Category: Commercial Photography

Grape Pressing

Grape Pressing

Following on from my last post, I also hadn’t blogged about the grape pressing session that I was asked to document.

This really continued the #LifeofaGrape story line, after the harvest, the next step was the pressing process.

The smell of the grapes sitting in the vast containers was impressive,

The grapes had a stir or mix in these before being pouring into the vast drum,

The grapes were mixed up and compressed

With a grape liquid exiting the drum

This was just the next stage in the continued documenting of the year in the life of a vineyard.

If you click on the #LifeofaGrape link, you can view all the other stages and processes I documented through that year in the Vineyard.

Grape Harvest

Grape Harvest

I have recently realised that I never wrote a blog post about the vineyard harvest I took photo of during the year I documented a year on a vineyard. or as I called it, Life of a Grape!

So, better late the never, an September’s day in 2018 I was asked to come along to the vineyard and take photos of the harvest.

It was a nice day, but clouds were gathering, the team of volunteers having finished their tea and cakes got to work on harvesting. It was just one section of the vineyard that was being done that day, but there was plenty to do.

Grapes quickly filled their buckets, which in turn filled the crates…

These were then loaded on the the trailer to be brought into the barn…

and fed into the machines for de-stalking and then into large containers ready for the next stage..

The whole process was then repeated over and over again.

We managed to beat the weather and with the group of volunteers this section of the vineyard was harvested in just a few hours.

It was great to be able to witness this first hand to see and document the process for the vineyard. I then returned a few days later to document the pressing process.

Wine Bottle Products

Wine Bottle Products




Over the past few years, I’ve been taking photos for a local vineyard. (See Life of a Grape link below).

I spent a year photographing the key stages of the work process, from the initial pruning of the last years vines, through to harvesting and bottling.

Then, of course, the all important bottles shots.

I’ve taken some nice on location images,

plus standard products shots.

I’ve varied the style over the years based on requirements and needs for that photo.

The first photos were full product images, inline with an existing lighting style of past photos.

I’ve also taken some more ‘interesting’ photos with coloured background to match the bottle labels.

This year a new wine was produced. This came in a different style bottle and was sparkling. So I used a different setup to show off the colour…

and the bubbles, by adding to glasses to the shoot.

The latest wine, I was asked again to show the colour, so I used the same lighting, but on a normal bottle.

If you run a vineyard and would like a free quotation for some product photos, process photos or a ‘Year in a Vineyard’ shoot, please contact me using the link in the Commercial Work page below.

Electric Cars

Electric Cars

Last year I had some interesting photography jobs. One of them was photographing cars for a local care home. It was Electric Cars to be precise and they wanted to quite rightly show them off.

This was something different for me. I have in the past photographed racing cars and sports cars at racing and rally tracks, although showing the car in motion ‘whizzing’ past me on the road could have made an interesting photo, I didn’t think that really fitted the requirements for this shoot. So instead we went for something a bit more in keeping with their usage.

I took a few shots out on the road, then concentrated more on showing the car in the surroundings of the home. This allowed for better positioning of the cars with the building and people.


Being electric cars it was important to show them in their recharging state and area.

This posed a challenge. How to make a charging area look interesting.

As well as the fact it was so bright now, that the cars were really reflecting a lot of light and the sky was looking quite white too as the end charging point faced towards the sun.

One image I had in mind was showing all the cars together. Unfortunately I could only get 5 of the 6 into this area, but this main group photo worked really well.

This image I thought also worked well as a website header banner and was really dramatic in black and white.

You can view more of my commercial work in my Commercial Work gallery below.

Commercial Photography : B&Bs

Commercial Photography : B&Bs

Earlier in the year I was approached by a local Bed & Breakfast. In fact, it was a bit more than a B&B, it was 4 holiday cottages on the grounds of a Country House!

This was a great project, with lots of different elements to it. Firstly there was the cottages, this was the main element to the shot. To photograph the outside and the interiors of each cottage plus interesting details.

These cottages had amazing interiors and were decorated to the highest standards.

With lovely fittings…

…and lots of homely details…

as well as amazing grounds and views.

This was an amazing project spread over a couple of day to capture all the areas that were requested as well as waiting for nice weather for the exterior shoots.

You can view more photos from this shoot and other commercial work as well as further information on my Commercial Work page.

Torview Vineyard Though the Year

Torview Vineyard Though the Year

If you’ve been reading my blog, you would be aware that I have been photographing a vineyard through the year. This was to show the processes and daily activities that happen on a vineyard and the production of wine.

Not only has this shown how wine is made, the grapes ripening, but also the vineyard through the seasons.

I tried to show this by creating an image showing the changes through the year along the same row in the vineyard.

As well as the differences in the Devon weather, you can definitely see the changes of the seasons and growing of the vines!

Vineyard in the Summer

Vineyard in the Summer

Through the summer months I have been taking photos at the vineyard to show the grapes growing on the vines and ripening.

You can see how much the vines had been growing in early summer and the grapes progressing nicely.

Another visit was to capture the transitioning colours of the grapes, these were showing lovely leaf colours.

and a lot had fully turned too

Next visit will show the harvesting of the grapes

Bottling at the Vineyard

Bottling at the Vineyard

As part of the year long project (or #LifeofaGrape) at Torview Wines Vineyard, I get to photograph all the activities that happen through the year at the vineyard. This time I was back there for bottling.

This was quite a challenge. Low light, distracting backgrounds and slow shutter speed. It meant I had to get creative.

I have to admit, shooting the bottles was a lot of fun…

It gave me the opportunity to try different ideas, show off patterns, but still keep the focus on what was being photographed.

These are the bottles waiting to be sterilized

The processing is this vineyard is very manual and on a smaller scale, but it adds to the interest.

I captured each stage of the bottling process, from cleaning & filling the bottles through to capping them.

And then the finished article!

These photos will be used to show the processes and working of this vineyard in their bottling barn as well as on their website.

Torview Vineyard in the Snow

Torview Vineyard in the Snow

I have been working on a project with a local vineyard, Torview. We are doing a year project to photograph the vineyard and follow a grape vine through the seasons. I’ve called it, ‘life of a grape’!

Recently, as we are all too aware, we had some snow! I took the opportunity to head to the vineyard, just a it had started, as I didn’t want to risk get stranded in the snow. As it happened, when I got there, there was a break in the snow showers.

Throughout the season, there is plenty to do a on vineyard and as you can see, there is still plenty of pruning to be getting on with.

It’s a tough job and you need some good gear to cope with the seasons. It was exceptionally cold with temperatures that we don’t normally have. I think on this day it was around 0 -1 (quite mild compared to what it got too!). I found that my gloves couldn’t cope with this, but for my new coat, it wasn’t a problem.

I think Tim was well equipped for it.

I want to capture the vineyard in all weather if possible and we were lucky to get snow to be able to show it like this.

This photo shows the vineyard from the bottom corner through the unpruned vines with the farmhouse in the background.

Capturing the Life of a Grape is going to be a nice project and show just what happens throughout the year at the vineyard. We’ll see the vine start to bud and grapes growing, and hopefully some sunshine too!

This was the second trip, I wrote a brief post on the first trip. If you want to follow the journey, I’ve been posting to Instragram (@LeoPhotographyUK) and Twitter (@LeoPhotography) with #LifeofaGrape. Torview wines can be found on Instagram @TorViewWines

In the Vineyard

In the Vineyard

Being a photographer means you get to photograph many different things, from people, to products and sometimes, products before they become the product!

Yesterday I was out in a Vineyard in north Devon photographing vines, no grapes or even leaves, just the bare vines as the grapes start a journey from vine to bottle.


It was a wet and drizzling day, with clouds and haze in the distance, but hey, it’s January!


Follow the trip of the grapes with me as the vines grow their grapes and grapes turn in to wine.