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I was asked recently to produce some photography for a winery in the South of France called Domaine Sainte Rose. Run by Charles and Ruth they produce a wide range of very high quality wine.
If you enjoy a glass of wine then you should check out the website at http://www.sainterose.com
After accepting the commission I waited with anticipation for the UPS van to arrive with three cases of wine including white, rose and a selection of red. All the way from the South of France to a snowy and cold Northern Ireland.
The brief was to produce photographs for the online store which is quite a technical task from a lighting point of view and to produce photographs with some style to them. This is the most difficult part of the work as I wanted to show the wines in a sympathetic setting. I also wanted to produce a couple of slightly more quirky photographs where I would break some of the traditional photography rules.
The product photographs look like this
For what became known as the style photographs this is what I produced.
All of the style photographs were photographed in this setting to allow the wine to stand out and to give a consistency to the imagery for brand and marketing unity. As an example of some of the other photographs I took here is one below.
I would be interested in any comments you have. Just drop a message in the comments box below.
Sometimes it’s good to just try new things with new people away from a commercial need. Last Saturday I and a few like minded photographers booked some studio time to refresh standard working methods. Some ideas worked and inevitably some didn’t.
Below are just a few photographs from the session that I liked. What do you think?
From St Dizant du Gua in the Auvergne region of France to my garage is quite a journey. It was while I was tidying up my garage (an on-going process) that I came across this mixed case of Pineau. It has been lying hidden in my garage for so may years I had forgotten it’s existence.
Many years ago while driving through France on holiday we came across the utterly charming little Chateau de Beaulon. The main attraction for me were the grounds and the Blue Fountains but we were met by the owner and invited to sample the produce – well what can you say. Obviously I was impressed since I came away with a case including tasting notes.
Now after lying so long in the ever changing temperatures of a garage including two of the coldest ever winters and situated close to the central heating boiler I imagined an investment gone wrong. Nope – the wine is as good as the day I bought it.
If you are ever in this region I heartily recommend a stop. If you want to know more follow this link. http://www.chateau-de-beaulon.com/site/une_tradition/index.php?l=en
Over the last couple of weeks I have been doing commercial photography, wedding photography and all the associated editing. This morning I was supposed to be preparing materials for prospective wedding clients but… I heard the weather forecast. Today was to be the last sunny day for a week so let’s change plans. I’m a great believer that your schedule should be driven by you and not the other way round. Within a few miles from my home is a small but nicely diverse forest and with the promised sun shining I jumped in the car and this is the result of a very enjoyable hour in good autumn/winter bracing air. Perhaps not classic landscape photography but I wanted to convey the openness of a forest at this time of the year along with the colour, shadows, light and space.
For any photographers reading this all the photographs were taken with a 20mm lens on a full frame camera with minimal cropping. In my humble opinion the only way to go. Any comments you may have (good or bad) just drop a line in the comments box at the end of the post.
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A fun and relaxed couple – Matthew and Caroline on a typical Northern Ireland summer day with heavy rain and some glorious sunshine meant lots of dashing in and out of cover. The happy couple are getting married later in the year and we met up in Lady Dixon Park outside Belfast for their pre wedding photography session last week.
Below are a few photographs from the day. All comments welcome.
Just a fun photograph to show how bad the rain was on the day. I’m sure Matthew and Caroline won’t mind being reminded!
Recently I took a short break to Barcelona. Incredibly I have never been in Spain before on holiday so I really didn’t know what to expect apart from the obvious Gaudi influence. What a revelation. An incredible city. Great people, great food (if a little different at times), fantastic sights and a very easy city to walk around. The only down side was there was no sun for most of our trip. In fact on the bus on the way to the city from the airport the very large puddles made us exchange worried glances. It turned out not cold but just slightly overcast most days. Now being a tourist (even though I like to think I am a traveller) I went out on the first morning wearing shorts – yes you guessed it I was the only person in Barcelona wearing shorts! Boy did I get some looks and not only from my wife and none of them were admiring.
The general routine was relaxing – up early get out walk all day, back to the hotel, change, walk and find good food, hotel and do it all again the next day. Below is a small selection of photographs from the loads I took. I suppose they sum up my experience of the city. If you’ve been there you may have a different impression. If so I’d love to hear. Anyway all comments would be appreciated. Now on with the photographs in no particular order.
It had intended to be a walk on the beach but the weather decided otherwise. Rather than just give up, go home and make a cup of tea I decided to wait it out just to see what the weather would do. On the north coast of Northern Ireland there is always the chance the weather will change quite quickly and with that the light also.
While I was watching through the rain I could see it clearing but at the same time another front moving in. In the short dry interlude I managed to get these two photographs. Beach weather no but the drama in the storm building and the short but dramatic piece of sunlight made it all worthwhile.
Thoughts or comments? I would love to hear them. Just scroll up to the top of this post and click on add comment.
I just recently put together a new website – yep the one you’re on now. Deciding what photographs to feature was very difficult. The previous site had accumulated lots of galleries and lots of photographs in those galleries as well as stand alone images on each page. When I took a very critical look at it it was a mess.
To clean it up would have meant a major redesign and as I’m definitely not a designer the very thought made me want to run and hide. The idea of going back into Expression Web and spending days of effort with no guarantee that it would be any better made me realise that there were other options. So I have gone down this route. The only think I will say and others agree – it is a little stark and without my personality (some would say that’s no bad thing), but I will need to refine it as time goes on. Mm more learning and the spectre of design coming to the fore again.
The point of all this is that now the new design is up and running I did not want to clutter it up and so decided to start off with only a small selection of images and let it grow slowly. This is where a major benefit of digital photography comes in. If this had been in the old days of film I doubt if I would have had the heart to go through thousands of negatives and slides. Diving into my hard drive is so much easier and even a bit of fun.
Finally to the point. I came across this black and white image I had taken a while ago when I attended a fantastic training course with the excellent Brett Harkness in Manchester. It is used in my portraits gallery elsewhere on this site but thought it deserved a place on its own. In the last couple of weeks I have been doing more commercial work so getting some people featured on the blog may redress the balance a little.
Any comments on the photograph or indeed on the website or on my ramblings above would be appreciated.
A few weeks ago I took a couple of photographs of wine bottles as part of an on going series. When published on my blog ( an old one) the owner of the Domaine where the wine was produced asked me to photograph his 2011 range as he had new labels and brand to roll out. This was for the retail store on the website. What a nice job – Thank you Charles.
The interesting thing is the Domaine is in the glorious South of France and I am in the slightly damper and overcast Northern Ireland. What you can do with a courier company and broadband.
The first photograph below is what started the whole thing off and below is a couple of photographs of the new product photographs as commissioned.
And the website – it’s www.sainterose.com