Month: April 2012

My Boys

 

teenage youth boys with long hair grunge

My boys are so rad. They have long hair but they say they aren’t hippies. They’re not into the peace and love thing but they are anti-establishment, which makes me so proud.

I really like the meditative quality and quietness of these images. Im putting these on my wall large.  No “fire-place” portraits at our house.

 

Wine country portrait of wine maker David Vergari

Photographing the brilliant wine maker for Thornton Winery, David Vergari was awesome. We photographed him during bud break this spring to emphasize the importance of quality grapes in order to produce award winning wines. “You can get bad wine from good grapes, but you can’t get good wine from bad grapes”, says Vergari who is passionate about the farming side of wine making as well. The blue sky after the rain, and the extraordinary fluffy clouds made it a fab day to shoot portraits in the vineyards. The sun was teetering in and out, and although I had to change my exposures frequently to compensate, it gave me a nice range of looks from soft and overcast to crispy and bright.

Upon arriving at Thornton Winery, it was gently overcast and David was already at work tending to the vineyards. I was stoked because it allowed me to get some candid shots of him in action.
Left, Arsenio, busy at work, takes time out for a quick shot. Love his smile here.
Its been a relatively dry season up until now, but it started sprinkling a wee bit during our session.
David is serious and fun all wrapped up into one. I could have photographed him all day but I only had 10 minutes with the busy wine maker..

Our session ended with the encounter of a country mouse.. or is that David’s heel click. haha jk .. Either way, the shoot was most enjoyable.

Thank you to Linda from Kissam Consulting for making all the arrangements.

Temecula Chef Volker Lutz

The beautiful and sexy wine blog Must featured one of my portraits of Chef Volker Lutz. The blog by friends Michael & Karon Cartwright celebrates art, wine and cuisine in Temecula & Southern California. Check it out to stay updated on who’s who in wine country.

chef portrait by wine photographer Heather Van Gaale
Temecula chef, Volker Lutz, tosses the pasta during a food and wine pairing at the beautiful Weins Winery