Photographing in the Napa Valley
Summer is in full swing here in Missoula and things are moving at a break neck pace around RMSP. Although it’s only July, I know that in the blink of an eye it will be September and I will be on my way to the Napa Valley to teach what is quickly becoming my favorite workshop of the year.
There have been so many incredible things said about Northern California’s wine country that I’m not sure I can add something new to the list. Instead, I’ll tell you what makes photographing in the Napa Valley and the workshop an experience unlike any other.
- Great locations. I choose the locations because of the people and the scenery. Whether it’s walking through a vineyard or photographing inside a barrel room there’s no shortage of breathtaking things to photograph.
- Real people. Most of the photography locations are small, family run operations. The owners often greet us and give us a tour before setting us loose on their properties.
- Off the beaten path. Through my past few years of visiting and photographing in Napa, I’ve gained access to small wineries and vineyards, some of which aren’t open to the public.
- Diversity. The itinerary is structured so that you’ll be inspired by new opportunities each day. After all, even the most beautiful of places can get old if you’re photographing the same thing day after day.
- The experience. Having lived in the area for 15 years, I’ve got my list of favorite restaurants, bakeries and, of course, a chocolate shop or two.
- Did I mention that they have pretty good wine in Napa?