It is no secret that I have an interest in horses. Let me start out saying, you are either a horse person or you are not. A non-horse-person has no idea what is so amazing about spending a day at the barn, soaking in the smells of horse breath and hay, feeling a horse’s muzzle graze your hand looking for treats, or gently nosing your hair… the friendly sound of a whinny, or the light sound of leather squeaking, or the total utter peace you feel as you hack out on trails…. the feeling of accomplishment having completed a jump, or the adrenaline rush as you gallop through an open field… If you are a horse person, you *get* this. You *know* this… If you are not, I’m sorry, but please don’t look at us like we are crazy
My parents never understood what the draw was to horses that I had, and I can’t name one horse person in my extended family – it seems to be just me… from a long line of non-horse-people… so I never really had anyone to share this with. You cannot predict who will be a horse person. Even those who are raised around them aren’t necessarily horse people. I always secretly hoped one of my children would be a horse person, and vowed if one was, I would soon own horses… When I started my kids in riding lessons three years ago to let them try it out and see what they thought, my daughter emerged as the horse person. Although both of my kids have their own horses, and enjoy riding, Erynn has the draw – that draw to be around horses. She could spend hours just hanging out with them, and I understand her completely… I couldn’t be more delighted that she has taken this interest, as it is something we will always share together.
All that said, being that my studio is nestled amongst many equestrian activities and horses galore – steeple chases, fox hunting/running of the hounds, polo, hunter/jumpers, dressage, you name it… (although the studio was named Black Horse Studio due to the historic area near), I have wanted to combine working with horses and my portrait photography, capturing the bond between horse and rider. I’ve been slowly working up to begin doing just this, but I’ve been so busy with regular clients, I hadn’t had time to market this as another aspect, so when I received an email from K, I was thrilled to begin working with her.
This is K – beautiful girl, inside and out, as well as her beautiful horse, Icee. Thank you, K, it was wonderful meeting you – you are a photographer’s dream to work with! And thank you so much for that wonderful email you sent after seeing your gallery