Aly and Richard

Another unexpected, last minute (seems to be my thing), shoot. I'd met Aly several months ago at a birthday party of a mutual friend. She and her husband were wine makers amongst other things (flying to and from Australia to make their niche wine, Aggapanthus Shiraz, and importing it back here to the Napa Valley) AND brand new parents to a bright eyed little nymph named Maisie. Of course, I wanted to take their family photos. I don't think I was shy about letting them know I was a photographer and that I was available whenever they were ready.

I didn't hear from them but held out hope.

Fast forward to just a few days ago when Aly emailed me out of the blue (she'd remembered my name, somehow (mine is not an easy name!), and Googled me!!) asking if I could do a super last minute, rush photo shoot. They needed a few high resolution photos of them for a feature in Wine Spectator. Could I do it?

Of course I could! Did I say I like a challenge?

A quick scramble to pin down a time and location, and we were off. Our mutual friend, Bryanna (featured in my mustard shots a few months back), came through with the location. I'd had this location in mind because I'd fallen in love with the trees lining the drive, in blossom in March and a deep maroon now, from April onward. It so happens that Bryanna is good at making things happen. Thanks lady!

The night before the shoot, I had a dream about it. I saw Aly and Richard sitting back to back in the middle of the drive with dappled light coming through the trees, them smiling and clinking glasses.

I'll let you decide if I succeeded in that vision!

S

PS. I got to sneak in a few shots of cutie Maisie as well! What a sweetie pie.