New Project: Cheese and Animals

January and February are notorious for being down times for the retail market.  These two months have left me with some time on my hands, which leads to crazy ideas for new projects.  

I have been feeling as though the "CLE" landmark market seems to be a bit saturated.  I have noticed that a lot of the designs incorporating the Cleveland skyline, and surrounding landmarks are getting repeated and much more competitive.  For that reason, I have begun to look for new inspiration and markets to spread my photographic love.  

Don't get me wrong I love CLE, but another passion of mine is animals.  Growing up in my family we always had pets, I literally don't think my parents ever said NO to us getting another pet.  I also rode horses for 10 years, and was pretty much constantly surrounded by animals every single day, so my passion for all animals is pretty strong. Now I am on a quest to photograph as many animals as possible to create art.  

I am starting with my chickens, Henrietta, Gloria, Claudia, my cat Kaedella, and my golden retreiver Samantha, since I have the easiest access to them.  I want to capture fun expressions, and make useable objects and art to add some fun and perhaps a smile to your face.  

This Sunday, I am going to an amazing farm Yellow House Cheese to photography their baby lambs, and all the animals that create their cheese.  Yellow House Cheese is located in Seville, Ohio and they create delicious cheese for many local chefs and restaurants in Cleveland.  I was lucky enough to be introduced to them through my friend Jeremey Eumansky who has worked with them, and purchased many of their cheeses.  Kevin, from Yellow House Cheese was so welcoming to my idea to photograph their animals, and I can't wait to spend a few hours learning more about their business and their animals.  I am really excited to work with a local farm, photograph their amazing business and hopefully meet and make some new friends.  

In anticipation of the upcoming project, I designed this tote bag yesterday, and I thought it was pretty funny.  

As always, this is just the beginning of this project.  I have other farms, and ideas in the works, so stay tuned!  

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