African Safari

A couple of weeks ago, we got back from an incredible adventure in Tanzania. Even though these aren't horse related, I wanted to use the blog as a platform to share some photos and stories from our trip, as I suspect that some of you animal lovers may still appreciate them. Most of the wildlife shots are digital and the rest were shot on film. I bought my first film camera right before this trip, a Nikon F100, and couldn't wait to try it out! Something about shooting on film is so appealing to me. I find myself putting more thought into each frame and really enjoying the process. I can't wait to experiment some more!

 

 

Palomino Stallion in the studio

This winter I was fortunate enough to meet Dan James from Double Dan Horsemanship, the great clinician and horse trainer. He notably trains "trick horses" and several of his horses have been in movies and fashion shoots."Vegemite" the palomino stallion, pictured here has never had a bad hair day in his life. I am somewhat partial to palominos, as my first horse was a gorgeous apricot palomino mare. Shortly after I met Vegemite, Dan and Vegemite showed in the NRHA Freestyle reining in Oklahoma City and put on quite the performance. Here are a couple of shots from our session. He is a handsome devil!

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2017 Youth World Champion & her three mounts

2017 is almost over and I'm finishing up the very last session of the year. 

Here are a few photos from my shoot with Ryann Packard, 2017 NCHA Youth World Champion, and the three mounts who helped her win the gold buckle! Here she is, pictured with "Sir Stylish Lizzy" (aka Nickel), "Im Catman" (aka Catman) and "Playin in Jewels" (aka PJ). I can't think of a better way to memorialize such a fantastic year in the show pen!

As I reflect on this year, I would like to express how thankful I am for the many opportunities I have been given. I really appreciate the various ways people have shown support--whether through purchasing my work, coming to see my exhibition, hiring me to create portraits of your special horses, or spreading kind words and comments on my photography. 

Can't wait to see what 2018 has in store for us.

Merry Christmas!

 

 

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Eazee E & Hashtags

Last week felt like christmas in the studio! I got to photograph this gorgeous sorrel mare and blue roan stallion who on top of being famous Cutting Horses and great athletes, were also perfect models. 

Eazee E was quite the poser and she has good reason to show off. She had just finished competing in the World Finals of Cutting in Fort Worth and was the 2017 NCHA  Open Reserve World Champion with over $120k in earnings for the year! Check out her muscular stature and alert eye.  

Hashtags, in true stud fashion was a far more curious model. He enjoyed wandering around the studio in an effort to catch a whiff of past horses there before him. But we managed to keep him contained and get some exceptional shots. He is quite the looker and one of my favorite horses I've photographed to this date! 

Enjoy my tops picks :)

 

 

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America's Horse - AQHA Magazine cover

Look out for the Jan-Feb 2018 Issue of America's Horse! You will find an article by Julie Bryant and some behind the scenes photos of the studio process while I photograph metallic Cat and Spots Hot. And "Adonis", currently exhibited at the Cowgirl Museum in Fort Worth through February, made the cover!

 

 

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A Studio Session with 2016 Non Pro World Champion, Lily.

Last week we had the pleasure of welcoming Light N Lily, aka Lily into the studio! This gorgeous 7 year old cutting horse mare is not only last year's Non Pro World Championship, but also a love to be around. She certainly does well in the spot light! We were able to incorporate her Champion Trophy saddle and buckle which she proudly showed off. Check out a few of my picks from our session!

 

 

 

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Metallic Cat and Spots Hot visit the studio

I am very excited to share a few of my top picks from my most recent commission! Last week, I was lucky enough to welcome two famous cutting horse stallions to the studio. Metallic Cat has sired over 16 million dollars in offspring while Spots Hot has sired over 4 million. They are both owned by the Rockin P Ranch. Quite an honor to be in the presence of these two powerhouses, and to be hired for their portraits! 

Julie Bryant from AQHA's Americas Horse Magazine assisted the shoot and took a few behind the scenes shots. Stay tuned for her article which will be published in next month's issue!

 

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