Farm Sanctuary Revisited

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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.

Wendy & Mike Stura with Michael the calf
Wendy & Mike Stura with Michael the calf
Terpentine, the "photo bomber" turkey
Terpentine, the "photo bomber" turkey

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.

Susie Coston with Michael the calf
Susie Coston with Michael the calf

NOLA Yoga Photos featured down under

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.


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art-of-healing-chloe

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.


Sheree Ferreira at Jivamukti Teacher Training

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!


NOLA Yoga Photography featured in Yoga Journal!

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.

Yoga Journal Page
Yoga Journal Page