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.

Dale McClellan and his oldest son, Leon, walking down the entrance road to their farm.

Dale McClellan (left) and his oldest son, Leon (right), walk down the entrance road to their farm.

Knee high by ... May? Guess so. In Florida, at least.

Knee high by … May? Guess so. In Florida, at least.

That little dog just showed up to keep us company. She was so sweet.

That little dog just showed up to keep us company. She was so sweet.

Dale, photographer Mike Potthast and Leon seek some much-needed shade to discuss the upcoming shot.

Dale (left), photographer Mike Potthast (right) and Leon (center) seek some much needed shade to discuss the upcoming shot.

Collaborating in the cow barn

Collaborating in the cow barn

Whatever it takes to get the shot ...

Whatever it takes to get the shot …

Dale's big Massey tractor kicks up dust working one of the largest compost piles I've ever seen.

Dale’s big Massey tractor kicks up dust working one of the largest compost piles I’ve ever seen.

That's Dale's son, Leon, lending a hand with one of the lights. I asked, would he consider a career change to photography? Nah. He'll keep his day job.

That’s Dale’s son, Leon, lending a hand with one of the lights (second from right). I asked, would he consider a career change to photography? Nah. He’ll keep his day job.

Nice, soft morning light made for some great landscape shots.
Nice, soft morning light made for some great landscape shots.

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