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!
I'm just in love with these photos of Goldie, who is an off the track Appendix (Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred) mare turned barrel racer, and her owner, Alyssa. The little field behind her barn was just perfect for our photo session. I'm excited to share with you some of my favorite images from this equine photo shoot.
It’s the morning of your photo session with your horse and he’s all clean and hanging out in his stall munching on some hay, and it’s finally time for you to get ready!
One of the most important things to do is to manage your time. Figure out how long it will take cleaning your horse and getting yourself ready, and add an hour. You might think that’s being over cautious, but it’s for if something comes up that you weren’t expecting. And if you complete everything on time, then you have some time to rest before your photographer arrives.
Let’s just say that you don’t add an extra hour and you’re running behind and you’re not ready when the photographer arrives. Sure, your photographer will most likely wait for you to finish getting ready, but they are scheduled to be there at a certain time to start and a certain time to stop. That stop or end time doesn’t get pushed back if you’re running late. If you’re doing an evening golden hour session, the photographer won’t physically be able to extend their time because the daylight will run out. And even if it’s a morning or afternoon session, your photographer could have another session they will travel to.
I hope you stay awhile. This is where I will talk about my paintings, processes, photography & adventures, post processing, social media, and more.
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