Located in the heart of Napa Valley – Calistoga – I recently took on the project of photographing one of the area’s oldest and most famous resort and spa – Indian Springs. Owned and operated by the Merchant family, it is a stunning property that is both romantic and family-friendly all rolled into one. The goal of this project was not to spend my time on the spa services they offer, but to shoot the broad strokes – the pool, cottages and property. I have to admit, I’m beginning to enjoy taking on projects such as these as I have the opportunity to put my landscape skills to use in a more technically challenging environment. But I also hope that my landscape skills are evident as I always try to bring in the rich environment of the surroundings – which in Napa are amazing. This first image is a favorite. The goal was to make the mineral pool look light and fun but also play on the nostalgic feel the location lends itself to hence making it fun for kids but also a place where memories are made and couples can relax.
This next image was taken on the back porch of Indian Springs and is also another favorite.