I love all aspects of photography but I am most passionate about photographing exotic wild cats. Most of my subjects are captive animals residing at the Shambala Preserve in Acton California. I have been filming them for over 25 years and the cumulative experience with these animals has manifested itself in the intimate nature of my photos.
Other works represented are from assignments I have worked on which often entailed various travels throughout the world.
These are photos of one of Tumbling Bear Rob Harrison's amazing aerobic routines.
The SHAMBALA PRESERVE is an exotic cat sanctuary for unwanted,excess, and abused big cats. I have served as it's staff photographer now for many years and most of my big cat photos were taken there. SHAMBALA is owned and operated by the non profit ROAR FOUNDATION which was founded by actress and animal rights activist Tippi Hedren. She also serves as the Foundation's president. Tippi and her dedicaated staff of caretakers and volunteers enable these animals to live out healthy lives in peace, harmony and dignity. Please visit SHAMBALA'S website at www.shambala.org. Enjoy!
Note: All photos of baby cats is this catagory were taken over 20 years ago before the current Shambala ban on breeding it's animals was in effect.
This family of Great Horned Owls has made it's home in a cotton wood tree at The Shambala Preserve.
These were taken early AM on 7/4/13 with Canon 500mm lens.
These were taken 6/29/13. Most are of black skimmers. Canon 500mm lens.
These sea otters and their pups were photographed in the Marina at Morro Bay, California.
Photographed with a Canon 500mm EF 500mm f4 L IS USM lens.
These photos were taken at the LA County Museum of Natural History Spider Pavilion.
Photography over New Years 2017 of Piedras Blancas elephant seal population near San Dimas, CA.
Primary lens used was a Canon 500mm 1:4 L IS USM.
These photos are of various different animals I have taken over the years.
All photos in this series were shot with a 16-35 mm zoom. Perspective and color correction were done in Photoshop..
These are a sampling of various assignments involving photographs of interior spaces.
1930 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan was owned and built by Junichi Shimodaira of Paradise Road in Nagoya, Japan in 2003 . Sold to Chuck Schauwecker of Carson, CA. who remains the current owner. Images were shot on location in the Los Angeles Downtown Art District.
These photos cover 2 nights of the Daytime Emmy Awards at the Los Angeles Bonaventure and the Beverly Hilton.
Various fine artists I have photographed.
A Cadillac parts yard in Pearblossom California
This is a collection of hood ornaments I photographed at various car shows throughout Southern California.
Each is a work of art.
Chaotic Exotics is an orchid growing facility located in Lompoc specializing in exotic orchids. It's website is:
These are photos I have digitally manipulated using Photoshop and various plugins.
Photos taken of Ernest Borgnine in Chicago on Oct. 16, 2009
These photos reflect the various styles of portraiture I have utilized over the years. They have been shot in studio and on location, indoors and outdoors, using strobe, tungsten, and available light. Some have been retouched using Photoshop. I always strive to be honest while bringing out the best in my subjects.
These photos were taken at the Memorial Day Ceremonies at the Los Angeles National Cemetery
This a selection of images taken during the course of some of my assignments dealing with performance arts.
These photos were taken of Sienna Miller's visit with Tippi Hedren at The Shambala Preserve in southern California.
Meeting between Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren and Veronica Cartwright dated 2/4/2013.
These photos were shot at the Wasteland World Car Show at the Automotive Drive Museum in July 2018.
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