Shade of the Cottonwood, L.L.C., creative services

Editorial work

We contribute to a variety of travel and business magazines—complete editorial packages as well as stand-alone editorial or image work. Our large library of stock travel images is ideal for use when time or budget doesn’t allow for custom photography. No matter what the form, or the outlet, we have a passion for entertaining and informing the readers.

Magazine articles

We have uncovered the secrets of remote island gardens, explored the best steakhouses in Kansas, and analyzed the 150-year history of a family-owned Maine lumber business. No matter the topic, we reveal the heart of the story through little-known facts and vibrant details.

IMAGES ABOVE: Story package (text and photography) for Kansas! magazine on Kansas steakhouses; Business profile (text only) on a multi-generation Maine hardware store and lumber company; Business profile (text only) on Fisher Space Pens.

Guidebooks and other travel resources

From racetracks, to the best highways to explore from the back of a Harley, our in-depth research allows readers to sit back and enjoy the ride.

IMAGES ABOVE: We provided copywriting and fact-checking for a specialty atlas produced by Rand McNally; We researched and wrote updates for the Kansas section of Fodor's Road Guide USA.

Books and long form projects

We have real-world experience developing a research protocol, writing and editing large and small book-form projects including structural and industry histories, and bridal guides. We also design and typeset books. We can take a project from idea to printing press.

IMAGES ABOVE: Portion of a cover design for a history of 716 Kansas Avenue, Topeka, Kansas—a book that we researched, wrote, designed and produced; We provided research, copywriting, scanning and image-retouching services for a centennial history of the American florist industry for Florists' Review magazine.


We shoot for stories that we also write, shoot for stories that others have written; and provide stock imagery to magazines, travel guides and websites. For more information on our photography, visit Michael's photography site at

IMAGES ABOVE: A story we photographed in New Zealand for the Chinese edition of Travel+Leisure; One of our stock images used as a double-page spread in "Make the Most of Your Time on Earth," published by Rough Guides.