My photo shoots are usually scheduled in the late afternoon, around 6pm or later, to catch the beautiful and soft light as the sun sets. As excited as I am, I am also nervous, wanting to deliver the perfect images to my clients! I put a lot of pressure on myself because I am always looking for the "WOW" factor in my images.
I have been watching the weather forecast like a hawk over the last few weeks, hoping for a huge snow fall to happen that would last for a few days, so I could get some nice winter photos taken this year. But what I ended up with, was much more than I could have ever imagined!
It's been a while that you all heard from me. And there is a very simple reason why: busy with life, work, family and everything else that is on a day-to-day to do list of a full time mom of a three year old toddler. :) My equine photography has been flourishing over the holiday season and I had the best months ever since I have been officially in business.
WOW! Can't believe it has been two months since my last blog. I have been busier than ever and now finally trying to catch up on the day to day tasks, marketing, website editing and all the other things that come with this photography business. As a one (wo)man show you do it all!
I am looking at all my little notes on my page (photo above) filled with quotes and inspirational words today:
Stay true to your values. Follow YOUR dreams, not someone else's. Don't shoot for perfect, shoot for your best. Perfectionist...Illusion...Genuine, Alive. Always seek to do the best.
As an equine photographer I meet a lot of horse owners and their beloved equines and they all have a story. Some longer, some shorter, some more dramatic than others, but all include love for the horse, passion for the sport and true horsemanship, wanting to excel in the field and to provide the best care for our four legged friend!
Broker and I are no different. We had a rough start, to say the least!
Stacey told me some interesting facts about her two horses Poet and Zeus over the phone and then in person when I met her. But I must admit, I didn't know half of her story days after the photo shoot. It is an inspirational story about overcoming severe challenges and obstacles...to say the least.
I still remember these words from Cassie when she told me about Jasper's condition with tears in her eyes. She was looking for her dream horse, a horse she can grow old with, a horse to lean on when you need it, a horse that would be in her backyard when she looks out her kitchen window. She simply was looking for a horse to care for and to give a good home to. As she said: "He was suppose to be my forever horse".
That's exactly what I said to my trainer Liz today with a bizarre look on my face. Liz is the owner and trainer at Pair of Aces Stables, Inc. located in Reno, NV and has been my trainer for many years. As I was in need of a few conformation shots of horses for my new project, Liz was so nice to assist me and offered her grooming skills :) and horse handling expertise.
If you like Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings or the new show Emerald City, you will LOVE Ashley's portfolio. She is a model, horse trainer and breeds beautiful Friesian horses, raises Andalusians and of course LOVES fantasy photo shoots! I met Ashley last year at Bartley Ranch at a horse expo. She and Leah Earle performed some Mounted Archery which grabbed my attention immediately.