Professional photographer John Meyer has more than 17 years of soul-stealing experience and will journey up to 15 miles from Burlingame to hunt yours down at a pre-determined location such as a local park or other scenic vista, then capture it in a tasteful portrait. Mr. Meyer is also willing to capture your soul if you deliver it to his studio. You and up to five other family members or friends are eligible to pose for a half-hour portrait session, fitting for headshots, family portraits, engagement shoots, senior pictures, or bronze-statue templates.
At 2,600 feet up in the Santa Cruz Mountains, one might expect to find sprawling views of the ocean and surrounding forest and not flourishing vineyards. Yet there are more than 70 wineries dappling the hills at various altitudes, privy to the dewy, cooling breezes of the sea and the richness of the rocky soil. The San Francisco Chronicle speaks to their scattered presence, deeming them "less a cohesive wine region than a patchwork of vineyards." Still, this characteristic isolation has resulted in "a perfect laboratory for winemaking not held hostage to fashion"—no one style dominates in this rustic setting.
Pinot noirs and chardonnays populate the western front, and the east yields cabernets, merlots, and zinfandels. The majority of the vineyards are small and family owned—a fact reflected in their meticulously bottled libations and the matching sweaters of their holiday photos—but though they exist in chosen hermitage, many of them welcome visitors to their scenic sites. They host weddings, festivals, and open events such as Pathway to Pinot Paradise, a self-guided tour of the pinot noir hotspots.