One of My Favorite Parts of the Job ...
... has to be photo shoots. I love being able to watch as the story I'm writing is captured visually by a talented photographer. Seeing everything come together —the words, the visuals and the design — is what makes a story feel whole to me. And that experience is wholly satisfying. That's probably why magazine journalism has always appealed to me: It's the process of gathering and melding those three narrative elements over and over again, story by story.
I've been given the opportunity to travel all over the country for Farm Life magazine this year, most recently to cover a dairy farmer and milk and juice processor named Dale McClellan of Tampa, Fl.
Last week, I got to tag along at his farm as photographer Mike Potthast, of Potthast Studios, captured some really nice images. The early morning light on the fields was gorgeous, and sort of filtered by the somewhat muggy mist that rises each morning in the warm, humid region. Here are some highlights from the day.