I love love love all the people and horses I get to meet as an equestrian photographer, and it was a special treat to work with someone who does such positive things for horses. Jacqui is the co-founder of Drifter’s Hearts of Hope, which is an amazing horse rescue operation here in Colorado. They actually recently rescued and rehomed their 200th horse, which is such an amazing milestone.
You may notice that a lot of my clients are high school seniors, but I do also do some equestrian child photography and equestrian family photography. I pretty much love shooting any genre as long as I get to hang out with cute horses! And this session had it all! A cute pony with her very own little girl, and sweet family, and even an adorable puppy.
Senior equestrian photography sessions are some of my favorites, and amazing teams like Molly and her horse make them even better. Seriously, Molly was just so much fun to work with, and Nightlife was the single most calm OTTB I’ve ever photographed!
While I specialize in equestrian portraiture, it’s definitely fun to get to occasionally work as a riding photographer. Equestrian portraiture focuses more on getting portraits of the horse and rider together, while riding photos are all about the action! Last weekend, I got the opportunity to shoot the KZ Gymkhana in Bailey, Colorado. It was my first time shooting an event like this, but I had so much fun! It was great to watch everyone having such a fabulous time with their horses!
This is a shoutout to all those dedicated guys, who happened to fall for horse girls. I see you at my equestrian photo sessions, lending a hand to hold a horse, giving her a leg up, patiently hanging out. It’s no easy task dating or marrying a girl who never quite grew out of that horse obsessed stage. You didn’t know quite what you were getting into at first, but suddenly you’ve found yourself in a whole new world.
Okay, I may be mainly an equestrian photographer, but I love taking photos of ALL animals. Which is why I occasional dabble as a dog photographer. And I’m a firm believer that photos of people are usually better with an animal in them. Which is why when Brad needed some photos for his graduation announcements, they of course had to include Tibbers! And, I think I’ve discovered the secret to making dog photos EVEN better!
Back in March I was in Virginia visiting my in-laws, we decided to make a trip up the Maryland coast to Chincoteague Island. (By the way, did you know I also work as a Virginia and Maryland horse photographer?) If you haven’t heard of it, Chincoteague Island is the island town next to Assateague Island, home of the famous Chincoteague Wild Ponies. It’s an island of wild ponies, so right up my alley!