horse portraits – my favorite kind of photography

I love photographing all events with people and their animals, yet a private Horse Portrait session still gives me the most joy.

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Last weekend I was blessed to be able to shoot a young woman with her horse and dog at Wood Run Farm near Castle Pines.

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The aspect I love most about a private session is time.

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Time to get to know my subject and her critter(s).

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(Jack is a boxer/Rhodesian Ridgeback mix – a sweet rescue.)

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Time – so we can wait for ears to be pricked forward…..

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………………..and include Jessie’s trainer, Erin.

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Time to shoot lots of images – looking for that perfect moment of light.

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Time to let a horse be crazy and return to calm.

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Jessie is very comfortable in her skin – and the ease with which she interacted with her thoroughbred, Tucker was a thing of beauty.

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My guess is that being a physical therapist has not only required her to be fluent in body mechanics but also to be grounded in her own body.

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Her self-confidence was apparent right away. She had three outfit changes prepared along with fun jewelry as accents.

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…………..and we had time for her just to relax and play with Tucker at liberty.

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………………then there are those quiet moments when I can capture the gentle bond between horse and human.

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You can’t beat a great pair of cowboy boots in a photograph!

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I love that when a client jumps into her imagination and creativity with both feet,  I can simply become the witness with a camera.

I hope to continue doing more of these sessions.

Thank you Jessie, Tuck, Jack, Lorraine (mom – not shown who brought us bagels!) Jessica and Erin.


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a quiet summer sunday

I stopped by the Arvada Equestrian Center this morning to see my friends compete in the August Pinto Show.

The first images are of Becky and Bentley from our barn.

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His tail is real!

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He thought someone said “Take a number.”

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“Is that a treat mom?”

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“Oh, it’s a brush  – I’ll take a bite anyway.”

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“Ooooo – I luve a good belly rub.”

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“Let’s get this show on the road.”

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“This is mom showing me off to the judge”

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My friend Susan was also there with her mini.

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I believe he speaks English.

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….and loves kisses.

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He and Susan compete with the big boys.

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Then I spotted Jamie and her boy Lucky, also from our barn.

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He is very relaxed and calm.

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I think he gets it from his human.

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Jamie’s’ mom is her constant side-kick.

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A good mom always carries water and a dust cloth.

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And off they go into the show ring.

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I don’t personally know this little family, but I was charmed by their delight in each other.

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“Honey, we’re going to have to do something to tame your hair!”

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“Can you say ‘eye’?”

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She told me her horse was named Butterfly.

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I hope this family finds their way to these images.

I love these moments  when humans are just loving their horses.

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a young girl and her first horse

Every photo shoot I do is enchanting. This particular one was even more so. You just can’t beat a confident young girl and a chestnut sport horse.

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The day was cool and windy when Laura brought out her horse Tops.

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You can see she adores him.

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It has been raining so much that the grass comes out by the roots.

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She is a natural in front of the camera.

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The sheen of Tops’ neck and Laura’s  hair contrast beautifully.

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Leaning in for support.

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Dandelions and more grass.

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This is a portrait in trust!

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As the storm clouds rolled in, we called it a day.

Thank you to her mom for letting me share these images of her beautiful daughter.


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mini faces

This post is simply to show the beauty in the faces of these exquisite miniature horses.

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A friend asked me if Arabians were part of their heritage.

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I don’t know but the dish in some of their heads certainly implies Arab.

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I love the way they observe the humans around them.

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Nobility personified.

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Well loved.

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His dad really loves him.

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Pampered Horses!

Enjoy and feel free to leave comments.

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multi-tasking mini mama

In mid-May I was invited to photograph a Rocky Mountain Miniature horse Classic show in Longmont.

A friend of mine was managing the show and I was the “official” photographer so I had free range in and out of the ring.

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These mini’s are exquisitely formed horses in a small package. They are generally very furry but receive a complete body clip for show season.

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There are many different events in which the horses compete – ranging from halter to driving classes.

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This story is about one mom who arrived with her two daughters, Lillie and Julie a baby in a carrier and their little white mini, Spell. I was transfixed.

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The morning classes were halter and showmanship. There were two competitors for this age level. Here, the judge is telling Lillie the course to follow.

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Proudly and somewhat nervously she guides Spell around the arena……………

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…………finally standing him before the judge.

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A ‘good luck and thank you’ kiss before she learns how she placed.

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Whoa……… ribbons!

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Next, it is Julie’s turn.

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Finally standing Spell for the judges.

A ‘thank you’ kiss and………………..

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The afternoon classes began with one called “Costume”.

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Here are the girls dressed up as the princesses from the movie “Frozen”. Spell came as Olaf, the snowman.

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 Of course they won the class – the cuteness factor alone would have guaranteed it.

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Unbridled excitement from the girls rendered “Olaf” terrified. “Yikes – those ribbons are going to kill me!” he squealed.

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Olaf had a melt-down.

It was a wonderful day of shooting and learning about the world of Mini’s.

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I have many more photos – fodder for another post. Enjoy.

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a different kind of horse portrait shoot

Last week I was commissioned to photograph The Outlaw Josey Wales. She is a lovely combination of an American Saddlebred and an Arabian. She has been in full training with one of the trainers at our barn, Margaret Thompson.

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The session was to include portraits with her owner Maribeth, as well as some images showing off all of Margaret’s hard work.

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We began with Margaret “posing” Josey in order to show the muscles developed over the winter as well as her beauty.

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The pony pasture behind us provided a “peanut gallery”.

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Then Maribeth joined her little mare for some “connection-time”.

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Finally we turned Josey loose in the outdoor arena to capture her “at liberty”.

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She showed us her extended trot.

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She flagged her tail.

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She showed off at a full blown gallop.

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And generally had a good time strutting her stuff.

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Like all the Arabs I have photographed, she would charge right at me and swerve off at the last minute.

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Maribeth is one proud and thoughtful mama.

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It was another wonderful horse portrait session. Thanks to Maribeth, Margaret and of course Josey.

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The baby chicks are growing so fast!

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Trisha – their adoptive mom – says they grow while you’re watching them.

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If you look carefully, you can see they have sprouted tiny wing feathers.

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This gang’s breed is called Buff Orpingtons.

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They will remain a yellow color as they age. We’re going to handle them a lot in with the hope they’ll enjoy being stroked when they are bigger.

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It won’t be long before they’ll outgrow her palm.

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Learning to fly!

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