Poor Rico…apparently too many cats in our neighborhood run wild and walk along the walls around our yard. Rico HATES it and freaks out when he sees them. He even barks when they are nowhere to be found; the poor guy is obsessed. He sits and looks out the windows just waiting for his opportunity to pounce.
He is a great subject for photographs, though, and I made a Valentine’s day card for Julie using one of his pictures.
After I made that I found another cute picture of him lying on the floor where the sun comes through and I was wondering what he might be thinking about……my apologies to any cat lovers out there; these are HIS thoughts, not mine!
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My cousin, Robert “Mudd” Mazzullo, is an amazing guitar builder. He has built me 4 bass guitars and they are beautiful works of art and sound better than anything I’ve ever played. His wife, Rachel, is a cellist and he has built her an electric and acoustic cello along with several other guitars and instruments. This year he decided to start marketing his work so here are some promo shots I did for ad pieces and the upcoming NAMM show (Nat. Assoc. of Music Merchants.)
Presenting Mudd Guitars…
This is Ginger; amazingly photogenic and graceful.
This is Michael Thomas; he is the most hi-profile player and has played with Guns n Roses, Bang Tango and quite a few other heavy rock bands.
I just spent a couple of days working for the Sports Turf Manager’s Association. I shoot for a lot of trade show and event clients and I’m always amazed at what I learn about different industries. These members are in charge of maintaining sports playing surfaces of all kinds and it gets pretty involved.
Their founder is referred to as the “Sod God.” You might not know George Toma but you know his work; he maintains the playing field for a little event called the Super Bowl (all 42 of them!) They also call him the “Marquis de Sod.” That must be a challenging job; I can’t even mow grass in a straight line.
Their keynote speaker was pretty amazing with his ESP skills. He had four random members come up with details about a particular car of their choice, then he pulled a sealed envelope from his pocket on which he apparently had written those exact details on his flight to Phoenix that morning! He pulled off some amazing stuff!
They chose an incredible location for their wedding. This was in a friend’s back yard in Paradise Valley and the setting was perfect in the late afternoon. We did most of the portrait shooting before the wedding so they wouldn’t have to wait too long to hit the reception.
I loved the interior staircase for the portrait session; I was able to shoot this using natural light only then I converted some of the images to black and white. I love that classic look of an old-school black and white portrait.
Since I hadn’t been back since before the storm I wanted to see what the coast looked like and it was heartbreaking. Mom and Dad took us through Waveland and Bay St. Louis and, although they are cleaned up, many buildings and homes haven’t been restored.
Fortunately Dad built their house on high ground a little farther inland and suffered minimal damage. My sister Karen and husband Jeff weren’t so lucky; their apartment was about a mile from the beach. They live in Las Vegas now and at least they have a happy ending. I didn’t see any people out that day but captured a few images of what I saw; it was very emotional. Everyone hears about New Orleans; Mississippi got hit pretty hard, too.
I think what hit me hardest was seeing “stairs to nowhere” and knowing that someone’s home used to be there.