Event Photography Articles

Solena Estate Harvest 2015 | Vineyard Photographer Newberg

Solena Estate Harvest 2015 | Vineyard Photographer Newberg

 

As a Willamette Valley vineyard and event photographer, I love to get invited out to photograph vineyards in action. This year, Solena Estate in Yamhill, Oregon invited me out for an early morning harvest shoot.

As a Portland resident, I have to get up extra early in order to make it all the way out to Oregon Wine Country, but the early rising is always worth it. Mornings in wine country are the best. The misty rolling hills of green sloping vines against beautiful hues of pink and purple skies are absolutely stunning.

I set out to capture the grape pickers in action for the 2015 wine harvest, as well as a fourth and final set of a vine progression series.

Solena Estate is located in Yamhill, Oregon, just outside of Newberg… central Oregon wine country. They opened a new tasting room this year, which I was honored to photograph back in August and I was happy to head out once again to see the changing seasons.

The workers in these vineyards are so diligent and are always so happy and kind. I love meeting them. They hand pick the grapes, filling big buckets, sorting through and picking out the bad, and loading them into giant crates which are then pulled to the top of the hill by tractor. This is such a labor of love and I love witnessing it. I absolutely love the shots I got at this year’s 2015 vineyard harvest.

Hawk’s View Cellars | Black Tie Event Photographer Sherwood

Hawk's View Cellars La Baleine Black Tie Event | Event Photographer Sherwood

I was honored to be invited back to Hawk’s View Cellars in Sherwood, Oregon to photograph the La Beleine wine release event for a second year.

I absolutely love this vineyard… it is such a sophisticated establishment, yet warm and inviting. They feel like family. I’m always so excited when I get invited back for any reason.

This vineyard certainly puts on a beautiful event. This year, Hawk’s View outdid themselves with an incredible black tie event, complete with red carpet, catered with a multi-course meal, and sealed with a patio fire and fine cigars.

The black clothed tables were perfectly styled with classic tableware and a simple tulip centerpiece and, as usual, there was a gorgeous ice sculpture of a whale tale (La Baliene is ‘whale’ in french). Pure class and sophistication, mixed with warm laughs and good energy. I love the imagery results. You might sense a timeless, Mad Men-esque feel.

I’ll say no more. I think these images speak for themselves…

A special thank you to AJ and the entire Hawks View family. I had an amazing time at your Portland area vineyard and love any excuse to head out to the Willamette Valley wine country vineyards.

Hawks View Cellars | Willamette Valley Event Photography

I am so happy and honored to be working with Hawks View Cellars. Last summer I was lucky to be selected by vineyard owners AJ and Rachel Kemp as their wedding photographer.  Their wedding was so beautiful, nestled in the vineyard on the hilltop with a reception to follow in their sophisticated tasting room and patio. It was a hot August day and they made the most of it, complete with a tandem bicycle and old farm tractor! The couple is fantastic beyond words and their vineyard wedding was absolutely stunning. I was asked back this year to be the vineyard’s primary event photographer. What an honor.

Sash Photography’s first 2013 event at Hawks View Cellars for the release of their La Baleine 2011 wine was a dream. Gorgeous decor with fine cloth table clothes, beautifully set tables and a catered 5 course meal. We covered guests arriving, enjoying wine and company, chef at work, dinner service, barrel room and a much enjoyed patio surrounded with gorgeous stretches of Willamette Valley Vineyards. It was a gorgeous and highly successful black and white event put on by the vineyard. These guys know how to put on an incredible evening!

A special thank you to AJ & Rachel Kemp and April Yap-Hennig for inviting Sash Photography to join Hawks View Cellars for this beautiful event. I couldn’t be happier to be a part of such a wonderful production!

First Thursday in the Pearl

 

June was my first-ever official First Thursday art showing in Portland’s artsy, high profile Pearl district. It was a lucky happenstance to be accepted as June’s artist of the month at 77 Salon (11th & Glisan), as their scheduled artist, the uber-talented charcoal artist Amy Mfuni, was unable to show.

It’s a huge deal to have a showing during First Thursday, as all art galleries in the downtown NW district open their doors, offering wine and refreshments, showcasing hundreds of talented artists, and luring thousands of viewers and art enthusiasts from all over Portland and beyond.

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I put an enormous amount of time (and money) and so much of myself into selecting photos from my recent European travels, editing photos, collecting, painting, and preparing frames, and mounting my photos during the entire month leading up to the showing.

The results were incredible and very rewarding.

 

 

77 Salon’s owner, Sarah, proudly announced that I officially sold more pieces than any artist in the history of their Art Walk participation.

 

 

I guess I have somewhat of a vision when I begin the process of putting together a showing, but even more so, the showing seems to create itself  in a sort of manifestation of feeling and emotion. This was the first showing that I’ve actually had a taste of my inner artist. I now understand what Michelangelo was meaning when he said his sculptures were already there, he just needed to free them from the stone.

 

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This production manifested as a romantic, dream-like collection that I’ve named the European Road. I realized its direct manifestation of the situation I went to face in Europe… the dying of my best childhood friend, Jennifer. Jenny was a die-hard romanitic, and visiting her in her stages of death was visiting and experiencing the death of my childhood. It solidified the passing of an era of my life. And confirmed the inability to go back.

 

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The most common response I get from viewers of my European Road collection is that the photos are dream-like. A true reflection to this period in my life.

 

“How often have you sailed in my dreams. And now you come in my awakening, which is my deeper dream.” – Kahlil Gibran

To see more from my showing, visit my Sash Photography website. To learn more about my travels, visit my Traveling My Deeper Dream blog.

De Paul Treatment Centers Charity Golf Tournament | Portland event photographer

Portland Event Photographer | De Paul Treatment Center Charity Event

My friend Greg, an amazing photographer who works for the Associated Press, was out of town during a charity event shoot and passed it on to me. De Paul Treatment Centers put on a wonderful fundraiser golf tournament out at the beautiful Pumpkin Ridge Golf Course in Hillsboro, Oregon. I was elated to take part, especially knowing the nature of the shoot.

De Paul Treatment Centers is a wonderful organization that has been treating drug and alcohol addictions for 30 years. Because I have a close, long-term connection with many homeless people who have ended up on the streets due to these addictions, I felt privileged to work with such a group and was happy to offer them a special charity event deal.

 

About 200 golfers were on the course. It was amazing to see all the support for the charity. In response, De Paul treated them well with boxed lunches and a gorgeous dinner banquet with salmon, fresh fruit and plenty of sides.

 

Not to mention Tiffany, my golf cart chauffeur, was a delight… a wild driver and so much fun! Here’s a picture of her (it’s my favorite)…

It had been raining the day before, but the sky opened up for us and provided a beautiful day with fluffy clouds and blue sky. This was a great group of people to work with. Everyone was laid back, smiling and having a great time. Thanks to De Paul, Kathleen, and to the wonderful good spirits of all the players. I had a great time and was reminded as to why I love my career as a Portland event photographer.