Below are a few images from a shoot at one of my favorite wineries, Chateau Montelena. Montelena and it’s owner, Jim Barrett, are known worldwide. They make a variety of incredible reds and whites and the property has an extensive history. Barrett, with the help of Steven Spurrier, owner and founder of then Academie du Vin in Paris, played key roles in bringing a new generation of California wines that could stand up to France’s finest. Chateau Montelena’s 1973 Chardonnay won first place in the “Judgment of Paris” wine competition. The four winning wines were Chateau Montelena ’73 from Napa, French Meursault-Charmes ’73, Chlaone ’74 Monterey County, California and Napa’s Spring Mountain ’73. A fictionalized version of Chateau Montelena’s victory was featured in the 2008 film Bottle Shock , which I suggest watching if you enjoying learning about wine. The historic win at the Judgement of Paris clearly called attention to the lesser known and valued California wine industry and firmly planted Napa Valley on the map. If you happen to be in the Calistoga area, Chateau Montelena is well worth the trip.
I had an amazing time shooting the Teavana campaign for Starbucks and Oprah Winfrey in Seattle. At the end of 2013 , Starbucks and Oprah announced a joint venture to co-create Teavana Oprah Chai Tea. I photographed Oprah as she developed the tea with Teavana’s leading teaologist , Naoko Tsunoda. It was inspiring to watch! The images were shot in a very natural and organic style. Oprah was incredibly down to earth. I feel very fortunate to have worked with such an inspiring woman. This shoot was one of the highlight of my career thus far. Take a look at Teavana’s website, and look at some of my favorite images below.
Big Sur has some of the most beautiful coastlines of anywhere in the world. After spending a long weekend exploring the area, Sur quickly became a very special place for me. The natural beauty of the area is nothing short of stunning. Steeped in rugged, beautiful vista’s, purple sand beaches and miles of amazing shorelines, Sur is a beloved destination. Here are a few of my favorite images.