Looking back over the pics from our shoot for Sutton Grange Winery's (delicious) Fairbank range, I'm reminded of how much better work becomes whenever I collaborate with other (more talented) creatives.
This shoot was put together by my pals Elaina Barclift, a stylist and producer whose background is mostly in feature film, and Dani Marano, a Castlemaine artist and florist whose sense of style is always impeccable.
My eye is okay, and although I have a have a passable understanding of what makes an image beautiful, working with a couple of people I trust to have great taste allows me to concentrate on the technical elements of photography: of finding a compelling arrangement; of seeing something lovely and making a frame.
It also helps that when the product is reliably excellent. The team at Sutton Grange, led by winemaker Melanie Chester and general manager Adam Cash, have achieved something special with Fairbank: creating a range of affordable table wines that showcase the region's unique climate and terrior without relying on bottle-age or oak. They're tasty, contemporary and cheap. Why aspire to anything else?