Just wrapped a great shoot in Orlando, Florida and took the last flight out to LA last night to work on directing a motion piece this week.

Scenes from a recent day trip NYC to Portland, Maine. Ok so maybe it was a 2 day trip.

Just another day on the job.

THE PARROT PROBLEM

Honored the the Mother Nature Network has chosen a story I shot in collaboration with Tallgrass Parrot Sanctuary to be featured on their site:

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/javi-sweater-wearing-cockatoo-sheds-light-parrot-problem

Meet Javi, one of the 40 rescue birds now peacefully living out their lives at the Tallgrass Parrot Sanctuary in NE Kansas. Due to emotional stress and neglect, Javi is almost completely bald under his sweater and all over his body due to self mutilation/obsessive plucking to deal with distress. He, like so many parrots in the USA, was purchased without much foresight, then neglected when his owners thought of him as a toy. Parrots are not toys or hobbies or home accessories. They are highly emotional intelligent creatures that have not been domesticated like dogs/cats…and some as we all know…live longer than their human owners. I will be posting more in depth stories from the sanctuary this week as I continue editing and captioning these photos and others. To donate to Kail (the owner of the sanctuary which she is running out of her home) please visit their site here. Kail is working gathering donations to put towards a new website, an extension to the aviary so she can reclaim the rooms in their home (lol) as well as prosthetics for Baby, (second photo down) a macaw at the rescue who needs new feet.  He was imprisoned in a tiny cage with no perch and thus he is unable to perch or walk due to his human caused deformity.  

I firmly believe one of the most important parts of being a ‪#‎photographer‬ / ‪#‎storyteller‬ is to help ‪#‎create‬awareness for people doing incredible things in this world. ‪#‎parrots‬‪#‎javitheparrot‬ ‪#‎rescuebird‬ ‪#‎parrotrescue‬ ‪#‎tallgrassparrotsanctuary‬‪#‎instagram‬ ‪#‎parrotsofinstagram‬ ‪#‎beauty‬ ‪#‎love‬ ‪#‎happy‬

Also pictured is Kail’s neighbor and volunteer, Terry Manies.

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