Wine photography

Portrait photographer Spain: Photo session in La Rioja and Basque Country

Portrait photographer Spain: Photo session in La Rioja and Basque Country

Bang, crash, wallop… impact is what commercial portrait photography is about. I want to make images that will make people stop to look at them… and then read about the person in the photo. Great, quality imagery is key to conveying the idea of a great, quality product… whatever that may be.

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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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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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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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Briones winery wedding photography, La Rioja, Spain - Bodegas Vivanco, Briones

Briones winery wedding photography, La Rioja, Spain - Bodegas Vivanco, Briones

Some have amazing architecture, others a stunning setting. It’s hardly surprising that getting married in one of Rioja’s beautiful wineries has become a popular option for many couples. Wineries can not only offer a fresh, modern and relaxed setting for a celebration but also a link to a traditional industry. The fact that industry happens to be wine is, I guess, a bonus for many couples!

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Rioja Wine Scenery Photography - Late autumn in La Rioja, Spain

Rioja Wine Scenery Photography - Late autumn in La Rioja, Spain

Baking hot in summer and freezing cold in winter, the Rioja weather can batter the senses throughout the year. It’s a climate of contrasts over the seasons, months and sometimes even over a few hours. Very chilly mornings can turn into beautifully pleasant days. Beautifully pleasant mornings can turn into brutally hot afternoons. And so on and so forth.

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