Two things I really love: photographing new locations and wine. Well, I got both of those things all wrapped up into one engagement shoot late last week. I met with Elaine and Adam at Adam's parents start up winery in Escondido, just north of San Diego. They call their winery Key's Creek Winery and it is amazing. Adam, an Escondido City attorney had just spent his day off building Elaine a swing. She thought it would be cute for our shoot, and it sure was. Elaine looked beautiful in her first look, which was a cute white dress and a pair of great cowboy boots.
Elaine’s got great style, as she is in the fashion industry. She oversees numerous Windsor stores in Southern California. After swinging a bit, we wandered over to the family vineyard for some nice backlit shots in the vines. There was a cool tree that had fallen across the dried out Key’s Creek so we stopped there for a couple of shots on the way over to the vines. We ventured around all the many acres of the property and I was spontaneously inspired with backlight, colors, textures and all the differing backgrounds I was allowed on the property.
While walking the property, we of course got to talking and I got to know these two a little better. I came to find out that Elaine and Adam started dating in college up in Riverside, California. Prior to getting his law degree, Adam played guitar in quite a few bands, it turned out that before getting together in college, Elaine had followed Adam’s band, so she was quite a fan of his. They had just finished harvesting this years grapes so I got to see Adam in action doing a little work in the barrel room. Elaine had just changed into her second outfit, an orange number with great white shoes. The barrel ended up being a great spot for a couple of photos too.
The whole family was around for our shoot as well, so I got to meet Adam’s mom and dad, sister and brother, his grandma, his nephew and the family dogs. I love getting to know my clients families as it makes me feel a lot closer to them on the wedding day. Really some very nice people, Adam’s family, it was my pleasure to meet them all. At the end of the shoot Adam’s mom even made me a sandwich for the drive home and Adam made sure I had a bottle of Key’s Creek Sangiovese to take home with me. Elaine, Adam and his family were so nice and gracious and I really appreciate their hospitality. I think the photos came out amazing, I am very proud of them and I hope that they love them as much as I do. I look forward to seeing everybody next August 8th for their beautiful Lake Oak Meadows wedding. Thanks for checking in on my blog, stay posted for new and interesting shoots coming soon!
All the best,