on location  presents. I think portraits especially business portraits can be more compelling than those done taken in front of the standard grey background.

Environmental Portrait of a SAIF Corporation executive

Environmental Portrait of a SAIF Corporation executive

Environmental Portrait of a SAIF Corporation executive

Environmental Portrait of a SAIF Corporation executive

Environmental Portrait of a SAIF Corporation executive

Environmental Portrait of a SAIF Corporation executive

Environmental Portrait of a SAIF Corporation executive

Environmental Portrait of a SAIF Corporation executive

Environmental Portrait of a SAIF Corporation executive

Environmental Portrait of a SAIF Corporation executive

Environmental Portrait of a SAIF Corporation executive

Environmental Portrait of a SAIF Corporation executive

Artist Portraits, Business Portrait

Portland Composer and Jazz Pianist David Goldblatt

April 27, 2016

I have been working with David Goldblatt to create new images for his website that will put more focus on his work as a composer. He is a brilliant musician and has worked with some of the major players in the music industry including Mark Isham, Stanley Clarke, Dizzy Gillespie, Wayne Shorter and Madeleine Peyroux.  Without realizing it you may have already listened to his compositions and arrangements.  Some have been featured  on the Oprah Winfrey Show, EZ Streets and The Defenders as well as others. While setting up for one particular shot, David played one of his pieces, a tribute to Christopher Reeves. It was achingly beautiful. To listen to David play piano was certainly an added benefit to the portrait session.

Back in February during the Portland Jazz Festival, I documented his solo jazz performance at Classic Pianos. I was totally captivated by the music. Working with David to create images that he can use to complement his marketing was a great experience for me. Not only is he very talented but a very warm, humble and engaging person.

Black and white portrait of David Goldblatt in his home studio working on a composition and arrangement

David Goldblatt

David Goldblatt performing for the Portland Jazz Festival at Classic Pianos

David Goldblatt performing for the Portland Jazz Festival at Classic Pianos

David Goldblatt performing for the Portland Jazz Festival at Classic Pianos

David Goldblatt performing for the Portland Jazz Festival at Classic Pianos

David Goldblatt performing for the Portland Jazz Festival at Classic Pianos

David Goldblatt performing for the Portland Jazz Festival at Classic Pianos

Black and white portrait of David Goldblatt in his home studio working on a composition and arrangement

Black and white portrait of David Goldblatt in his home studio working on a composition and arrangement

Color portrait of David Goldblatt in his home studio working on a composition and arrangement

David Goldblatt Portrait Session

Black and white portrait of David Goldblatt in his home studio working on a composition and arrangement

David Goldblatt Portrait Session in his home studio

Color portrait of David Goldblatt in his home studio working on a composition and arrangement

David Goldblatt Portrait Session at his home studio

Portrait of David Goldblatt in his home studio.

David Goldblatt Portrait Session

David Goldblatt composer and jazz musician

David Goldblatt composer and jazz musician

David Goldblatt composer and jazz musician

David Goldblatt composer and jazz musician

David Goldblatt Portrait

David Goldblatt composer and jazz musician

Business Portrait

Brian Austin launches Script Hop

March 2, 2016

My Client Brian Austin of Portland,O regon and his business partner, Scott Foster who is based in Los Angeles, just launched a really fascinating  company called Script Hop geared toward the movie industry. A recent article in the Hollywood Reporter, best describes it as a platform that “analyzes volumes of screenplays to determine Oscar bait, minority characters or that all-important screen time.”  Brian and Scott created an artificial intelligent system that can breakdown the characters in a script into key components, including physical attributes of size, gender, and ethnicity. The software of course does so much more.

Before the website of their new business could go live, Brian needed a headshot. He wanted the session to be outdoors and of course we chose one of the coldest days of the winter.

Outdoor Business Portrait of Brian Austin of Script Hop, LLC

Outdoor Business Portrait of Brian Austin of Script Hop, LLC

Outdoor Business Portrait of Brian Austin of Script Hop, LLC

Outdoor Business Portrait of Brian Austin of Script Hop, LLC

Food Photography, Travel, Uncategorized

Travel photography in La Candelaria, Baja California Sur

February 8, 2016

Last month, I spent a couple of weeks visiting a friend who lives in the tiny village of La Candelaria in Baja California Sur. Because of it’s location in the foot hills of the Sierra de la Laguna and poorly kept dirt roads it is somewhat remote and literally off the grid. The village receives  about 3 hours of electricity  every day from a generator and  I found it quite lovely to be distanced from my cell phone and social media. I at first thought it would be a hard adjustment, but I quickly adapted. It was actually a welcome break.  Being a photographer, I of course took a ton of photographs, with a focus on traditional cuisine. My friend Lorna Hankins a resident of about 25 years and potter asked her niece and nephew to cook empanadas and coyotes for me so that I could photograph them. What made the project special was using her pottery to showcase the food.

Lorna had decided to adopt this tiny village of approximately 85 residents as her new home about 25 years ago. Initially she came down from the northwest to improve her Spanish and then fell in love with this beautiful oasis in the desert. With a masters in fine art in metal work and jewelry, it was not a stretch for her to learn a new craft. When she made the decision to stay, a local villager taught the traditional method of creating pottery that can actually be used for cooking and serving. Each summer she returns to Portland to visit family and friends, and I would ask if I could buy one of her pots. She would respond that I would have to go down to Mexico and get it myself! So I took her up on her offer and as an extra bonus she actually taught me how to make some pots as well. However, I have a long way to go before my pottery looks like hers. Today,  tourists visiting Cabo San Lucas and Todos Santos often take the journey to  come especially to La Candelaria to buy her work.

Freshly made empanadas in hand crafted traditional ceramic bowls made by Lorna Hankins of La Candelaria, Baja Mexico sitting on a red table.

Freshly made empanadas in hand crafted traditional ceramic bowls made by Lorna Hankins of La Candelaria, Baja Mexico sitting on a red table.

Traditional cuisine and pottery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Traditional cuisine and pottery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Grapefruit in palm "basket" made in La Candelaria, Baja Californa Sur, Mexico

Grapefruit in palm “basket” made in La Candelaria, Baja Californa Sur, Mexico

Traditional cuisine and pottery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Traditional cuisine and pottery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Traditional cuisine and pottery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Traditional cuisine and pottery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Lorna Hankins, an artist with one of her pots in her village of La Candelaria, Baja, Mexico

Traditional cuisine and pottery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Traditional cuisine and pottery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Traditional cuisine and pottery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Cemetery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Cemetery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Traditional cuisine and pottery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Traditional cuisine and pottery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Lupita making empanadas in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Lupita making empanadas in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Traditional cuisine and pottery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Traditional cuisine and pottery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Traditional cuisine and pottery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Traditional cuisine and pottery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Traditional cuisine and pottery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Traditional cuisine and pottery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Traditional cuisine and pottery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Traditional cuisine and pottery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Collecting Palms in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Collecting Palms in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Traditional cuisine and pottery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Traditional cuisine and pottery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Traditional cuisine and pottery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Traditional cuisine and pottery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Proud chef in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Proud chef in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Traditional cuisine and pottery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Traditional cuisine and pottery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Traditional cuisine and pottery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Traditional cuisine and pottery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Traditional cuisine and pottery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Traditional cuisine and pottery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Cactus in the dessert in Baja, Mexico

Cactus in the dessert in Baja, Mexico

Lorna's polished  pottery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Lorna’s polished pottery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

View of the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

View of the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Traditional cuisine and pottery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Traditional cuisine and pottery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Traditional cuisine and pottery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Traditional cuisine and pottery in the village of La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Turkey Vultures settling in for the evening in La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico

Turkey Vultures settling in for the evening in La Candelaria in Baja, Mexico