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Photographs with my lover: Summer in the mountains

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In a delightful cabin in the middle of the woods I found a beautiful feather and wrapped it in my hair. It was all I needed to complete my wardrobe for the warm summer day! Finding a feather is a sign of encouragement and means that you are on a higher path spiritually. It also symbolises a lighter outlook on life.

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It was a little chilly later on so I dug out this fabulous vintage fur coat previously owned by Adolphine Getty. What fun it is to wear a long fur coat with nothing on underneath!

Del Mar Race – Opening Day Fashions – San Diego

In celebration of Del Mars 75th anniversay, I wanted to capture photographs with a timeless appeal. I love  looking at nostalgic pictures of times gone by when ladies and gents dressed to the nines for mid-day affairs. In order to portray classic fashions in a year where flourescent has made a huge comeback, it was absolutely necessary to shoot black and white photos.

 

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The theme of the event was vintage. Although I didn’t spot much vintage fashion amongst the ladies, I did photograph a few classic beauties and some hats that were over-the-top fun. I seem to be attracted to any hat that has feathers or stripes on it!

Pictured above is the extraordinary hat maker Alakazia with models Christelle Tachon and Kelly Lenahan modeling his wonderous creations. Almost everyone wore hats in recognition of the tradition on opening day.opening day del mar in san diego 2012 black and white photos by artisitic photographer heather van gaaleI loved all the crazy hats but I couldn’t take my eyes off of the thoroughbreds. Number 10 was gorgeous. I spotted him in the paddock and had a hunch about him. I loved his gray mane,dappled coat and rebellious energy. The lines were long and the race was starting so I didn’t have time to place my bet.

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As you can see he  won! I wished I would have placed my bet..but atleast I managed to get a shot of him crossing the finish line.

 

If you liked this story you may like my photos of opening day at Rancho Santa Fe Polo Club here.

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xo

Heather

 

 

Gay Pride Parade – San Diego

The Gay Pride Parade in San Diego was a fantastical party drawing thousands of supporters. A plethora of rainbows and colorful people filled the streets. With a mutual vision of a world free of prejudice, many marched  and cheered honoring respect, diversity,acceptance and self-expression.
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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.

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Temecula chef, Volker Lutz, tosses the pasta during a food and wine pairing at the beautiful Weins Winery