October 2015 Views – Boutique hotel Wilderness, South Africa. This charming boutique hotel offers many exciting angles and perspectives on architecture overlooking the ocean through large glass panels. Beatiful to behold but tricky to capture as you need to find the ultimate balance between interior and exterior lighting. Time of day is essential as the ambient light helps to create the desired mood for each space. The idea was to capture the bliss and really “sell” the idea of luxury seaside living. More images soon to follow with the release of the new Views website.
September 2015 La Motte – Pierneef à La Motte restaurant Franschhoek, photographed by Charles Russell (commercial photographer, Stellenbosch). Capturing freshly built architectural spaces presents a challenging reality, as commercial spaces often require immediate access to marketing material in order to get the wheel rolling and generate public intrest. A newly developed location takes time to settle into its surroundings; developing a seamless integration of architecture and landscape. The interior design elements are finely tuned and finally adopt a mature identity. Once maturity is achieved, the space needs to be captured from afresh. Pierneef à La Motte has settled and developed a mature identity. http://www.la-motte.com/experience/pierneef/
May 2015 Nederburg photographed by Charles Russell (Commercial photographer, Stellenbosch) Nederburg Le Creuset Gift Pack These recipes were photographed for the gift pack recipe cards. Styling by Vickie de Beer Four-pack featuring all varietal reds in the classically styled Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve range. Set includes two complimentary red Le Creuset ramekins and four recipe cards
April 2015 Leopard’s Leap photographed by Charles Russell (Commercial photographer, Stellenbosch) Join one of Leopard’s Leap’s knowledgeable and enthusiastic Wine Tasting Ambassadors on Friday mornings for the Culinaria Food and Wine Pairing – a tasting of the six wines in the Leopard’s Leap Culinaria Collection, each paired with an example of an ideal food partner. All the wines in the Culinaria Collection are based on traditional French blends and are made with the specific focus of being exceptional partners to food. The Culinaria Food and Wine Pairing shows these wines with food that illustrates the skill of food and wine pairing, offering guests the ideal opportunity to enjoy well-matched combinations while getting to know the fundamentals behind making informed dinner table choices. A cooperation between Leopard’s Leap’s Chef, Pieter de Jager and Cellarmaster, Eugene van Zyl, the pairing is very informative and while providing guests with the knowledge required for future food and wine choices, the experiences is interactive and entertaining. Food and Wine Pairings take place on Fridays at 12:00. (Please note that Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards is closed on Christian religions holidays) Please note that the Leopard’s Leap Rotisserie will be closed for a winter break from Monday, 15 June and will reopen on […]
April 2015 VanaShree photographed by Charles Russell on Delaire Graff estate (Commercial photographer, Stellenbosch) By collaborating with authentic and specialised artisans, the VANASHREE brand inspires the highest appreciation for workmanship and design. Our ultimate philosophy is to provide bespoke and luxury products at treasured value, delivering a haute avant premier experience across many continents. Fine detail, elegance, richness, style, uniqueness and uncompromising quality are integral to the VANASHREEbrand.Our focus is to deliver an exclusive product with integrity, passion and inspiration. http://www.vana-shree.com http://www.delaire.co.za/boutiques/vanashree/
February 2015 Graham Beck, South Africa. (Photographed by Charles Russell – Commercial advertising photographer – Stellenbosch) Stylised lifestyle orientated captures were required for marketing and public relations collateral. Each range of wine had to have its own look and feel. From rustic, organic through to sophisticated and natural. More info: “OUR ROBERTSON ESTATE Graham Beck’s Robertson estate, Madeba, is situated in the breathtaking Breede River Valley bordering the semi-arid Little Karoo region. The farm is located on the famous Route 62, a meandering country road which takes visitors on an unforgettable tour of the region’s plentiful attractions. At our Robertson Cellar we focus on minimal intervention, allowing instead the authentic essence of the fruit and terroir to shine through in the final wine.” www.grahambeckwines.com
January 2015 Leeu Collection Franschhoek, South Africa. (Photographed by Charles Russell – Commercial photographer, Stellenbosch) Captures of the Franschhoek valley showcasing the fynbos and mountain ranges sets the scene for this luxury portfolio. More info: “We redefine the ultimate lifestyle experience set within the striking backdrop of Franschhoek. 5-star hotels, inspired cuisine, award winning wines, distinctive art.” www.leeucollection.com
December 2014 Nederburg (Photographed by Charles Russell – Commercial advertising photographer – Stellenbosch) Winemaster’s reserve range styled food and wine captures. Recipes and styling by Vickie de Beer.
November 2014 RUPERT & ROTHSCHILD (Photographed by Charles Russell – Commercial advertising photographer – Stellenbosch) South Africa, Franschhoek, July 2014; Fresh estate captures were required for the soon to be launched new R&R brochure. “Visit the Rupert & Rothschild Tasting Centre and enjoy the unique experience of tasting Rupert & Rothschild wine together a selection of imported wine and champagne from France, Argentina and New Zealand from the exclusive Rothschild portfolio. Wine Tasting and Sales: Monday to Friday : 10h00 to 16h30 Saturday : 10h00 to 16h00 Closed Religious Public Holidays” (R&R website 2014) Please visit: http://www.rupert-rothschildvignerons.com R&R Facebook page