Tuesday, March 23, 2010

New client work: Napa Valley Vintner Portraits

I recently completed several portraits of Napa Valley's winery owners, winemakers, and who's-who of the wine world. The kind folks at CADE Winery on Howell Mountain were so gracious to lend their amazing space for us to shoot. Breath-taking views of St. Helena and the Napa Valley floor below, along with the elegant interiors provided the perfect backdrop for our portrait sessions.

Napa Valley Vintner portraits

Take a look at my favorites from the shoots:

About the shoot:
In a marathon two short days of shooting, I managed to photograph about 35 individuals representing 27 wine brands from all over Napa Valley. All the wineries have generously donated not only wine, extravagant gifts, trips, and celebrity chef meals, but much time and dedication to the one-of-a-kind Auction Napa Valley. These photos are going to grace the pages of the Auction Napa Valley catalog and other collateral for the 30th anniversary of the Auction.

Over the last three years, I've been extremely fortunate to be the official photographer of Auction Napa Valley, and I look forward to it once again this year!

About the client:
The Napa Valley Vintners is the non-profit trade association responsible for promoting and protecting the Napa Valley appellation as the premier winegrowing region. From seven founding members in 1944, today the association represents nearly 400 Napa Valley wineries and collectively is a leader in the world-wide wine industry.

30 Years of Giving
Since 1981, members of the Napa Valley Vintners and the Napa Valley community have rallied together to offer, each June, an experience unlike any other. What started as a small event has grown into one of the world's most renowned wine auctions—with more than 350 wineries and 550 community volunteers now taking par—yet remains true to its goal of raising funds for healthcare, housing and youth services non-profits: Auction Napa Valley has given $90 million in proceeds to date.

Learn more about Auction Napa Valley and the Napa Valley Vintners at http://www.napavintners.com/.

Enjoy the photos!

Monday, March 15, 2010

New Client Work: Swirl. Sniff. Taste. Spit. Repeat.

I'm proud and pleased to share some photos I made for Cornerstone Communications, a New York-based PR and marketing firm. They recently hosted a seminar and tasting of several wine producers from the Alto Adige wine region.

About the Client: Cornerstone offers a full range of public relations, marketing, and special events services primarily for the wine, food and spirits industries. The event held at the San Francisco Four Seasons sought to provide an introduction (or refresher to those already in the know) to the Alto Adige wine region in Italy. A panel of 5 speakers (3 of whom were named Wolfgang) walked tasters through a flight of 8 wines from the various areas within Alto Adige. Did you know that although it's located in northern Italy bordering Germany, more German is spoken than Italian? Fascinating!!!

About the Shoot: Swirl. Sniff. Taste. Spit. Repeat.

Here are a few of my faves from the shoot...