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‘Outside’ in Healdsburg

Friday, May 11th, 2012 | Posted by

As the event coordinator for Barndiva, Amber Keneally is used to getting calls from people inquiring about Healdsburg. But not like the one she received Friday morning.

“It was from a woman who saw my photo in Outside Magazine and wanted advice on whether to move to Healdsburg,” says Keneally, one of eight local residents featured in a six-page spread in the June issue. “It was totally random.”

For Keneally, who moved here a decade ago without a place to stay or a job, it was easy to give the woman advice because she says Healdsburg’s such a great place to live.  “I told her to do it,” she says. “I’m glad I did.”

Keneally’s story is hardly unique, which is likely one of the many reasons the Outside editors picked Healdsburg as its featured location.

Amber Keneally in Outside Magazine's "Life in the Slow Lane." (Photo: Williams + Hirakawa, Outside Magazine)

The spread, called “Life in the Slow Lane,” was written by Outside’s Michael Roberts and features photos taken at Barndiva, Memorial Beach, Diavola in Geyserville and other local spots. All show young, outdoorsy residents modeling threads from Ralph Lauren, L.L. Bean, Woolrich, Clarks Originals and others.

The models were chosen from more than two dozen head shots taken by Outside editors. In addition to Keneally, they are Bike Monkey editor Greg Fisher, Barndiva Studio Gallery Manager Dawid Jaworski, chef and owner of Diavola Dino Bugica, Spoonbar’s Daniel “Cappy” Sorentino, fireman Nick Bertalon, Hafner Vineyard’s David Huebel, Diavola General Manager Colin Sinclair and writer/photographer Tod Brilliant.

“I got a call asking if I’d do a head shot,” says Sinclair, who was born and raised in Healdsburg and has been running Geyserville’s Diavola since it opened in 2008. “I didn’t really think much of it until they came back for the photo shoot.”

Sinclair’s boss, Chef Dino Bugica, got recruited when they came looking for Colin, who had been recommended by another resident (word of mouth is how many of the models were recriuted to submit to a head shot). Bugica, who discovered Healdsburg on a vacation,  is featured in several photos, including one in the issue’s table of contents. Like Sinclair, he’s still surprised to have been in any of them, describing the experience as “weird, but fun. It wasn’t something I ever expected to do.”

Few of the models interviewed for this piece said they felt at ease getting their pictures taken by professionals, but several said they had good reasons for doing it.

For Brilliant, it was about the other side of the camera. “When someone wants to take your photo, it’s flattering,” he said. “I didn’t think they were going to pick me, but I agreed to do it because Outside Magazine always has great shooters. I thought it would give me a chance to see their process.”

The issue has been doing well locally — it has been sold out in stores in and around Healdsburg since it hit the newsstands this month — though it has clearly been noticed in places near and far. As Amber Keneally can attest.

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