There’s nothing I look forward to more than my annual trips to Jordan Vineyard & Winery in Healdsburg, Sonoma, California. I’ve been traveling there and photographing all sorts of beautiful things for many years, and I get downright giddy when I get the email from my colleague and friend, Lisa Mattson, asking about dates.
Why do I love it so? Let me count the ways.
- A beautiful property with exquisite food and wine
- The Jordan team couldn’t be more talented and friendly if they tried
- There’s wine
- And more wine
I could go on, but I’m sure you get the picture at this point, right? I said wine, right?
This year I actually went back and forth over a few weekends, capturing magical moments at sunset and also quiet times as the sun rises in the garden. As a photographer we live for these beautiful moments, and you find it extremely difficult to put your camera down for even just a second lest you miss something.
Being at Jordan also works my photographic chops — I’m shooting people, food, vistas, details, drinks, wine, interiors, you name it. It keeps me busy but it’s a dream job, I ain’t gonna lie.
But enough about that, let’s look at some photos!
Can you believe this view? I mean, really. Look at it. As far as the eye can see it’s beautiful. And apparently you can see three separate counties from the highest point in Jordan Winery.
Chef Todd Knoll prepares exquisite and creative dishes, always a delight to visit with him. And the abundance of fresh ingredients makes for some fun photos.
I could photograph Nitsa’s flowers all day long. Also, need some moss for some arrangements? Just step outside. Lucky!
So many wonderful moments around the property and gardens. FIGS FOR DAYS!
All hands on deck when it comes to blocking down some overly-dappled light. Shooting midday outdoors can be difficult, luckily the trees provide lots of coverage.
Great food and wine, what more do you need?
Oh yes, olive oil. Jordan olive oil, which is outstanding. Here’s a product shot I wanted to try on a beautiful piece of wood, and luckily leaves and fruit are only a hop skip and a jump away.
A Star Wars selfie. I’ll have to tell you about this later. Thank you for helping me, Erin.
I photographed a tour group before the lunch scene and my assistant played model. He always dresses well.
Also, romantic fires burning during summer midday can leave you a bit spritzy. Can I get a glass of chilly wine?
For a story we headed to another vineyard one morning, the light was fantastic!
Also, THESE MOMENTS. Can you believe that table? And that little sitting area? So beautiful.
Thanks to all my friends at Jordan! Thank you Byron! See you soon!