Commercial photography

Spain food photography: Flavours of La Rioja, Restaurante La Vieja Bodega, Casalarreina, La Rioja, Spain

Spain food photography: Flavours of La Rioja, Restaurante La Vieja Bodega, Casalarreina, La Rioja, Spain

What happens when you get 14 chefs with a dozen Michelin stars between them to meet up and cook lunch in the same kitchen? It sounds like it could be the start of a joke or the recipe for a disaster. Well actually not. Turns out that this particular group of chefs brought together by Rioja Capital at Restaurante La Vieja Bodega in Casalarreina (La Rioja) also excel at teamwork.

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Professional photographer in La Rioja: Bodegas Gómez Cruzado, Haro (La Rioja), Spain

Professional photographer in La Rioja: Bodegas Gómez Cruzado, Haro (La Rioja), Spain

As I wrote in a post last October, Bodegas Gómez Cruzado is one of Haro’s historic wineries and I was lucky enough to photograph the winery and its vineyards on a number of occasions during 2018. 

The philosophy of David González and Juan Antonio Leza is to make wines with personality which express their origin, or “terroir”. For example, Pancrudo is made with the garnacha grape variety which grows 650 metres above sea level near Badarán, in the foothills of the Sierra de la Demanda mountains. In fact Pancrudo is named after one of the peaks.

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Rioja Wine Photographer: A year in the life of Bodegas Gómez Cruzado, Haro (La Rioja)

Rioja Wine Photographer: A year in the life of Bodegas Gómez Cruzado, Haro (La Rioja)

A few years ago Chefe Paniego, the sommelier at Restaurante El Portal de Echaurren, invited me to try a wine he was particularly enjoying at the time: a Gómez Cruzado crianza. It was full of depth and roundness despite being the most humble of the wines in the winery’s range. Since then, I’ve tried out other Gómez Cruzado wines and always been struck by their fantastic interpretation of the Rioja vineyards.

So it was particularly exciting when the winery got in touch with an idea of a project to photograph a year in the life of Gómez Cruzado…

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Event photographer Spain: Valdezcaray Legend Telemark Skiing, Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain

Event photographer Spain: Valdezcaray Legend Telemark Skiing, Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain

Over more years than I care to remember I’ve skied in the Alps, Pyrenees, Canada and USA but it’s these past few years that I’m enjoying the most. Since taking up telemark skiing four years ago a whole new world of backcountry adventure has opened up. 

La Rioja’s Valdezcaray ski resort may be titchy by world standards but when the snow and the weather is good and you’re able to leave the crowds and disappear to the other side of the mountain, there’s little to compare it with.

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Corporate wine portrait photography: Bodegas Montecillo, La Rioja, Spain

Corporate wine portrait photography: Bodegas Montecillo, La Rioja, Spain

Passion, care, experience, knowledge, enjoyment, trust… these are all key concepts I’m trying to portray in my corporate photography. I want to show the pride and commitment people put into their work. And I want to show them in a natural, relaxed way that puts a human face on, in this case, a bottle of wine.

This all sounds very well on paper but when you’re in a field at 6.30am with the sun rising, the magical light fading and two winemakers from Bodegas Montecillo who aren’t professional models well, put it this way, the adrenaline is buzzing. 

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Fashion photographer Spain - Mantas Ezcaray, La Rioja, northern Spain

Fashion photographer Spain - Mantas Ezcaray, La Rioja, northern Spain

Mantas Ezcaray, a family blanket & scarf manufacturer, sells its gorgeous products all over the world. The firm has garnered international success due to the quality and the largely hand-made nature of its products.

For this year’s catalogue, it wanted to incorporate the beautiful local surroundings. This made lots of sense, since the mountains near Ezcaray lend themselves to promoting a wool product. 

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Corporate Portrait Photography Spain - Bodegas Montecillo, Navarrete, La Rioja, Spain

Corporate Portrait Photography Spain - Bodegas Montecillo, Navarrete, La Rioja, Spain

Bodegas Montecillo, in Navarrete (La Rioja), wine is a household brand widely sold across Spain. It’s part of the Osborne group who’s marketing is probably best associated with the giant bull silhouette statues you see near main roads as you travel around the country.

To differentiate Montecillo from other household wines widely sold across Spain, the photographic brief was to produce elegant images which showed the professionalism and personality of winemaker Merche García and her creations. 

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Professional Photographer Navarra Spain: Helados Grate, Viana

Professional Photographer Navarra Spain: Helados Grate, Viana

To make fantastic ice cream you need fantastic ingredients and that is why raw materials are key to Fernando Sáenz. From their Helados Grate base in Viana, Navarra, Fernando and his partner, Angelines Gonzáles, concoct delicious ice cream recipes.

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