Sunday, July 29, 2012

Engagement Photo Session, Kuleto Winery

So, I am still slowly updating my blog of 2011 photo shoots. This is the last from the 2011 season. I know I have posted images from Alex and Cody's wedding. These images are from their engagement photo session back on November 12, 2011 at Kuleto Winery in Napa, CA.
Alex had called us back in late October early November to tell us the news of his engagement and asked if we would be their photographers. Of course!!! We were able to set up an engagement session at Kuleto Winery, where Alex and Cody are wine club members. It was a double special day with the engagement photos, it was also Alex's birthday. The winery gave us permission to photograph on their premises before they opened their doors to the public. We were able to go around the winery. The weather the day before was cloudy and raining. On that Saturday morning, the sun was peering out of the clouds. I knew it was going to be a beautiful autumn morning, perfect for pictures. We started the shoot by the home of the owner of Kuleto. It had a fantastic view of Lake Hennessey and two rustic patio chairs over looking the lake with the vineyard touching the patio. It was a beautiful way to start the photo session. We made our rounds to an amazing water fountain with yet again a fantastic view of the land and vineyard. There is an ambience of rustic Tuscany throughout the winery. One of the stone walls of the wine cellar was covered in cascading ivy leaves with bursting colors of bright green, gold, and red leaves. That was one of my favorite locations that morning. We continued to venture through more of the vineyard, taking advantage of the beautiful vista points. The owner of Kuleto winery has some vintage vehicles around the land and we spotted a vintage fire truck. And with Alex being a (wildland) firefighter, we had some fun with our new prop. I just love the image where Alex is dipping Cody, like a vineyard modern take on the Alfred Eisenstaedt's image of the Kissing Sailor. So sweet! We had a great time photographing their engagement photos. We were able to catch up and visit over tasting some wine at Kuleto. And then we went to lunch together in Napa and noshed on some delicious burritos.  After I edited the pictures and color corrected, I designed their save-the-date cards for them using the image with the autumn ivy leaves scaling the stone wall. And we enlarged a photograph of them with the vineyard behind them for the engagement guest sign-in board for their wedding day.
Enjoy their photos!

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