. . . Because every picture has a story to tell.
Thank you for visiting. I think you will find my blog posts as varied as my photographic and personal interests--a few of which I hope also appeal you. - Tammy Russell-Rice CPP

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Meet Cane Corso

I believe the name Cane Corso translates from Italian to "no mess with big guard dog"! ; ) I, however, couldn't keep my hands off of these adorable rascals. Actually, this is an ancient Italian breed of medium-large stature with a "molossus" head. The Cane Corso is revered for its loyalty and work ethic as a watchdog and hunter of difficult game such as wild boar!

The breeder of the litter pictured here, Rich Hudgens of Campo Cane Corso, hired me to photograph the pups just one day before they turned eight-weeks-old. As a dog fancier myself, I jumped at the chance. I was overdue for a puppy-fix. Not even the 100-degree weather forecast for the day could keep me from this location shoot. Although, for the sake of the puppies, we stayed in the shade as much as possible (which itself presents challenges when shooting black dogs). I've included my picks from the images created here.

Presently, the Cane Corso is a member of the Miscellaneous Class of the American Kennel Club and expected to be fully recognized in the near future. I know that I, for one, am now a fan of the breed.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Here Ye, Here Ye!!

Expected in some 7,000 mailboxes next week, the current issue of The Village Piper will feature a collage by yours truly (pictured here). The subject of the poster is the Hearts & Roses Parade of Southern Highlands Preparatory School.

When I was asked to cover the parade by Principal Barone, I told her I normally do not shoot events, but that I was happy to help (especially if it got me off the hook for the next field trip). Further, I would consider it a personal challenge. After all, it entailed the entire student body, teaching staff, community leaders and, of course, floats made (for the most part) by the children. And, did I mention all the props? There was definitely a carnival feel in the air that morning. When each class presented its float to the judges, however, they were all business. It was great fun!

I actually had so much fun as evidenced by all of the wonderful images captured, that I decided to create a poster for the school. One thing led to another and the next thing ya know it's on display in the main entrance of the school, posted on the school's website, and now printed in The Village Piper. The editor of the magazine loved the collage so much that she has asked me to do some community-based work for her. So, don't be surprised if you see me on the street wearing a press badge soon!