It’s hard to believe, after all that’s happened recently, it was only days ago that my husband and I were at beautiful HALL Wines doing a photo shoot for our friends, Carolina and Mercedes of Montecristi Panama Hats of Napa Valley who are revamping their website.
HALL Wines is a stunningly beautiful property that features 35 pieces of contemporary art, a garden, a modern tasting room and this stately building used for events – all on 33 scenic acres.
We arrived in the morning before the winery opened to the public and went right to work getting ready for the shoot. We hung our clothes on racks while Mercedes unpacked dozens of hats from several containers, and photographer John Bedell set up his equipment with the assistance of fellow photographer Shannon Warf.
As a hat lover, this was a delightful and thrilling sight!
My husband, Bill and I weren’t the only hat models at the shoot. Christy Logan, a friend of John’s and Art Director for Napa Style, also agreed to put her fantastic style and model looks to work.
When Bill wasn’t being photographed, he was playing photographer. Thanks to him, I have lots of action photos to share with you today!
For one of my first sessions, I changed into my navy blue ABS dress and this beige and brown Lady Golf Hat. I do love navy and brown together.
I was immediately taken with this Gaby hat. It’s so feminine and versatile.
After another wardrobe change, I donned this beauty (not featured on the website yet).
I fell hard for this hat. It made me feel instantly more sophisticated and now it’s in my closet, a gift from Carolina and Mercedes. Thank you, ladies!
Christy brought an ideal photo shoot wardrobe and just happened to have the perfect outfit for her hat, a wide-brimmed straw hat with rusty orange and brown colored flowers.
We were given glasses of HALL Sauvignon Blanc to use as props while we posed and may have enjoyed a sip or two during this portion of the shoot.
You couldn’t blame us. HALL wine is pretty irresistible!
While I changed clothes again, Christy modeled a brown and ivory wide-brimmed hat.
John and Carolina checked the photos on John’s laptop between shoots to make sure they were getting the images they wanted.
And Mercedes takes care of business via cell phone.
Bill was busy, too, modeling this Classic Western hat.
With a quick wardrobe change, Bill was ready to model this Planter Classico hat.
As the day started heating up, John realized he needed a hat too!
One of the most eye-catching hats I modeled was this bright yellow wide-brimeed number with an interesting knotted embellishment.
We were lucky to have Shannon with us to help fix stray hairs and small wardrobe problems. Shannon is also an accomplished and very busy photographer herself.
Isn’t this Panama Extra Fino in white a stunner? I adore this hat.
The next two photos are part of the first small batch that John has finished editing. I was so excited to see these images. I love having photos of us together. I am thinking about getting these two framed. John did an amazing job!
In this photo, I am wearing the Cordovez Brown hat. Bill’s hat is not featured on the website yet.
Eight hours flew by! Before saying our goodbyes, Carolina took a parting photo of us with Shannon and John, who worked the hardest, by far!
I will be sure to let you know once the redesigned Montecristi Panama Hats website is up and running!
Until then, the current site has loads of hats to choose from.
Montecristi Panama Hats offers free shipping on orders going to U.S. addresses. Just enter “freeship” at checkout.
And if you don’t know your hat size, use these easy instructions to find out.
And a big “Thank You!” to Carolina and Mercedes for including us in your photo shoot!
A quick reminder: How I Wear My Sandals is coming up quickly!
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Jill of Everything Just So and I can’t wait to see how you wear your sandals!
Make it a rich day!