Life Love Lens : August {Napa Valley Photographer}

I recently got back from thee most amazing trip to the Napa Valley. What better way to ring in your 40th birthday than with your closest friends, in one of the most beautiful places in the country, with excellent wines and the most delectable food you will ever taste? I’ll tell you…there is no better way. I have to thank my friends for taking time away from their busy lives and their loved ones, for spending the money (Napa ain’t cheap), and for being there for me, not only as I turned 40, but for the last almost-20 years.

OK, I’ll stop being sappy, but will just reiterate that this was an AMAZING vacation. I left for this trip thinking I would probably fill up three or four memory cards with photos, but when I got there, I got a little lazy. I really just wanted to sit back, enjoy the wine, the food, and the company. So, I took way fewer photos than I had expected, and probably missed a ton of great photo opportunities. But I’m okay with that.  Sometimes you just have to put the camera down and  soak it all in.

I thought August Blog Circle would be the perfect opportunity to share a few of the photos I did happen to capture between sips of Cabernet. When you’re done taking a look at my photos, please don’t forget to click over to Theresa Hermus Photography (link at the end of this post), and be sure to click through to all the other talented photographers who are part of our little circle.

First up, here is a shot of my very first meal in Napa (at Bottega Restaurant)... corn fettuccine with wild mushrooms.  I was definitely a member of the Clean Plate Club that night.

 And here are my beautiful friends:  Jen, Karin and Kim.

 The wine caves.

 They say "Cab is King" in Napa.

 It was a great time of year to see the grapes.  We even got to taste some fresh picked off the vine.

Emilio of Tedeschi Family Winery (below) gave us a wonderful tour of their family owned winery.


Below is the most amazing quinoa salad I have ever had, with greens and edible flowers fresh picked from the garden at  St.Clair Brown Urban Winery.  I think it was at this moment I decided that I want to move to Napa and become a food photographer.   Maybe in my next life.  :)

 We stopped by Domaine Carneros to taste some bubbly.


On the patio at Domaine Carneros.  The views were stunning, and it was a gorgeous day (I think all the days are gorgeous in Napa)!

View of the vineyards from Artesa Winery.  I wish I were a better at photographing landscapes...I am really not doing it justice here!

Don't you want to visit Napa now?  I think you should.  ;)  I know I will be back for sure.  After all, I have to practice my landscape photography.  And food photography.  And wine photography, etc.  :)

Thanks for looking, now head on over to Theresa Hermus Photography to see what she has been up to.