Photographs of two vegan events I recently shot for Peta - the opening of the Brave Gentleman in Brooklyn and the departure of the Lettuce Ladies from JFK Airport to Russia!Read More
A maternity photo shoot with Cora in Brooklyn's Grand Army PlazaRead More
8 yoga animal poses to help open the heart, body and mind. Compassion is a muscle, and alignment with the animal energies of these poses will help strengthen yours!Read More
The story behind my photoshoot for VegNews with vegan blogger Jenné Claiborne, which entailed dismantling a refrigerator to get the perfect portrait for the "What's in Your Fridge?" feature.Read More
The yoga of Spock, including the origins of the Vulcan mudra, and spiritual quotes from Spock. In memory of Leonard Nimoy who portrayed Spock in the original Star Trek TV series and movies.Read More
In memory of Jerry Schrader, who taught me the ropes of wedding photography, and became a lifelong friend.Read More
It is the heart of winter in New England and I am sitting by my friend's wood stove soaking up the particles of heat that radiate out from the flickering flames. Through the glass door the fire is mesmerizing, but nothing warms my heart more than happy animals.
I photographed a vegan wedding at Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen last June, and captured some amazing photos for the brides. During the edit I set aside all the photos I took of the animals by themselves, many of them after the ceremony had ended. As the hustle and bustle of my life took over I kind of forgot about them.
It was a nice surprise to rediscover them in February, and to find that there are some gems amongst them. A little like Christmas, or an early valentine.
I ran into Mike and Wendy Stura at the Farm, who were visiting the calf that Mike rescued earlier that year, named Michael after his rescuer.
My dear friend and animal caretaker Susie Coston was also there to introduce me to the animals and have sweet moments with them for me to photograph.
Photographs by Derek Pashupa Goodwin of Jivamukti Yoga Teachers, taken in exchange for donations to go to Burning Man.Read More
Burner bride and groom Sarah and Ben get married at Burning Man festival in Black Rock City Nevada surrounded by burners in costumeRead More
Benefits in NYC for vegan-friendly organizations Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and the New York Coalition for Healthy School FoodRead More
Photographs by Derek Pashupa Goodwin of the 2013 Solstice in Times Square (NYC), which brought over 8,000 yoga practitioners together to practice in one of the most frenetic places in the world.Read More
I had an exhibit of my farmed animal photography at the Sustainable NYC in January, and when it ended my friend Tau Braun, manager of the Jivamuktea Café, offered me space to show them there. Some of the photos Sustainable had sold, and there was less space at Jivamuktea, so I put up seven photos that fit the space.
I have been photographing sanctuary critters for over 10 years. I call them farmed animals, rather than farm animals. They were not created by god to live on farms. Their bodies and DNA have been manipulated by humans to make them easier for us to imprison and feed on. So, they are farmed, but not of the farm. They are sparks of the divine, and we are living in darkness as long as we cage and kill them.
All animals were photographed at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary (Woodstock, NY) and Farm Sanctuary (Watkins Glen, NY). Click on images to go to gallery with more photos and option to purchase. And don't forget to share on social media!
The mother pig is named Julia. She was imprisoned in a factory farm all of her life. As she was moved from a cramped gestation crate to an equally cramped farrowing crate to give birth, a worker brutally kicked and beat her and then ran an electrified cattle prod over the length of her body as she screamed in pain. The assault ended only when Julia collapsed, at which point she was dragged into the crate by her ears.
In what is rare in the industry, the worker was reported to the SPCA, who contacted Farm Sanctuary. A mere eight hours after she arrived at their New York Shelter, the sow gave birth to 16 premature piglets. With love and compassion all were saved, and now live in sanctuaries.
A Brooklyn wedding with beautiful photos on the ReBar rooftop, with Manhattan Bridge in the background.Read More
While I was away at Jivamukti yoga teacher training last May I was contacted by Catherine, the editor of The Art of Healing magazine in Australia, about using some of my photos from the NOLA Yoga Photography Project. She told me that my "photography is like a sigh of relief - finally, someone is shooting yoga in the real world!" I am honored to have had my photographs featured on the cover of two consecutive issues, and also an additional one used inside!
The first photo used was one of my dear Jivamukti teacher Libby Love who recently moved with her family to Austria (I miss you so much Libby!). The photo was taken as part of a session for lululemon, as she was one of their "ambassadors" who I was hired to photograph for the New Orleans store. It ended up on the cover of the July 2011 issue of the Art of Healing.
The second photo was taken of Chloe Smith (of the amazing band Rising Appalachia) during a photo session I did with her and Libby (see gallery here). Libby's husband Hermann is a hairdresser and did the hair and makeup for Libby and Chloe so that I could photograph them and he could use the photos to promote his business. Catherine chose an iconic photo of Chloe to use on the cover of the August 2011 issue of the Art of Healing, with the tag line being "Is this the new Warrior Woman of the 21st Century?" Several friends of Chloe have told me that she truly is.
The August 2011 issue also featured a photograph of Sheree Ferreira I had taken at my 2011 Jivamukti Teacher Training. This is of course not part of the NOLA Yoga Photo project, but still cool to have included. As I collaborate on creating more images of yogis I hope that the results will be shown in more and more places. Thanks to Catherine, Libby, Chloe, Hermann and Sheree!
I have a wonderful former partner who always told me I had issues, and now that we are best friends she still does. I won't get into those issues here, but I did get into one issue I will tell you about. In their August 2011 issue, Yoga Journal published and article called "10 fantastically yoga-friendly cities" and was kind enough to include New Orleans. In their search for all things yoga in New Orleans, they came across my NOLA Yoga Photography Project, and contacted me wanting to use my photos.
Long story short, they ended up using one of my photos, an iconic image of my friend Mary Kuzmovich in Jackson Square. This is a place where gazillions of tourists pose for photos in front of the statue of Andrew Jackson on his horse, with the St. Louis Cathedral in the background. We thought it would be funny to do the same, never thinking it would end up in a fancy yoga magazine. Swaha!
The only thing that stinks is that Yoga Journal failed to mention Swan River Yoga in the article, the studio where I teach and practice. It was a short piece, but Swan River is one of the best-known and loved studios in the city. Perhaps my mentioning it here will make up for their oversight, since the actual article does not seem to be archived on the web but this post is! Yay Swan River!
Click on the image below to see the article big enough to read the print.
Laura & Stefan got married at the Bucksteep Manor in Washington, MA. They had a sweet & intimate ceremony with their friends and family, some of whom gave heartfelt testimonials about the strength & beauty of their relationship. Laura's family is from Argentina, and much of the ceremony was spoken or translated into Spanish. There were also Jewish elements, making for a nice multi-cultural experience.
There were lots of kids at the event, creating a fun atmosphere. Laura's daughter Sophie was especially wonderful, full of wisdom and thoughtfulness that seemed beyond her age. Much of the sentiments shared during the ceremony and reception were spoken with her in mind, which was beautiful to witness.
Thank you Laura and Stefan for choosing me as your photographer, I wish you many years of happiness and love! The entire wedding can be viewed here.
I met Kara and Tom at a friend's wedding I photographed last year. After deciding to hire me as their photographer we got together for an engagement photography session that yielded splendid results and helped us get to know each other better.
Kara & Tom decided to get married on Block Island, where they had already spent some special times together. I had not been to the island before, and was blown away by the beauty of the place. I took the Block Island Ferry from Naragansett, RI to get there, and got to see the island change from a speck on the horizon into a giant mass of land rising up from the water, with beaches and cliffs and quaint little tourist attractions. And the wonderful smell of the ocean.
The ceremony & reception were held at the 1661 Inn. It was a cozy place, perfect for the size of the weddings. It was also close enough to the beach and the ocean to make for some nice backgrounds. Kara & Tom took me to a lighthouse, some cliffs, and a beach for the bride & groom portraits. As the sun descended on the horizon we all got our feet wet in the ocean and on the pier where we captures some of my favorite photographs from the day.
Thank you Kara & Tom, for a great wedding and making me feel a part in your special day. I hope you have many years of love and growing together.
The classic wedding of Audrey and Scot in Montague, MassachusettsRead More
Every year in Watkins Glen, NY there is an event that turns the quiet little town into a bustling mecca of vegandom. The Glen is known to many as a NASCAR hot spot, or perhaps a place to get buzzed while buzzing around between wineries, but for those looking to have a deeper experience the Farm Sanctuary Hoe Down is something truly special.
I arrived on Friday night and set up my tent and then hung out by the camp fire, serenading myself and whoever else wanted to listen with my ukulele. I was so happy to be at the farm after a long absence that I stayed up till almost 4 a.m. I made some new friends and hung out beneath my old friends, the moon and stars.
Saturday at the Hoe Down offered a fine line-up of vegan speakers and workshops, which this year included Crazy Sexy Cancer survivor (or thriver, as she would say) Kriss Carr, vegan bodybuilder Robert Cheeke, Farm Sanctuary co-founder Gene Baur, sanctuary animal caregiver Susie Coston, FS Senior Director for Strategic Initiatives Bruce Friedrich, humane educator Zoe Weil, author Victoria Moran, cooking demos, and more.
At night the farm transformed into one of the best vegan parties around. The transition period included a cocktail hour with live music, a showing of the documentary Forks Over Knives, and a Hilda Club tour to visit the critters on the farm around twilight (a magical time on the farm). Gene Baur gave a presentation on his trip across the country in the VW van that he once sold veggie dogs at Grateful Dead concerts from to finance the farm. Kindfood from Ontario presented Gene with a beautiful cake to commemorate Farm Sanctuary's 25th anniversary.
Once darkness was firmly established the contra dancing began in the People Barn, and the crazy vegans started to let loose. Soon after a live DJ took over and the rowdy dancers shook the rafters of the barn, earning the right to call this party a hoe down. Simultaneously another camp fire began outside for those who didn't want to dance, or who needed to take a break to roast their vegan marshmallows. That fire went on long after I fell asleep exhausted.
Most of us camped in tents and we all enjoyed big meals served on the deck of the People Barn. Sunday morning featured a yoga class led by Katya Burns, a coffee talk with the Farm Sanctuary staff, and breakfast. I got to spend some time with Gene and Susie out on the farm, and recorded an interview for an upcoming episode of Vegan Radio. By lunch there were torrential downpours, whose melodious pitter-patter struck a soothing symphony on the tin roof of the People Barn. I had to pack my tent up during the deluge, so I got a free shower before my ride home, which my fellow travelers appreciated. I am so blessed to be part of this vegan revolution.