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Napa Valley Workshop and Wine Tastings

Sunrise at the Napa Valley train yard.

Sunrise at the Napa Valley train yard.

I recently returned from my workshop in Napa and Sonoma, and I have to say that it was one of the best experiences I’ve had teaching. I had a full class and all of them were good photographers, which made it even more fun when it came to the classroom critiques. Every day I looked forward to seeing everyone’s photos and I was never disappointed.

Some of the class had taken my online course with the PPSOP and wanted to actually shoot with me, and some had taken other “Stretching Your Frame of Mind” workshops and wanted to shoot with me again. Since I rarely shoot myself, I spend all the time walking around to see what others are doing. I’ll offer advice or talk to them about what they’re thinking, give them different ideas, and suggest alternate points of view.

Russ and Pat Johnson, who live in Sonoma, had taken my Maine Media Workshop in the summer of 2012, and since I  had always wanted to do this workshop I had asked Pat if she would be willing to produce it for me. She agreed, and we virtually spend a year putting it together with Pat doing all the legwork and making contact with the vineyards. We shot at several of the top vineyards in Napa and Sonoma and they were gracious enough to give us a private tour and wine tasting before and after the shoots for the class. Pat also arranged for this years farewell dinner that was hosted by the Michelin rated Sante’ Restaurant in the fabulous Fairmont Sonoma Mission Hotel. It was a perfect ending to a memorable week. Without Russ and Pat, my dream would never have happened.

I had a very hard time picking the photos for this post, as there were at least twice as many as I’ve shown here. For the first time I had a photographer (who just happened to be Russ Johnson) who is also a videographer, create a short film on the workshop. It will give you an idea and show the flavor of what goes on in one of my workshops.

Here’s just some of the images shot during the five days. Enjoy the show!!!

Visit my website at: www.joebaraban.com, and be sure to watch for my 2014 workshop schedule at the top of this blog. Cone shoot with me sometime.

The class at our farewell dinner at the Sante' restaurant at the Fairmont Hotel in Sonoma.

The class at our farewell dinner at the Sante’ restaurant at the Fairmont Hotel in Sonoma.

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    • Vikki Quick October 22, 2013, 6:12 pm

      I was there and it sure was fun! Joe, the experience was really priceless, and on top of that we’re able to look back on the workshop with pride and affection, made even more possible through this blog post and video. The combination of you, Pat and Russ were first rate. Couldn’t ask for a better time. Friends made. Valuable lessons learned.

      • Joe October 24, 2013, 9:59 am

        Thanks Vikki. I too still think about it!!! What a great time.

        I hope you and Laura can join me again…maybe in Paris or Jerusalem.


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