These are a series of western fashion photographs taken in 2007. We were contacted by Robert Kastori, founder of Stars & Stripes Western Wear in Reutlingen, Germany. He had seen the western photographs I had done, documenting cattle ranching on the coast of California, a project I began in 2002 and he wanted to know if I'd be interested in shooting his next western fashion catalog. We've been working together every year since. Having long time relationships with ranchers in the area, provided us with unlimited options when it came to choosing locations. Models were secured from Los Angeles and my first assistant, who speaks fluent German, helped translate when communication became difficult. Although the days are long, this ranks as one of my favorite fashion photography assignments.