Vanessa and I met when we were about 8 years old in our hometown of Louisville, KY. We grew up in the same neighborhood and spent summers together hanging out on the wrap around porch at her house playing make-believe. Fast forward almost 25 years (!!!) and somehow, our careers landed us both in NYC. Whew, how time flies!
Having both grown up with huge imaginations it's no wonder that we both ended up in creative careers. Vanessa is now a full time Sommelier working for Maisons Marques & Domaines, which, in a nutshell, means her days are spent tasting and distinguishing between some of the very best of the best wines available. (Um, I know I'm not the only one jealous.) She is also working on getting her own wine-centric project off the ground. As for myself, ever since my first visit to Napa Valley 9 years ago, I've been fascinated with wine and looking for an opportunity to photograph wine in a new and creative way. Vanessa asked me to take some initial lifestyle shots for her new project and of course, I jumped at the opportunity. We will be continuing to shoot together and flesh out more ideas, which I can't wait to share with you, but for starters, here are a couple shots we did together.
*On a side note, if you have any interest at all in learning more about the wine industry- how to taste wines, how they are made, and how to select a good and sustainable wine, but have zero idea where to start, then you have to check out the book WINE. All the Time, by Marissa Ross. It's the most unpretentious, informative, and fun to read book I've picked up in awhile. Oh, and Marissa, you're next on my list for shooting together!