A Covid-Safe Winery Photoshoot at Dusky Goose

Dusky Goose tasting room and wine bottle styled shotDespite the multiple challenges Oregonians are facing right now, communicating well with customers still needs to happen. Dusky Goose, a boutique winery in the Dundee Hills was underway with a website update when the pandemic began. We worked with Dusky Goose Operations Manager Pamela McClellan and consultant Chris Cullina to complete a set of photos for their new website that strongly created a sense of place.

To keep this shoot Covid-19 safe, we broke the project in two parts. For part one, John and I worked together to style and shoot a set of  beautiful styled bottle shots in and around the tasting room. With different prop setups, we built a distinctive set of photos for each wine.

For part two, Pamela and tasting room manager, Kelly Karr, invited wine club members to a private tasting. All Covid-19 protocols such as spacing groups 6 feet apart, masks for servers, and gobs of sanitizer were maintained. Each of our tasting groups were in their own “bubble” so we could shoot their close interactions safely and from a distance.

Styled wine bottle shot plus aerial shots of Dusky Goose tasting room To finish the project, John and I took the drone up at sunset to photograph how beautifully the tasting room sits amidst the vineyards.

You can see the finished website at www.duskygoose.com

 


Custom Photography for Winery Digital Marketing

John Valls and I have been photographing for West Coast winery brands for the last decade. For us, a typical winery assignment would include a mix of tasting room images, beautiful vineyard landscapes and on-brand beauty shots. However, Covid-19 has turned life upside down for most of our winery clients. With limited to no tasting room activity, our winery clients are counting on their social media and websites to maintain customer relationships.

Simply, their social media needs to work harder than ever. Here’s how we’re helping.

With input gathered from our clients and our longstanding knowledge of the wine industry, we are creating custom image libraries at our studio. Wineries can use the photos in their social media, websites and email newsletters. Taking into account the mood and tone of their brand, we style and shoot photographs that resonate with their customers. An Instagram feed with beautiful and engaging content builds audiences and keeps customer relationships alive. Here are two examples.

A location shoot at Roco Winery was on the calendar when the Covid-19 shutdown began. Because the photography was necessary for a website update, the project was a must-do. Of the 50+ images we created, some were intended to hint at the tasting room experience, others suggest Roco wines for enjoying at home. A third style of top-down assemblages were designed to support a direct sales campaign.

Challenging ad formats in The Daily Beast and Variety online created a photography need for A to Z Wines. The advertising opportunity called for a number of narrow images with strong impact. Because these publications target a more youthful audience than typical wine media, we responded with a color-blocked series in a playful mood and spare but vivid visuals that feel right for that generation.
Wine photography for A to Z Wineworks, an Oregon winery
As a photographer/stylist team, we can work seamlessly within the Covid-19 limitations. Wineries ship us their bottles and we take it from there. We always begin with an informal brand audit and an understanding of their demographic and sales goals. Our styling and photography is designed to reflect each wineries’ brand. Clients can monitor our photoshoots remotely and we offer web hosting of the final images for easy access and downloads.Packages usually include 12 or 24 images, but this can vary based on needs. Get in touch to learn more about how we could work together.

Tempranillo for Two in the Umpqua Valley

John and I so enjoyed capturing the photos to go along with this wine travel story that focuses on the Umpqua River Valley region. We’ve photographed Abacela before, but this time we were able to shoot some lovely landscapes at dusk with our drone. We visited so many interesting wineries and met the loveliest people. The writer captured the personalities and qualities of the region–giving plenty of reason to take the trip. Here’s the link to Margarett Waterbury’s article on the Travel Oregon website.scenic view of Abacela vineyards near Roseburg


Nostrana Restaurant’s Maialata on Saveur

Maialata is a traditional Italian celebration of all things pig related and Nostrana’s Maialata is epic.  The famed butcher Dario Cecchini comes from Italy and shares stories and his lifelong experience in butchery.  It’s a wonderful day full of cooking demos and wine drinking, capped off with a pork intensive family style meal in Montinore Estate’s wine cellar.  Read about it here on Saveur and make plans to come next year.


Casey Eye Institute Photography

medical and surgical hospital images from Casey Eye Institute in Portland, OR

medical and surgical hospital images from Casey Eye Institute in Portland, OR

medical and surgical hospital images from Casey Eye Institute in Portland, OR

medical and surgical hospital images from Casey Eye Institute in Portland, OR

 

medical and surgical hospital images from Casey Eye Institute in Portland, OR

medical and surgical hospital images from Casey Eye Institute in Portland, OR

medical and surgical hospital images from Casey Eye Institute in Portland, OR

medical and surgical hospital images from Casey Eye Institute in Portland, OR

medical and surgical hospital images from Casey Eye Institute in Portland, OR

medical and surgical hospital images from Casey Eye Institute in Portland, OR

medical and surgical hospital images from Casey Eye Institute in Portland, OR

At a time when issues around healthcare are problematic, it’s a privilege to photograph caregivers who so obviously want give aid.  As I look through the camera, I can’t help but feel their desire to help. This fills me with compassion and restores my faith in humanity.


Poolside Cocktails with Hilton Global

Colorful photos of Hilton Poolside cocktails

Our team of three headed out to Ft Lauderdale this Spring to photograph poolside cocktails. Our client, Flavors of Hilton, masterminds each and every aspect of the guest experience in food and beverage in the Americas. For this project, pool bars were the focus. Mai Tais, Zombies, Spritzes and Breezes, every part of the cocktail has a quality and aesthetic standard. And, you know….cocktails.