HAPPY PICKINGS

I have started to get to know Happs Wines core values this season through my photography work. I was asked to shoot a pick at their Karridale vineyard, known as 3 Hills Estate. The brief was a little different than usual though, they had a unique set up down there in many ways. They use a uncommon trellis system, have so many different varieties of grapes most viticulturists would think they are crazy and have a beautiful location with rolling hills. However these weren’t on the brief, I was told not to shoot grapes and landscapes. The other thing that is unique is that they have about 20 backpackers that live on site for the harvest season. These backpackers and the family who run this vineyard is the subject they wanted me to focus on. I was told the backpacker/pickers would be awesome people because they were chosen by Andy and his wife. They assured me that they would be fun, hard working crew and that is what they wanted me to capture.

I was a little nervous before the shoot, what if they were boring and didn’t want to play around it would make it difficult to get the kind of images they were looking for. Anyway long story short is they didn’t disappoint. They all knew their jobs and work together to get the grapes off clean and quick. They also were genuinely happy to be there working with Andy and his family for Happs. The images were easy to capture and everyone was just being themselves. The images show the relationships amongst the staff and what a magical environment they foster to live and work in. Thanks Happs and especially Andy for welcoming me so warmly.

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WINERY PHOTOGRAPHY

I have shot a few other aspects of Happs Wines operation but this was the first time I had shot any of the wine making process. Capturing images that tell a story is what I aim for when I get asked to shoot at a winery.  It was important to me that I shot an entire process rather than a few isolated tasks. So the images have the duel purpose of being able to be used separately or as a series. I wanted some thing colourful so I knew I wanted to wait for the reds. I also really wanted something messy. We decided to shoot a large tank of Cabernet Sauvignon being balloon pressed. This process removes the skins preparing the mostly fermented red wine for barrelling.

The process is very labour intensive with one of the staff (Adrian) having to shovel the skins into the press. The press just gently squeezes the fermented fruit while rotating to extract extra flavour and volume from the tanked grapes. It gets messy when Adrian has to take the shoes off, put this red board shorts on and climb inside the tank. It gives you a great appreciation of the effort that goes into making great wine. This I think is conveyed in the images and is great to show your customers. It helps them feel connected with your brand and build authenticity in their eyes.

Thanks again to Happs Wines for choosing me to shoot this for you. You have such passionate, hard working and friendly staff. I hope the images help share this with your customers.

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