When we arrived at our location for a summer kids' portrait session, which I offered as a prize in our school raffle, there was another photographer shooting senior portraits in the same space. Hidden Mesa is a beautiful and popular spot for photos, hiking, biking and horse riding. You never know who you will come across. We had to avoid taking pictures of the farmer on his tractor, working in the background!
At one point during the photo shoot, it started to rain and we all sheltered under the wooden pavilion. I continued to take pictures of the younger of the two children, and as she danced around, the other photographer exclaimed, "Wow! So beautiful... and what amazing eyes!"
Yes, I was the winner at this school raffle because these two kiddos are born models!
Happy kids are easy and fun to work with, but there are always the goofy moments!
Below, the grasshopper was of such interest to the older sibling that he insisted it should have its own portrait! And I insisted on just a quick shot with the pretty mama. No make-up on that beautiful face, just a cute smile for her kids!
And finally, just for fun.... I call it "The Runaways"
A Croatian and an American walked into a bar....
Well, it's not strictly speaking a bar. It is in fact Parker's new winery, Purgatory Cellars. And the owners, Marko Ćopić and Gary Tassler are blending modern American wine-making techniques with Old World natural methods, some dating back thousands of years, to create surprising wines, with BIG flavors that are bound to make you say, "WOW!" and then ask for more.
Parker Lifestyle sent me down to Purgatory to find out about this fascinating and beautifully decorated new business, right in the center of Parker, CO.
The feature will appear in the October issue of Parker Lifestyle magazine. Coming soon!
In the meantime, here are a few teasers....
Above, Marko (L) and Gary (R) enjoy their favorite Purgatory Cellars wines: the Amphora Riesling and the award-winning American Zinfandel.
Below, the ever-changing selection of the Purgatory Cellars wines available for tasting and purchase, while stocks last.
Above, Marko and a friend share stories and taste wine.
Below left, Ivanka Ćopić keeps an eye on things from the beautiful wine gallery above the tasting room.
Below right, Gary cleans up after another busy night at Purgatory Cellars
Below, my current favorite - the Purgatory Cellars Malbec, sweet and delicious. Cheers!
I hear that somebody celebrated a special day not too long ago...
Rebecca Berra Photography
I love, LOVE, L♥VE photography! And my family, friends, life, traveling, music, skiing, good food, nature, our Parker community, the world... But I'll try and stick to the photography here! Most of the time....... ;-)