Great Photography Locations Around Portland, OR: David Hill Winery
David Hill Winery, Forest Grove, Oregon.
With so many great locations there are very few that are dynamic, and hidden as David Hill Winery located to the West of Forest Grove, OR. The drive itself is worth the time and the wine is just as amazing. For a photographer know of great locations is a key to happy clients and David Hill does not disappoint.
Located at 46350 NW David Hill Rd, Forest Grove, OR 97116 in Forest Grove this vineyard and winery is located down a gravel road that is marked by a gate accessing into the property. You will notice a feeling of seclusion and calm as you drive through forest and emerge into the vineyards and see the small white farm house that is the tasting room and the large lawn facing toward the west for sunset. It is a small property for the most part and can have many people on the grounds at times, especially during the summer and fall.
As with any photography location you need to make sure that taking professional portraits is authorized. I reached out to the winery prior to ever offering the location and then when I scheduled the session to make sure I was not going to have any conflict or misunderstanding. David Hill was accommodating and allowed us to move around the property but as with any working property they closed and shut the gate so they recommended that we park outside of it. This meant a hike down and back up the gravel road to the car with equipment.
This is an issue in summer when the gates close long before sunset which makes the ground pretty bright and exposed. In the Fall this location shines. Golden light coming over the coast range and leaves changing in the vines is just amazing.
For this family the location had even more meaning since they visit the vineyard often. The smiles were genuine, the posing casual as always and the fun lasted for all. As a location for wine lovers it is terrific, for families it is fun and casual. As a photographer the timing for the light is a little tricky and the closing time early for a summer session unless you get permission and are willing to walk down to the property after hours.
Take a drive and taste some wine at David Hill Winery and give us a call and we will take the hike with you and capture amazing portraits.