Bob McClenahan has a Facebook account indicating he’s followed by a total of 214 people.

His Instagram account shows only 41 more following his work.

I find this incredibly hard to believe, and am completely flabbergasted that more people have not taken the time to appreciate his dedication to his craft and our community.

It’s even more amazing to think that there has to be some overlap by those follower totals.

I’ve been admiring Bob’s work since we started working together nearly three years ago and can’t get enough of the stories he tells of the Napa Valley though his camera lens – on a daily basis.

He’s at every event – up and down the Valley, no matter how big or small, for profit or nonprofit.

He’s seemingly at every winery, snapping pictures of every beautiful vineyard and its winery owner, and yes – the wine. You’re probably following him in a sense and aren’t even aware of it.

His work is everywhere….advertising billboards, marketing mailers, wine and lifestyle magazines. His clients include BottleRock, Napa Valley Vintners, ESPN/V Foundation, Visit Napa Valley, Napa Valley Film Festival, Shafer Vineyards, Spottswoode Estate, Treasury Wine Estates, and yes of course the Napa Chamber….just to name a few.

I’ll admit I’m a little biased. Bob has actually earned the title of Preferred Photographer of the Napa Chamber due to his commitment to help the Chamber share our story of change over the past few years.

When you see his complete list of heavy-hitter clients on his website you’ll understand why I can’t believe he has the time or patience to cover our events, but there he is at every ribbon cutting, Leads Over Lunch and Business After Hours.

Hard to believe that three-and-a-half years ago, Bob was working locally as a financial services auditor.

Then married to a beautiful stay-at-home mom with two kids, two cars and a house — after he was laid off from that job, his life was sent into a bit of a tailspin – full of plenty of questions with not a lot of answers.

“I thought it was the absolute worst thing that could ever happen to me,” said McClenahan.

“As it turns out it was absolutely the best thing that event happened – after my wife and kids of course. She [Julie] enabled me to pursue professional photography and I couldn’t be more grateful for her love, patience and support.”

Napa’s photographer part II:

Bob has a very cool ongoing project/challenge to post a single portrait of a local resident for 365 consecutive days. (He’s on Day 193).

Go to napasphotographer.com to check out the project. If you are interested in purchasing any of Bob’s photographs, contact Linda Cordair at Quent Cordair Fine Art art@cordair.com or 707-255-2242.

Things change yet remain the same

Bob also recently posted on his Facebook page a KPIX 5 Eyewitness News report from 1972 where local residents and wineries were complaining about traffic, tourism and the high cost of wine. Not necessarily in that order but you get the hint.

Travis Stanley is the president and CEO of the Napa Chamber of Commerce. Call 226-7455 or visit NapaChamber.com.

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