Wente Vineyards is a place I have known for quite a while. It’s close to the little town I grew up in and my first job at the age of 16 was as a busboy at a restaurant in a neighboring city. I then went on to photograph Wente a number of times when as a photojournalist. Well, now here we are again, this time I was shooting for the website redesign (still in the works) for The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards.
During my scouting day I stumbled upon the salumi hanging in the refrigerator. I immediately knew I had to do something with it and expressed my enthusiasm with Chef Matt Greco. He was open to it and then had the idea to use one of the large wine barrels as a backdrop. We had two people (not shown of course) hold up the meat using the hangers along with the nice sunlight streaming in and a 1.4 aperture made for a great shot. That’s one of the great parts about my job is when my clients have a willingness to try different things it sets the stage for creativity and great imagery.
Models: Ruby Lopez, Nina Jordan, Patrick Devin, Dominique Jackson, Carl Marino, and Juan Garcia
Assistant: Steve Babuljak