Wine Country Getaways {seattle magazine cover story}

I want to take a few minuets to really share how important this blog posting is to me.  And also thank my best friend for reminding me of my journey, dreams, and wishes for my career.  When planning to relocate to Seattle I spend some time researching magazine in my soon to be new city.  I would visit Seattlemagazine.com quite often and wish that I could get an in with them.  And now I am sitting here writing a blog for the cover story that I was assigned to document the October issue.  I have had several images published in the past, in random magazines, but I am beyond honored to share my first cover image for a fantastic magazine.  Thank you Seattle Magazine for this wonderful experience and hiring me to photograph the ‘Wine Country Getaway‘ story.

I split my week up into two halves and drove all over Eastern Washington photographing.  My dream job scenario.

DAY 1

Swiftwater Cellars + Hoist House Restaurant – Cle Elum, WA

Wild Earth Brewing – Roslyn, WA

Boudreaux Cellars – Leavenworth, WA

Boudreaux tasting room located in Leavenworth.

 

Icicle Brewing- Leavenworth, WA

Sleeping Lady Resort- Leavenworth, WA

Apple Cup Cafe – Chelan, WA

DAY 2

Nefarious Cellars- Chelan, WA

{cover shot}

Cave B Estate Winery + Tendrils Restaurant – Quincy, WA

Fidelitas- Benton City, Wa

Col Solare- Benton City, WA

Whitstran Brewing- Prosser, WA

Horse Heaven Hills Brewery- Prosser, WA

Desert Wind Brewing – Prosser, WA

Mojave – Prosser, WA

{night sleep in Prosser}

DAY 3

Snipes Mountain Brewing – Sunnyside, WA

Two Mountain Winery – Zillah, WA

Treveri Cellars – Wapato, WA

Owen Roe Winery – Wapato, WA

Miners Drive in – Yakima, WA

After a full weekend of shooting I returned home for the week and prepared for the next two dozen locations I had to shoot for the story.  Early Friday morning I made way to Walla Walla, WA.  I first stopped in Hood River to shoot a few Brewing companies.

DAY 4

Full Sail Brewing- Hood River, OR

pFriem Family Brewers – Hood River, OR

Aniche Cellars – Underwood, WA

The next stop on my list was Maryhill Winery.  But mother nature had another plan for me…as I was unable to get there due to Forest Fires.

 

Columbia Crest Winery- Paterson, WA

After my long drive to Walla Walla, I was beyond ready to settle down for the night.  I rented an Airstream for two nights at ‘Chilleville’ in Walla Walla.  Once I arrived, I was speechless to find my home for the weekend.  It was my first time sleeping in an airstream, and I hope its not my last.

DAY 5

Walla Walla Roastery – Walla Walla, WA

Inn at Abeja – Walla Wala, WA

Charles Smith Wines – Walla Walla, WA

Dunham Cellars – Walla Walla, WA

T. MaccaRone’s

Burnwood Brewing – Walla Walla, WA

Brasserie Brewing – Walla Walla, WA

Saffron – Walla Walla, WA

Jimgemanbar – Walla Walla, WA

I ended my day with a gathering at the Chillville party pad.  Zibby, the host for Chillville, had invited those whom were staying in the airstreams to join her and a few of her friends for dinner and drinks.  It was the perfect way to end a long productive day.  I highly recommend staying here if you find yourself in Wine Country!

DAY 6

Bacon & Eggs – Walla Walla, WA

Colville Street Patisserie – Walla Walla, WA

The Green Lantern – Walla Walla, WA

Marcus Whitman Hotel – Walla Walla, WA

Amavi Cellars – Walla Walla, WA

My shoot at Amavi was one of my favorites of the weekend.  I had a great group of people to photograph as well as a picteresque background.  We had arranged the shoot during a super moon!  And seeing that moon pop up over the rolling hills and mountains in Walla Walla was a sight to remember.  Simply amazing!

DAY 7 { Last day…long drive home }

Cadaretta Glass House  – Walla Walla, WA

Hedges Family Estate – Benton City, WA

Before I knew it, my journey and assignment had come to an end.  After two weekends of running around Eastern Washington, tasting fabulous wines and soaking in stunning views I was returning home.   This experience reminded me what I love about traveling and photographing.  I look forward to more opportunities like these in my career.   Till then, I have my first cover shoot and a lovely Blog to document my adventure!

Brian Mackey- “America” {music video}

Once again Nick Cavalier and I came together to work with artist, Brian Mackey on his most recent music video.  I flew into New Jersey this past July where shooting began.  The concept of the video was pretty straight forward…America.  What images come to mind when you think of America?  We wanted to capture imagery that went along with Brian’s lyrics and the journey many musician’s take while traveling on the road.  Nick and I documented along the way to Nashville, TN where the final shooting took place.  This blog includes images I took from our itinerary and the behind scenes of the the music video, “America”.  

Without fail, there will be some documentation of me on the ground shooting.  Thanks Nick ! 

Also, enjoy the video here:

http://www.cmt.com/videos/brian-mackey/1093279/america.jhtml

 OR

 http://www.1manshow.tv/music-videos/

Price Family { South Carolina }

To continue with birthday adventures, Joel and I flew to South Carolina to visit our friends and meet their new baby, Nova.  

Seeing Jess, my best friend, was so needed.  We had spent a many days sitting in her old home drinking tea and eating brownies while chatting about life.  I miss that so much!  I absolutely love her & her family.

It was so nice to spend time with old friends, just relax, and let the day(s) come as they will.   Trip was low key and sadly flew by too quickly!  But I am thankful for the time we did get to catch up and relax with our very good friends.

 We spent the last few hours at this beautiful park where I took advantage of the scenery and this beautiful family by getting some family portraits.

This is the Price Family~

Thanks to Ryan, I have a few images with Joel and the kids too.  Back in Milwaukee I would see Stella often, and was a part of her childhood- It does sadden me that I will be missing that with Nova, but I am so happy we had this chance to meet her, and see Stella, make new memories and enjoy the Price Family.  They are much missed since we do not live in the same city anymore.  Coming back to the house, we finished packing up and enjoyed the patio…of course I snuck a few more photo’s in there too.Till next time… You will all be missed. Love you guys

7 wonders of Oregon {bday adventures}

The start of my day.                                                                                                            The end of my day.

My 32nd birthday was celebrated in various places in Oregon.  It sounds funny, but those commercials encouraging people to explore The 7 Wonders of Oregon inspired me to do jus that! So, my husband did some planning  and we narrowed down where in Oregon we were gonna stay – and we ended up in Mt Hood & The Columbia River Gorge area.

Day 1


 After we nearly hiked 3miles we realized the path didn’t seem so clear anymore. We were hopeful that the path would show back up again, and then decided to throw  in the towel  and head back to the car.  Once doing so we noticed a sign saying that the bridge was down and we could not cross the river to get to the waterfalls we were attempting to hike to.  Opps! Ha.  It just made the next hike even more rewarding:-)

Made a pit stop at the local bar for food…and then it was on to location no.2Tamanawas Falls

Day 2 : Painted Hills

After spending some time in the hills, we grabbed some food in town and headed back to enjoy a fire in our cabin.

Day 3 : Bday gifts and more sightseeing awaits:)Smith Rock

Tumalo Falls

Day 4 :Home

The drive home-  Just as beautiful as the drive here.  We did make a pit stop in Portland, which was a nice addition before going home.   All in all, my birthday celebration was filled with love, adventure, excitement, joy, fresh air, new discoveries, and new memories with my wee little family.  Felt very blessed!

Jovey {road trip}

It was so nice to get the opportunity to take the drive from Seattle to WI to meet our new niece, Jovey.  We were a tad worried due to driving in February, but we remained safe and lucky.  Our family thought we were flying in, but we wanted to surprise them and bring Leland (whom grew up with them being around, and meet the new pup!).  The drive ended up going by pretty quickly considering that it was 31hrs, and the views were beautiful.   Here is a quick summary of our lovely trip, and photo’s of our beautiful new niece!

One of the best parts about long drives is seeing the terrain change. Going from mountain passes, to some sun shine and flat lands, to just white space for miles upon miles. It keeps the drive interesting!    Most people (including myself) can get so lost in daily routines, stresses, worries, & responsibilities…and these drives make me slow down.  Look around and appreciate the world we live in.  It is therapeutic to me.Nothing is better then being rewarded with a colorful sunrise after being on the road for nearly 24hrs.  It is so refreshing.
Arrived!

To freezing, freezing weather- but nonetheless, we made it!

Before our trip was over we decided to drive to The Bluff (which we try to do every visit home).  And our visits here have become more and more adventurous as winter goes on.  Joel and I got stuck in the snow when we came out during christmas time, and then again, during this trip.  But, we keep making the haul during crappy weather to visit his Dad.  This time around, we had the help of his Mom and Sister.  Could be pretty bad, as no one really goes to this location during this season, but we have embraced the challenges and come home with great stories!Then it was back to the road home….