Earlier this year I threw my camera and video gear into my trunk and drove down to Bakersfield for one of most interesting photo shoots I've ever been hired to do. If you've never spent any time around cows, well.... you should.
Paul Blackmer is a one of a kind guy. He grew up dirt poor on a small farm, put himself through vet school at Cornell, and then built a very successful business providing veterinary services and supplies to the dairy industry.
But all he really wanted was to be around cows. So in his retirement he's running a small beef cattle ranch. It's a cow calf operation which means that he keeps the girls, and sells the boys to become bulls for breeding. The cows are very, very friendly since they get lots of human interaction. Dr Blackmer personally does all the labor on the ranch and visits the cows every day.
Check out this little movie I made.
This calf in the photo below weights 700 pounds, and he'll grow up to be at least twice that!
We got a new kitten over the weekend! I have always had Devon Rex cats because I am allergic to cats but not to this breed. If you've been to my house you know they have soft, curly fur, and they are very outgoing, active kitties.
I have been so sad since my Great Dane, Venus died in April and then my first cat Vashti died three weeks later. The new kitten is such a joy. She brings a tornado of energy into the house. She's smart, fearless, and perfectly charming. What should we name her?
I just did some headshots for Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist, Deanne Fitzmaurice. She freelances for Sports Illustrated, Time Magazine and MSNBC, among others.
You can also hire her through my studio to shoot your wedding. For more info just e-mail email@example.com.
Deanne's other awesome venture is Think Tank photo gear, a business she started with her husband and two other photojournalists. I have the think tank Airport International and the Urban Disguise 50. They are terrific bags.