Today I went up to Milo McIver State Park to capture special moments of Caryn with her gelding, Eli. Usually, my session are planned out months in advance, but this one was planned over a couple of days. In February, when you have good weather, you need to take advantage of it!
Yesterday I traveled nearly 500 miles to capture once in a lifetime moments of sweet mama to be, Stevie, with her super sweet mare, Freckles.
Stevie is nearly at the end of her journey of meeting her little girl at 34 weeks. During our session, the little girl even gave a few kicks. Maybe she's ready to come out and meet Freckles? At least she was where it was warm and cozy, because it was a very blustery day!
Freckles was a champ when it came to the wind and dresses fluttering in the steady gusts. Stevie's daughter is one lucky girl to have Freckles show her the ropes of being a little cowgirl.
This weekend I had the pleasure of meeting Elise and her posse of critters. Her pups, Axel and Arcus, her fuzzy mare, Sierra, her 6 month old colt, Winston, and her cutting mare, Vixen.
Originally our photo session was scheduled for two weeks ago. A week before our session, the weather forecast was calling for rain and lots of it. I'd rather postpone a photo shoot than cancel it and this is a fantastic example of when it's worth the wait.
Elise had the perfect barn for some fantastic black background photos! Here she is with Axel (left) and Arcus (right). They are quite the goofballs, running around the farm and dragging around branches twice the size of them.
Last weekend I did a lot of driving, and it was totally worth it! It has been my longest solo drive in a long time, from Salem all the way to Nine Mile Falls, Washington (which is above Spokane!).
In the higher elevations, the autumn color was in its peak and absolutely the perfect backdrop for Teresa and her gang of horses.
He's a go-getter type of gelding, always looking for a job to do which is perfect for his job as ranch horse. He's always thinking and itching to be working and has total trust in Teresa. We had two different sessions and I'm excited to share them with you!
One of the things I love to do is capture stories. And this story is truly special of this team of nearly 20 years.
Hillary was in a horse 4-H club and when she first met Prize. Prize was a green 4 year old and Hillary was the one (after riding horses for a couple years first) who trained her under saddle. They were a team for 6 years and with the permission from Prize's owner (the 4-H leader), Hillary took her with her to Oregon State University.
Once Hillary graduated from college, Prize was given to her. Now she had her very own horse for keeps. Prize is 23 years old now, and loves to go on trail rides and low key competitions. And during their peak show seasons, they were quite the team, even taking Grand Champion Showmanship out of 101 competitors.
It was my pleasure to capture the bond that they share at a place they love to go trail riding at, McIver State Park. I was a gray Oregon day, but that didn't slow them down.
Let me introduce you to Miranda and her three horsekateers, mustangs to be exact. Yes, each of these horses were once wild and roaming the countryside of Oregon or Nevada with their own herds and they have the BLM freeze brand on their necks to prove it.
Miranda has an amazing bond with all of her horses, but True Grit, aka Rooster, is her true heart horse. He is the golden boy who performs dressage, jumps, and of course can be ridden bareback or western. And who doesn't love any horse that's named after John Wayne. ;-)
I'm excited to show you my favorites from our golden horse equine session this week. But first, all the names! In the photo above from on the left is Elizabeth, aka Lizzy, she's the only mare in the bunch and is a sassy girl. In the middle is Rooster. And on the right is the newer addition to the family, Mr. Big, who is very big and easy going, and not to mention a gorgeous red roan with a Roman nose. The trust and partnership these four have is just amazing and it shows in all the photos!
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